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Tim Goodman

Tim Goodman, chief television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, talks regularly with Jason Snell about what’s going on in television, what shows to watch, and what shows to skip. This podcast is released simultaneously worldwide to all international...Show More
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225: A Garbage Fire in Their Own Backyard

53:31 | Jul 11th

This week Tim reviews “Shangri-La”, Showtime’s music docuseries about Rick Rubin, which he loved. Then we branch off of a check-the-box letter from Listener Joe to discuss Warner Media’s big move in streaming, HBO Max. And we save some time for your ...Show More
224: You Jump on a Slow Tractor

42:21 | Jul 6th

This week we reveal the winner of last week’s draft, as voted on by TVTM listeners. And then we break down Tim’s many choices for TV shows you should watch now that we’re in the summer slowdown. Jason also gets some good news from HBO, we realize we ...Show More
223: I Don't Like Playing This Game With You

39:26 | Jun 27th

This week we’re both on vacation, so we’ve pre-recorded this episode in which we perform the first-ever TV Talk Machine fantasy draft! Tim and Jason are going to pick five new shows from the past year that they’ll use to populate their brand-new scra...Show More
222: Feel-Good Hit of the Summer

26:15 | Jun 22nd

This week Tim reviews “Legion” season 3 on FX and the BBC/HBO coproduction “Years and Years”, Tim goes over some of his biggest Emmy pleas, we discuss the positive word of mouth around “Chernobyl”, and we answer a whole bunch of your letters and twee...Show More
221: It's Hard Out There

50:56 | Jun 14th

Tim reviews “City on a Hill” and “Das Boot”, and then we discuss his story about just how brutally hard it is to find (and keep) an audience today. Plus we send love to your fathers, including our favorite parental TV moments....
220: ...Then Maybe It's Brilliant

39:02 | Jun 8th

In this very unusual Friday edition of TVTM, Tim reviews HBO’s “Euphoria” and the latest batch of “Black Mirror” episodes on Netflix. We also read your tweets and letters, including an audio question about the importance of opening title sequences......Show More
219: The Apocalypse Edition

46:23 | May 30th

It’s the end of the world! And Amazon’s “Good Omens” really delivers. Tim reviews Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s miniseries epic, along with “Perpetual Grace LTD” from the original Sad Spy himself, Steven Conrad. Then we answer your emails, includ...Show More
218: Another Egg for Our Basket

47:12 | May 23rd

We spend the first 27 minutes of this week’s episode talking about the “Game of Thrones” finale, why we liked it, and why the knives were out for it all over the internet. Twenty-seven minutes. We warned you. Warm up your fast-forward fingers if you ...Show More
217: A Fresher TVTM

52:26 | May 16th

You’ve got that right, this is Thursday and we’re energetic and refreshed! Tim reviews “Fleabag” season 2, “Line of Duty” season 5, and we discuss the ending of “Veep” and the impending end of “Game of Thrones.” Plus Disney buys out Comcast and takes...Show More
216: Hit the Cord With the Scissors

27:22 | May 9th

This week Tim watches “Fosse/Verdon” and George Clooney’s new Hulu miniseries adaptation of “Catch-22.” Then we dive into talk about cord cutting, because the time has come for everyone with decent Internet access to plan their departure from traditi...Show More
214: I Want to See That Nipple

43:16 | Apr 18th

This week we discuss the return of “Game of Thrones”, how the clock is ticking for WarnerMedia’s entry into the streaming wars, and answer your letters!...
213: Mallets and Anvils

46:02 | Apr 12th

Disney announced the release date (November) and price ($6.99) for its new streaming service this week, and it’s set the bar awfully high (or low) for competing services. What does this mean for Netflix and Amazon? What about Apple? Why is ABC not ev...Show More
212: Reight Champion

34:37 | Apr 4th

This week Tim has praise for “Killing Eve” season 2, condemnation for “The Twilight Zone”, and lots of love for “Game of Thrones” as an all-time classic drama and “Veep” as a classic comedy. Plus, lots of letters from the +44, guv’nor!...
211: Nobody Gets a Ribbon

46:48 | Mar 29th

This week Tim says hello to the final season of “Veep”, Jason laments the existence of live studio audiences, and we ponder the streaming service that Apple announced in Cupertino this week. Also, a listener takes a victory lap and Netflix cancels a ...Show More
210: Not All of the Clarity

34:05 | Mar 22nd

Apple’s video service announcement looms next week, and Tim and Jason turn the topic over one final time in the absence of any real evidence. Also, do British shows like “Sex Education” handle teen sex better than American shows? And we read a few of...Show More
209: The Premise Has Landed

1:16:52 | Mar 13th

It’s a double-sized mid-week episode of the TVTM! Jason turns the tables on Tim by writing about Apple’s forthcoming TV service and the necessity of non-Netflix services to create distinctive brands. Tim reviews a whole bunch of new shows, including ...Show More
208: You're This Little Speck

49:03 | Mar 2nd

HBO’s chief executive exits, leading us to speculate about the fate of HBO and Warner Media’s future streaming efforts; congressional testimony returns with more unadaptable drama; Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things” returns as strong as ever; and we play...Show More
207: That's Not How Television Works

56:03 | Feb 22nd

This week Tim and Jason lament the passing of “Counterpart”, Tim lashes out at “Umbrella Academy”, we blow through a bunch of Tim’s articles from the past two weeks, and save time for your letters and two (two!) voice messages. Most importantly, the ...Show More
206: The Adaptive Brain

44:21 | Feb 15th

This week Tim’s focused on the plight of the mid-level premium network/streamer, most notably Epix and Starz. Starz is hoarding its content, but that can prevent a show like “Counterpart’ from becoming a broad hit. Meanwhile, Epix chose to sell “Get ...Show More
205: It's Pronounced "Pen Fifteen"

44:53 | Feb 9th

This week Tim reviews Hulu’s “Pen15” and TBS’s “Miracle Workers”, and we take a walk through a grab bag of other TV topics — live TV, “Lost”, “Atlanta”, “Bandersnatch”, “Legion”, “Travelers”, “Counterpart” angst, and ABC and John Mayer being BFF’s......Show More
204: The Swagger of Netflix

33:02 | Feb 1st

This week Tim and Jason discuss Netflix’s careful use of its own internal stats to sow fear and disbelief in the television industry. When a lightly-promoted series like “Sex Education” can get 40 million viewers, what’s the hope for anyone else? We ...Show More
203: The Quantum Indeterminancy Edition

50:12 | Jan 25th

Until you listen to this episode you won’t know if we’re alive in this cardboard box or not. This week Tim reviews the excellent Netflix miniseries “Black Earth Rising,” and we discuss the big streaming-service price changes from Netflix and Hulu. An...Show More
202: The Dinosaur Ship is Sinking

59:55 | Jan 18th

NBCUniversal has announced its own take on the streaming service, and Tim has many questions. Also there are reviews of “Brexit” and “Dynasties” and Tim implores you to check out “Wilfred” on Hulu. Plus, Tim’s five greatest TV dramas of all time and ...Show More
201: The Retro Podcast Edition

48:15 | Jan 11th

This week Tim and Jason deal with Golden Globes fallout, Tim reviews “Informer” (Amazon), “Black Monday” (Showtime), and “Valley of the Boom” (shout out to Stephanie from NatGeo!). Then Jason reveals the madness that made him re-publish the entire or...Show More
200: New Year, New Me

40:12 | Jan 4th

It’s our 200th Episode Spectacular, in which we discuss articles Tim has written and then read your letters! So… pretty much like the other 199 episodes. This week Tim’s got some positive(!) thoughts about the Golden Globes, negative thoughts about t...Show More
199: I'm Over These Lists

41:07 | Dec 21st, 2018

We exit 2018 and the 100s episodes with Tim’s final lists of the year, of bad shows and great performances and good episodes. Plus we read some hall-of-fame letters! See you in two weeks for the 200th episode spectacular. Merry Christmas to everyone’...Show More
195: Time is Precious

47:26 | Nov 16th, 2018

This week Tim reviews “Escape at Dannemora” and then we break down the success of Fox News and wonder why nobody has successfully created an equivalent on the left. Along the way we insult TV news in general and CNN in particular. Plus, Jason tries a...Show More
194: #SadSpies

45:31 | Nov 9th, 2018

The sad spies of Amazon’s amazing and excellent “Patriot” have returned, and you can watch the whole series on Prime Video, so you’ll know what Tim and Jason are raving about this week. We also discuss HBO’s “Sally4Ever”, Tim’s desire for David Simon...Show More
193: Clocks Into the Grinder

39:07 | Nov 3rd, 2018

This week Tim and Jason are overwhelmed with the volume of television that continues to fall out of the skies and into our laps. But from out of deep memory come some shows worth revisiting, whether it’s the existential “Les Revenants” on Netflix, th...Show More
191: The Beachcombers

48:59 | Oct 12th, 2018

Tim has praise for “Wanderlust,” which premieres next Friday on Netflix, and we spend some time discussing the advantages of TV as a writer’s medium in an era where visual flourishes are competing more with traditional storytelling. Also, last week w...Show More
190: Bears and No Tent

41:52 | Oct 5th, 2018

Tim returns from Vancouver with stories about Mike Schur and other showrunners, we've got a review of HBO's "Camping", and Apple risks losing out on key creators by getting a reputation as "expensive NBC."...
189: Heroin Made of Nostalgia

1:01:43 | Sep 28th, 2018

We missed a week and the shows and letters piled up! So this week we cover Tim’s reviews of season 3 of “The Good Place”, and new shows “The Cool Kids”, “Single Parents”, “Mr Inbetween”, and “The Good Cop”. Good news, Australia, Tim likes one of your...Show More
187: Slow Binge, Quick Binge

59:07 | Sep 7th, 2018

Things are heating up! This week we touch base again on Jim Carrey in “Kidding” before moving on to the film-festival premiere of Amazon’s “Homecoming”, directed by Sam Esmail and starring Julia Roberts. It doesn’t premiere until November, but you’ll...Show More
180: That's Tip Money

41:14 | Jun 29th, 2018

Two big streaming shows worth your time debut today. On Netflix, it’s the second season of “GLOW”, and on Amazon, the remarkable miniseries “A Very English Scandal.” Tim’s got reviews of both, and then our attention turns to how Apple is spending a l...Show More
179: The Helicopter Is a Character

32:58 | Jun 22nd, 2018

This week Tim reviews Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone”, and then we dive into a last-minute plea regarding what shows and which performers should be nominated for Emmy Awards. And we leave a little room to answer letters about two sophomore series: ...Show More
178: Titan of Industry

36:31 | Jun 15th, 2018

Tim’s back from the ATX Festival in Austin and just before the Emmy season gets heated up, it’s time to talk about another hidden gem—“Moone Boy”. Plus, one of our listeners gets namechecked for helping to save “The Expanse”, Jason gets happily pedan...Show More
177: So Smart in Its Dumbness

47:00 | Jun 1st, 2018

We’re back with a spoiler-free look at the finale of “The Americans,” which is now safe for you completists to watch. We also walk through Tim’s latest Power Rankings! for comedies, and an OG TVTM listener pays us a visit via letter....
176: BAJIP

49:16 | May 26th, 2018

We veer deeply into the sabermetrics of television as Tim discusses the 10 best-written series on TV. Plus we spend a lot of time on the return of “Arrested Development”, from Netflix’s catastrophic PR campaign to Tim’s review of the new season. And ...Show More
175: Joyful Salve

54:30 | May 11th, 2018

Cancellation is in the news and we discuss the new rules of TV show cancellation and survival! Plus, vintage TV series that are ready to be reimagined, a guide to hidden gems in an age of peak TV, and we answer your letters....
174: Sophomore Year

56:13 | Apr 28th, 2018

The art of a successful sophomore season, the little details that make a great TV performance, hidden gems, and crossover contenders. This episode has a low floor but a high ceiling....
173: Reviled for Its Flaws

49:23 | Apr 21st, 2018

Sometimes the flaws are what make something interesting. That’s the case, Tim argues this week, with HBO’s “Barry” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve.” Plus, Tim and his colleague Dan disagree on the second-season directions of “Westworld” and “The Handm...Show More
172: Let's Unleash Them

41:48 | Apr 14th, 2018

Tim reveals big changes in his Power Rankings! with a bunch of new series entering the hallowed list of 21 top shows to watch right now. And after a whole lot of anticipation, here comes season 2 of “Westworld.” Tim’s seen the first five episodes and...Show More
171: What Is Even Happening Here?

48:54 | Apr 6th, 2018

We say goodbye to legendary TV producer Stephen Bochco, and then Tim reviews “Dangerous Book for Boys”, “Howards End”, “Killing Eve”, and “Legion” season two. Jason praises the just-completed seasons of “The Magicians” and “Counterpart”. And Listener...Show More
170: That Was for an Experiment

27:52 | Mar 30th, 2018

In a tight and bright episode, Tim reviews the new season of “The Americans”, we go over some draft rules, and answer your letters....
169: Did I Just Columbo You?

47:57 | Mar 23rd, 2018

This week Tim reviews “The Mechanism”, from the director of “Narcos”, and Danny Boyle’s story of the Getty Family, “Trust”. Plus we muse about TV streaming fantasy drafts and readers have thoughts about what to do while folding laundry....
168: You're Not a TV Fish

51:09 | Mar 16th, 2018

This week Tim has some advice for the Obamas about their potential deal with Netflix, plus reviews of “Krypton” and yes, the CBS drama “Instinct.” Plus listeners have feelings about the ways that Netflix has wronged them....
167: A Picture of Pete

48:27 | Mar 9th, 2018

It’s hard to make a TV show even in an era of peak TV, but what’s even harder is finding an audience willing (and aware enough) to return for a second season. As “Atlanta”, “Jessica Jones”, “Sneaky Pete” and “Legion” return, why is it so hard to brea...Show More
162: Don't Bring a BB Gun

53:32 | Jan 26th, 2018

This week we talk about all the topics in Tim’s grab-bag column, including the roles of various premium cable channels in the TV landscape, the size of Apple’s TV budget, and the fate of Hulu. We also read your letters, including more praise of “Sad ...Show More
157: The Best TV Shows of 2017

58:44 | Dec 16th, 2017

This is the big one—in a year with 500-plus scripted TV series, Tim walks us through his 46 top TV shows of 2017. There are some surprise additions, some old standards who have fallen down a little bit on the list, and even a few broadcast network TV...Show More
156: Everything Smells Like an Onion

48:45 | Dec 8th, 2017

Like Santa, Tim’s making his list (of the best TV shows) and checking it twice before posting. In the meantime, though, he’s seen all of the new “Black Mirror” season! We also reflect on scaling back on social media, the role of the critic, and answe...Show More
155: Parts Unnain

1:12:24 | Dec 1st, 2017

This week we check in on terrible people in Hollywood and marvel at the Hugh Laurie TV series that nobody seems to have heard of. Jason endorses “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Runaways”, and “Mosaic.” Tim gives the Golden Globes some advice. And if yo...Show More
154: Package Deal

1:01:15 | Nov 17th, 2017

We’re back with Tim’s reviews of two new British comedy imports—“Back” and “Ill Behavior”—both of which come from noble families but only one of which passes Tim’s test to become one of the great comedies of the fall. There’s also Paul Reiser’s labor...Show More
153: Gradations of Bad

1:11:20 | Nov 11th, 2017

Apple buys another high-profile series, “The A Word” makes its triumphant return, and then we have to talk about all the terrible news about terrible men in the entertainment industry doing terrible things. What happens next? Can we engage with art c...Show More
152: We've Columboed Ourselves

55:53 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Tim and Jason are back to discuss Tim’s latest Power Rankings, the new comedy “SMILF”, and Fall TV’s surprises and mega-fails. Plus, a new nerdy TV tangent and your questions....
151: It Has Its Own Taint

57:12 | Oct 20th, 2017

This week Tim’s notebook is full, as we discuss the fate of Amazon Studios after the ignominious departure of its leader, and the threat to the TV industry (or not) posed by Facebook Watch and YouTube Red. Tim also has reviews of “S.W.A.T.” and “Loud...Show More
150: Back Up the Truck

51:02 | Oct 12th, 2017

This week Tim and Jason are back from Canada! Jason quizzes Tim on his panels in Vancouver, we discuss the new season of “Mr. Robot” (Tim’s a fan!), and then dive into a discussion of the challenges Netflix and Apple face as they prepare to face off ...Show More
149: Live From the Vancouver International Film Festival

1:06:39 | Oct 4th, 2017

Tim and Jason got together in Canada and did a podcast in front of a live studio audience, all thanks to the awesome people at VIFF, the Vancouver International Film Festival. We drank some wine and talked Canadian TV, Apple’s challenge in starting a...Show More
148: Are There More Letters?

1:04:06 | Sep 22nd, 2017

It’s a reviews lightning round, as Tim covers five network TV series in rapid succession. Then we talk about Tim’s Power Rankings! for top nonfiction programming. We also answer an awful lot of your emails and tweets....
147: Kicking Their App

38:49 | Sep 16th, 2017

The box is checked early this week as Tim discusses why the entire TV industry has completely lost its mind. Directives from billionaires! Threats from CFOs! Face scanning technology from Apple! We keep it tight and bright this week but still spend a...Show More
146: It's Like Cilantro

43:22 | Sep 8th, 2017

This week Tim breaks some news about “Veep”, breaks down some popular Power Rankings! ensembles, and answers your letters....
145: Weird Is Not Enough

1:07:38 | Sep 2nd, 2017

This week, we’ve got the hottest podcast in the world! No, seriously—Tim and Jason are trapped inside on the hottest day of the year. But this episode is packed with conversation, from Tim’s new Power Rankings! list of escapist TV to Tim and Jason’s ...Show More
144: Summer Wedge

48:46 | Aug 23rd, 2017

We’re back! Tim weaponizes his ignorance to write about shows he hasn’t seen! We discuss “The Defenders”, which Tim and Jason have both watched. There’s anticipation for “The Tick” and the season finale of “Game of Thrones”, and of course, we answer ...Show More
143: Shot in the Face With Money

41:00 | Aug 11th, 2017

Tim’s back from the Death March With Cocktails! But before we close the books on his 18 days “in residence,” it’s time to recap the highlights of the last week of the summer press tour, including plenty of Netflix news and an address from the “mayor ...Show More
142: They've Turned the Dinosaur Ship

41:27 | Aug 5th, 2017

Tim’s still in residence at the Death March With Cocktails. This week it’s all about the health of the broadcast TV networks. Tim’s pity for the difficult lot of the network executive is turned on its head when he has drinks with the president of The...Show More
141: I Don't Want to Hug It Out

44:50 | Jul 29th, 2017

Tim’s in residence at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where he’s moved rooms, struggled with Netflix streaming screeners, and fought his mini bar. Still, he managed to find time to talk with Jason about the latest word from HBO,...Show More
140: We've Heard This Rant Before

1:03:13 | Jul 22nd, 2017

Tim reviews HBO’s “Insecure”, which is back for an excellent second season. Then we discuss HBO’s peculiar way of announcing a new series from the “Game of Thrones” producers that led to a whole lot of controversy—and ponder whether that series will ...Show More
139: Let's Circle Around to the Negativity

59:37 | Jul 14th, 2017

Tim reacts to the Emmy nominations, reviews “I’m Sorry”, and lets out a cry for help about why he had to review “Salvation.” Plus, some follow-up about “Twin Peaks: The Return.”...
138: If I Wasn't Paid to Do It, I Wouldn't

47:06 | Jul 7th, 2017

Tim reviews HBO’s Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre documentary, we talk some more about the weird world of modern TV writing, and then something bizarre and inexplicable happens: Tim has finally seen the first four episodes of “Twin Peaks: The Return.” So we...Show More
137: Art and Commerce

58:21 | Jul 1st, 2017

Netflix brings back Sense8 (temporarily), PBS brings back Jane Tennison (temporarily), why the business of television is confusing to viewers, and the conundrum of writing about TV in the modern era....
136: Fightin' Through Some Shows

38:19 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Tim reviews FX’s new drama “Snowfall” and we discuss the potential Emmy nominees, including Tim’s secret wishes for surprise nominations. We keep it tight and bright, but make a point of reading your letters and tweets before Jason makes a break for ...Show More
135: The Kevin Durant of TV

53:36 | Jun 17th, 2017

This week, the TV news is about Apple entering the TV game in a big way by hiring away the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television. After shaking off a classic case of Banff Brain, Tim’s got a bunch of questions for Jason about how Apple might roll...Show More
134: Damon Lindelof Didn't Lie

50:18 | Jun 9th, 2017

This week we’re all about endings—the season finale of “The Americans” and the series finale of “The Leftovers.” What’s the legacy of “The Leftovers” and where does it fit in Tim’s personal pantheon? Where has “The Americans” gone—and where is it goi...Show More
133: An Expensive Mess

26:28 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Are there cracks in Netflix’s facade, or was this just a bad week? We discuss the cancellation of “Sense8” and “The Get Down”, two expensive series from the service that famously doesn’t cancel shows. What does it all mean? We also pour one out for “...Show More
132: I Killed It With Wine

36:50 | May 27th, 2017

Tim’s back and so are “Master of None” and “Twin Peaks.” Tim loves the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series. Jason’s seen the first four hours of David Lynch’s weird revival and has an eyewitness report. We also talk quickly about Jon Stewar...Show More
131: Sad Balloon

44:06 | May 12th, 2017

With A&E and WGN America abandoning scripted programming, is this the beginning of the end of Peak TV? The bubble may have not burst, but the air may be finally leaking out. Tim and Jason analyze the possible futures of the television world. Plus we ...Show More
130: I Sound Like a Madman

35:58 | May 6th, 2017

A strike is averted, “Sense8” and “Catastrophe” return, Jason watches “American Gods”, and we answer some letters....
129: Don't Make This!

56:53 | Apr 28th, 2017

Tim reviews the return of Amazon’s “Catastrophe”, Jason talks about “The Handmaid’s Tale”, we delve briefly into the controversy surrounding Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”, and then express trepidation about a potential writer’s strike. Then it’s time fo...Show More
128: They All Read the Book

1:01:03 | Apr 21st, 2017

While preparing for “Silicon Valley” and “Catastrophe” to return, Tim reviews “American Gods.” Is it perhaps a bit too faithful to the source material, or does it highlight failings in the original novel? We also revisit the definition of our TV “whi...Show More
127: The French Will Buy It

55:51 | Apr 15th, 2017

It’s the time of year when favorite old series return! We talk about “Better Call Saul”, “Fargo”, and “Veep” coming back, plus Jason self-Columbos, we talk subtitled dramas, and pine for some classic TV White Whales....
126: Checking the Fien Print

46:54 | Apr 7th, 2017

It’s the first week of baseball, and Jason & Tim are off. There’s no correlation there, but there could be. In any case, David’s back with special guest Dan Fienberg to talk about TV and machines, marsupials, roaming monkeys, terrifying mascot versio...Show More
125: Gentle Columbo

43:41 | Apr 1st, 2017

Tim and Jason discuss the new Hulu series “Harlots”, break down (with very few spoilers) this season of “Legion” and why it appeals, and answer your letters....
124: Like a Mime in a Box

58:55 | Mar 24th, 2017

This week Tim and Jason spend some time discussing the future of cord-cutting and TV bundles and what consumers should pay for in the platinum age of television. Then we listen to your comments about “Legion” and “Twin Peaks”....
123: Guys in Hats

55:11 | Mar 18th, 2017

For St. Patrick’s Day, Tim reviews an Irish series that has arrived in America. Also, we break down Tim’s lengthy article comparing the modern king of the weird “Legion” to the 1990s weirdness of “Twin Peaks,” and what it means for the revival of “Tw...Show More
122: Pinprick of Nostalgia

38:49 | Mar 11th, 2017

We dip into the past to talk about the 20th anniversary of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the 15th anniversary of “The Shield.” Plus we answer a whole lot of your letters, including conversations about TV romantic comedies and TV comfort food....
121: Ups and Lows

44:50 | Mar 4th, 2017

“Making History”, “The Americans”, “National Treasure”, Tim reveals his long hug con, and we answer your questions....
120: ...Unless You Try to Overachieve

37:57 | Feb 24th, 2017

Tim reviews the surprisingly good (and questionably titled) “Patriot”, and finds it to be one of the best new shows on TV. Also we revisit “Legion,” so Jason can concur with Tim’s rave review. And from the UK comes “National Treasure,” a show that do...Show More
119: Best in Show

1:01:23 | Feb 17th, 2017

With Jason traveling across time and space, David joins Tim to talk about humans (or not), robot animals (or not), the shows they’re each thinking about watching (or not), some live events (or not), and what TV shows Apple should produce (or not)....
118: Crack for Every Executive

44:44 | Feb 10th, 2017

This week Tim tells his THR origin story, reviews HBO’s “Big Little Lies”, gripes about Fox’s “APB”, ponders the rebuilding of TV’s Death Star, and answers your questions....
117: A Couple of Episodes In

34:26 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Tim prepares for a “Not a Thing” laden Fox crime series, Jason returns to outer space, spy animals are revealed, and The Riches finally comes back....
116: Like a Book... So I'm Told

45:11 | Jan 27th, 2017

Tim makes a vow to finish more series! We say a fond farewell to Mary Tyler Moore. The visuals in FX’s “Legion” are trippy, but it’s more a drama about mental illness than a shiny X-Men vehicle. All this and your letters, this week on the TV Talk Mac...Show More
115: Go Beneath the Memes

56:03 | Jan 20th, 2017

This week Tim covers his reviews of “Teachers” season 2 and “Victoria”, takes time to point out how people quick to jump on HBO’s “The Young Pope” may be missing the mark, and praises the Acorn streaming service. Plus, Jason reviews “Sherlock” and we...Show More
114: Vacuum of Incompetence

1:09:47 | Jan 13th, 2017

Jason’s back to talk with Tim about the Golden Globes, returning series (“Colony”, “Teachers”, “Homeland”), the stability of the CW, a time-travel show Jason likes (“Travelers”), and a bunch of new series, including “Victoria,” “Sneaky Pete,” “The Yo...Show More
113: One Topic at a Time

57:23 | Jan 7th, 2017

This is it. With Jason in the five-oh, we’ve rebooted for the New Year as David and Tim talk about the reimagined “Emerald City,” the reconceived “One Day at a Time,” the reconstituted Golden Globes, the reputable “Taboo,” and more....
112: I'm Gonna Watch Those Snakes

33:55 | Dec 30th, 2016

This week we wrap 2016 with Tim’s lists of best performances and episodes of the year, as well as a dip into the dark side for the worst shows of the past 12 months. Happy new year, everybody!...
111: A Host At Your Own Party

37:47 | Dec 24th, 2016

This week we recap the startlingly successful TVTM meet-up in San Francisco, and Tim goes over his top network TV shows of the year....
110: Let's Casey Kasem This

54:30 | Dec 16th, 2016

This week Tim walks us through his 38 best TV shows of the year, one by one. Plus: We announce the details of our meet-up! Come see us Monday, December 19 at 6 p.m. at 21st Amendment on 2nd Street in San Francisco....
109: Making Lists is Hard

57:34 | Dec 10th, 2016

Tim readies his end-of-year best lists, Jason presents his own top 10 shows list, and we discuss how “Westworld” is the hit HBO needed....
108: You Guys Were So Civil Before

50:16 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Network execs flee from press tour, Jason brings in lots of news headlines, and Tim reviews “Incorporated.”...
107: You Have to Go Beyond That

46:46 | Nov 18th, 2016

Tim’s solution for a post-election TV news ratings boost; a whole lot more praise for “Soundbreaking”; and your letters. (Politics-averse people can jump ahead to 14:25 if they don’t want to hear anything more about the election.)...
106: Nothing Was Working

1:02:57 | Nov 11th, 2016

Jason and Tim return from relaxing trips (to Ireland and wine country, respectively) and end up right in the gaping maw of Election Night TV coverage. Plus, a new show arrives this weekend that’s right in Tim’s wheelhouse....
105: Don't Get Weird

58:26 | Nov 4th, 2016

Like the Cubs in game seven, we’ve gone to the bullpen—David’s sitting in for Jason this week, and he and Tim talk about good girls, alien support groups, better things, lesser shows, oral histories, and shows that sneak up on you. Also, stay calm, y...Show More
104: No Urgency or Agency

53:34 | Oct 26th, 2016

Tim watches BBC America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, “The Walking Dead” returns but Tim feels no need to review it, Mad Men’s creator gets an Amazon anthology, and the NFL ratings drop....
103: Ball of Confusion

41:03 | Oct 21st, 2016

Hugh Laurie’s “Chance”, the return of “Walking Dead” and “Rectify”, and that guy you remember from that other sitcom now has a sitcom on CBS....
102: The Guy Who Did

50:16 | Oct 14th, 2016

“Falling Water”, “American Housewife”, the return of “Black Mirror”, and your questions....
101: Pilot

51:28 | Oct 7th, 2016

More on “Westworld”. Tim reviews “No Tomorrow”, “Divorce”, is excited about “Insecure”, and is trepidatious about “American Housewife.” And Jason travels back in time with “Timeless”....
100: Maybe Next Year, 'Gattaca'

37:16 | Sep 30th, 2016

Happy 100! Before jetting off to Vancouver, Tim stops by to review “Crisis in Six Scenes”, “Westworld”, “Conviction”, “Timeless”, “No Tomorrow”, and “Frequency”, Jason renews his time-travel-watching pact, and you tell us about how “Designated Surviv...Show More
99: Hello, Publicists!

59:38 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Reviews of “Lethal Weapon”, “Designated Survivor”, “Speechless”, “The Good Place”, and “Westworld”. Plus the Emmys aftermath, more new premieres, and the surprising reoccurrence of “Agent X” Watch and Not a Thing....
98: He Sent Me a Tie

50:54 | Sep 16th, 2016

Jet-setting Tim interviews Jimmy Kimmel, plus reviews of “Black Mirror”, “Son of Zorn”, “Fleabag”, and more....
97: A Monkey in a Room Switching Channels

46:13 | Sep 3rd, 2016

“You’re the Worst” and “Narcos” return, Tim and Jason finally watched “Stranger Things”, and Tim answers many more of your letters....
96: Sheet Management

55:03 | Aug 26th, 2016

Tim’s back home from press tour! And he reviews Donald Glover’s “Atlanta”, the Italian crime series “Gomorrah”, and answers a whole lot of your letters....
95: They Deserve What They Got

34:29 | Aug 11th, 2016

Tim’s still in residence at the TV Critics Association summer Death March With Cocktails, and we’ve got his report on what’s up with broadcast, cable, and streaming. No, really, what’s up with streaming? Netflix’s binge problem. Amazon’s branding pro...Show More
94: We Saw the End Coming

33:17 | Aug 4th, 2016

Live “in residence” at the Beverly Hilton, here’s Tim’s first report from the 2016 edition of the Death March With Cocktails. Tim discusses the difficulty in networks breaking through to TV critics and audiences in these times of confusion, drops a m...Show More
93: Hologram Edition

35:46 | Jul 29th, 2016

We’re not here! Jason’s on vacation and Tim’s at the Death March With Cocktails. Fortunately for you, we recorded this episode full of your letters last week so that you don’t miss us, not one bit....
92: Fauxçade

47:41 | Jul 23rd, 2016

A big week for satire shows and Stephen Colbert during the Republican National Convention; Jason brings Nerd News from Comic-Con; we discuss the Game of Thrones announcement that Winter is Coming… for seven episodes… next summer; and Tim just loves t...Show More
91: Obligatory Victory Lap

1:11:12 | Jul 16th, 2016

Tim breaks down the 2016 Emmy Awards nominations, which left him in a very strange emotional state. Who is this sunny, happy person, and what have you done with Tim Goodman?! Just when all seems lost, though, Tim musters up some bile for a few Emmy s...Show More
90: Unreliable Narrator

47:34 | Jul 9th, 2016

Next week “Mr. Robot” returns for a second season and Tim’s seen the first two hours. (Also, the Emmy nominations might come out next week, but Tim’s not sure.) Tim celebrates the avalanche of good stuff on TV and his inability to watch it all. And w...Show More
89: Fact-Checking the FCC

1:02:37 | Jul 2nd, 2016

Tim laments the lack of the first great rock-and-roll drama while appreciating the humor that is “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” Plus, we go over the 10 (cough 11 cough) most bingeable shows this summer. Then we dive deep into the mailbag, where Jason admits ...Show More
88: Brexit Edition

55:41 | Jun 25th, 2016

Tim and Jason are back together and we’ve got Tim’s reviews of “Thirteen” and “American Gothic”, plus we dissect the failures of “Roadies” and “Vinyl”, worry about how the Brexit vote will affect fictional characters as well as our listeners in the +...Show More
87: Lost in Austin

50:08 | Jun 18th, 2016

Tim is back in his natural habitat, and Permanent Guest Host David J. Loehr is back, as they reminisce about their trip to the fifth season of the ATX Festival in Austin, TX, last week. They talk about hanging out with showrunners, each other, BBQ, s...Show More
86: It Never Ends

38:07 | Jun 10th, 2016

In this special Quantum Superposition Edition, Tim is simultaneously in Austin for the ATX television festival and here in podcast land answering your questions. How does he do it? (Answer: By pre-recording this week’s episode last week.) In any even...Show More
85: Out of Wine and Xanax

39:21 | Jun 3rd, 2016

This week Tim praises “The Dresser”, dislikes AMC’s David Schwimmer vehicle, and answers a pointed question about the future and pacing of “Game of Thrones.”...
84: Blimp Hoister

41:08 | May 27th, 2016

This week Tim lets a little love for “Game of Thrones” escape his heart, and brings some questionable balloon metaphors to the second season of “Bloodline.” Plus we answer a hastily assembled collection of your letters!...
83: Trailers Cannot be Trusted

53:31 | May 20th, 2016

This week the networks had their big “upfronts” in New York, a dog-and-pony show for advertisers that the TV critics and viewers of the world watch with amusement and consternation. Tim explains why the week fascinates him, and explores what the netw...Show More
82: Swap Meet News

59:58 | May 13th, 2016

It’s the week that the broadcast network announce cancellations and renewals, and so we take time to survey the dead and the living, at least a little bit. Plus, Tim beseeches the Emmys on behalf of “The Americans”, and Louis C.K. figures out life af...Show More
81: So Much Weird Stuff Is Happening Right Now

49:11 | May 6th, 2016

This week we talk about (cue dramatic music) a Netflix series from France, a Fox series we don’t understand, “The Americans”, and Tim rekindles his fears about Australian wildlife....
80: Come To Us, We Love You

1:10:51 | Apr 29th, 2016

Back after a birthday weekend away from the podcast, Tim’s got the details on HBO’s huge debut weekend—and some serious trepidation about where the network goes next....
79: The Hobo Eric Rule

1:00:05 | Apr 16th, 2016

This week Tim reviews the new seasons of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Orphan Black”, and “Fear the Walking Dead”, and reviews the new international series “Last Panthers.” Plus, we follow the latest self-inflicted wounds on “Sleepy Hollow” and read ...Show More
78: Too Much Actual Fact

53:54 | Apr 8th, 2016

Tim survived “The Walking Dead” finale and returns to talk about it, along with happier news, like the arrivals of new seasons of “Catastrophe” on Amazon and “Outlander” on Starz. Jason shows a suspicious knowledge of music reality shows. And we issu...Show More
77: Mediocre is Generally Popular

1:03:37 | Apr 2nd, 2016

This week Tim reviews “The Girlfriend Experience” and “Lopez.” Then—based on the breaking two-season renewal of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”—we discuss various aspects of long-running TV series. Why do some of them last well beyond their expir...Show More
76: Slow Binge

1:21:26 | Mar 26th, 2016

We say goodbye to TV legends Ken Howard and Garry Shandling, Tim discusses his reviews of “Happy Valley” (watch it in the daytime?) and “Catch” (Shondaland becomes Shamblesland), we discuss when to throw in the towel when reviewing TV shows, and we a...Show More
75: Struggling to Find out the Logic

59:03 | Mar 18th, 2016

This week we take a look at the future of television. The convenience of streaming may trump all, but how do we get from today to a shiny streaming future? What can networks do? Does dropping an entire season for binge-watching beat teasing out weekl...Show More
74: Demon at Denny's

42:17 | Mar 12th, 2016

This week the CW announced it was renewing its entire lineup, so we dive into the strange success story of that network, including why a 12th season of “Supernatural” might make sense, and Les Moonves’ answer to Tim about why the lights stayed on. Pl...Show More
73: I Do Want Outrage

1:09:28 | Mar 5th, 2016

Tim surveys the late-night talk scene and demands more outrage with his comedy! Plus, a bad review of “The Family”, a look at the new Viceland TV shows, some geek TV updates from Jason, and your letters....
72: The Columbo Edition

57:31 | Feb 27th, 2016

We’re back with discussion of some new series, a look forward to March premieres (though there’s not a lot to look forward to), and a whole bunch of your letters. Plus, one more thing Tim finally remembered....
71: Keep Oiling the Machine

1:01:27 | Feb 21st, 2016

Huge industry and failure-analysis news this week, as ABC’s Paul Lee era ends and Channing Dungey takes on the now-horrible job of being a broadcast network TV president. Plus Tim reviews “Togetherness,” we talk about “Girls” returning, Jason reports...Show More
70: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquistion

48:05 | Feb 12th, 2016

“Better Call Saul” is back for season two, and Tim’s got his full review—along with our discussion of the challenges of doing a prequel series. Plus, the 14-year-old boy inside of Tim is thrilled with Hulu’s new election special starring Triumph, the...Show More
69: The 13-Year-Old Edition

54:31 | Feb 6th, 2016

This week Tim provides an important lesson about comedy callbacks, the TVTM break room is explored for the first time ever, we discuss HBO programming and the Super Bowl, and of course there’s plenty of time for your letters....
68: The Punch-Drunk Edition

1:13:02 | Jan 30th, 2016

This week Tim and Jason talk about a slew of new series, including fantasy-themed “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” “11.22.63,” and “The Magicians.” Plus, we discuss the new trend toward TV revivals, Tim previews his review of “Vinyl,” and we answer your...Show More
67: Dinosaur Ship

58:21 | Jan 23rd, 2016

Tim returns from Pasadena to talk about the plight of broadcast network executives, NBC’s strange choice of press tour topics, and reviews of a bunch of new shows....
66: The Year of TV Muscles

47:26 | Jan 10th, 2016

Tim is “in residence” in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association winter press tour. He takes time away from the grind to let Jason know about new stuff coming from ABC, The CW, TNT, TBS, HBO, WGN America, Sundance, Starz, BBC America, AMC, an...Show More
65: The Best Network TV of 2015

1:01:59 | Dec 24th, 2015

In our last episode of 2015, Tim recaps his top network TV series of 2015 and Jason reads some of your letters. We’re off next week. See you in 2016!...
64: The Best TV of 2015

1:08:57 | Dec 19th, 2015

Tim walks Jason though his list of the very best shows of 2015....
63: Blindly Shooting Fish in a Barrel

1:14:32 | Dec 11th, 2015

The Golden Globe nominees are out, and they’re peculiar, to say the least. But Tim is going to look on the bright side, seeing it as an opportunity for the Emmy Awards to get things right and for everyone else to enjoy some fine Champagne. We also ta...Show More
62: I Forgot a Show

59:05 | Dec 5th, 2015

This week Tim plots his year-end lists, celebrates the return of “Transparent,” and we hear a whole lot of listener mail about Cop/Not a Cop, “Agent X”, things that aren’t a thing, and more....
61: Stuffed and Bloated Edition

40:30 | Nov 27th, 2015

The tryptophan is kicking in, but we’re back for a post-Thanksgiving edition of the TVTM nonetheless. Tim explains how he approaches his end-of-year best lists (and why they’re important), we talk TV turkeys, holiday stuff we like, and we have import...Show More
60: A Sleepy Endeavor

41:38 | Nov 20th, 2015

This week we talk about TV deaths, ponder how streaming has changed the TV game in just five years, grouse about Dick Wolf, praise AMC’s kung-fu adventure series “Into the Badlands,” and answer your letters!...
59: Amazon Season

1:02:26 | Nov 13th, 2015

An avalanche of Amazon pilots, the arrival of “Man in the High Castle” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” on streaming, Jason watches “Agent X” and “Supergirl,” and we answer a whole lot of your emails, tweets, and Facebook posts!...
58: They're Good Sports

1:16:51 | Nov 6th, 2015

We’re going deep this week, with a discussion of Tim’s THR piece about the age of denial in broadcast TV. We also talk about our brush with the people who make “Agent X”, re-promote “Master of None”, and answer a whole bunch of listener mail....
57: This Is an Elite Program

1:07:58 | Oct 31st, 2015

Tim dishes on a forthcoming so-bad-it’s-funny series called “Agent X”, Jason and Tim break down the premiere of “Supergirl”, plus we quickly talk “Wicked City,” “Master of None”, the rules of character death on “The Walking Dead,” remind you about “A...Show More
56: I Hope This Series Dies

36:06 | Oct 23rd, 2015

This week we spend a lot of time on listener mail, plus talk high expectations for “Supergirl,” low expectations for “Wicked City,” and ponder TV comfort food....
55: The Tim Lincecum Episode

44:12 | Oct 17th, 2015

The shows just keep on coming! This week Tim talks about season two of “The Knick”, season 6 of “The Walking Dead”, and the inauspicious premiere of “Truth Be Told.” Plus some Dodgers schadenfreude, mysterious series pick-ups, and trying to figure ou...Show More
54: Don't Be Late

1:10:35 | Oct 9th, 2015

Tim’s back from Vancouver and we’ve got a whole lot of premieres to cover. “Fargo”, “The Knick”, “Casual”, “Red Oaks”, “The Last Kingdom”, “Manhattan”, “The Walking Dead”, “The Flash”, and more! Plus: why “Halt and Catch Fire” got renewed, Jason’s re...Show More
53: Cheated on Its Viewers

46:05 | Oct 2nd, 2015

“The Affair” plays fast and loose with memory, “Game of Thones” positions itself for Emmy domination, and we answer your questions....
52: Sneak Force

46:11 | Sep 26th, 2015

The wave of fall TV premieres continues, as we go back over “Minority Report,” “Blindspot/Doodle Booty,” and “The Muppets” before moving on to preview “The Grinder,” “Grandfathered,” “Blood and Oil,” “Quantico,” “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “Co...Show More
51: Welcome to THR, Dan

1:07:54 | Sep 19th, 2015

Tim returns from Big Sur and Jason returns from Portland just in time to watch the Emmys and gape at the massive number of fall TV premieres coming in the next week. Tim reveals why his new Hollywood Reporter TV critic colleague, Dan Fienberg, is get...Show More
50: Jason Missed This?

59:20 | Sep 12th, 2015

Tim is joined by David Loehr on the sands of Waikiki—or somewhere—to talk about the first week of Colbert, the last week in Apple TV, the next week in upcoming shows, and the best new fall title that isn’t actually a show’s title....
49: Otters for the Win

59:59 | Sep 4th, 2015

“Mr. Robot” takes a final bow as the show of the summer, Apple is rumored to be pondering its own Netflix-like TV service, PBS and the BBC take a chance on Monterey Bay, and Stephen Colbert prepares for his CBS premiere. Plus, Jason reads your letter...Show More
48: What Happens Next? (Plus Bonus Content)

1:15:57 | Aug 28th, 2015

In this episode we get a little deep, as Tim and whatever-his-name-is discuss the future of scripted television. How will these Times of Confusion end? Are we at “Peak TV” yet? Will Millennials watch anything but YouTube? How can shows reach the audi...Show More
47: Binge It Like Cocaine

46:38 | Aug 20th, 2015

Tim’s back from press tour! After a brief chat about the personnel problems at “The Good Wife,” we talk Netflix’s “Narcos” and then answer a whole lot of listener feedback....
46: A Couple of Pops

55:32 | Aug 12th, 2015

Two weeks later, Tim checks in again from the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour! We’ve got information about ABC, Amazon, AMC, CBS, DirecTV, Fox, FX, Hulu, PBS, Showtime, Starz, Syfy, and even NBC! Plus, Tim and Jason talk about Jon ...Show More
45: It's Fun to Make Shows

35:55 | Jul 31st, 2015

Tim reports in live from L.A. at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to recount his first week, including sessions from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Nat Geo, and BBC America. Plus we cover the rapid growth of Netflix and the systemi...Show More
44: The Willie McCovey Episode

41:53 | Jul 24th, 2015

Tim and Jason are back with an all-feedback episode! The Emmy Awards, comedy in TV movies, “Penny Dreadful,” family TV shows, why Australians love the TVTM, and more recipes plus haiku from Amy in the 415!...
43: Particularly Egregious

53:25 | Jul 16th, 2015

The 2015 Emmy Awards nominations are here, and in this special episode Tim breaks them all down—the obvious choices, the pleasantly surprising decisions… and, yeah, the outrageous omissions. Accept no substitutes for the TVTM’s instant Emmy analysis!...Show More
42: 18 Crazy Nights

1:03:08 | Jul 10th, 2015

Tim and Jason aren’t at Comic-Con, though Jason’s just back from San Diego and Tim’s getting ready for the Death March With Cocktails later this month. In the meantime, both of them talk about Keith Olbermann, Hannibel Burress, “Rectify”, “Masters of...Show More
41: Only in Monroe

51:29 | Jul 3rd, 2015

David & Tim talk about Jason’s vacation, Olbermann’s vocation, James Patterson’s predation, Velcoro’s damnation, Pixar’s elation, and for the Colbert Nation, the Monroe, MI local cable access channel’s newest sensation....
40: Forget It, It's NBC

1:02:16 | Jun 27th, 2015

It’s summer, and that means it’s time for an attack of nerdy shows! Tim’s watched AMC’s “Humans” and USA’s “Mr. Robot.” Jason’s seen “Dark Matter” and “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.” Tim’s talked to the creator of “Extant.” Plus we answer your quest...Show More
39: Refurbished Hugs

58:17 | Jun 20th, 2015

Tim and Jason talk about the Game of Thrones finale and whether the show has failed our high expectations. Plus Jason reports back on two geeky shows, and we answer your questions. (Consult your doctor before binge listening.)...
38: Awake at Good Times

57:48 | Jun 13th, 2015

Tim's back from his trips to Austin and Banff with reports on his favorite panels and a very special meetup. Plus we talk about the return of "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black," detail some Emmy news, and Jason reports on his ongoing chal...Show More
37: Could Be a Thing

30:28 | Jun 5th, 2015

This week Tim’s in Austin, but Tim’s poor time-shifted clone can’t partake of tacos and beer until he does a podcast. First Tim unloads a bunch of shows he’s not going to watch or review (“Sense8,” “Dark Matter,” “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell”) onto...Show More
36: The Loser Channel

29:23 | May 29th, 2015

This week Tim touches the third rails of podcasting, as we talk about sports (the Warriors reaching the NBA Finals) and politics (the hypocrisy of the Duggar family and the cynicism of their network, TLC) before moving on to our final coverage of “Ma...Show More
35: Updike It

1:20:12 | May 22nd, 2015

This week it’s a three-man booth as David Loehr joins Jason and Tim to talk about the “Man Men” finale, as well as David Letterman’s swan song....
34: Theories in My Mailbox

49:48 | May 15th, 2015

The end approaches for Don Draper, and so in this episode Tim discusses his expectations for the “Mad Men” finale. Plus we answer your “Mad Men” finale questions and address some brief TV news. Harry Shearer, please call James L. Brooks if you’re rea...Show More
33: A Pilot Does Nothing

52:47 | May 8th, 2015

The network upfronts are in full swing, so this week Tim and Jason talk about what’s been cancelled and what’s been renewed. But not about new show orders, because in accordance with TV Talk Machine policy, Tim officially doesn’t care until he sees t...Show More
32: Green Brains & Ham

1:22:56 | May 2nd, 2015

Tim is joined by David again to talk shows that made them happy (and not happyish), shows that stream & the services that love them, they wonder what some of these people were thinking, and hey, does anyone want a Barbarella series? We’ll do it!...
31: Bonus Criticism

51:46 | Apr 24th, 2015

This week Tim and Jason break down the return of “Orphan Black,” Tim rants about how the beloved “The Americans” failed to stick the landing in its season finale, and Showtime’s “Happyish” has some serious problems. Plus more discussion of how “Mad M...Show More
30: Bullets Hurt

47:04 | Apr 17th, 2015

This week we send “Justified” into retirement, get excited about the return of BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” re-open the debate about “Daredevil,” get diverted by debating good and bad series finales, and answer more of your questions....
29: He's Not Gonna Be Happy

59:55 | Apr 10th, 2015

So much returning TV! Jason re-joins Tim to talk about the returns of “Louie”, “Game of Thrones”, “Silicon Valley”, “Veep” and “Mad Men.” Plus, what the heck happened to “The Last Man on Earth”? And, as always, we answer some listener questions....
28: People Made This?

1:14:53 | Apr 4th, 2015

Tim doesn’t miss a week as he’s joined by designated guest co-host David J. Loehr to talk about the Daily Show, the nightly shows, undead shows, zombie shows, limited run shows, long running shows, comfort food shows…they talk about a lot of shows….....Show More
27: Werewolf Don Draper

24:56 | Mar 27th, 2015

Tim’s seen the first episode of the final run of “Mad Men!” But he’s been given a long list of details he’s not allowed to talk about. So we speak obliquely about what to expect from “Mad Men” in this final run of seven episodes. Plus we ponder the C...Show More
26: Hang In There

25:26 | Mar 20th, 2015

Tim and Jason discuss the stunning finale of “The Jinx,” preview the arrival of James Corden’s “Late Late Show” and why Corden took the job, and answer some of your questions....
25: Cubism Remake

46:21 | Mar 12th, 2015

Tim’s about to flee televised civilization for the comforts of a vacation, but before he goes he’s got some time to rant about how not to remake a European TV series. In this case, the Gracepointed show in question is “The Returned.” We also cover so...Show More
24: It's Not a Thing

1:07:37 | Mar 6th, 2015

Jason reports back on his TV Torture Machine assignment, “CSI: Cyber,” much to Tim’s evil glee. Plus “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Last Man on Earth,” “Billy & Billie,” and “Battle Creek.”...
23: Alphabet of Awfulness

57:50 | Feb 27th, 2015

After some brief reflections about Leonard Nimoy, Jason and Tim turn to “The Last Man on Earth,” “American Crime,” and “Secrets and Lies.” Tim challenges Jason to watch “CSI: Cyber.” We anticipate “Broadchurch” and “Dig” and Tim puts off watching “Ba...Show More
22: There's No Science in Television

51:37 | Feb 20th, 2015

The Emmys finally change their rules—but is it really an improvement? Plus, Tim’s reaction to the new “House of Cards” season and the “Odd Couple” premiere, “Two and a Half Men” and “Parks and Recreation” come to an end, the Oscars loom, and Tim and ...Show More
21: Hoisted on His Own Petard

1:03:52 | Feb 12th, 2015

Anchors, away! Tim and Jason discuss Jon Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show” and Brian Williams’s apparent end on “NBC Nightly News.” Plus, more praise for HBO’s “The Jinx” (which is not suitable for Date Nights), a look at Amazon’s new drama “...Show More
20: That's a No

48:03 | Feb 7th, 2015

A look at the new drama series “Allegiance,” “Better Call Saul,” and “The Slap,” plus the HBO documentary series “The Jinx.” Plus the return of “Walking Dead” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and Tim reminds us why the ladies love LL Cool J....Show More
19: Dots and Stars and Little Men

54:36 | Jan 31st, 2015

The Power Rankings may be on hiatus, but Tim is here to praise the show that would be at number one if they existed: FX’s “The Americans.” Plus, advance praise for ABC’s new sitcom “Fresh off the Boat.” Plus: Avoiding the Super Bowl, our bad ideas fo...Show More
18: Slow Burn Everybody

1:10:52 | Jan 24th, 2015

Tim’s back from winter press tour with news of Fox and FX and reviews of “Backstrom” and “Better Call Saul.” Plus Tim and Jason discuss the massive number of scripted shows out there—with an actual number, thanks to the FX research department. Also w...Show More
17: Times of Confusion!

53:43 | Jan 16th, 2015

We’re bringers, bringing our brand halo to a hungry audience that’s overwhelmed by choice. Okay, it’s week two of the Death March With Cocktails and Tim may have gone a little loopy. But we’ve still got loads of information from winter press tour, in...Show More
16: Death March With Flask

28:58 | Jan 9th, 2015

After five days “in residence,” Tim reports in live from the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. Among the topics: Why critics don’t clap, chance encounters with Scottish showrunners, and why Netflix’s numbers don’t matter. Tim gets name-c...Show More
15: The Best TV of 2014

54:38 | Dec 31st, 2014

Positivity abounds! In this episode, Tim and Jason go over Tim’s lists of the best TV shows of 2014. Nothing but sunshine and great television here! Let it never be said that Tim is not someone who loves (good) TV!...
14: No Love Lost

44:18 | Dec 20th, 2014

Tim and Jason talk about the turnover in late-night, with Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson departing and James Corden and Larry Willmore on the horizon. Plus, Jason annoys his wife with “Ascension” jokes and Tim answers letters from old-school fans...Show More
13: Midseason Math

1:03:39 | Dec 13th, 2014

Tim and Jason discuss the Golden Globe TV nominees, the phenomenon of midseason finales, and answer listener questions....
12: Asscension

1:02:27 | Dec 6th, 2014

Tim and Jason talk “Peter Pan Live,” and then dive into reader questions, including a brutal review Tim didn’t remember writing, the appeal of “Jane the Virgin,” mid-season replacement shows, and holiday TV episodes....
11: Turkeys

37:35 | Nov 27th, 2014

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we list some TV we’re thankful for. Also, inevitably, things get a bit dark when we talk about some of the fall season’s true turkeys. Also, we answer more listener questions, including other TV critics, top fantasy sho...Show More
10: Gracepointed

47:04 | Nov 21st, 2014

In this episode Tim and Jason talk about something that can delight even the most toughened critic: a pleasant surprise. Tim revisits “Homeland” and discovers that the show may be turning it around, and finds an unexpectedly solid scripted drama on B...Show More
9: Bong-Fueled Genius

56:24 | Nov 14th, 2014

Where have all the miniseries gone? They’re actually all around us, but they’re called anthologies or limited series or TV events. Tim and Jason talk about the merits of shows opting for finite lifetimes. Plus some thoughts about the minds behind Adu...Show More
8: Ride Out the Garbage Fire

55:06 | Nov 8th, 2014

In this episode, Tim hears from the producers of “Sleepy Hollow” about his criticisms last week, a tossed-off sidebar becomes a viral web hit and makes fans of classic spy TV series angry worldwide, a whole bunch of shows get cancelled, and we answer...Show More
7: Surfer Boy

59:07 | Oct 31st, 2014

Has “Sleepy Hollow,” one of our favorites from last season, gone off the rails? Tim and Jason discuss the sophomore series’s self-inflicted creative crisis. Plus, more answers to your questions, including shows worth catching up on via streaming, and...Show More
6: Bonus Content on the Sub-Web

42:56 | Oct 24th, 2014

This week Tim and Jason answer some listener questions, rave a bit more about “Jane the Virgin,” discuss overlooked drama series, and ponder digital extras and extended episodes of series on streaming media....
5: My Positivity Keeps Me Afloat

55:14 | Oct 17th, 2014

This week Tim and Jason keep it positive! Tim goes through the week, day by day, and recommends the shows (both new and old) that are worth your time! Then we talk about Tim’s famous Power Ratings of the top shows on TV, where they came from, and whe...Show More
4: A Miscalculation of Epic Proportions

43:53 | Oct 10th, 2014

From the comic book pages to your TV screen, we counted at least five network TV series involving superheroes. But who can tell “The Flash” from “Constantine?” Jason’s read the comics, but most people—including Tim—haven’t. And isn’t that all for the...Show More
3: Kind of Like a Cronut

43:50 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Braaaaains! As we enter October, our thoughts turn to spooky things like vampires and zombies. “The Walking Dead” is coming back, and it’s started an avalanche of other zombie-themed TV… none of which quite matches up to the original. Also, Tim and J...Show More
2: A Bad Idea From Famous People

52:42 | Sep 26th, 2014

Against all odds, we’re back for a second episode! In this episode, Tim and Jason run through some of the new premieres, including “Forever,” “Black-ish,” “Gotham,” “Scorpion,” and “Red Band Society.” Also, Tim looks at the ratings to see what shows ...Show More
1: We Take the Bullet

53:37 | Sep 19th, 2014

It’s a podcast about television! Every week Hollywood Reporter Chief TV Critic Tim Goodman joins Jason Snell to talk about what’s worth watching. In this first episode of the fourth incarnation of the TV Talk machine, Tim highlights four network show...Show More