Rank #1: The Independence Day Special
We take a closer look at the political scandals from United States history, featuring James Buchanan, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower,William Campbell Preston Breckinridge, Richard Mentor Johnson and David I. Walsh.
Rank #2: Mae West Part 1 – Classic Hollywood
Mae West was a writer, an actress,and a comedian, starting in vaudeville and thriving through the Wall Street crash where she first introduced what, was at the time, a unique concept- shocking the public as a career.
Rank #3: Katharine Hepburn Part 1– Classic Hollywood
Katharine Hepburn was an American actress known for her fierce independence, spirited personality, and flawless hot roller hair-dos. A hipster of her time period, Hepburn wore trousers before it was cool or acceptable for women to do so. She epitomized the “modern woman” in the 20th century and will be remembered as a woman who helped change society’s expectations.
Rank #4: Anthony Comstock
"Comstockery is the world's standing joke at the expense of the United States. Europe likes to hear of such things. It confirms the deep-seated conviction of the Old World that America is a provincial place, a second-rate country-town civilization after all."
Rank #5: Marie Curie
Maria Skłodowska, more commonly known by her French name as Marie Curie, is mostly known for her groundbreaking work in radioactivity and being a fierce bitch on wheels.
Rank #6: Clark Gable – Classic Hollywood
Clark Gable had a lot in common with Errol Flynn. He was simultaneously both THE s**t and a piece of s**t, earning the nickname “The King of Hollywood” while he managed to smack around and knock up his colleagues.
Rank #7: Florence Henderson - Classic Hollywood
Florence Henderson was an extremely talented, versatile, and busy lady who had an incredibly difficult beginning that she absolutely refused to allow define her. I don’t toss around the word “inspirational” lightly but girl was inspirational as fuuuuuck.
Rank #8: Wallis Simpson
This episode has everything- Nazis, a twisted Cinderella story, bratty pre-Instagram kids of the uber rich and famous, a disgraced prince, plane crashes, affairs galore, more rumors than facts, Mussolini, Winston Churchill, commies, a jewel heist….and that’s just scratching the surface.
Rank #9: Taking on the Tudors Part 1 - The Beginning
The Tudors. Most people, including myself, typically associate the family house with Henry the 8th of England, his daughter Elizabeth the I, and her sister, the infamous Bloody Mary.
Rank #10: Hans Christian Andersen
The creator of “The Little Mermaid” was a big, neurotic, painfully self aware, goofy looking man-child who obsessively tossed off and kept a careful record in his diary each time he did.
Rank #11: Charlie Chaplin Part 1- Classic Hollywood
Lovebugs, this dude has one of the gnarliest Cinderella Stories I’ve ever heard with a messed up family to boot. I didn’t know was just how far back all of the dirty bits, went....you know, the scandalous, salacious, and sexy stuff we cover.
Rank #12: Peggy Guggenheim
“My book was all about f*****g,” she once said of her memoirs. So they weren't really secrets, which is partially the Schtick of The Dirty Bits Podcast. But that's only if you know who Peggy Guggenheim is in the first place….and since you millennials are too busy eating avocado toast instead of reading books, I'm going to educate you.
Rank #13: President Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding is often considered one of the worst presidents in United States history....and possibly the dirtiest.
Rank #14: Taking on the Tudors Part 2 – Things Get Complicated
King Henry V through King Henry VII didn’t seem to have particularly sexy reigns but they were the ancestors of one of history’s most notoriously scandalous and salacious monarchs, Henry VIII.
Rank #15: Katharine Hepburn Part 2 – Classic Hollywood
Realizing that her career was fading faster than a kid who swallowed a Tide Pod, Hepburn took action to arrange a project that would launch her back into the limelight.
Rank #16: Albert Einstein
xAs Einstein scholar John Stachel says, “Too much of an idol was made of Einstein. He’s not an idol—he’s a human, and that’s much more interesting." The physicist was quite the cad….guilty of numerous acts of hanky panky with a slew of ladies... including his cousin.
Rank #17: Greta Garbo Part 1 – Classic Hollywood
Greta Garbo wasn’t a name that was unfamiliar to me. I’ve been passionate about film and entertainment my entire life so I naturally knew about the famed ice queen who made the rare, successful transition from silent film to talkies.
Rank #18: Jack Parsons
Jack Parsons was born in 1914 in Pasadena and was originally named after his father Marvel, until his wife caught him cheating with a prostitute…. and started calling him Jack instead. She also filed for divorce.
Rank #19: Mae West Part 2 - Classic Hollywood
Last week we left off with Mae West having been incarcerated for her provocative plays and then she made a kinda stupid comment about being an early supporter of Women’s Lib... but not being a “bra burning feminist,” as she said.
Rank #20: Charlie Chaplin Part 3 - Season Finale: Classic Hollywood
Last time we checked in with Charlie, he got hit hard with a divorce settlement, one that may be the largest in history and his reputation was trashed because the public saw him as this cradle robbing sexual deviant who had even more dick in his personality than he did in his pants.