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Appointment Television

Appointment Television is a podcast about the TV you want to make time for. Every Thursday Margaret, Kathryn, and Andrew will revisit old shows, discover new ones, and debate everything from highbrow dramas to episodes of The Bachelor.
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May 6, 2021

The short segment this week is a patreon recommendation for cozy mysteries! But the long segment is a discussion of the Australian preschool show Bluey. Spoiler: Bluey is amazing.

SHOW NOTES

May 3, 2021

We're starting your week off with some extra #content in the form of SEINFELD XXX, a show about a show about nothing! Craig and Chris talk about every episode of Seinfeld on the 30th anniversary of its original air date; in this episode, they discuss season 2 episode 6, The Statue. Find out more at seinfeld.rocks or @SeinfeldXXX

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It’s time for the 30th anniversary of the sixth episode of Seinfeld’s second season!

The bizarre boyfriend of Elaine’s bizarre friend/client cleans Jerry’s apartment, but a coveted statue has gone missing! George orchestrates a sting operation. Jerry and Elaine can’t believe what’s going on. Kramer impersonates a police detective.

And it’s time to ask: what’s the deal with New Kramer and thieves?

Apr 29, 2021

Carrying over from our previous Muppet Show discussion, this week we start by discussing: What era-appropriate guests did the classic Muppet Show miss? We then finish our TV Book Club discussion of the Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso (specifically episodes 8, 9, and 10). Do note that this episode was recorded before the trailer for season 2 dropped; it starts on July 23!

SHOW NOTES:

Muppet Show on Disney+: https://www.disneyplus.com/series/the-muppet-show/Rgks70YwIkSw

Ted Lasso on Apple TV+: https://tv.apple.com/us/show/ted-lasso/umc.cmc.vtoh0mn0xn7t3c643xqonfzy

Ted Lasso S2 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auxeLrtk7tk

Apr 22, 2021

In this week's episode we:

  • Learn the differences between Christina, Christine, Cristin, and Kirsten
  • Discuss old gay news and whether the NLRB can protect Andrew from Bachelor exposure
  • Establish that Q puts the Q in LBTQIA+
  • Detail the manner in which many docuseries have huge "meetings that could have been an email" energy, but not THIS one
  • And finally, chat over the new HBO Max original series Made for Love and the essential value of stifling your internal Edward Snowden. 
Apr 15, 2021

If you could vacation in an as-seen-on-TV locale, where would you go? This is the vital question we begin with on this week’s show, before diving into episodes 5, 6, and 7 of the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso. 

SHOW NOTES

Ted Lasso on Apple TV+: https://tv.apple.com/us/show/ted-lasso/umc.cmc.vtoh0mn0xn7t3c643xqonfzy

Apr 8, 2021

Wocka wocka it's The Muppet Show! After a rousing discussion of which Muppets we most strongly identify with, we talk about the glorious original Muppet Show. This includes questions such as: what modern day celebrity do we wish were on the 70s Muppet Show? Why is Gonzo like that? And, is Scooter's whole deal really nepotism? 

Apr 1, 2021

Hello, friends! Today's episode touches briefly on the state of children's television presently (and ergo features some exceptionally cute anecdotes about Kathryn's children) and then moves on to discuss episodes 2, 3, and 4 of Ted Lasso. Whomst does Andrew liken to a "more fuckable Anton Ego"? You'll have to listen to find out. 

Mar 25, 2021

This week we allow Kathryn some space to defend her single-handed cancelation of Chris Harrison, the only man on the face of the earth who is qualified to ask reality show contestants questions like "how are you feeling." Then we clarify some jokes we made about watching shows with subtitles and some other mailbag stuff. Ah, good ol' mailbag.

SHOW NOTES

Kathryn on The Bachelor and race: https://www.vulture.com/article/the-bachelor-season-25-racism-offscreen-editing-production.html

Mar 18, 2021

In today's episode, we're kicking off (like one would in UNAMERICAN FOOTBALL) our Ted Lasso TV Book Club by discussing its pilot, which improbably succeeds in transforming an abrasively amusing series of NBC sports commercials into an incapacitatingly sweet and charming sitcom. This is the rare show where Margaret has actually watched ahead of our assigned reading so (1) you know it's good and (2) be prepared for her to confuse which things happened in which episodes! 

For our Ted Lasso sensitive listener: this one is pretty much all Lasso (although we don't really dig into the show until about three minutes in), but future iterations will have more non-Lasso content for you.

Mar 11, 2021

It was time to do a check-in with all the stuff we've been watching in the great quarantine TV slow-down. Margaret, to absolutely no one's surprise, has refused to watch the ending of a show and instead is just gonna circle back around to the beginning! 

We spend most of this week's episode talking about WandaVision, though. Not in a spoilery sense! We do not reveal anything about the major events of the show. But we do talk about the recent trend toward buzzy weekly release shows on big streaming platforms, and why we think they've gotten popular lately. 

Mar 4, 2021

This week's installment of The Old Type is brought to you by Taxi, yet another 70s-era sitcom that existed just off of our pop cultural maps. Of all the old sitcoms we've watched so far, this is probably the one that is still the funniest? Like funniest in an intentional way, not how-did-the-Gilligan's-Island-castaways-get-a-pie-tin sort of way.

SHOW NOTES: 

Taxi (CBS): https://www.cbs.com/shows/taxi/episodes/

Feb 25, 2021

On this week's episode, we discuss: the persistent whiteness of the cozy mystery genre, the more diverse potential presented by noir, series HBO foolishly is not making, what TV moment from 2020 is still living-- rent free-- in all of our heads, whose butt should receive Rush Limbaugh's repossessed Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Netflix's new reality TV Show Buried by the Bernards. All told, I'd say it's a pretty darn good time. 

Feb 18, 2021

It's not fair! It really is not fair. But this is the most Teenage Bounty Hunters we're going to get, so we're just holding this celebration of its life and getting very, very mad about it. 

Feb 11, 2021

Holy podcast! This week on The Old Type, we all revisit the old 60s Batman show featuring Adam West, Burt Ward, and a smorgasbord of tights. This is a long episode for us but I think you'll agree that Batman is worth it. 

Feb 4, 2021

On this week, hear the good tidings of what your PBS Passport membership could entitle you to this week, learn of their past (partially forgiven) perfidy, and hear our grief over the premature cancellation of Teenage Bounty Hunters grow still more keen as our love for the show gains abiding depth. 

Jan 28, 2021

Wow Teenage Bounty Hunters is a great show, right?! Dang. In this episode we talk about episodes 2-4, but we also answer a few questions from the ol' ask box, and we go on a long-ish mid-episode detour about the first time we found ourselves quite drunk at a college party. What a fun time.

Jan 21, 2021

This week we talk about the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, both politically and as TV spectacle. No show notes this week, we have a lot going on, ok???

Jan 14, 2021

As the title implies, this week is the first part of our TV Book Club series about the Netflix one-season wonder that is Teenage Bounty Hunters.

TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS ON NETFLIX: https://www.netflix.com/title/80244296

Jan 7, 2021

You guessed it, folks: we're talking about the new Netflix series Bridgerton this week! There are bosoms! They are heaving! There are dicks! They are pumping! There is more specific information about the nuts and bolts of pumping and nutting than you might anticipate! (About which Kathryn recently conducted a fascinating interview.) And, to top it all off, there is also special guest Christina Tucker, AKA our Lady Danbury Thirst Correspondent. In addition to Bridgerton, we are also discussing movie directors being whiny little babies about all their movies being simultaneously released to HBOMax and theaters. ENJOY! And, for next week, you'll want to watch episode one of Teenage Bounty Hunters, our newest TV Book Club pick. 

Dec 31, 2020

We're taking a week off! Pasted below are the original show notes for our 2017 episode about Netflix's A Christmas Prince. 

It’s holiday time, so we dedicate the entire episode to a close reading of one of Netflix’s forays into the wide world of dedicated Christmas programming: the Hallmark Christmas-style movie A Christmas Prince. Strap in for lying! Mothra! Negging! Jellied meats! Birther scandals! Romance! Tokenism! Constitutional crises! And so much more!

SHOW NOTES: 

Dec 24, 2020

Sadly they stopped making new Christmas Prince movies (BOO!) so we are celebrating the holidays with an installment of The Old Type. This time we're watching several Christmas episodes of The Bob Newhart Show, a '70s sitcom that led Andrew and Margaret to ask Kathryn "uh why are we watching this?" 

Dec 17, 2020

This week, we're checking in with how TV is handling its uncomfortable task of depicting a pandemic that requires hot actors to cover 1/2 of their face. Spoiler: they aren't doing great! We start with a long, harrowing, collective look at the opening episode of Bull and its terrifying demon CGI baby and then continue on to touch upon: Black-ish, Super Store, The Good Doctor, and a handful of other programs. Obviously, Kathryn wrote about all of this really brilliantly. She also wrote astutely about the sexual harassment Eliza Dushku experienced on the set of Bull, a subject we touched upon at the beginning of the show.

Dec 10, 2020

All three of us definitely showed up this week having seen every minute of both of the shows we’re discussing—Showtime’s intriguing The Good Lord Bird, and HBO’s weird-ass mystery box drama The Third Day. 

SHOW NOTES

The Good Lord Bird: https://www.sho.com/the-good-lord-bird

The Third Day: https://www.hbo.com/the-third-day

Dec 3, 2020

Let's check in with what's happening on network TV! Specifically, let's check in with unscripted network TV: the reboot of Supermarket Sweep and this high-drama season of The Bachelorette. We've asked our beloved games corresponded Craig Getting to return so he can weigh in on the Sweep update; in a shocking turn of events, everyone gets very animated. 

Nov 26, 2020

In this episode, we discuss Andrew’s Good One/Bad One pairing: AMC’s Soulmates, which we all liked a little bit more than we were expecting and The Comey Rule, which was even worse than we could possibly have imagined. Along the way we discuss Sarah Snook and her acting partner, her butt, whether Andrew and Kathryn would soulmate test despite being married, whether Margaret is doing something remarkably unprofessional around minute 5, the propensity in American culture to confuse a man being tall with a man being possessed of character, just what can render one nostalgic for The Newsroom, and what Aaron Sorkin needs in order to climax sexually. IT’S A REAL ONE, Y’ALL! Enjoy!

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