The Episode One Podcast

The Episode One Podcast talks about a different Pilot, or first episode of a Television show in each episode. We discuss the show from the perspective of a fan and a writer. We then unfairly judge the rest of the series based solely on it's pilot.
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Oct 15, 2018

She's a maniac maniac on this show.... Yes we got that joke out of the way early.

Another limited series, this time they swear it will stay as one, Netflix brings us a taste of Cassette futurism! For the authentic experience export this mp3 to a cassette, put it into a walkman and enjoy!

This was a fascinating show and we had a ball discussing it, and spoilers, can't wait to watch more!!

Oct 9, 2018

Another reboot? Hey, without reboots we'd just end up reviewing new shows, and who wants that?

This time it's a show Chris loved as a kid and Steve was only tangentially aware of, so how does season 11 turn out?

Also do we dare introduce a new Cinematic universe to go with freeform and Disney's?

Sep 17, 2018

Another movie that became a TV Show. This time the horror series from Blumhouse has become a TV Limited event series (that will probably get 406 seasons). How do our opinions compare when Chris has never seen the movies and Steve has only seen the first.

How much "Horror" can you do on basic cable, is there enough to draw us in to watch more?

Also how would the Purge episode of The Office work out? Find out in Crossovers, this week on the Episode One Podcast

Sep 14, 2018

This week Steve and Chris take a special look at The First. a new show from Hulu that we got to see early! Posting the same day as the show's release we dive into everything including the big spoiler.

Also a very unique take on 30 second pitches, and as always, crossovers!

Sep 10, 2018

This week the episode one podcast has something special. shout out to Hulu for sending us screeners for the entire season of Castle Rock. We bring you a quick recap of the entire season one of Castle Rock, a few days before the Season finale ends.

We avoid Spoilers for episode 10, but pretty much spoil everything else that's aired.

Did the show live up to our unfair judging from just the first episode? Will we do Castle Rock Season 2 Episode 1? Does this new format work?

Join us on this adventure and find out!

Sep 8, 2018

On this episode of Kidding Steve... no wait, that was another podcast.

This week we get an advance look at a new showtime show and Jim Carrey's first episodic series since In Living Color. Directed by Michael Gondry, Airing on showtime, there is a lot to dive into.

Kidding Premiere son Showtime Sunday September 9th, come and decide if you're interested in the show with us. And as always, random tangents about Batman, 30 second pitches (featuring Elon Musk's robot Daughter) and Crossovers!

Sep 6, 2018

Fresh off their annual Fantasy Football draft, Chris and Steve take a look at the highly anticipated Amazon Prime Original Series: Jack Ryan

We talk a bit about the history of the character, the history of Tom Clancy in the Media, but we spend most of the episode discussing of how Jack Ryan fits into the canon of The Office (Believe us, it works)

And crossovers (besides the office) and 30 second pitches!

Aug 28, 2018

Matt Groening is back baby!

We had a bit of a technical difficulty in this episode, so there's a bit of an abrupt cut from the original pod and we rerecorded about ten minutes of conversation. This was a really fun show and generated a great amount of discussion for a half hour show.

And as always, 30 second pitches and crossovers!

Aug 25, 2018

We promised it, and it delivered. After doing dietland, a show about weight and the issues surrounding it, we had to do insatiable, just for the controversy around how it handled the topic of weight.

And boy did we get more than we bargained for. To just mention the controversy does this show a disservice. Insatiable si a fascinating dark comedy... But is it good? Steve and Chris decide... at least for episode one!


Aug 14, 2018

This week Steve and Chris makes things more Family Friendly and take a look at Fraggle Rock!... Wait (*checks notes*) oh... this isn't family friendly at all?

This week Steve and Chris delve into the darkness that ensues when you mix Stephen King and JJ Abrams and explore the Hulu Original Series: Castle Rock. How many references do Steve and Chris Catch? What other author's works would make for a great episodic series in a grand meta-narrative? What's in this JJ Abrams Mystery Box? could it be...


All this and more on the Episode One Podcast!

Aug 8, 2018

55 Episodes! and there were those who said we'd never make 54! well phooey on them!

This time, to celebrate the occasion we take a look at one of Chris's favorite shows of all time (Nowhere Man) and One of Steve's (Garth Marenghi's Darkplace). Both a bit older, how do they hold to up to a re-viewing?

We also take a look back and update our old shows, which have we continued to watch, what's still on the air? what shows have we cursed to oblivion?

Enjoy this 55th episode spectacular, we couldn't have made it without all of your!

Jul 28, 2018

Once again Steve and Chris dig into the past to watch and older show that ties up to a recent movie release.

This week it's that rarity of a thing, Mission Impossible without Tom Cruise! How does a show from the 60s hold up? How true to the show have the movies been? And how the heck did Mission Impossible connect to Diagnosis Murder?

All this along with 30 second pitches and crossovers on the Episode One Podcast!

Jul 8, 2018

Not even sure where to start on this one. It's one of the most interesting shows we've done (And We've done Sense8!) It's definitely the most "woke" show.

Tune in for discussions of how sometimes you can miss catering to your audience, whether a show can be too sad, and whether a big twist can be enough to tune back in for episode two!

All that and crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Jul 7, 2018

Last time we had sense8, which was only mildly confusing, but this time we've got take two? but when did we do this podcast the first time?

Oh wait it's ok, Rachel Bilson is on! That's right, this week Steve and Chris look at the new summer show from the creators of Castle. What other shows did this remind us of. We also take a look back at the history of summer shows, discuss some of our favorites, and we discuss the state of the summer show in this new peak tv/streaming moment.

And as always, 30 second pitches and Crossovers!

Jun 22, 2018

What better way to celebrate the finale of Sense8 than to go back to the beginning.

Is the show more confusing than Twin Peaks? How does the combination of the Wachowskis and J Michael Stracynzski fare? Is there enough here to get us to binge the complete series now that it's finished?

Also what is the deal with Daryl Hannah and Sayid? Also we discuss whether pornhub original programming can be a thing.


Jun 19, 2018

It's finally happened. The Marvel Universe has collided with the Freeform cinematic universe.

Can Bella Thorne defeat Thanos? Will the Fosters adopt Black Widow? Can Siren be a backdoor pilot for the Namor TV Series (Is Namor Mutant or not? c'mon people!) Can Grownish help the runaways? (I smell crossover episode)

Until we get the answers to these questions and more, Steve and Chris discuss the long awaited Cloak and Dagger. What narrative trick did it get us with, what MCU shout out excited us the most, and does the series work?

All this plus crossovers and 30 second pitches!


Jun 12, 2018

A little late to the party, Chris and Steve watch Killing Steve... I mean Eve, Killing Eve, definitely NOT Killing Steve...

Does it live up to the hype? Was it worth losing Sandra Oh from Gray's Anatomy? Wait Gray's Anatomy is still on?

And, as always, Crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Jun 6, 2018

Join Chris and Steve as we watch 3 different Arrested Development Episode Ones (A new Record!) We go back and re-watch the pilot that started it all. We watch season 4's episode one again for the first time with Arrested Development Season 4 Fateful Consequences. And we check in on the Bluths latest development with season 5.

How has the show, and the fandom progressed over the years? Does the pilot still hold up? What themes come into play recurringly throughout the series?

And as always, crossovers and 30 second pitches!

May 21, 2018

This week Chris and Steve finally get around to the hit show of 2016. Westworld.

What surprises lie in store? How does it compare to the film? And to Ichy and Scratchy Land?

Can they avoid using LOST as a crossover? And can Chris entice you to watch his children's version of Westworld: Lollipop Land?

May 17, 2018

We are finally joined by the legendary Catherine McCafferty to discuss three great shows with feminist perspectives. First off we discuss Catherine's own Web Series Bothered: It's a quick watch at 2 minutes an episode. If you liked Alone Together you'll love bothered.

We then discussed the unique Netflix Anime: Aggretsuko. Catherine shares similar experiences she's had with hostile work environments, and we all commiserate on how bosses can suck

Finally we discuss Alexa and Katie, Netflix's show for tweens, about tweens, with cancer. How does it hold up against other shows we've done, and does netflix score a hit?

And as always, 30 second pitches and crossovers!

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May 3, 2018

It's here, the one we've all waited for. Cobra Kai. Chris Steve had the pleasure to go to an early screening in movies theatres and are here to share the joy of Cobra Kai.

What makes this the best "Reboot" Series we may have ever seen? What does it have to do with Harold and Kumar?

Find out on this week's Episode One Podcast

May 1, 2018

Chuck and Barry, what a way to celebrate 44 episodes!

Well, one is a show, one is guest... I mean both have been shows, but only one is the show we're talking about.

This week Steve and Chris welcome back Chuck their old improv buddy to discuss the HBO Bill Hader series: Barry, which has some roots in the Los Angeles Improv scene.

And to properly celebrate a 44th episode spectacular, we take a look back at each show we've done and discuss whether Chuck has seen it, and whether he should.

Thank you for 44 episodes, here's to 44 more!

Apr 26, 2018

Oh how we wish we were reviewing Javier Grillo Marxich's Lost In Space. Not that this show is, we're just really big fans of Javier (Middleman!)

So The 2018 Lost In Space, not the 1965 one, not the 1998 movie, the 2018 version. (does this pattern mean it gets rebooted in 2028?

This week we're joined by special guest, Chuck Panzarella! Chuck is an old friend from our improv days and joins us for a live watch then record. What insight does he bring to a show in which nothing happens, but a lot happens.

Find out on this week's Episode One Podcast!

Apr 25, 2018

This week on the Lucy Hale Podcast.... I mean episode one podcast. Chris and Steve continue the Lucy Hale conversation with Pretty Little Liars.

What made this a show Chris's wife won't let him watch? Will we have a spin off podcast where Steve watches Pretty Little Liars and recaps it to Chris?

Is Lucy Hale America's Sweetheart? All these questions are answered on this week's Episode One Podcast!

Apr 11, 2018

It's another new DCEU show, which might not be part of the DCEU?

SYFY presents Krypton, a superman prequel, from the pen of David Goyer! Join Chris and Steve as we explore this new world and very unique look into the legacy of Superman.


It's been awhile since we could geek out so deeply on a show, come and enjoy the fun, ask why is Adam Strange playing Booster Gold/Rip Hunter and wonder if our time stream has been affected too.

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