TV Talk Machine

TV Talk Machine
Tim Goodman, chief television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, talks regularly with Jason Snell about what’s going on in television, what shows to watch, and what shows to skip. This podcast is released simultaneously worldwide to all international markets for your binge-listening pleasure. Send us your email at!
131: Sad Balloon
May 12 • 44 min
Coming down from peak TV? - With A&E and WGN America abandoning scripted programming, is this the beginning of the end of Peak TV? The bubble may have not burst, but the air may be finally leaking out. Tim and Jason analyze the possible futures of the…
130: I Sound Like a Madman
May 5 • 35 min
Sense8 season 2, Catastrophe season 3 - A strike is averted, “Sense8” and “Catastrophe” return, Jason watches “American Gods”, and we answer some letters. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
129: Don’t Make This!
Apr 28 • 56 min
Catastrophe, The Handmaid’s Tale, 13 Reasons Why, Writer’s Strike - Tim reviews the return of Amazon’s “Catastrophe”, Jason talks about “The Handmaid’s Tale”, we delve briefly into the controversy surrounding Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”, and then express…
128: They All Read the Book
Apr 21 • 61 min
“American Gods” - While preparing for “Silicon Valley” and “Catastrophe” to return, Tim reviews “American Gods.” Is it perhaps a bit too faithful to the source material, or does it highlight failings in the original novel? We also revisit the definition…
127: The French Will Buy It
Apr 14 • 55 min
Returning Faves - It’s the time of year when favorite old series return! We talk about “Better Call Saul”, “Fargo”, and “Veep” coming back, plus Jason self-Columbos, we talk subtitled dramas, and pine for some classic TV White Whales. Host Tim Goodman and…
126: Checking the Fien Print
Apr 7 • 46 min
Special guest! - It’s the first week of baseball, and Jason & Tim are off. There’s no correlation there, but there could be. In any case, David’s back with special guest Dan Fienberg to talk about TV and machines, marsupials, roaming monkeys, terrifying…
125: Gentle Columbo
Mar 31 • 43 min
“Harlots”, “Legion” finale - Tim and Jason discuss the new Hulu series “Harlots”, break down (with very few spoilers) this season of “Legion” and why it appeals, and answer your letters. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
124: Like a Mime in a Box
Mar 24 • 58 min
Enjoying TV without going broke - This week Tim and Jason spend some time discussing the future of cord-cutting and TV bundles and what consumers should pay for in the platinum age of television. Then we listen to your comments about “Legion” and “Twin…
123: Guys in Hats
Mar 17 • 55 min
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! - For St. Patrick’s Day, Tim reviews an Irish series that has arrived in America. Also, we break down Tim’s lengthy article comparing the modern king of the weird “Legion” to the 1990s weirdness of “Twin Peaks,” and what it means…
122: Pinprick of Nostalgia
Mar 10 • 38 min
Buffy’s anniversary and your letters - We dip into the past to talk about the 20th anniversary of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the 15th anniversary of “The Shield.” Plus we answer a whole lot of your letters, including conversations about TV romantic…
121: Ups and Lows
Mar 3 • 44 min
Making History premieres, The Americans returns - “Making History”, “The Americans”, “National Treasure”, Tim reveals his long hug con, and we answer your questions. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
120: …Unless You Try to Overachieve
Feb 24 • 37 min
Patriot, Legion, National Treasure, and your letters. - Tim reviews the surprisingly good (and questionably titled) “Patriot”, and finds it to be one of the best new shows on TV. Also we revisit “Legion,” so Jason can concur with Tim’s rave review. And…
119: Best in Show
Feb 17 • 61 min
Planet Earth II, Humans - With Jason traveling across time and space, David joins Tim to talk about humans (or not), robot animals (or not), the shows they’re each thinking about watching (or not), some live events (or not), and what TV shows Apple should…
118: Crack for Every Executive
Feb 10 • 44 min
“Big Little Lies”, “APB”, “American Idol” returns? - This week Tim tells his THR origin story, reviews HBO’s “Big Little Lies”, gripes about Fox’s “APB”, ponders the rebuilding of TV’s Death Star, and answers your questions. Host Tim Goodman and Jason…
117: A Couple of Episodes In
Feb 3 • 34 min
Tim prepares for a “Not a Thing” laden Fox crime series, Jason returns to outer space, spy animals are revealed, and The Riches finally comes back. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
116: Like a Book… So I’m Told
Jan 27 • 45 min
Mary Tyler Moore, finishing shows, and “Legion” - Tim makes a vow to finish more series! We say a fond farewell to Mary Tyler Moore. The visuals in FX’s “Legion” are trippy, but it’s more a drama about mental illness than a shiny X-Men vehicle. All this…
115: Go Beneath the Memes
Jan 20 • 56 min
“The Young Pope”, “Teachers”, “Victoria” and “Sherlock” - This week Tim covers his reviews of “Teachers” season 2 and “Victoria”, takes time to point out how people quick to jump on HBO’s “The Young Pope” may be missing the mark, and praises the Acorn…
114: Vacuum of Incompetence
Jan 13 • 69 min
Globes, new and returning series, and your letters. - Jason’s back to talk with Tim about the Golden Globes, returning series (“Colony”, “Teachers”, “Homeland”), the stability of the CW, a time-travel show Jason likes (“Travelers”), and a bunch of new…
113: One Topic at a Time
Jan 6 • 57 min
Guest host David Loehr! - This is it. With Jason in the five-oh, we’ve rebooted for the New Year as David and Tim talk about the reimagined “Emerald City,” the reconceived “One Day at a Time,” the reconstituted Golden Globes, the reputable “Taboo,” and…
112: I’m Gonna Watch Those Snakes
Dec 30, 2016 • 33 min
End-of-year lists! - This week we wrap 2016 with Tim’s lists of best performances and episodes of the year, as well as a dip into the dark side for the worst shows of the past 12 months. Happy new year, everybody! Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
111: A Host At Your Own Party
Dec 23, 2016 • 37 min
Top network TV shows - This week we recap the startlingly successful TVTM meet-up in San Francisco, and Tim goes over his top network TV shows of the year. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
110: Let’s Casey Kasem This
Dec 16, 2016 • 54 min
Tim’s best of the year - This week Tim walks us through his 38 best TV shows of the year, one by one. Plus: We announce the details of our meet-up! Come see us Monday, December 19 at 6 p.m. at 21st Amendment on 2nd Street in San Francisco. Host Tim…
109: Making Lists is Hard
Dec 9, 2016 • 57 min
Like winter, lists are coming - Tim readies his end-of-year best lists, Jason presents his own top 10 shows list, and we discuss how “Westworld” is the hit HBO needed. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
108: You Guys Were So Civil Before
Dec 2, 2016 • 50 min
“Incorporated” and network execs leaving TCA - Network execs flee from press tour, Jason brings in lots of news headlines, and Tim reviews “Incorporated.” Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
107: You Have to Go Beyond That
Nov 18, 2016 • 46 min
Post-election TV news and “Soundbreaking.” - Tim’s solution for a post-election TV news ratings boost; a whole lot more praise for “Soundbreaking”; and your letters. (Politics-averse people can jump ahead to 14:25 if they don’t want to hear anything more…
106: Nothing Was Working
Nov 11, 2016 • 62 min
World Series, Elections, and “Soundbreaking” - Jason and Tim return from relaxing trips (to Ireland and wine country, respectively) and end up right in the gaping maw of Election Night TV coverage. Plus, a new show arrives this weekend that’s right in…
105: Don’t Get Weird
Nov 4, 2016 • 58 min
Guest host David Loehr - Like the Cubs in game seven, we’ve gone to the bullpen—David’s sitting in for Jason this week, and he and Tim talk about good girls, alien support groups, better things, lesser shows, oral histories, and shows that sneak up on…
104: No Urgency or Agency
Oct 26, 2016 • 53 min
Dirk Gently, The Walking Dead, and California Shows - Tim watches BBC America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, “The Walking Dead” returns but Tim feels no need to review it, Mad Men’s creator gets an Amazon anthology, and the NFL ratings drop.…
103: Ball of Confusion
Oct 21, 2016 • 41 min
Chance, returning series, and CBS sitcoms - Hugh Laurie’s “Chance”, the return of “Walking Dead” and “Rectify”, and that guy you remember from that other sitcom now has a sitcom on CBS. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
102: The Guy Who Did
Oct 14, 2016 • 50 min
More fall TV reviews - “Falling Water”, “American Housewife”, the return of “Black Mirror”, and your questions. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
101: Pilot
Oct 7, 2016 • 51 min
HBO’s one-two comedy punch, “Divorce” and “Insecure” - More on “Westworld”. Tim reviews “No Tomorrow”, “Divorce”, is excited about “Insecure”, and is trepidatious about “American Housewife.” And Jason travels back in time with “Timeless”. Host Tim Goodman…
100: Maybe Next Year, ‘Gattaca’
Sep 30, 2016 • 37 min
Many fall TV reviews - Happy 100! Before jetting off to Vancouver, Tim stops by to review “Crisis in Six Scenes”, “Westworld”, “Conviction”, “Timeless”, “No Tomorrow”, and “Frequency”, Jason renews his time-travel-watching pact, and you tell us about how…
99: Hello, Publicists!
Sep 23, 2016 • 59 min
Emmy aftermath and fall TV reviews - Reviews of “Lethal Weapon”, “Designated Survivor”, “Speechless”, “The Good Place”, and “Westworld”. Plus the Emmys aftermath, more new premieres, and the surprising reoccurrence of “Agent X” Watch and Not a Thing. Host…
98: He Sent Me a Tie
Sep 16, 2016 • 50 min
“Black Mirror”, “Son of Zorn”, “Fleabag” - Jet-setting Tim interviews Jimmy Kimmel, plus reviews of “Black Mirror”, “Son of Zorn”, “Fleabag”, and more. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
97: A Monkey in a Room Switching Channels
Sep 2, 2016 • 46 min
“You’re the Worst”, “Narcos”, “Stranger Things” - “You’re the Worst” and “Narcos” return, Tim and Jason finally watched “Stranger Things”, and Tim answers many more of your letters. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
96: Sheet Management
Aug 26, 2016 • 55 min
“Atlanta”, “Gomorrah”, and your letters - Tim’s back home from press tour! And he reviews Donald Glover’s “Atlanta”, the Italian crime series “Gomorrah”, and answers a whole lot of your letters. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
95: They Deserve What They Got
Aug 11, 2016 • 34 min
Death March with Cocktails 2016 part 2 - Tim’s still in residence at the TV Critics Association summer Death March With Cocktails, and we’ve got his report on what’s up with broadcast, cable, and streaming. No, really, what’s up with streaming? Netflix’s…
94: We Saw the End Coming
Aug 3, 2016 • 33 min
2016 Death March With Cocktails - Live “in residence” at the Beverly Hilton, here’s Tim’s first report from the 2016 edition of the Death March With Cocktails. Tim discusses the difficulty in networks breaking through to TV critics and audiences in these…
93: Hologram Edition
Jul 29, 2016 • 35 min
We answer your letters from the past! - We’re not here! Jason’s on vacation and Tim’s at the Death March With Cocktails. Fortunately for you, we recorded this episode full of your letters last week so that you don’t miss us, not one bit. Host Tim Goodman…
92: Fauxçade
Jul 22, 2016 • 47 min
Conventions, Nerd news, and Olympics - A big week for satire shows and Stephen Colbert during the Republican National Convention; Jason brings Nerd News from Comic-Con; we discuss the Game of Thrones announcement that Winter is Coming… for seven episodes……
91: Obligatory Victory Lap
Jul 15, 2016 • 71 min
The 2016 Emmy nominations - Tim breaks down the 2016 Emmy Awards nominations, which left him in a very strange emotional state. Who is this sunny, happy person, and what have you done with Tim Goodman?! Just when all seems lost, though, Tim musters up…
90: Unreliable Narrator
Jul 8, 2016 • 47 min
“Mr. Robot” returns - Next week “Mr. Robot” returns for a second season and Tim’s seen the first two hours. (Also, the Emmy nominations might come out next week, but Tim’s not sure.) Tim celebrates the avalanche of good stuff on TV and his inability to…
89: Fact-Checking the FCC
Jul 1, 2016 • 62 min
Rock TV, Binge Shows, and Your Letters - Tim laments the lack of the first great rock-and-roll drama while appreciating the humor that is “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” Plus, we go over the 10 (cough 11 cough) most bingeable shows this summer. Then we dive deep…
88: Brexit Edition
Jun 24, 2016 • 55 min
Thirteen, American Gothic, Roadies, and your letters - Tim and Jason are back together and we’ve got Tim’s reviews of “Thirteen” and “American Gothic”, plus we dissect the failures of “Roadies” and “Vinyl”, worry about how the Brexit vote will affect…
87: Lost in Austin
Jun 17, 2016 • 50 min
ATX Festival etc. - Tim is back in his natural habitat, and Permanent Guest Host David J. Loehr is back, as they reminisce about their trip to the fifth season of the ATX Festival in Austin, TX, last week. They talk about hanging out with showrunners,…
86: It Never Ends
Jun 10, 2016 • 38 min
Letters aplenty! - In this special Quantum Superposition Edition, Tim is simultaneously in Austin for the ATX television festival and here in podcast land answering your questions. How does he do it? (Answer: By pre-recording this week’s episode last…
85: Out of Wine and Xanax
Jun 3, 2016 • 39 min
Basketball, The Dresser, Feeding the Beast, and your letters - This week Tim praises “The Dresser”, dislikes AMC’s David Schwimmer vehicle, and answers a pointed question about the future and pacing of “Game of Thrones.” Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
84: Blimp Hoister
May 27, 2016 • 41 min
Game of Thrones, Bloodline, and your letters - This week Tim lets a little love for “Game of Thrones” escape his heart, and brings some questionable balloon metaphors to the second season of “Bloodline.” Plus we answer a hastily assembled collection of…
83: Trailers Cannot be Trusted
May 20, 2016 • 53 min
Upfronts 2016 - This week the networks had their big “upfronts” in New York, a dog-and-pony show for advertisers that the TV critics and viewers of the world watch with amusement and consternation. Tim explains why the week fascinates him, and explores…
82: Swap Meet News
May 13, 2016 • 59 min
Life and death on network TV - It’s the week that the broadcast network announce cancellations and renewals, and so we take time to survey the dead and the living, at least a little bit. Plus, Tim beseeches the Emmys on behalf of “The Americans”, and…
81: So Much Weird Stuff Is Happening Right Now
May 6, 2016 • 49 min
France, England, Australia! - This week we talk about (cue dramatic music) a Netflix series from France, a Fox series we don’t understand, “The Americans”, and Tim rekindles his fears about Australian wildlife. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
80: Come To Us, We Love You
Apr 29, 2016 • 70 min
HBO’s big night - Back after a birthday weekend away from the podcast, Tim’s got the details on HBO’s huge debut weekend—and some serious trepidation about where the network goes next. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
79: The Hobo Eric Rule
Apr 15, 2016 • 60 min
Kimmy Schmidt, Orphan Black, Fear the Walking Dead, Last Panthers - This week Tim reviews the new seasons of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Orphan Black”, and “Fear the Walking Dead”, and reviews the new international series “Last Panthers.” Plus, we…
78: Too Much Actual Fact
Apr 8, 2016 • 53 min
“Outlander”, “Catastrophe”, and the “Walking Dead” finale - Tim survived “The Walking Dead” finale and returns to talk about it, along with happier news, like the arrivals of new seasons of “Catastrophe” on Amazon and “Outlander” on Starz. Jason shows a…
77: Mediocre is Generally Popular
Apr 1, 2016 • 63 min
The Girlfriend Experience, Lopez, and long-running TV - This week Tim reviews “The Girlfriend Experience” and “Lopez.” Then—based on the breaking two-season renewal of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”—we discuss various aspects of long-running TV…
76: Slow Binge
Mar 25, 2016 • 81 min
Garry Shandling, Ken Howard, “Catch”, “Happy Valley” - We say goodbye to TV legends Ken Howard and Garry Shandling, Tim discusses his reviews of “Happy Valley” (watch it in the daytime?) and “Catch” (Shondaland becomes Shamblesland), we discuss when to…
75: Struggling to Find out the Logic
Mar 18, 2016 • 59 min
Shiny like a diamond - This week we take a look at the future of television. The convenience of streaming may trump all, but how do we get from today to a shiny streaming future? What can networks do? Does dropping an entire season for binge-watching beat…
74: Demon at Denny’s
Mar 11, 2016 • 42 min
The CW renews itself - This week the CW announced it was renewing its entire lineup, so we dive into the strange success story of that network, including why a 12th season of “Supernatural” might make sense, and Les Moonves’ answer to Tim about why the…
73: I Do Want Outrage
Mar 4, 2016 • 69 min
Political late-night comedy - Tim surveys the late-night talk scene and demands more outrage with his comedy! Plus, a bad review of “The Family”, a look at the new Viceland TV shows, some geek TV updates from Jason, and your letters. Host Tim Goodman and…
72: The Columbo Edition
Feb 26, 2016 • 57 min
It’s hard to remember - We’re back with discussion of some new series, a look forward to March premieres (though there’s not a lot to look forward to), and a whole bunch of your letters. Plus, one more thing Tim finally remembered. Host Tim Goodman and…
71: Keep Oiling the Machine
Feb 20, 2016 • 61 min
ABC changes, “Togetherness” and your letters - Huge industry and failure-analysis news this week, as ABC’s Paul Lee era ends and Channing Dungey takes on the now-horrible job of being a broadcast network TV president. Plus Tim reviews “Togetherness,” we…
70: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquistion
Feb 11, 2016 • 48 min
Better Call Saul, Triumph’s Election Special - “Better Call Saul” is back for season two, and Tim’s got his full review—along with our discussion of the challenges of doing a prequel series. Plus, the 14-year-old boy inside of Tim is thrilled with Hulu’s…
69: The 13-Year-Old Edition
Feb 5, 2016 • 54 min
Lots of HBO, and your letters - This week Tim provides an important lesson about comedy callbacks, the TVTM break room is explored for the first time ever, we discuss HBO programming and the Super Bowl, and of course there’s plenty of time for your…
68: The Punch-Drunk Edition
Jan 29, 2016 • 73 min
New fantasy series and revival TV - This week Tim and Jason talk about a slew of new series, including fantasy-themed “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” “11.22.63,” and “The Magicians.” Plus, we discuss the new trend toward TV revivals, Tim previews his review…
67: Dinosaur Ship
Jan 22, 2016 • 58 min
TCA Winter Press Tour redux - Tim returns from Pasadena to talk about the plight of broadcast network executives, NBC’s strange choice of press tour topics, and reviews of a bunch of new shows. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
66: The Year of TV Muscles
Jan 10, 2016 • 47 min
2016 TCA winter press tour, part 1 - Tim is “in residence” in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association winter press tour. He takes time away from the grind to let Jason know about new stuff coming from ABC, The CW, TNT, TBS, HBO, WGN America,…
65: The Best Network TV of 2015
Dec 24, 2015 • 61 min
Tim’s list of best network shows - In our last episode of 2015, Tim recaps his top network TV series of 2015 and Jason reads some of your letters. We’re off next week. See you in 2016! Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
64: The Best TV of 2015
Dec 18, 2015 • 68 min
Tim’s Top 46 List - Tim walks Jason though his list of the very best shows of 2015. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
63: Blindly Shooting Fish in a Barrel
Dec 10, 2015 • 74 min
2016 Golden Globe Nominees - The Golden Globe nominees are out, and they’re peculiar, to say the least. But Tim is going to look on the bright side, seeing it as an opportunity for the Emmy Awards to get things right and for everyone else to enjoy some…
62: I Forgot a Show
Dec 4, 2015 • 59 min
Plotting year-end lists - This week Tim plots his year-end lists, celebrates the return of “Transparent,” and we hear a whole lot of listener mail about Cop/Not a Cop, “Agent X”, things that aren’t a thing, and more. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
61: Stuffed and Bloated Edition
Nov 27, 2015 • 40 min
Year-end lists, holiday stuff, not a thing - The tryptophan is kicking in, but we’re back for a post-Thanksgiving edition of the TVTM nonetheless. Tim explains how he approaches his end-of-year best lists (and why they’re important), we talk TV turkeys,…
60: A Sleepy Endeavor
Nov 20, 2015 • 41 min
Dick Wolf, streaming shows, and kung fu - This week we talk about TV deaths, ponder how streaming has changed the TV game in just five years, grouse about Dick Wolf, praise AMC’s kung-fu adventure series “Into the Badlands,” and answer your letters! Host…
59: Amazon Season
Nov 13, 2015 • 62 min
Agent X aftermath, and a whole lot of Amazon - An avalanche of Amazon pilots, the arrival of “Man in the High Castle” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” on streaming, Jason watches “Agent X” and “Supergirl,” and we answer a whole lot of your emails, tweets, and…
58: They’re Good Sports
Nov 6, 2015 • 76 min
TV’s Age of Denial - We’re going deep this week, with a discussion of Tim’s THR piece about the age of denial in broadcast TV. We also talk about our brush with the people who make “Agent X”, re-promote “Master of None”, and answer a whole bunch of…
57: This Is an Elite Program
Oct 30, 2015 • 67 min
Agent X, Supergirl - Tim dishes on a forthcoming so-bad-it’s-funny series called “Agent X”, Jason and Tim break down the premiere of “Supergirl”, plus we quickly talk “Wicked City,” “Master of None”, the rules of character death on “The Walking Dead,”…
56: I Hope This Series Dies
Oct 23, 2015 • 36 min
Supergirl, Wicked City, and TV comfort food - This week we spend a lot of time on listener mail, plus talk high expectations for “Supergirl,” low expectations for “Wicked City,” and ponder TV comfort food. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
55: The Tim Lincecum Episode
Oct 16, 2015 • 44 min
The Knick, Walking Dead, Truth Be Told, baseball, pick-ups - The shows just keep on coming! This week Tim talks about season two of “The Knick”, season 6 of “The Walking Dead”, and the inauspicious premiere of “Truth Be Told.” Plus some Dodgers…
54: Don’t Be Late
Oct 9, 2015 • 70 min
Fall premieres, including “Fargo” and “The Knick” - Tim’s back from Vancouver and we’ve got a whole lot of premieres to cover. “Fargo”, “The Knick”, “Casual”, “Red Oaks”, “The Last Kingdom”, “Manhattan”, “The Walking Dead”, “The Flash”, and more! Plus:…
53: Cheated on Its Viewers
Oct 2, 2015 • 46 min
The Affair, Game of Thrones at the Emmys, and more premieres - “The Affair” plays fast and loose with memory, “Game of Thones” positions itself for Emmy domination, and we answer your questions. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
52: Sneak Force
Sep 25, 2015 • 46 min
More fall TV premieres! - The wave of fall TV premieres continues, as we go back over “Minority Report,” “Blindspot/Doodle Booty,” and “The Muppets” before moving on to preview “The Grinder,” “Grandfathered,” “Blood and Oil,” “Quantico,” “The Daily Show…
51: Welcome to THR, Dan
Sep 18, 2015 • 67 min
So many fall premieres! - Tim returns from Big Sur and Jason returns from Portland just in time to watch the Emmys and gape at the massive number of fall TV premieres coming in the next week. Tim reveals why his new Hollywood Reporter TV critic colleague,…
50: Jason Missed This?
Sep 12, 2015 • 59 min
Colbert, Apple, and more - Tim is joined by David Loehr on the sands of Waikiki—or somewhere—to talk about the first week of Colbert, the last week in Apple TV, the next week in upcoming shows, and the best new fall title that isn’t actually a show’s…
49: Otters for the Win
Sep 4, 2015 • 59 min
Mr. Robot finale, Apple on TV, Big Blue Live, Colbert - “Mr. Robot” takes a final bow as the show of the summer, Apple is rumored to be pondering its own Netflix-like TV service, PBS and the BBC take a chance on Monterey Bay, and Stephen Colbert prepares…
48: What Happens Next? (Plus Bonus Content)
Aug 28, 2015 • 75 min
The future of scripted television - In this episode we get a little deep, as Tim and whatever-his-name-is discuss the future of scripted television. How will these Times of Confusion end? Are we at “Peak TV” yet? Will Millennials watch anything but…
47: Binge It Like Cocaine
Aug 19, 2015 • 46 min
Tim’s back from press tour! After a brief chat about the personnel problems at “The Good Wife,” we talk Netflix’s “Narcos” and then answer a whole lot of listener feedback. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
46: A Couple of Pops
Aug 12, 2015 • 55 min
More from TCA summer press tour - Two weeks later, Tim checks in again from the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour! We’ve got information about ABC, Amazon, AMC, CBS, DirecTV, Fox, FX, Hulu, PBS, Showtime, Starz, Syfy, and even NBC! Plus,…
45: It’s Fun to Make Shows
Jul 31, 2015 • 35 min
Death March With Cocktails part 1 - Tim reports in live from L.A. at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to recount his first week, including sessions from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Nat Geo, and BBC America. Plus we cover the rapid…
44: The Willie McCovey Episode
Jul 24, 2015 • 41 min
Emmys and your letters - Tim and Jason are back with an all-feedback episode! The Emmy Awards, comedy in TV movies, “Penny Dreadful,” family TV shows, why Australians love the TVTM, and more recipes plus haiku from Amy in the 415! Host Tim Goodman and…
43: Particularly Egregious
Jul 16, 2015 • 53 min
2015 Emmy Nominations - The 2015 Emmy Awards nominations are here, and in this special episode Tim breaks them all down—the obvious choices, the pleasantly surprising decisions… and, yeah, the outrageous omissions. Accept no substitutes for the TVTM’s…
42: 18 Crazy Nights
Jul 10, 2015 • 63 min
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll - Tim and Jason aren’t at Comic-Con, though Jason’s just back from San Diego and Tim’s getting ready for the Death March With Cocktails later this month. In the meantime, both of them talk about Keith Olbermann, Hannibel Burress,…
41: Only in Monroe
Jul 3, 2015 • 51 min
David & Tim talk about Jason’s vacation, Olbermann’s vocation, James Patterson’s predation, Velcoro’s damnation, Pixar’s elation, and for the Colbert Nation, the Monroe, MI local cable access channel’s newest sensation. Host Tim Goodman and David J. Loehr.
40: Forget It, It’s NBC
Jun 26, 2015 • 62 min
Humans, Mr. Robot, and more nerdy stuff - It’s summer, and that means it’s time for an attack of nerdy shows! Tim’s watched AMC’s “Humans” and USA’s “Mr. Robot.” Jason’s seen “Dark Matter” and “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.” Tim’s talked to the creator…
39: Refurbished Hugs
Jun 19, 2015 • 58 min
Game of Thrones finale and more - Tim and Jason talk about the Game of Thrones finale and whether the show has failed our high expectations. Plus Jason reports back on two geeky shows, and we answer your questions. (Consult your doctor before binge…
38: Awake at Good Times
Jun 12, 2015 • 57 min
Travel, Emmys, True Detective, OITNB, Geek Shows - Tim’s back from his trips to Austin and Banff with reports on his favorite panels and a very special meetup. Plus we talk about the return of “True Detective” and “Orange is the New Black,” detail some…
37: Could Be a Thing
Jun 5, 2015 • 30 min
Listener mail - This week Tim’s in Austin, but Tim’s poor time-shifted clone can’t partake of tacos and beer until he does a podcast. First Tim unloads a bunch of shows he’s not going to watch or review (“Sense8,” “Dark Matter,” “Jonathan Strange & Mr…
36: The Loser Channel
May 29, 2015 • 29 min
Sports and politics! - This week Tim touches the third rails of podcasting, as we talk about sports (the Warriors reaching the NBA Finals) and politics (the hypocrisy of the Duggar family and the cynicism of their network, TLC) before moving on to our…
35: Updike It
May 22, 2015 • 80 min
Mad Men and Letterman finales - This week it’s a three-man booth as David Loehr joins Jason and Tim to talk about the “Man Men” finale, as well as David Letterman’s swan song. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
34: Theories in My Mailbox
May 15, 2015 • 49 min
Mad Men finale preview - The end approaches for Don Draper, and so in this episode Tim discusses his expectations for the “Mad Men” finale. Plus we answer your “Mad Men” finale questions and address some brief TV news. Harry Shearer, please call James L.…
33: A Pilot Does Nothing
May 8, 2015 • 52 min
Cancellations and renewals - The network upfronts are in full swing, so this week Tim and Jason talk about what’s been cancelled and what’s been renewed. But not about new show orders, because in accordance with TV Talk Machine policy, Tim officially…
32: Green Brains & Ham
May 1, 2015 • 82 min
Happyish, Last Man on Earth, Letterman, streaming - Tim is joined by David again to talk shows that made them happy (and not happyish), shows that stream & the services that love them, they wonder what some of these people were thinking, and hey, does…
31: Bonus Criticism
Apr 24, 2015 • 51 min
Orphan Black, The Americans, and Mad Men - This week Tim and Jason break down the return of “Orphan Black,” Tim rants about how the beloved “The Americans” failed to stick the landing in its season finale, and Showtime’s “Happyish” has some serious…
30: Bullets Hurt
Apr 17, 2015 • 47 min
Justified, Orphan Black, Daredevil, and series finales - This week we send “Justified” into retirement, get excited about the return of BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” re-open the debate about “Daredevil,” get diverted by debating good and bad series…
29: He’s Not Gonna Be Happy
Apr 10, 2015 • 59 min
Louie, Game of Thrones, Veep, Mad Men - So much returning TV! Jason re-joins Tim to talk about the returns of “Louie”, “Game of Thrones”, “Silicon Valley”, “Veep” and “Mad Men.” Plus, what the heck happened to “The Last Man on Earth”? And, as always, we…
28: People Made This?
Apr 3, 2015 • 74 min
Daily Show, late night, zombies, and more - Tim doesn’t miss a week as he’s joined by designated guest co-host David J. Loehr to talk about the Daily Show, the nightly shows, undead shows, zombie shows, limited run shows, long running shows, comfort food…
27: Werewolf Don Draper
Mar 27, 2015 • 24 min
Mad Men season preview - Tim’s seen the first episode of the final run of “Mad Men!” But he’s been given a long list of details he’s not allowed to talk about. So we speak obliquely about what to expect from “Mad Men” in this final run of seven episodes.…
26: Hang In There
Mar 20, 2015 • 25 min
The Jinx, James Corden, and more - Tim and Jason discuss the stunning finale of “The Jinx,” preview the arrival of James Corden’s “Late Late Show” and why Corden took the job, and answer some of your questions. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
25: Cubism Remake
Mar 12, 2015 • 46 min
“The Returned” gets remade, badly. - Tim’s about to flee televised civilization for the comforts of a vacation, but before he goes he’s got some time to rant about how not to remake a European TV series. In this case, the Gracepointed show in question is…
24: It’s Not a Thing
Mar 6, 2015 • 67 min
CSI: Cyber, Kimmy Schmidt and more - Jason reports back on his TV Torture Machine assignment, “CSI: Cyber,” much to Tim’s evil glee. Plus “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Last Man on Earth,” “Billy & Billie,” and “Battle Creek.” Host Tim Goodman and Jason…
23: Alphabet of Awfulness
Feb 27, 2015 • 57 min
Last Man on Earth, American Crime, Secrets and Lies - After some brief reflections about Leonard Nimoy, Jason and Tim turn to “The Last Man on Earth,” “American Crime,” and “Secrets and Lies.” Tim challenges Jason to watch “CSI: Cyber.” We anticipate…
22: There’s No Science in Television
Feb 20, 2015 • 51 min
Emmys, House of Cards, Odd Couple - The Emmys finally change their rules—but is it really an improvement? Plus, Tim’s reaction to the new “House of Cards” season and the “Odd Couple” premiere, “Two and a Half Men” and “Parks and Recreation” come to an…
21: Hoisted on His Own Petard
Feb 12, 2015 • 63 min
Jon Stewart and Brian Williams - Anchors, away! Tim and Jason discuss Jon Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show” and Brian Williams’s apparent end on “NBC Nightly News.” Plus, more praise for HBO’s “The Jinx” (which is not suitable for Date Nights), a…
20: That’s a No
Feb 6, 2015 • 48 min
Allegiance, Better Call Saul, The Jinx, The Slap - A look at the new drama series “Allegiance,” “Better Call Saul,” and “The Slap,” plus the HBO documentary series “The Jinx.” Plus the return of “Walking Dead” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and…
19: Dots and Stars and Little Men
Jan 30, 2015 • 54 min
“The Americans” and “Fresh off the Boat” - The Power Rankings may be on hiatus, but Tim is here to praise the show that would be at number one if they existed: FX’s “The Americans.” Plus, advance praise for ABC’s new sitcom “Fresh off the Boat.” Plus:…
18: Slow Burn Everybody
Jan 23, 2015 • 70 min
Winter Press Tour wrap-up - Tim’s back from winter press tour with news of Fox and FX and reviews of “Backstrom” and “Better Call Saul.” Plus Tim and Jason discuss the massive number of scripted shows out there—with an actual number, thanks to the FX…
17: Times of Confusion!
Jan 16, 2015 • 53 min
2015 Winter Press Tour, week two - We’re bringers, bringing our brand halo to a hungry audience that’s overwhelmed by choice. Okay, it’s week two of the Death March With Cocktails and Tim may have gone a little loopy. But we’ve still got loads of…
16: Death March With Flask
Jan 9, 2015 • 28 min
2015 Winter Press Tour - After five days “in residence,” Tim reports in live from the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. Among the topics: Why critics don’t clap, chance encounters with Scottish showrunners, and why Netflix’s numbers don’t…
15: The Best TV of 2014
Dec 30, 2014 • 54 min
Best of 2014 - Positivity abounds! In this episode, Tim and Jason go over Tim’s lists of the best TV shows of 2014. Nothing but sunshine and great television here! Let it never be said that Tim is not someone who loves (good) TV! Host Tim Goodman and…
14: No Love Lost
Dec 19, 2014 • 44 min
Late Night turnover - Tim and Jason talk about the turnover in late-night, with Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson departing and James Corden and Larry Willmore on the horizon. Plus, Jason annoys his wife with “Ascension” jokes and Tim answers letters…
13: Midseason Math
Dec 12, 2014 • 63 min
Golden Globe nominees - Tim and Jason discuss the Golden Globe TV nominees, the phenomenon of midseason finales, and answer listener questions. Host Tim Goodman and Jason Snell.
12: Asscension
Dec 5, 2014 • 62 min
“Peter Pan Live” and bad reviews - Tim and Jason talk “Peter Pan Live,” and then dive into reader questions, including a brutal review Tim didn’t remember writing, the appeal of “Jane the Virgin,” mid-season replacement shows, and holiday TV episodes.…
11: Turkeys
Nov 27, 2014 • 37 min
TV we’re thankful for, and TV turkeys. - In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we list some TV we’re thankful for. Also, inevitably, things get a bit dark when we talk about some of the fall season’s true turkeys. Also, we answer more listener questions,…
10: Gracepointed
Nov 21, 2014 • 47 min
Critical surprises - In this episode Tim and Jason talk about something that can delight even the most toughened critic: a pleasant surprise. Tim revisits “Homeland” and discovers that the show may be turning it around, and finds an unexpectedly solid…
9: Bong-Fueled Genius
Nov 14, 2014 • 56 min
Miniseries, antiheroes, and Adult Swim - Where have all the miniseries gone? They’re actually all around us, but they’re called anthologies or limited series or TV events. Tim and Jason talk about the merits of shows opting for finite lifetimes. Plus some…
8: Ride Out the Garbage Fire
Nov 7, 2014 • 55 min
Spy shows and cancellations - In this episode, Tim hears from the producers of “Sleepy Hollow” about his criticisms last week, a tossed-off sidebar becomes a viral web hit and makes fans of classic spy TV series angry worldwide, a whole bunch of shows get…
7: Surfer Boy
Oct 31, 2014 • 59 min
What’s wrong with Sleepy Hollow? - Has “Sleepy Hollow,” one of our favorites from last season, gone off the rails? Tim and Jason discuss the sophomore series’s self-inflicted creative crisis. Plus, more answers to your questions, including shows worth…
6: Bonus Content on the Sub-Web
Oct 24, 2014 • 42 min
Listener feedback, “Jane The Virgin,” and digital extras - This week Tim and Jason answer some listener questions, rave a bit more about “Jane the Virgin,” discuss overlooked drama series, and ponder digital extras and extended episodes of series on…
5: My Positivity Keeps Me Afloat
Oct 17, 2014 • 55 min
Shows worth your time and the Power Ratings - This week Tim and Jason keep it positive! Tim goes through the week, day by day, and recommends the shows (both new and old) that are worth your time! Then we talk about Tim’s famous Power Ratings of the top…
4: A Miscalculation of Epic Proportions
Oct 10, 2014 • 43 min
Superhero shows and more fall premieres - From the comic book pages to your TV screen, we counted at least five network TV series involving superheroes. But who can tell “The Flash” from “Constantine?” Jason’s read the comics, but most people—including…
3: Kind of Like a Cronut
Oct 3, 2014 • 43 min
Zombies and other TV horrors - Braaaaains! As we enter October, our thoughts turn to spooky things like vampires and zombies. “The Walking Dead” is coming back, and it’s started an avalanche of other zombie-themed TV… none of which quite matches up to the…
2: A Bad Idea From Famous People
Sep 26, 2014 • 52 min
New premieres, ratings winners and losers - Against all odds, we’re back for a second episode! In this episode, Tim and Jason run through some of the new premieres, including “Forever,” “Black-ish,” “Gotham,” “Scorpion,” and “Red Band Society.” Also, Tim…
1: We Take the Bullet
Sep 19, 2014 • 53 min
Shows to watch out for this fall. - It’s a podcast about television! Every week Hollywood Reporter Chief TV Critic Tim Goodman joins Jason Snell to talk about what’s worth watching. In this first episode of the fourth incarnation of the TV Talk machine,…