#13 – Obi-Wan Kenobi

The one with Hayden Christensen’s bus fare.

This week we’re force-ing ourselves to see both the light and dark sides of the newest Star Wars series: Obi-Wan Kenobi (like Ewan McGregor, we are cranky old dad-types now and our jokes will reflect that). We’re reviewing the first four episodes and making our predictions for the final two!

We'll take a look at the “Marvel-ization” of the Star Wars universe that’s accelerated since the launch of Disney+ (try to guess how many Star Wars shows are currently in development!) and we’ll try to answer this week’s big questions from the streaming universe. Questions like…

  • Is it cake?
  • What is “Breaking News” anyway?
  • Wait, Premier League Cricket is worth how much?
  • Do you think J.J. Abrams will take our notes about his sci-fi epic Demimonde and give Demi Moore the Emmy she deserves??
  • No really, is it cake??!
  • And can Netflix pivot to blockbuster movies? In this economy?!?!!

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📺 Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Episodes 1-4 (starting at 26:31) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review: 4
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 1
  • Where to Watch: Disney+
  • Spinoffs: Something called “Star Wars”

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#12 – Saturday Night Live (Season 47)

The one with Colleen Rafferty.

Check out our YouTube playlist featuring some of our favorite SNL moments!

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Live from New York… it’s your favorite podcast about TV and streaming! This week we take a break from reviewing the newest and buzziest shows so we can review one of the oldest and buzziest shows: NBC’s Saturday Night Live. We’ll break down the recent season finale of the sketch comedy show’s 47th year, share some of our favorite all-time SNL moments, and discuss this year’s big cast departures and what it means for the future of the show.

Plus new details on the upcoming ad-supported version of Disney+, the latest on the Netflocalypse, big names coming to streaming news, and Chris corrects the record in regards to Ted Danson.

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📺 Review: Saturday Night Live (Season 47)

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Season 47, Episode 21 (Natasha Lyonne with Musical Guest Japanese Breakfast) (starting at 53:21) 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 47 (!!!)
  • Where to Watch: NBC
  • Where to Stream: Peacock (And Hulu, but only until this fall)
  • Spinoffs: Countless

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#11 – I Love That For You

The one with Crackle.

We love this episode for you, and not just because we’re reviewing the new Showtime comedy I Love That For You starring Vanessa Bayer, Molly Shannon, and Jenifer Lewis.

Plus: Netflix accelerates their plan to introduce ads (and crack down on password sharing), Disney+ beats growth expectations, Hulu plans for the post-NBC world by picking up Schitt’s Creek, and we discuss the best (and worst) rated shows on a strange streaming service called Network TV (we hope you like Dick Wolf spinoffs!).

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📺 Review: I Love That for You

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Episodes 1-2 (starting at 59:31) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review: 2
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 1
  • Where to Watch: Showtime

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#10 – Barry

The one with NoHo Hank.

This week we’re chasing our Hollywood dreams with HBO’s Barry, which just returned to TV after 3 years where absolutely nothing noteworthy happened in the world. Get caught up (or meet Bill Hader’s Barry Berkman for the first time) as we break our review into two parts: First we’ll revisit the first episode from 2018 and talk about what makes it such a killer pilot, then we’ll dig into a spoiler-packed discussion of the first two episodes of Season 3.

Plus, the latest on the Netflocalypse, a flurry of action from the newly-merged Warner Bros. Discovery (forever known as “WaBroDisco”), and a listener question about the future of streaming news caps off our in memoriam tribute to CNN+.

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📺 Review: Barry

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Season 1, Episode 1 (starting at 40:41) 🚨 🚨 Spoiler Alert for Season 3, Episodes 1-2 (starting at 59:42) 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 3
  • Where to Watch: HBO
  • Where to Stream: HBO Max

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#9 – Our Flag Means Death

The one with CNN+ (RIP).

We’re hitting the high seas this week as we cruise through the entire first season of the queer pirate rom com we didn’t know we needed: Our Flag Means Death. But first: Join us as we sail into stormy weather with Netflix’s salty subscriber numbers, search for the treasure buried in the latest video game adaptations, voyage to the far off land of the Amazon (dot-com), and accidentally deliver a eulogy for CNN+ before scattering the young streamer’s ashes into the vast ocean of entertainment.

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📺 Review: Our Flag Means Death

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Season 1 (starting at 42:16) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review: 10
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 1
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

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#8 – The Thing About Pam

The one with Yahoo! Screen.

You’ve got questions about The Thing About Pam and we’ve got… even more questions! Those questions include:

  • Are we terrible people for slurping down every second of this show like it’s a giant generic fountain soda in the clutches of Renée Zellweger‘s fat-suit-clad hands?
  • How should we feel about the complicated ethics of a show— based on a podcast based on an episode of Dateline— that treats the real-life murder at the center of the story like the punchline of a joke?
  • And do the tonal similarities to Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber mean that Renée Zellweger is the Joseph Gordon-Levitt of network television??

Listen in as we grapple with these existential questions, catch up on the latest streaming news, and ponder the future of TV shows based on video games. Plus: There’s a new comedy streaming on… Grindr? Sure, why not!

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📺 Review: The Thing About Pam

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Episodes 1-4 (starting at 25:00) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review: 3
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 1
  • Where to Watch: NBC
  • Where to Stream: Peacock
  • Based On: The Dateline Podcast The Thing About Pam (based on the episode of Dateline)

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#7 – Minx

The one with the pigeon.

We’re bringing sexy back this week with our review of the excellent new HBO Max comedy Minx. But first we share our love of corporations, brainstorm potential MGM reboots for Amazon, and beg our parents not to kick us off their Netflix in response to the streamer’s potential crackdown on password sharing.

Oh, and a story about a pigeon. 🐦

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📺 Review: Minx

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Episodes 1 and 2 (starting at 38:19) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review: 2
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 1
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

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#6 – Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

The one with the Peacockalypse!

This week we’re reviewing Showtime’s Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber and we’re so pumped we might say “super pumped” even more times than Joseph Gordon-Levitt does in the pilot.

But first, in the news: We’re super pumped for the Peacockalypse (coming this fall to Hulu!), but we’re super NOT pumped about Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s pathetic response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. And only time will tell if we’ll ever be super pumped for streaming news services like CNN+ and Peacock’s new “MSNBC Hub on Peacock” (in case you weren’t aware that it’s on Peacock). Oh, and for some reason Chris’s Roku wants him to know that Judge Jeanine Pirro has a thing for American castles (of which there are… many?).

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📺 Review: Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Episodes 1-2 (starting at 39:05) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review: 2
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 1
  • Where to Watch: Showtime
  • Where to Watch the Pilot: Free on YouTube!
  • Spinoffs: Supposedly in the works

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#5 – Servant of the People

The one with the Ukrainian President.

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is a political outsider fighting for his nation’s democracy, but his rise to power involves a hit Ukrainian sitcom about… a political outsider fighting for his nation’s democracy. Yes, we’re here to review the pilot of our new favorite anxiety-ridden satire: Servant of the People.

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📺 Review: Servant of the People

🚨 Spoiler Alert for Episode 1 (starting at 34:51) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review: Pilot
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 3
  • Where to Watch: YouTube
  • Spinoffs: The literal presidency of Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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#4 – Law & Order (2022 Revival)

The one with the DUN-DUN.

OBJECTION! This revival is leading the witness!

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📺 Review: Law & Order (Revival)

🚨 Spoiler Alert for S21 E01 (starting at 1:02:00) 🚨

  • Episodes Watched for Review:
    • The Original CBS Pilot, 1988
    • S01 E01 (NBC Pilot), 1990
    • S05 E01 (The Introduction of Jack McCoy), 1995
    • S20 E23 (The “Series Finale”), 2010
    • S21 E01, 2022
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 21
  • Where to Watch: NBC
  • Where to Stream: Peacock, Hulu
  • Where to Stream Past Seasons: Peacock, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video
  • Spinoffs: Special Victims Unit, Organized Crime, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury, LA, True Crime (plus some international versions)

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