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Best podcasts this week: 'The Flophouse,' 'Ugh!' and 'Lady to Lady'

The only thing I love as much as television is a good podcast. I have a robust feed of shows that I take with me on my daily commute and on walks. Here are some of the highlight episodes of this week.

The Flop House, episode #174: “That Awkward Moment”

Bad movie podcasts are not an original idea, but The Flop House has been doing it the longest and still does it the best. You can only discuss a bad movie in the context of those who are skilled at identifying what good movies are, and the trio of Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington certainly can. The other thing that makes their banter great is that Kalan and McCoy write for The Daily Show (Stuart is also great; he just happens not to work there), so you know they are quick and layered in their commentary, making this so much more than “can you believe how much that sucked?”

This week’s episode takes on the “rom-com” That Awkward Moment, which I was glad to see because I recently hate-watched it with a passion. Subbing in for Stuart Wellington was Hallie Haglund, fellow Daily Show writer and the token female perspective. Not only did they hit on the ridiculousness of the film, but they also hit on the problematic gender norms. Hagland astutely observes that the “awkward moment” that the title refers to the moment when a the man realizes that a woman can “keep up with the guy in conversation,” a supposedly rare occasion that catches the guy off-guard. It’s a lazy and trite trope of rom-coms.

Kalan also expresses disgust at the type of male archetype who is all about sex without commitment, and weary of relationships. He says he has no sympathy for them, even though movies suppose that this is what men aspire to. There’s plenty of ribbing, including Elliott and Dan fighting over the exact nature of the “Mikey Likes It” commercials.

Any Flop House episode is better than 80 percent of most podcast, but this episode balances the silliness with real, intelligent conversation about societal norms as depicted in films. Also, That Awkward Moment deserves any skewering that comes its way. I am sure Miles Teller isn’t mentioning it too much these days.

Ugh! A Podcast: Vague-iversary”

On paper, this podcast is a cliché of humor podcasts: Professional stand-up comics just shoot the shit without any set topic or structure. However, the difference is that Casey Ley and Will Weldon are actually interesting and have interesting things to say—not to mention the dysfunctional dynamic of their friendship. As expected for professional comedians, they are both self-loathing and anxious as heck, but their chemistry and willingness to reveal everything they find shameful makes for my favorite thing about podcasts: getting to hear people overshare everything. Is there a thing about comedians, or just about podcasts, that makes you want to reveal everything?

Also of note is that Will is straight and Casey is gay; sadly, it seems much less common than not (in podcast world) that a straight man and a gay man can be emotionally intimate with each other, much less friends with each other. However, it’s not all navel-gazing and lamenting having a creative career. The duo talk politics with actually being educated about politics. On any given show, one can expect several minutes complaining about people’s bad habits, their pet peeves, Will being Canadian, drug use, current politics, Casey’s fear of being dumped, Will’s intense self-hatred, and their doubt that the podcast they just did is of quality.

This week, the usual topics are all in fine form: Casey talks about his three-year anniversary with his boyfriend, how they met, if it is okay to want to make love to a dead lover’s body, Casey’s pedophile neighbor from his childhood, and a weird quiz where Will makes a Who Is John Galt joke that many probably missed. There’s also the anticipation that each week one may tune in to find that they’ve quit the podcast, had a huge fight with each other, or had a major life setback. It’s the carrot that keeps me listening.

Lady to Lady, episode #117: “No Direction with Janine Brito”

Lady to Lady are comedians Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey, and Tess Barker. I have a major friend-crush on all of them. Their podcast is like the best adult sleepover you’ve have, just having a hang with your best girlfriends. You know how friend groups like to claim they’re all different from each other? In this case, it is true: They all have distinct personalities, yet really like each other. Each show features another writer/comedian woman, and anything goes.

This week, Janine Brito (who used to work on the tragically canceled Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) joins the team to talk about Barbara doubting her therapist’s abilities, Janine coming out to her sister, good ideas for naming your breasts, and if living in Harry Potter world would be better than being wealthy in the real world. If that wasn’t enough, they play various games, each with its own theme song (okay, those can be annoying), including Would You Rather and Fuck, Marry, Kill. These games don’t ever lose their appeal, and the answers are actually more interesting as you age.

Many people hear “female-centric” podcast and think feminism or some other stereotype—but the “Lady”-est thing about the podcast is four really likable women talking about their lives. They are not perfect, they’re not antiheroes; they are just themselves. Considering women talking about their lives is something we rarely see on television or films, Lady to Lady is a welcome addition to my media schedule.

Of course, you should also download and listen to our EW Community podcasts, This Week on Shameless and Clear Lists, Full Drafts. What are some notable podcasts we should consider for next week?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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