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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Sep 5, 2019

Episode one ain't nothing to mess with.

It's part Straight out of Compton, Part the Wire. Wu-Tang: An American Saga is the latest Hulu exclusive we got a screener for and we're excited to share our thoughts!

Recording in the same room for the first time in months, the road to 99 is getting serious!

Plus a serious take on Crossovers and 30 second pitches for once.

Aug 22, 2019

Reboot-a-rama We have to admit, this one snuck up on us. We had heard the rumors, but didn't know it actually got made!

Steve and Chris were both avid Beverly Hills 90210 fans, and grew up with the show. We both even watched some of the 90210 continuation on CW. So how does the reboot proper hold up?

Excuse Chris's cold and Steve's temporary mic, still a great episode, and as always 30 second pitches and crossovers!

Aug 15, 2019

This week we look at the new series based on another Garth Ennis comic, The Boys. On Amazon Prime, this show takes a dark look at Super Heroes. Superheroes? Dark and Cynical? That's what we do best!

Dive in with Chris and Steve and see how deep the show goes, and if it can overcome it's cynicism enough to be likable (spoiler yes)

Also can we cross over The Boys with Girls? Of course we can. Plus 30 second pitches!

Jul 30, 2019

It was always destined we'd get here. It feels like a long time ago, we used to say we'd watch Veronica Mars, but we hadn't thought of it lately at all.

C'mon now sugar, join us as we bring it on and talk about Steve's first exposure to the world of Veronica Mars, and Chris brings his experience catching up with Veronica Mars for the movie back in 2013.

Just remember us when you get the 58 minute mark and we dive back into most of the shows we've covered in 2019 and talk about which shows we've watched more of, and what our thoughts were.

We're settling back into a biweekly-ish schedule, and we should be bringing you The Boys soon!

Jul 17, 2019

Special treat for everyone this week. Chris and Steve take a look at Historical roasts on Netflix with returning guest Eddie Furth, along with his partner in Roasts, Ryan Pigg!

We did have a bit of technical difficulties and lost a few minutes of audio. But the good news is we managed to save Eddie and Ryan's unfiltered thoughts on their next it series: "Historical Boats!"

We still managed to hit our normal questions and did crossovers and 30 second pitches with Eddie and Ryan, we hope you enjoy this "Very Special Episode" and we look forward to bringing you our 88th Episode Spectacular soon!

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!!!

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