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.
Kathryn on The Bachelor and race: https://www.vulture.com/article/the-bachelor-season-25-racism-offscreen-editing-production.html
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.
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.
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.
Taxi (CBS): https://www.cbs.com/shows/taxi/episodes/