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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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.

Apr 6, 2018

It's two, or three, shows in One. First we take a look at the show that broke the timestream, the First episode of season 10 of Roseanne. It also broke the ratings and Chris and steve discuss why, and whether it will continue.

We then look at the TV Show, base don the podcast, that helped inspire this podcast, Alex Inc. Does it live up to the meta-ness?

Steve also takes a brief look at Splitting up Together, to see if it deserves more than just a brief look.


Will Steve and Chris have these shows all crossover with each other? Of course they will!

Mar 23, 2018

It's Lucy Hale time. Join Steve and Chris as we explore the first of 2 Lucy Hale shows on the episode one podcast.

What makes a great pilot? and what does a great pilot have that can translate into a long running show? Life Sentence present san interesting answer to these questions, with a unique hook, some interesting characters, but a plot that leaves you wondering: how long can this go on?

We also answer one of the most important questions in entertainment. If Lucy Hale isn't America's sweetheart, then who is?

All this and Crossovers and 30 second pitches on the Episode One Podcast

Mar 16, 2018

It's prestige drama time! It's been awhile since there was a brand new AMC show. And hey who can resist a good burger? So Steve and Chris dive into McMafia this week... Only to learn the connection to everyone's favorite fast food is more of a reference.

What do Chris and Steve discover going in blind, and is there enough there to break into Steve's limited hour-long viewing routine?

We've got some good crossovers this time, so tune in and enjoy!

Mar 16, 2018

You ever have that experience where you feel like someone just ripped into your head and stole an idea you had? This week Chris experiences that with Living Biblically on CBS. Find out some history behind the show, the book it was based on, and learn some basic television pilot keys from Chris and Steve.

We hope you have as much fun stretching those comedy chops as Chris and Steve did this week.

And as always, Crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Mar 2, 2018

This week Chris and Steve do double duty. We check out the original 2003 Queer Eye for the Straight guy, then watch the Netflix Reboot.

How do they compare, what's changed over the last 15 years? Do Chris and Steve even watch reality TV?

And what kind of show do you cross Queer eye with?

All this and more!

Feb 23, 2018

Another Week, another Netflix Show. If we tried to do every Netflix show that aired, we'd have to go twice weekly (Hire us Netflix, we'll do it!!!)

This week is Altered Carbon, Netflix's foray into high budget hard scifi. Talking about it we learn a bit about where both Chris's and Steve's fandoms begin and end, and how and why they cross over with some surprising things.

We also discuss a bit of history on this showrunner, Steve gets excited for a movie he never heard of before and we do crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Feb 13, 2018

While everyone else is nerding out about Black Panther this week, Steve and Chris are all in on Black Lightning.

We bring some our deepest comic book knowledge to the table to discuss how the show connects with it's printed history and where it deviates. We talk about how this show feels different from the rest of the ArrowVerse and debate whether and how it might connect.

Also, what kind of pitch do you do when you've already done 30 second pitches for so many comic book shows.

Feb 7, 2018

It's not just the 33rd episode, it's our One Year Anniversary!

So, we're celebrating by going off topic from the start and discussing The Cat in The Hat Comes Back.

And after that brief interlude we take a look back and talk about a few of our first 11 shows, then do some quick hits on every episode from 12-32.

Then we take some time to discuss some shows we've watched, but for various reasons never did an episode on: Chris Discusses:Inhumans (Finally), Ghosted, Electric Dreams, Big Little Lies, American Vandal, The Ranch, Fuller House, Black Mirror

While Steve takes a look at: 9JKL, LA 2 Vegas, WWE Mixed Match Challenge, Hot Shoots and The Jellies on Adult Swim, and He finally watches BoJack Horseman!

We also both discuss "End of the F*ing World.

Enjoy, and thank you for making our first year great!

Feb 2, 2018

This week you get a double dose of Steve and Chris.

First we take on Comedy Central's semi-successor to Workaholics: "Corporate". Will it's dark tone divide steve and Chris?

Then Alone together. We take on this new Freeform comedy from Little Esther and friends, and we explore it's origins in a made for the web, independently produced pilot.

All this, and 30 second pitches, crossovers and more. On the Episode One Podcast!

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