Mark and Devin welcome special guest Kate Magill to discuss the highs and lows of this Saturday Night Live season so far. Later, Tam Sackman joins to discuss ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder from executive producer Shonda Rhimes.
Mark and Devin review the new Fox comedy Mulaney (0:20 - 9:40), which they did not like, and the new Showtime drama The Affair (9:40 - 19:50), which they did.
Mark and Devin discuss the exciting performances, surprising twists and complicated gender politics of the new film Gone Girl, which is currently at the top of the box office. Please note: the podcast spoils the movie early and often.
Mark and Devin discuss the disappointments of CBS’ new drama Madam Secretary with special guest Jonathan Connelly (0:00 - 9:15). After that, they praise the new ABC comedy Black-ish (9:15 - 17:00), and Mark offers a rare installment of Mark Doesn’t Like Things (17:00 - 24:20). The podcast ends with a review of The Skeleton Twins, starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader (24:20 - End).
Devin and Mark start (00:00 - 12:00) with a review of NBC’s new series The Mysteries of Laura, in which Debra Messing plays “Copmom Momcop” (a phrase coined by NPR pop culture blogger Linda Holmes).
After that, Lieberman and Mitchell preview the returning shows they’re most excited for, including Sleepy Hollow and The Good Wife (12:00 - 23:55).
The podcast ends with the hosts confessing that they haven’t seen some of the most popular and beloved movies of all time (23:55 - End). Hint: Lieberman hasn’t seen the ship sink and Mitchell doesn’t see dead people.
Devin and Mark discuss the news that Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk on Saturday Night Live (0:37-10:52). After that, they have unkind words for ABC’s Selfie (10:53-20:00) and indifferent words for NBC’s A to Z (20:00-29:30).
Mark and Devin each choose their favorite summer movie experience (Begin Again for Mitchell, Guardians of the Galaxy for Lieberman) and review Amazon’s new pilots The Cosmopolitans and Red Oaks. The podcast ends with the return of Devin Doesn’t Like Things, in which Mitchell rants against the tyranny of pumpkin spice lattes.
Mark, Devin and special guest Clair Fuller discuss the Emmys, the VMAs (0:30 – 17:45) and Fox’s new series Red Band Society (17:45 – 29:30).
Mark and Devin look back on the entire run of Breaking Bad. Is the show as good as people say? Which seasons, episodes, performances and moments stand out? Did the finale give Walter White what he had coming to him?
Devin and Mark discuss Richard Linklater's passion project Boyhood.
Devin and Mark review the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Devin and Mark discuss World Cup 2014 and 22 Jump Street. Devin is more knowledgeable about soccer than Mark, so his insights are particularly valuable.
Devin and Mark tackle Thursday’s announcement of the 2014 Emmy nominations. They were happy with the love for Orange is the New Black and Breaking Bad, disappointed with the nods for Downton Abbey and The Newsroom and bothered by the snubs of such deserving contenders as The Americans and Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men.
Devin and Mark discuss the recent controversy involving Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday’s assertion that Hollywood movies contribute to the culture that allowed an incident like last Friday’s shooting at UCSB to take place. They talked about Seth Rogen’s unfortunate response to the piece and debated whether Hornaday’s arguments of causation were valid and productive.
Then they review Jon Favreau’s food dramedy Chef and take a look back at the first part of the final season of AMC’s Mad Men.
Devin and Mark discuss the new baseball drama starring Jon Hamm as sports agent J.B. Bernstein.
Devin and Mark wrap up the school year with special guest Lindsay Sandoval, who joins to discuss Veep. Then they talk Mad Men and finals week.
Devin, Mark and special guest Chloe Johnson tackle Wes Anderson’s overwhelming new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The discussion touched on the film’s impressive visual style, Ralph Fiennes’ dazzling performance and the theory that Ralph Fiennes’ character is a reflection of Anderson himself.
Devin and Mark speak with RogerEbert.com film critic Susan Wloszczyna. She shared plenty of great stories about interviewing celebrities as wide-ranging as George Clooney, Amy Adams, Peter O’Toole, Mel Brooks and Wes Anderson, among dozens of others. Plus, she offered insights on the business of film criticism and the state of modern movies.
Devin and Mark discuss the newly announced retirement of TV legend David Letterman, review the latest Marvel film Captain America: The Winter Soldier and debate a controversial article by TV and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz.
Devin and Mark welcome special guest Kara Avancena to discuss Louis C.K.’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live, a shocking twist on The Good Wife, Kara’s undying love for the band Vampire Weekend, and the phenomenon of missing major television events when they first happen.
Devin, Mark and special guest Heather Mongilio discuss The Lego Movie (1:15 – 15:00) and The Americans (15:00 – 30:25). Bonus: Mitchell delivered another classic rant in the return of Devin Doesn’t Like Things (30:30 – End).
Devin and Mark discuss and debate Fox’s little-seen, critically acclaimed comedy Enlisted. Is the show on par with the best of network comedy, or is it merely a promising freshman with room to grow? We attempted to answer these questions and more.
After that, Devin and Mark returned to True Detective. They discussed the first four episodes a few weeks ago, and now they’ve got thoughts on the first season as a whole. Bonus: they make their dream picks for the cast of season 2.
Devin and Mark sat down as soon as the Oscars to unwind with thoughts on Ellen DeGeneres, Lupita Nyong’o, Steve McQueen, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, pizza, selfies and much more.
Devin and Mark welcome House of Cards enthusiast Leah Doolittle to discuss the show's eventful second season. Then Mark offers a rant about pop-culture shaming, and Devin and Mark close with some brief thoughts on Jimmy Fallon's first week hosting The Tonight Show.
Devin and Mark look at the two shows that serve as bookends for Girls on HBO’s Sunday night lineup: True Detective and Looking. Then they discuss Philomena, perhaps the most obscure of this year’s nine nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars.