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251. Game of Thrones Finale

May 23rd, 2019 · Comments

In a break from the usual format, Matt is joined by not one, but three special guests to discuss the final, divisive season of HBO's wildly popular TV show Game of Thrones. Suffice to say, there's spoilers, so don't listen unless you're all caught up.

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205. Love (The TV Show)

May 6th, 2018 · Comments

Matt and Ed discuss Netflix's Love, the romantic comedy-drama starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. In addition to praising the show's command of tone and its sprawling, surprising cast, they explore how it compares to co-creator Judd Apatow's other work, highlight the ways in which it manages to capture the feel of modern dating and Los Angeles, and its abundant supply of funny theme songs for movies that don't actually have theme songs. They also wax poetic about Childish Gambino's "This is America".


00:00:00 - 00:10:13 - Intro & News

00:10:14 - 01:03:16 - Matt & Ed discuss Love

01:03:17 - 01:11:33 - SRS Recommends & Outro

Tags: Idiot Box · In Review

110. Peak TV

September 14th, 2015 · Comments

Back in March of 2012, Matt and Ed discussed the state of television for the fourth episode of this podcast. Back then, they thought that people seemed pretty excited about working in TV, and that streaming might catch on. A little over three years later, they return to the subject to assess their mild predictions and consider the era of so-called "Peak TV", a term coined after FX President John Landgraf talked at the TCA tour about how there is too much good TV. 
They consider the meaning of that sentiment, as well the connection between the fertility of the American alt comedy scene and the current boom for American television comedy, which is going through a remarkably varied and fertile period.
Never ones to stay on topic, they also pitch a Rango/Django Crossover, muse on how unlistenable the Goldeneye score is, and try to expand into the area of audience participation.

Show Notes

00:00:00 - 00:11:58 - Intro & Discussion of the week's news
00:11:59 - 00:59:30 - Discussion of the notion of "Peak TV" and what has changed in television since 2012.
00:59:31 - 01:04:07 - SRS Recommends & Outro

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106. True Detective: Season Two

August 17th, 2015 · Comments

To mark the end of season two of HBO's anthology series True Detective, which generated as much discussion online as the first season did, albeit for very different reasons, Matt and Ed decided to dig into how one of last year's most acclaimed shows became one of this year's most derided. 
In addition to figuring out just what went wrong with season two, they discuss the glut of Disney and Star Wars news that came out of the D23 expo this weekend, the possible return of Deadwood, and whether or not Vince Vaughn has become the white Eddie Murphy.

Show Notes

00:00:00 - 00:21:20 - Intro & discussion of the week's news.
00:21:21 - 00:54:33 - Matt & Ed discuss the second season of True Detective
00:54:34 - 00:58:41 - SRS Recommends & Outro
You can find our episode about the first season of True Detective here. Please bear in mind that episode has some audio issues because we hadn't got a quality set-up at that point (and as opposed to the minor audio issues this week, which were due to us recording during a massive bloody thunderstorm.)

Tags: Idiot Box

96. Mad Men

May 25th, 2015 · Comments

Historians will no doubt mark May 17, 2015 as the day the sixties died, as it was on that day that AMC's Mad Men ended its stellar seven season run. Matt and Ed felt that they had to mark the passing of a great show by discussing its phenomenal writing, directing and acting, as well as its significance as a key text in the ongoing American television renaissance. They also find time to talk about their individual disappointment about Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2, and their shared sadness over the end of David Letterman's tenure as a late night host.

They also announce how you - yes, you! - can be a part of the 100th episode of Shot/Reverse Shot. Please submit any questions you have about the show, about film or television, or just about anything to the show's Twitter or Facebook page by June 13th and Matt and Ed will answer them on air. If you want to be extra fancy, record your questions as an audio file, email them to, and we'll edit them into the episode itself. Ask Us Anything!

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85. Parks and Recreation

March 1st, 2015 · Comments

We're saying goodbye to the residents of Pawnee, Indiana this week as Parks and Recreation ascends to sitcom heaven. Matt and Ed talk about what made the show so special, how jumping forward three years helped make the final season so strong, and offer up their favourite episodes, jokes and characters from one of the deepest benches in sitcom history. 

They also pay tribute to Harris Wittels, a writer for the show and prodigiously talented comedian who passed away suddenly just prior to the finale, and whose work both on and off the show they enjoyed a great deal.
Goodbye, Parks and Rec, you beautiful, rule-breaking moth.

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78. 2015 Preview

January 11th, 2015 · Comments

Happy New Year! We're back and we're looking forward to what lies on the horizon in 2015 in our traditional preview. We talk about the films we're excited about, the ones that we're curious about, and the ones that are sure to dominate the cultural conversation for weeks and months at a time. We also highlight some TV shows that we're excited about, and offer (hopefully) tantalising glimpses of what we have planned for the podcast itself in the year ahead.

Tags: Michael BayWatch · Idiot Box · Preview

55. Community - Redux Redux

July 11th, 2014 · Comments

Dan Harmon's Community has been cancelled. No it hasn't. Yes it has. No it hasn't. Yes it has. No. It hasn't.

Such is the hokey cokey nature of the much loved show's future that even Joe and Ed can't keep up with it. This episode was recorded after the show's latest demise, only for it to be revived before the episode made it to air. Joe and Ed have recorded a special amendment to bookend the episode and take great care to not speculate any further for fear of having to record this all over again. And lets face it, that's not the first time this has happened is it?
If you enjoy the show, why not give it a review on iTunes? You know you want to.

Tags: DefaultTag · Idiot Box

54. Game of Thrones Season 4

June 22nd, 2014 · Comments

During its fourth season, HBO's Game of Thrones reached new heights of popularity, thanks to its introduction (and disposal) of several new characters, a greater focus on delivering moments that can be boiled down to YouTube clips, and a bigger sense of spectacle. It also became the most controversial season to date, in large part due to a sex scene that looked like sexual assault to everyone who watched it, but may not have been intended as such.

The boys delve into these issues, as well as discuss the cultural impact of the show, the ways in which it differs from its source material, and whether it owes a bigger debt to David Milch or Richard O'Brien.
Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of spoilers for the show (though not for the books) littered throughout, so maybe give this one a miss until you're caught up with Season 4. Don't let that stop you from rating and reviewing the show on iTunes, though. And remember: Valar morghulis.

Tags: Idiot Box

51. True Detective

March 12th, 2014 · Comments

This week, Joe and Ed pause to reflect on the first season of HBO's shiniest new show True Detective. The boys are generally enamoured with it, but delve into some of the deeper issues such as wondering what former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin was doing in the cast and also why the show seemed to have a somewhat unhealthy ass fetish.


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44. TV vs. Film Debate

November 4th, 2013 · Comments

The debate over whether television or film is the superior medium has been going on for many decades at this point, but it seems to have flared up a lot recently owing to television's perceived edge in terms of storytelling quality during its "Golden Age" and cinema's perceived slump at around about the same time. The boys decided that it was time someone waded in to this mess and tried to sort it all out, or at least spend an episode of a podcast deriding people who even take part in the debate.

This is one of our leaner episodes, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for some prime cut nonsense, so look forward to wild speculation on how Gravity might work as a TV show (spoiler: It wouldn't), how Peter Jackson might have directed Game of Thrones as a film series, and the many ways in which Shot/Reverse Shot is like a 19th century workhouse.

On a more serious note, this episode is dedicated to the memory of Emma Davies, Ed's younger sister, who died suddenly last week following an accident. She loved films and television, and was a big supporter of the podcast, so this episode is our small tribute to her.

Tags: Idiot Box · Themed

42. Breaking Bad

October 7th, 2013 · Comments

With the finale now a safe distance away, it's time for Joe & Ed to assess Breaking Bad, a show widely considered to be one of the best of all time. The boys ponder whether or not that's true, amongst other things, such as where Walt got his old clothes from and if Danny Dyer is ready to pick up the mantle of greatest dramatic actor working on television.

As per usual, it's spoilergeddon, so don't listen until you're done with the show.


Tags: Idiot Box

40. The Wire

September 27th, 2013 · Comments

Recorded almost a year ago, but now only just seeing the light of day, Joe and Ed sit down for a lengthy natter about David Simon's sprawling dissection of the modern American city in decay, The Wire. Because it was recorded last year, it's in the old format with the Top Ten included, so it's longer than newer listeners will be accustomed to, but the quality is high in this unusually focused episode.

As usual, listen, enjoy, rate and review!

Tags: Top Ten · Idiot Box · Themed

39. Top Ten: Season Finales

September 23rd, 2013 · Comments

With the monumental Breaking Bad about to come to a no doubt unpleasant end, Joe and Ed take a look at ten other great season finales. 

It's fair to say the this episode is pretty spoilerific. Soz.

Tags: Top Ten · Idiot Box

32. Arrested Development - Season 4

June 4th, 2013 · Comments

It's little over a week since 15 brand new episodes of the resurrected Arrested Development landed and Joe and Ed have watched them all (twice) to see if they're safe for general consumption. Does the highly anticipated return of the Bluth Family meet their expectations? Have a listen and find out.

WARNING: Contains mild disagreement.

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31. Community - Season 4: Redux

June 3rd, 2013 · Comments

So, yeah, that Dan Harmon eh? Never coming back to Community is he?

Now follows Joe & Ed's climbdown on their previous assertion that the - now returning - ex showrunner would never return.

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29. Community - Season 4

May 13th, 2013 · Comments

This week, Joe and Ed run the rule over the very latest season of NBC's Community, a show that against all odds has found itself being renewed for an incredibly unlikely fifth season. The boys assess what impact the departure of creator Dan Harmon had on the show, talk about season four's various highs and lows and also ponder what the future holds for the students of Greendale.

As usual, listen, enjoy, rate and review!

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14. Breaking Bad - Season 5

September 4th, 2012 · Comments

As the first half of the last season of the Greatest Show On TV airs, Joe and Ed discuss the ins and outs of Breaking Bad, Season 5. Whilst revelling in it's moral complexity, narrative unpredictability and cinematic brio, the boys can't help but try and speculate as to just what will happen next. There's some waffle of course, including Ed's scandalous accusation of how Joe makes his living and some speculation about who really came up with the 'Better Call Saul' strapline.

As always, listen, enjoy, rate and review!

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