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90: Downton Abbey
Sep 17
Who could forget that time a Russian prince flirted it up with Maggie Smith? Because we didn’t. We catch up on all the upstairs and downstairs drama from the Crawley household and recap this “soap opera with accents” so you’re ready to see the film.
89: The Emmys, 2019
Sep 17
It’s that time of year again, and Shannon, Courtenay, and Andrew are here to break it down for you. We go over the Emmy nominees for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, and Outstanding Limited Series.
88: The Handmaid’s Tale
Sep 10
Praise be! Before Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, PCF takes you on an alarming trip through the dystopian world of Gilead, as portrayed in the ‘85 novel and the Hulu series. And remember…nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
News Blitz!
Sep 3
Extra, extra! There was so much news following the D23 convention last week, it couldn’t be recapped in our usual episode format.
87: Teen Movies of 1999
Sep 3
Fire up those Letters to Cleo albums, dust off your hacky sacks, and get a totally radical makeover because we are about to party like it’s 1999! This episode, we discuss some of our favorite teen movies from the pre-Y2K era.
86: Nickelodeon Cartoons
Sep 3
Can you say nostalgia? Great! This week, we’re revisiting some of our favorite childhood cartoons from the titan of kids entertainment: Nickelodeon. So sit down in your list’ning chair and listen to this podcast!
85: Taylor Swift
Aug 14
Look what you made us do. In anticipation of Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, Lover, the PCF crew gives us a rundown on all the love stories (#hiddleswift4eva), bad blood, and smash hits that turned a teenage singer/songwriter/cat lady into a major…
84: Pulp Fiction
Jul 21
Look at the big brain on you, coming here for Pop Culture recaps. This week, we fill you in the hit indie film of the 90s, Pulp Fiction. Plus, catch our review of Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King.
83: The Ultimate Disney Song Bracket
Jul 14
Showdown time! You voted, now we discuss. Listen as we argue for our favorites, crown our ultimate winner, and reveal the winner of our social media fan bracket! Which Disney song will reign supreme?
82: KEY-Words with Friends
Jul 12
Join us as we take a little break from pop culture–footnoting this week and play a little game called “KEY-Words with Friends.” We test our memories of past episodes by trying to guess the film from the keywords on its IMDB page. How much do YOU remember?
81: Spider-Man
Jul 12
Haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet? We got you with this brief overview of Spider-Man’s comics, alternate-dimension doppelgangers, TV shows, & movies. Basically, it’s everything you need to know before you head to the theater, plus a little extra.
80: The Notebook
Jul 12
After dealing with some tech issues on our site, we are back with a recap of 90s romance sensation, The Notebook. We unearth some ground-breaking truths you won’t hear anywhere else, so be sure to tune in!
79: Toy Story
Jun 16
Not sure what you need to know going into Toy Story 4? Well, you’ve got a friend in us! This week, we sit down to talk about how Toy Story changed the animated film game and share all the plot details you need to enjoy the latest installment.
78: Men in Black
Jun 9
Are you recognizable only as deja vu, and dismissed just as quickly? Pop Culture Footnotes rolls up with the black Ray-bans on, just in case you’ve been neuralized and forgotten the MIB franchise. We’re the first, last, and only line of defense against…
77: Godzilla
Jun 1
Move over, Elvis. There’s a new King in town. Join us this week as Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew talk about the most famous kaiju of all time, the King of the Monsters, Godzilla!
76: The Twilight Zone
May 28
You’re about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous podcast whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, our episode on The Twilight Zone…featuring our friend, Beto!
75: Elton John
May 26
It’s a little bit funny … how much we love Elton John! Join Shannon and Andrew as we explore the life and contributions of one of the greatest musicians of our time.
74: Pokémon
May 9
We at Pop Culture Footnotes are getting geared up for the release of Detective Pikachu this weekend. And what better way to get pumped up than by having Andrew explain the worldwide phenomenon of Pokémon? Take a listen!
73: Titanic
May 1
Good news, everyone: We’re back from our hiatus! And we’re coming back with a bang with our review of Avengers: End Game and our recap of 1999 Best Picture winner, Titanic. Queue the Celine Dion music!
72: The Oscars, 2019
Feb 21
Have you missed us? We’re comin back strong with this year’s summary of the Academy Awards. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and David Stauffer of the Brave Little Podcast as we go over the 2019 Best Picture nominees.
71: 2018 Recap
Dec 31, 2018
Should old pop culture be forgot and never brought to mind? Certainly not! That’s why Shannon, Courtenay, and Andrew have come together this week to bring you a recap of the biggest pop culture moments from 2018. Happy New Year, everyone!
70: The Nutcracker
Dec 24, 2018
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Pop Culture Footnotes! To celebrate, we’re covering a longtime holiday pop culture favorite: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Yeah, we covered a ballet. We classy like that.
69: It’s a Wonderful Life
Dec 18, 2018
Buffalo gals, won’t you come out tonight and dance by the light we shed on Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life? Join Courtenay, Shannon, and this week’s guest Andrew as we dive into what makes this movie such an iconic part of the holidays.
68: Mary Poppins
Dec 18, 2018
In every pod that must be done, there is an element of fun. Finding that fun was a snap this week, thanks to our guest Shannon. Join your practically perfect hosts as we explain everything you need to know about Mary Poppins before the new movie comes out!
67: The Tudor Tutors
Dec 5, 2018
We’re getting ready for the release of Mary Queen of Scots this month with a little history refresh. What was the deal with that king with all the wives? Are Bloody Mary and Mary Queen of Scots the same person? Is Elizabeth I officially our hero? Let us…
66: 1984
Dec 1, 2018
It’s a bright cold day in December and the clocks are striking…one, I guess. With the recent elections and all the politics talk, we figured the time was right to cover the oft-referenced George Orwell classic, 1984. Enjoy!
65: PCF Thank Party 2, The ReThankening
Nov 30, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving! We at PCF have a lot to be grateful for & we’re celebrating those things this week—along with our motley crew of guests. Thanks again to Tana, Heidi, Genevieve, Whitney, Lenore, Andrew, Erin, Mikayla, & all our other contributors!
64: Rocky
Nov 18, 2018
Yo Adrian! It’s a PCF double feature this weekend. First up, we have Brittney on to discuss the Rocky franchise with us! Cue listening to “Eye of the Tiger” on repeat.
63: Queen
Nov 10, 2018
Don’t stop us now because Courtenay, Shannon, & guest David Stauffer are going to “take you out tonight” with some facts & info about ’80s rock band, Queen. Come join us on this bicycle race & we will rock you. Bohemian Rhapsody.
62: Hocus Pocus
Nov 2, 2018
If you’re like us & want to make Halloween stretch as long as possible, we’ve got just the thing for you. Shannon & Courtenay run amok, amok, amok, amok & even take a quiz to find out which Sanderson sisters they are. Happy Halloween!
61: Bleh! Real Vampires
Oct 22, 2018
What makes a vampire a vampire? Can they handle direct sunlight? Are they susceptible to stakes, garlic, and/or decapitation? Tana helps us get to the bottom of it all as we discuss various pop culture depictions of vampires.
60: John Carpenter
Oct 21, 2018
Double feature with Tana this weekend! This episode, we’re celebrating the spookiest of holidays by talking about legendary filmmaker John Carpenter—creator of horror classics like Halloween and The Thing. OOOoooooooOOOO!
59: Space!
Oct 9, 2018
Join us for this very special episode, in which Shannon and our guest, Whitney, indulge Courtenay’s taste for all things NASA! Be sure to listen so you know what’s up before you go see First Man this weekend!
58: Roald Dahl
Oct 9, 2018
New episode! We’re joined by our children’s literature expert Heidi to talk about children’s author Roald Dahl. We discuss the life, work, and impact of this great man and share some of our top favorite moments from his books.
57: Hamlet
Oct 1, 2018
To be or not to be? That is the question—at least according to William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This week, we’re joined by Erin to discuss the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, as well as notable adaptations, parodies, and references.
56: Survivor
Sep 21, 2018
What happens when you strand 15–16 people on a beach & make them compete for a million dollars? Reality TV gold, that’s what. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Genevieve as we discuss the grandpappy of all reality shows: Survivor!
55: The Emmys, 2018
Sep 14, 2018
New episode! This week, Courtenay and Shannon talk about the Emmys. We explain how the awards work, who the major nominees are this year, and who we think will win. Place your bets now!
54: Saturday Night Live
Sep 8, 2018
We took a break for Labor Day weekend, which means you get two episodes this weekend! Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Lenore this week as we discuss the longest running variety TV show ever: Saturday Night Live. It’s a barrel of laughs!
53: The Simpsons
Aug 26, 2018
This week, Courtenay, Shannon, & Andrew gear up for Matt Groening’s new show! Is an hour and a half long enough to cover everything you need to know about The Simpsons? Not even close. But we do cover the top 10 episodes (according to Andrew) so…
52: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Aug 21, 2018
Happy birthday to us! This week, we celebrate our 1 year anniversary with a discussion of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Listen in as Shannon, Courtenay, and guest Andrew explain all those references to space fetuses. :)
51: Hamilton, Part 2
Aug 17, 2018
Who lives, who dies, who tells the story of Hamilton? PCF does, of course. Join Shannon & Courtenay as we continue our discussion of Hamilton. We finish off the plot, discuss cultural impact of the play, & more. Check it out!
50: Hamilton, Part 1
Aug 11, 2018
Tune in as we discuss Broadway super hit Hamilton! Shannon explains the plot, shares info about the production, & shows off a Hamilton-themed intro! Does Shannon have rap skills to rival Lin-Manual Miranda himself? Listen to find out!
49: The X Files
Aug 2, 2018
We want to believe…that this is one of our best episodes yet! Tana returns to walk us through a favorite show of nerds everywhere: The X Files. The truth is out there!
48: ABBA and Mamma Mia
Jul 27, 2018
Mamma Mia 2 came out earlier this week, so we asked Tana back to talk to us about ABBA, jukebox musical (and movie) Mamma Mia, and cover groups. Is Pierce Brosnan’s singing voice as bad as the internet says? Listen here to find out!
47: Marie Antoinette
Jul 15, 2018
Happy Bastille Day! Courtenay and Shannon are celebrating this the Frenchest of holidays by talking about Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Is this movie as good/bad as fans/detractors claim? Find out here!
46: The Sharkies
Jul 12, 2018
Best shark attack in a movie? Most improbable escape from a shark? Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Brittney sink their teeth in it to get ready for Shark Week, with our first ever awards show for shark movies: The Sharkies! Also, Andrew from Pop Pop Culture…
45: Independence Day
Jul 2, 2018
Happy 4th of July from PCF! This week, our friend Alex helps us celebrate Independence Day by talking about 90s classic Independence Day. PS: Be sure to tune in around the 33 minute mark to hear Shannon’s take on the show-stopping inspirational speech…
44: Casablanca
Jun 24, 2018
Refugees, #resistance, and Nazis—oh my! No, it’s not today’s headline. It’s 1944 “Best Picture” winner, Casablanca! Join PCF as we discuss quotable lines, memorable scenes, & the movie’s influence on 1960s counter-culture. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.
43: Jurassic Park
Jun 21, 2018
We got so caught up in whether we could, we didn’t stop to think if we should! Gear up for Fallen Kingdom with our recap of the Jurassic Park films. Courtenay, Shannon, & guest Whitney cover plot & the most meme-worthy scenes & lines.
42: The Ultimate Pixar Showdown
Jun 10, 2018
What’s the best Pixar movie ever? That’s what Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Derrick intend to discover this week. We go through our ultimate Pixar bracket, weighing story, moral lessons, and likability. Follow along with our bracket on…
41: The Beatles, Part 2
Jun 6, 2018
This week, Karla comes back to wrap up our Beatles discussion—everything from Magical Mystery Tour to “The End” & beyond. BTW, to hear our sweet playlist of Beatles music and covers, hit up Spotify:…
40: Top War Movies
May 27, 2018
In honor of Memorial Day, we sat down with Lenore to discuss our favorite war movies. We’d like to share our appreciation for all those who have laid down their lives to defend freedom and the rights of mankind around the world. While we are celebrating…
39: Ocean’s Eleven
May 21, 2018
This week on PCF, we get geared up for Ocean’s Eight by discussing the original Ocean’s Eleven (starring the Rat Pack) & the recent Ocean’s trilogy. Plus, Shannon shares some inside knowledge about her hometown, Vegas. Check it out!
38: Ian Fleming
May 14, 2018
New episode is up! This week, Courtenay attempts to stump Shannon with Ian Fleming trivia and we talk about the fascinating details of the man who created the one and only Bond. James Bond.
37: The English Patient
May 7, 2018
Join Courtenay, Shannon, & this week’s guest Jenn as we dive into The English Patient (both the book and the film). We contemplate the overall skeeziness of the characters & wonder how in the heck did this movie win so many awards. You don’t have to be…
36: To Kill a Mockingbird
Apr 30, 2018
Happy Birthday, Harper Lee! This week, we’re discussing one of the great American novels: To Kill a Mockingbird. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Whitney as we discuss the book and its sequel, Go Set a Watchman.
35: Marvel, Phase 3
Apr 23, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War comes out this week! Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Andrew from @poppopculture as we discuss the third and final phase of the MCU. And if you haven’t seen Thor: Ragnarok or Black Panther, yet…SPOILERS!
34: Peter Pan
Apr 17, 2018
Heidi returns to help Courtenay & Shannon celebrate the birthday of renowned children’s author J.M. Barrie. We discuss his most famous work, Peter Pan, as well as some of our favorite and (in Courtenay’s case) least favorite adaptations.
33: The Beatles, Part 1
Apr 16, 2018
What would you do if we sang out of tune? Because we do—a lot. Get ready to join Courtenay, Shannon, and this week’s guest, Karla, as we discuss arguably the greatest musical act of all time: The Beatles.
32: Marvel, Phase 2
Apr 5, 2018
We’re only a few weeks away from the release of Avengers: Infinity War! Time to get excited with this episode of PCF, where we discuss Phase 2 of the MCU with special guest, Andrew. Avengers, assemble!
31: Wes Anderson
Mar 28, 2018
To celebrate the release of Isle of Dogs this week, we’re covering Wes Anderson. Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Mindy go over all Wes’ films and give you everything you need to know about this iconic director’s style.
30: The Departed
Mar 20, 2018
Sorry for the delay this week—technical issues. This week, we are joined by Brett as we discuss the complicated plot of The Departed and share what we love about this Scorsese classic.
29: Tomb Raider
Mar 12, 2018
New episode is up! The new Tomb Raider movie is coming out March 16th, so this week, Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Mikayla are recapping the old Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies. Now you don’t have to watch them. Ever! Lucky you…
28: A Wrinkle in Time
Mar 4, 2018
Get ready for the film release of A Wrinkle in Time with PCF! This week, Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Heidi discuss author Madeleine L’Engle, the book’s plot, and what makes Wrinkle one of the most celebrated & banned books ever. Also, sorry about the…
27: PCF Oscar Picks, 2018
Feb 24, 2018
New episode! Shannon has a particular set of skills; skills she’s putting to good use this week, filling us in on each category of Oscars nominees so you can impress everyone with your knowledge of the Academy’s inner workings.
26: Marvel, Phase 1
Feb 19, 2018
It’s only February, but we’re already excited about Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War! Join Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew from Pop Pop Culture (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pop-pop-culture-pop-culture-podcast/id1296155984) as we discuss the six…
25: Nora Ephron
Feb 11, 2018
It’s Valentine’s Day, so join PCF as we discuss the Queen of Romantic Comedy, Nora Ephron. Also, be sure to tune in for the last few minutes of the episode as we say a sad goodbye to Tana.
24: Best Picture Nominee Recaps, 2018
Feb 4, 2018
It’s Shannon’s favorite time of the year—Oscar season! If you didn’t get around to seeing all 9 films up for Best Picture this year, we’ve got you covered. We recap the 2018 nominees, including plot and why each film is nominated.
23: Harry Potter, Part 4
Jan 27, 2018
It’s the end of our Harry Potter rampage! Join us as we go over plot for the final installment in the HP series and discuss how the Harry Potter phenomenon has affected pop culture in the 10+ years since the last book came out.
22: Harry Potter, Part 3
Jan 22, 2018
Join us as we continue our Harry Potter spree! This episode, we spend a whole hour just talking about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rest assured, we have taken Courtenay’s mic away from her for a while. Enjoy!
21: Harry Potter, Part 2
Jan 14, 2018
We continue on our Harry Potter streak this week with this episode, in which Courtenay, Shannon, and Tana go over plot for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And apologies about the audio quality—Death…
20: Harry Potter, Part 1
Jan 7, 2018
Kick off the new year with PCF! We’re ringing in 2018 with one of our favorites, Harry Potter. Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana as we discuss books 1–3, try unsuccessfully to keep the run time down, and deal with terrible equipment. Expecto patronum!
19: Die Hard
Dec 31, 2017
We’re still coming down after the holidays, so we figured we’d round out the season with action movie classic, Die Hard! Join us as we break down the plot, share our favorite parodies, and discuss what makes this film one of the best action movies of all…
18: A Christmas Carol
Dec 24, 2017
Happy Holidays from Pop Culture Footnotes! On this very special Christmas episode, we act as your personal ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and…I guess Christmas future, guiding you through Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol.…
17: Home Alone
Dec 17, 2017
Don’t get scared now! Our gift to you this holiday season is this episode about Christmas classic, Home Alone. Join us as we talk plot, play trivia games, and discuss what makes this franchise such a big part of the holidays for so many people.
16: The Force Awakens
Dec 10, 2017
The Last Jedi comes out this week. Are we so excited we’re practically reduced to tears? No. Why would you even ask that? Regardless of who’s crying and who’s not, we at PCF are getting geared up for Episode VIII in a big way. So join Courtenay, Shannon,…
15: The Room
Dec 3, 2017
Curious about the new James Franco movie coming out this week? Find out what it’s all about with our sum-up of the best worst film ever made: The Room. Shannon tells us about the film’s overly complicated plot, Tana puts us through our paces with a trivia…
14: The 1st Annual PCF Thank Party
Nov 26, 2017
It’s a couple of days past Thanksgiving, but we wanted to thank everyone for listening and express some gratitude for our favorite pop culture things from the past year. Enjoy!
13: Justice League
Nov 19, 2017
Before you go see Justice League, check out our newest episode! Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana are joined by Andrew from Pop Pop Culture (poppopculture.com) as we talk DC comics and give our review of the new movie. Be sure to check out our website…
12: Murder on the Orient Express & Agatha Christie
Nov 13, 2017
Join us this week as we review Murder on the Orient Express and talk some Agatha Christie! Also, if you liked our short Stranger Things preview last week, be sure to check us out on this week’s episode of Pop Pop Culture. We sat down with host, Andrew to…
11: V for Vendetta
Nov 5, 2017
Some ideas are indeed bulletproof, including the idea that Alan Moore’s classic V for Vendetta deserves a podcast episode. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and Tana as we celebrate Guy Fawkes day with a discussion about the man, the mask, and the ideas they both…
10: Ah, Real Zombies!!!
Oct 29, 2017
Happy Halloween, everyone! Join us as we talk zombies, particularly how movies have portrayed them through the years and how zombie movies have reflected the fears of their time.
9: Stranger Things, Season 1
Oct 22, 2017
Get ready for the new season of Stranger Things by getting caught up on season 1. Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana go over the plot from season 1, discuss ’80s references from the show, and dive a little deeper into why this Netflix phenomenon resonates so…
8: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Oct 14, 2017
Join us as we begin our run-up to Halloween with this spooky episode about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow! Be sure to follow us: Twitter: @pcfootnotes Facebook: www.facebook.com/popculturefootnotes Email us: [email protected]
7: John Green
Oct 8, 2017
This week, Shannon gets us pumped for the release of John Green’s new book. Be sure to follow us: Twitter: @pcfootnotes Facebook: www.facebook.com/popculturefootnotes Email us: [email protected]
6: Doctor Who
Oct 7, 2017
Follow along as Courtenay unsuccessfully attempts to convert Shannon and Tana into Doctor Who fans. Be sure to follow us: Twitter: @pcfootnotes Facebook: www.facebook.com/popculturefootnotes Email us: [email protected]
5: Blade Runner & Philip K. Dick
Oct 7, 2017
Get the scoop on Blade Runner before you go see Blade Runner 2049! This episode, we discuss the film and its source material as well as its author, Philip K. Dick. Be sure to follow us: Twitter: @pcfootnotes Facebook: www.facebook.com/popculturefootnotes…
4: Stephen King & Horror
Oct 7, 2017
This episode, we talk about Stephen King’s most notable horror works, including It, Misery, and Carrie. Be sure to follow us: Twitter: @pcfootnotes Facebook: www.facebook.com/popculturefootnotes Email us: [email protected]
3: Back to the Future
Oct 7, 2017
Join us while we talk about the Back to the Future trilogy! Be sure to follow us: Twitter: @pcfootnotes Facebook: www.facebook.com/popculturefootnotes Email us: [email protected]
2: Steven Spielberg’s Alien Movies
Oct 7, 2017
Tune in as we discuss Steven Spielberg’s alien movies: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and War of the Worlds. Be sure to follow us: Twitter: @pcfootnotes Facebook: www.facebook.com/popculturefootnotes Email us: [email protected]