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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Jun 16, 2019

Another week, another World War II themed show on Hulu! This time it's from Germany, but premiering in the US on Hulu.

So, Steve and Chris tried to fine a way to do this episode all in subtitles, to stay true to the show... but they just don't work in Podcasts! Regardless, a show with a great cast, including not nearly enough of Lizzy Caplan in the pilot. Das Boot was an unexpectedly fun ride, and we encourage you to come along with us on it.



May 22, 2019

Christina Applegate? Linda Cardellini? Dead Husbands? sign us up!

A fun show, as this time we have a unlikeable yet likeable antagonist who's not fully the antagonist? And while fun, it's a show about grief, processing grief, living with grief and recovering from grief. But at it's heart it's still a comedy.

We had a lot of fun talking about this show, and recorded it directly after watching.

And as always, 30 second pitches and crossovers!


May 17, 2019

Directed by and cameo-ing George Clooney, the most famous novel a lot of people have never read comes to Hulu as a mini-series.

We tried for a long time to come up with a good Catch-22 for our intro and we failed. We also couldn't think of one for the show notes. But some great discussion of how the current generation of writers/creatives that came up through the persian gulf/Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts differ from the WW II and Vietnam eras of the previous generations. We also talk about whether the show "works" on screen versus print.

We also do crossovers and 30 second pitches. Join us!

May 13, 2019

This time Steve and Chris finally catch up on some anthology shows from April. 

The reboot of the Twilight Zone on CBS All-Access, unfortunately it's pilots is no longer available for free on youtube, but you can catch a free trial for CBS All-Access basically anywhere. And what "pilot" did Steve and Chris get for Love Death and Robots? And does it tell you anything about our hosts?

All this plus Anthology 30 second pitches, and crossovers!

Apr 18, 2019

Chris and Steve got a screener for Ramy, so why not pair it with Abby's featuring their favorite: Natalie Morales, no the one from Middleman!

Abby's is a unique show with a fascinating pedigree, can it live as a mid season replacement to get to season 2?

Ramy is a genuine delight and surprise, another single camera show in the vein of Louie and Master of None

All this, plus 30 second pitches and Crossovers!

Apr 15, 2019

Steve and Chris are joined this week by Donna Letterese (@drawdvl) expert on all things Pretty Little Liars (and teen drama as we learn). To discuss the PLL spinoff: the Perfectionists!

Steve is so excited about this episode that he'll barely even let me finish writing this descrip...

We dive deep, Chris finally finds someone to discuss Dawson's desktop with, and as always, 30 second pitches and crossovers.

Mar 28, 2019

We hope you enjoyed the premiere of What we do in the Shadows as much as we did, when we got to see it a week early! Special thanks to The Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Hollywood and Uproxx, Chris and steve got to see a special preview of the pilot for this new mockumentary TV Show.

Produced by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi It's a television adaptation of their cult hit 2015 film of the same name.

How good is it? Does it lose anything in translation? How long did Chris think this was going to be a drama? Are there Twilight jokes?

All this, plus crossovers and 30 second pitches on this week's Episode One Podcast!

Mar 27, 2019

In this very special Episode One Podcast, Chris and Steve go through their handpicked top 32 shows from the Episode One Podcast and pick a winner, bracket style!


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Mar 19, 2019

A very special guest this week. Mentioned on almost every episode of the pod, but never seen. Chris's wife Becca!

She Joins chris and Steve to discuss The Act, a new original true crime series from HULU. Featuring a fantastic cast (Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, AnnaSophia Robb and Joey King). This one gets creepy! but is very well acted.

So does this show surprise? what compelled Becca to come on the pod to discuss it? And what do you crossover a true crime series with?

All this and more on this week's Episode One Podcast.

Mar 15, 2019

Chris and Steve are back! But we didn't really go anywhere, we were just busy!

To make it up to you we've got a 2 in 1. We take a look at the new (ish) Hulu Show PEN15, come relive your Junior High days with us. And another comic book adaptation (our specialty) The Umbrella Academy. But it's more than just a comic adaptation, it mixes alt-rock, comics and Ellen Page!

All this and crossovers, 30 second pitches and our next shows previewed. On this Episode One Podcast!

Feb 19, 2019

When a Superbowl ad announces that a new Tv show pilot is available for only 24 hours you know that the episode one podcast will be there.

We'll take a second look in March when the show officially premieres, but we do a quick check in on the pilot for Hanna, then get into the 77th episode business. Recaps of what we've watched since the 66th, including the fall premieres we kept watching or quit.

Also Chris Loves the Masked Singer and tries to talk Steve into it.

Feb 16, 2019

We whole heartedly welcome the age of the Groundhog day as a TV show trope. Russian Doll was a lot of fun and we want more dammit! Feauring Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, Orange Is The New Black) and co created by Amy Poehler. Steve and Chris take a look ( a week or two late) at the newest Netflix sensation!

Also we pitch our own Groundhog day based shows, and crossovers!

Feb 9, 2019

A first for the episode one podcast, a show Chris and Steve saw taped! Yes, it's time for our 3rd wrestling show, 4th if you count GLOW. And speaking of GLOW it's Women of Wrestling! Founded in 2000 by the same guy who founded GLOw it's women's wrestling empowered!

And with our guest Emily Praat (@emilyofpratt) we dive deep and discuss the new WOW on AXS TV and dig into the original TV premiere back in 2000. What's different, what's the same, how it's improved. A lot of what works and what doesn't.

Plus Emily makes her pitch for Elon Musk to invest in a new wrestling sensation right up his alley!

All this plus crossover son the Episode One Podcast!

Feb 1, 2019

It really happened. They really remade Roswell. One of Chris's favorite shows of all time. Does Roswell New Mexico live up to the legacy of the original? Does the original live up to the memories? Also what about Tess?

Steve weighs in as someone completely fresh to the series, and we talk about the politics injected into the reboot. Do they work? Distract?

And as always 30 second pitches and crossovers.

Jan 22, 2019

It's 80s week... or is it 90s week on the episode one podcast? Hey, why not both!

After a brief digression into whether or not Millenials have watched The Phantom Menace. This week Steve and Chris take a look back at the pilot for The Goldbergs, look at the first attempt at a Goldbergs Spin-off: 1990-something, then we take a quick look at a unique episode of the Goldbergs, featuring Adam Sandler. Then we dig into Schooled, Matt Ryan and Ruben Amaro Jr.

All this and 30-second pitches goes old school... really old school

Jan 7, 2019

Hey Everyone, Happy New Year! after a 18 minute recap and some awards for 2018, steve and Chris get into the latest chapter of the Freeform Cinematic universe. Good Trouble! Premiering on Freeform January 8th, it had an early premiere on streaming and we were glad to bring it to you!.

A spinoff from the long-running Fosters (A show neither Chris nor Steve ever watched), Good Trouble is a pretty fun dive into "two young women in the city". What worked (Gael's abs), What didn't (understanding LA parking regulations) and more!

All this plus Crossovers and 30 second pitches on this episode one Podcast. Follow us on Twitter Thank for listening!

Jan 2, 2019

Hey, if I upload it before New Year's ends, it still counts as our Holiday episode right?

This time we are going back to a couple shows we've done before. Pretty Little Liars we're digging into their Holiday episode from Season 5 (specifically Episode 13, How the 'A' stole Christmas) And the Holiday episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (episode 11).

Enjoy this belated Holiday gift. We'll be back soon with some new Episode ones, including a reboot of one of Chris's favorite shows.

Dec 22, 2018

When it's meta, we gotta do it. Another TV Show base don a podcast (these are getting common) We're a little late, but the beauty of streaming is someone is always finding a show for the first time.

Chris dives deep into the history of the Podcast, the Gimlet Podcast network and how this show came about. Then we dive into this easily digestible, yet entertaining show.

And as always, Crossovers and 30 Second Pitches!

Dec 18, 2018

It's always a special day when we have a special guest. this week Megan Fox (@TheRoseFox) joins us to discuss the Netflix She-Ra Reboot. 

We dig into the controversy of the art style a little bit. We go back and watch the 1980s She-Ra (also on Netflix) Dig into a lot of Cartoon Nostalgia with Megan. And Steve and Chris Get chided for all the shows we HAVEN'T watched!

All that and Crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Nov 20, 2018

The show we've been waiting for since episode 3! Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is back again! An adaption of his new take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the perfect show to watch this Thanksgiving break (or after)

How does a 8 issue run on the comics translate into a 10 episode series? What is still familiar from the Sabrina we know from the Melissa Joan Hart Version? How does Kiernan Shipka do all grown up?

Also, what is left for us to crossover when it comes to comic book tv shows? Oh don't worry, we've got some doozies!!!

Nov 17, 2018

This week Steve and Chris are back to talk about another new Hulu show. The Bisexual! A unique new show, brought to you by the creator of the miseducation of Cameron Post. written by, created by and starring Desiree Akhavan. It's a british show premiering on Hulu in the US and Channel 4 in the UK. 

Steve and Chris discuss if the show works for American audiences, and if it's appealing to individual who aren't LBGTQ.

We also talk about a few other british shows we've enjoyed, and do some crossovers!

Nov 6, 2018

Since we did Roseanne last year, we had to come back and do the Conners.

Was the show worth the controversy? Is it better for it, worse? What did they do right in addressing it? Does the show work without Roseanne? A lot of deep questions.

Plus our first crossover with a show that doesn't exist! And 30 second pitches!

Nov 4, 2018

It's that time of year. The new fall season is in full bloom. In pursuit of our eventual goal of watching every new fall show one of these years Chris and Steve split up and hit it hard.

In this episode we discuss (in order)

I Feel Bad (NBC)

You (Lifetime)

The Cool Kids (FOX)

Manifest (NBC)

God Friended Me (CBS)


Camping (HBO)

Happy Together (ABC)

The Kids Are Alright (ABC)

Single Parents (ABC)

Charmed (CW)

The Rookie (ABC)

A Million Little Things (ABC)

Chris also issues a challenge to Steve to watch a reality show, while Steve Challenges Chris to a Twin Peaks Watching Challenge

We also take a quick look back at last year's fall premieres from the 22nd episode spectacular, and a few more from the 33rd!

Thanks for sticking with us for 66 episodes, here's to 66 more!

Oct 20, 2018

Welcome, to the two old men watching shows about teenage girls podcast.... Well that's what my wife calls it sometimes. 

But hey! how could we resist doing Hulu's pre-answer to Sabrina the Teenage Witch (dark edition) And what better way to kick off the halloween series than a 24 minute take on Pretty Little Liars territory.

We've got some great crossovers and 30 second picthes this weeek, and also. We Love You.

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!!

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