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The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu

Brittany and Amanda got totally different messages from the Handmaid’s Tale. Brittany loved it, Amanda wasn’t so crazy about it. Where – and why – did our opinions contrast so deeply? Plus, we started out the episode talking a bit about some other things that have been on our radar lately – Brittany caught up on Scandal and Amanda finally watched the live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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pop culture detectivesThere were over 1,400 television shows out there to watch this past tv season, from network hits to cable sleepers. With so much TV (plus adding in Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon) there’s no way we could cover every single show. That’s why this week, we’re bringing you our top three shows each that probably won’t have a dedicated podcast episode. For a few, seasons have ended or are in the process of ending but we were careful (except in the case of Blindspot, there’s a major spoiler in there so skip that one when it comes up if you need to) to give vague summaries of the shows and why they’re so good to curl up with.

We also want you to recommend shows to us! There’s no guarantee we’ll get to everything, but we consider each and every idea tossed our way! Next up is The Handmaid’s Tale which just wrapped on Hulu, so if you’ve been waiting for that one, you will get your wish in July!

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orange is the new black

We’ve got time… to talk about Orange is the New Black. This series is not for the faint of heart: the show that focuses on diverse women and dives into their turbulent backstories that ultimately led them to an all-women’s prison, is back for its fifth season. It’s a little too ambitious for us to cover every single one of the show’s impressionable story arcs, threads and tangents in just one episode of Pop Culture Detectives, so we hone in on a few that left the biggest mark this season, including Suzanne and her ongoing struggles, Taystee’s relentless cries for justice, and the many other characters who dealt with – or were simply wrapped up in – the aftermath of Poussey’s death in the last season finale.  While the show offers some levity in its comedic tangents, ultimately we realize that there are a lot of sobering real-world parallels to this drama and we can’t help but wonder whether this show will ever wrap on a hopeful note while still doing its characters, and their realistic struggles, justice.

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pop culture detectives brittany and amanda

Welcome back to another episode of Pop Culture Detectives! This week, we start with just a little tv cancellation/renewal chatter, then jump into talking about the CBC/Netflix season one release of Anne. For some reason in the US (not sure about anywhere else) it’s being billed as “Anne with an ‘E'” which seems unnecessary, but what can you do? This was definitely a darker take, and one thing you’ll hear us mention is that it should have been billed as something inspired by the original story of Anne of Green Gables. Our expectation as fans was that this would stay mostly true to something that’s been a classic for over 100 years, so we’ll talk about whether or not we thought that was successful.

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Portlandia podcast discussion

Portlandia is a sketch comedy show that has enjoyed seven seasons so far. Despite its longevity and a slew of loyal viewers – and its reach into pop culture with phrases like “Put a bird on it!” – Portlandia may not exactly be the most well-known show we’ve ever discussed. It’s one of our favorites, though. Let’s talk about its clever hosts, our favorite characters and reoccurring skits on the show, as well as how Portlandia manages satire and political and social justice humor differently than other comedy out there today. Take a seat in Lance’s massage chair and grab a cup of Candace’s kombucha tea and let’s dream of the 90s together!

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We’re digging into the new Netflix show Santa Clarita Diet starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. For the first time we have really mixed and conflicted feelings about a show that, on paper, should have been right up at least one of our alleys. Before we get into zombie talk, we discuss the last four episodes of The Good Place, so spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen that season 1 finale we spoil the major plot twist. Skip ahead if you haven’t caught up yet! Plus, there’s a small discussion on how Netflix has taken us back to the way network tv used to be.

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donald glover stars in the series atlanta

This week, we’re talking about the Golden Globe award winning show Atlanta starring Donald Glover. Fun fact: He used to be a writer on 30 Rock (with Tina Fey) and there’s a moment in the show that really reminded us of that. We talk about whether the category it won in (best comedy or musical) actually fits, and whether the show gets a positive dialogue going about issues regarding race and class. Plus, we clearly pick a favorite episode and character. Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen all ten episodes of the first season, you may want to save this podcast until after you binge!

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Pop Culture Detectives the good place

This week on Pop Culture Detectives, we chat about the NBC comedy The Good Place starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. The show comes back from its mini-hiatus on January 5th to air the final four episodes before its long (and possibly permanent?) hiatus. We’ll discuss what we enjoy, which character is our MVP, and why it leaves us wondering how the story progresses beyond 13 episodes. At the beginning of the show, we pause to take a moment and remember Carrie Fisher. As a note, we recorded prior to the passing of Debbie Reynolds, but she and Carrie will both be a huge part of our lives as important pop culture legends. Listen all the way to the end of the episode for this week’s hashtag!

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Podcast about television and pop cultureWelcome to 2017! To kick off the year we are starting with a bonus episode, where we answer the questions you have sent to us over the past couple of months. We touch on a few “best of 2016” topics, speculate on the future, and fill you in on our favorite Starbucks beverages. It’s an eclectic mix of topics that we hope you enjoy on a lazy New Year’s Day Sunday!

And if you can’t wait for our next full episode of Pop Culture Detectives, good news: Our next episode will be out Wednesday.

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Podcast about Netflix's The Crown

This week we’re talking about Netflix’s latest pièce de resistance, The Crown. It’s the super high-budget, Golden Globe-nominated, royal bio-pic about Queen Elizabeth II. We discuss the many subtleties in this series, which we compare to Mad Men in both style and its ability to present inner turmoil rather than rely on a lot of external drama. We discuss the characters, the 1950s setting and how the show has had an impact on our views of history and present-day politics.