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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

Episodes

Ep. 124: Guide to the Oscars  

The Oscars are upon us, and The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Sean Fennessey engage in a discussion that covers everything from front-runners 'La La Land' and 'Moonlight' (5:45) to Sean’s Oscar ballot (16:45). They wrap up by answering Oscar-related mailbag questions from listeners (30:07).

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Ep. 123: ‘The Young Pope,’ the TV Championship Belt, ‘Big Little Lies,’ and ‘Crashing’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the experience of watching ‘The Young Pope’ (2:05), debate which show is most deserving of the "TV Championship Belt" (14:40), and discuss last night's premieres of ‘Big Little Lies’ (20:40) and ‘Crashing’ (35:50).

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Ep. 122: Interview With ‘One Day at a Time’ Showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss one of their favorite new shows, Netflix’s ‘One Day at a Time’ (0:45), before Andy sits down with its two showrunners, Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, to talk about making the show and rethinking the modern-day sitcom (10:41).

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Ep. 121: The Grammy Awards, 'Legion,' and 'Girls'  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the cultural importance of the Grammy Awards (1:00), Beyoncé’s performance (8:30), and Adele’s victory (10:33). Then they discuss ‘Legion’ and Andy’s experience working on the show (16:55) as well as the return of ‘Girls’ (33:08).

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Ep. 254: Looking at Pop Culture Through the Political Prism WIth Chuck Klosterman  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Who Won the Week (3:00) and Taboo (5:43) before they are joined by author and essayist Chuck Klosterman to talk about the state of pop culture and how assigning political meaning to it feels inescapable in the current climate (11:28).

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Ep. 119: The Super Bowl Commercials, Lady Gaga’s Halftime Performance, ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2, and ‘24 Legacy’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald rehash and break down the political undertones of this year's Super Bowl commercials (0:30) as well as Lady Gaga’s halftime show (7:29). They also discuss the TV and movie trailers that premiered during the Super Bowl, including Season 2 of ‘Stranger Things’ (17:35). They wrap with a review of ‘24 Legacy’ (31:53).

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Ep. 118: ‘The Crown,’ ‘Riverdale,’ ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ and Letters From Taboo Island  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald debate their picks for Who Won the Week (1:45) before reading another Letter From Taboo Island (12:05) and discussing ‘The Crown’ (16:15). Then Ringer TV critic Alison Herman stops by to catch the guys up on shows they aren’t watching, including ‘Riverdale’ (25:18), ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (37:14), and the reboot of ‘Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events’ (43:30).

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Ep. 117: SAG Awards, 'Split,’ ‘The Young Pope,’ and ‘3 Mics’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the highlights of Sunday night’s SAG Awards (8:40), the ‘Stranger Things’ victory speech (12:10), and why ‘La La Land’ is a lock for the Oscars (21:05). Then they give a quick rundown of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ (24:55) before examining the social parallels of ‘The Young Pope’ (31:00) and the state of stand-up comedy through the lens of Neal Brennan’s new Netflix special ‘3 Mics’ (41:28).

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Ep. 116: The Mailbag Episode  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reveal ‘Who Won the Week’ (1:45) and read another letter from Taboo Island (8:45) before answering audience questions from the mailbag (16:22).

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Ep. 115: The New ‘Star Wars’ Title, ‘The Good Place,’ ‘The Young Pope,’ and ‘Homeland’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reveal and discuss the title for the next ‘Star Wars’ film (2:48). They also examine how ‘The Good Place’ is changing the possibilities of network television (8:22), why ‘The Young Pope’ is so much fun (22:06), and the problem with ‘Homeland’ (32:15).

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Ep. 114: ‘The OA,’ Who Won the Week, the New ‘Logan’ Trailer, and ‘Taboo’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the 'Trainspotting' sequel (3:25) and the new trailer for the latest X-Men installment, ‘Logan’ (6:50). They also announce who won the week (10:30), report from ‘Taboo’ island (16:45), and give ‘The OA’ a postmortem (26:50).

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Ep. 113: The Television Critics Association Press Tour, Awarding the Television Championship Belt, ‘Sneaky Pete,’ and The XX’s New Album  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sort through the big news from the Television Critics Association press tour (0:30) about ‘Atlanta’ (2:05), ‘American Crime Story’ (6:15), and ‘Better Call Saul’ (10:38). Then they award the Television Championship Belt (18:50) and wrap up with a conversation about the return of Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ (31:08) and The XX’s new album (42:22).

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Ep. 112: ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Taboo,’ and ‘One Day at a Time’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald each award "Who Won the Week" (1:30) and preview a new slate of shows this season in ‘One Day at a Time’ (6:10), ‘Taboo’ (16:28), and ‘The Young Pope’ (27:10).

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Ep. 111: The Golden Globes After-Party With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by ‘Jam Session’ cohosts Amanda Dobbins and Juliet Litman to rehash the best (3:45), worst (9:45), weirdest (22:13), and favorite moments from the Golden Globes.

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Ep. 110: ‘Coachella,’ ‘The Golden Globes,’ and ‘Homeland’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald run through the newly revealed lineup for Coachella and pick their favorite non-headliners (2:05). They also preview the categories and nominees for this weekend's Golden Globes (12:10) and discuss the return of ‘Homeland’ (34:45).

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Ep. 109: ‘The OA’, ‘La La Land’, and ‘20th Century Women’  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald remember Carrie Fisher and George Michael (3:27). They also discuss the new Netflix drama ‘The OA’ (12:42) and awards season (27:05), including the films ‘La La Land’ (29:30) and ‘20th Century Women’ (38:40).

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Ep. 108: The Wall of 2016  

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald highlight eight people who made pop culture what it was in 2016. Listen as they discuss newcomers to The Wall like Riz Ahmed (12:00) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (16:12), debate Donald Glover's success streak (24:58), examine Ryan Gosling's appeal (28:57), and eventually uncover the mystery of Jonathan Pangborn (34:00).

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Ep. 107: Rogue One Recap  

Spoiler Alerts Ahead! The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald go deep on ‘Rogue One’, the latest Star Wars film. They cover everything from their favorite moments (3:55), to the cast (24:05), to a larger discussion about blockbuster movies (41:30).

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Ep. 106: The Year in TV With ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with the creator of 'Mr. Robot' to discuss, debate, and rank the best television shows of the year. Hear where shows like 'Atlanta' (2:30), 'The Night Of' (12:20)'Game of Thrones' (21:00) and 'Black Mirror' (37:22) rank or if they make the cut at all.

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Ep. 105: The Year in Music  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald start with a big announcement from Andy (1:28) and then run down their favorite albums of 2016. Then they talk to staff writer Lindsay Zoladz about albums as a delivery system (20:07), surprise albums (24:23), and which albums they kept returning to throughout the year (30:45).

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