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Author: The Ringer

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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

497 Episodes
Apple TV+ reportedly wants to bring the new James Bond movie to streaming, and they're also launching a new Jon Stewart series—it's clear that the streaming service is making a play toward something, we’re just not sure what (7:50). Plus, ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ may be our surprise favorite thing on television right now (25:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
News broke last week that David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’ will not be returning for a third season. Chris and Andy talk about what made the show special (4:24). Plus: Oscar Isaac may be getting his own Marvel show (14:49), the funniest parts of ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ (28:16), and the first episode of HBO’s ‘The Undoing’ (43:22). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
To not a lot of people’s surprise, the short-form streaming service Quibi shut down this week (01:03). Chris and Andy talk about where the company failed and whether there was anything that could have saved it (13:06). Plus, some director bullshit (32:36) and the ultimately disappointing end of ‘The Third Day’ (41:15). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
What has been lost from the viewing experience now that most TV requires you to actively pay attention at all times (1:38)? Chris and Andy mull over that question, as well as what prestige TV looks like in 2020 (13:52) and the experience of watching a TV show like 'Borgen' versus 'Fargo' (28:39). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Chris and Andy recommend a few shows that they’re liking that are not normal “Watch fare,” including ‘Borgen’ and ‘Call My Agent!’ (7:33). Then, they are joined by Rob Harvilla to talk about his experience with music in the 1990s and how he picked the songs for his new podcast, ‘60 Songs That Explain the ‘90s’ (32:46). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Rob Harvilla
In another sign of the times, Disney announced this week that they’re moving resources away from theatrical releases and toward their streaming service (5:53). Plus, ‘The Good Lord Bird’ Episode 2 (19:12) and Andy talks with ‘The Boys’ showrunner Eric Kripke about the show’s season finale (37:38). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Eric Kripke
Chris and Andy break down the hard-to-stomach fourth episode of ‘The Third Day’ (4:23), the third episode of ‘Fargo’ Season 4 (12:17), and the latest Marvel news (22:23). Then, Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion join the show to talk about the violent British crime show ‘Gangs of London’ (34:55). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion
Despite ‘Glow’ being renewed for a fourth and final season, Netflix announced they are cancelling the show (2:58). Ethan Hawke’s new project ‘The Good Lord Bird’ is like a really good history lesson (13:24), and ‘The Boys’ may have finally crossed the line on violence (37:16). Finally, Chris talks with Ryan Hunn and Musa Okwonga from ‘Stadio’ podcast about the Amazon documentary series ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’ (47:04). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Ryan Hunn and Musa Okwonga
Marvel announced this week that a ‘Ms. Marvel’ series will be coming to Disney+ and that they’re tapping relatively unknown actress Iman Vellani to play the role, and Chris and Andy discuss what this news mean for the Marvel universe (3:11). Plus, they discuss Barry Jenkins directing the ‘Lion King’ sequel (18:45) and the third episode of ‘The Third Day’ (30:20). Lastly, Chris interviews ‘Ted Lasso’ executive producer Bill Lawrence (41:33). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Bill Lawrence
Chris and Andy do a quick check-in about how much violence on TV they can stomach these days (1:33). Then, they break down the first season of Amazon’s violent conspiracy thriller ‘Utopia’ (15:21) and the long-awaited first two episodes of ‘Fargo’ Season 4 (33:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
We talk about Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list and the act of canon-making that goes along with creating a list like this (5:36). Much to our delight, Steven Soderbergh is bringing ‘The Knick’ back for a third season (25:07). Then we break down the second episode of ‘The Third Day’ (33:38) and Chris chats with Katherine Waterston about the show (46:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Katherine Waterston
It was a ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweep at the Emmys on Sunday. Does that speak to the power of the Netflix bump (8:52)? Plus, the ‘WandaVision’ trailer shows that Disney+ holds the power (28:00), breaking down the latest episode of ‘The Boys’ (37:44), and Andy interviews Dave Chang about his new memoir, ‘Eat a Peach’ (44:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Dave Chang
The trailer for the second season of ‘The Mandalorian’ dropped this week and it featured lots of Baby Yoda and expensive-looking CGI (1:41). ‘The Third Day’ on HBO is an immersive and weird experience (11:05). Plus, we break down the first episode of ‘We Are Who We Are’ (29:53) and interview Chloë Sevigny, who leads the show (40:40). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Chloë Sevigny
After a slight executive shakeup at Netflix, we take a temperature check of how each of the major streaming services are faring right now (6:22). Then, we preview the HBO shows ‘Third Day’ and ‘We Are Who We Are’ (28:43) and break down the news that Jonathan Majors will have a leading role in the next ‘Ant Man’ movie (34:40). Plus, a conversation with Aya Cash about her role on ‘The Boys’ Season 2 (45:13). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Aya Cash
The trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ was released this week, and the movie looks expensive and like a new model for sci-fi movies (1:23). Meanwhile, the Star Wars franchise is flagging (11:56). Plus, ‘The Walking Dead’ is ending, but not without 30 more episodes and a couple spinoffs (34:43), and we break down the first three episodes of ‘The Boys’ Season 2 (40:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Chris and Andy open up the mailbag and cover topics like whether or not they want to see COVID-19 story lines in upcoming TV shows (12:37), what showrunners they would like to see tackle a new genre (30:15), some of their favorite music from 2020 so far (36:47), and what shows they’re most anticipating this year (43:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
News that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to adapt the sci-fi series ‘The Three Body Problem’ for Netflix was met with trepidation online (10:32). Production of ‘The Batman’ has hit a snag after Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19 (26:47). Plus: a tale of two different types of soccer shows in ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘All or Nothing’ (37:10), and previewing Season 2 of ‘The Boys’ (57:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Chris and Andy are joined by New York Times culture reporter Reggie Ugwu to talk about the life and career of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on Friday following a private battle with colon cancer (1:32). Plus, Chris and Andy break down the finale and phenomenal season of ‘I May Destroy You’ (25:36), and Andy is joined by the Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers to talk about their new album, ‘Imploding the Mirage’ (53:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Reggie Ugwu and Brandon Flowers
In a special mega-pod, Chris and Andy are joined by Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins for a two-part conversation about the way that movies seems to be aping the modes and styles of TV, and vice versa. (For Part 1, check out 'The Big Picture' on The Ringer Podcast Network.) Hosts: Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Welcome to the Summer of Dove. All four segments of Chris and Andy talking about the book and miniseries 'Lonesome Dove.' Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Comments (17)

Dragan Vidacic

mmmmmm j

Jul 31st

Aimee Russell

Love the Rhea interview am a big fan of her work and love how she explains how much thought and work goes into playing Kim. Her ideas for lockdown are great regarding creating she is bang on can tell she is an artist. Thanks for asking great questions and not the usual 'oh tell us what happens' idiots ask, why do they ask as the actors wont tell and no one will publish a spoiler so is a waste of precious time.

Apr 6th

Keith Winits

Long time subscriber. I love the pod. I just hate the fact that you both are so deep in your own bubbles and can't see past it. Your political ideology is killing any enjoyment I get from the show. I'm not alone. Clean it up.

Mar 31st

Ralph England

If Carrie Fisher's inclusion was the only issue it wouldnt have been an issue.

Dec 24th
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Occasio Gee

There are times you guys use some huge words and I love it. Every episode that I have to look up the vocab, I am better for it.

Dec 4th
Reply (1)

Elvis Kalicharan

oh hell no

Nov 23rd


What a bunch of sarcastic idiots reviewing bullshit propaganda shows.

Nov 5th

Brian Berry


Aug 16th

Will X

great podcast.

May 21st

Sonny Iyasere

Really like the Jesse James Jaime Lannister take, I personally think it's all there if you look closely enough. And Daenerys' turn is all her face. I believe once you've done 7 years of work all it takes is a look. We got it from Cersei in her shame walk now Daenerys seeing the red keep for the first time.

May 13th

David Allen

So nothing about sharp objects? are you kidding me??

Aug 7th

iTunes User

Love tuning into Chris and Andy discuss the latest tv shows along with some movies and music. Keeps me informed and laughing. Great podcast!

Aug 30th

iTunes User

I have been a big fan of Chris and Andy since their Hollywood Prospectus days. With so much to watch on TV, they have helped help me find some great new shows to watch (Mr. Robot; People vs. O.J.) while helping me steer clear of bad shows. Their commentary is insightful, and their deep-dive Game of Thrones analysis is second-to-none. They hold the Championship Belt of entertainment podcasts.

Aug 30th

iTunes User

Ok, I'm not THAT pathetic, but if you love tv, movies, pop culture, laughter, and/or our lord Yeezus, this is the podcast for you. Chris and Andy are uniquely insightful, funny, interesting, and relatable. It feels like a conversation with smarter, more interesting friends than you probably have. Check this podcast out so you can regurgitate it to your friends and impress them with your social commentary.

Aug 30th
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