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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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Sep 16, 2021

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. 

Sep 9, 2021

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). 

Sep 2, 2021

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. 

Aug 26, 2021

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. 

Aug 19, 2021

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.

Aug 12, 2021

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

Aug 5, 2021

This is episode two of our Feel Good book club, where we discuss episodes 3 and 4 of season one. Serious topics are considered, including: does George still suck as much, what is Mae's stand-up actually like, and also how is Lisa Kudrow *this* good at her job? 

But before we get there, we bring up a topic that requires careful, detailed thought. Which one of us would suck the least if we were contestants on Survivor? 

Jul 29, 2021

On this week's episode, we introduce a new segment (name TBD) where we tell you how to get the most out of one month with any minor league streaming service. In honor of Ted Lasso's season 2 premiere last Friday (a glorious event to which we devote some time and attention), we've focus our first session on Apple TV+. Come for the earnest advice, but stay for the absolutely harrowing fuck-marry-kill the discussion occasions.

Jul 22, 2021

On this week's episode we begin our TV Book Club on Netflix's Feel Good, a show where extremely charming queer people make exceptionally poor decisions, but first: we answer some questions from our Tumblr ask box. Margaret goes long on the subject of library school, we all discuss the scam of terminal master degree programs (recently documented more thoroughly by Anne Helen Petersen), and then-- the true highlight-- we each share an embarrassing story we've not previously told on the podcast. 

Jul 15, 2021

RIP to The Bold Gripe, a segment we loved briefly and too well. You'll never guess what those goofy media types are up to in the finale! After we fully dunk on that whole situation we turn to the new HBO series The White Lotus, a show about rich people at a fancy resort but most importantly: a show with Jennifer Coolidge in it. 

Jul 8, 2021

On this week's episode of Appointment TB, we present unto you: CHAOS. Our exceptionally loose agenda is Andrew discusses Patreon Supporter Gerald's $7 pick, the late and sometimes lamented GCB and Margaret invites viewers to return to her Queer TV Qorner by mentioning some exclusively gay content in Marvel's Loki and finding a very particular queer framing for HBOMax's Starstruck. But in actual fact, you'll find our discussion a lot weirder and more wide-ranging than this brief summary can communicate, including the explicit nonsense that NPR specifically paid someone to remove from Margaret's discussion of Loki last week

Jul 1, 2021

You are *not* going to believe what happened on The Bold Type. It's the kind of thing you can see coming in retrospect, and yet it is so fully implausible that our minds are truly blown by it. Then we chat about Everything's Gonna Be Okay, a show we continue to love so, so much. 

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? 

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