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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.


Anticipation for ‘Star Trek: Picard’ and Why You Should Be Watching ‘Cheer’ | The Watch
Jan 23 • 46 min
Andy gives an update on where he is in ‘Briarpatch’ production (4:33) and the guys preview some shows that are coming soon, including ‘Star Trek: Picard’ (11:21) and the ‘Star Wars’ series centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi (19:29). Plus: the reality TV moment…
Why ‘The Outsider’ Works Where Other Stephen King Adaptations Fail. Plus: ‘The New Pope,’ ‘Avenue 5,’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ | The Watch
Jan 20 • 57 min
In its third episode, ‘The Outsider’ has managed to avoid mistakes made by other Stephen King adaptations (6:39) and also be more than a procedural crime drama (21:15). Plus, we break down ‘The New Pope’ (28:03), ‘Avenue 5’ (38:42), and the Season 10…
Solving the ‘Star Wars’ Identity Crisis and ‘Don’t F**k With Cats,’ With Chuck Klosterman | The Watch
Jan 16 • 58 min
Chuck talks about why he’s in no rush to see ‘Rise of Skywalker,’ despite being a massive fan of the franchise (5:07) and why it might be time to stop trying to expand the ‘Star Wars’ universe (26:45). Plus: ‘Don’t F**k With Cats,’ a good show that you…
On the Other Side of the TCAs and Breaking Down the First Two Episodes of ‘The Outsider’ | The Watch
Jan 13 • 72 min
Andy tells us what it was like to present ‘Briarpatch’ at the TCAs (2:11) and gives some hot takes on the Oscar nominations (26:13), before breaking down the first episode of ‘The Outsider’ (34:44). Then, Jason Concepcion joins to talk about ‘The…
What FX Will Look Like in 2020. Plus, a Conversation With Rob Corddry and Krister Johnson of ‘Medical Police’ | The Watch
Jan 9 • 52 min
The FX network gave its presentation at the TCAs today and told us when to expect the next season of ‘Atlanta’ (1:00) and gave premiere dates for a slate of other shows (11:34). Then, Chris sits down with the creators of ‘Medical Police,’ Rob Corddry and…
New Year, New Mailbag Episode | The Watch
Jan 6 • 55 min
Chris and Andy shout out the ‘Watch’ Facebook group’s favorite TV shows of 2019 (2:26) before opening up the mailbag to answer some listener questions. They talk about which 2019 movies should have been TV shows (27:24), what they were watching at the…
‘The Mandalorian’ Gave Us Everything We Wanted | The Watch
Jan 2 • 59 min
We break down the finale of ‘The Mandalorian’ and reflect on why this piece of ‘Star Wars’ content worked where others failed (1:39). Plus: a special shoutout to the show’s score (26:47) and what the success of the Disney+ product means for streaming…
The Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2020 | The Watch
Dec 26, 2019 • 38 min
Chris previews the TV landscape for 2020, including what might fill the void left by ‘Game of Thrones’ (1:00), his 10 most anticipated shows of 2020 (5:15), and what to look out for in the next stage of the streaming wars (34:00). Host: Chris Ryan
‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’: A Shocking Disappointment (SPOILERS) | The Watch
Dec 23, 2019 • 66 min
If you liked ‘Rise of Skywalker,’ you’re not going to like this podcast. The latest movie left us totally confused about where the franchise wants to go (4:15). We break down what worked and didn’t work in the latest installment (23:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan…
The Top 10 TV Shows of the Decade | The Watch
Dec 19, 2019 • 121 min
Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Sam Esmail reflect on the past 10 years of television (1:00) before revealing their 10 favorite TV shows of the decade (27:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Sam Esmail and Kaya McMullen
Breaking Down the Season Finale of ‘Watchmen’ | The Watch
Dec 16, 2019 • 65 min
The season finale, and potentially the series finale, of ‘Watchmen’ aired last night. Chris and Andy talk about what it takes to wrap up a show like this (1:10), how closely the show hewed to the source material in the end (8:25), and their favorite parts…
Parsing Drama in a Galaxy Far, Far Away and a Conversation With Yahya Abdul-Mateen II of ‘Watchmen’ | The Watch
Dec 12, 2019 • 41 min
Andy announces the official premiere date for ‘Briarpatch’ (1:10) before the guys break down the latest drama in the ‘Star Wars’ universe (5:52). Then, Chris sits down with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to talk about playing Cal on ‘Watchmen’ (15:57) and how he…
Damon Lindelof on the World-building of ‘Watchmen’ | The Watch
Dec 9, 2019 • 74 min
‘Watchmen’ showrunner Damon Lindelof joins the show to talk about why he doesn’t want to be called a creator, but rather a “remixer” (2:55), how he chose which part of the comic book series to reimagine (24:17), and the pilot-making process (48:59).…
Chris Ryan’s Top 10 TV Shows of the Year | The Watch
Dec 5, 2019 • 67 min
2019 was defined by two TV shows: ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Succession.’ We debate which one was better (2:43). Plus: other favorite shows of the year, including ‘Russian Doll’ and ‘Mindhunter’ (29:25), and some honorable mentions (54:24). Host: Chris Ryan Guest:…
Breaking Down ‘Watchmen’ Episode 7 and ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 4 | The Watch
Dec 2, 2019 • 52 min
Chris and Andy recap their Thanksgiving holidays before diving into another plot-heavy episode of ‘Watchmen’ (1:00). They break down the big reveal in “An Almost Religious Awe” (13:16). Plus: an unspecified amount of time at the farm with Mando and Baby…
The Thanksgiving Primetime Grid and a Conversation with Ben Smith of ‘Treadstone’ | The Watch
Nov 27, 2019 • 43 min
Chris lays out a night of television for you to watch during the holiday weekend including ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ ‘Servant,’ and ‘Condor’ (1:02). Then he sits down with the producer of ‘Treadstone,’ Ben Smith, to talk about what it is like to create a show…
Breaking Down ‘Watchmen’ Episode 6, ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 3, and the Rest of ‘The Crown’ Season 3 | The Watch
Nov 25, 2019 • 94 min
We break down another mind-bending episode of ‘Watchmen,’ a show that’s leaving it all on the field (1:00). Do we like talking about ‘The Mandalorian,’ or do we just like talking about Baby Yoda GIFs (35:25)? Plus: Daddington Corner, ‘Frozen 2’ edition…
Just How Popular Is ‘The Mandalorian’? Plus: ‘The Crown,’ S3E5-7 | The Watch
Nov 21, 2019 • 64 min
Despite all of the pressure on ‘The Mandalorian’ to make Disney+ a success, the show is an easy and enjoyable watch (1:08). Plus: An update on ‘Briarpatch’ production (13:04) and a breakdown of episodes 5-7 of ‘The Crown’ (23:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and…
‘The Mandalorian’ Settles in and ‘Watchmen’ Keeps Getting Better, Plus: ‘The Crown’ Season 3, Episodes 1–4 | The Watch
Nov 18, 2019 • 92 min
In the second episode of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the story gets deep in the details in the way that a ‘Star Wars’ movie can’t (4:09). It’s almost as though every episode of ‘Watchmen’ is a bottle episode; we break down the fifth episode, “Little Fear of…
Breaking Down the First Episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ and Inside the Launch of Disney+ | The Watch
Nov 14, 2019 • 100 min
‘The Mandalorian’ premiered this week, and although we have a lot of mixed feelings about the pilot, we’re willing to hang on (1:38). Then Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw takes us inside the launch of Disney+ (28:52) and tells us why we shouldn’t be calling…
FX on Hulu, the Bob Iger Book Club, and Breaking Down ‘Watchmen’ E4S1 | The Watch
Nov 11, 2019 • 58 min
Starting next year, FX will stream shows exclusively on Hulu. What does this mean for the future of a network that has produced several award-winning shows (1:06)? In his new book, Bob Iger reminisces about his relationship with Steve Jobs and Disney’s…
Breaking Down the First Three Episodes of ‘The Morning Show’ | The Watch
Nov 7, 2019 • 47 min
‘The Morning Show’ may not be great TV, but it’s certainly engaging. We break down the first three episodes, including the seemingly disconnected plot lines (1:57), Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s performances (19:14), and our personal MVP of the…
Confusion About What ‘The Morning Show’ and Apple TV+ Are Trying to Be, Plus: ‘Watchmen’ S1E3 | The Watch
Nov 4, 2019 • 59 min
‘The Morning Show,’ the flagship series for Apple TV+, debuted on Friday. Despite star power from Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, the first episode fell flat (1:38). The show, and subsequently Apple TV+, seem confused about what…
Intellectual Property Won’t Save You Now: ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Hit Bumps in the Road | The Watch
Oct 31, 2019 • 51 min
It was announced this week that Benioff and Weiss will no longer be creating a ‘Star Wars’ trilogy for Lucas Films (2:17). The news calls into question the future of the franchise (14:38). HBO is finding itself in a similar situation after cancelling a…
Early Reactions to ‘The Morning Show,’ and ‘Watchmen’ Picks Up Speed in the Second Episode | The Watch
Oct 28, 2019 • 38 min
The AppleTV+ flagship, ‘The Morning Show,’ will premiere on Friday, and early reviews are not looking great (6:37). Meanwhile, ‘Watchmen’ is picking up steam in its second episode (12:07). We break down the episode (20:25) and examine why it’s so hard to…
How the Streaming Business Made ‘Looking for Alaska’ Possible | The Watch
Oct 24, 2019 • 60 min
Chris and Andy review the music scene in 2005, their roles in covering it, and how that era of music fits onto the big and small screen (1:00). Plus, the creators of ‘Looking for Alaska’, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, on the long road to getting the…
Breaking Down the Season Premiere of ‘Watchmen’ | The Watch
Oct 21, 2019 • 66 min
Damon Lindelof’s newest show, ‘Watchmen,’ started off with a bang and we feel like we’re in good hands (0:43). We take a deeper look at the texts the show seems to be drawing from (17:34) and the importance of the musical ‘Oklahoma!’ in the first episode…
‘Looking for Alaska,’ Adaptation in the Post-Movies Age, and the Apple Content Slate | The Watch
Oct 17, 2019 • 50 min
We preview Hulu’s upcoming original series ‘Looking for Alaska’—the first TV adaptation of a John Green novel (0:54). Then we talk about how ‘Looking for Alaska’ and HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ are two prime examples of content that would’ve been made into a movie…
The ‘Succession’ Finale and a Farewell to the ‘Breaking Bad’ Universe | The Watch
Oct 14, 2019 • 67 min
Andy calls in to talk about the finale of ‘Succession’ as well as the second season as a whole (0:40). Then they dive into ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ and the continuation of the Jesse Pinkman story line (21:30). Finally, your number one boys…
Does ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Live Up to Its Predecessors and Marketing? | The Watch
Oct 11, 2019 • 44 min
‘El Camino’ is the heavily marketed movie follow-up to ‘Breaking Bad’—can that proposition ever live up creatively to the titanic achievements of the original AMC series? We share our reactions to the film, Aaron Paul’s continuation of the iconic Jesse…
A Cultural Roundup and Breaking Down ‘Succession’ Season 2, Episode 9 | The Watch
Oct 7, 2019 • 69 min
Andy is back in the studio to catch up on all things entertainment, including ‘Joker.’ Martin Scorsese’s recent comments about superhero movies, the return of ‘Mr. Robot,’ and the state of modern TV and consumerism (0:40) before your number one boys break…
It’s Not Too Late to Get Into ‘Peaky Blinders’ | The Watch
Oct 3, 2019 • 39 min
Season 5 of ‘Peaky Blinders’ premieres on Netflix tomorrow, but it’s not too late to get into the show (2:00). We talk about the surprisingly stacked cast (9:36), our favorite characters on the show (27:05), and what else we’re watching on TV right now…
The Shelf Life of Beloved TV Shows and Breaking Down ‘Succession’ S2E8 | The Watch
Sep 30, 2019 • 44 min
In just over a week, ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ will extend the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe, so we revisit some of our favorite episodes and moments from the show (1:51). ‘Stranger Things’ is leaving Hawkins for Season 4 (6:14) and ‘It’s Always Sunny…
The Marvelfication of ‘Star Wars’ and the Premiere of ‘Survivor’ Season 39 | The Watch
Sep 26, 2019 • 31 min
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is being tapped to develop a new ‘Star Wars’ movie for Disney, and we discuss what this could mean for the franchise (4:16). Andy gives some lukewarm takes on the latest episode of ‘Succession’ (12:50). Plus, we break down…
The 2019 Post-Emmys Report, a Conversation With Gerri From ‘Succession,’ and Breaking Down ‘Succession’ S2E7 | The Watch
Sep 23, 2019 • 60 min
After the lowest number of viewers in history, the Emmys are suffering from an importance problem (1:42). J. Smith-Cameron, who plays Gerri on ‘Succession,’ joins the show to talk about her character’s unique role within the family (22:23) and and the…
NBC Enters the Streaming Wars and September Television Stays Winning | The Watch
Sep 19, 2019 • 51 min
NBC launched its streaming service Peacock this week, and its backlog of shows like ‘The Office’ and ‘30 Rock’ make it an instant contender (1:00). September continues to be a very good month for television, with shows like ‘Top Boy’ (7:30) and Ken…
September TV Lineup: ‘Unbelievable,’ ‘Undone,’ and ‘Succession’ | The Watch
Sep 16, 2019 • 45 min
September is shaping up to be a great month for television. We talk about ‘Unbelievable’ (1:15) and ‘Undone’ (14:34), two shows that premiered over the weekend on Netflix and Amazon Prime, respectively. Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E6, “Argestes”…
On the Set of Briarpatch With Andy Greenwald and Jay R. Ferguson | The Watch
Sep 12, 2019 • 68 min
Live from the set of ‘Briarpatch’ in Albuquerque, Chris sits down with Andy and ‘Briarpatch’ leading man Jay R. Ferguson to talk about the decision-making that went into creating the show (2:57), Jay’s experience playing Stan Rizzo on ‘Mad Men (24:12),…
Breaking Down ‘Succession’ S2E5 and the Genius of ‘The Righteous Gemstones,’ Plus: ‘It Chapter Two’ | The Watch
Sep 9, 2019 • 43 min
‘It Chapter Two’ is a three-hour time commitment that doesn’t really go anywhere (0:41). A Texas native tells us what ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ gets right about megachurches (6:46). Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E5, “Tern Haven” (19:31). Host: Chris…
What Do We Want From Summer TV? Plus: Katie Couric’s Grub Street Diet | The Watch
Sep 5, 2019 • 45 min
Andy calls in from New Mexico with a couple of people from the ‘Briarpatch’ cast on the line (2:43). Katie Couric really loves tomatoes, and other things we learned from her Grub Street Diet (8:20). Plus, we’re watching ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and…
Breaking Down ‘Succession’ S2E4 | The Watch
Sep 2, 2019 • 25 min
Your number one boys break down S2E4 of Succession, “Safe Room.” They talk about Shiv and Kendall’s tender moment (2:19), who won the episode (10:04), and the biggest burn of the week (18:39). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
More Streaming Services Are on the Way—Watch Out for Your Wallet | The Watch
Aug 29, 2019 • 52 min
Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw joins the show to talk about how the forthcoming streaming wars are going to affect your wallet (3:18), how streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ will release their shows (13:00), and what’s going on with network…
Reactions to ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Trailers, Plus: Succession S2E3 | The Watch
Aug 26, 2019 • 45 min
Netflix released a trailer for ‘El Camino’ over the weekend, and if ‘Better Call Saul’ is any indication, this continuation of the ‘Breaking Bad’ world will be good as well (1:27). If we were cautiously optimistic about ‘The Mandalorian’ before, we’re all…
How Spider-Man’s Split From Marvel Will Impact Fans of the Franchise, Plus ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2, Episodes 6-9 | The Watch
Aug 22, 2019 • 46 min
News broke this week that Spider-Man will be exiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney and Sony were unable to reach a deal to coproduce the franchise (1:00). What does this mean for fans of the movies and the future of the MCU (5:47)? Plus, we…
Breaking Down the First Half of ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 and ‘Succession’ Episode 2, Season 2 | The Watch
Aug 19, 2019 • 64 min
We break down the first five episodes from ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2, including a brief recap of Season 1 (1:00), the shooting style of the show (11:17), and the different serial killers we’ve met so far (31:44). Plus: the second episode of our ‘Succession’…
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘The Boys,’ and a Conversation With ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Director Carl Franklin | The Watch
Aug 15, 2019 • 43 min
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ misses the mark tonally, but still has redeeming moments (1:00). A conversation with Sean Fennessey about the surprisingly gritty superhero show, ‘The Boys’ (10:13), and an interview with Carl Franklin, one of the directors…
‘Succession’ Is Back and Better Than Ever | The Watch
Aug 12, 2019 • 50 min
Apple Plus has finally released a teaser trailer for their flagship series ‘The Morning Show,’ and we still have a lot of questions (2:12). ‘Succession’ is back for its second season and it looks like there won’t be any slow starts this time around…
The ‘Euphoria’ Season Finale and How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Helped Establish Netflix | The Watch
Aug 5, 2019 • 41 min
The first season of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ sometimes prioritized style over character development (3:23), but in the end we still felt attached to the relationship between Rue and Jules (8:50). The final season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ could mark the end of…
A Midsummer Mailbag With Andy Greenwald | The Watch
Aug 1, 2019 • 55 min
We broke open the mailbag to talk about our favorite X-Men comics (1:47), some of our favorite music from 1999 (17:21), who will be the MVP of the next season of ‘Succession’ (26:12), and our favorite episodes of TV this year (47:10). Hosts: Chris Ryan…
How Historically Accurate Is ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’? Plus: Amazon’s Next Move and Celebrating the Music of 1999 | The Watch
Jul 29, 2019 • 60 min
There was a lot of news out of the TCAs this weekend, including what Amazon wants its streaming service to look like over the next few years (2:43). After Netflix canceled the critically acclaimed ‘Tuca and Bertie,’ the metric of success in the streaming…
Inside the Making of ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ With Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill | The Watch
Jul 25, 2019 • 38 min
Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill, the creators of HBO’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones,’ join the show to talk about their inspirations for the show (7:31), comedy taking on religion (12:56), and what it’s like to work on multiple projects as a…
Marvel’s Fourth Phase and the ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Letdown | The Watch
Jul 22, 2019 • 56 min
A lot of news came out of Comic-Con this weekend, including what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next few years, both in theaters (1:00) and on the small screen (21:52). The second season of ‘Big Little Lies’ felt like a…
Where Does Netflix Go From Here? Plus, ‘Survivor,’ Emmy Nominations, and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ | The Watch
Jul 18, 2019 • 60 min
The trailer for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ dropped today and we’re incredibly hyped (0:44). The Emmy nominations seem disjointed and unrepresentative of the TV landscape (7:34), and Netflix reported major subscriber losses this week—is this a turning point for…
Rookie Showrunner Mistakes and the ‘Big Little Lies’ Directing Controversy, Plus a Midseason Review of ‘Euphoria’ | The Watch
Jul 15, 2019 • 62 min
Andy Greenwald calls in to share some of the rookie showrunner mistakes he’s made so far (1:37) and to weigh in on Jeremy Renner’s burgeoning music career (10:45). We break down the ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 directing drama between Andrea Arnold and the…
Claire Saffitz of ‘Gourmet Makes’ and Episodes 5-8 of ‘Dark’ | The Watch
Jul 11, 2019 • 62 min
The trailer for Season 2 of ‘Succession’ premiered this week and we couldn’t be more hyped (0:30). The final episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 2 leave us with just as many questions as we started with (11:02). Plus, Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz joins the show to…
‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Mega-Pod | The Watch
Jul 8, 2019 • 74 min
We break down the entirety of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3, including our favorite things from the season (1:05), where the show fell short (43:58), who won the season (57:42), and some predictions for the fourth season (65:53). Major Spoilers for the third…
Previewing ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 With Mallory Rubin | The Watch
Jul 1, 2019 • 52 min
With Season 3 set to premiere on July 4, we turn our clocks back to the ’80s to revisit the lives of Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will. We discuss why this show succeeds, its reliance on pop culture references, Season 2’s attempt to address its greater…
A Grab Bag of TV News, Summer Reading Recommendations, and Episodes 3 and 4 of ‘Dark’ Season 2 | The Watch
Jun 27, 2019 • 49 min
With ‘Years and Years’ airing and ‘Station 11’ set to begin production, are we ready for apocalyptic television (2:53)? Our reading recommendations for the summer (12:46) and what streaming will look like once ‘The Office’ leaves Netflix (22:50). Plus:…
Our Mid-2019 TV Superlatives, Plus: ‘Dark’ Season 2 | The Watch
Jun 24, 2019 • 49 min
Andy stops by to announce some casting news for ‘Briarpatch’ (0:28). Then, our mid-2019 TV superlatives, including favorite sit-com, best pair of performances, and our favorite thing on TV so far this year (5:26). Plus, breaking down the first two…
Our Updated TV Programming Blocks, Plus: An Interview With Britt Daniel of Spoon | The Watch
Jun 20, 2019 • 60 min
Streaming sites like Netflix and HBO have begun to cherry-pick what ratings they release (1:16). We build our perfect night of TV, which includes shows like ‘Bless This Mess,’ ‘Los Espookys,’ and ‘Gourmet Makes’ videos (13:33). Plus, an interview with…
‘Too Old to Die Young,’ ‘Euphoria,’ and a Check-in With Andy | The Watch
Jun 17, 2019 • 58 min
Andy calls in from New Mexico to give an update on ‘Briarpatch’ and brings a special guest with him (2:51). If you’re ready to devote 13 hours of your life to watch ‘Too Old to Die Young,’ you might be rewarded (9:27). HBO’s new teen drama ‘Euphoria’ has…
We’re Not Ready to Stop Talking About ‘Fleabag,’ Plus: The Wild West of Streaming Television | The Watch
Jun 13, 2019 • 64 min
The Atlantic’s David Sims joins the show to talk about what streaming television could look like once major corporate-media powerhouses start to get in the game (3:36). We’re not quite ready to stop talking about ‘Fleabag’ Season 2 (26:20). Plus, ‘The…
The ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Premiere and the Debacle That Was ‘Dark Phoenix’ | The Watch
Jun 10, 2019 • 51 min
‘Big Little Lies’ is back for Season 2 (0:34). Meryl Streep seems to be just what the show needed (6:12), and we check in with the rest of the Monterey Five (14:01). Plus: How did Fox get ‘Dark Phoenix’ so wrong (25:00)? Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Amanda…
Breaking Down Each Episode of ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 With Creators Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker | The Watch
Jun 6, 2019 • 58 min
Chris is joined by ‘Black Mirror’ creators Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker to talk about some of the challenges of creating the anthology series (2:34). Then they break down each episode from Season 5: “Striking Viper” (20:50), “Smithereens” (33:46),…
‘Deadwood: The Movie’ and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | The Watch
Jun 3, 2019 • 57 min
‘Deadwood: The Movie’ made us nostalgic for ‘Deadwood’ the show (0:35) and failed to capture the magic of those first three seasons (16:04). Plus, an on-the-ground report from opening day of Disney’s new exhibit, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (30:18). Host:…
Second-Season Genius From ‘Barry’ and ‘Fleabag’ | The Watch
May 30, 2019 • 52 min
Andy gives a ‘Briarpatch’ update as the show wraps up writing and gets ready to move into production (5:13). The second season of ‘Barry’ toed the line between comedy and darkness brilliantly (22:14), and ‘Fleabag’ Season 2 will likely be the most…
A Post–‘Game of Thrones’ Mailbag With Jason Mantzoukas | The Watch
May 23, 2019 • 63 min
We open up the mailbag to answer questions like how the finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ might look different if you were to binge-watch the series (13:25), the possibility of a fantasy-genre hangover (34:04), and what shows we’re most looking forward to now…
Breaking Down the End of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch
May 20, 2019 • 72 min
The end of ‘Game of Thrones’ was a tale of two finales (1:06). We parse through the ending of the show (6:59), attempt to tie up loose ends (32:30), and make predictions for what will fill the vacuum left by ‘Game of Thrones’ (59:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan…
The End of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Near, Plus: ‘Survivor’ Season Finale | The Watch
May 16, 2019 • 63 min
‘Game of Thrones’ is over this Sunday (1:00). We look back at the penultimate episode (7:40), make some predictions for the finale (20:32), and speculate about what a Benioff and Weiss ‘Star Wars’ movie will look like (26:32). Plus, the ‘Survivor’ season…
Breaking Down the Penultimate Episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ Plus: Farewell to ‘Veep’ | The Watch
May 13, 2019 • 57 min
The penultimate episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ left us with a sense of betrayal (4:39). Daenerys’s descent into madness seemed rushed (9:09), and Jon has seemingly transitioned into a supporting character (16:09). Plus, predictions for the final episode…
Non-‘Thrones’ HBO Content and a Conversation With David Cross | The Watch
May 9, 2019 • 49 min
On the night that “Battle of Winterfell” aired, it was ‘Barry’ that contained the best action sequence (1:00). The final season of ‘Veep’ seems like it might be falling victim to Thronesian pacing (13:30). Plus, a conversation with David Cross ahead of…
Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E4 | The Watch
May 6, 2019 • 48 min
Chris and Andy give their mixed reactions to “The Last of the Starks” (1:10). They talk about some characters on the periphery of the episode (14:45), the departure of Ghost (31:50), and their favorite moments (39:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Breaking Down ‘Avengers: Endgame’ | The Watch
May 2, 2019 • 57 min
‘Avengers: Endgame’ was pure entertainment (1:00). We break down the biggest flexes from the movie (6:51) where the franchise goes from here (13:18), what happened to our favorite characters (21:59), and who won the movie (40:42). Hosts: Chris Ryan and…
Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E3 | The Watch
Apr 29, 2019 • 51 min
The Battle of Winterfell finally happened (1:01). We talk about the visual effects of the battle (7:29), who lived and who died (21:54), and the difficulties of trying to wrap up a major and beloved franchise (30:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Why 1999 Was One of the Best Years for Movies, Plus a Conversation With Roxanne Benjamin | The Watch
Apr 25, 2019 • 60 min
Author Brian Raftery joins the show to talk about his new book, ‘Best. Movie. Year. Ever’ (2:59), and how 1999 became a seminal year for movies (24:31). Plus a conversation with Roxanne Benjamin, the creator of ‘Body at Brighton Rock,’ about making unique…
Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E2 | The Watch
Apr 22, 2019 • 53 min
Chris and Andy break down the second episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” (1:00). They make predictions for who is most likely to die (17:36) and talk about the theme of “afterwards” throughout the episode (32:17).…
Disney+ Jockeys for First Place in the Streaming Wars | The Watch
Apr 18, 2019 • 44 min
This week Disney announced all of the movies and TV shows that will be available on Disney+ (1:06); the streaming service is creating a relationship with subscribers before even launching (8:25). Plus: ‘Game of Thrones’ (20:52), ‘Bless This Mess’ (27:16),…
‘Game of Thrones’ Goes Back to the Basics (for Better or for Worse), Plus ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ | The Watch
Apr 15, 2019 • 56 min
We recap the first episode of Season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones,’ breaking down what we liked and didn’t like from the season premiere (02:01). Then we look ahead to ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (39:10).
On the Brink of the Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch
Apr 11, 2019 • 40 min
Ahead of the season premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ on Sunday, we recap our favorite moments from Season 7 (1:24) and talk about the Night King as a villain for Season 8 (24:17). Also, our thoughts on ‘Killing Eve’ (16:45), ‘Fosse/Verdon’ (18:28), and…
The Return of ‘Killing Eve’ and an Interview With the Minds Behind ‘Fosse/Verdon’ | The Watch
Apr 9, 2019 • 58 min
‘Killing Eve’ is back and has become one of AMC’s premier shows (0:00); what does this mean for the series going forward (0:33)? ‘Fosse/Verdon’ feels full of creative energy (15:49). We talk with the minds behind the show about bringing Bob Fosse and Gwen…
How ‘Joker’ Might Fit Into Superhero Movie Canon and a Conversation With Fiona Shaw | The Watch
Apr 4, 2019 • 51 min
Several trailers were shown at CinemaCon this week, giving us a peek at what the movie industry will look like in the months to come (1:53). The trailer for ‘Joker’ dropped this week and it looks like a superhero movie pivoting towards prestige (10:20),…
Writers Guild Negotiations, Plus: ‘Veep’ and ‘Barry’ | The Watch
Apr 1, 2019 • 53 min
An explainer on what the negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents (3:35) could mean for the industry (13:48). Plus, the new Jenny Lewis album is everything we could want from her (17:41), and ‘Veep’ and…
A Movie and Television Grab Bag | The Watch
Mar 28, 2019 • 55 min
The 1999 movie ‘The Blair Witch Project’ had the original viral marketing campaign (2:20). A crash course for the reality TV show ‘Vanderpump Rules’ (19:23). Plus: ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ (38:11).…
Apple Officially Wades Into the Streaming Wars, Plus: ‘Us’ and ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ | The Watch
Mar 25, 2019 • 53 min
At the Apple event this Monday, the company paraded out all of the original content that will be available through their streaming service (2:09). They’re about to go up against not only streaming services, but cable companies as well (11:12). Plus, Adam…
Trailer Talk, Plus: Nick Antosca, the Showrunner of ‘The Act’ | The Watch
Mar 21, 2019 • 42 min
The trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 dropped this week and it’s rich with ’80s references (3:20). The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ dropped this week as well (10:40). Then, Nick Antosca joins the show. He…
Apple’s Upcoming Entry Into the Streaming Wars and Reviewing ‘Captain Marvel’ | The Watch
Mar 18, 2019 • 52 min
On March 25, Apple will host a group of movie and TV producers and actors at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, to unveil plans for its upcoming streaming service (10:20). Plus, ‘Captain Marvel’ missed the mark in many ways—what does…
The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer and a ‘Triple Frontier’ Magnum Opus | The Watch
Mar 14, 2019 • 46 min
The latest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer is here and comes with a full serving of late-career Jeremy Renner’s hair (1:45). Then Andy shares his qualms with Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’ (0:00) and Jason Concepcion joins to sing its praises as the type of…
On the Ground at South by Southwest, Plus: ‘Olympic Dreams’ | The Watch
Mar 11, 2019 • 41 min
‘Game of Thrones’ was one of the main topics of conversation at South by Southwest last weekend (4:32). The Russo brothers are adapting the book ‘Cherry’ into a movie. The book is about a veteran who falls into opioid addiction and starts robbing banks to…
Was TV Ever Truly Monoculture and More Questions from the Mailbag | The Watch
Mar 7, 2019 • 50 min
We break open the mailbag to answer questions about the new ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer (4:16), the year in television so far (16:00), and how big of a competitor Disney+ will be (28:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
A Big-Picture Look at HBO, Plus ‘Crashing’ and ‘Pen15’ | The Watch
Mar 4, 2019 • 46 min
What does the future of HBO look like after the merger between AT&T and Time Warner (6:47)? Plus a midseason review of ‘Crashing’ (35:40) and the teen television renaissance that continues with ‘Pen15’ (42:30). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Is the X-Men Franchise Relevant Anymore? Plus, the Creators of ‘High Maintenance’ | The Watch
Feb 28, 2019 • 44 min
An Oscars and ‘True Detective’ Season 3 Wrap-up | The Watch (Ep. 332)
Feb 25, 2019 • 43 min
The Oscars were surprisingly smooth and democratic (2:53), but that doesn’t signal any lasting cultural changes (17:49). The finale of ‘True Detective’ Season 3 was nothing groundbreaking (25:37), but it we do want a fourth season of the anthology series…
Our 2019 Anticipation Index and Why Amazon Is Keeping ‘Lord of the Rings’ Under Lock and Key | The Watch (Ep. 331)
Feb 21, 2019 • 48 min
We break down the TV shows and movies we’re most excited for in 2019, including ‘Triple Frontier’ (6:11), ‘Twilight Zone’ (10:18), and ‘City on a Hill’ (23:40). Plus, why is Amazon keeping the writers’ room for ‘Lord of the Rings’ under such strict lock…
The End of Marvel on Netflix, Plus the Penultimate Episode of ‘True Detective’ | The Watch (Ep. 330)
Feb 18, 2019 • 55 min
‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ are leaving Netflix (4:21), completing the Marvel purge as Disney gets ready to launch its own streaming service (16:54). Plus, the penultimate episode of ‘True Detective’ leaves us satisfied with where Season 3 has gone…
An Assortment of TV News, Plus an Interview With Actor Jamie Bell | The Watch (Ep. 329)
Feb 14, 2019 • 57 min
The ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off movie about Jesse Pinkman will be coming to Netflix (5:27). The trailer for the second season of ‘Killing Eve’ dropped this week (15:30). The guys finish up ‘Russian Doll’ (18:16), and Jamie Bell joins the show to talk about…
Build Your Own Night of Television, Plus an Interview With ‘Russian Doll’ Director Leslye Headland | The Watch (Ep. 328)
Feb 11, 2019 • 62 min
We build our ideal night of network television from a landscape of streaming comedies and network dramas (2:50). The director of ‘Russian Doll,’ Leslye Headland, joins the show to talk about her personal inspirations for the show (39:50) and creating the…
The Calm Before the Streaming-Wars Storm, Plus ‘High Flying Bird’ | The Watch (Ep. 327)
Feb 7, 2019 • 49 min
FX CEO John Landgraf gave his semi-annual state of television address this week (2:19) and took digs at Netflix while doing so (13:24). Steven Soderbergh’s new movie, ‘High Flying Bird,’ is his most emotionally present work to date (33:21). Hosts: Chris…
The Avengers Are in ‘The Leftovers,’ Plus Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’ | The Watch (Ep. 326)
Feb 4, 2019 • 45 min
The Super Bowl was a snooze, but at least we got to see Steve Carell shilling Pepsi (5:30) and an Avengers trailer (14:42). Netflix’s new comedy ‘Russian Doll’ is the perfect show for the streaming service (27:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald…
Who Will Be the Next Batman? Plus, the Movie ‘Dune’ | The Watch (Ep. 325)
Jan 31, 2019 • 37 min
The newest ‘Batman’ movie will come out in 2021 (2:40). Ben Affleck is reportedly not involved in the project, so who will take his place? (7:47). Plus, a midseason review of ‘True Detective’ (22:46) and excitement over the movie ‘Dune’ (32:38). Host:…
Andy’s Big News, Plus an Interview With the Creator of ‘Black Earth Rising’ | The Watch (Ep. 324)
Jan 24, 2019 • 52 min
Andy tells us what it’s like to have his show ‘Briarpatch’ picked up by USA Network (0:39). Plus: an interview with Hugo Blick, the creator of the Netflix show ‘Black Earth Rising,’ which is about the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide (32:22). Host: Chris…
The State of Comedy on Television, Plus a ‘True Detective’ Recap | The Watch (Ep. 323)
Jan 21, 2019 • 58 min
With the third episode of ‘True Detective’ there seems to be some pull between the writers and the director (6:30). The popular legal drama ‘Perry Mason’ will return as an HBO series (26:50). Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ is playing at a higher frequency…
Breaking Down the ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Teaser, Plus: Steven Soderbergh’s Culture Consumption | The Watch Ep. (322)
Jan 17, 2019 • 41 min
What this week’s teaser trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ means for the franchise (4:01). News broke this week that Jason Reitman will direct and co-write a ‘Ghostbusters’ movie—his father directed the original in 1984 (8:24). Plus: A trailer for…
Cautiously Optimistic About ‘True Detective,’ Plus: ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ Sparks a Trend | The Watch (Ep. 321)
Jan 15, 2019 • 41 min
Discussing ‘The Passage,’ which feels like a cable or streaming show trying to fit into a network mold (2:18), casual optimism about the third season of ‘True Detective’ (14:23), and what else you should look out for on television in the coming months…
Previewing ‘True Detective’ Season 3 | The Watch (Ep. 320)
Jan 10, 2019 • 32 min
The first two episodes of ‘True Detective’ Season 3 premiere this Sunday (1:11) and they are more reminiscent of Season 1 than Season 2 (8:56). Also, we talk about what made the show so popular when it first premiered (17:21). Host: Chris Ryan Guests:…
What the 2019 Golden Globes Were Lacking | The Watch (Ep. 319)
Jan 7, 2019 • 46 min
The 2019 Golden Globes gave us a sneak peak of an upcoming slate of HBO shows (5:48), a lackluster hosting job by Sandra Oh and Andy Sandberg (22:04), and awards for ‘Green Book’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (34:57). Plus: Quick reviews of ‘Vice’ and ‘If Beale…
Netflix Flexes Its Muscles With ‘Bandersnatch’ | The Watch (Ep. 318)
Jan 3, 2019 • 48 min
The new ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘Bandersnatch’ shows us the potential of choose-your-own-adventure TV (10:40), but it’s also really just peak ‘Black Mirror’ (22:17). ‘The Good Place’ continues to show that it won’t be hemmed in by network television…
The 2018 Year in Review Mailbag | The Watch (Ep. 317)
Dec 27, 2018 • 55 min
Chris and Andy break open the mailbag to answer some listener questions about the year in pop culture, including what will take the place of ‘Game of Thrones’ after the final season (15:01), shows likely to hit a sophomore slump in 2019 (24:14), and their…
2018’s Great Wall of Culture | The Watch (Ep. 316)
Dec 20, 2018 • 46 min
Chris and Andy add six people to their Great Wall of Culture whose performances and contributions they feel defined 2018. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
The Beauty of ‘Roma’ and What We’re Catching Up on Over the Holidays | The Watch (Ep. 315)
Dec 17, 2018 • 53 min
Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ premiered on Netflix last week, and the debate over whether you can properly enjoy it outside of the theater continues (10:02), but either way the movie is a cinematic delight (22:21). Chris and Andy decide what television they’re…
The Best Television Shows of 2018 With Sam Esmail | The Watch (Ep. 314)
Dec 13, 2018 • 79 min
‘Homecoming’ and ‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail joins to give his picks for the best television shows of the year (9:03), talk about what he was looking for in TV this year (45:49), and his favorite performances of 2018 (72:53). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy…
Jason Mantzoukas Looks Back on This Year in Television and Film | The Watch (Ep. 313)
Dec 10, 2018 • 61 min
Jason Mantzoukas joins to talk about the trailer for the ‘Triple Frontier’ movie (10:14), the new ‘Avengers’ trailer (17:57), ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 (34:31), and ‘Bodyguard’ (43:14). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason…
Golden Globe Television Nominations and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 312)
Dec 6, 2018 • 49 min
A short teaser for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ doesn’t reveal too much (3:15). The trailer for the new ‘Captain Marvel’ movie starring Brie Larson was released this week (11:07). Television nominations for the Golden Globes are all over the map…
‘The Mandalorian’ News, Plus the Ups and Downs of TV Auteurism | The Watch (Ep. 311)
Dec 3, 2018 • 51 min
News about forthcoming Star Wars live-action series ‘The Mandalorian’ has leaked, and it doesn’t bode well for the show (1:42). Netflix is cancelling the Marvel television series ‘Daredevil’ after its third season, and Disney launching its own streaming…
‘Widows’ Is a Different Type of Heist Movie and the 1975 Is a Different Type of Rock Band | The Watch (Ep. 310)
Nov 29, 2018 • 48 min
The 1975’s new album, ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,’ is 2018’s version of a rock album (2:11). With ‘Widows,’ Steve McQueen created a unique kind of heist movie (27:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Lindsay Zoladz on the 1975’s…
‘Little Drummer Girl’ Creates a World You Want to Dive Into | The Watch (Ep. 309)
Nov 26, 2018 • 47 min
AMC created a three-night event by airing all six episodes of ‘Little Drummer Girl’ over the course of three nights, but was it worth it (1:16)? Plus a review of the first three episodes (19:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Chris Ryan’s…
Ben Stiller on Creating ‘Escape at Dannemora’ | The Watch (Ep. 308)
Nov 19, 2018 • 60 min
The adaptation of John le Carré’s ‘Little Drummer Girl’ premieres this week on AMC (1:18). ‘Escape at Dannemora’ executive producer Ben Stiller talks about how he got involved with the project (25:32); working with Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro, and…
Previewing ‘Narcos: Mexico’ With Executive Producer Eric Newman | The Watch (Ep. 307)
Nov 15, 2018 • 55 min
A24 is partnering with Apple to produce a slate of movies for the tech giant (1:07). ‘Narcos’ executive producer Eric Newman previews ‘Narcos: Mexico’ (22:34) and talks about portraying the drug war on screen (45:47). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald…
Remembering Stan Lee, Plus Homecoming’s Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz | The Watch (Ep. 306)
Nov 13, 2018 • 51 min
Marvel creator Stan Lee died this week at the age of 95 (2:26), and his legacy will live on through the universe he created (11:16). Plus: ‘Homecoming’ creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz talk about turning their podcast into prestige television…
‘Star Wars’ Prequels and ‘Breaking Bad’ Sequels | The Watch (Ep. 305)
Nov 9, 2018 • 58 min
Diego Luna will return as Cassian Andor in a live-action ‘Star Wars’ series on Disney+ (3:34), AMC is developing a ‘Breaking Bad’ movie about Jesse Pinkman’s life (15:08), and a review of the second half of ‘Homecoming’ Season 1 (35:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan…
The Brilliance of ‘Homecoming’ | The Watch (Ep. 304)
Nov 5, 2018 • 47 min
Andrew Lincoln will return as Rick Grimes for a series of ‘The Walking Dead’ movies for AMC (4:58), further breaking down the boundaries between television and film (11:54). Plus: a review of the first five episodes of ‘Homecoming’ with Julia Roberts…
‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel News, Plus Previewing ‘Homecoming’ | The Watch (Ep. 303)
Nov 1, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald break down this week’s news about the forthcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel (2:01) before reviewing ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (10:38) and ‘Homecoming’ (17:09). Then Chris is joined by Juliet Litman to give…
‘Bodyguard,’ Plus Classic Albums As the New Comic Books | The Watch (Ep. 302)
Oct 29, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the news that Disney shut down production on the stand-alone ‘Boba Fett’ Star Wars movie (3:32) and the idea of basing movies or TV shows on albums (18:37). Then they recap the first episode of the…
Do Streaming Services Care About Film History? Plus a Conversation With Matthew Macfadyen of ‘Succession’ | The Watch (Ep. 301)
Oct 26, 2018 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to talk about the shuttering of the film streaming service Filmstruck (1:57) and the new movie ‘Wildlife’ (13:54). Then Chris is joined by ‘Succession’ actor Matthew Macfadyen to…
What’s Changed Since Starting the Show, Favorite Movie Moments of the Year, and Other Mailbag Questions | The Watch (Ep. 300)
Oct 22, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate their 300th episode by opening up the mailbag and answering listener questions, including what has changed since they started their show (5:42), what the future of Netflix looks like (15:39), and what…
Lukewarm on ‘Camping’ and Hot on ‘Haunting of Hill House,’ Plus a Conversation With ‘Apostle’ Director Gareth Evans | The Watch (Ep. 299)
Oct 18, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Alison Herman to talk about Lena Dunham’s new show ‘Camping’ (1:44) and Netflix’s ‘Haunting of Hill House’ (12:45). Then Chris is joined by Gareth Evans to talk about his new horror film ‘Apostle’ and what it was like…
Big-Ticket TV Overload and Talking With Carla Gugino of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ | The Watch (Ep. 298)
Oct 15, 2018 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give a quick review of ‘First Man’ (4:53) before talking about their lack of excitement for ‘The Romanoffs’ (11:17). Then Chris is joined by Carla Gugino from ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ to talk about the…
‘Better Call Saul’ Season Finale and Talking With ‘Maniac’ Creator Patrick Somerville | The Watch (Ep. 297)
Oct 11, 2018 • 68 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald get together to talk about the finale of Season 4 of ‘Better Call Saul’ (5:43) and what’s next for the series (12:35). Then they are joined by the creator of Netflix’s ‘Maniac,’ Patrick Somerville, to talk about…
Yeah, We Loved ‘A Star Is Born,’ Too | The Watch (Ep. 296)
Oct 8, 2018 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald get together to talk about their reactions to ‘A Star is Born,’ including Bradley Cooper’s skill as a director (3:36), how the movie portrayed the music industry (13:25), and how the movie treats addiction…
Get Ready for the Fantasy TV Bubble | The Watch (Ep. 295)
Oct 4, 2018 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk about the news that Chris Evans may be out as Captain America (3:47) and the recent influx of fantasy television (9:17). Then they recap the latest episode of ‘Better Call Saul’ (38:42), and Chris helps Andy…
Catching Up on ‘Maniac,’ ‘Forever,’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ With Andy Greenwald | The Watch (Ep. 294)
Oct 1, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk about Andy’s experience filming the pilot for ‘Briarpatch’ (1:44). Then they catch up on all the film and television news Andy missed out on, including ‘Maniac’ (11:48), the Emmys (16:01), and ‘Better Call…
Fall Movie Preview and Love for ‘Better Call Saul’ | The Watch (Ep. 293)
Sep 27, 2018 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Sean Fennessey to talk about movies to pay attention to as awards season begins, including ‘A Star Is Born’ (1:13) and ‘Green Book’ (16:14). Then Chris speaks with Miles Surrey about everything that has happened so far…
Reviewing ‘Maniac’ and ‘Forever,’ Plus Is the DC Extended Universe Cool Again? | The Watch (Ep. 292)
Sep 25, 2018 • 65 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan talks with Alison Herman about Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ (5:09) and Amazon’s ‘Forever’ (23:20). Then he is joined by Jason Concepcion to talk about the expanding DC cinematic universe, including ‘Joker’ (33:58) and the new Harley Quinn…
Cary Fukunaga Takes Over the Bond Franchise, Plus a Live Performance From the Altons | The Watch (Ep. 291)
Sep 20, 2018 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with GQ staff writer Zach Baron to talk about the news that Cary Fukunaga will direct ‘Bond 25’ (1:45) and Fukunaga’s new Netflix show ‘Maniac’ (13:06). Then Los Angeles–based band the Altons perform live in The Ringer…
The Emmys Earn a Collective Shrug, and ‘The Predator’ Is a Glorious Disaster | The Watch (Ep. 290)
Sep 18, 2018 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Amanda Dobbins and Alison Herman to recap the 2018 Emmys, including the lackluster hosting (1:47) and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ dominating the awards (9:02). Then Chris is joined by Andrew Gruttadaro to talk about…
Behind the Scenes of ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ and ‘American Vandal’ | The Watch (Ep. 289)
Sep 13, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ showrunner Graham Rolland to talk about having a moralistic action hero (7:53) and how his military background influenced the show (15:05). Later Chris sits down with the creators of ‘American…
A Check-In With Andy, the Premiere of ‘The Deuce’ Season 2, and a Mid-Season Review of ‘Ozark’ Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 288)
Sep 10, 2018 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is briefly joined by Andy Greenwald to give an update on the production of Andy’s show ‘Briarpatch’ (1:00). Then Alison Herman joins to talk about the second season premiere of HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ (7:21) and David Shoemaker gives a…
The Summer TV Awards | The Watch (Ep. 287)
Sep 6, 2018 • 61 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Sean Fennessey, and Alison Herman highlight and award the best TV shows, scenes, episodes, and performances of the summer and more.
A New Format for Superhero Movies, Previewing a Potentially Political Awards Season, and ‘Ozark’ Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 286)
Aug 30, 2018 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Sean Fennessey to talk about a new format for superhero movies given recent news about Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ movie (4:28) and a slate of new political movies coming out ahead of awards season (16:12). Then Chris is…
True Detective’ Is Coming Back and ‘Sharp Objects’ Wraps, Plus Catching Up on ‘Castle Rock’ and ‘Lodge 49’ | The Watch (Ep. 285)
Aug 27, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the recent trailer and forthcoming season of ‘True Detective’ (4:00) and finale of ‘Sharp Objects’ (11:00). Later, they catch up on ‘Castle Rock’ and ‘Lodge 49’ (24:00).
The Summer Movie Awards | The Watch
Aug 25, 2018 • 56 min
In a ‘Big Picture’–’Watch’ crossover bonus episode, The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan highlight this summer’s movies by awarding the biggest surprises, best independent films, best scenes, best and worst movie of the summer, and much more.
The Trouble With ‘Bond 25,’ Getting Hyped for ‘Top Gun 2,’ Plus Mailbag | The Watch (Ep. 284)
Aug 23, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the production woes of the latest James Bond and share their excitement about the upcoming sequel to ‘Top Gun’ (4:00). Later they open the mailbag and answer listener questions ranging from why talk shows…
‘Better Call Saul’ Is Back, Plus Reviewing Summer Movies | The Watch (Ep. 283)
Aug 20, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald return to Albuquerque to celebrate ‘Better Call Saul’ and Season 4’s artistic achievement so far (6:00). Later they discuss and review some summer films, including ‘Black Klansman’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ and ‘The…
Remembering Aretha Franklin, Looking to the Good TV to Come, and Reviewing ‘Insecure’ and ‘Lodge 49’ | The Watch (Ep. 282)
Aug 16, 2018 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on Andy’s experience in New Mexico so far, discuss Aretha Franklin’s legacy (3:00) and look ahead to the TV shows they’re looking forward to in the coming months (9:00). Later they discuss and review…
The Content Wars of TV’s Gilded Age | The Watch (Ep.281)
Aug 13, 2018 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give an update on the current state of television’s content wars, including the upcoming slate of shows to get excited for (15:40), how networks are responding to Netflix’s domination, and which networks will…
Sending Off ‘Succession’ With Showrunner Jesse Armstrong | The Watch (Ep. 280)
Aug 6, 2018 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the season finale of ‘Succession’ (2:00) before welcoming on its showrunner, Jesse Armstrong, to discuss the joys of creating an entertaining season of television with rich characters (31:00).
The 100 Best TV Episodes of The Century and Mailbag Questions | The Watch (Ep. 279)
Aug 2, 2018 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions on everything from how ‘Game of Thrones’ will be remembered to their favorite TV shows of 2018 so far and much more (1:00). Later, The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and…
Loving ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ and Awarding ‘Succession’ the TV Championship Belt | The Watch (Ep. 278)
Jul 30, 2018 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to and review ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ and how Tom Cruise’s role as Ethan Hunt has evolved (3:00). Later, they discuss the penultimate episode of ‘Succession’ and award it the Television Championship…
Exploring ‘Castle Rock’ and a ‘Mission: Impossible’ Retrospective | The Watch (Ep. 277)
Jul 26, 2018 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald take a look at the latest addition to the Stephen King universe, ‘Castle Rock’ (02:00). Then, to celebrate the upcoming release of ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout,’ they look back at the franchise (23:00).
‘Succession’ Finds Its Stride and the Showrunners of ‘GLOW’ on Creating Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 276)
Jul 23, 2018 • 65 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk about their love for the last three episodes of ‘Succession’ (1:31). Then Andy is joined by the showrunners of Netflix’s ‘GLOW,’ Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, to talk about the development of the characters…
Marvel’s Supporting Avengers, Plus the Creators of ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Stop By | The Watch (Ep. 275)
Jul 19, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe by discussing ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and then unveil the supporting Avengers that they’d like to see in upcoming Marvel films (2:04). They also review Showtime’s ‘Patrick…
Lots of TV: Emmy Nominations, ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Succession,’ and More | The Watch (Ep. 275)
Jul 16, 2018 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald check in on the Daddington Hive (2:00) before discussing the best movie trailers since 1990 (8:00) and the Emmy nominations (14:00). Later they discuss the first two episodes of ‘Sharp Objects’ (25:00), check in…
‘Succession’ and Updates on ‘Y: The Last Man’ and ‘Briarpatch’ | The Watch (Ep. 274)
Jul 12, 2018 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up and discuss a few exciting updates for Andy’s upcoming television pilot, ‘Briarpatch’ (3:30), before covering some casting news from FX’s ‘Y: The Last Man’ (11:00). Finally they revisit the show…
Mailbag on 2018’s Pop Culture Crown, Big Franchise IP and More | The Watch (Ep. 273)
Jul 9, 2018 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions about everything from who owns 2018’s Pop Culture Crown to which major franchise they’d remake if they could and much more.
Fast and Furious and Young Pope Casting Update. Plus Glow Season 2 review Pt. 1 | The Watch (Ep. 272)
Jul 5, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to some recent casting news involving Idris Elba for the new ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ ‘Fast & Furious’ spinoff and John Malkovich for ‘The Young Pope.’ Later they discuss the first three episodes of ‘GLOW’ Season 2.
The Downside of Hype With Drake’s ‘Scorpion,’ Plus Reviewing ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ | The Watch (Ep. 271)
Jul 2, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss how the hype surrounding Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ affected the way they first listened to the album (09:55) before offering their (spoiler-heavy) thoughts on ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (20:55).
‘Halo’ and Master Chief Are Coming to TV, and the ‘Sicario’ Cinematic Universe Is Here | The Watch (Ep. 270)
Jun 28, 2018 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Showtime’s announcement that it’s making a new show based on the popular Xbox video game ‘Halo’ and why it’s an interesting play (6:00). Later, they prepare for Drake’s new album ‘Scorpion,’ (22:00)…
‘Westworld’ Season Finale, and the Search for the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch (Ep.269)
Jun 25, 2018 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the ‘Westworld’ Season 2 finale and what is and is not working in that show (9:00). Later they discuss television’s ongoing search for the next ‘Game of Thrones’ and the various approaches the different…
‘Star Wars’ Presses Pause, Plus Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Showrunner, Joe Pokaski, Stops By | The Watch (Ep. 268)
Jun 21, 2018 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to the news that Lucasfilm is suspending operations on its ‘Star Wars’ spinoff movies (5:30) and then welcome Joe Pokaski, showrunner of Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger,’ to discuss the process of making his…
Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Kanye’s Attempts at Culture As Events | The Watch (Ep. 267)
Jun 18, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the cultural significance of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s surprise album drop, as well as the continuous run of Kanye-related projects each week (9:00). Later, they discuss HBO’s ‘Succession’ (27:30).
Fox, Disney, Comcast, and the Content Wars of Tomorrow. Plus: Book Club Featuring ‘Every Man a Menace,’ With Patrick Hoffman | The Watch (Ep. 266)
Jun 14, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the possibility of Fox being purchased by Disney or Comcast and the ramifications that may hold for the entertainment industry’s future (1:30). Later they chat with Patrick Hoffman, author of ‘Every Man a…
Remembering Anthony Bourdain | The Watch (Ep. 265)
Jun 11, 2018 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reflect on the life and impact of the late Anthony Bourdain (1:30). Later they talk about meeting Donald Glover and the rest of the ‘Atlanta’ cast at a panel they moderated for FYC (33:00) and discuss ‘A Star Is…
‘Black Mirror’ Showrunners on Their Favorite Episodes, Plus a Rolling Blackouts C.F. Live Performance | The Watch (Ep. 264)
Jun 7, 2018 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with ‘Black Mirror’ showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones to talk about tricky nature of making an anthology series (02:00) and their favorite episodes of the show so far (15:31). Later, the Australian band…
The Thing About ‘Westworld,’ Plus ‘Succession’ and ‘The Break With Michelle Wolf’ | The Watch (Ep. 263)
Jun 4, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Alison Herman share their gripes about this season on ‘Westworld’ (2:00) and discuss HBO’s new Sunday night drama, ‘Succession’ (17:00). Later they review Michelle Wolf’s new Netflix show, ‘The Break,’ and examine the…
Kanye West’s New Album and Pusha-T’s ‘Daytona’ and Drake Diss. Plus, ‘The Americans Finale | The Watch (Ep. 262)
May 31, 2018 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Pusha-T’s new album, ‘Daytona’; his beef with Drake; and the anticipation of Kanye’s new album (2:00). Later, they discuss the series finale of ‘The Americans’ and what shows about bad people doing bad…
Did ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Work? Plus the ‘Killing Eve’ Finale | The Watch (Ep. 261)
May 29, 2018 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review ‘Solo,’ the latest installment in the ‘Star Wars’ universe, and question whether it worked (3:00). Later, they discuss the eighth and final episode of ‘Killing Eve’ Season 1 and what the future holds for…
Celebrating Philip Roth, Plus Answering Your Mailbag Questions About ‘Watchmen’ and More | The Watch (Ep. 260)
May 24, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate the life and impact of the late author Philip Roth (2:00) and discuss Andy’s experience at a Paul Simon concert (9:3 0). They also discuss the New York Times interview with the cast of ‘Arrested…
The Problem With Broadcast Television, Plus ‘Killing Eve’ | The Watch (Ep. 259)
May 21, 2018 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the current state of broadcast television and unpack its many hurdles, destabilizing factors, and tendencies to hit familiar beats (2:00). Later they discuss the latest episode of ‘Killing Eve’ (36:30)…
What to Expect From ‘Deadpool 2’? Plus: ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Westworld’ | The Watch (Ep. 258)
May 17, 2018 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and David Shoemaker catch up on breaking ‘Lord of the Rings’ news (4:00) before discussing what ‘Deadpool 2’ has in store for its audience (17:00) and this season of ‘Westworld’ so far (25:00).
Paul Scheer on Adapting ‘Galaxy Quest’ and Watching Classic Movies. Plus, Unpacking the ‘Barry’ Finale | The Watch (Ep. 257)
May 14, 2018 • 66 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Sunday night’s finale of ‘Barry’ (2:00) as well as the latest episodes of ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Westworld’ (8:30). Later, they chat with comedic actor and filmmaker Paul Scheer about his recent undertaking,…
‘The Predator’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ Are Coming Back! Plus, Stephen Malkmus Stops By | The Watch (Ep. 256)
May 10, 2018 • 79 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald express their excitement over the new trailer for the upcoming* reboot of the classic sci-fi action thriller ‘The Predator’ (3:11) as well as the return of ‘Friday Night Lights’ (25:00). They also discuss their…
This Is Donald Glover’s Moment | The Watch (Ep. 255)
May 7, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Donald Glover’s relevance and unique stardom as well as his new music as Childish Gambino, his ‘SNL’ appearance, and *this standout season* of ‘Atlanta’ (3:00). They also discuss the latest episode of…
Recommending ‘Howards End’ and John Mulaney’s New Stand-up Special, Plus Deon Taylor, Director of ‘Traffik’ | The Watch (Ep. 254)
May 3, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by fellow Ringer staffers Alison Herman and Amanda Dobbins to discuss their favorite things on TV, including John Mulaney’s stand-up special (3:55) and ‘Howards End’ (22:49). Later, filmmaker Deon Taylor joins Chris to…
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Mega-pod and Why You Should Watch ‘Killing Eve’ (Ep. 253)
Apr 30, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review this weekend’s massive blockbuster, ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and discuss its plot, emotional stakes, and impressive accomplishment (2:00). Later, they discuss one of their favorite shows on television…
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Returns, Plus Chvrches | The Watch (Ep. 252)
Apr 26, 2018 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the new trailer for ‘Venom,’ the movie starring the notorious Spider-Man villain, and and Tom Hardy’s accent choice (3:00) before reviewing the first episode of Season 2 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (8:30).…
‘Westworld’ Returns and Bill Hader and Henry Winkler Talk ‘Barry’ | The Watch (Ep. 251)
Apr 23, 2018 • 67 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give their initial reactions to the first episode of ‘Westworld’ Season 2 (5:30). Then, Bill Hader and Henry Winkler join in to discuss their acclaimed show, ‘Barry’ (28:00).
Kanye’s Dropping Two Albums in June, ‘Atlanta’ Is the Best Show on TV, and Elwood Reid Discusses ‘The Last Good Kiss’ | The Watch (Ep. 250)
Apr 19, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the news that multiple Kanye West albums are coming out in June and what they’re expecting from them (02:30) before jumping into what makes ‘Atlanta’ so special (13:20). Then they are joined by Elwood…
In or Out on ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’, Plus Andy Discusses His New Pilot, ‘Briarpatch’ | The Watch (Ep. 244)
Apr 16, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Andy’s upcoming pilot for USA, ‘Briarpatch,’ and how that project came to be (2:00). Then they catch up on ‘Better Call Saul’ (13:00). Later, Chris and Andy discuss whether they are in or out on Phoebe…
What Would It Take to Love ‘Westworld’ and Other Mailbag Questions, Plus News From Andy | The Watch (Ep. 243)
Apr 12, 2018 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald share some exciting news before opening up the mailbag to answer your questions, on topics ranging from ‘Westworld’ to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the TV Championship Belt.
Jake Johnson on the Final Season of ‘New Girl.’ Plus, the Dark Side of Amateur Sports With Director Ryan Koo (Ep. 242)
Apr 9, 2018 • 82 min
The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald sits down with comedic actor Jake Johnson to discuss the final season of ‘New Girl’ and the rest of his career (1:00). Later, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan chats with director Ryan Koo about his recent Netflix film ‘Amateur,’ which…
How to Cast for ‘The Wire,’ ‘Atlanta,’ and ‘True Detective’ With Alexa Fogel | The Watch (Ep. 241)
Apr 5, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the premiere of the upcoming shows ‘Killing Eve’ (3:00) and ’Legion” (8:30) before sitting down with casting director Alexa Fogel, who’s had a hand in major television shows like ‘The Wire,’ ‘Atlanta,’…
The Problem With ‘Ready Player One,’ Plus ‘Trust’, ‘Atlanta,’ and ‘Terror’ | The Watch (Ep. 240)
Apr 2, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ and question its message and whether kids today care about its nostalgia. (4:00) Later, they discuss the standout second episode of ‘Trust’ (24:00), check in on…
‘Roseanne’ and ‘The Americans’ Are Back, ‘Westworld’ Is Coming Soon | The Watch (Ep. 239)
Mar 29, 2018 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the new trailer of the upcoming season of Westworld (1:00), and the return of the beloved 90’s sitcom Roseanne and its bold attempt at political discourse (7:00). Later, Ringer TV critic Alison Herman…
David Costabile Talks ‘Billions’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’ Plus, Reviewing ‘Barry’ and ‘Trust’ | The Watch (Ep. 238)
Mar 26, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the premieres of Bill Hader’s brainchild ‘Barry’ (4:00) and FX’s new series ‘Trust,’ about the Getty family (14:30). Later Chris sits down with actor David Costabile to talk about the fun of playing his…
Anticipating ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the ‘Sicario’ sequel. Plus, Musician Lucy Dacus and Finishing ‘Collateral’ | The Watch (Ep. 237)
Mar 22, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss their excitement for the upcoming Marvel blockbuster ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (4:00) and ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (10:00) before finishing their series review of Netflix’s ‘Collateral’ (18:00). Later…
Would ‘Black Panther’ Work As TV? Plus Guilty Pleasures and New Music In the Mailbag | The Watch (Ep. 236 )
Mar 19, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions ranging from music recommendations to their favorite guilty-pleasure TV shows and more (6:30). Later, they discuss the third episode of Netflix’s ‘Collateral’…
What’s the Future of James Bond? Plus, Celebrating Craig Mack and Bad Boy Records | The Watch (Ep. 235)
Mar 15, 2018 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate the life of Craig Mack and the incredible run for Bad Boy Records in the ’90s (2:30). Later, they discuss James Bond’s uncertain future (10:00) and what a 31-hour binge of every Marvel Cinematic…
‘Atlanta’ and Julian Casablancas Share Hot Takes on the Music Biz, Plus ‘Collateral’ Episode 1 | The Watch (Ep. 234)
Mar 12, 2018 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss their enjoyment of ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 (3:30) and Julian Casablancas’s interview in Vulture about politics and the music industry (11:30). Later, they announce their latest series deep dive on Netflix’s…
‘Star Wars’ to TV and ‘The Sopranos’ to the Big Screen, Plus the Shib Sibs | The Watch (Ep. 233)
Mar 8, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to the news that Jon Favreau will write and produce a new ‘Star Wars’ series for Disney’s streaming service (3:00) as well as David Chase’s plans to make a ‘Sopranos’ prequel for the big screen (9:30).…
And the Oscar Went To … | The Watch (Ep. 232)
Mar 5, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, Sean Fennessey, and Amanda Dobbins break down the 90th Academy Awards including what stood out (2:30), who had the best night (24:00), and other Oscar superlatives (34:00). More Oscars coverage from The Ringer:
New TV Alert: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘McMafia,’ and ‘Looming Tower’ | The Watch (Ep. 231)
Mar 1, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald preview the return of Donald Glover’s award-winning show ‘Atlanta’ as well as the Donald Glover/Childish Gambino persona (5:00) before reviewing ‘McMafia’ (16:00) and ‘Looming Tower’ (27:00). They also set up…
Unpacking ‘Annihilation’ and the ’90s Nostalgia of Netflix’s ‘Everything Sucks!’ (Ep. 230)
Feb 26, 2018 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review the sci-fi thriller ‘Annihilation,’ starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, and discuss how it differs from the Jeff VanderMeer novel it’s adapted from (1:00). Later, they review Netflix’s new awkward…
Answering Your Mailbag Questions, Plus a Politically Charged Superchunk Interview | The Watch (Ep. 229)
Feb 22, 2018 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions that range from considering ‘Star Wars’ as a TV series to Chris’s and Andy’s processes for critiquing television (4:00). Later, Andy sits down with bandmates Mac…
Wakanda Forever! Black Panther’s Big Moment, Plus Jonathan Abrams revisits ‘The Wire’ | The Watch (Ep. 228)
Feb 19, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate and discuss ‘Black Panther,’ including its cultural impact and the film itself (0:00). Later, Grantland alum Jonathan Abrams joins in to discuss the process of writing his his new best-selling book,…
Is Netflix Swallowing TV? Plus, ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Babylon Berlin’ Reviewed | The Watch (Ep. 227)
Feb 15, 2018 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss TV producer Ryan Murphy’s huge new contract with Netflix and what it means for the industry as well as how Netflix is positioning its content and its place within television and streaming (03:15). Later,…
Why Jimmy Fallon Is Losing the Late-Night War | The Watch (Ep. 226)
Feb 12, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Alison Herman discuss Jimmy Fallon and his current place among late-night hosts (4:30). They also discuss HBO’s new show, ‘Here and Now’ (16:00). Later, Andy Greenwald sits down with Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy of Franz…
Is ‘Star Wars’ Saturation Possible? | The Watch (Ep. 225)
Feb 8, 2018 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Sean Fennessey, and David Shoemaker discuss the announcement that ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce an upcoming ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and question whether the multiple trilogies in the…
Super Bowl Celebrations, Han Solo Trailer Reaction, and the Surprise Cloverfield Movie (Ep. 224)
Feb 5, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate their beloved Eagles’ win in the Super Bowl (0:54), dissect the movie trailers that debuted during the big game (17:00), and discuss the hits and misses behind the surprise release of ‘The Cloverfield…
Why Isn’t Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Mosaic’ A Bigger Deal? Plus ‘The End of The F** World’ | The Watch (Ep. 223)
Feb 1, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review HBO and Steven Soderbergh’s six part murder mystery ‘Mosaic’ (3:00) and the experimentation happening in the television industry right now. Later, they finish their series review of Netflix’s ‘End of The…
The Problem With the Grammys and Whether You Should Watch ‘Waco’ | The Watch (Ep. 222)
Jan 29, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and what the long-running awards show is lacking (1:00). Later, they go “In or Out” on ‘Waco’ (18:00) and review the Oscar-nominated film ‘Phantom Thread’ (35:00).
‘The End of the F***ing World’ (and We Feel Fine) and the Oscar Noms (Ep. 221)
Jan 25, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the recently announced Oscar nominations (1:00) and whether they are in or out on ‘American Crime Story: Versace’ (14:00). Later, they kick off a two-week run of discussing and reviewing the Netflix…
Streaming Wars: Hulu Brings Back ‘ER’ and Amazon Dumps Its Quirky Comedies | The Watch (Ep. 220)
Jan 22, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Amazon’s recent decision to cancel a string of quirky comedies as a pivot to bigger budget tentpole content (03:12). Later they go ‘In or Out’ on new Starz show ‘Counterpart’ (19:55) before welcoming in…
Funny People Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome Talk Comedy and ‘Another Period.’ Plus, the End of ‘Dark’ (Ep. 219)
Jan 18, 2018 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald welcome guests Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome to discuss the new season of their Comedy Central show, ‘Another Period’ (6:00). Later, Chris and Andy finish the Netflix series ‘Dark’ in their final installment…
‘Breaking Bad’s’ 10-Year Anniversary, Plus New Shows From David Letterman and ‘American Crime Story’ (Ep. 218)
Jan 15, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review David Letterman’s new Netflix show, ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ (3:00), and go “In or Out” on ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ (15:00). Later they celebrate the 10-year…
The James Franco and the ‘All the Money in the World’ Controversies, Plus ‘Dark’ (Ep. 217)
Jan 11, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald process some of the troubling Hollywood news from this week concerning allegations about James Franco (1:00) and the pay-scale disparity between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg on the ‘All the Money in the…
Reliving the Golden Globes and Reviewing ‘9-1-1’ (Ep. 216)
Jan 8, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reflect on their favorite moments from the Golden Globes, including Seth Meyers’s and Oprah’s performances (1:00). Later, Chris and Andy bring back “In or Out” for Fox’s new show, ‘9-1-1’ (31:00).
Previewing the Golden Globes, a ‘Game of Thrones’ Update, and Going Deep on Netflix’s ‘Dark’ (Ep. 215)
Jan 4, 2018 • 48 min
On their six-year anniversary of podcasting together, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss recent ‘Game of Thrones’ news, what they’re excited to watch in 2018, and the upcoming Golden Globes (1:00). Later they review ‘Black Mirror’ and its…
The 2017 Year in Music With Lindsay Zoladz, Plus the Mailbag (Ep. 214)
Dec 28, 2017 • 49 min
For the final show of 2017, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald chat with music critic Lindsay Zoladz about the year in music and their favorite songs, albums, artists, and playlists (1:00). Later, they open up the mailbag and answer some listener…
2017’s Great Wall of Culture With Jason Mantzoukas (Ep. 213)
Dec 21, 2017 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by friend of the pod Jason Mantzoukas to celebrate their favorite people and projects in pop culture in 2017.
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deep Dive (Ep. 212)
Dec 18, 2017 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald go all in on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ reviewing their favorite moments, performances, fan theories, and much more. **The episode contains spoilers
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Preview, Plus the Double-Down Book Club With Megan Abbott (Ep. 211)
Dec 14, 2017 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald prepare for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ by discussing the franchise as a whole and what they are looking forward to from the most recent installment (2:00). Later they chat with writer Megan Abbott about her crime…
The Best TV of 2017 With Sam Esmail (Ep. 210)
Dec 11, 2017 • 76 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined for their annual best TV of 2017 discussion with ‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail. They cover what they are looking from their own television experience, this year in television (2:00), and their top-10…
Fear TV: ‘Dark’ and ‘Channel Zero,’ Plus Laurie Metcalf on ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Roseanne’ (Ep 209)
Dec 7, 2017 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Disney’s potential purchase of 21st Century Fox (1:50), Netflix’s ‘Dark’ (4:25), Syfy’s ‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ (9:55). Later they sit down with acclaimed actress Laurie Metcalf to discuss ‘Lady…
U2’s ‘Songs of Experience’ and Best Songs of All Time, Plus an ‘Ozark’ and ‘House of Cards’ Update (Ep. 208)
Dec 4, 2017 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on ‘Ozark’ and where it fits into this year in television (3:00). They also discuss recent ‘House of Cards’ news (20:00) and U2’s new album, ‘Songs of Experience’ (26:00).
All Marvel Everything: Talking ‘Runaways’ With Its Creator and Showrunners and an ‘Infinity War’ Trailer Reaction (Ep. 207)
Nov 30, 2017 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to the new trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (01:00) before discussing Hulu’s new Marvel series, ‘Runaways,’ with creator Brian K. Vaughan and showrunners Josh Schwartz and and Stephanie Savage (7:00).
What You Should Be Watching Right Now (Ep. 206)
Nov 27, 2017 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald delve into a number of new and returning shows on TV this season, including ‘Godless, ‘Search Party,’ and ‘Runaways’ (2:00). Later Andy sits down with Rachel Brosnahan of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ (33:00).
Hollywood’s Troubled State (Ep. 205)
Nov 20, 2017 • 66 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Jeffrey Tambor’s sudden departure from the cast of ‘Transparent’ and the current state of Hollywood amid the ongoing allegations of sexual harassment and assault (2:00). They also discuss ‘Justice League’…
The Inside Story of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine With Writer Joe Hagan (Ep. 204)
Nov 16, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by writer Joe Hagan to discuss his new book, ‘Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.’
Disney’s New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy, Amazon’s Expensive ‘Lord of the Rings’ Play, and the Best Superhero Movies of All Time (Ep. 203)
Nov 13, 2017 • 66 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the major announcements from Disney regarding a new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and Amazon’s expensive purchase of the rights to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and why remaking major IP can be tricky (2:00). They also…
Frankie Shaw of ‘SMILF,’ Plus Updates on ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘All the Money in the World’ (Ep. 202)
Nov 9, 2017 • 61 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the latest news of Kevin Spacey’s removal from the upcoming film ‘All the Money in the World’ (2:00) before catching up on ‘Mr. Robot’ and its ambitious latest episode (17:00). Later Andy sits down with…
Reviewing ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and Finishing ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 (Ep. 201)
Nov 6, 2017 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give their very different reviews of Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (5:00) before discussing the final three episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 and how they felt about the series overall (26:00). Finally they…
The Neptunes Are Back Because No One Ever Really Dies, Plus ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 (Ep. 200)
Nov 2, 2017 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald welcome the return of N.E.R.D by revisiting what makes the Neptunes and Pharrell persistently relevant (1:00). Later, they discuss episodes 4 through 6 of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 (17:00) and then answer a few…
Reviewing the First Three Episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 and Wrapping Up ‘The Deuce’ With Megan Abbott (Ep. 199)
Oct 30, 2017 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan review the first three episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 and consider whether it is living up to the hype and how it holds up under the microscope (4:00). Later they discuss ‘The Deuce’ and its finale…
Hyped for ‘Stranger Things 2’ and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread,’ Plus Reviews of ‘The Good Place’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ (Ep. 198)
Oct 26, 2017 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are excited about Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, ‘Phantom Thread’ (6:00), and the long-awaited second season of ‘Stranger Things’ (20:00). They also discuss and review ‘The Good Place’ and ‘The Walking…
Inside the Mind of ‘Mindhunter’ Star Jonathan Groff (Ep. 197)
Oct 23, 2017 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald chat with ‘Mindhunter’ star Jonathan Groff about his time on set with acclaimed director David Fincher; his character, Holden Ford; and the challenge of filming year-round.
Exploring ‘The Deuce’ and Double Down Book Club Selection ‘Sweet Forever’ With Joe House (Ep. 196)
Oct 19, 2017 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the works of writer George Pelecanos, leading off with his acclaimed new HBO show, ‘The Deuce,’ (1:00) before transitioning to the latest Double Down Book Club selection, ‘Sweet Forever’ (20:00). Later,…
Breaking Down ‘Mindhunter’ and the ‘Black Panther’ Trailer (Ep. 195)
Oct 16, 2017 • 41 min
After getting called out by director Sam Esmail, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald return to their television roots by discussing David Fincher’s new Netflix series, ‘Mindhunter’ (6:00). Later they discuss actual televisions, the new trailer for…
Talking ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘Mr. Robot’ With Sam Esmail (Ep. 194)
Oct 12, 2017 • 65 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review and celebrate Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious new film, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (3:00). Later Sam Esmail calls in to further discuss ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and other works by director Denis Villeneuve (26:00) before…
New Trailers for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘Justice League,’ and Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’ Are Here (Ep. 193)
Oct 10, 2017 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on life and recent news before discussing the rash of trailers that came out of New York Comic Con, including ‘Star Wars The Last Jedi’ (10:30), ‘Justice League’, and Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’…
Rob Huebel Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried (Ep. 192)
Oct 5, 2017 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with comedic actor Rob Huebel to discuss his career in comedy; his new show, ‘Do You Want to See a Dead Body?’; and his renown sketch troupe with Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer, ‘Human Giant’ (1:00). Later Chris chats with…
Jeff Garlin Describes the Making of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (Ep. 191)
Oct 2, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on life and airplane movies they watched during their recent travels, including ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘The Big Sick’ (1:00). Then Andy sits down with Jeff Garlin to discuss the new season of ‘Curb Your…
Amy Landecker and the Critical Reception of ‘Transparent’ (Ep. 190)
Sep 30, 2017 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald sits down with actor Amy Landecker to discuss her pathway into comedic roles, awards season, and the critical reception she’s received for her work on ‘Transparent.’
Starring Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll (Ep. 189)
Sep 28, 2017 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald is joined by the very funny Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll to discuss their friendship (10:00), dealing with puberty, their new animated Netflix show ‘Big Mouth’ and the benefits of comedic collaboration (25:00).
Opening Up the Mailbag (Ep. 188)
Sep 25, 2017 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and respond to listener questions that run the pop culture gamut, from the new ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Blade Runner’ films to the best TV restaurants to the state of streaming television and which…
Back on the Road With Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. of the Killers (Ep. 187)
Sep 21, 2017 • 47 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Killers bandmates Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr., who discuss getting the band back together for a new album, meeting your heroes, and the business of making music.
Emmy Winners (and Losers) With Mike Schur, Amanda Dobbins, and Alison Herman (Ep. 186)
Sep 18, 2017 • 78 min
The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald, Amanda Dobbins, and Alison Herman rehash the highlights and star power of Sunday night’s 69th annual Emmy Awards (1:00). They discuss the best moments and speeches and the big nights for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Big Little…
What Spotify’s Rap Caviar Says About the Music Industry; Spoon’s Britt Daniel Returns to Form (Ep. 185)
Sep 14, 2017 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald examine the current state of the music industry and the breakout success of Spotify’s Rap Caviar playlist (2:00). Then they are joined by Ringer staff writer Shea Serrano to discuss ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and what he…
Processing a Monster Opening Weekend for ‘It’ and Amazon’s Recent Shift (Ep. 184)
Sep 11, 2017 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the $80 million opening weekend for ‘It,’ while considering what makes a good horror film and which Stephen King IP projects are still primed for adaptation (0:30). Later, they discuss Amazon’s sudden…
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Loses Its Director, ‘Narcos’ Returns, ‘Twin Peaks’ Ends, and Elisabeth Moss Talks ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Ep. 183)
Sep 7, 2017 • 75 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss director Colin Trevorrow’s sudden departure from ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ (1:00) as well as the finale of ‘Twin Peaks’ (12:45) and the new season of ‘Narcos’ (28:30). Then Andy chats with Elisabeth Moss…
‘You’re the Worst’ Star Aya Cash on Her Complicated Relationship With L.A. and Branching Out Within the Industry (Ep. 182)
Sep 4, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald sits down with ‘You’re the Worst’ (FXX) star Aya Cash to discuss her upcoming fourth season of the show (2:00), her back-and-forth feelings about Los Angeles, and her current plans as a working actress to branch out into other…
George Pelecanos, Cocreator of ‘The Deuce,’ on Capturing the Grittiness of New York in the ’70s (Ep. 181)
Aug 31, 2017 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by one of their favorite writers, George Pelecanos (‘The Wire,’ ‘Treme’), to discuss his latest project, HBO’s ‘The Deuce,’ which he cocreated with David Simon.
Dissecting the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale With Binge Mode Cohosts Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin (Ep. 180)
Aug 28, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald provide their instant takes on the finale and overall season of ‘Game of Thrones’ (0:30). Later ‘Binge Mode’ cohosts Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin join Chris to further dissect and examine what worked and…
DC’s New Joker Origin Story, ‘Logan Lucky,’ and Showtime CEO David Nevins on ‘Twin Peaks’ (Ep. 179)
Aug 24, 2017 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald announce the latest installment of the Double Down Book Club before discussing their feelings about the recent news of a Martin Scorsese–produced Joker origin movie as well as Chris’s feeling about ‘Logan Lucky’…
Critiquing ‘Game of Thrones’ and Previewing the Fall TV Season (Ep. 178)
Aug 21, 2017 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack Sunday night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, “Beyond the Wall,” and critique some of the show’s mechanics (1:00). Then Chris and Andy discuss what they are looking for in the upcoming fall TV season (33:00).
David Wain on Making the ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Franchise (Ep. 177)
Aug 17, 2017 • 43 min
Andy Greenwald sits down with ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ franchise director and cocreator David Wain to discuss creating and adapting his comedy film to a TV series for Netflix, what it’s like working with a multitude of famous people with busy schedules,…
Unpacking ‘Game of Thrones’ and Shonda Rhimes Leaves ABC for Netflix, With Guest Adam Granduciel of the War on Drugs (Ep. 176)
Aug 14, 2017 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack Sunday night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, “Eastwatch,” and what it means for the series as a whole (3:00). They also discuss Shonda Rhimes’s major move from network television to Netflix and what it means…
The Future of Streaming Television and Celebrating ‘Ozark’ and ‘Insecure’ (Ep. 175)
Aug 10, 2017 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the Television Critics Association and the future of TV streaming, highlighting some of the difficulties the entertainment industry is facing (0:30). Later, Andy sells Chris on Season 2 of HBO’s…
‘Game of Thrones,’ and Mark Duplass on ‘Room 104’ and Collaboration (Ep. 174)
Aug 7, 2017 • 61 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss last night’s epic ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, “The Spoils of War” (1:00), before sitting down with Mark Duplass of ‘Togetherness’ and ‘The One I Love’ to discuss his new HBO series ‘Room 104,’ his…
‘Narcos’ Season 3 Preview, Plus ‘Glow’ Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch on Writing for TV As Playwrights (Ep. 173)
Aug 3, 2017 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the impending return of ‘Narcos’ (2:00). Later, Andy Greenwald talks to ‘Glow’ creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch about writing for TV as playwrights (13:00), meeting young Lin-Manuel Miranda in New…
‘Game of Thrones’ and Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee on Making Music and Living in Philly (Ep. 172)
Jul 31, 2017 • 61 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Ryan Adams’s recently fired Twitter shots at the Strokes before analyzing last night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ episode, ‘The Queen’s Justice’ (5:00). Later they are joined by singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield…
‘Atomic Blonde,’ Kathryn Bigelow, ‘Ozark,’ ‘True Detective’ Season 3, and Netflix’s Unfair Advantage With Millennials (Ep. 171)
Jul 27, 2017 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by K. Austin Collins to discuss Charlize Theron’s new action film ‘Atomic Blonde’ (3:00), the expanding world of IP, and the career arc of filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (17:00). Later, TV critic Alison Herman stops by to…
‘Game of Thrones,’ Comic-Con Trailers, and ‘Dunkirk,’ Plus Matthew Lillard on ‘Twin Peaks’ and Working in Hollywood (Ep. 170)
Jul 24, 2017 • 79 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss last night’s episode of Game of Thrones ‘Stormborn’ (3:00) and the big new trailers coming out of Comic Con like ‘Stranger Things 2’ and ‘Westworld’ (12:00) before reviewing Dunkirk (26:45). Later,…
Dunkirk,’ Benioff and Weiss’s Next Project, and Revisiting ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Glow’ (Ep. 169)
Jul 20, 2017 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the upcoming premiere of ‘Dunkirk’ (7:00) and the recent announcement of ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s next project (12:00) before revisiting ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Glow’ (28:00).
‘Game of Thrones’ Returns and Disney Unveils a New ‘Star Wars’ Resort (Ep. 168)
Jul 17, 2017 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss and review the Season 7 premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ (5:00). Later, they discuss the unveiling of Disney’s new Star Wars–themed resort, Galaxy’s Edge and Marvel Avengers news (32:00), before circling…
Previewing the ‘Thrones’ Premiere (Ep. 167)
Jul 13, 2017 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the biggest snubs and indicators from the 2017 Emmy nominations. Then, Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion join (23:00) to give their final ‘Game of Thrones’ thoughts before the Season 7 premiere on Sunday.
‘Spider-Man Homecoming,’ and Bill Simmons Chimes in on the Great ‘Baby Driver’ Debate and the Legacy of ‘The Sopranos’ (Ep. 166)
Jul 10, 2017 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Bill Simmons to continue the great ‘Baby Driver’ debate and discuss how ‘The Sopranos’ has held up over time (1 :00). Then, Chris and Andy discuss Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ (36:00).
The Great ‘Baby Driver’ Debate With Jason Mantzoukas, Plus Andy Samberg (Ep. 165)
Jul 6, 2017 • 61 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Jason Mantzoukas to discuss ‘Talk the Thrones’ and his new movie, ‘The House’ (1:00), before they hash out their hot takes on ‘Baby Driver’ (17:00). Later, Andy Samberg calls in to talk about his…
BBQ Music and Don Winslow on ‘The Force’ (Ep. 164)
Jul 3, 2017 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate Independence Day by discussing summer music and their custom-curated BBQ playlist on Spotify (2:35). Then Chris sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Don Winslow about his new book, ‘The Force’…
Setting Expectations for Jay-Z’s ‘4:44,’ ABC’s ‘Inhumans,’ and the Second Season of ‘Preacher’ (Ep. 163)
Jun 29, 2017 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the silliness of ABC’s upcoming ‘Inhumans’ (1:00) and unpack their expectations for Jay-Z’s new album 4:44 (17:00) while also analyzing the second season of AMC’s ‘Preacher’ (27:00).
What’s Next for the Han Solo Movie, T.J. Miller’s Departure From ‘Silicon Valley,’ Plus ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘GLOW’ (Ep. 162)
Jun 26, 2017 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss recent news stories about the shakeup in the Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ movie, T.J.’s Miller’s departure from ‘Silicon Valley,’ and the ‘Transformers’ box office flop, as well as the state of Michael Bay films…
The Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Movie Situation, Fargo’s Finale, and What Good Bad Movies Would Get Made in 2017 (Ep. 161)
Jun 22, 2017 • 71 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Sean Fennessey discuss the recent shakeup with the directors of the upcoming Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film (1:30), the season finale of ‘Fargo’ (14:00), and the best films of the century (27:20). Then, Andrew…
The 25 Best Movies of the Century So Far and Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ (Ep. 160)
Jun 19, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Andy’s weekend exploits and Lorde’s new album, ‘Melodrama’ (1:00). Then Chris and Andy discuss the recent New York Times list of the 25 best movies of the century while providing their own, very different…
The Ringer Recommends Pt. 2 (Ep. 159)
Jun 15, 2017 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by six of the New York City bureau staff, calling in to recommend a variety of media they have been recently enjoying. Justin Charity recommends the Nintendo Switch as a solution for responsible gaming (2:33), Kate Knibbs…
Black Panther, Netflix, FX, and the State of Peak TV (Ep. 158)
Jun 12, 2017 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react and dissect the new teaser trailer for ‘Black Panther’ and the larger Marvel Universe (3:00). They also discuss Netflix’s recent cancellation of big shows like ‘The Get Down,’ ‘Bloodline,’ and ‘Sense 8’…
‘American Gods,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘The Americans,’ and Other Shows You Should Be Watching (Ep. 157)
Jun 8, 2017 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by colleague Allison Herman to talk about ‘American Gods’ (6:23), ‘Twin Peaks’ (14:05), and other shows you should be watching (19:00). Later, they are joined by colleague Rob Harvilla to talk about…
Wonder Woman’ and the Success of Comic Book Movies, ‘The Leftovers’ series finale, and the Current State of Tom Cruise (Ep. 156)
Jun 5, 2017 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald check in on the state of Tom Cruise’s career and the trailer for his upcoming film ‘American Made’ (2:00) before discussing ‘Wonder Woman,’ what makes a comic book movie work, and Gal Gadot’s performance (13:00).…
Big IP Fails at the Box Office and Damon Lindelof Talks ‘Twin Peaks’ and the End of ‘The Leftovers’ (Ep. 155)
Jun 1, 2017 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to discuss the slew of big IP films, including ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ and ‘Baywatch,’ that are failing at the box office and what it means…
Book Club — ‘Annihilation’ (Ep. 154)
May 29, 2017 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald present their second installment of the Double Down Book Club as they review and discuss ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer (0:30). Later they are joined by VanderMeer himself to talk about the process of creating…
Lizzy Goodman on the Rebirth of Rock ’n’ Roll in New York City From 2001 to 2011 (Ep. 153)
May 25, 2017 • 73 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with writer Lizzy Goodman to talk about her new book, ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom,’ which highlights the rebirth of rock ’n’ roll in New York City through bands like the Strokes, the White Stripes, and the…
‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Alien Covenant,’ and the Highs and Lows of IP (Ep. 152)
May 22, 2017 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate the return of ‘Twin Peaks’ by giving it “The Belt” and discussing the arc of the first couple episodes (2:30). Later, writer Adam Nayman joins to discuss director Ridley Scott and his latest film,…
The Networks Aim to Make TV Great Again, and Previewing ‘Twin Peaks’ (Ep. 151)
May 18, 2017 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss network television’s recent attempts to eventize television programming (1:00). They also say farewell to Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell (13:20) before discussing the upcoming third…
‘Master of None,’ ‘Catastrophe,’ and ‘The Leftovers’ Are Brought to You by the Pre-pajama Mafia (Ep. 150)
May 15, 2017 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald kick off the pod with a brief discussion about leisurewear (1:00) before diving into the second season of ‘Master of None’ (9:45) and Season 3 of ‘Catastrophe,’ (22:30) and wondering where the final season of…
David Mandel Talks ‘Veep,’ ‘Curb,’ and ‘Seinfeld’ (Ep. 149)
May 11, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with ‘Veep’ showrunner David Mandel to discuss making a political comedy in today’s climate. Then, Mandel shares stories about working on two other comedy mega-hits, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Seinfeld.’
Welcome to Dystopia: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ and ‘American Gods’ (Ep. 148)
May 8, 2017 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the new trailer for ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (1:30), as well as ‘Billions’ (11:20) and ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (15:50), before deep-diving into the new Starz series ‘American Gods’ (34:40).
Greg Dulli and the Afghan Whigs Are Back (Ep. 147)
May 4, 2017 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli to discuss his band’s new album, ‘In Spades,’ and the story of how he first met Chris and Andy more than 15 years ago.
Timothy Simons of ‘Veep’ on Politics, ‘The Leftovers’ and Hangin’ With McConaughey (Ep. 146)
May 1, 2017 • 62 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Timothy Simons of ‘Veep’ to discuss how the election impacted both his work life and real life (3:30) as well as his love of ‘The Leftovers’ (35:50) and what it’s like to hang out with Matthew…
‘Fargo’ and the Prestige-TV Debate & Justin Simien of ‘Dear White People’ (Ep. 145)
Apr 27, 2017 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the third season of Fargo, the series as a whole, and how it fits into the discussion of prestige TV (1:20). Then, Chris sits down with Justin Simien to discuss his new Netflix show, ‘Dear White People’…
Damon Lindelof Discusses ‘The Leftovers’ (144)
Apr 23, 2017 • 73 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by the cocreator and showrunner of HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ to discuss the ongoing shift in criticism of the show (2:05), the world-building from season to season (9:00), the Wu-Tang trampoline, and the…
‘Fargo’ and ‘Veep’ Return (Ep. 143)
Apr 20, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the music of their youth (1:00), their early impressions of ‘Fargo’ Season 3 (6:28), and the season premiere of ‘Veep’ (22:43). Then, Chris is joined by film critic and writer Adam Nayman to discuss a…
‘The Last Jedi,’ the End of ‘Girls,’ and the Final Season of ‘The Leftovers’ (Ep. 142)
Apr 17, 2017 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Kendrick Lamar’s new album, ‘Damn.’ (4:20). Then they break down the final episode of ‘Girls’ and the series as a whole (29:55), as well as the premiere of…
The Ringer Recommends (Ep. 141)
Apr 13, 2017 • 51 min
Chris Ryan is joined by a carousel of Ringer staffers, who stop by to recommend a piece of content that other people should be watching, reading, or listening to.
Thor: Ragnarok’ Starring “Cake” Blanchett (Ep. 140)
Apr 10, 2017 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2:20), Season 3 of ‘Better Call Saul’ (9:45), the new Netflix film ‘Win It All’ (18:40), and the season finale of ‘Crashing’ (39:15).
Mailbag 2.0 (Ep. 139)
Apr 6, 2017 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald answer your questions on topics including pleas to review shows like ‘The Expanse’ and ‘The Missing’ (1:00), insider questions about the industry and the state of television (27:00), and Chris’s love of magic…
‘Big Little Lies’ Finale and a Conversation With TV Writer Mike Levin (Ep. 138)
Apr 3, 2017 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Alison Herman discuss the finale of ‘Big Little Lies’ (0:45) and what its run means for the future of television (16:10). Then they are joined by Mike Levin of NBC’s ‘Trial & Error’ to discuss his experience…
Jason Mantzoukas Loves ‘Legion,’ David Milch, and ‘True Detective’ (Ep. 137)
Mar 30, 2017 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by comedian Jason Mantzoukas to discuss his love of comic books, the show ‘Legion’ (1:10), the series finale (20:20), and how excited he is about David Milch’s rumored involvement with a third season…
What Does ‘Justice League’ Have in Common With Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’? (Ep. 136)
Mar 27, 2017 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the new trailer for DC’s ‘Justice League’ (2:00) before revisiting the cultural significance of Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ 20 years after its release (13:16). Then Andy recommends a new TV show (42:40).
The Return of Dave Chappelle (Ep. 135)
Mar 23, 2017 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Cinemax’s breaking news about ‘The Knick’ (0:44), Netflix’s power plays in the stand-up comedy world (11:15)—including Dave Chappelle’s new two-part special (14:30)—and their feelings about the final…
Ep. 134: Drake’s ‘More Life’, Amazon Pilot Season, and Other Upcoming TV and Film Projects
Mar 20, 2017 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss whether they’re in or out on a rumored ‘Matrix’ reboot (11:30), the Rock’s new film about skyscrapers (16:00), and a possible ‘Cloverfield’ sequel. Then they discuss Drake’s new project, ‘More Life,’…
Ep. 133: Interview With Noah Hawley of ‘Legion’ and ‘Fargo’
Mar 16, 2017 • 49 min
The RInger’s Andy Greenwald sits down with Noah Hawley, the showrunner and creator of FX’s ‘Legion’ and ‘Fargo,’ to talk about last night’s episode of ‘Legion’ (6:00) as well as the creative process of the show (11:30) and his upcoming projects (43:45).
Ep. 132: Book Club — ‘Zoo Station’
Mar 14, 2017 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald present their long-awaited installment of the Double Down Bookclub, as they review and discuss ‘Zoo Station’ by David Downing. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Ep. 131: Live From SXSW
Mar 13, 2017 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey host a live discussion on the latest trends in the film industry and the must-see movies being premiered at SXSW (0:30). They also take audience questions about the shifting landscape of media and entertainment…
Ep. 130: Interview With Gareth David of Los Campesinos!
Mar 9, 2017 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with Gareth David of Los Campesinos! to discuss the band’s new album, ‘Sick Scenes,’ (1:50) and what it’s like working in the music industry while holding down a day job (16:45).
Ep. 129: ‘Logan,’ ‘The Good Fight,’ ‘Billions,’ and ‘Big Little Lies’
Mar 6, 2017 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion analyse why ‘Logan’ (1:50) worked and what other future superhero films could learn from it. Then, TV writer Alison Herman stops by to discuss ‘The Good Fight’, ‘Billions’ (24:30) and ‘Big Little Lies’ (34:00).
Ep. 128: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Logan,’ and Other Movies With K. Austin Collins
Mar 2, 2017 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and K. Austin Collins discuss the movies they’re most excited about right now, starting with the hit new film ‘Get Out’ (1:50). Later, they discuss ‘Logan’ (19:00), The Lost City of Z’ (30:05), ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (37:00), ‘Alien:…
Ep. 127: Full Interview With Lena Dunham of ‘Girls’
Mar 1, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald sits down one-on-one with Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s ‘Girls,’ to talk about the show’s final season and the process of making her Emmy Award–winning show (2:00), the gray areas of the latest episode, “American Bitch”…
Ep. 126: Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’ Episode “American Bitch”
Feb 27, 2017 • 17 min
Andy Greenwald sits down with Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s ‘Girls,’ to talk about “American Bitch,” the astonishing episode that aired February 26. Disclosure: HBO is an initial investor in The Ringer.
Ep. 125: The Oscars’ Surprise Ending
Feb 27, 2017 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Amanda Dobbins react to and unpack the Oscars’ shocking ending (1:30), the curious case of the envelope (30:10), and other noteworthy Oscar moments.
Ep. 124: Guide to the Oscars
Feb 23, 2017 • 48 min
The Oscars are upon us, and The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Sean Fennessey engage in a discussion that covers everything from front-runners ‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ (5:45) to Sean’s Oscar ballot (16:45). They wrap up by answering…
Ep. 123: ‘The Young Pope,’ the TV Championship Belt, ‘Big Little Lies,’ and ‘Crashing’
Feb 20, 2017 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the experience of watching ‘The Young Pope’ (2:05), debate which show is most deserving of the “TV Championship Belt” (14:40), and discuss last night’s premieres of ‘Big Little Lies’ (20:40) and ‘Crashing’…
Ep. 122: Interview With ‘One Day at a Time’ Showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce
Feb 16, 2017 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss one of their favorite new shows, Netflix’s ‘One Day at a Time’ (0:45), before Andy sits down with its two showrunners, Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, to talk about making the show and rethinking…
Ep. 121: The Grammy Awards, ‘Legion,’ and ‘Girls’
Feb 13, 2017 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the cultural importance of the Grammy Awards (1:00), Beyoncé’s performance (8:30), and Adele’s victory (10:33). Then they discuss ‘Legion’ and Andy’s experience working on the show (16:55) as well as the…
Ep. 120: Looking at Pop Culture Through the Political Prism WIth Chuck Klosterman
Feb 9, 2017 • 64 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Who Won the Week (3:00) and Taboo (5:43) before they are joined by author and essayist Chuck Klosterman to talk about the state of pop culture and how assigning political meaning to it feels inescapable…
Ep. 119: The Super Bowl Commercials, Lady Gaga’s Halftime Performance, ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2, and ‘24 Legacy’
Feb 6, 2017 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald rehash and break down the political undertones of this year’s Super Bowl commercials (0:30) as well as Lady Gaga’s halftime show (7:29). They also discuss the TV and movie trailers that premiered during the Super…
Ep. 118: ‘The Crown,’ ‘Riverdale,’ ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ and Letters From Taboo Island
Feb 2, 2017 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald debate their picks for Who Won the Week (1:45) before reading another Letter From Taboo Island (12:05) and discussing ‘The Crown’ (16:15). Then Ringer TV critic Alison Herman stops by to catch the guys up on…
Ep. 117: SAG Awards, ‘Split,’ ‘The Young Pope,’ and ‘3 Mics’
Jan 30, 2017 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the highlights of Sunday night’s SAG Awards (8:40), the ‘Stranger Things’ victory speech (12:10), and why ‘La La Land’ is a lock for the Oscars (21:05). Then they give a quick rundown of M. Night…
Ep. 116: The Mailbag Episode
Jan 26, 2017 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reveal ‘Who Won the Week’ (1:45) and read another letter from Taboo Island (8:45) before answering audience questions from the mailbag (16:22).
Ep. 115: The New ‘Star Wars’ Title, ‘The Good Place,’ ‘The Young Pope,’ and ‘Homeland’
Jan 23, 2017 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reveal and discuss the title for the next ‘Star Wars’ film (2:48). They also examine how ‘The Good Place’ is changing the possibilities of network television (8:22), why ‘The Young Pope’ is so much fun (22:06),…
Ep. 114: ‘The OA,’ Who Won the Week, the New ‘Logan’ Trailer, and ‘Taboo’
Jan 19, 2017 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the ‘Trainspotting’ sequel (3:25) and the new trailer for the latest X-Men installment, ‘Logan’ (6:50). They also announce who won the week (10:30), report from ‘Taboo’ island (16:45), and give ‘The OA’ a…
Ep. 113: The Television Critics Association Press Tour, Awarding the Television Championship Belt, ‘Sneaky Pete,’ and The XX’s New Album
Jan 16, 2017 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sort through the big news from the Television Critics Association press tour (0:30) about ‘Atlanta’ (2:05), ‘American Crime Story’ (6:15), and ‘Better Call Saul’ (10:38). Then they award the Television…
Ep. 112: ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Taboo,’ and ‘One Day at a Time’
Jan 12, 2017 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald each award “Who Won the Week” (1:30) and preview a new slate of shows this season in ‘One Day at a Time’ (6:10), ‘Taboo’ (16:28), and ‘The Young Pope’ (27:10).
Ep. 111: The Golden Globes After-Party With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins
Jan 9, 2017 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by ‘Jam Session’ cohosts Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman to rehash the best (3:45), worst (9:45), weirdest (22:13), and favorite moments from the Golden Globes.
Ep. 110: ‘Coachella,’ ‘The Golden Globes,’ and ‘Homeland’
Jan 5, 2017 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald run through the newly revealed lineup for Coachella and pick their favorite non-headliners (2:05). They also preview the categories and nominees for this weekend’s Golden Globes (12:10) and discuss the return of…
Ep. 109: ‘The OA’, ‘La La Land’, and ‘20th Century Women’
Jan 2, 2017 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald remember Carrie Fisher and George Michael (3:27). They also discuss the new Netflix drama ‘The OA’ (12:42) and awards season (27:05), including the films ‘La La Land’ (29:30) and ‘20th Century Women’ (38:40).
Ep. 108: The Wall of 2016
Dec 22, 2016 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald highlight eight people who made pop culture what it was in 2016. Listen as they discuss newcomers to The Wall like Riz Ahmed (12:00) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (16:12), debate Donald Glover’s success streak…
Ep. 107: Rogue One Recap
Dec 19, 2016 • 49 min
Spoiler Alerts Ahead! The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald go deep on ‘Rogue One’, the latest Star Wars film. They cover everything from their favorite moments (3:55), to the cast (24:05), to a larger discussion about blockbuster movies (41:30).
Ep. 106: The Year in TV With ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail
Dec 15, 2016 • 66 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with the creator of ‘Mr. Robot’ to discuss, debate, and rank the best television shows of the year. Hear where shows like ‘Atlanta’ (2:30), ‘The Night Of’ (12:20)’Game of Thrones’ (21:00) and ‘Black…
Ep. 105: The Year in Music
Dec 12, 2016 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald start with a big announcement from Andy (1:28) and then run down their favorite albums of 2016. Then they talk to staff writer Lindsay Zoladz about albums as a delivery system (20:07), surprise albums (24:23),…
Ep. 104: ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Black Mirror’ Re-up
Dec 8, 2016 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald get ready for ‘Rogue One’ (1:00) and the ‘Black Mirror’ episode “Shut Up and Dance” (30:07). Then they explore the increasingly thin line between ‘Black Mirror’ and reality (39:50).
Ep 103: ‘Westworld’ Finale
Dec 5, 2016 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack Sunday night’s ‘Westworld’ finale (0:45). Then special guest Jason Concepcion joins in to further discuss the ambitious first season (21:24), what to expect in Season 2, and Westworld’s most and least…
Ep 102: ‘Gilmore Girls,’ ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ Turns 10, and The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Re-up
Dec 1, 2016 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are back to discuss the blockbusterization of TV (1:55), ‘Gilmore Girls’ (2:33), and Andy’s recent brush with a Hollywood A-lister (18:30). They also discuss Clipse’s ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ album 10 years later…
Ep. 101: ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘Search Party,’ and What’s Next for ‘Westworld’?
Nov 28, 2016 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (4:00), Alia Shawkat’s ‘Search Party’ (9:00), and the way ‘Westworld’ will handle the illuminating twist in Episode 9, ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ (23:00).
Ep. 100: ‘Westworld’ Theories and Casey Affleck’s New Film, ‘Manchester by the Sea’
Nov 21, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the latest episode of ‘Westworld’ (1:05) and discuss the wild theories about the show floating around the internet. They also chat about the new heart-wrenching Casey Affleck film, ‘Manchester by the Sea’…
Ep. 99: The Current State of Movies
Nov 17, 2016 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey discuss the year in movies and how to define success for one in 2016 (1:12). They also discuss ‘Arrival’ (18:33), ‘Hell or High Water’ (39:45), and which movies you should be excited to check out (44:00).
Ep. 98: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Stephen Falk
Nov 16, 2016 • 57 min
Andy Greenwald talks to Stephen Falk, creator and showrunner of ‘You’re the Worst,’ about the show’s third season finale, its future, and taking creative chances.
Ep. 97: A Tribe Called Quest, Dave Chappelle on ‘SNL,’ Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour, and ‘Westworld’
Nov 14, 2016 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the return of A Tribe Called Quest in the Trump era (3:00), Dave Chappelle hosting ‘SNL’ (20:30), the experience of Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour (24:52), and the latest episode of ‘Westworld’ (32:54).
Ep. 96: Post-Election Re-up
Nov 10, 2016 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald do a post-election comedown episode, talking about the role of pop culture in the world and the benefits and problems with using television as a palliative. Then they discuss a random assortment of TV shows,…
Ep. 95: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Westworld,’ and the ‘Black Mirror’ Episode “San Junipero”
Nov 7, 2016 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ (6:00), how ‘Westworld’ inverts ‘Lost’ (18:00), the fourth episode of ‘Black Mirror’ (30:00), and Anthony Bourdain’s patriotic Houston adventure (40:00).
Ep. 94: All Things FX Re-up With Nick Grad
Nov 3, 2016 • 59 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by FX president of original programming Nick Grad to discuss the success of ‘Atlanta’ (7:07), the development of that show’s second season (19:48), and the competition in today’s crowded TV landscape (35:30).
Ep. 93: ‘Westworld’ Theories and the ‘Black Mirror’ Episode “Playtest” With Jason Concepcion
Oct 31, 2016 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion discuss the possibility of two timelines in ‘Westworld’ (7:00), the full scope of where the show takes place (18:00), and the connection to video games (23:00). Then, Chris and Jason give their thoughts on the…
Ep. 92: ‘The League,’ ‘Atlanta,’ and ‘Westworld’ Re-Up With Jason Mantzoukas
Oct 27, 2016 • 55 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Jason Mantzoukas to discuss improvisation in ‘The League,’ slam poetry on ‘Atlanta’ (24:48), the new Beach Slang album (31:20), and the slow burn of ‘Westworld’ (37:50).
Ep. 91: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World
Oct 26, 2016 • 49 min
Ep. 90: ‘The Walking Dead’ Premiere, ‘Westworld,’ and ‘Black Mirror’ With Jason Concepcion
Oct 24, 2016 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the gruesome return of ‘The Walking Dead’ and where the show went off the rails (8:00), more ‘Westworld’ theories with Ringer staff writer Jason Concepcion (27:15), and the impressive execution of ‘Black…
Ep. 89: ‘Black Mirror,’ and Jimmy Eat World Re-up
Oct 20, 2016 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Wolverine’s return with ‘Logan’ (8:00), a run-of-the-mill episode of ‘Atlanta’ (15:00), the anxiety-producing ‘Black Mirror’ (22:00), and Jimmy Eat World (42:00).
Ep. 88: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Gale Anne Hurd
Oct 19, 2016 • 57 min
Andy Greenwald talks with superproducer Gale Anne Hurd about her new series, ‘Falling Water,’ cocreating ‘The Terminator,’ steering ‘The Walking Dead,’ and more.
Ep. 87: ‘Goliath’ and ‘Westworld’ Theories With Jason Concepcion
Oct 17, 2016 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the risky vision behind ‘Westworld’ (8:00) and finding fun in Jonathan Nolan’s universe (12:00). Then, Ringer staff writer Jason Concepcion joins to discuss the internet theorizing around HBO’s new drama.…
Ep. 86: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Rogue One’ Trailer, and The Strokes Re-up With Travon Free
Oct 13, 2016 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald bring on ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writer Travon Free to discuss the groundbreaking creativity on ‘Atlanta’ (8:00). Then, Chris and Andy get into the final ‘Rogue One’ trailer (24:05) and finally determine the best…
Ep. 85: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers
Oct 12, 2016 • 51 min
‘Halt and Catch Fire’ showrunners Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers join Andy Greenwald to discuss the show’s brilliant third season and its bold play for the future. Note: This interview was conducted before ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ was renewed…
Ep. 84: HBO’s Fall Sunday Night Slate
Oct 10, 2016 • 40 min
“The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the mysteries of ‘Westworld’ (6:00), Sarah Jessica Parker’s return on ‘Divorce’ (28:15), and Issa Rae’s bright new comedy, ‘Insecure’ (37:45). Disclosure: HBO is an initial investor in The Ringer.
Ep. 83: ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Luke Cage’ Re-up
Oct 6, 2016 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss shifting plot points and character development on ‘Atlanta’ (6:00), the conservative ‘Luke Cage’ (16:00), and Netflix’s expanded universe (34:00).
Ep. 82: ‘Westworld’ Premiere and Music Mythology With Will Sheff
Oct 3, 2016 • 65 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the premiere of HBO’s ‘Westworld’ (6:00) and the ingredients needed to have a hit in today’s TV landscape. Then, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff joins (22:30) to discuss his new album, ‘Away,’ the…
Ep. 81: ‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Westworld,’ and Auteurism in ‘Atlanta’ Re-up
Sep 29, 2016 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Justin Lin’s ‘Hot Wheels’ (6:00), the auteurism of ‘Atlanta’ (14:00), the soap opera styling of ‘Queen Sugar’ (39:00), and HBO’s new show, ‘Westworld’ (49:00).
Ep. 80: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Sep 28, 2016 • 51 min
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator and star of Amazon’s ‘Fleabag,’ joins Andy Greenwald to discuss comedy, creativity, and breaking the fourth wall.
Ep. 79: ‘Transparent,’ ‘Fleabag,’ and ‘The Good Place’
Sep 26, 2016 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the transcendent return of ‘Transparent,’ Antoine Fuqua’s magnificent new film (8:00), the evaporation of the fourth wall on ‘Fleabag’ (26:00), Netflix’s ‘Easy’ (36:00), NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ (45:00),…
Ep. 78: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail
Sep 22, 2016 • 69 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald bring on ‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail to discuss the Season 2 finale (6:00), working outside the conventions of TV (15:35), Esmail’s desire to ignore traditional plot points (28:00), the elasticity of shows…
Ep. 77: ‘Designated Survivor’ and Political TV Coverage With Jon Favreau
Sep 19, 2016 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Jon Favreau team up to break down ABC’s new political drama, ‘Designated Survivor.’ Then, the trio dives into the current political landscape on television and Trump’s appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ with…
Ep. 76: Emmys After-Party With Sam Esmail, Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields
Sep 19, 2016 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are live from the Ringer studio to react to the 2016 Emmys, offer up their big-picture thoughts from the festivities, and gain insights from ‘The Americans’ show runners, Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields, and ‘Mr.…
Ep. 75: Emmys Preview
Sep 16, 2016 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald preview the upcoming Emmy Awards with deep dives and predictions for television’s biggest night. Editor’s note: The video version of this podcast can be found on The Ringer’s YouTube channel here.
Ep. 74: ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Atlanta,’ and Netflix’s ‘Easy’ Re-up
Sep 15, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss how ‘Mr. Robot’ is playing with reality (8:00), the wonderful third episode of ‘Atlanta’ (23:00), and Netflix’s newest show, ‘Easy’ (30:00).
Ep. 73: ‘Quarry’ and Fall TV Preview
Sep 12, 2016 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Cinemax’s 1970s drama, ‘Quarry,’ and preview network television’s fall slate.”
Ep. 72: Yeezy, ‘Mr. Robot,’ and ‘Narcos’
Sep 8, 2016 • 45 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Kanye West’s adventures in NYC, the latest episode of ‘Mr. Robot,’ and how ‘Narcos’ benefits from being a period piece.
Ep. 71: ‘Atlanta’
Sep 6, 2016 • 17 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald preview Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta,’ the best new show on TV, and discuss how refreshing it is to have a series take place “today.”
Ep. 70: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ and ‘You’re the Worst’ Re-up
Sep 1, 2016 • 28 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Season 2 of ‘Stranger Things,’ and whether we’ll get Barb back. Then, they talk about ‘Mr. Robot’ and the premiere of the third season of ‘You’re the Worst.’
Ep. 69: ‘The Night Of’ and a VMA Recap
Aug 29, 2016 • 47 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald offer their differing thoughts on the ‘Night Of’ season finale (2:00). Then, the two give their takes on the VMAs, including the performances (and nonperformances) by Drake, Taylor Swift, and Chance the Rapper (26:30).
Ep. 68: ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Animal Kingdom’ Re-up
Aug 26, 2016 • 43 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the Elliot-free episode of ‘Mr. Robot’ (8:00) and the return of AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ (15:30), then they give their thoughts on this summer’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ and the rebranding of Turner networks (29:00).
Ep. 67: ‘The Night Of,’ ‘Mr. Robot’ and Frank Ocean’s Return
Aug 22, 2016 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald on how ‘The Night Of’ will wrap up, the expectations surrounding ‘Mr. Robot,’ and Frank Ocean’s return to the spotlight with ‘Endless’ and ‘Blonde.’
Ep. 66: ‘The Night Of,’ ‘The Get Down,’ and ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots
Aug 15, 2016 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Episode 6 of ‘The Night Of’ and the mystery it is obligated to solve (4:00). Then, Chris and Andy tackle the ups and downs of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down’ (17:00). Finally, they wrap with a look at the…
Ep. 65: ‘Stranger Things’ Re-up
Aug 11, 2016 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald recap the latest ‘Mr. Robot’ and go in-depth on the cultural significance of ‘Stranger Things’ (19:25).
Ep. 64: Olympics, ‘The Night Of,’ and ‘Mr. Robot’
Aug 8, 2016 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss NBC’s Olympics coverage (6:00), the masterful acting on ‘The Night Of’ (16:00), the resurgence of ‘Mr. Robot’ (31:00), and Frank Ocean’s missing album (40:00).
Ep. 63: The Watch Re-up: The Year in Movies
Aug 3, 2016 • 45 min
Chris Ryan is joined by Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to talk about the year in movies so far; they discuss the disastrous reception of ‘Suicide Squad’ and the problem with comic-book universe films (2:30). Later, the two discuss how streaming…
Ep. 62: ‘Suicide Squad’ Prep, ‘The Night Of,’ and ‘Jason Bourne’
Aug 1, 2016 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Canadian cuisine before jumping into the anticipation surrounding ‘Suicide Squad.’ Then, they give their thoughts on what ‘The Night Of’ would be with the late James Gandolfini in the starring role…
Ep. 61: ‘Mr. Robot’ and the Bourne Series Re-up
Jul 28, 2016 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give their thoughts on what’s missing from ‘Mr. Robot’ in Season 2. Then, they rank their favorite Jason Bourne films (31:00) and discuss why the adult action movie can still be a successful enterprise.
Ep. 60: Comic-Con Trailers, ‘The Night Of,’ and ‘Stranger Things’
Jul 25, 2016 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the trailers of ‘Justice League,’ ‘Dr. Strange,’ and ‘Wonder Woman.’ Then, they break down episode three of ‘The Night Of’ (30:00) and episodes three through five of ‘Stranger Things’ (39:00).
Ep. 59: ‘Mr. Robot,’ Desiigner’s New Single, and Lil Yachty Re-up
Jul 22, 2016 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss ‘Mr. Robot’ and TV’s struggle to keep up with real-world issues. Then, Andy gives his glowing review of Desiigner’s new single, “Timmy Turner” (22:00), and Lil Yachty’s new record, ‘Summer Songs 2.’…
Ep. 58: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Night Of,’ and Facebook Live Q&A
Jul 19, 2016 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Netflix’s surprising ‘Stranger Things’ and the second episode of HBO’s ‘The Night Of.’ Then they do a Facebook Live question-and-answer session (41:25).
Ep. 57: ‘Mr. Robot’ Premiere and ‘Vice Principals’ Re-up
Jul 14, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald gear up for the return of ‘Mr. Robot’ and break down what’s next for Elliot in Season 2. Then, they discuss the premiere of the HBO comedy miniseries ‘Vice Principals’ and the importance of comfort television.
Ep. 56: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Chef Eric Ripert
Jul 12, 2016 • 51 min
Andy Greenwald talks to four-star chef Eric Ripert about his brilliant new memoir, ‘32 Yolks,’ the importance of sauces, and what it’s like getting sauced with Anthony Bourdain.
Ep. 55: ‘Mr. Robot,’ Schoolboy Q, Desiigner, and ‘The Night Of’ With Sean Fennessey, Jon Caramanica, and Alison Herman
Jul 11, 2016 • 56 min
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald tackle the leaked season premiere of USA’s ‘Mr. Robot.’ Then, Sean Fennessey joins Chris to discuss Schoolboy Q’s new album, ‘Blank Face.’ Jon Caramanica of The New York Times comes on to make sense of Desiigner’s XXL…
Ep. 54: Blink 182 Re-up
Jul 7, 2016 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald hype up the new HBO limited series ‘The Night Of’ (5:00) and the battle for the TV belt. Then, they give their complete Blink-182 breakdown, including the band’s top-five songs.
Ep. 53: D.C. Punk Scene With Joe House
Jul 4, 2016 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Joe House discuss the origins and impact of the D.C. punk scene.
Ep. 52: ‘Preacher’ Re-up
Jun 30, 2016 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the trailers for ‘Sully’ (8:24) and ‘Bleed for This’ (11:16), and dissect AMC’s ‘Preacher’ (12:20). Later, they intro their new book club (34:55) and offer their opinions on Don DeLillo (37:58).
Ep. 51: ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale, ‘The Night Of,’ and Jay Z’s New Single
Jun 27, 2016 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald on the ‘Game of Thrones’ season finale and what’s next for the franchise, HBO’s new miniseries ‘The Night Of,’ and Jay Z’s return to the mic.
Ep. 50: ‘The Detour,’ YG, and ‘Midnight Special’
Jun 23, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald on TBS’s ‘The Detour’ (5:30), the new YG album ‘Still Brazy’ (16:00), and ‘Midnight Special’ (23:00).
Ep. 49: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Predictions
Jun 20, 2016 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Mallory Rubin react to last night’s ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ give their take on what’s next for the finale, and discuss the current relationship between George R.R. Martin’s books and the show.
Ep. 48: The ‘Suicide Squad’ Soundtrack, the Swift-Hiddleston Romance, and a ‘Game of Thrones’ Q&A
Jun 17, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald return with a re-up to discuss the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack (5:00), the future of the Bond franchise (14:00), and the return of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ They wrap things up by answering ‘Game of Thrones’ fan…
Ep. 47: Jaime Lannister’s Bad Side, ‘Hamilton’ and the Tonys, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Next Move
Jun 13, 2016 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald on the world building within ‘Game of Thrones’ (8:00), Jamie and Cersei vs. the world (18:00), the ‘Hamilton’ victory lap, and the future opportunities for the ‘Hamilton’ stars (34:00).
Ep. 46: ‘Game of Thrones’ Listener Questions
Jun 8, 2016 • 24 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald answer listener questions about ‘Game of Thrones.’
Ep. 45: Ian McShane’s ‘GoT’ Cameo, Kanye’s Pop-up Show, and ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots
Jun 6, 2016 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald on ‘Game of Thrones’ guest star Ian McShane, the wild NYC music scene this weekend, Pusha T’s reign, ‘Rogue One’ reshoots, and Andy’s airplane movie: ‘The Intern.’
Ep. 44: ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 7 Preview With Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion
Jun 1, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion preview ‘The Broken Man,’ this week’s episode of ‘Game of Thrones.’
Ep. 43: Memorial Day Playlist
May 30, 2016 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald put together their playlist of must-listen-to music for your Memorial Day BBQ.
Ep. 42: ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 6 Preview With Mallory Rubin
May 25, 2016 • 24 min
Chris Ryan is joined by The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin to preview this week’s episode of ‘Game of Thrones.’
Ep. 41: ‘GoT,’ ‘Preacher,’ and Marvel + ‘The Nice Guys’ With Robert Mays
May 23, 2016 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Preacher’ (26:00). Then Chris talks about ‘The Nice Guys’ with Robert Mays (45:00).
Ep. 40: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Jonathan Tropper
May 20, 2016 • 51 min
Jonathan Tropper, cocreator and showrunner of Cinemax’s ‘Banshee,’ talks to Andy Greenwald about his decision to end the series and what to expect before the finale.
Ep. 39: ‘GoT,’ Chance the Rapper, and Tom Hiddleston’s Niche
May 16, 2016 • 62 min
Chris and Andy share their thoughts on last night’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ (23:00), Tom Hiddleston’s chances of becoming the new Bond (44:00), and ‘Steve Jobs’ (2015).
Ep. 38: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Colin Farrell
May 12, 2016 • 35 min
Andy Greenwald talks with Colin Farrell about his trippy, brilliant new film, ‘The Lobster,’ as well as ‘True Detective’ and his many mustaches.
Ep. 37: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ With Bill Simmons, Juliet Litman, Sean Fennessey, and Jason Concepcion
May 9, 2016 • 49 min
Chris Ryan hosts today’s show without Andy, but gets help from a slew of Ringer staffers. First, Bill Simmons recaps the ‘GoT’ season thus far and talks about his favorite Netflix horror film. Then, Juliet Litman breaks down the series finale of ‘The Good…
Ep. 36: ‘The Watch’
May 2, 2016 • 54 min
Chris and Andy discuss ‘Game of Thrones,’ the two poles of TV drama viewership (18:00), the challenges of modern filmmaking vs. TV-making (27:10), Drake’s ‘Views,’ and the impact of event listening on record releases (41:00).
Ep. 35: ‘The Watch’
Apr 25, 2016 • 48 min
Chris and Andy recap a busy weekend in culture by breaking down the ‘Game of Thrones’ season premiere, Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ (8:00), Prince’s passing and everlasting impact (18:00), and the return of ‘Jason Bourne’ (32:00).
Ep. 34: ‘The Watch’
Apr 20, 2016 • 60 min
Andy and Chris prepare for the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere with help from Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion (16:30). Then, Oscar-winning director Richard Linklater joins (42:00) to discuss his new film, ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
Ep. 33: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Sam Rockwell
Apr 11, 2016 • 48 min
Actor Sam Rockwell, star of the new film ‘Mr. Right,’ joins Andy Greenwald to discuss acting, creativity, and the persuasiveness of Brad Pitt.
Ep. 32: ‘The Watch’: Announcing ‘After the Thrones’
Apr 4, 2016 • 42 min
Chris and Andy announce their weekly ‘Game of Thrones’ recap show, ‘After the Thrones,’ streaming every Monday on HBO Now. Then they discuss ‘The Path’ (8:00), ‘Better Call Saul’ (26:00), and the state of the modern TV drama.
Ep. 31: ‘The Watch’
Mar 29, 2016 • 47 min
Chris and Andy discuss this week’s episode of ‘Girls’ (8:00), examine the ‘Batman v. Superman’ debacle (33:00), and pay tribute to Garry Shandling (42:00).
Ep. 30: ‘The Watch’ With RZA and Hua Hsu
Mar 24, 2016 • 54 min
Chris and Andy spin it back to 1996 to discuss the influential music of that year. They talk to Wu-Tang Clan’s the RZA about Ghostface’s solo debut (13:20), and bring in The New Yorker’s Hua Hsu to discuss Tricky, DJ Shadow, and Beck (35:20). Then they…
Ep. 29: ‘The Watch’
Mar 21, 2016 • 51 min
Chris and Andy talk about ‘Girls’ and Adam Driver’s career, ‘Hap and Leonard’ (24:00), and Bradley Cooper’s cameo on ‘Limitless’ (35:00).
Ep. 28: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields
Mar 17, 2016 • 56 min
Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, showrunners of FX’s ‘The Americans,’ join Andy Greenwald to talk about last night’s Season 4 premiere and much more.
Ep. 27: ‘The Watch’ ‘GoT’ Edition With Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin
Mar 14, 2016 • 42 min
Chris and Andy host a very special ‘Watch the Thrones’ reunion! They welcome back Jason ‘The Maester’ Concepcion (6:00) and listen to wise words from ‘The Mother of Dragons,’ Mallory Rubin (21:30), as they break down the major story lines going into the…
Ep. 26: ‘The Watch’
Mar 9, 2016 • 41 min
Chris and Andy return to the TV grind by breaking down the ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer, ‘House of Cards’ (11:00), ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ (18:00), and a special edition of Andy’s airplane movies (34:30).
Ep. 25: ‘The Watch’
Feb 29, 2016 • 47 min
Chris and Andy give their winners and losers from last night’s Oscars (4:00), discuss tone-deaf Hollywood (19:00), and propose alternate settings for ‘Vinyl’ (27:00).
Ep. 24: ‘The Watch’ Re-up
Feb 26, 2016 • 39 min
On today’s re-up, Andy and Chris talk ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ (2:00), ‘Better Call Saul’ (12:30), very special sitcom episodes (19:00), the 1975’s new album (28:00), and Oscar hopes (36:00).
Ep. 23: ‘The Watch’
Feb 22, 2016 • 53 min
Chris and Andy catch up on all things TV, starting with Sunday-night dramas ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Billions’ (5:00), then Judd Apatow’s ‘Love’ (20:00), the season premieres of ‘Girls’ (31:00) and ‘Togetherness’ (37:00), and the weird drop-off on ‘London Spy’…
Ep. 22: ‘The Watch’ Re-up
Feb 19, 2016 • 39 min
Chris and Andy give their five fleeting opinions for the weekend, zeroing in on the ‘Better Call Saul’ season premiere (6:00), ‘New Girl’ (14:00), reaction to the Grammys (19:30), giving ‘Vinyl’ another shot (29:50), and more music!
Ep. 21: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
Feb 17, 2016 • 54 min
‘Broad City’ stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer join Andy Greenwald to discuss the upcoming third season and more.
Ep. 20: ‘The Watch’
Feb 15, 2016 • 50 min
Andy and Chris talk about the first episode of ‘Vinyl,’ Louis C.K.’s ‘Horace and Pete,’ the return of ‘Better Call Saul,’ and the sort-of release of Kanye’s ‘The Life of Pablo.’
Ep. 19: ‘The Watch’ Re-up
Feb 12, 2016 • 26 min
The guys talk about Kanye West and the Madison Square Garden reveal of ‘The Life of Pablo.’
Ep. 18: ‘The Watch’
Feb 10, 2016 • 36 min
Chris and Andy celebrate the return of Jason Bourne, break down Beyoncé’s big weekend, discuss Kanye’s tough Tuesday on Twitter, and talk in-depth about the Bronco episode of FX’s ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’
Ep. 17: ‘The Watch’ Re-up
Feb 5, 2016 • 21 min
On today’s inaugural re-up episode of ‘The Watch,’ Chris and Andy give their picks for the weekend, including ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,’ ‘The X-Files,’ and Massive Attack’s new EP.
Ep. 16: ‘The Watch’
Feb 1, 2016 • 46 min
Andy and Chris discuss Rihanna’s long-awaited ‘ANTI’ (6:00), Kanye’s Twitter beef (14:00), Drake vs. Meek (21:00), and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ (31:00).
Ep. 15: ‘The Watch’
Jan 25, 2016 • 47 min
On today’s episode Andy and Chris discuss the new ‘Game of Thrones’ teasers, Kanye’s new album, the return of the X-Files (9:00), London Spy (22:00) and the rise and fall of Ryan Kavanaugh (37:00).
Ep. 14: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Michael Schur
Jan 22, 2016 • 77 min
Michael Schur, co-creator of ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ and the upcoming ‘Good Place’ joins Andy Greenwald to discuss comedy, kindness, and the state of TV.
Ep. 13: ‘The Watch’
Jan 19, 2016 • 51 min
On today’s episode Andy & Chris discuss the new Showtime drama ‘Billions’, wonder if there’s too much TV that’s just good enough(21:00), try to make sense of Oscars season (38:00) and plot career paths for Alicia Vikander, Tom Hardy, and Leo DiCaprio…
Ep. 12: ‘The Watch’
Jan 11, 2016 • 52 min
On today’s episode Andy and Chris pay tribute to the life and music of David Bowie. Then they discuss the drunken Golden Globes (26:00), and break down the career of Denzel Washington (36:00).
Ep. 11: ‘The Watch’
Jan 8, 2016 • 60 min
On today’s episode Andy and Chris celebrate the return of Kanye west, discuss the broadway success of ‘Hamilton’ (7:00 mark)and break down ‘The Knick’ (15:00), ‘Transparent’ (34:00) and ‘Homeland’ (42:00).
Ep. 10: ‘The Watch’
Jan 4, 2016 • 54 min
On today’s episode Andy and Chris dive into a galaxy far, far away with a full breakdown of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Topics include: old characters (5:00 mark), and new (11:00), Kylo Ren’s fragility (13:00), J.J. Abrams’ sensibilities (22:00), what…
Ep. 9: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Damon Lindelof
Dec 22, 2015 • 89 min
Writer and producer Damon Lindelof joins Andy Greenwald to discuss the future of ‘The Leftovers,’ the legacy of ‘Lost,’ and how to survive a troll attack.
Ep. 8: ‘The Watch’ 2015 Wrap-up
Dec 21, 2015 • 44 min
Chris and Andy look back at the 2015 pop culture landscape, covering their favorite TV shows, movies, music, and books. Topics include: ‘Mr. Robot’ (7:00), ‘Jessica Jones’ (11:00), ‘Fargo’ (15:00), Beats 1 Radio (20:00), ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ (27:00),…
Ep. 7: ‘The Watch’
Dec 15, 2015 • 53 min
Chris and Andy honor Star Wars season with a deep dive into ‘Force Awakens’ expectations (8:00 mark), the legacy of the franchise (11:00), screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan’s impact (18:00), Star Wars childhood stories (26:00) and J.J. Abrams’ influences…
Ep. 6: ‘The Watch’
Dec 8, 2015 • 57 min
Chris and Andy chat about the Grammy nominations (3:00), the Ryan Coogler ‘Black Panther’ rumors (8:00), ‘The Nice Guys’ trailer (11:00), and go deep on ‘The Leftovers’ season finale (12:00), and watching ‘Focus’ vs. ‘The Gambler’ on a flight (41:00).
Ep. 5: ‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’ With Trevor Noah
Dec 7, 2015 • 66 min
‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah joins Andy Greenwald to discuss his first months behind the desk, the value in refusing to pick a side, and his own, personal moments of zen.
Ep. 4: ‘The Watch’
Dec 3, 2015 • 39 min
On today’s episode of ‘The Watch,” Chris and Andy chat about the new ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer, the upcoming ‘The People vs. OJ Simpson’ (8:00) series, ‘Fargo’ (11:00), and whether network’s still need hits (31:00).
Ep. 3: ‘The Watch’
Nov 30, 2015 • 53 min
On today’s episode of ‘The Watch,” Chris and Andy chat about Marvel’s new ‘Captain America: Civil War’ trailer (3:00 mark), ‘Creed’ (8:00), ‘The Leftovers’ (29:00) and ‘Homeland’ (45:00).
Ep. 2: ‘The Watch’
Nov 23, 2015 • 42 min
On today’s episode of ‘The Watch,” Chris and Andy chat about Adele’s ‘25’ album (3:30 mark), applaud the new movie ‘Spotlight,” (14:50), and talk about the new Netflix show ‘Jessica Jones,’ (27:30) and latest episode of ‘The Leftovers’ (34:30).
Ep. 1: ‘The Watch’ Premiere With Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Nov 17, 2015 • 50 min
It’s the premiere episode of ‘The Watch,’ hosted by Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald. They talk about Bieber’s new album (5:55 mark) and Pusha T’s new single (12:22), then go deep on ‘The Leftovers’ (16:00), ‘Homeland’ (40:01), and Monday’s amazing ‘Fargo’…