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The Vulture TV Podcast

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There’s little doubt that TV is driving the cultural conversation, but there could still stand to be more great conversation about TV. That’s where the Vulture TV Podcast comes in. In this weekly podcast, New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami will go deep on what matters most the world of television, what makes good TV, and how good TV gets made. Their conversation could, and will, encompass everything from the hot-button points of a given show—did you see what happened on Mad Men?—to a discussion of TV’s new diversity...

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There’s little doubt that TV is driving the cultural conversation, but there could still stand to be more great conversation about TV. That’s where the Vulture TV Podcast comes in. In this weekly podcast, New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami will go deep on what matters most the world of television, what makes good TV, and how good TV gets made. Their conversation could, and will, encompass everything from the hot-button points of a given show—did you see what happened on Mad Men?—to a discussion of TV’s new diversity...

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By Meow 23 winky - Jul 13 2017
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It is not the rule of life that you get to hear sensible creative people break down television. I changed my opinions and found new favorite shows from hearing them talk. It was truely wonderful to hear people breaking media down along gender class and race lines. Someday these things will not need to be pointed out, but how they did it and who they did extended interviews with was inspiring. That is feminism in action than k you

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By SHamiltonC - Jul 07 2017
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I loved this show. I'm really sorry they weren't able to keep going. If there's anything to be done about getting it back I hope they'll let us know.

iTunes Ratings

106 Ratings
Average Ratings
58
22
11
9
6

Sad loss

By Meow 23 winky - Jul 13 2017
Read more
It is not the rule of life that you get to hear sensible creative people break down television. I changed my opinions and found new favorite shows from hearing them talk. It was truely wonderful to hear people breaking media down along gender class and race lines. Someday these things will not need to be pointed out, but how they did it and who they did extended interviews with was inspiring. That is feminism in action than k you

Sr.

By SHamiltonC - Jul 07 2017
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I loved this show. I'm really sorry they weren't able to keep going. If there's anything to be done about getting it back I hope they'll let us know.
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The Vulture TV Podcast

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There’s little doubt that TV is driving the cultural conversation, but there could still stand to be more great conversation about TV. That’s where the Vulture TV Podcast comes in. In this weekly podcast, New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami will go deep on what matters most the world of television, what makes good TV, and how good TV gets made. Their conversation could, and will, encompass everything from the hot-button points of a given show—did you see what happened on Mad Men?—to a discussion of TV’s new diversity...

Rank #1: Big Little Lies Finale

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Vulture TV hosts talk about this winter's biggest show HBO's Big Little Lies, which debuted its finale Sunday. They talk about what they loved about the show and whether they'd like to see a second season.
Apr 04 2017
44 mins
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Rank #2: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

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A wide-ranging discussion with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the creative team behind "The People Vs. Larry Flynt," "Ed Wood," and many other biopics, as well as FX's new miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson." Gazelle, Margaret, and guest Alex Jung talk to Scott and Larry about the challenge of adapting real life into drama, as well as the unexpectedly resonant political themes in the story of the O.J. Simpson trial, many of which feel as relevant today as they did twenty years ago. Spoilers throughout for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."
Feb 02 2016
48 mins
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Rank #3: Fall TV Preview, Plus Ava Duvernay on "Queen Sugar"

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Gazelle, Jen, and Matt preview the fall slate of TV offerings, with particular focus on "Westworld," "Atlanta," "Better Things," "Queen Sugar," "One Mississippi," "Pitch," "Insecure," "High Maintenance," "Easy," and "Fleabag." Plus: Matt sits down with Ava Duvernay to talk about her directorial philosophies, with a particular emphasis on "Queen Sugar."
Sep 06 2016
58 mins
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Rank #4: When Comedies Stop Being Funny, Plus Michelle Monaghan on "The Path"

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Gazelle, Matt, and Alex Jung wonder why "Broad City" isn't making them laugh as much this season, and consider the ongoing trend of "serious" comedies. Michelle Monaghan talks about building her character in Hulu's new original series "The Path," and Matt remembers the legacy of Garry Shandling.SPOILERS:"The Path," "Broad City," "Catastrophe," "You're the Worst"
Mar 29 2016
48 mins
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Rank #5: The Rare Hour-Long Comedy (Plus "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Jane the Virgin")

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Margaret, Matt and Gazelle talk about the rare hour-long comedy, plus the CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Jane the Virgin."
This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions
11:20 - 25:46 The pilot of The CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"25:47 - 35:59 The premiere of the second season of The CW's "Jane the Virgin"
This episode is brought to you by "The Message" from GE Podcast Theater. Subscribe to "The Message" here
Oct 14 2015
37 mins
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Rank #6: 9/8/15: Shocking Twists in TV History plus Mr. Robot

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Gazelle, Matt and Margaret talk about all the times when TV messed with your minds (i.e. shocking twists - many spoilers ahead), then the first season of "Mr. Robot."
 
This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions
 
0:00 to 20:05 - *Spoiler Warning Red Alert* The first segment contains many spoilers about twists in popular TV shows throughout history. Including a Mr. Robot spoiler at 2:40.
21:13 - end of show: The last season of Mr. Robot
This episode of The Vulture TV podcast is brought to you by Casper. Get $50 toward any mattress purchases by visiting www.casper.com/VULTURE and using the promo code Vulture.
 
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Sep 08 2015
39 mins
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Rank #7: Trauma on TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Outlander, and Beyond

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Gazelle is joined by guest panelists Tara Abell, Mallika Rao, and Alex Jung for an in-depth look at recent portrayals of trauma on TV - when it's successful, and when it falls flat. Plus: an extended consideration of "Outlander's" handling of Jamie's assault from the end of last season.SPOILERS:0:00-32:15: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Americans, Scandal, Felicity, Friday Night Lights, Sex and the City, Orange is the New Black, Grey’s Anatomy32:25-43:42: Outlander
May 10 2016
43 mins
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Rank #8: Tropes We're Tired Of, Hulu's "11.22.63," and Steve Zissis (HBO's "Togetherness")

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A jam-packed episode featuring listener mail, Matt and Margaret's take on "11.22.63," and an interview with Steve Zissis. Listeners wonder which tropes Matt, Margaret, and Gazelle are most tired of, as well as the definition of "mythology" when it comes to television (if such a definition actually exists). Then, the group discusses Hulu's new miniseries "11.22.63," based on the Steven King novel of the same name, in which a man travels back in time in hopes of preventing the assassination of JFK. Finally, an interview with Steve Zissis, co-creator and star of HBO's "Togetherness."This episode includes spoilers for "11.22.63" and "Togetherness."Theme music: "Slinky" by Dlay (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dlay/Elemental/Slinky)
Feb 23 2016
53 mins
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Rank #9: Unfriendly in a Friendly Way: FX’s Fargo and the Art of Adaptation

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The complex challenge of adapting films into television series, from "MASH" to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to "Parenthood," with a particular emphasis on the current season of FX's "Fargo." Plus: has television evolved into a more artistic form than cinema?
This episode is sponsored by TNT's "Legends" and GE Podcast Theater.
This episode contains spoilers for the following shows:
Fargo - 10:08-10:12, 29:15-45:27
Edge of Tomorrow - 26:18-27:40
Nov 03 2015
44 mins
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Rank #10: Keeping Comedy Honest With Jerrod Carmichael (Plus: A Shocking Farewell on "The Americans")

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Comedian Jerrod Carmichael joins Gazelle and Matt in-studio to talk about his writing process and jazz inspirations as the creator and star of "The Carmichael Show" on NBC. Plus: "The Americans" showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg return to talk about the shocking death in episode 4 of the FX series' fourth season.SPOILER WARNING:Do NOT listen to this episode if you haven't watched season 4, episode 4 of "The Americans."
Apr 12 2016
39 mins
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Rank #11: Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and Directorial Artistry on TV

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Joined by TV historian Stephen Bowie, we discuss the evolution of the role of the director in scripted television. As Stephen tells us, TV directors have been innovators since the 50’s, but they’ve only recently begun to gain notoriety for their efforts. Plus: the moral issues raised by the narrative structure of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.”
SPOILERS:
Making a Murderer 16:24 - 43:04
Jan 05 2016
43 mins
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Rank #12: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna Live at the Vulture Festival

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Gazelle and Matt are joined live on stage in New York by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about the show's complicated themes, how to tell realistic stories about love, how to run an entire music video studio in parallel with a sitcom, and much, much more.SPOILER ALERT: This episode contains spoilers for the first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend throughout!
May 24 2016
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #13: Phoebe Waller Bridge on "Fleabag" & TV's Greatest Couple Revealed

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Phoebe Waller Bridge joins our hosts to discuss her creative process on "Fleabag," for which she is the creator, writer, and star. Plus, recapping Vulture's attempt to crown TV's greatest couple.
Oct 18 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #14: Neve Campbell on Discipline and Strength, Plus "Daredevil" Season 2 and Comics on TV

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Abraham Riesman joins Matt and Gazelle to talk about the ever-expanding world of comic adaptations on TV, with a particular focus on the new season of "Daredevil." Plus, Neve Campbell shares the joys of working with the creative team behind "House of Cards," and how her background in dance kept her focused amidst the feverish pace of her career in the 90's. SPOILERS: "Daredevil" (both seasons)"Jessica Jones""House of Cards"
Mar 22 2016
59 mins
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Rank #15: The Best Shows of 2015

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Matt and Margaret share their picks for the best TV of 2015, and discuss the shifts in the landscape as original streaming shows increasingly challenge HBO for primacy. Plus: why certain shows need second seasons to find their footing, and Margaret’s theory about the secret power of the bad series finale.
 
This episode is sponsored by GE Podcast Theater’s “The Message” and SEEit.
 
SPOILERS:
The Americans 25:18 - 25:41
Mad Men 25:50 - 26:00
Inside Amy Schumer 26:25 - 26:50
The Leftovers 27:30 - 27: 50, 35:50 - 36:31
Orange is the New Black 28:10 - 28:35
Mr. Robot 32:13 - 33:05, 35:50 - 36:31
Dec 15 2015
37 mins
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Rank #16: TV Villains You Love To Hate & HBO's Big Little Lies

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This week, Jen Chaney fills in as host and his joined by Vulture's Alex Jung and regular Vulture contributor Kathryn VanArendonk. They'll talk Big Little Lies, HBO's new show starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Whitherspoon.
Feb 21 2017
48 mins
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Rank #17: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom

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“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” co-creator (and newly-minted Golden Globe nominee) Rachel Bloom joins Matt and Margaret for a special bonus episode. Rachel shares her interpretation of the role of music in the show, as well as her enduring love for musical theater and innovative food euphemisms.
Please note: spoilers for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” throughout this episode!
Dec 10 2015
52 mins
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Rank #18: TV Theme Songs and Opening Titles

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Vulture hosts Gazelle Emami, Matt Zoller-Seitz and Jen Chaney talk about some of their favorite and least favorite TV theme songs. And they get into how opening titles cue viewers for the show's mood, and about how titles have evolved over the years thanks to production budgets and streaming technology.
Apr 11 2017
37 mins
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Rank #19: Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Netflix’s Big Year

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An in-depth analysis of Netflix’s huge expansion in 2015. Is anyone else creating as much great original programming, with as much consistency? Plus, a comprehensive review of “Jessica Jones,” which just might feature the scariest comic book villain of all time.
SPOILERS: You might want to postpone listening to this one until you've watched all of "Jessica Jones." 
This episode is sponsored by "The Message," from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater.
Dec 01 2015
47 mins
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Rank #20: TV (The Book): Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall Live at the Strand

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Matt and Alan regale the crowd at Strand Bookstore in New York, diving deep into their long collaborative relationship, their criteria in choosing the greatest shows of all time, and Matt's Marlon Brando impression.
Sep 29 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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