Episode 8: James Gunn's Twitter Past, A "McMonopoly" Scam for the Ages and a Deep Dive into GLOW

In Episode 8, we talk about country song "Meant to Be" that’s topped Billboard's Hot Country chart for 35 (!) weeks, the James Gunn Twitter PR nightmare (and the official statement from the cast of the Guardians movies) and a McDonald’s Monopoly game scam for the ages. In our Marquee Topic this week, we do a deep dive into the Netflix original show, GLOW (warning: spoilers ahead!). PLUS, in Teasers, Maureen talks about an ongoing written series on Refinery29 and Josh gives a suggestion for a Marvel Netflix show with a bad*** woman at the center.

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Episode 7: The Mission Impossible Franchise, BANNED Wedding Songs and Taylor Swift in "Cats"

In Episode 7, we discuss whether "zing" is a word, the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats starring (gasp!) Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, banned wedding songs and Chris Janson's song "Drunk Girl." In our Marquee Topic for the week, we take a deep dive into the Mission Impossible franchise (including a discussion of Tom Cruise's legacy AND Maureen's hilarious and half inaccurate recollection of her favorite/least favorite moment from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) ahead of the release of Mission Impossible: Fallout. PLUS in Teasers, Maureen talks audio books and Josh recommends a movie you might have missed back in 2016.

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Episode 6: Netflix Originals, Downton Abbey Returns and Queen on the Big Screen

In Episode 6, we give an update on Josh's stool building project (spoiler: it's not going well), talk the return of Downton Abbey, Katy Perry's "situational depression," our reaction to the first full trailer for the Queen/Freddie Mercury film Bohemian Rhapsody and dive into Netflix original content for our "Marquee" topic (including a brief discussion on Netflix's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad original logo).

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Episode 5: Emmy Nominations and the Biebs Off the Market

In Episode 5, we discuss the merits of Josh opening a furniture store, the 2018 Emmy nominations, Justin Bieber's engagement, George Clooney's scary scooter crash (PSA: WEAR A HELMET!), a second standalone Joker film and the Thai soccer team rescue. Plus, stick around until the very end for a special (EXTREMELY goofy) musical treat.

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Episode 4: The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Poor John Stamos

In Episode 4, we talk about Miles Teller joining the cast of the Top Gun sequel, John Stamos' strange performance emceeing A Capitol Fourth, the danger of screen time for parents, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (including our favorite films of the franchise) and more.

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Episode 3: Weird Baby Names and Celebrity Commencement Speeches

We're back for Episode 3 and are talking weird celebrity baby names (after Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper named their new baby boy "Crew" ), Johnny Depp's recent struggles, Roseanne without Roseanne and a discussion of celebrity commencement speeches (including Maureen and I's favorites from 2018) as this year's graduations finally wrap up. 

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Episode 2: The Jurassic Park Franchise and A Dark Fan Theory for Grease (Yes, The Musical)

Josh and Maureen are back for Episode 2 and discuss a dark fan theory for the musical Grease (was Sandy dead the whole time?!?!), the Jurassic Park franchise (ahead of the June 22 release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and why it's not a great idea to watch Food Network shows when you are sick.

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Episode 1: Legally Blonde 3 and the State of Theater

In the debut episode, Josh and Maureen Goldman talk about Legally Blonde 3, Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande's 24 day (!) relationship, mental health in our culture, the 2018 Tony Awards (and the state of theater today) and give our teasers for things in pop culture you might have missed but should definitely check out.


  1. Vulture article on Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande
  2. Spongebob Squarepants Tony Awards Performance