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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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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!

Nov 19, 2020

For our belated good one/bad one episode week, we pull off what is known in podcasting circles as the Queen’s gambit—by watching the show The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix and then talking about it! We also watched Ratched, which is obviously the bad one. 

SHOW NOTES: 

THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT: https://www.netflix.com/title/80234304

RATCHED: https://www.netflix.com/title/80213445

Nov 12, 2020

Margaret definitely does not cry at all in this discussion of the conclusion of Never Have I Ever, a show that's really about grief and fathers who die and the kind of ripple effect that has for every member of the family. Nope! Zero crying. Also Kathryn definitely remembered to select the correct microphone, and that's why her audio sounds exactly as good as it always does. 

Nov 5, 2020

On this week’s episode, we introduce an important concept from Our Last Tapes: The Old Type, the official name for our periodic episodes where we open the creaky haunted vault of Ancient Television and bring forth a mummified TV corpse to examine. THIS WEEK, in honor of the SPOOKY TIMES in which we all live, we discuss The Addams Family (snap snap). Learn: what Kathryn’s 6-year-old thinks of it, which joke of Andrew’s makes Margaret bark with laughter while also saying “That’s so dumb”, and what piece of taxidermy Margaret most wishes she could have for herself. If you would like to sample some of the episodes discussed, they can be found on MGM’s YouTube page and on one of those largely made-up streaming platforms that’s called like Luna Network-- search on your Roku, it will know what I’m talking about. And, last but not least, please check out what the Addams family’s living room looked like in color or the weird musical spoof on said family that Margaret listened to frequently as a child (start at 3:58).

Oct 29, 2020

We begin this episode by taking the opportunity to respond to one more item from the mailbag, a very thoughtful email that expands on some of our discussion from our previous conversation about the cultural context of Never Have I Ever (and notably, how ill-equipped we are to see some of it!) Then we jump back into the show, with our discussion of episodes 5, 6, and 7. 

Oct 22, 2020

This week's episode begins with a funeral, but like, the kind of funeral where no one is surprised or sad? Then we talk about this year's off-feeling season of Bake-Off, Kathryn's latest weird dick show, and a bushel of listener questions.

SHOW NOTES:

RIP in peace Quibi: https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/21/21527197/quibi-streaming-service-mobile-shutting-down-end-katzenberg

GBBO on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80063224

John Explains Everything: https://www.hbo.com/how-to-with-john-wilson

Oct 15, 2020

In this lightly frankensteined episode, we discuss both a piece critical of Never Have I Ever (in a segment recorded last week), episodes 2, 3, and 4 of Never Have I Ever, and the myriad glories contained in what shall from here on out be known as The Lost Tapes (recorded just last night). And, as a bonus, we have a snippet of a song from a band to which Andrew so kindly introduced us last night.  

Oct 8, 2020

Thanks to a change in our recording setup last week, the episode we intended to release today (our next TV Book Club installment on episodes 2, 3, and 4 of Never Have I Ever) does not exist. INSTEAD, we are bringing you a rerun of a Golden Oldie: the team recommends their favorite shows for watching with only 80% attention and then, then. Then we dedicate ourselves to dunking on a terrible procedural you probably forgot existed: Deception, where the world's top magician uses his sophisticated understanding of SLEIGHT OF HAND to solve major crimes that inexplicably demand said expertise. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane and will be back with our regularly scheduled episodes next week. 

SHOW NOTES:

Sports Night: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165961/

Justified: http://www.fxtv.com.au/justified

Elementary: https://www.cbs.com/shows/elementary/

Pitch: https://www.fox.com/pitch/

Timeless: https://www.nbc.com/timeless?nbc=1

New Girl: https://www.fox.com/new-girl/

Terriers: https://tv.avclub.com/terriers-perfect-one-season-run-defied-description-ma-1798246162

Deception: http://abc.go.com/shows/deception

Oct 1, 2020

The quarantine Emmys were ... good?? We are as shocked as the next person, but we spend most of this episode discussing what made the socially distanced pandemic awards version of the Emmys so much more compelling than the regular version. Afterwards, we turn to a brief conversation about the role of seasonality in TV plotting, which is mostly an excuse for Margaret to mourn about the cancellation of Stumptown. Stumptown! Why were you taken from us! 

Sep 24, 2020

We answer some questions from our vaunted Tumblr ask box, which Margaret swears she won’t get upset about but then she totally does. It leads to a discussion of how important objectivity is to reviews and whether it exists at all (hint: it isn’t and it doesn’t). Then, we talk about the first episode of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, a teen comedy that is definitely narrated by tennis legend John McEnroe.

SHOW NOTES:

Ask Us Questions On Tumblr, You Cowards: https://atvpodcast.com/ask

Never Have I Ever: https://www.netflix.com/title/80179190

John McEnroe Gets Mad, This Is Just One Of The Times When This Happens, Also When Are We Getting A Movie Where Matthew Rhys Plays John McEnroe, I’m Just Saying, No That Shia LeBeouf Movie Doesn’t Count: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ransFQVzf6c&t=4s

Sep 17, 2020

This week we have: sad dirgeses about two recently announced cancellations, bad one picks from the fall TV lineup in which we have the deepest confidence, good one picks about which we're.... like..... IDK.... maybe!!!??!?! about, more uncertain squeaky uptalk than you can shake a stick at, and a full minute of Margaret explaining a driving game called cows that anyone other than Margaret would surely have trimmed out of the episode, but it's too late for you hos as neither responsible host was here to intervene. Links of pertinence: 

And, last but never least, please enjoy John Brown's portrait from the National Portrait Gallery, one of Margaret's very favorite works of art. 

Sep 10, 2020

Inspired by the absurd, impossible inescapability of 2020, we decide to take a trip to TV past. A fateful trip. A three hour tour, if you will. (Okay fine, this episode isn't quite that long.) 

First we have a chat about our own personal histories with Nick at Nite, and then turn to the bizarre phenomenon of Gilligan's Island. At one point, the fact that the castaways are able to bake a pie renders Kathryn speechless for over a minute. 

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