As 2016 winds down (and not a moment too soon), the List-ening begins! This episode, Noel and Kate count down their Top 20 TV Series (or TV Movies) of 2016. While plenty of other aspects of life have let many of us down recently, there’s been a plethora of terrific TV, so join us as we celebrate the 30+ shows we most enjoyed this calendar year.
With HBO’s finales this week, Spring TV finally winds down, leaving only a handful of shows for Noel and Kate to discuss, but allowing for deep dives. First up, we break down ABC’s new night of retro game shows, The $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game, and Celebrity Family Feud. Then we talk comedy, including the Silicon Valley and Veep finales, and next up are the genre and drama offerings, including in-depth looks at the Game of Thrones finale, BrainDead, and UnREAL. Afterward, Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club returns to the podcast to help us explore the fascinating and unique first season of Lady Dynamite.
Noel is back! After two weeks away, Noel returns from assignment, diving in with Kate on an entertaining week of television. We kick things off with a few comedies and some reality talk, including the premieres of The Jim Gaffigan Show and Any Given Wednesday, then move on to the genre offerings, including the series finales of Penny Dreadful and Person of Interest. Last up are the dramas, including the premieres of Greenleaf and American Gothic, and season four of Orange is the New Black. Afterward, Ryan McGee of Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan returns to the podcast to help us sing the praises of the short-lived musical comedy Galavant.
Noel is on assignment, so this week Kate is joined by The A.V. Club’s Caroline Siede for a full 2+ hours of TV talk. First up, we go through our week in TV, starting with the comedies, including a look at the season two premiere of Angie Tribeca and deep dives on Silicon Valley and Veep. Next up are the genre offerings, including the Outcast premiere and lengthy looks at Game of Thrones and Orphan Black, and we round out our week with the dramas, including the premieres of Feed the Beast and UnREAL, one of which we love and one of which, not so much. Then in lieu of the DVD Shelf, Caroline and Kate bring back the Season Spotlight and take a look at Grantchester season two.
It’s another light week of TV on the podcast, but a batch of spring finales give us plenty to discuss. First we look at the week’s comedies, including the release of Orange is the New Black season three and the finales of Silicon Valley and Veep. Next up are the genre offerings, including finales of iZombie and Game of Thrones, and plenty of Sense8 talk. Then afterwards, Kate has an in-depth chat with Hannibal composer Brian Reitzell about his approach to scoring season three.
It’s another manageable week in TV here at the podcast. We kick off the week with some SYTYCD talk before breaking down the comedies, including a full week of Adventure Time. Next up are the genre offerings, including a preview of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and looks at Sense8, the Hannibal premiere, and fun new installments of Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful. Afterwards, Todd VanDerWerff, culture editor of Vox, joins us to discuss the ups and downs of the 2015 ATX Television Festival.
April’s embarrassment of TV riches continues this week, making for another long podcast. First up are the comedies, including a preview of Inside Amy Schumer season three, followed by the genre entries, including a preview of Penny Dreadful season two, the pilot of The Messengers, and the premiere of Orphan Black. Last up are the dramas, including the series finale of Justified. After our week in TV, it’s time for another season spotlight, with Kyle Anderson of TheNerdist.com and WTF Are You Watching? returning to the podcast to break down season one of Daredevil.
Aprilgeddon continues, bringing with it the return of the Season Spotlight, giving Kate and Simon extra time to discuss some of their favorite series. We start our week with the comedies, including looks at the premieres of Louie, Veep, and Silicon Valley, and then talk genre, including the Game of Thrones premiere, the Fortitude finale, and season one of Daredevil. Then we round out the week with the dramas, including some The Slap talk as well as our weekly Justified, Americans, Mad Men, and The Good Wife discussion. Afterwards, Vikram Murthi of The A.V. Club returns to the podcast to talk about one of 2015’s most pleasant surprises, Better Call Saul season one.
It’s another transitional week for television, and television podcasting, with winter shows continuing to finish up while the summer series wait a few more weeks to begin. First we take a look at the week’s comedies, including the season finales of Inside Amy Schumer and Veep, then Sean gives FOX their report card, and afterward we look at an eventful week in genre and drama. Then it’s over to the DVD Shelf, with returning guest Deepayan Sengupta of SOS joining us to discuss Mike Judge’s short lived animated series, The Goode Family.
Thanks to the summer premieres starting up, and several series winding down, there’s plenty to talk about this week. After brief looks at Eagleheart, So You Think You Can Dance, the Comedy Bang Bang and Bunk pilots, Metalocalypse, and Girls, Simon and Kate take longer looks at the finale of Veep as well as the premiere of True Blood and the pilot of Bunheads, the latest from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. Then Adam Farrington-Williams joins the conversation to help break down the Mad Men finale, “The Phantom”, as well as the entirety of the fifth season.