Get the best podcast recommendations in your inbox every week. 😎
podcast cover
Social Science

Villains

The Ringer

+3 FANS
What's the most villainous thing that Regina George does? Is there any way to sympathize with Hannibal Lecter? Could Erik Killmonger have been rehabilitated? In Season 1 of 'Villains,' Shea Serrano answers those questions and more, exploring eight of...Show More
Best ∙
Newest ∙

47:55 | May 30th

By the time this final episode of 'With a Pencil' is over, you will have a definitive list of inductees into the Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame. Or maybe you won't. Shea is joined in the deliberation by writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.

55:33 | May 23rd

It's finally here! 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is released, and we can finally talk about it. What was the hardest part of the movie to watch? Who has the best cameo? Who gives the best performance? Shea is joined by director Oz Rodriguez and w...Show More
Get the best podcast recommendations in your inbox every week. 😎

46:27 | May 16th

Ira Madison III and Chris Ryan join Shea on a journey to dissect 'John Wick: Chapter 2.' Each of them brings up tiny moments in the movie that they loved or noticed and the panel discusses.

53:16 | May 9th

Is Common a good actor? Why does John kill Gianna D'Antonio instead of just letting her kill herself? And does Laurence Fishburne or John Leguizamo have the best cameo? All of these questions and more are answered on this week's episode of 'With a Pe...Show More

49:27 | May 2nd

Shea Serrano is joined by authors Lilliam Rivera and José Olivarez to decide who’s the best tough-guy movie dog owner. The three options: Bob Saginowski and Rocco from 'The Drop,' John Wick and Daisy from 'John Wick,' and Robert Neville and Sam from ...Show More

44:47 | Apr 25th

Shea Serrano is back from podcast retirement to host 'With a Pencil.' In Episode 1, he sits down with Sean Fennessey and Judnick Mayard, two people who love the franchise as much as he does, to talk about John Wick, Chapter 1.

27:20 | Jan 15th

On this last bonus episode of the season, Shea answers questions about Chong Li from Bloodsport. We find out what what Jean Claude Van Damme’s best movie is, whether Chong Li is actually deaf and which villain from our entire series would win in a de...Show More

44:23 | Jan 10th

We are closing out the first season of 'Villains' with the most terrifying martial arts movie villain: Chong Li. Shea is joined by The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin Clark to discuss his dirty fighting tactics and massive muscles.

23:19 | Jan 8th

Shea is talking Nino Brown from 'New Jack City' on this week’s bonus episode of 'Villains.' We’ll find out who Shea is more scared of: Nino Brown or Alonzo Harris from 'Training Day.' Are Nino Brown and N’Jobu from 'Black Panther' working toward the ...Show More

51:26 | Jan 3rd

This week, writer Jamil Smith and The Ringer’s John Gonzalez join Shea to discuss Nino Brown, the gangster movie villain from 'New Jack City.'

26:51 | Jan 1st

This week we’re celebrating the new year by answering questions about Regan MacNeil from William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist.’ We’ll also hear from some very special guests on what they would do if they needed to be exorcised.

47:50 | Dec 20th, 2018

‘Halloween Unmasked’ host Amy Nicholson and film critic Monica Castillo join Shea to discuss the gross terror of Regan MacNeil from ‘The Exorcist.’

24:46 | Dec 18th, 2018

This week, Shea answers questions about Amy Dunne from 'Gone Girl.' Does Nick and Amy’s baby have a chance of growing up like a normal child? Did Amy actually ever intend to kill herself? Is 'Gone Girl' the worst movie to see on a first date? You’ll ...Show More

52:14 | Dec 13th, 2018

This week, 'Villains' meets 'Binge Mode' as Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion join Shea to discuss Amy Dunne from 'Gone Girl.'

23:47 | Dec 11th, 2018

Shea answers questions about Ernesto de la Cruz from 'Coco.' He tells us why Mamá Coco didn’t recognize "Remember Me" as her father’s song, if Mamá Imelda is actually the villain in 'Coco,' and whether Ernesto de la Cruz is supposed to be Vicente Fer...Show More

47:30 | Dec 6th, 2018

Micah Peters and young adult novelist Lilliam Rivera join Shea to discuss the charismatic villain in Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco.’ We used music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal in the episode. Check them out here!

26:49 | Dec 4th, 2018

Shea answers questions about last week’s episode on Killmonger from 'Black Panther.' We find out why he chose Killmonger over Heath Ledger’s Joker for the ultimate supervillain, what kind of movie it would have been if Killmonger was from the South, ...Show More

45:56 | Nov 29th, 2018

This week Shea sits down with Chris Ryan and writer Kara Brown to discuss 2018's most discussed supervillain: Killmonger from ‘Black Panther.’

25:44 | Nov 27th, 2018

On this week's bonus episode, Shea and Larami discuss what they would do if one of their children brought home a "Regina George type" to meet the family, Cady's most villainous moment in the movie, and the rap song Kevin Gnapoor would dedicate to Reg...Show More

48:58 | Nov 21st, 2018

This week Shea Serrano, Amanda Dobbins, and Juliet Litman head back to high school to discuss Regina George from ‘Mean Girls.’ Music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal is featured in this episode. Check them out here!

21:32 | Nov 20th, 2018

This is the first of eight bonus episodes this season. Every Tuesday, Shea will take your questions on the previous week’s episode. This week, we find out which character from 'The Office' would be cast to play Hannibal Lecter, who would be Hannibal'...Show More

45:59 | Nov 15th, 2018

Shea Serrano is joined by Sean Fennessey and Jason Concepcion in this inaugural episode to discuss one of the greatest movie villains of all time: Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’

01:32 | Nov 6th, 2018

What's the most villainous thing that Regina George does? Is there any way to sympathize with Hannibal Lecter? Could Eric Killmonger have been rehabilitated? In season one of VILLAINS, Shea Serrano answers those questions and more, exploring eight of...Show More