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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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"How A Top 10 List Gets Made": Episode 41

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.

53mins

22 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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"'Game of Thrones' Throwdown": Episode 6

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.

36mins

13 Apr 2015

Rank #2

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

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.

36mins

20 Feb 2017

Rank #3

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

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.

55mins

15 May 2017

Rank #4

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When Pop Culture References Other Pop Culture: Episode 70

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.

49mins

18 Jul 2016

Rank #5

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"Superheroic TV": Episode 11

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.

36mins

17 May 2015

Rank #6

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'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' is Stronger than Ever: Episode 113

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.

26mins

22 May 2017

Rank #7

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Planning the Perfect TV Diet: Episode 75

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.

51mins

22 Aug 2016

Rank #8

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This Year's Emmys Are Crazy! Episode 181

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!

50mins

16 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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When Should A Show Reveal Its Premise? Episode 196

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!)

38mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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

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.

42mins

20 Jun 2016

Rank #11

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

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.

32mins

19 Jun 2017

Rank #12

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

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!

40mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #13

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Our Favorite Interviews of 2015: Episode 40

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.)

48mins

14 Dec 2015

Rank #14

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

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.

42mins

26 Oct 2015

Rank #15

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2019 Golden Globes Fantasy Draft! Episode 195

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!

36mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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How Streaming Services Try to Keep Us Subscribed: Episode 184

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!

33mins

8 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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The System Is Broken: Episode 186

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.)

44mins

22 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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The Importance of Picking the Right Protagonist: Episode 197

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.

40mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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Shows to Catch Up On: Episode 65

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.

42mins

13 Jun 2016

Rank #20