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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Feb 18, 2021

Hello Steve.

It's that time again, time to celebrate! 133 episodes. Chris and Steve talk about what we've watched more of since our 122nd episode.

First we discuss our 2020 America's Sweetheart, then at 19:00 we begin discussing Clarice. at 1:00:00 we talk about shows we've been watching both ones we've done on the pod and ones we never covered over the last few months.

This reimagined sequel to Silence of the Lambs surprised both Steve and Chris? How so? And what did we think of Hannibal, the last tv Adaptation of this world.

And what does the Marvel cinematic universe have in common with the Silence of the Lambs universe?

All this, plus crossovers and 30 second pitches on the Episode One Podcast!

Feb 10, 2021

We're not to Paramount + yet... but we're close.

First up in our inadvertant series of CBS shows, the Equalizer. It's a TV adaptation of a movie that was an adaptation of the TV Show. We had no idea there was an 80's TV show until we watched this.

Does Queen Latifah Equalize and bring balance to the force?

Find out, plus Crossovers and 30 second pitches (and yes Living Single is mentioned)

Jan 19, 2021

This week Steve and Chris are back to their comic book roots to discuss Wandavision. While Chris breaks all the podcast rules and watches both episodes and reads theories, Steve comes in fresh.

We discuss lots of Comic Books, Avengers Disassembled, House of M and Tom King's Vision Series.

Also crossovers and 30 second pitches for new streaming networks (like Wandavision, the all Wanda Sykes streaming service)

Jan 12, 2021

Welcome to 2021! Anything happen in 2020?

Well Steve and Chris are here with the Fall Premieres... wait it's January? Uh well, you see. 

We watched Mr Mayor, the new vehicle for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to entertain us, and we watch Call Me Kat, the new Miyam Bialik Vehicle.

We also talk a little bit about Discovery + and The History of Swear Words on Netflix.

All this plus Crossovers and 30 second pitches.

Dec 25, 2020

To celebrate the long... looong. looooong awaited release of Wonder Woman 1984, Steve and Chris are joined by return guest Jeane Wong (@jeanedevivr). to go back and watch a show that never aired. David E. Kelley's take on Wonder Woman.

Starring Adrienne Palicki, fresh off Friday Night Lights, a young helmetless Pedro Pascak, and an amazing villainous turn by Elizabeth Hurley. David E Kelley's Wonder Woman is a flawed pilot with some glimmers of promise.

Join us as we discuss what went wrong, what network notes likely derailed the project, and what one of Jeane's dream projects is.

Merry Christmas, we bring you the gift of more Wonder Woman!

Dec 19, 2020

Join us for our Holiday Special.

This year we take a look at Netflix's mini-series: Dash and Lily. Based off the Book from the creators of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (One of Chris's favorite movies), Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The show is just joyful, fun and exciting.

We teased that the show seemed to be a teenage Serendipity, but it's got more layers.

We also discuss few other holiday watches (A very nutty christmas, princess switch, and the lego star wars holiday special)

Plus we do Crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Dec 5, 2020

We're so excited... well you know the joke. It's finally here, it was delayed by the Pandemic, we hoped to see the pilot at Peacock live in March, was it worth the wait? And the far more important question for NBC universal.. is it worth subscribing to Peackock for?

Steve and Chris also take a quick look at the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special on HBO Max and speculate, what would Will Smith be without the Fresh Prince? (could he close for Atlanta?)

All this, plus cross overs and 30 second pitches, n this week's episode one podcast!

Nov 18, 2020

This week Steve and Chris take a look at two new Hulu shows, one a remake of a film about a teacher seducing her student, the other another foreign drama, this time about freedom fighters in Syria.

We dig deep into FX on Hulu, discuss the origins of Isis (it's part of the show!) and do a quick bit on the Queen's Gambit.

All this plus Crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Oct 29, 2020

Welcome to this year's SPooooky episode one podcast.

This year we're looking at three spooky shows, that all happen to be our favorite genre, Comic Books!

First the last remnant from the old MArvel Television operation: Helstrom

Then our first look at the Walking Dead Franchise, the newest spin-off World Beyond

And finally what's old is new again, Swamp Thing, which aired in 2019 on the DC universe channel is now airing on the CW

A lot of fun, and as always crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Oct 15, 2020

Netflix has added some classic Black sitcoms from the late 90s and Aughts. All with strong Female Black leads and we are here to talk about them.

Moesha, The Game, Sister Sister, Girlfriends and The Parkers. What are their other common threads. How do they hold up 15-20 years later, and what do two white dudes think of them?

All that plus 30 second pitches and Crossovers.

Sep 30, 2020

Steve and Chris are back. We survived September in California and have the receipts for it!

Receipts for sneakers and our bounties! Find out how both Steve and Chris have a unique connection to Sneakerheads, and how they really don't for Teenage Bounty Hunters.

Also we debate which shows would have been better if you added the word Slutty to their title.

All this and more on the Slutty Episode One Podcast!

Sep 1, 2020

In our longest episode yet, the Fantasy Space Force draft finally... happens?

And we take a quick look at episode one of the Freeform (streaming on Hulu) miniseries "Love in the time of Corona" Then talk about what shows we've been watching since the quarantine started mid march.

Many shows from our backlog get covered, or re-covered, and a few new ones pop up as well!

Come enjoy it with us!

Aug 19, 2020

When we see Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams as Executive Producers, we've gotta watch.

Lovecraft Country is an exciting new HBO show, that pulls off some great stuff. Racism as Horror, it's been done before, but not sure it's ever been this effective. A great cast, great FX. Steve and Chris are excited to talk about this one with you!

Plus 30 second pitches and crossovers!

Aug 3, 2020

Well Peacock is here and we are.... excited?

We take a look at their current heavy hitter/prestige title Brave New World, and take a quick look at Intelligence and the 30 Rock Special/Upfront replacement/Controversial advertisement.

Some fun ensues as Steve had never heard of Brave New World before this show. Just shows the XKCD "Lucky 10,000" principle never fails:

Also we do some Peacock crossovers and 30 second pitches for new shows on Peacock

Jul 8, 2020

With a guest appearance, well almost, from Chris's wife Becca. The guy's take a look at a show made for tweens... that doesn't suck.

Chris was always jealous of the babysitter's club series as a kid, turns out his wife read nearly all of them, so they talked Steve into watching it so we could talk about it on the podcast.

Sadly Becca couldn't be on the pod, but gave her thoughts to Chris to relay.

Also because Becca wasn't there Damian Wayne gets mentioned a lot in this episode... Enjoy!

Jun 28, 2020

Got a triple threat this week. First we finally tackle Stargirl! It's been out for awhile, but we've been excited to talk about it since it features a comic character we both know, but haven't read the books.

Then with the premiere of Doom Patrol Season 2 on HBO Max, we go back and finally watch the pilot. Another comic book show, and right up our alley in the world of different ones, like Legion and Umbrella Academy.

Finally, a quick look at Matthew Rhys as Perry Mason, Chris and Steve are split on this one, but a fun watch.

All this plus crossovers and 30 second pitches: What prequel shows with a dark spin do we want to see?

Jun 11, 2020

Two recent shows that got a little overlooked after the events of the last few weeks. We wanted to dive in and enjoy a little comedy.

Space Force comes to us from Greg Daniels, starring a star studded cast!

Love Life features a perennial contender for America's Sweetheart: Anna Kendrick!

We also return to doing Crossovers and 30 second pitches!

Jun 6, 2020

In a somber moment for America. Steve and Chris wanted to find a way to honor and add to the empathy of what's going on in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

We watched the first episodes of "Dear White People" "When They See Us" and "#BlackAF" to listen and understand the systemic issues of Race and Racism from the lens of Black Creators.

Here's a link to the video project on youtube that supports BLM via ad revenue:

and a link to Campaign Zero and 8 Cant Wait:

Thank you if you choose to listen.

May 21, 2020

Well we got two firsts and a show. Our first interactive show, Kimmy Schmidt Kimmy vs the Reverend. Our first show from the Dc Online subscription... even though we watched it on Syfy. And then we have the new show from the co creator of Rick and Morty (Justin Roiland).

A lot to cover. We do our own interactive intro. Discuss Solar opposites from the perspective of being the only two guys who were meh on Rick and Morty, and What is a Batman show that has cursing and no Frank Miller (I'm the goddamn Batman) like?

All this and we squeeze in crossovers and 30 second pitches!.

May 12, 2020

Finally a show that matches what Chris does with each episode. Upload!

This week we take a look at the new Drama (Drama!!!) from Greg Daniels, best known for Parks and Recreation and the Office. We discuss whether it's future is realistic, if the concerns the premise raises about life, the universe and everything mesh, and we take a look at Black Mirror's "San Junipero" and how similar it is.

Plus 30 second pitches, crossovers and quarantine updates!

Stay safe, stay healthy.

May 5, 2020

We watched the Parks and Recreation special. Come listen to us reminisce about the glory of this show, talk about whether the reunion special worked, and discuss what other shows could pull off a good quarantine episode.

Stay safe out there Podcast Land

Apr 29, 2020

I want to live like normal people, I want to sleep with normal people, normal people like you.

No wait that was common people.

This week Steve and Chris watch a new Hulu show (airing on BBC 1 overseas) Based off a book it's another look at young love, teenagers in high school. This time in Ireland.

It's a fascinating exercise to see the tropes we're so used to in America be placed in a different culture. 

Come join us for the ride, and learn about Gaelic Football!

Apr 26, 2020

The podcast returns to a happier time, a gentler time, a time with less stress and worry, when the economy was in shambles and America was engulfed in a never ending war. 

Oh the 70's, what we wouldn't give to experience a different oil shock. But all that said, Mrs. America is pretty cool. Taking a look at a side of the 70's we don't get to see much, the beginnings of the modern gender equity movement. A deeper dive into the Equal Rights amendment, something you only got a paragraph about in your history book (if that!).

Plus some non pandemic 30 second pitches and crossovers!

Apr 20, 2020

This week a subject Steve knows pretty well, Carole Baskin! Yes Steve has been a visitor to the Big Cat Rescue. Since we're all in quarantine, the episode one podcast had to jump on the bandwagon and talk about what everyone else is. Tiger King!

After about 35 minutes of Covid-19 and Tiger King talk we dig into our back catalog and discuss how some shows we've done in the past would treat their quarantine episode. Inspired by, and referencing the great vulture article:

Apr 5, 2020

We're back in the Freeform extended cinematic universe. This time with witches.. and alternate history... and wait how do the Fosters and Grownish fit in?

Regardless, despite there being a pandemic going on, new shows are being released, and Steve and Chris are here to talk about them... just socially distanced of course.

Enjoy, let us know what you think and how you're doing through all this.

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