TV Avalanche

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With TV Avalanche, Uproxx's Alan Sepinwall and Brian Grubb have fun scaling the heights of the overwhelming new TV landscape to talk about shows they love, shows they watched so that you will never ever have to, and shows that may turn into something special with a little luck and time. Come for the TV nerdery, stay for the occasional talk about silly character names and two of the NBA's most godforsaken basketball teams!

Episode Date
Episode 65: Big News, The Americans, Listener Mail, Goodbye
0:00 - 6:00 Alan's big news 6:00 - 59:10 The Americans (SPOILERS) 59:10 - 1:13:30 Listener Mail 1:13:30 - 1:25:10 Trust the Process 1:25:10 - 1:30:47 Alan and Brian say goodbye
May 31, 2018
Episode 64: Westworld, Justified, Listener Mail
0:00 - 29:45 Westworld 29:45 - 1:05:55 Justified 1:05:55 - 1:10:14 Listener Mail (Lost)
May 22, 2018
Episode 63: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Barry, Atlanta, Killing Eve, The Americans
0:00 - 10:15 Brooklyn Nine-Nine lives 10:15 - 17:10 Deception dies 17:10 - 31:55 Barry 31:55 - 43:00 Atlanta 43:00 - 55:32 Killing Eve 55:32 - 1:19:05 The Americans 1:19:05 - 1:29:04 Brian Mourns The Sixers
May 14, 2018
Episode 62: Handmaid's Tale, Brockmire, The Americans, Westworld
0:00 - 7:20 Intro: Heh vs LOL 7:20 - 27:00 Handmaid's Tale 27:00 - 39:30 Brockmire 39:30 - 44:20 Listener mail: Great performances on shows nobody watched 44:20 - 1:07:40 The Americans 1:07:40 - 1:20:38 Westworld
Apr 24, 2018
Episode 61: Westworld, Bosch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sixers Playoff Talk
0:00 - 25:20 Westworld 25:20 - 36:00 Bosch 36:00 - 45:55 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 45:55 - 53:50 Carrie Coon to the MCU 53:50 - 1:05:53 Sixers Playoff Talk
Apr 16, 2018
Episode 60: Westworld, Killing Eve, Lost In Space, New Girl, Atlanta
0:00 - 9:30 Westworld spoiler stunt 9:30 - 17:30 Killing Eve 17:30 - 28:45 New Girl 39:50 - 45:45 Listener Mail 45:45 - 1:08:02 Atlanta: Teddy Perkins
Apr 10, 2018
Episode 59: The Americans, Roseanne, Legion & Listener mail
0:00 - 19:50 The Americans 19:50 - 29:04 Roseanne 29:04 - 41:40 Legion 41:40 - 59:54 Listener Mail
Mar 26, 2018
Episode 58: Billions, Barry, Silicon Valley, Trust & More
0:00 - 4:50 Intro/Billions 4:50 - 16:00 Barry 16:00 - 26:18 Silicon Valley 26:18 -41:13 Trust 41:13 - 1:05:35 Listener Mail TV Presidential Cabinet
Mar 19, 2018
Episode 57: Rise, Sopranos Prequel, Listener Mail & More
0:00 - 15:55 Intro, Rise 15:55 - 24:50 Sopranos prequel 24:50 - 34:20 TV quarter-year check in 34:20 - 1:02:01 Listener Mail
Mar 12, 2018
Episode 56: 'Jessica Jones,' 'Sneaky Pete,' 'Deception' & More
0:00 - 10:30 Deception 10:30 - 16:50 Instinct 16:50 - 33:55 Jessica Jones 33:55 - 44:30 Sneaky Pete 44:30 - 59:45 Oscars 59:45 - 1:13:08 Listener mail
Mar 06, 2018
Episode 55: 'Atlanta,' 'Good Girls,' 'McMafia' & 'The Looming Tower'
With the Olympics over, TV is busy again, and Alan and Brian have reviews of four shows this week, from a long-awaited Atlanta sophomore season to three new dramas. Then, lots of mail, including best mustaches, best pilots, why we don't appreciate Bob's Burgers enough, and more. 0:00-7:25 Intro 7:25-16:25 Atlanta 16:25-24:40 Good Girls 24:40-32:20 McMafia 32:20-42:08 The Looming Tower 42:08-end Listener mail
Feb 26, 2018
Episode 54: The all-Mad Men episode
Alan and Brian draft their favorite characters and episodes, and answer all your questions, including the most impossible one: "That's what the money is for!" or "Not great, Bob!"?
Feb 20, 2018
Episode 53: Everything Sucks, This Close, One Day At A Time Spoilers
0:00 - 18:00 Everything Sucks 18:00 - 26:30 This Close 26:30 54:18 Listener Mail 54:18 - 1:16:24 One Day At A Time
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 52: Super Bowl 52, This Is Us And The Good Place Spoilers
0:00 - 38:30 Super Bowl, halftime show, Brian celebrates 38:30 - 46:30 Here and Now 46:30 - 58:45 This Is Us spoilers 58:45 - 1:18:02 The Good Place spoilers
Feb 05, 2018
Episode 51: Best Post-Super Bowl Episodes, Altered Carbon & More
0:00 - 15:00 Reboot Mania 15:00 - 29:00 Altered Carbon 29:00 - 40:15 A.P. Bio 40:15 - 53:30 Strike Back 53:30 - 1:03:00 Meryl Streep to TV 1:03:00 - 1:21:05 Post Super Bowl Episodes
Jan 30, 2018
Episode 50: The Alienist, Mosaic, One Day at a Time & More
Alan and Brian review a pair of new cable murder mysteries, check in on the return of a great Netflix comedy, and belatedly discuss all the insanity on Brian's favorite new network drama. The guys close things out with Brian coping with Philly sports news, good and bad. 00:00-04:20 Intro 04:21-17:09 The Alienist 17:10-28:42 Mosaic 28:43-43:28 One Day at a Time 43:29-53:35 9-1-1 53:36-01:09:39 Philly Sports Talk
Jan 22, 2018
Episode 49: American Crime Story, Breaking Bad 10th Anniversary
0:00 - 3:20 Intro 3:20 - 19:08 American Crime Story 19:08 - 27:00 Corporate 27:00 - 38:00 Counterpart 38:00 - 1:08:30 Breaking Bad 10th Anniversary, Listener Questions
Jan 16, 2018
Episode 48: Golden Globes And A Discussion About Game Of Thrones
0:00 - 20:00 Golden Globes 20:00 - 31:55 End Of The F*cking World 31:55 - 41:40 Game Of Thrones 41:40 - 45:40 Who Killed More People On The Americans? 45:40 1:08:27 Viewer Emails (Including A Discussion About Friends)
Jan 08, 2018
Episode 47: Shows We're Looking Forward To In 2018
0:00-23:07 - Intro chat and shows we’re looking forward to in 2018 23:07-37:04 - The X-Files 37:04-45:25 - LA to Vegas 45:25-51:45 Grown-ish 51:45-End - The Chi
Jan 02, 2018
Episode 46: The Highlights And Lowlights From TV In 2017
Intro 0:00-3:35 Things we liked about TV in 2017 03:35-28:38 Things we didn’t like about TV in 2017 28:38-41:47 Fan email and goodbyes 41:47-1:03:43
Dec 19, 2017
Episode 45: Top 10 TV Shows Of 2017
Alan and Brian announce their top 10 shows of 2017. Some will feel inevitable if you've been listening all year, while one absence may shock you.
Dec 11, 2017
Episode 44: The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Happy, Mr. Robot
Intro 0-03:23 The Crown 3:23-18:00 Meghan Markle 18:00-23:15 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 23:15 - 35:50 Happy 35:50 - 42:04 Mr. Robot 42:04 -54:08 Back to the Future 54:08 - 1:02:09 Die Hard vs Lethal Weapon 1:02:09 - 1:12:23
Dec 04, 2017
Episode 43: The all-Parks and Recreation podcast
Alan and Brian take a break from Peak TV to devote a whole installment to one of their all-time favorite comedies, breaking down the adventures of Leslie Knope, Ron effing Swanson, and the rest of the gang from Parks and Recreation. Included: a draft of major and minor characters, whether season 1 should be watched at all, what happened to Mark Brendanawicz, and a whole lot more.
Nov 28, 2017
Episode 42: Runaways, Godless & She's Gotta Have It
Alan and Brian binge their way through a trio of streaming debuts, including Hulu's new Marvel Comics teen drama, a Netflix Western, and Spike Lee adapting his first movie into a TV show. They close things out with some fantasy casting and ask what can be done to fix You're the Worst. 00:00-08:20 Introduction/Holiday streaming TV deluge 08:21-20:40 Runaways 20:41-34:20 Godless 34:21-48:00 She's Gotta Have It 48:01-56:00 Listener mail 56:01-01:13:34 You're the Worst spoilers
Nov 21, 2017
Episode 41: Louis CK, The Punisher, Future Man
Intro 0:00 - 3:00 Louis CK 3:00 - 20:30 The Punisher 20:30 - 31:50 Future Man 31:50 - 42:22 Listener Mail 42:22 - 1:07:28 While we for the most part like to spend our podcast time goofing around and talking about Wynn Duffy, the New York Knicks, and the TV show Zoo, sometimes developments in TV necessitate a more serious tone, which is why this week’s show begins with a long discussion of the Louis CK revelations and the fallout.
Nov 13, 2017
Episode 40: Stranger Things 2, House of Cards turmoil, The Good Place
Alan and Brian review a new USA drama and consider the challenge of being a pretty good show in an era filled with ones that are very good to great, then discuss the chaos at House of Cards, answer some more Wynn Duffy questions, and spoil the heck out of The Good Place and Stranger Things 2. 00:00 - 11:20 Intro, Damnation 11:20 - 18:43 House of Cards turmoil 18:43 - 30:15 Listener Mail 30:15 - 46:23 The Good Place 46:23 - 1:22:18 Stranger Things 2 (spoilers)
Nov 07, 2017
Episode 39: Goodbye to Zoo, SMILF, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Deuce
00:00 - 4:15 Intro/Goodbye to Zoo 4:15 - 14:20 SMILF 14:20 - 28:45 Listener Email 28:46 - 40:00 You're the Worst 40:01 - 53:40 Curb Your Enthusiasm 53:41 - 01:23:44 The Deuce
Oct 30, 2017
Episode 38: Stranger Things, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mindhunter
Alan and Brian talk about Season 2 of Stranger Things and Brian goes off on a minor Jason Statham tangent. A discussion about Brooklyn Nine-Nine evolves into a larger discussion about TV weddings and proposals. 00:00 - 24:00 Stranger Things (and a Jason Statham tangent) 24:00 - 41:15 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 41:15 - 48:30 Favorite TV weddings/proposals 48:30 - 56:30 Mindhunter doppelganger 56:30 - 1:06:00 Listener mail
Oct 23, 2017
Episode 37: Mindhunter, Big Mouth & Halt and Catch Fire
Alan and Brian talk about Alan's new role as a wedding officiant before belatedly discussing a pair of Netflix shows, answering listener questions about the ideal Must-See TV lineup and bad names for great shows, and spoiling the heck out of the tremendous Halt and Catch Fire finale. Oh, and our NBA season micro-preview! 00:00-06:12 Alan marries people 06:13-22:36 Mindhunter 22:37-31:14 Big Mouth 31:15-41:42 Listener mail: The ideal Must-See TV lineup 41:43-48:37 Listener mail: When bad names happen to good shows 48:38-01:17:49 Halt and Catch Fire finale spoilers 01:17:50-01:23:00 NBA mini-preview
Oct 17, 2017
Episode 36: 'Mr. Robot,' 'White Famous,' 'The Good Place' & More
Alan and Brian talk about whether freshman phenomenon Mr. Robot has gotten back on track after a sophomore slump and review the latest comedy about being a comedian. Then Alan performs dramatic readings of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song lyrics to try to get Brian to watch the show, before the guys shamelessly plug Alan's new Breaking Bad 101 book and draft their favorite characters from Heisenberg country, before closing it out with spoilers on the new status quo over in The Good Place. 00:00-20:21 Mr. Robot 20:22-28:19 White Famous 28:20-37:55 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 37:56-01:10:47 Breaking Bad 101/character draft 01:10:48-01:25:39 The Good Place spoilers
Oct 09, 2017
Episode 35: The Gifted, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rick and Morty & more
Alan and Brian swap roles this week so that Brian can introduce more of the segments, while Alan can insert many shameless plugs for next week's Breaking Bad 101 book release. In between the shilling, the guys review an X-Men TV spinoff, spoil the Curb Your Enthusiasm premiere, the Rick and Morty finale, and a big event on Halt and Catch Fire, and answer a lot of mail. And did we mention Alan has a book coming out? 00:00-05:17 Intro/shameless book plug #1 05:18-14:07 The Gifted 14:08-20:10 Listener mail: Rich TV characters to buy Knicks/Sixers 20:11-25:42 TV shows that changed their title sequences 25:43-28:13 Wynn Duffy on The Deuce 28:14-30:31 Worse punishment: Bad Place, or bad TV? 30:32-42:27 Curb Your Enthusiasm premiere spoilers 42:27-57:21 Rick and Morty finale spoilers 57:22-01:15:07 Halt and Catch Fire spoilers/Shameless book plug #27
Oct 02, 2017
Episode 34: Inhumans, American Vandal, Ghosted & More
It's the first official week of the TV season, if that distinction means anything in 2017, so Alan and Brian open things up with reviews of four new network shows, as Law & Order takes a spin into the world of docudramas, ABC reaches far down along the Marvel bench for a new superhero show, two comedy favorites team up again to chase aliens, and Jeremy Piven tries to crowdsource policework. After that, Brian laments the Zoo season finale, and both guys extol the many surprising virtues of Netflix's American Vandal. 00:00-14:21 Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders 14:22-27:57 Inhumans 27:58-32:58 Ghosted 32:58-41:29 Wisdom of the Crowd 41:30-47:20 Zoo finale spoilers 47:21-01:04:12 American Vandal
Sep 25, 2017
Episode 33: Emmys, The Good Place, BoJack & More
Alan and Brian break down the highlights (first-time winners!) and lowlights (San Spicer! interrupted speeches!) of this year's Primetime Emmy Awards. From there, they do their best to review The Good Place season 2 without spoiling it, followed by Brian's preview of the possible series finale of his beloved Zoo. The guys then start looking at traditional fall TV premieres with CBS' Me, Myself & I and ABC's The Good Doctor, before closing things out with a spoiler-filled look at BoJack Horseman season four. 00:00-19:36 Emmys 19:37-25:09 The Good Place season two 25:10-31:55 Zoo finale preview 31:56-39:16 Me, Myself & I 39:17-46:29 The Good Doctor 46:30-01:07:39 BoJack Horseman season four spoilers
Sep 18, 2017
Episode 32: Emmys, Broad City & Better Things
Alan and Brian pick Emmy results they're rooting for and against, preview the returns of Broad City and Better Things, then answer your questions about Amazon's search for the next Game of Thrones, comfort food TV, the best sports-themed shows, and a lot more. 00:00-20:26 Emmy preview 20:27-27:58 Broad City season 4 27:59-36:44 Better Things season 2 36:45-43:10 Listener mail: Turmoil at Amazon 43:11-49:34 Listener mail: AMC's third-best show ever? 49:35-52:34 Listener mail: 13-hour novel vs 13-hour movie & Pete Campbell vs Zoo animals 52:35-59:45 Listener mail: Comfort food TV 59:46-01:02:57 Listener mail: Sports-themed TV shows 01:02:58-01:07:22 Listener mail: Unfairly-maligned characters
Sep 11, 2017
Episode 31: 'The Deuce,' 'BoJack Horseman,' 'You're the Worst' & 'The Orville'
Alan returns from his vacation in time for the unofficial start of the fall season, as he and Brian review seasons four of You're the Worst and BoJack Horseman, Seth MacFarlane's new sci-fi series The Orville, The Wire team's new HBO drama The Deuce, and more. 00:00-08:03 You're the Worst season four 08:04-17:56 BoJack Horseman season four 17:57-28:34 The Orville 28:35-41:15 The Deuce 41:16-46:18 Listener mail: Is the average TV show better in Peak TV? 46:19-52:41 Alan on Top of the Lake: China Girl 52:42-01:02:15 Brian on Narcos season 3
Sep 05, 2017
Episode 30: 'Game Of Thrones' Finale with Maureen Ryan
Brian Grubb discusses the 'Game of Thrones' finale with Maureen Ryan and what lies ahead for the show
Aug 29, 2017
Episode 29: ‘Zoo’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ (With Vox’s Caroline Framke)
Brian Grubb is riding solo with Alan on vacation. In this week's episode he talks 'Zoo' with Vox's Caroline Famke.
Aug 21, 2017
Episode 28: The Defenders, Halt and Catch Fire & Game of Thrones
Alan and Brian team up to talk about the climactic Marvel/Netflix drama that brings together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, then prepare to say goodbye to the great Halt and Catch Fire, before answering your questions about putting Wynn Duffy from Justified on other shows, how hard it is to remember plot points on shows with long hiatuses, and what their two favorite NBA players could do on Game of Thrones. They close things up with a long spoiler discussion of the crazy schemes hatched by Jon Snow and company in "Eastwatch." 00:00-15:01 The Defenders 15:02-23:00 Halt and Catch Fire season 4 23:01-37:21 Listener mail: All he does is Wynn 37:22-42:29 Listener mail: Remembering Peak TV plot points 42:30-46:47 Listener mail: Porzingis and Embiid on Game of Thrones? 46:48-01:15:03 Game of Thrones: "Eastwatch" spoilers
Aug 14, 2017
Episode 27: Mr. Mercedes, Atypical, Get Shorty & Game of Thrones
After a vacation story about Brian being rescued by the fire department, the guys get back into gear with reviews of Mr. Mercedes, Atypical, and Get Shorty, followed by a lengthy Game of Thrones spoiler discussion breaking down the two most recent episodes. 00:00-08:44 Brian's vacation rescue & Alan's TCA adventures 08:45-13:59 Mr. Mercedes 14:00-22:07 Atypical 22:08-30:07 Get Shorty 30:08-01:07:44 Game of Thrones: "The Queen's Justice" & "The Spoils of War"
Aug 08, 2017
Episode 26: Talking TV Criticism With NPR's Linda Holmes
Brian's on vacation this week, so Alan sits down with NPR's Linda Holmes to talk about the Television Critics Association press tour, the evolution of TV criticism in the age of recaps and Peak TV, and a lot more.
Aug 02, 2017
Episode 25: 'The Last Tycoon,' 'Room 104' & 'Game of Thrones'
Alan and Brian break down an Amazon period piece based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, an HBO anthology drama where every episode takes place in the same hotel room, and a Game of Thrones episode where various plans go terribly awry. 00:00-13:51 The Last Tycoon 13:52-22:17 Room 104 22:18-27:26 Listener mail: Leftovers spinoffs 27:27-32:58 Listener mail: Successful character makeovers 32:59-35:54 Listener mail: Leftovers Wu-Tang names 35:55-01:02:23 Game of Thrones: "Stormborn" spoilers
Jul 24, 2017
Episode 24: Game of Thrones, Ozark, Mad Men anniversary & more
The biggest show on TV is back, and Alan and Brian had a lot to say about the return of Game of Thrones. First, though, they break down highlights and lowlights of this year's Emmy nominations, review Netflix's new Ozark, talk a bit about the return of Ballers — and would an extended aside about the late, great Martin Landau be something you might be interested in? — revisit the Mad Men pilot on its 10th anniversary week, and spoil GLOW season 1. 00:00-11:53 Emmy nominations 11:54-20:06 Ozark 20:07-25:23 Ballers 25:24-27:42 RIP, Martin Landau 27:43-46:29 The Mad Men premiere, 10 years later 46:30-01:00:44 GLOW season 1 spoilers 01:00:45-01:35:53 Game of Thrones: "Dragonstone" spoilers
Jul 17, 2017
Episode 23: Game of Thrones, Friends From College & Billions
Game of Thrones is back, but Alan and Brian don't have screeners, so we can mainly just talk about what we'd like to see happen in the penultimate season and beyond. We also review a Netflix comedy full of likable people playing hateable characters, a new AMC show that mainly reminded us of a veteran HBO show, Brian has a few thoughts on The Defiant Ones, and then Alan explains what happened when he finally watched Billions season two. 00:58-09:21 Friends from College 09:22-17:36 Loaded 17:37-41:55 Game of Thrones 41:56-45:55 The Defiant Ones 45:65-01:03:16 Billions
Jul 10, 2017
Episode 22: Snowfall, Tour de Pharmacy & TV legal dream team draft
It's a holiday week for those of us about to celebrate America's Independence Day, but Brian and Alan still had time to come together to preview FX's drug saga Snowfall and HBO's sports mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy, before drafting TV legal dream teams and ranking the recent impressive work of Alison Brie. The rundown: 00:00-10:11 Snowfall 10:12-20:16 Tour de Pharmacy 20:17-36:51 TV legal dream team draft 36:52-44:42 Ranking Alison Brie's shows/characters 44:43-49:10 The Leftovers finale vs. Phil Jackson's firing
Jul 03, 2017
Episode 21: Silicon Valley, Veep & Fargo finale spoilers
Peak TV is finally starting to slow down juuuuust a little as summer arrives, which means it's time for Alan and Brian to look back on the results of their spring TV draft, and to spoil the finales of three of the shows they've been obsessing about since April. In between, Brian tries to stump Alan with a quiz about his beloved Zoo, while Alan laments the premiere of Netflix's Gypsy and briefly tries to explain the weirdest Twin Peaks episode ever. The rundown: 00:00-09:03 Who won the April TV draft? 09:04-17:47 Zoo season 3/Zoo quiz 17:48-24:00 Gypsy 24:01-26:00 Twin Peaks' weirdest episode ever 26:01-39:13 Silicon Valley finale spoilers 39:14-57:04 Veep finale spoilers 57:05-01:17:48 Fargo finale spoilers
Jun 26, 2017
Episode 20: Better Call Saul Finale, GLOW, Preacher & more
Alan and Brian could have devoted an entire episode to discussing the Better Call Saul finale, but they had a lot of other things on their mind, including a new Netflix comedy both loved, a returning AMC drama they're split on, spoilers for another prestige cable finale, plus their very different emotional states as they prepare for the NBA Draft. That last segment comes after some very in-depth Saul discussion. We promise! 01:24-09:20 GLOW 09:21-18:30 Preacher season 2 18:31-29:36 American Gods finale spoilers 29:37-01:12:15 Better Call Saul finale spoilers 01:13:13-01:29:16 NBA Draft talk
Jun 20, 2017
Episode 19: The Sopranos finale 10 years later, Fargo spoilers & more
Ten years after one of the most memorable — and divisive — series finales of all time, Alan and Brian look back on how The Sopranos ended, and how that's influenced the finales that have followed, and the way viewers have reacted to them. After that, it's time for an extended dip into the mailbag to discuss where The Leftovers finale ranks among other series-concluding classics, which Justified character we wish could appear on a current series, what binge shows and weekly release ones would be better off in the other distribution model, and whether the funniest Mad Men line tops the funniest Leftovers line. Finally, we close things out with an extended Fargo spoiler segment and a few Better Call Saul thoughts. 00:00-04:26 Introduction 04:27-19:33 The Sopranos finale, 10 years later 19:34-27:52 Listener mail: Where does The Leftovers finale rank? 27:43-30:42 Listener mail: What Justified characters would we put on current shows? 30:43-38:34 Listener mail: What binge shows and weekly shows should trade places? 38:35-41:42 Listener mail: "Not great, Bob!" vs "That's the guy I was telling you about." 41:43-01:00:00 Fargo: "Who Rules the Land of Denial?" spoilers 01:00:01-01:08:16 Better Call Saul: "Slip" spoilers
Jun 12, 2017
Episode 18: The Leftovers finale, Orange Is The New Black & more
Before Alan and Brian can say a very long goodbye to The Leftovers after its departure from our TV lives, they first have to discuss the new season of Orange Is the New Black — which leads into a discussion of shows that radically changed their formats for a single season — then preview TNT's Claws, then get into spoilers about The Americans season 5 finale and how they feel going into that drama's final season. 00:45-04:37 Orange Is The New Black season 5 04:38-14:20 Shows that changed formats for a season 14:21-21:30 Claws 21:31-43:06 The Americans season finale spoilers 43:07-01:16:47 The Leftovers series finale spoilers
Jun 06, 2017
Episode 17: House of Cards, Carmichael Show, I'm Dying Up Here & more
Alan records the entire podcast under protest while hoping that The Leftovers finale screener will arrive in his inbox. (Spoiler: it does not.) The guys trade off on a pair of Netflix premieres, with Brian having a House of Cards epiphany and Alan reviewing F Is For Family, which then leads into a conversation about shows we like with main characters we hate. From there, it's off for a discussion of the return of Carmichael Show and the premiere of Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here, aka TV's umpteenth series about what it's like to be a stand-up comedian, followed by spoiler segments on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 and the penultimate Leftovers. 00:00-02:01 Introduction 02:02-05:24 Where do The Americans spies get their wigs? 05:25-10:22 House of Cards season 5 10:23-16:06 F Is For Family season 2 16:07-25:00 Good shows with main characters we hate 25:01-32:39 Carmichael Show season 3 32:40-42:07 I'm Dying Up Here 42:08-53:19 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 spoilers 53:20-01:11:13 The Leftovers: "The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)" spoilers
May 30, 2017
Episode 16: Master of None, Silicon Valley, The Americans, and listener mail
With the broadcast TV season almost over, Alan and Brian try to find news from the network upfronts they found exciting, then open up the mailbag to discuss shows you couldn't pay them to watch, the grosses symptom of Peak TV, what a major Netflix series finale would feel like, dumb TV sports scenes, the proper ranking of this season's Leftovers episodes, and why Twin Peaks is so divisive that Alan loves it and Brian has no patience for it. After that, it's spoiler time, with a look across all of Master of None season 2, a check-in with Silicon Valley at mid-season, and a discussion of last week's The Americans. 00:00-05:32 Upfronts results 05:33-09:20 Listener mail: "You couldn't pay me to watch" 09:21-12:07 Listener mail: Peak TV vomit 12:08-15:21 Listener mail: Netflix series finales 15:22-18:19 Listener mail: Unimpressive midseason shows 18:20-22:38 Listener mail: Dumbest TV sports scene 22:39-30:01 Listener mail: Rank this year's Leftovers episodes 30:02-35:39 Listener mail: Why is Twin Peaks good? 35:40-50:15 Master of None season 2 spoilers 50:16-54:44 Silicon Valley mid-season spoilers 54:45-1:07:04 The Americans: "Dyatkovo" spoilers
May 22, 2017
Episode 15: Twin Peaks, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Downward Dog & more
Alan and Brian use the return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as an excuse to draft their favorite current TV theme songs, discuss ABC's twee talking dog comedy Downward Dog, figure out how excited they are about the return of Twin Peaks, then spoil the heck out of the latest episodes of Better Call Saul and The Leftovers. 00:00-05:11 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns 05:12-14:48 TV theme song draft 14:49-21:15 Downward Dog 21:16-33:17 Brian hates Twin Peaks?!?! 33:18-45:15 Better Call Saul: "Chicanery" spoilers 45:16-01:01:20 The Leftovers: "It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World" spoilers
May 15, 2017
Episode 14: Master of None, I Love Dick, and... Elizabeth Warren Loves Ballers?
Alan and Brian are still so thrown by the news that Senator Elizabeth Warren is a huge fan of Ballers that they nearly let this week's show get derailed by it, focusing just long enough to review the return of Master of None to Netflix, the debut of Amazon's I Love Dick. After that, Brian tries to get Alan to guess whether a pilot he describes is real or invented, before the guys do spoilers on road trip episodes of Fargo and The Leftovers, which in turn leads to a debate about Carrie Coon characters as travel companions. 00:00-04:54 Introduction/Elizabeth Warren loves Ballers 04:55-13:20 Master of None season 2 13:21-19:32 I Love Dick 19:33-26:30 Is This A Real Pilot? 26:31-38:05 Fargo: "The Law of Non-Contradiction" spoilers 38:06-53:08 The Leftovers: 'G'Day Melbourne" spoilers 53:09-58:02 Which Carrie Coon Character Would You Rather Travel With?
May 08, 2017
Episode 13: Mailbag, Billions Quiz, The Americans & The Leftovers
It's the first day of May, which means Alan and Brian survived the busiest month in Peak TV history. And as the sheer number of premieres slows down, that means it's finally time to dip back into the mailbag and answer many of your questions on important subjects like Mike Ehrmantraut vs. Chris Brody, and Character Actress Margo Martindale vs. Character Actress Ann Dowd. From there, Brian quizzes Alan on the latest season of Billions, the guys try to figure out whether it's time to hit the panic button about this season of The Americans, and then they go Down Under to talk about doings on The Leftovers. The rundown: 00:00-01:49 Introduction 01:50-30:02 Super-sized TV Avalanche mailbag 30:03-40:47 Billions quiz 40:48-54:51 Should we worry about The Americans? 54:52-01:06:11 The Leftovers: "Crazy Whitefella Thinking" spoilers
May 01, 2017
Episode 12: The Handmaid's Tale, American Gods & more
Alan and Brian discuss a pair of exciting new dramas — one heavy, one bloody but fun — and check in on the return of a hilarious romantic comedy before diving deep into spoilers for recent episodes of Better Call Saul and The Leftovers. 00:00-01:50 Introduction 01:51-12:14 The Handmaid's Tale 12:15-16:56 Catastrophe season 3 16:57-26:15 American Gods 26:16-48:35 Better Call Saul: "Witness" & "Sunk Cost" spoilers 48:36-01:09:11 The Leftovers: "Don't Be Ridiculous" spoilers
Apr 25, 2017
Episode 11
The peakiest month of Peak TV continues with the returns of two more shows Alan and Brian love in Fargo and Better Call Saul. Then the guys trade off on reviews of shows they didn't both have time to watch, before moving into heavy spoilers for the premieres of Better Call Saul and The Leftovers. And, because Alan's rage at all things Phil Jackson is never too far from the surface, there's another NBA segment at the end! 00:00-01:08 Introduction 01:09-08:18 Fargo season 3 08:19-16:24 Silicon Valley season 4 16:25-22:17 Bosch season 3 22:18-25:21 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 25:22-31:57 Girlboss 31:58-43:13 Better Call Saul premiere spoilers 43:14-57:40 The Leftovers premiere spoilers 57:41-01:10:26 Sports Avalanche: Knicks vs. Sixers
Apr 17, 2017
Episode 10
Alan and Brian dive deeper into The Busiest Prestige TV Month Ever with new seasons of The Leftovers and Veep. Then they try to figure out the ideal character combinations on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Brian performs his alt-lyrics to the show's theme song. From there, the guys wonder if the latest New Girl season finale should be its series finale and try to find a new hangout comedy for Brian to enjoy, and we conclude with heavy spoilers for last week's The Americans. 00:00-01:55 Introduction 01:56-19:44 The Leftovers 19:45-29:26 Veep 29:27-43:16 Brooklyn Nine-Nine ideal partnerships 43:17-58:38 Should New Girl be over? And in search of a new hangout comedy 58:39-01:14:55 The Americans: Lotus 1-2-3 spoilers
Apr 10, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 9
TV Avalanche begins the crazy television month of April by talking about a returning show Alan and Brian both love, a new show they've both fallen for, and three shows Brian hasn't seen, before cleaning up some old business by talking about the surprise season three premiere of Rick & Morty and the finales of both Review and Legion. 00:00-01:42 Introduction 01:43-16:26 Better Call Saul 16:27-23:54 Brockmire 23:55-27:07 Prison Break 27:08-32:01 iZombie 32:02-35:17 The Son 35:18-42:56 Rick & Morty April Fool's Day surprise 42:57-52:01 Review finale spoilers 52:02-01:01:27 Legion finale spoilers
Apr 03, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 8
In their eighth episode, and the first with a proper podcast feed, Alan and Brian try to make sense of an absurdly busy April in prestige TV, each drafting five of their favorite new and returning shows. Then they review Netflix's teen drama 13 Reasons Why, and answer mail about Amazon's pilot season, what the end of Cinemax's The Knick might mean for Peak TV as a whole, and shows that might have benefited from shorter seasons. 00:00-03:08 Introduction and announcing our podcast feed 03:09-38:08 April TV preview & draft 38:09-47:30 13 Reasons Why 47:58-57:26 Listener mail: Amazon's new pilot season 57:27-01:02:20 Listener mail: Cinemax getting out of prestige TV business 01:02:21-01:07:44 Listener mail: Shows that needed shorter seasons
Mar 27, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 7
Alan and Brian open this week's show desperately searching for anything positive to say about Netflix's Iron Fist before pivoting into more intentionally comic territory with NBC's Trial & Error and the final season of Review. After that, they answer some of your questions. 00:50-14:28 Iron Fist 14:29-23:30 Trial & Error 23:31-33:17 Review 33:18-38:18 Listener mail: 30 bad screeners vs. eating 30 pancakes 38:19-45:05 Listener mail: Annoying characters on great shows, redux 45:06-57:19: In defense of the episode, again
Mar 13, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 6
It's a stressful episode of TV Avalanche, but in a good way, as Alan and Brian review two great dramas that are nerve-wracking to get through. After that, they use the Netflix comedy Love as an excuse to pivot into a larger discussion of why so much good TV today is so stressful, then answer listener questions. 00:44-09:20 The Americans season five 09:21-17:25 American Crime season three 17:26-25:57 Love season two/Stressful TV 25:58-34:45 Legion just did the weirdest episode ever 34:50-37:44 Listener mail: Other weird episodes of TV 37:45-41:11 Listener mail: Annoying characters on great shows
Mar 06, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 5
What was intended to be a brief Academy Awards discussion instead turns into a play-by-play of the stunning Best Picture screw-up, which in turn leads Alan and Brian to list Emmy moments they wish had gotten the Warren Beatty treatment. Then it's new show time (and time travel show time), with reviews of Chicago Justice, Feud: Bette and Joan, Making History, Time After Time, then back to the Oscars as they try to smell if The Rock is cooking up a hosting gig anytime soon. 00:00-11:30 The Most Dramatic Oscars Ever 11:31-14:45 Emmy moments that need to be Beatty'ed 14:46-16:09 Podcast announcements 16:10-23:45 Chicago Justice 23:50-34:16 Feud: Bette and Joan 34:17-39:36 Making History (plus Timeless) 39:37-46:21 Time After Time (plus Timeless) 46:22-50:00 Listener mail: Should The Rock host the Oscars?
Feb 27, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 4
Alan and Brian review Amazon's darkly comic spy drama Patriot and ABC's gay rights miniseries When We Rise, then answer listener questions on BoJack Horseman, annoying heroes who aren't supposed to be, and bad shows we love — the last of which gives Brian an excuse to hit Alan with a Pope Quiz on all things Young Pope. 01:00-10:30 Patriot 10:31-19:38 When We Rise 19:40-24:20 Mailbag: Why do critics love BoJack? 24:21-27:39 Mailbag: Unintentionally annoying heroes 27:40-32:43 Mailbag: Bad shows we love 32:44-44:23 The Young Pope: Pope Quiz
Feb 20, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 3
Alan and Brian have a LOT to review this week, including The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight, HBO's all-star miniseries Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow's HBO comedy Crashing, followed by the returns of Billions and Bates Motel. And they close things out with a pair of Philly-centric discussions, first on how It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia remains shockingly great in its 12th season, then on which of the hosts' favorite basketball teams has the better chance of escaping their dire current circumstances: Brian's Philadelphia 76ers, or Alan's New York Knicks. There are no winners here, except maybe the listener. 01:16-11:08 The Good Fight 11:09-19:42 Big Little Lies 19:43-24:40 Crashing 24:41-31:01 Billions 31:02-34:23 Bates Motel 34:24-45:15 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 45:16-59:59 Trust the Process: Knicks vs. Sixers
Feb 13, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 2
It's a busy second episode, as Alan and Brian review FX's trippy comic book adaptation Legion, Comedy Central's buddy comedy Detroiters, and Netflix's UK Office sequel movie David Brent: Life on the Road, which also leads to a discussion of other classic characters deserving of a one-shot film like this. Then it's on to the final season of Girls, SNL's ongoing war with President Trump, and a breakdown of Super Bowl ads and Lady Gaga's halftime show. 1:25-14:04 Legion 14:05-19:44 Detroiters 19:45-27:58 David Brent: Life on the Road 27:59-42:50 TV characters we'd like to see get Where Are They Now? movies: 42:51-47:07 Girls final season micro-preview 47:09-57:50 SNL takes on Trump 57:51-60:07 Super Bowl ads and Lady Gaga at halftime
Feb 06, 2017
TV Avalanche Episode 1
It's the very first episode of their podcast (and the last episode under the clunkier original title), as Alan Sepinwall and Brian Grubb dig into all things television, starting with reviews of NBC's superhero-adjacent sitcom Powerless, Netflix's horror comedy Santa Clarita Diet, and the Jack Bauer-less 24: Legacy. After that, Brian attempts to justify his Young Pope love to Alan, and then the hosts break down the delightfully twisty season finale of The Good Place. 02:43-08:45 Powerless 08:46-19:13 Santa Clarita Diet 19:14- 26:32 Legacy 26:33-36:10 Brian defends Young Pope 36:11-51:28 Good Place finale spoilers
Jan 31, 2017