It’s our final week celebrating 2016 TV, here at The Televerse. Noel and Kate continue to spotlight their favorite heroes and villains, most gut-busting and tear-jerking moments, and more with part two of the Smorgasborgy. This episode, we give out our awards for the year’s best characters, best sequences, most memorable moments, and most impressive seasons and otherwise notable series, as well as our grab bag of miscellaneous awards. Once again, please share your thoughts on the year’s TV, and your picks for our final round of categories, in the comments below, and come back next week for our 2017 midseason TV preview.
You know that crazy long episode we’ve been teasing for a while? It’s here this week, as Noel and Kate talk through a frankly ridiculous amount of interesting and memorable TV. First up, we dive in with a very full week in comedy, including the finales of Atlanta and Documentary Now! and mid-season finale of The Good Place, the premieres of People of Earth and Stan Against Evil, the election-themed Superstore and Fresh Off the Boat, and eventful episodes of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we move over to the drama and genre offerings, including the premieres of The Crown and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, disappointing installments of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, and compelling entries from Queen Sugar and Rectify. Afterwards, Angelica Bastién of Vulture, The Atlantic, RogerEbert.com, and many other places joins us at the DVD Shelf to dive in with the at times frustrating, at times wonderful The Good Wife.
Some big finales and plenty of other interesting TV keeps Noel and Kate busy this week. After some griping about The Amazing Race, we dive in with the comedies, including gender role-tastic episodes of The Carmichael Show and black-ish (thank you, writers!). Next up are the genre entries, including the return of Steven Universe, the penultimate The 100 of the season, and another DC TV roundup, and we round out the week with the dramas, including plenty of The Good Wife, Elementary, and Underground finale talk. Then in lieu of the DVD Shelf, we head to DePaul’s A Celebration of Star Trek, with a recording of Kate’s Star Trek Fantasy Crew Draft. Kate moderates as author Jody Lynn Nye, Jon Clarke of Caffeinated Comics, Sean Kelley of Improvised Star Trek, Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club, and writer Gordon Dymowski draft their ideal Star Trek crews, compiling a team out of the series regulars from Star Trek: TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. Each panelist is tasked with a crisis to avert, and it’s up to the audience to decide whose lineup is the ultimate fantasy Star Trek crew. Music Featured: Sam Dillard’s Star Trek Theme Suite, “Where No One Has Gone Before”. Check out more of Sam’s work at his site, SamoStudios.com!
The winter finales only wrapped up a few weeks ago on the podcast, but network finale season is already upon us. First we look at the comedies, including the much anticipated 12 Angry Men-inspired installment of Inside Amy Schumer. Then we talk genre, including check-ins with The Flash and Arrow and looks at eventful episodes of Penny Dreadful and Outlander, and we wrap up our week in TV with the dramas, including the season finale of The Good Wife and the penultimate episode of Mad Men. Afterward, Mike Worby of SOS returns to the DVD Shelf to talk HBO’s animated series, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
At last, a respite from the flood of finales over the past few weeks. It will be short-lived, with Aprilgeddon looming, but there’s still plenty of TV to talk about this week on the podcast. We kick things off with the comedies, including previews of Weird Loners and Younger and the pilot of Big Time in Hollywood, FL, before looking at HBO’s new documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Then we move on to the genre and drama offerings, including a preview of Wolf Hall and our usual roundup of shows: Fortitude, Better Call Saul, Justified, The Americans, and The Good Wife. Afterwards, Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension and More Than One Lesson is back for our first installment of the new segment Reality Check, this week looking at Survivor season 19, Survivor: Samoa.
The January TV premieres have already begun, giving us plenty to discuss on this week’s podcast. After an extra-long listener feedback segment, we dive in with the comedies, including the Golden Globes and a handful of premieres: Archer, Portlandia, Babylon, Girls, Togetherness, and Looking. Then we talk genre and drama, including the premieres of Agent Carter and Banshee and a rare swing-and-a-miss from The Good Wife. Afterward, former Televerse cohost Sean Colletti and current cohost of The Midseason Replacements and Under the Hood returns to the DVD Shelf to discuss the 2010 SundanceTV miniseries, Carlos.
Here at the podcast, we’re finally done with 2014, so what better time to look at what the beginning of 2015 has to offer TV fans? First we talk over our past few weeks in TV, starting with the comedies, including the finales of Selfie, Benched, The Colbert Report, the entire first season of Mozart in the Jungle, and the pilot of Galavant. Then we look at the genre and drama offerings of the past few weeks, including The Legend of Korra’s finale, the Doctor Who and Black Mirror Christmas specials, and the finale of The Affair, and we end the podcast with our preview of a very full winter season.
The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza concludes this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for just about everything other than their Top 20 TV Series. Categories range from Best Performance, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score to more niche categories like Best Shipping Moment, the Life Vest Award (performance/element singlehandedly buoying an otherwise terrible show), and the La-La-La Award (show we most care about being spoiled for). Each section is bookended with some of 2014’s most memorable original music and musical performances. Please leave us a comment with your favorite moments and anything else from TV in 2014!
The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza begins this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for the Best TV Series of 2014, focusing on their Top 10 shows, but expanding to cover 22 different highlights of the year in television. Simon and Kate go show by show, talking about what prompted them to include, or exclude, each series from their lists. Please share your Top 20 in the comments!
The fall finales have begun, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at the week’s comedies, including another eventful Bob’s Burgers Thanksgiving episode as well as a double dose of Jane the Virgin. Next we talk a little reality and genre, including Simon’s catchups with Penny Dreadful and Attack on Titan and a Nerd Rage-inducing The Legend of Korra. Last up are the dramas, including another entertaining The Newsroom and the midseason finale of The Good Wife. Afterward, Noel Kirkpatrick from TV.com returns to the DVD Shelf to sing the praises of the lovely 2014 animated miniseries, Over the Garden Wall.