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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 Vult...Show More

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A Walk Down TV Podcast Memory Lane

58:17 | Jul 6th, 2017

On this final episode of the Vulture TV Podcast, host Gazelle Emami, TV Critic Matt Zoller-Seitz and Vulture Columnist Jen Chaney are joined by producer Jordan Bell to revisit some of the show's best moments. 

Aziz Ansari on Master of None Season Two

1:02:40 | Jun 27th, 2017

Jen Chaney and Aziz Ansari go into detail about season two of Master of None. They talk about his inspiration for several of the season's beloved scenes, working closely with his family on the show, and working with Netflix. 

The Best Shows of 2017 So Far

35:59 | Jun 20th, 2017

June marks the halfway point of 2017, so Vulture hosts Gazelle Emami, Matt Zoller-Seitz and Jen Chaney talk about their favorite shows and TV episodes from this year. 

A Closer Look at Better Call Saul's "Chuck McGill"

39:09 | Jun 13th, 2017

Hear the live panel featuring actor Michael McKean and Better Call Saul writer-producer Peter Gould as they look closely at their collaboration to make Chuck McGill. Hosted by Vulture's Matt Zoller-Seitz, the panel examines McKean’s career as a drama...Show More

The Series Finale of The Leftovers

54:52 | Jun 6th, 2017

Vulture hosts Gazelle Emami and Matt Zoller-Seitz are joined by New York magazine writer Boris Kachka, who spent months embedded with Damon Lindelof and The Leftovers crew to tell the story of how the finale came together and by Variety critic and Le...Show More

Twin Peaks Revival

52:07 | May 30th, 2017

After 26 years, Twin Peaks is back for an 18-episode season on Showtime. Vulture's columnist Jen Chaney and TV critic Matt Zoller-Seitz react to the new series and talk about what the original means, both to television in general and to each of them ...Show More

VEEP's David Mandel

58:28 | May 23rd, 2017

Vulture hosts Jen Chaney and Matt Zoller-Seitz speak with VEEP's showrunner David Mandel about making the show's sixth season. 

Damon Lindelof's "It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World"

50:36 | May 16th, 2017

In this special edition of the Vulture TV Podcast, Matt Zoller-Seitz speaks with Damon Lindelof about episode five of the final season of The Leftovers, which is in part based on Lindelof's interpretation of some important events in Matt's life. 

Imagining Coen Brothers' Films as TV & Fargo's Noah Hawley

33:33 | May 9th, 2017

Vulture hosts imagine what Coen Brothers' movies would play best as TV. And Matt Zoller-Seitz speaks with Fargo's Noah Hawley. 

The Handmaid's Tale & Books as Television in 2017

41:13 | May 2nd, 2017

From Big Little Lies to 13 Reasons Why to The Handmaid's Tale, we're talkin' book to television adaptations. The Vulture TV hosts run through the books that made television series debuts in 2017-- they discuss how these stories have to change for TV,...Show More

Damon Lindelof on the Final Season of The Leftovers

57:41 | Apr 25th, 2017

Vulture hosts are joined by The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof for an extensive chat about making the final season of the show, about its parallels to LOST and Lindelof's choices in casting the series. 

GIRLS Finale

44:54 | Apr 18th, 2017

Vulture TV Podcast host Gazelle Emami, along with columnist Jen Chaney and contributor Kathryn VanArendonk talk about the series finale of HBO's GIRLS. They discuss how the finale episode relates to the pilot, how they feel about the pregnancy narrat...Show More

TV Theme Songs and Opening Titles

37:04 | Apr 11th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Big Little Lies Finale

44:47 | Apr 4th, 2017

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. 

Mark Harris on His Netflix Series "Five Came Back"

38:03 | Mar 28th, 2017

Matt Zoller-Seitz is joined by Vulture Columnist Mark Harris to talk about turning his book into the new Netflix documentary series Five Came Back about WWII. 

This Is Us Recap and Rupert Grint, Formerly Ron Weasley, on His Role in Crackle's Snatch

57:34 | Mar 21st, 2017

Vulture's Gazelle Emami and Jen Chaney talk about season one of NBC’s This Is Us and what they hope to see from the show in the future. Then, we’re joined by Rupert Grint, former Harry Potter star, and current star of Crackle’s latest series, Snatch....Show More

A look Ahead at Spring TV

49:45 | Mar 14th, 2017

Vulture hosts talk their favorite shows from this winter and what they predict about the shows arriving this spring. Plus, Jen Chaney gives us an the aria this week on the TV goodness that is March Madness.

The Americans Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg

33:03 | Mar 8th, 2017

Vulture's Jen Chaney talks with Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about the fifth and penultimate season of The Americans. 

The Ryan Murphy TV Universe

40:22 | Mar 7th, 2017

The Vulture TV Podcast hosts talk about Feud, the newest Ryan Murphy show about the infamous feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Plus, Vulture Associate Editor Jordan Crucchiola delivers the aria this week, a piece about asexuality on Riverda...Show More

The Final Season of HBO's GIRLS

32:03 | Feb 28th, 2017

Vulture hosts along with Alex Jung share their favorite drunk TV moments and some insight on the first three episodes of the latest and final season of HBO's GIRLS.

TV Villains You Love To Hate & HBO's Big Little Lies

48:41 | Feb 21st, 2017

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. 

Actors Who Reinvent Themselves & Dan Stevens on His Role in Legion

45:06 | Feb 14th, 2017

The Vulture TV hosts talk about how actors who've successfully reinvented themselves did it. Plus, they talk a little romance with this Valentine's Day prompt. And Vulture's Abraham Riesman talks with star of FX's Legion Dan Stevens.

Jokes on TV & Giovanni Ribisi as Sneaky Pete

1:05:28 | Feb 7th, 2017

Vulture hosts sit down with Senior Editor Jesse David Fox, who recently launched Vulture's 100 More Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy, to talk about jokes on television. And later Alex Jung talks with Giovanni Ribisi about his role in the new Amazon se...Show More

Return of the Teen Soap Opera & Amazon's Z: The Beginning of Everything

58:51 | Jan 31st, 2017

Vulture hosts chat about all the teen-soapy elements of the new CW series Riverdale. Plus, Therese Anne Fowler discusses Amazon's Z: The Beginning of Everything, the new series based on her book. The show stars Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald, in...Show More

Television Crushes, Re-thinking TV Characters, and Homeland's Elizabeth Marvel

1:08:51 | Jan 24th, 2017

The Vulture Hosts and Vulture's Alex Jung dish about their television crushes and examine how they've changed their minds about some TV characters. Plus, they're joined by Homeland's Elizabeth Marvel, who plays President Elizabeth Keane in the Showti...Show More

HBO's The Young Pope & Interview with Patrick Warburtron on Playing Lemony Snicket

1:07:51 | Jan 17th, 2017

Vulture hosts discuss the debut of HBO's The Young Pope, and for a special prompt, they're joined by Nichole Perkins to discuss the most recent Blacki-sh episode "Lemons." Plus, Gazelle and Vulture's Jackson McHenry talk about Lemony Snicket's Series...Show More

The Divisive OA & Interview with National Treasure Rita Moreno

1:06:10 | Jan 10th, 2017

Vulture hosts share why they liked and/or disliked the OA. Plus, they're joined by Rita Moreno to talk about her role in the Netflix revival of Norman Lear's 1975 sitcom One Day at a Time.

TV to Watch in 2017 & Interview with Golden Globe Nominee Issa Rae

59:08 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Vulture hosts dish about what TV they're most excited for this year with Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson. Plus, here from Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae for best actress in a comedy for her role on HBO's Insecure, which she co-created.

TV Love Triangles & Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom on Season Two

1:05:29 | Dec 27th, 2016

Vulture TV hosts talk about how love triangles are used on television with Vulture contributor Kathryn VanArendonk. Plus, they'll chat with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator Rachel Bloom about the show's second season and a little bit of what to expect for...Show More

The Best TV of 2016 & Interview with Rectify Creator Ray McKinnon

1:15:43 | Dec 20th, 2016

Vulture hosts chat about their favorite shows this year and how, with so much good TV in 2016, they were able to decide what made it on their top 10 lists. Plus, Matt Zoller-Seitz speaks with Ray McKinnon about the final season of Rectify. And, Jen C...Show More

Christmas TV Favorites with Alonso Duralde & a Closer Look at The Grinch Illustrator Chuck Jones

1:09:07 | Dec 13th, 2016

Vulture hosts chat about their favorite holiday TV moments with Alonso Duralde. Plus, hear from Kevin Sandler for some little-known bits about Chuck Jones and illustrating How The Grinch Stole Christmas. 

Westworld Finale & Chat with Show Creators Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

1:06:05 | Dec 6th, 2016

SPOILER ALERT: The Vulture TV hosts sit down with Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to talk about writing and filming the series' first season for HBO. Plus, hear from Variety Chief Critic Maureen Ryan about her thoughts on the finale. 

Gilmore Girls Reboot & Scott Patterson on Playing "Luke"

1:11:47 | Nov 29th, 2016

SPOILER ALERT: Vulture hosts talk about what worked and didn't in the highly-anticipated Gilmore Girls reboot. Plus, they speak with Scott Patterson about returning to play the character of "Luke" after so many years. 

Cast of TBS's "Search Party" on Making the First Season

55:52 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds and John Early share about the characters they play in 'Search Party' and about their cast dynamics.

Vincent Rodriguez on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's" New Season & How TV Normalized Trump

1:03:31 | Nov 15th, 2016

Vincent Rodriguez visits the studio to talk about the new season of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," as well as his long journey to success. Plus: examining the various ways that the media has already begun to normalize the imminent Donald Trump presidency.

Pamela Adlon on "Better Things" & 2016 TV Election Coverage

1:03:00 | Nov 8th, 2016

Pamela Adlon joins Gazelle and Jen for an in-depth look at her FX series "Better Things." Plus: the best and worst of the 2016 election on TV.

Norman Lear on His Early Career, His Art, Society, and Family

51:28 | Nov 1st, 2016

Matt Zoller Seitz interviews the legendary Norman Lear, delving into his relationship with his father and how it informed the character of Archie Bunker, his still-evolving worldview at age 94, and the role of art in society.NOTE: the instrumental ve...Show More

"High Maintenance" Creators Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair, Plus TV's Scariest Moments

58:53 | Oct 25th, 2016

Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair (HBO's "High Maintenance") tell us about their creative influences (beyond, you know, the obvious one). Plus, hosts Gazelle Emami, Matt Zoller Seitz and Jen Chaney share their scariest childhood (and adult) TV moments...Show More

Phoebe Waller Bridge on "Fleabag" & TV's Greatest Couple Revealed

1:02:03 | Oct 18th, 2016

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.

Thomas Haden Church on "Divorce" & Randall Park on "Fresh Off the Boat"

48:44 | Oct 11th, 2016

A pair of in-depth interviews this week. First, Thomas Haden Church sits down with Gazelle and Jen to talk about the opportunity to collaborate on HBO's "Divorce," for which Sarah Jessica Parker specifically sought him out, based on their work togeth...Show More

Short Form TV & Seeing Things From a Dog's Perspective on "High Maintenance"

38:54 | Oct 4th, 2016

Examining the formal experimentation of Joe Swanberg's "Easy" and HBO's "High Maintenance." Plus: "High Maintenance" cinematographer Dagmar Weaver-Madsen describes the complex process of shooting the third episode of the series, which is presented fr...Show More

TV (The Book): Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall Live at the Strand

1:02:21 | Sep 29th, 2016

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. 

Sam Esmail Reads His Reviews

48:27 | Sep 27th, 2016

"Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail joins Gazelle, Matt, and Jen for a candid conversation about season 2 of the USA series.WARNING: Don't listen to this episode if you're concerned about spoilers for seasons 1 & 2 of "Mr. Robot."

2016 Emmy Recap

45:52 | Sep 20th, 2016

Dissecting the highs, lows, and surprises of the 2016 Emmy Awards. 

Chris Kelly on "SNL" and "Other People"

1:09:42 | Sep 13th, 2016

Newly-minted SNL co-head writer "SNL" talks about his journey in comedy, as well as his new film "Other People."

Fall TV Preview, Plus Ava Duvernay on "Queen Sugar"

58:13 | Sep 6th, 2016

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 wi...Show More

Dissecting the Finale of "The Night Of"

53:06 | Aug 30th, 2016

Gazelle, Matt, and Jen are joined by two legal experts to assess the accuracy (not to mention the narrative successes and failures) of the finale of HBO's "The Night Of."SPOILER ALERT: Don't listen to this episode if you haven't watched the finale of...Show More

Doing the Twist on TV

42:59 | Aug 23rd, 2016

A hearty debate on whether TV plot twists are ever worth the trouble, with a particular focus on the recent, controversial twists in the narratives of "Mr. Robot" and "The Night Of."SPOILERS:Mr. RobotFight ClubA Beautiful MindGame of ThronesLostThe S...Show More

Stephen Adly Guirgis on Creating "The Get Down"

41:07 | Aug 16th, 2016

Stephen Adly Guirgis, the co-creator of Netflix's "The Get Down," talks about telling coming of age stories on TV, and collaborating with the "Wizard of Baz." Plus: the team dissects the recent trend in TV series about the music industry, and tries t...Show More

Trevor Noah Live at the 2016 Vulture Festival

53:26 | Aug 9th, 2016

This week, we present Rembert Browne's in-depth conversation with "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, recorded live at the 2016 Vulture Festival.

"Stranger Things" Composers Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, and the Power of Music on TV

39:11 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Examining the power of original scoring for television throughout history, with a particular emphasis on its return to prominence in the era of Peak TV. Plus: an interview with Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, who wrote the music for Netflix's "Stranger...Show More

Why TV Viewers Are Sick of All the Drama (Plus: Movies as Series Finales)

53:39 | Jul 26th, 2016

This week, we're deconstructing the trend away from prestige dramas, and more towards shorter, funnier series of varying lengths. Viewers' tolerance for drama is starting to wane, as illustrated in particular by issues with the latest seasons of "Unr...Show More

Matt Zoller Seitz Interviews the Cast and Crew of Better Caul Saul

1:29:19 | Jul 19th, 2016

In honor of "Better Call Saul's" haul of Emmy nominations, this week we bring you Matt Zoller Seitz's interview with the show's cast and crew, recorded live at this year's Vulture Festival.SPOILERS: Contains many spoilers for "Better Call Saul."Theme...Show More

Seinfeldia (w/ Jennifer Keishin Armstrong)

52:24 | Jul 12th, 2016

A deep-dive into the beloved "show about nothing" with "Seinfeldia" author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. Jennifer spoke extensively with the creative team behind the show, as well as the fans who keep its myths and legends alive to this day, and she jo...Show More

The 2016 Vulture TV Awards: Best Actor, Actress, and Show

48:51 | Jul 5th, 2016

Matt and Jen reveal their choices for the best actor, actress and show of the year, as well as the many other amazing performances and series that almost made the cut. In a more crowded field of competitors than ever before, these artists are particu...Show More

Orange is the New Black and Seasonal Reinvention

37:46 | Jun 28th, 2016

Gazelle and Matt welcome new Vulture co-host Jen Chaney to the podcast for a discussion of shows which reboot or refocus their stories with each new season. Few shows demonstrate this better than Netflix's Orange is the New Black, and the team also t...Show More

Noah Hawley on "Fargo," Fandom, and Keeping Viewers Guessing

43:05 | Jun 21st, 2016

Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley joins Gazelle and Matt for an in-depth look at his creative process. Hawley talks about the value of keeping viewers on their toes, and the joys of working in an era when creativity in TV writing is at an all-time high - ...Show More

"O.J.: Made In America" with Ezra Edelman (and Rembert Browne)

55:46 | Jun 14th, 2016

Director Ezra Edelman joins Gazelle Emami, Matt Zoller Seitz, and Rembert Browne to discuss the lovable, mysterious, talented, and in most Americans' minds murderous man at the center of his new documentary, "O.J.: Made in America." The five-part, se...Show More

Matt Zoller Seitz Remembers Morley Safer

16:02 | Jun 9th, 2016

Matt pays tribute to Morley Safer, the legendary 60 Minutes correspondent who recently passed away after a legendary career. Safer was many things: a fearless reporter, a poet, a painter, a storyteller - not to mention one of Matt's greatest influenc...Show More

Creating The Girlfriend Experience with Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz

44:37 | Jun 7th, 2016

The creators of the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience (which is inspired, but not necessarily based on the Steven Soderbergh film of the same name) join Matt Zoller Seitz for an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating shows of 2016. Lodge K...Show More

Roots Reprised: History vs Aesthetics

46:27 | May 31st, 2016

Gazelle and Matt are joined by NPR's Eric Deggans and film critic Steven Boone for a careful look at the legacy of Roots. The importance of the original miniseries is undeniable - so what, if anything, is the value of the History Channel's remake?Spo...Show More

Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna Live at the Vulture Festival

1:17:55 | May 24th, 2016

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 stud...Show More

What Does "Peak TV" Mean for the People Who Make TV?

36:22 | May 18th, 2016

Vulture's Joe Adalian and Maria Elena Fernandez spent months interviewing sources throughout the television industry - actors, showrunners, crew members, and even caterers - about the opportunities and challenges of making television in the era of Pe...Show More

Trauma on TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Outlander, and Beyond

43:42 | May 10th, 2016

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...Show More

A Non-Shocking Plot Twist on Game of Thrones, Plus Dream Sequences and Socially-Relevant Comedies

46:19 | May 3rd, 2016

Matt Zoller Seitz and an all-star cast of guests discuss favorite (and least favorite) dream sequences and politically-astute comedies. What separates a dream sequence from an alternate reality? Is "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" as smart as Tina Fey thi...Show More

The Troubled State of HBO's Dramatic Slate, Game of Thrones Season 6 Premier, and Better Call Saul

42:21 | Apr 26th, 2016

A jam-packed episode featuring Joe Adalian on the uncertain future of HBO's "Vinyl," and what that says about the networks current approach to drama; Nate Jones on the season 6 premier of "Game of Thrones;" and Alan Sepinwall in conversation with Mat...Show More

Jenni Konner on Hannah's Mistakes, Plus Sex on TV

45:34 | Apr 19th, 2016

"Girls" showrunner Jenni Konner joins Gazelle and Matt to talk about the season five finale. But first: an in-depth discussion of sex on TV, from "Catastrophe" to "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" to "Broad City," with a particular focus on the new Starz series ...Show More

Keeping Comedy Honest With Jerrod Carmichael (Plus: A Shocking Farewell on "The Americans")

39:31 | Apr 12th, 2016

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...Show More

The People Vs OJ Simpson Redux (with Rembert Browne and Anthony Hemingway)

34:54 | Apr 5th, 2016

Rembert Browne joins Gazelle and Matt to rave about the biggest (and best?) television series of 2016 - a year that Rembert has taken to referring to simply as "OJ." Plus: a conversation with Anthony Hemingway, who directed several episodes of the se...Show More

When Comedies Stop Being Funny, Plus Michelle Monaghan on "The Path"

48:02 | Mar 29th, 2016

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...Show More

Neve Campbell on Discipline and Strength, Plus "Daredevil" Season 2 and Comics on TV

59:51 | Mar 22nd, 2016

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...Show More

"The Americans" Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields

49:39 | Mar 15th, 2016

An in-depth conversation about "The Americans" with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, who share their approach to storytelling, character development, running a writers room, being more "Tootsie" than "Fletch," and much, much more.

Viola Davis on Craft, Culture, and Career (Plus: When Fans Turn on Showrunners)

46:17 | Mar 8th, 2016

A bittersweet episode featuring an interview with Viola Davis, a fervent defense of Chris Carter, and a fond farewell. Gazelle, Matt, and Margaret look at the case for and against replacing showrunners when shows go south - at least in the eyes of th...Show More

Talking Gilmore Girls With the Gilmore Guys, Plus Mary Elizabeth Ellis

52:26 | Mar 1st, 2016

Margaret and Gazelle are joined by Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe (aka the Gilmore Guys) to reminisce about favorite moments from the original run of the beloved series "Gilmore Girls." Plus, Gazelle's interview with Mary Elizabeth Ellis (aka Th...Show More

Tropes We're Tired Of, Hulu's "11.22.63," and Steve Zissis (HBO's "Togetherness")

53:42 | Feb 23rd, 2016

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 co...Show More

HBO's "Vinyl" and Louis CK's "Horace and Pete"

40:14 | Feb 16th, 2016

Examining the influence of Martin Scorsese and Terrence Winter on HBO's "Vinyl," and whether said influence is good or extremely frustrating. Plus: Louis CK's "Horace and Pete" is a valiant experiment - but is it a compelling story?This episode conta...Show More

Showtime's "Billions" & Malcolm Jamal Warner

32:39 | Feb 9th, 2016

Why is Showtime always a bridesmaid? Matt and Margaret take a hard look the network's latest series, "Billions." Plus: a conversation with Malcolm Jamal Warner (best known as Theo on "The Cosby Show"), who plays A.C. Cowlings in this week's episode o...Show More

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

48:41 | Feb 2nd, 2016

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 ...Show More

The X-Files: Then, Now, and Forever

48:35 | Jan 26th, 2016

Keith Uhlich joins the crew to talk about the brand-new season of "The X-Files" on Fox. While the panel certainly doesn't agree on whether the new season is great or embarrassing (at least so far), the legacy of the show is undeniable, and everyone s...Show More

What Makes "Sesame Street" Special

46:43 | Jan 19th, 2016

Margaret and Matt reminisce about the golden age of "Sesame Street," and look ahead to what might change - and what they hope will stay the same - as the show begins its run on HBO.

How the Golden Globes Could Do Better

47:14 | Jan 12th, 2016

Analyzing the biggest surprises, triumphs, and disappointments of this year’s Golden Globes. How, if at all, could the Globes - and awards shows in general - do a better job for their viewers? Plus: how to tell if you’re watching a drama or a soap op...Show More

Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and Directorial Artistry on TV

43:04 | Jan 5th, 2016

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 effo...Show More

Clive Owen on Playing Dr. John Thackery (Plus Listener Mailbag)

53:52 | Dec 29th, 2015

Matt talks to Clive Owen about his work on “The Knick,” as we anxiously await news on the future of his role on the Cinemax drama. Plus: Matt, Margaret, and Gazelle read your emails, debating historical accuracy in television storytelling, whether th...Show More

Orange is the New Black’s Nick Sandow and the Rise of Female-Driven TV

39:30 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Nick Sandow (aka Joe Caputo on “Orange is the New Black”) joins Gazelle and Margaret for an in-depth conversation about the evolution of his role on the hit Netflix series, which just wrapped filming of season 4. Plus: a discussion of the female-frie...Show More

The Best Shows of 2015

37:37 | Dec 15th, 2015

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...Show More

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom

52:18 | Dec 10th, 2015

“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 the...Show More

Is This the End for “The Leftovers?”

1:04:09 | Dec 8th, 2015

HBO hasn’t revealed what’s next for “The Leftovers,” and Margaret and Matt are hoping for very different futures for the show. Plus: a spirited debate about the best way to watch “Battlestar Galactica,” and why it’s one of the most accurate depiction...Show More

Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Netflix’s Big Year

47:30 | Dec 1st, 2015

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 ...Show More

Mad Men Carousel - Matt Zoller Seitz Live in Brooklyn

46:37 | Nov 24th, 2015

Selections from live appearances by Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz, currently on tour to celebrate the launch of his book “Mad Men Carousel,” a comprehensive critical analysis of the seminal AMC series "Mad Men." Seitz, alongside collaborators Roberta L...Show More

Lexi Alexander on Women in Hollywood & AMC’s Into the Badlands

10:36 | Nov 18th, 2015

Margaret and Matt discuss the seemingly nonstop barrage of hyper-mythologized storylines in new cable shows, with a particular focus on AMC’s new series “Into the Badlands.” Then, an in-depth conversation with director (and professional martial artis...Show More

Master of None and Diversity on Television in 2015

40:08 | Nov 10th, 2015

Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series raises complex questions about racial representation on television. Matt, Gazelle, and guests Alex Jung and Mallika Rao go deep on the issue, examining the innovations of Master of None and other current programs, as ...Show More

Unfriendly in a Friendly Way: FX’s Fargo and the Art of Adaptation

45:26 | Nov 3rd, 2015

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 c...Show More

Live at the New York Television Festival

39:58 | Oct 27th, 2015

A special live taping of the Vulture TV podcast at the New York Television Festival. Discover the origin stories of Matt and Margaret, as well as their uncensored opinions on the state of modern television. This episode is sponsored by “Legends” on T...Show More

Trying to Stay Human with Amy Brenneman (HBO’s “The Leftovers”)

34:13 | Oct 20th, 2015

Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Amy Brenneman joins Gazelle, Margaret, and Matt for an in-depth conversation about her role as Laurie on HBO’s “The Leftovers,” as well as the artistic philosophies that have informed her wide-ranging career. This episod...Show More

The Rare Hour-Long Comedy (Plus "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Jane the Virgin")

37:11 | Oct 14th, 2015

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 - 3...Show More

10/6/15: Religion on TV and The Leftovers

51:21 | Oct 6th, 2015

Matt, Margaret and Gazelle explore a subject that has been more heavily present on TV recently. Which have done it well and which have failed? Plus the new season of The Leftovers. This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions: 32:00-51...Show More

9/29/15: Empire and Quantico

48:52 | Sep 29th, 2015

Matt, Margaret and Gazelle emerge from the flurry of fall television premieres and dive into ABC's Quantico, plus the new season of Empire.   This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions: Quantico: 16:38 - 35:53 Empire: 35:53 - 48:57

9/22/15: The Fall TV Season Extravaganza, Plus the Emmys

42:52 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Gazelle and Margaret are joined by Vulture West Coast Editor Joe Adalian and Vulture's Alex Jung to talk about the Emmys and all of the new fall tv shows you should keep your eye on. This episode of The Vulture TV Podcast is sponsored by ABC's "Quant...Show More

9/15/15: FX's "You're the Worst," "The Bastard Executioner," Plus Television Networks' Personalities

45:31 | Sep 15th, 2015

Matt and Margaret discuss FX's "You're the Worst," and "The Bastard Executioner." Plus, they dive deep on television network's personalities.  This episode of The Vulture TV Podcast is sponsored by ABC's "Quantico."   This episode contains spoilers i...Show More

9/8/15: Shocking Twists in TV History plus Mr. Robot

39:12 | Sep 8th, 2015

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 - *Sp...Show More

9/1/15: A Candlelit Discussion of “Hannibal” plus “Show Me a Hero”

35:41 | Sep 1st, 2015

Matt, Margaret and Gazelle light some candles, open a bottle of wine, and discuss "Hannibal’s" three-season run in this particularly festive edition of the Vulture TV Podcast (Matt even wore a suit). Plus, David Simon’s “Show Me a Hero.” This episode...Show More

8/25: The Best TV Pilots Ever and "Fear the Walking Dead"

37:36 | Aug 25th, 2015

Gazelle, Margaret and Matt are joined by Vulture's West Coast Editor Joe Adalian to talk about the best TV pilots ever (as in, of all time), and the new "Walking Dead" spin-off, "Fear the Walking Dead."   This episode contains spoilers in the followi...Show More

8/18/2015: Why are there so many 90's TV Show Reboots? Plus, "Show Me a Hero"

30:01 | Aug 18th, 2015

Gazelle and Margaret are joined by Vulture's Nate Jones for this week's episode. First up, 90s TV show reboots. The Fresh Prince, Full House, X-Files, Coach (!) - they just keep on coming. Why? Then, a discussion about David Simon's new HBO mini-seri...Show More

8/11/15: What's a Cinematic TV Show, Anyway? Plus - True Detective and Mr. Robot

47:11 | Aug 11th, 2015

Gazelle, Margaret and Matt kick off their discussion about the end of True Detective's controversial second season, and USA's Mr. Robot, by discussing what a "cinematic" tv show is, anyway.  This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions...Show More

8/4/15: Wet Hot vs. Arrested Development

32:42 | Aug 4th, 2015

Gazelle Emami, Matt Zoller Seitz, and guest-host Jesse David Fox discuss Key and Peele, which Comedy Central just announced will be ending after its 5th season. Then a battle between Netflix's two alt-comedy returns -- Wet Hot American Summer: First ...Show More

7/28/15: Reality is not Documentary is not Authentic

40:37 | Jul 28th, 2015

Gazelle, Margaret and Matt talk about the series premier of E's I Am Cait, the German spy show Deutschland 83, and the end of season 2o f "Bojack Horseman." This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions: The series premier of I Am Cait:...Show More

7/21/15: Shows about Washed-Up Stars, plus The Emmys

46:22 | Jul 21st, 2015

Gazelle, Margaret and Matt talk about The Emmy nominations, plus consider the recent spate of shows about washed-up stars: "Bojack Horseman" and FX's new show "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll." This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions: Sunday ...Show More

7/16/15 An Interview with Ray McKinnon

21:33 | Jul 16th, 2015

Vulture TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz interviews Ray McKinnon, who in addition to acting on shows such as Deadwood and Sons of Anarchy, is the creator of Rectify.  Here's the link to our survey: Panoply.fm/survey Please take a minute to fill it out.

7/14/15 The Art of Marathoning Shows, plus "Rectify," "Masters of Sex" and "True Detective"

47:43 | Jul 14th, 2015

Matt and Margaret go it alone this week, with Gazelle on vacation. First, a deep discussion about the mechanics and art of marathoning shows, plus "Rectify," "Masters of Sex" and "True Detective."   This episode contains spoilers in the following dis...Show More

7/7/15: Hate Watching TV Shows (plus 'True Detective' and 'Orange is the New Black')

45:11 | Jul 7th, 2015

Gazelle, Matt and Margaret kick off this episode with a spirited discussion on hate watching television  - what makes for a good hate watch? What shows have landed in their hate watching rotation? Then, a discussion of the most recent episode of "Tru...Show More

June 30th, 2015: Low Concept Vs. High Concept Shows and "Catastrophe"

39:23 | Jun 30th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss low concept vs. high concept shows, and the ebb and flow of the trends for both. They then dive into Amazon's new high concept show...Show More

True Detective's Humorectomy

43:15 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Margaret Lyons and Matt Zoller Seitz discuss the Season 2 premiere of True Detective, the first half of the Season 3 of Orange is the New Black. Plus! At the end of the show Vulture's Alex Jung  interviews Annie  Golden, who plays Norma on Orange is ...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast: Special Veep Edition with Anna Chlumsky

32:14 | Jun 17th, 2015

Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami and Vulture editor Alex Jung interview Anna Chlumsky (over rosé) about the Veep season finale and her career.

Game of Thrones the Finale & Game of Thrones the Books

49:10 | Jun 16th, 2015

A special Game of Thrones season finale spectacular. First, Margaret, Matt and Gazelle talk about the Game of Thrones finale. Then, Vulture's Game of Thrones experts Jennifer Vineyard and Nate Jones join Gazelle to talk about the Game of Thrones book...Show More

The Vulture TV Podcast: A Life-Affirming Show About Serial Killers ("Hannibal") plus "Halt and Catch Fire"

48:41 | Jun 9th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami dive into “Hannibal” and “Halt and Catch Fire.”   The following sections contain spoilers   5:25 - 30:15: Sunday’s episode of Hannibal 30:1...Show More

June 1st: Does Summer TV Actually Suck? Nope!

40:54 | Jun 2nd, 2015

Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami and Vulture editor Alex Jung discuss Lifetime’s new scripted drama “UnREAL,”  and “The Whispers,” a new supernatural drama about kids.   Note: This episode contains spoilers in the ...Show More

Monday May 18th: The Mad Men Series Finale

42:51 | May 19th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss the series finale of Mad Men. This episode of The Vulture TV Podcast is brought to you by Squarespace. Squarespace is the easiest w...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Episode 12: All about Upfronts, plus Game of Thrones and Mad Men

53:10 | May 12th, 2015

Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami and Vulture editor Nate Jones talk Game of Thrones and Mad Men. Plus, Vulture’s West Coast Editor Joe Adalian talks all about Upfronts with Preston Beckman, AKA @maskedscheduler    ...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Episode 11: The Last Man on Earth and Mad Men

49:32 | May 5th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami dive into The Last Man on Earth and the most recent episode of Mad Men.   Note: This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Ep 10: Silicon Valley, Louie and Special Guests

46:27 | Apr 28th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami are joined by two special guests  -- Vulture senior editor and  resident comedy expert Jesse Fox and computer programmer and Vulture’s Silicon Valley recapper Odie Henderson. Th...Show More

*Special Edition*: The Americans Season 3 Finale

36:00 | Apr 23rd, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami dissect the season three finale of “The Americans” - one of their favorite shows.     Spoiler Warning: This episode contains spoilers for t...Show More

Episode 8: Mad Men and the three F's - Future, Forecast and Friggin' Glen is Back

44:48 | Apr 21st, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami dig into the most recent episode of Mad Men, “The Forecast.”     Spoilers Mad Men, Season 7 Episode 10: “The Forecast” 2:43 - 40:06

Vulture TV Podcast Ep 7: Game of Thrones, Mad Men and The Comedians

55:17 | Apr 14th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami dig into the premiere of “Game of Thrones,” and the second episode from the final season of “Mad Men.” Plus, Vulture’s West Coast Editor Jo...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Ep 6: Mad Men, the Beginning of the End

49:57 | Apr 6th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss last night’s Mad Men premiere. NYMag music critic Lindsay Zoladz talks about the music in Mad Men. Plus, Vulture’s West Coast Edito...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Ep. 5: Mad Men Episodes You Should Re-Watch Now, and Award Shows

31:17 | Mar 30th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss Mad Men episodes that deserve a repeat viewing before the premiere of the final season on April 5th, and discuss how much award sho...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Ep. 4: The Jinx, Community, The Wire vs. The Sopranos

29:21 | Mar 23rd, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss the biggest TV moment of the year from HBO’s The Jinx, dive into the new season of Community on Yahoo, and finally (sort of) answer...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Ep. 3: A Special Empire Edition

24:33 | Mar 16th, 2015

Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss Fox’s breakout hit, Empire; Joe Adalion interviews Empire’s show runner Ilene Chaiken; Plus a listener question about just how much Mindy Kaling The Mindy Project can sus...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Ep. 2: Last Man and First Lady

40:43 | Mar 9th, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss Last Man On Earth, Joe Adalion interviews Last Man’s co-Executive Producer Andy Bobrow, and the gang wrap up their discussion on th...Show More

Vulture TV Podcast Ep. 1

35:51 | Mar 2nd, 2015

New York TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture TV columnist Margaret Lyons, and Vulture TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss Girls, the first half of Season 3 of Netflix’s House of Cards, and how the broadcast networks are making better shows. This episode...Show More

Promo: The Vulture TV Podcast

01:46 | Feb 25th, 2015

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, Vulture...Show More