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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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Jun 24, 2021

On this week’s episode, we celebrate reaching 300 episodes by talking about a bunch of other shows that have also reached 300 episodes! We also talk about Supernatural for what feels like an eternity; we’re not apologizing for it but we do think you should be aware of it going in. 

SHOW NOTES

The Simpsons on Disney+: https://www.disneyplus.com/series/the-simpsons/3ZoBZ52QHb4x

Supernatural on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/70143825

Grey’s Anatomy on Hulu: https://www.hulu.com/series/greys-anatomy-bfd6ba83-5fff-46f8-abae-76f1796c1c8e

Jun 17, 2021

In this week's episode Andrew catches us up on this season of The Bold Type (in what we hope will be a continuing segment) and we discuss episodes 5, 6, and 7 of Everything's Going to Be Okay, with which we are all falling ever more deeply in love. Along the way we touch briefly upon the issue of shows that exist in the same fictional universe, Andrew's secret superpower, and tease what's coming up in our Very Special 300th Episode.

Jun 10, 2021

This week's episode - Moon Show! (Technically the name of this show is For All Mankind on Apple TV+ but we're no dummies, we know the best name for it is Moon Show). Girls5Eva! Facts about Playboy bunnies in space! Also featuring: a brief but intense digression about Pringles! 

Jun 3, 2021

Everyone is charmed by episodes 2, 3, and 4 of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (hereafter EGBO), and Kathryn recommends some shows to people for the first time in a while. 

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay on Hulu: https://www.hulu.com/series/everythings-gonna-be-okay-f30e3e01-ccb4-46c3-8802-5117f8dc2f13

May 27, 2021

In today's episode, we mix it up with M*A*S*H, from its less-than-great actual pilot to the S4 premiere that Margaret's friends insist is the true pilot, with a special detour to discuss the particularly strange journey to creating Trapper John, M.D.

May 20, 2021

Most of this episode is a discussion of the lovely but slightly uneasy Peacock original show Rutherford Falls. It's a readily lovable show but also the thing at the very center of its DNA is centuries of genocide - a tricky, tricky tone to land, and the show mostly does it! 

At the beginning of the episode, though, we do a little chatting about TV starting to come back this summer. Hooray, television! But there's a very important PSA we need to note: in this episode Kathryn suggests that it's possible the Netflix show Halston might be good. This episode was recorded before she saw that series. Halston is *not* good. We regret the misleading implication. 

May 13, 2021

In today's episode: due to overwhelming demand from either many of you or (more likely) one of you many, many times, we're getting Kathryn's assessment on HBO's newest Murdur Durdur show, otherwise known as Mare of Easttown. And then we commence with installment #1 of our newest TV Book Club on Freeform's dramedy Everything is Gonna Be Okay, the second season of which has recently begun, prompting a profile of Josh Thomas to run in The New Yorker, which was subsequently turned into high-quality audio content with help of Margaret, but which she did not leverage into a close friendship with Josh Thomas--- YET.

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

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