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John Teti


Pop culture critic John Teti invites his mom, Bonney Teti, to share her unfiltered opinions on TV, movies, music, newspaper advice columns, and more.

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Holiday Classics: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

35:27 | Dec 20th, 2018

Mom revisits the '60s Christmas special HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and finds that nostalgia doesn't always hold up. Plus, Mom shares her disdain for gift wrapping and explores some less-than-cheerful Christmas memories from her childhood.

Holiday Classics: A Christmas Story

41:45 | Dec 12th, 2018

Mom and John revisit the endlessly rerun holiday movie A Christmas Story, and Mom shares impressions from her bus trip to Broadway.


38:25 | Nov 21st, 2018

Mom reviews WIDOWS, the new heist thriller from director Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis. Plus, Mom shares her shifting opinions of the sports announcer Joe Buck and discusses movie theater etiquette.


37:13 | Nov 6th, 2018

Mom reviews Forever, a Maya Rudolph-starring series about facing the eternity of married life. Also, Mom discuss shoplifting popcorn and other escapades during a week in John's adopted hometown of Chicago.

The Conners

38:19 | Oct 30th, 2018

After Mom shares a report on the political madness gripping rural New Hampshire, Mom and John pick apart The Conners, ABC’s “new” version of Roseanne sans Roseanne. Plus: A book recommendation for people who own chairs.

Shark Tank, season 10

49:02 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Mom and John dissect the irresistible awfulness of ABC’s long-running reality hit SHARK TANK, and Mom relates stories of her sister’s weird friends.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

47:02 | Oct 15th, 2018

Mom and John talk about Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the profoundly moving documentary about childhood TV icon Mister Rogers. Plus, learn how you can use Jolly Rancher candies to assassinate local wildlife. And more!

Murphy Brown

46:31 | Oct 5th, 2018

Mom and John discuss CBS' revival of the sitcom Murphy Brown, supermarket checkout line etiquette, and the perils of dealing with friends' political views on Facebook.


37:55 | Sep 28th, 2018

John and Mom take a fresh look at Jeopardy!, “Squirrelgeddon” is explained, and Mom makes an unusual recommendation.


50:26 | Sep 21st, 2018

Mom and John mark the 25th anniversary of Conan O’Brien’s late night debut by checking in on his TBS show. Also, Mom shares some farm adventures, and John’s social quandary from last week continues to unfold.

Apple's 2018 iPhone Event

45:37 | Sep 14th, 2018

Mom reviews Apple's much-anticipated iPhone keynote event. Plus: An update on the backyard "mystery mound," Mom helps John with an awkward social situation, and memories of an aborted journey to Japan.

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

54:21 | Sep 7th, 2018

John and Mom review Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and discuss Nike’s Colin Kaepernick campaign. Plus, Mom shares a vexing encounter at the local library.


46:40 | Aug 31st, 2018

Mom reviews Matt Groening's new series, Disenchantment, and asks John to explain Sonic The Hedgehog's worldview. Plus the final post-office license-plate update, an adorable guinea pig video, and more.

Terrace House

47:28 | Aug 24th, 2018

Mom reviews the Japanese reality show Terrace House (available on Netflix), shares thrilling tales from the backyard, and asks listeners to help discover the origins of the phrase "chooch my wang."

Better Call Saul, season 4

39:33 | Aug 16th, 2018

John Teti and his Mom are back with a review of Better Call Saul, a cooking-show recommendation, a post-office update, and more!

Mom's World-Beating Chex Mix Recipe

14:09 | Nov 30th, 2017

It's a check-in ("Chex-in") episode as Mom offers the recipe for her world famous Chex mix.

Nathan For Mom: Finding Frances

59:54 | Nov 16th, 2017

The Nathan For You season finale leads Mom to explore difficult chapters of her family history that a stunned John hears for the first time. Also, Mom shares the story of a recent seafood mishap, plus a discussion of dog etiquette.

Mom Runner 2049

39:26 | Nov 8th, 2017

Mom reviews Blade Runner 2049 (and the video game Journey, sort of). Mom On Pop's tour of the nation's leading advice columnists returns to Miss Manners' doorstep because John likes making fun of her. John and Mom also complain about Daylight Saving ...Show More

Home Cooking on a Sick Day

03:17 | Nov 1st, 2017

With a laryngitic John too ill to record a full episode, Mom offers up a couple of her favorite recipes for the listeners

Project Momway

44:41 | Oct 25th, 2017

Mom offers her take on the 16th season of Project Runway, Dan Savage's Savage Love column, and the cat rescuers of her local fire department.

Saturday Night Mom II

36:23 | Oct 18th, 2017

Mom and John discuss the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, mourn John's ill-fated attempt to entertain his son with a Halloween festival, and sing the praises of the Ask Amy advice column.

Curb Mom's Enthusiasm

31:20 | Oct 11th, 2017

Mom praises the season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm, shares a story from her trip to the New England Aquarium, and observes that Miss Manners probably poops ice cubes.

Momerican Vandal

44:31 | Oct 4th, 2017

Mom returns! In this episode, Mom discusses Netflix's American Vandal, updates us on her ongoing struggles with the local post office, passes judgment on recent advice given by Dear Abby, and grudgingly listens to John discuss the pornography he view...Show More


57:21 | Nov 4th, 2016

Mom reviews HBO's Westworld, shares an aquarium story, and critiques the vacation prizes on her favorite game shows.

The $100,000 Pyramom

1:02:28 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Mom reviews ABC's new remakes of The $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game.

Captain Amomica: Civil War

42:05 | Jun 14th, 2016

Mom pans Captain America: Civil War and tells tales from her recent travels.

Silimom Valley

46:28 | May 11th, 2016

Mom reviews HBO's Silicon Valley; other discussion topics include armpit hair, pastry-eating neighbor dogs, and tiny feet.

Star Mom: The Mom Awakens

38:37 | Apr 23rd, 2016

Mom returns to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Nathan Fielder, and a flatulent high school sweetheart.

Tweener: Match Mom '73

38:19 | Sep 17th, 2015

Mom and John remember the '70s incarnation of Match Game and then critique another batch of Dear Abby columns.

Rick And Mommy

50:44 | Sep 8th, 2015

Mom reviews Rick And Morty and the new Google logo. Plus, stories from her recent trips to Maine and to the Hopkinton State Fair.

Masters Of Mom

53:12 | Aug 22nd, 2015

Mom reviews Masters Of Sex and Project Runway season 14, and we choose the winner of our "bad road trip" listener contest.

Tweener: What's My Mom

32:56 | Aug 17th, 2015

Mom and John remember the classic game show What's My Line and critique some of Dear Abby's latest advice.

Mom And Afraid

46:54 | Aug 7th, 2015

Mom reviews the Discovery reality series Naked And Afraid and the Marvel Star Wars comics. Plus, a new reader contest!

Tweener: To Tell The Mom

33:33 | Jul 28th, 2015

Mom and John reminisce about To Tell The Truth before they assess some recent advice from Dear Abby's syndicated newspaper column.


45:40 | Jul 20th, 2015

Mom reviews Lifetime's UnREAL, the Facebook game Guess The GIF, and incontinent airline passengers.

Jurassic Mom

41:00 | Jul 6th, 2015

Mom reviews Jurassic Park, which failed to give her a case of dino fever, and Inside Comedy, the most laid-back comedy interview show on TV.

Halt And Catch Mom

42:38 | Jun 19th, 2015

Mom reviews Halt And Catch Fire and Grace And Frankie, which she wishes would halt and catch fire.

Mad Mom: Fury Road

38:30 | Jun 4th, 2015

Mom walks into a theater hating Mad Max and walks out loving it. Plus a review of the Fox Business reality show Strange Inheritance, a post office update, and a cameo by Mom's sister!

The Mom Is Right

44:06 | May 20th, 2015

Mom returns to podcasting at last with tales of a brush with cancer and a long chat about the beloved game show The Price Is Right.

Mom Tank

54:01 | Jan 19th, 2015

Mom tries to process a scene of anal intimacy on Girls and offers her taxonomy of Shark Tank entrepreneurs. Plus, a new listener contest!

Last Mom On Earth

39:51 | Jan 5th, 2015

Mom shares her most anticipated TV shows of 2015, we pick the winner of our listener contest, and more!

Frosty The Snowmom

56:40 | Dec 15th, 2014

Mom and John re-watch four classic Christmas specials (Charlie Brown, Frosty, The Grinch, and Rudolph) to see how they hold up. Plus: a new listener contest, Xmas questions for John, and the latest report from the post office!

How Mommy Saved Christmas

38:31 | Dec 1st, 2014

Mom breaks out the rare "double F" as she pans two new network Christmas specials. Plus: Mom's take on Black Friday.


34:01 | Nov 17th, 2014

John loses his movie-picking privileges after making his mom sit through Interstellar, Mom reviews the new CBS sitcom The McCarthys, we pick our latest contest winner, and more!


41:21 | Nov 3rd, 2014

Mom reviews the best and worst butt-related music videos of the year. Plus: Fox quotes Mom on national TV in a Gotham promo, and a new contest!

Saturday Night Mom

43:05 | Oct 20th, 2014

Mom pans the new Fox sitcom Mulaney and reflects on SNL's past and present. Plus: The winner of our listener contest!

How To Get Away With Mom

33:32 | Oct 6th, 2014

Mom pans the CW's new telenovela Jane The Virgin, but she's not quite as hard on ABC's new Shonda Rhimes drama, How To Get Away With Murder. Plus: a new contest for Mom On Pop listeners!


34:02 | Sep 21st, 2014

ABC's new sitcom Selfie gets an "F-minus" from Mom, while Fox's Gotham fares a bit better. Plus: Mom judges the people in the line at CVS.

A Young Mom's Notebook

35:10 | Sep 8th, 2014

Bonney reflects on what the death of Joan Rivers means for women in her generation before the discussion turns to Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe in A Young Doctor's Notebook and a show on Nat Geo about the science of the mundane.

Moms Of The Galaxy

36:54 | Aug 22nd, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy nearly made Mom throw up, and she loved every minute of it. Plus, John and Mom dish about Project Runway.

Mom At First Sight

40:31 | Aug 8th, 2014

Mom and John pan a documentary about one man's quest to overcome small-penis shame and delve into the reality-TV madness that is Married At First Sight.

Nathan For Mom

30:59 | Jul 25th, 2014

Bonney has harsh words for Comedy Central's Nathan For You, but she has kinder things to say about Mike Sacks' book of interviews with comedy writers, Poking A Dead Frog. Plus, an update on the Great Post-Office Vendetta Of 2014!

momQuest DSV

31:24 | Jul 11th, 2014

A.V. Club senior editor John Teti talks to his mom about the inane/educational TV show Science Of Stupid, and then Mom shares her list of beloved shows from her childhood—and John's.

Game Of Moms

31:42 | May 30th, 2014

A.V. Club Senior editor John Teti's mom, Bonney Teti, is back to talk Mad Men and Game Of Thrones. Is one beloved GOT character afflicted with Starkholm syndrome? Is Ted Chaough an ass?

Mad Mom

32:50 | May 15th, 2014

The A.V. Club's new podcast, Mom On Pop, makes its debut as Bonney Teti—mother of A.V. Club senior editor John Teti—brings her critical eye to bear on the latest episode of Mad Men, "The Runaways."