This is, fundamentally, an episode about life's most existential questions. Some of those questions are fairly simple: what is good TV? How many shows about the same true crime murder is too many shows?
Some of those questions are much more complicated, like "if a time traveler poops in the woods and Steven Moffat is the showrunner and he changes the rules of how the story works so that detached parts of the time traveler's body follow him around through time and space ... what are the implications for Thanksgiving?"
This week, Margaret reopens her Queer TV Quorner to discuss OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH and then inflicts THE COURTSHIP upon Andrew and Kathryn. Its vastly superior predecessor Regency House Party is also discussed.
Did you miss us? Whether you did or not, we’re back again with our spring 2022 edition of Good One/Bad One, along with some notes about what we’ve been watching while we’ve been gone.
Our Flag Means Death: https://play.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYf3LzwJV98JifQEAAAAO
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/star-trek-strange-new-worlds/
The Courtship: https://www.usanetwork.com/the-courtship
Lovestruck High: https://press.amazonstudios.com/us/en/press-release/lindsay-lohan-unveiled-as-the-official-voiceover-o
The Time Traveler’s Wife: https://www.hbo.com/the-time-travelers-wife
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.
SHOW NOTES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGytDsqkQY8
This week we watched the unredeemable mess that is Netflix’s Father Christmas Is Back, starring Frasier from the show Frasier. You’ll miss us when we’re gone.
In this week's episode, we take our final dive into the Ask Box while it's still Appointment Television's ask box. Himbos, endings, and what we would do with nigh unlimited funds are all discussed, among other things. And Margaret barely even cries, it's really impressive how brave she is.
It's the final SYMBOL [final countdown riff goes here].
It's got everything - it's got death! It's got pyramids! It's got degrees, but not celsius or fahrenheit degrees, some OTHER degrees! It's got resonance, and kissing (terrible kissing), and oh yes - it's got symbols.
Andrew has watched Amazon's Wheel of Time adaptation, because you don't read a 14-book fantasy series and not watch the TV adaptation. Then, the three of us are whisked back to the magical world of Dan Brown, where everyone is always in on the scheme and all the evil masterminds are named "Zachary."
On this week's show, two reoccurring segments: the first return of "We Were Wrong About-- OR WERE WE?" (subject this time: Apple TV PLUS) and the final iteration of The Old Type about, inevitably, I Love Lucy. We discuss the episode "Lucy Does a Commercial" (which we all watched together) and then in turn the episodes "Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her," "Job Switching," and "Lucy Meets Orson Welles." And speaking of our man Orson, here is the wine commercial outtakes reel of which we speak in the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvxwf1jxdaM. Trust me, you WILL want to watch it. Love, The Podcast.
In this episode of ATV, Robert Langdon visits a quarry, and that is how we know that this show was our destiny! Also featuring: bad arm casts, Dell desktops, pyramid tops, masonic squares, CIA psychics, and some Netflix metrics reporting!
On today's episode: Andrew and Kathryn spoil one particular scene of the new season of Succession for Margaret (terminally behind on all television) in a segment Andrew's eloquently dubbed "Jesus CHRIST, Kendall Roy," resulting in what we must assume is a record number of shell-shocked "oh BOY"s for any single episode of the podcast. Then we introduce a new retrospective segment: "We Were Wrong About-- OR WERE WE?", wherein we revisit opinions of old and see if any of our minds have changed since they were initially formed. Our first topic for reexamination? Well, it's only our least-popular opinion ever: Nailed It, the show only we appeared to dislike. WERE we wrong about it? Only by listening to the show can you find out.
This week we continue our final TV Book Club selection, carefully studying and then improbably deciphering the ancient secrets of episodes 2 and 3 of Peacock's Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.
This week's episode is mostly a conversation about some important podcast business things. We love you all so much, and we hope you'll forgive us for all the many thoughts and feelings and also some truly bad pretend podcast titles that are all stuffed in here. We expect to hear from many of you lovely weirdos in the tumblr box, and we will treasure each and every one of those messages except for obviously the ones that are mean or gross. <3
On today's episode, we examine the last of our Fall 2021 Good One-Bad One pairs: Foundation, on Apple TV+, which is a perfectly acceptable good one, and La Brea, on NBC, which proved much more fun to chat about than it was to watch (please don't watch it). Join us as we answer the big questions: WHO at NBC is in the pocket of big tar pits?
If you'd like to hear Andrew talk about the book version of Foundation on his other podcast, the link is right here: https://overduepodcast.com/episodes/2015/3/9/episode-103-foundation
If you subscribed to Paramount+ (née CBS All Access) for one month, what would you watch? Our answer to this question is complicated by the fact that Paramount+ actually has a back catalogue, but the short version is that you should start with Evil and work your way out from there.
It's the second installment of 2021's fall Good One / Bad One, this time discussing the new FOX drama The Big Leap, and Apple TV+'s news/comedy/journalism/the fact that we don't know what to call it is part of the problem here/discussion show, The Problem With Jon Stewart. In this episode, Margaret has many problems with Stewart, Kathryn and Andrew have fewer problems, and everybody agrees that there are zero problems with Scott Foley.
In today's late-because-of-water-heater-chaos episode, we discuss three key things:
Although Margaret could not be with us for this episode, when it was time to check in with season two of Ted Lasso we knew that we'd be in capable hands with our friends Christina Tucker and Sophie Brookover. They join us this week for a conversation about the ups and downs of both Ted Lasso and Ted Lasso discourse, and they have a couple recommendations for what to watch. We cover such topics as: Sam! Whether this show has conflict! The experience of watching serial television! And, alarmingly, we attempt to discuss sports.
We're back, glory be! On this week's episode we're discussing a shocking revelation in the world of children's TV programming, the debatable delights of Doc McStuffins, and the absolutely established joys of Hulu's new original series Only Murders in the Building (with its gloriously Ephronian setting).
There is also a second segment to this episode, in which Andrew, Margaret and Kathryn all pitch imaginary TV shows about good journalism, and as per usual Margaret has an eerie number of truly fantastic TV ideas. But the main event here is that a patron forced Andrew to watch a truly awful TV show called Do No Harm aka Dr Facehands, and it was magnificent.
Andrew and Margaret return to the skeptical and often controversial Kathrynth Circuit Court for a TV versus TV debate: what duo has the most TV chemistry? Kathryn makes a decision sure to infuriate truly everyone; please know that your hate mail will be received calmly and disregarded quickly.
They then turn to a discussion of how chemistry works on TV, who has it and who does not. Many things are agreed upon, except for Kathryn's ruling.
With five weeks of Ted Lasso remaining and no new Schmigadoon to watch, we suspect many of you might be looking for some new way to make the most of your Apple TV+ subscription. So, for our first Summer Hiatus Rerun, we're sharing the interview we did with Dickinson creator Alena Smith in January, 2020. Consider this our pitch for letting a little corseted chaos into your life.
We take a brief detour into the wacky world of Robert and Michele King to talk about how Evil Season 2 is going, then we do some fantasy casting of Broadway actors in Kings' projects before wrapping up our Feel Good TV Book Club.
Also: we're taking a break! We'll be posting some reruns over the next few weeks and we'll see you all in September.
EVIL on Paramount+: https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/evil/
Feel Good on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80241545