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Complex’s weekly Pop Culture podcast Watch Less will focus on the world of television and film, highlighting conversations exploring what’s missing from the more mainstream entertainment discussions out there. Featuring an array of interesting guest i


Jay Ellis on Directing HBO’s Insecure, Lawrence Hive, Tom Cruise and New Film ‘Top Gun’
May 25 • 50 min
Did you know Lawrence directs? ‘Insecure’ broke formula for a special destination episode—and it was directed by none other than cast member Jay Ellis. Jay discusses his long-time desire to direct and the legends he learned from, and of course, he gets…
Normal People in the Outer Banks
May 20 • 69 min
‘Tis the season…in the spirit of the anniversaries of series finales for everything from ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Mad Men’, Frazier and Khal dedicate some time this week to looking at their favorite TV series finales, as well as giving a look at what makes…
Is Molly Okay After This Week’s ‘Insecure’?
May 13 • 43 min
This week on ‘Insecure’, it finally happened. Issa and Molly’s blow-up was epic…so epic that we had to bring in Tahirah Hairston—Teen Vogue’s Fashion and Beauty Features Director and ‘Insecure’ stan—to discuss this explosive episode. From a discussion on…
Trinidad James Gets Himself a …
May 6 • 63 min
Full Size Run co-host/actor/rapper Trinidad Jame$ returns to Watch Less to break down season 1 of The Sopranos. TJ explains how khal inspired him to start it, why he’s only just getting to this classic series, if the first season meets the hype, and the…
8 Simple Rules For Rewatching Classic TV
Apr 29 • 47 min
Everyone’s (hopefully) on quarantine with nothing but time on their hands, so they’re bound to get their binge on. This week, Frazier and Khal offer their expertise in Binging Responsibly by giving you 8 simple rules that will help you effectively rewatch…
#StellaAF
Apr 22 • 76 min
Watch Less is #remoteAF and bringing ‘The Photograph’ director Stella Meghie on this week’s episode of the pod to talk about working with Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield on her well-received romcom (which hits digital on April 28). She also hinted at the…
Better Call Joey Pants
Apr 15 • 39 min
GOAT character actor, Joe Pantoliano, joins Watch Less this week. The Emmy Award-winner might be more recognizable for some of his greatest performances, including Ralph Cifaretto on ‘The Sopranos’, Teddy on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’, or Captain…
Lowkey Quarantined: Issa Rae on Staying Productive, Insecure Season 4 and Embracing Acting
Apr 13 • 44 min
As the timeline erupts with the beginning of a new season of ‘Insecure’, the show’s creator and star, Issa Rae, blessed the pod. Issa breaks down Season 4’s themes and teases where this year’s conflict is headed, talks Stella Meghie on ‘The Photograph,’…
Quarantine Binges, Lil Dicky’s White Plight and Westworld
Apr 8 • 60 min
The quarantine may have slowed our theater consumption to a halt, at least there’s all kinds of TV to watch. This week, Frazier and Khal are joined by Angel Diaz talking FX’s ‘DAVE’ on the path to beat ‘Atlanta’s viewer numbers, the latest films that…
Cookie Lyon and ‘Curb’ with Taraji P. Henson
Apr 1 • 53 min
When Cookie talks, you listen. Taraji P. Henson, star of ‘Empire’, ‘Baby Boy’, and other classics, joins the pod to talk about her new Netflix film, ‘Coffee and Kareem,’ as well as his first time in the director’s chair, the only time she missed work as…
‘Indebted’ Star Adam Pally Serves Up Some Piping Hot Goss
Mar 25 • 88 min
Stuck inside and need a bowl of hot goss to tide you over? Adam Pally, star of NBC’s hilarious ‘Indebted’ as well as the cult-classic ‘Happy Endings’, sits down with Frazier and Khal to talk his character’s cool dad swag, getting lit with the legend Fran…
‘Better Things’ Star Pamela Adlon is Everyone’s Mom
Mar 18 • 58 min
COVID19 might be shutting down the world as we know it (get better soon, Tom and Rita), but that rona can’t stop the pod. Pamela Adlon, Emmy-winning actress and voiceover maven, joins this week to talk about the journey she embarked on to get to the…
Dare Me’s Marlo Kelly is No Outsider
Mar 11 • 54 min
It’s game time! After a fantastic Season 1 finale of USA’s ‘Dare Me’, we have Australia’s own Marlo Kelly diving into all of the broken teeth, bow and arrows, and drama going down at Sutton Grove High School. Editor-in-Chief Damien Scott returns to the…
Yoo-hoo! with RJ Walker
Mar 4 • 69 min
Grab your Tub Dubs and pour up some Yoo-hoo for friend of the pod RJ Walker, Mr. Clark County himself. Ahead of the release of the second season of BET’s ‘Boomerang’, RJ stopped by to talk going Method while making ‘Boomerang’, the future of ‘Atlanta’,…
The Invisible Man With Storm Reid & Aldis Hodge
Feb 26 • 42 min
Don’t look now but The Invisible Man is coming to a theater near you this weekend, starring Elisabeth Offred Peggy Olsen Moss. Watch Less hosted a screening of the film, after which her co-stars Storm Reid and Aldis Hodge joined for a live episode, which…
Elijah Wood: Return of the Good Son
Feb 19 • 49 min
‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,’ but a legend walks into the Complex podcast studio alone. The humble horror aficionado—and Lord of the Rings alumnus who has defeated Sauron and Macaulay Culkin onscreen—Elijah Wood is this week’s guest, in honor of his…
Anywho! with Lil Rel
Feb 12 • 50 min
2020 is the Year of Rel. Lil Rel Howery’s been stealing scenes in your favorite movie since Get Out. This Valentine’s Day, he stars in Stella Meghie’s ‘The Photograph’ alongside your favs Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae, but as he reveals on the pod this…
Oscars 2020: So Metaphorical
Feb 10 • 35 min
‘Parasite’ was our Oscars parlay and we hit BIG. Awards SZN has come to an end, and resident Head of Development Donnie Kwak joined Frazier and Khal to break down why this ‘Parasite’ awards sweep is so huge, Eminem’s surprise performance, and the…
Gold Rush: Who Will Win Oscars 2020
Feb 5 • 51 min
We want 1917 to cover, Parasite at halftime, Bong Joon-Ho points and rebounds, and Joaquin Phoenix & Laura Dern to win the opening tip. It’s Oscar betting season baby, get your predictions in and assuage your loan sharks. Khal & Frazier are joined by…
Life Will Find a Way, with BD Wong
Jan 29 • 58 min
When a THESPIAN speaks, you better listen. BD Wong who’s done everything from growing the first dinosaurs in the OG Jurassic Park to fending off the unseen with Sandra Bullock in Bird Box with 14 years of SVU in between. Now, you can catch him as…
Woosah with ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Jan 22 • 54 min
It’s taken 17 years, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for ‘Bad Boys for Life,’ the long-awaited third installment of the ‘Bad Boys’ franchise. To celebrate, Frazier and Khal look back on the importance of the ‘Bad Boys’ films for Smith,…
Inside the Cage With ‘YOU’ Creators Caroline Kepnes and Sera Gamble
Jan 15 • 54 min
Hello, You: if you’re reading this then you’ve already finished Season 2 of Netflix’s delightfully deranged rom-com with a side of murder. Here on the show to break down the murder cages, finale twists and amazing names like Forty and Love are source…
Star Wars: The Rise of Chet Haze
Jan 8 • 61 min
Happy New Year! 1917 probably isn’t out in your city yet, but it just won the highest Golden Globe. Should you go see it? Khal & Frazier break it down as well as a new conspiracy theory about J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars cut and how Apple TV+ just played a big…
Ranking the Star Wars From Classic to Trash + Faves of the Decade
Jan 1 • 67 min
Frazier and Khal bring in Chopz from Load Management, Angel Diaz, and PC shooter Nate Houston on the pod to host a meeting discussing Complex’s Star Wars movie rankings. Takes flew hot and heavy as the iconic film franchise got dissected. They also look…
All Gems Everything with Trinidad James
Dec 25, 2019 • 50 min
With A24 building the wide release of the critically-acclaimed, Adam Sandler-starring ‘Uncut Gems’ for Christmas, it made sense for us to give you a special gift for Christmas: rapper, Full Size Run co-host, and international man of mystery Trinidad…
Mid: A Star Wars Story
Dec 18, 2019 • 65 min
This week, Frazier and Khal give their (spoiler free) first reactions to the latest Star Wars film, ‘Rise of the Skywalker’ after catching it at the New York press screening. They also welcome back Damien Scott and Angel Diaz to talk about the ‘Watchmen’…
Unsnubbed Gems
Dec 11, 2019 • 51 min
Frazier and khal are joined by Complex’s Editor-in-Chief Damien Scott and Load Management’s own Chopz for this week’s episode. They not only break down the Golden Globes nominations—including all of the snubs and surprises—but also get into a conversation…
Life on Mars with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Dec 9, 2019 • 29 min
On this emergency episode of the podcast, Frazier and khal catch up with Dr. Manhattan himself, ‘Watchmen’ star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Yahya talks how he found out who his ‘Watchmen’ character really was, working with Regina King, and how he’s reacting to…
Cousin Greg Paints Houses
Dec 4, 2019 • 46 min
Succession is our best TV show of the year. Is The Irishman, which was finally made available to everyone last week, worthy of being in the running for best movie? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The One with Kenya Barris
Nov 27, 2019 • 42 min
On this week’s episode of Watch Less, ‘black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris stops by to talk about the bevy of projects he’s working on at Netflix (including his upcoming animated series with Kid Cudi), his Juneteenth musical, the advice Larry David gave him…
The Death of the Movie Star
Nov 20, 2019 • 51 min
For their premiere episode, Frazier and khal are joined by Complex alum and film aficionado Ariel LeBeau. They talk Adam Sandler’s Oscar-worthy performance in A24’s upcoming film ‘Uncut Gems,’ the notion that the idea of the “movie star” is dead, as well…
Watch Less Trailer
Nov 12, 2019 • 0 min
These days, there is so much information being given about every topic—not all of it accurate, or meaningful—that we can lose sight of the simple things: is this film or show actually good? What makes it important? And, mostly, what are people missing…