Episode 115: Russian Doll

This week, Gavia and Morgan dive into Netflix's new hit show Russian Doll, starring co-creator Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett. They discuss the show's many allegorical interpretations, its superlative depiction of New York, the different ways we watch television today, and the novelty of Lyonne's exceptional performance.

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Episode 107: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

This week, Morgan and Gavia discuss the long-running cult sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which just wrapped up its record-setting thirteenth season. They consider the show as a whole, pick favorite episodes, and effuse over its stellar thirteenth season finale.

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Episode 101: Maniac

This week, Gavia and Morgan go down the rabbit hole of Maniac, the new genre-bending Netflix series from director Cary Fukunaga. They puzzle over the strange casting of Jonah Hill opposite Emma Watson, discuss the success (or failure) of the show's genre pastiches, and bask in the comic genius of Sonoya Mizuno and Justin Theroux.

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Episode 81: Elementary

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss CBS's long-running Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary, a topic chosen by Patreon subscribers. They compare the show to other Holmes adaptations, express their admiration for its central cast, and bemoan the state of mainstream Hollywood. [This episode focuses on the finale of Elementary's first season.]

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Episode 79, Black Sails, Part I

This week, Gav is joined by guest hosts Elizabeth Minkel and Natasha Simonova for a very special episode about the pirate drama Black Sails. We explore the historical and literary themes of the show, including its similarities to 17th century Revenge Tragedy, and what "historical fiction" actually means. Spoiler warning: We cover all four seasons, so this is mostly aimed at Black Sails fans rather than new viewers!

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Episode 64: American Vandal

This week, Gavia and Morgan are joined by special guest Mallory Ortberg for a conversation about Netflix's surprise true crime spoof American Vandal. They discuss the show's relationship to true crime, its glorious depiction of dirtbag teens and innovative use of social media, and the relief of watching something that just feels not-terrible.

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Episode 60: Star Trek: Discovery

This week, Morgan and Gavia discuss the new Star Trek show airing on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery. Topics include Gav's longtime Star Trek fandom, how the show diverges from other iterations of the franchise, new star Sonequa Martin, and what's up with those Klingons anyway.

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Episode 52: Silicon Valley

This week, Morgan and Gavia discuss the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley. Topics discussed include, but are not limited to, how the show has changed over time, its painfully accurate satire of Silicon Valley culture, its depiction of male sexuality, and the irresistible genius of Zach Woods.

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Episode 48: American Gods

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss the new adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic fantasy novel American Gods. Topics include changes from the book, the show's distinctive style, how it compares to showrunner Bryan Fuller's cult hit Hannibal, and its treatment of race and religion.

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Episode 37: Yuri on Ice

This week, Gavia and Morgan finally discuss what is truly Gavia's pop culture obsession of the moment: the figure skating anime that has taken the world by storm, Yuri on Ice. Topics include the show's relationship to real-life figure skating culture and technique, its thoughtful depiction of anxiety, its multiple narrators, and more.

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Episode 36: Sherlock, Series 4

This week, Gavia and Morgan dive into the latest (and last?) season of the BBC's tarnished crown jewel, Sherlock. When did the show go south, and how? Is a text affair a real affair or not (answer: yes)? And, most pressingly, will Steven Moffat ever write a plausible female character again (answer: no)?

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Episode 17: America, Season 240: Election 2016

This week, Morgan and Gavia finally go deep on their favorite show, the long-running America, in its historic 240th and final season. They discuss the surprising twist in this season's Republican primary, how the internet fueled Trump and Sanders fandom, perennial representation issues, and what the last few months of the most popular TV show in the country might have in store.

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Episode 5: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Morgan and Gavia discuss Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, including but not limited to: boggling at its racism, comparing it to 30 Rock, admiring its depiction of trauma and therapy, and considering the problem with TV writers' rooms. Plus, a tease for next week.

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