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Indiewire's Very Good TV Podcast

"Very Good TV Podcast" offers Indiewire's weekly examinations of the best stories, shows and trends across television — plus our heartiest recommendations of what new content you should be watching.

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"Very Good TV Podcast" offers Indiewire's weekly examinations of the best stories, shows and trends across television — plus our heartiest recommendations of what new content you should be watching.

Rank #1: "How A Top 10 List Gets Made": Episode 41

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This week, Indiewire's TV team offers a peek behind the curtain as they create their Top 10 Shows of 2015 list. Will Liz convince Ben that a Marvel show deserves placement? Will Ben's number one pick stay at the top of the list? Will "The Leftovers" come up? The answer to one of those questions is definitely yes.

Dec 22 2015

53mins

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Rank #2: "'Game of Thrones' Throwdown": Episode 6

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Indiewire's TV team is joined by assistant editor Casey Cipriani to discuss the return of HBO's landmark fantasy series, and why it's kept up such a legacy over the years.

Apr 13 2015

36mins

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Rank #3: What Is Very Good TV? We Ask Some Experts: Episode 100

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Ben and Liz celebrate one hundred episodes of podcasting with some cake, some rapping, and some special guests talking about the only thing that really matters these days: Great television.

Feb 20 2017

36mins

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Rank #4: Our Favorite Interviews of 2017 (So Far): Episode 112

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Liz and Ben are joined by their colleagues Steve Greene and Hanh Nguyen to discuss some of the conversations they've been lucky enough to have with the people making great TV today. Surprisingly, "The Leftovers" comes up.

May 15 2017

55mins

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Rank #5: When Pop Culture References Other Pop Culture: Episode 70

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A TV show casually references another TV show — no big deal, right? Maybe, maybe not. As Indiewire's Liz and Ben discuss, invoking other pop culture may be an organic story choice, but it also can make your show into an alternate universe — in both good and bad ways.

Jul 18 2016

49mins

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Rank #6: "Superheroic TV": Episode 11

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It's official: As of this fall, every single major broadcast network will have something resembling a superhero show on its schedule. But what's fueling the rise of cape-powered television? Indiewire's TV team has some theories.

May 17 2015

36mins

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Rank #7: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' is Stronger than Ever: Episode 113

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The third season of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's complicated dark comedy made some important choices for its characters — but how did they affect the show? Liz and Ben dig in.

May 22 2017

26mins

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Rank #8: Planning the Perfect TV Diet: Episode 75

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Consuming media isn't necessarily something you should do casually, which is why this week, Liz and Ben have some thoughts about how to balance the TV you watch for optimum (mental) health.

Aug 22 2016

51mins

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Rank #9: This Year's Emmys Are Crazy! Episode 181

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Ben has been neck-deep in the Emmys game this year, while Liz might need some help remembering who's nominated in each category — yet they both have strong opinions about what's going to happen once Michael Che and Colin Jost stop talking and awards start getting handed out!

Sep 16 2018

50mins

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Rank #10: When Should A Show Reveal Its Premise? Episode 196

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What's the upcoming Netflix comedy "Russian Doll" about? Ben doesn't know and Liz won't tell you, but they will discuss when it makes sense for a show to keep its premise a secret — and when it doesn't. (You'll be shocked to learn that "The Leftovers" comes up — but not for the reason you might think!)

Jan 14 2019

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Rank #11: What to Say When Someone Asks "What's Your Favorite TV Show?": Episode 66

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It might be your least favorite question, but we at Indiewire want to help you answer it! Because if you answer it the right way, it can lead to some of the most enjoyable TV discussions you'll ever have.

Jun 20 2016

42mins

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Rank #12: How to Recover From the End of a Great Show: Episode 117

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Believe it or not, Liz and Ben aren't done talking about "The Leftovers" yet. But today's discussion goes beyond the HBO drama to the idea of how best to move on following the end of other great series.

Jun 19 2017

32mins

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Rank #13: No Spoilers, But Mrs. Maisel Remains Marvelous: Episode 193

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The Emmy-winning favorite of Liz and Ben's moms is back, and there's a lot to discuss, from what impresses us about Amy Sherman-Palladino's attention to detail to whether or not they really need to swear so much on the show. All without spoilers!

Dec 10 2018

40mins

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Rank #14: Our Favorite Interviews of 2015: Episode 40

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Over the last 12 months, Indiewire's TV team has been blessed with the opportunity to speak with some fascinating individuals creating TV -- so this week, they thought they'd look back at some of the year's most exciting moments. (Surprisingly, THE LEFTOVERS comes up.)

Dec 14 2015

48mins

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Rank #15: "Why Aren't People Watching 'Fargo'?": Episode 33

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A critically-acclaimed favorite returns for a second anthology-style season... and is actually really good! But why isn't "Fargo" on the tip of everyone's tongue? Indiewire's TV team investigates.

Oct 26 2015

42mins

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Rank #16: 2019 Golden Globes Fantasy Draft! Episode 195

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Before this year's Globes, Liz and Ben did a live fantasy draft, identifying their picks across all the TV categories. Monday morning will reveal who owes who a sandwich, but enjoy listening to their bold picks!

Jan 07 2019

36mins

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Rank #17: How Streaming Services Try to Keep Us Subscribed: Episode 184

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Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and more are all desperate for our continuing subscriptions, and they're using their content in unique ways to strategize that. Guess what — Liz and Ben find that interesting!

Oct 08 2018

33mins

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Rank #18: The System Is Broken: Episode 186

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It's another super-focused episode, as Liz and Ben look into how the shows they've been watching recently reflect our complicated relationship with the truth of today's society. (Believe it or not, "The Leftovers" comes up.)

Oct 22 2018

44mins

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Rank #19: The Importance of Picking the Right Protagonist: Episode 197

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Critics might be divided on "Black Monday," but everyone can agree that Regina Hall rules. Why isn't she the star of the show? There's the obvious answer, but Liz and Ben admit there's some nuance to it in this week's episode.

Jan 21 2019

40mins

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Rank #20: Shows to Catch Up On: Episode 65

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Summer means sun, and fun, and the opportunity to catch up with shows you may have missed! And Indiewire's TV team has a few suggestions for just that situation.

Jun 13 2016

42mins

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The Series Finale: Episode 214

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It's the last episode of Very Good TV Podcast, so Liz and Ben use the occasion to say goodbye... and, of course, talk about series finales. Do not fear — one last time, both "The X-Files" and "The Leftovers" come up.

Jun 02 2019

32mins

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We'll Miss You, VEEP: Episode 213

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We don't want to talk about it. Except we do. Liz and Ben will dearly miss HBO's iconoclastic comedy about American politics, for all of its nuances and all of its outrageousness.

May 13 2019

39mins

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Talking SUCCESSION with Adam McKay! Episode 212

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It's a Very Good TV Podcast first: An Oscar winner as a special guest! Also, Liz and Ben LEFT THE OFFICE to visit Adam McKay at his home in Los Angeles, where we got into McKay's role behind the scenes on HBO's "Succession." Secrets are revealed! Laughs are enjoyed! Fun is had!

May 06 2019

46mins

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We'll Miss You, GOTHAM: Episode 211

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For five seasons, Fox's "Gotham" delivered a twisted take on DC favorites, and Liz and Bn aren't afraid to take a moment and pay tribute to what the show did so very very well.

Apr 29 2019

46mins

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Table-Setting vs. World-Building: Episode 210

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No spoilers for GAME OF THRONES Season 8, Episode 2 here! Instead, Liz and Ben examine the GOT season premiere, and how serialized storytelling enables episodes of television that don't actually have any story. (Shockingly, both THE X-FILES annnnnnd THE LEFTOVERS come up!)

Apr 22 2019

34mins

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Here's How Much TV We Actually Watch! Episode 209

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It's a question Liz and Ben get asked fairly often — "how much TV do you watch? it must be a lot!" — and they've never had a real answer... until now. In this episode, they're joined by special guest Steve Greene to discuss a week spent logging all the TV they watched, and what they learned by doing so.

Apr 15 2019

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How GAME OF THRONES Has Affected April TV: Episode 208

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As Liz and Ben prepare for one of the year's biggest premieres, one question comes up: How is HBO planning to take advantage of GAME OF THRONES' final season, and how are other networks reacting? (Or, in Ben's words, "GAME OF THRONES is ruining television!") Believe it or not, THE LEFTOVERS comes up!

Apr 08 2019

44mins

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BARRY's Back, Baby! Episode 207

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One of TV's most fascinating comedies returns for its second season on HBO... but, um, is it actually a comedy? That's just one facet of the Emmy-winning series that Liz and Ben discuss!

Apr 01 2019

37mins

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Just How Bonkers Is THE OA? Episode 206

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Netflix's bold drama by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij has always defied expectation, but Season 2, as Liz and Ben discuss, is pure uncut crazy. But is that level of craziness sustainable?

Mar 25 2019

32mins

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Why We're Thrilled About SHRILL: Episode 205

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When we say we cover very good TV on this podcast, we mean it! Aidy Bryant is a joy in the new Hulu series "Shrill," but what beyond that makes it great? Liz and Ben dig in.

Mar 19 2019

26mins

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Hanging With the Creators of HIGH MAINTENANCE! Episode 204

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Special! Guest! Time! This week, Liz and Ben are joined by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the creators of "High Maintenance," because it is a great show and you should watch it, and also because the show's journey from web shorts to HBO is a fascinating one.

Mar 11 2019

41mins

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TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3 — It Sure Happened! Episode 203

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This podcast gets back to its humble beginnings with an episode all about HBO's iconic detective drama. Not only do Liz and Ben dig into the nuances of the series, but both THE X-FILES annnnd THE LEFTOVERS come up!

Mar 04 2019

31mins

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The Argument For an Awards Show Host: Episode 202

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Liz and Ben are joined by SPECIAL GUEST Kate Erbland to dig into all of this year's drama surrounding the Academy Awards, especially why there were concerns over this year's Oscars going host-less. (Shockingly, Hugh Jackman comes up!)

Feb 25 2019

51mins

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Seems Like It Sucks to Be a Superhero: Episode 201

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This week, with two new eclectic superhero dramas premiering, Liz and Ben dig into why the genre continues to proliferate, and if it's sustainable in the longterm.

Feb 18 2019

29mins

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What TV Will Look Like Four Years From Now: Episode 200

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The image attached to this week's episode was the first one that popped up when searching for "the future of television," which is what Liz and Ben talked about for this VERY SPECIAL 200th episode of Very Good Television Podcast. (We did it!)

Feb 13 2019

36mins

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Counter-Programming the Super Bowl: Episode 199

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Liz and Ben may not really be rooting for either team during this year's Big Game, but they're fascinated by how the Superb Owl affects the TV landscape, especially when networks like AMC and Amazon use that special Sunday for their own ends.

Feb 04 2019

39mins

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The Power of Chris Pine Compels You! Episode 198

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Maybe it's not such a big deal anymore when a movie star decides to make a limited series for TV, but as Liz and Ben get into, there's something special about TNT's "I Am the Night," largely thanks to the second Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine. (Look at how many tattoos he has!)

Jan 28 2019

44mins

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The Importance of Picking the Right Protagonist: Episode 197

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Critics might be divided on "Black Monday," but everyone can agree that Regina Hall rules. Why isn't she the star of the show? There's the obvious answer, but Liz and Ben admit there's some nuance to it in this week's episode.

Jan 21 2019

40mins

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When Should A Show Reveal Its Premise? Episode 196

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What's the upcoming Netflix comedy "Russian Doll" about? Ben doesn't know and Liz won't tell you, but they will discuss when it makes sense for a show to keep its premise a secret — and when it doesn't. (You'll be shocked to learn that "The Leftovers" comes up — but not for the reason you might think!)

Jan 14 2019

38mins

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2019 Golden Globes Fantasy Draft! Episode 195

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Before this year's Globes, Liz and Ben did a live fantasy draft, identifying their picks across all the TV categories. Monday morning will reveal who owes who a sandwich, but enjoy listening to their bold picks!

Jan 07 2019

36mins

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will be missed

By noahcdav - Jun 05 2019
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this has been my favorite podcast for the last 3 years. love you both so much and wish the best for you liz. you’re the number one advocate for legends of tomorrow and the fan base needs you at the forefront :)) ❤️

Liz is funny. Ben is condescending.

By Kaydee Monty - Dec 31 2018
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In the end of year 2018 episode Liz was funny and knowledgeable, while Ben knew his stuff but was very condescending to Liz. He could not be corrected even when he misspoke. He disagreed with her even when he agreed with her! It was annoying to listen to. Liz is witty with a great personality and has an ease of discussing tv, acting, and production without being pretentious! I’d listen to her on her own or with a guest. Not sure I’ll be able to handle many more episodes with Ben unless he changes his attitude and approach. Hopefully this will help him to reflect and make a course correction.