11 TV and Movie Podcasts Every Pop Culture Nerd Needs in Their Life
Fall and winter are perfect for hibernating, thanks to new and returning fall TV shows and the release of several award-worthy movies. And when the credits roll and you find yourself needing more insight and opinions, a great place to turn is the world of podcasts. Whether you want an overview to keep you in the know or prefer to dig in on a particular show or movie, here are 11 of the best TV and movie podcasts for every pop culture nerd.
1. Little Gold Men: Featuring trusted critics, favorite stars, and talented creators, Vanity Fair‘s inside look at the Hollywood film and TV industry is perfect for any movie lover at any time, but especially during awards season.
2. The Rewatchables: You know those movies you can watch over and over again and never get sick of? Bill Simmons and other familiar names from the pop-culture section of The Ringer talk about their favorite “rewatchables,” with recent episodes covering Wedding Crashers, The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Bride, and more.
3. Pop Culture Happy Hour: Trusted NPR voices get together to delve into the latest theatrical releases and TV episodes. With each episode running anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, it’s a great go-to for keeping on top of the latest in entertainment without sacrificing too much of your time.
4. Bitch Sesh: As the Real Housewives worlds grow bigger and more dramatic with each passing season, Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider — comedians, actresses, and superfans of the Bravo reality franchise — recap the season’s defining moments, while sipping Housewives-branded wine, naturally. Real talk about their own lives as well as listener questions and big-name special guests keep things fresh and personal, making it one of the best of the many Real Housewives podcasts out there.
5. Here to Make Friends: Not unlike the Real Housewives franchise, The Bachelor has been around for approximately one million years, developing superfans and scholars on the subject along the way. On Here to Make Friends, hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon recap Bachelor, Bachelorette, and Bachelor In Paradise episodes, while reflecting on what the whole high-budget social experiment means in dating and beyond.
6. The Bechdel Cast: The Bechdel (pronounced bek-del) test is a measure of the representation of women in film, TV, books, and more. It looks at whether the work features at least two women (preferably with names) who talk to each other about something other than men. On The Bechdel Cast, hosts Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante look at how current and classic films fare against the seemingly simple (but too rarely met) criteria.
7. You Can’t Make This Up: Netflix has had numerous hits with its original non-fiction programming. In their You Can’t Make This Up companion podcast, they interview the people behind some of their most popular shows — including Making a Murderer, Wild Wild Country, Evil Genius, and more — to get even more of the irresistible stories behind the truth.
8. The Good Place: The Podcast: NBC’s hit sitcom isn’t just packed with the best one-liners on TV right now; it’s dense with carefully researched philosophical ideas and moral quandaries. This behind-the-scenes podcast gives insights and anecdotes about making the show, and is hosted by none other than Marc Evan Jackson, who plays Michael’s immortal, evil boss.
9. Who? Weekly: Hosted by Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger, Who? Weekly will keep you appraised of what the “whos” and “thems” in Hollywood — or even just on Instagram — are up to. Their notable movie coverage of late includes the special recurring A Star Is Born segment, hilariously titled “Bradley Cooper Presents: ‘APodcast Segment Is Born‘ Starring Lady Gaga,” and you’ll likely relate deeply to their fierce support of Tinashe on Dancing With the Stars.
10. The Watch: Another must-listen from the pop-culture vultures at The Ringer. On The Watch, longtime professional movie, TV, and music nerds Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan enthusiastically obsess over all the latest releases (truly so many — how do they have the time?!) so you always have someone to geek out with.
11. How Did This Get Made: On this long-running film-fan favorite, hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas delve into the best bad movies to bring you their hilarious findings. How Did This Get Made started way back in 2010, so there are lots of gems to pick and choose from if you’re just getting started.
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