Podcast Episodes, Television

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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Sing it with us now: “Mmmmmmmm, dammit!”

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (starring Ellie Kemper as the titular character) is back on Netflix for a third season with a ton of themes surrounding gentrification, social issues and female culture (created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock). We discuss a little bit about why people call the show “problematic” and try to pinpoint some of our favorite moments. It’s a near impossible task when quotable moments happen every other sentence. From Titus “Lemonading” to Lillian trying her hand at politics, we cover it all.

Plus, Brittany talks a little about how her own viewing habits have changed. Do people feel like they have  to watch things live anymore, or are we living in a binge world now?

Podcast Episodes, Television

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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Netflix's Grace and Frankie a great series about women

Welcome back to Pop Culture Detectives, everyone! We’re glad to be back and bringing you the hit Netflix show Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Not only do we dig into the most recent season (spoiler alert! …yes, we do reveal major plot points, so make sure you’ve caught up), but we also go back to seasons one and two to discuss how the show has evolved and while the focus shifts from the title characters to their ex-spouses and even their children, it always seems to come back around to the ladies.

Podcast Episodes, Television

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.

Podcast Episodes, Television

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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Mad MenThis week, we’re talking about the AMC show Mad Men. Yes, the one that ended in 2015 after buying the world a Coke. We dig into the ways race was portrayed and how it evolved over the series. We also explore Don Draper/Dick Whitman and the relationships he had with Peggy, plus we go over some of our favorite episodes and pitches from The Wheel to The Suitcase. Listen for our hashtag and then use it on twitter to tell us what you think about our first ‘retro’ episode! And of course, if you haven’t seen the entire show, go watch it and then come back and listen, because there are spoilers all over the place from season 1 onward.

Podcast Episodes, Television

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.

Podcast Episodes, Television

tv viewing habits have changed

This week, we decide whether or not we enjoyed watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and segue into how television viewing habits have changed over time. Is there something to be gained from watching television live, or is it better to save time by binging on Netflix or Hulu? Plus, Brittany has an interesting book recommendation that you don’t want to miss.

Podcast Episodes, Television

Fall 2016 television shows preview

This week we’re talking about one of Brittany’s favorite topics: what’s coming up on our tv sets next fall! Last week there was a ton of news about fall television: previews of what’s coming up after the summer, dramatic goodbyes to many beloved shows that won’t be returning in the fall, and plenty of trailers to watch and start looking forward to (or not).  Plus, a peek into what’s going on this week in pop culture: top BBMA moments, the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer, Brittany’s initial thoughts about ABC’s Preacher and more. And just for fun, we close out the episode with a game.

What do you think: are you looking forward to anything coming up in the fall?