The Prestige TV Podcast podcast

The Prestige TV Podcast

The Prestige TV Podcast covers the best shows on television with unparalleled passion and expertise. The feed features must-listen commentary from The Ringer’s own Bill Simmons, Joanna Robinson, Sean Fennessey, Mallory Rubin, Van Lathan, and many more. Subscribe to The Prestige TV Podcast for weekly recaps, comprehensive breakdowns, and exclusive creator & cast interviews.

The Prestige TV Podcast covers the best shows on television with unparalleled passion and expertise. The feed features must-listen commentary from The Ringer’s own Bill Simmons, Joanna Robinson, Sean Fennessey, Mallory Rubin, Van Lathan, and many more. Subscribe to The Prestige TV Podcast for weekly recaps, comprehensive breakdowns, and exclusive creator & cast interviews.

 

#405

Did ‘The Leftovers’ Stick the Landing?

Andy Greenwald is joined by Mina Kimes to discuss “The Book of Nora,” the series finale of ‘The Leftovers.’ They explain what attracted them to the HBO drama in the first place and their subsequent desire to convince others to watch it (2:32). Next, they unpack the central theme of the series, how it’s deftly revealed over the course of just 28 episodes, and the show's unique ability to reinvent itself for the better season after season (23:07). Later, they talk about the final episode’s tone, which was dramatically different from the rest of the show; Justin Theroux's and Carrie Coon’s Hall of Fame performances; and why in the end ‘The Leftovers’ is a story about love (40:36). Finally, they answer the titular question: “Did it stick the landing?” (79:40). Host: Andy Greenwald Guest: Mina Kimes Producers: Kaya McMullen and Kai Grady Theme Song and Other Music Credits: Giancarlo Vulcano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

1 HR 25 MINS

1:25:40

21 Feb 2024


#404

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Season Finale Deep Dive. Plus, Shōgun Preview.

Jo and Rob return to break down the season finale of ‘True Detective: Night Country.’ They discuss their thoughts on both the final episode and the season as a whole, why Pete’s story feels unfinished, and how the big reveals land. Along the way, they talk through some of the show’s lingering questions and debate the various meanings (or lack thereof) behind the season’s recurring iconography. Later, in anticipation of the two-episode series premiere of Shōgun, they take a brief look ahead at the upcoming FX historical drama including their first impressions, why they’re excited for its run, and what audiences can expect from the new series. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Feb 2024

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:30

20 Feb 2024


#403

Did ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Stick the Landing?

Andy Greenwald is joined by Joanna Robinson to discuss “Discos and Dragons,” the series finale of ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ They open by talking about the show’s cultlike following, all of its famous alumni, and how NBC didn’t understand how to treat it (3:10). Next, they break down the reasons for its premature ending and why its short life span contributed to its prolonged impact (56:36). Later, they share their feelings on a potential ‘Freaks and Geeks’ reunion down the line (74:08). Finally, they answer the titular question: “Did it stick the landing?” (71:25). Host: Andy Greenwald Guest: Joanna Robinson Producers: Kaya McMullen and Kai Grady Theme Song and Other Music Credits: Giancarlo Vulcano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Feb 2024

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:30

14 Feb 2024


#402

‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ Review

Charles and Jo give their thoughts on Donald Glover’s new spy comedy/drama on Prime Video, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ a reformulation of the iconic 2005 movie starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They talk about Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s previous involvement in the show, Glover’s identity as an artist, and what they thought worked and didn’t work about the series. Hosts: Charles Holmes and Joanna Robinson Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Feb 2024

56 MINS

56:58

13 Feb 2024


#401

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Episode 5 Deep Dive

Jo and Rob return to break down the fifth episode of ‘True Detective: Night Country.’ They discuss the whereabouts of Raymond Clark, potential connections to ‘The Odyssey,’ and whether or not Rose is a ghost. Next, they talk about the gut-wrenching turn of events between Pete and Hank and the ripple effect of the intense showdown. Later, they walk through how the vast conspiracy at the heart of the story unravels in the penultimate episode. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Feb 2024

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:12

13 Feb 2024


#400

Did ‘Girls’ Stick the Landing?

Andy Greenwald is joined by Amanda Dobbins to discuss “Latching,” the series finale of ‘Girls.’ They start by providing context on the media environment at the time when the HBO comedy series premiered and how it was a bridge between the eras of network television and prestige cable TV (10:57). Along the way, they discuss what the show originally set out to do, the benefits (and drawbacks) of creator Lena Dunham’s unparalleled self-awareness, and how ‘Girls’ ended its six-season run with intent (27:03). Finally, they answer the titular question: “Did it stick the landing?” (77:14). Host: Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins Producers: Kaya McMullen and Kai Grady Theme Song and Other Music Credits: Giancarlo Vulcano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Feb 2024

1 HR 32 MINS

1:32:44

07 Feb 2024


#399

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Episode 4 Deep Dive

Jo and Rob return to break down the fourth episode of ‘True Detective: Night Country.’ They discuss a roundup of the show’s recurring themes, including its continued use of teal, deepening connection to Sedna the sea goddess, and significant expansion of supernatural horror compared to seasons past. Along the way, they talk about some of this season’s inconsistent storytelling and why the shortened six-episode season has been somewhat damaging to the overall narrative. Later, they theorize about the ambiguous role Rose Aguineau plays in Navarro’s life. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Feb 2024

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:57

06 Feb 2024


#398

Did ‘The Office’ Stick the Landing?

Andy Greenwald is joined by Rembert Browne to discuss “Finale,” the series finale of ‘The Office.’ They open by describing their relationships with the beloved NBC sitcom and how impressive it is that ‘The Office’ has remained a centerpiece of popular culture so many years after it finished its run (3:58). Along the way, the two explain how the show “ended” multiple times throughout its nine seasons (21:12). Later, they talk about their complicated feelings regarding the final episode and how it tied up nicely in some ways and missed the mark in others (47:44). Finally, they answer the titular question: “Did it stick the landing?” (70:13). Host: Andy Greenwald Guest: Rembert Browne Producers: Kaya McMullen and Kai Grady Theme Song and Other Music Credits: Giancarlo Vulcano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

31 Jan 2024

1 HR 17 MINS

1:17:46

31 Jan 2024


#397

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Episode 3 Deep Dive

Jo and Rob return to break down the third episode of ‘True Detective: Night Country.’ They discuss the vast use of teal and what it might symbolize, why the flashback sequences are so effective, and Danvers’s (at times misguided) maternal instincts. Along the way, they talk about Hank’s ongoing suspiciousness and Navarro opening up for the first time. Later, they highlight some of the show’s most significant unanswered questions. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Jan 2024

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:53

30 Jan 2024


#396

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Theories

Two episodes into ‘True Detective: Night Country,’ Charles and Van dive into their theories about who could be the killer, how the polar bear figures into the mystery, and more. Hosts: Charles Holmes and Van Lathan Producers: Steve Ahlman and Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jan 2024

29 MINS

29:34

26 Jan 2024


#395

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Episode 2 Deep Dive

Jo and Rob return to break down the second episode of ‘True Detective: Night Country.’ They answer a handful of listener emails and discuss the many connections to Season 1 that popped up in this episode and the complicated dynamics of the tight-knit Ennis community. Along the way, they talk about the unlikely similarities between Danvers and Navarro in how they handle their respective relationships. Later, they dive into theory corner to investigate the most pressing clues heading into next week. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Jan 2024

1 HR 18 MINS

1:18:08

24 Jan 2024


#394

Did ‘Mad Men’ Stick the Landing?

Andy Greenwald is joined by Sean Fennessey to discuss “Person to Person,” the series finale of ‘Mad Men.’ They start by describing what the surrounding culture was like and who they were as people when it initially aired (5:03). Next, Andy reveals that his opinion of the final episode has altered, then details what led to the change of heart (16:00). Along the way, the two talk about how the AMC hit drama decided to handle Don Draper’s send-off and the ways in which it broke so many TV norms in the process (64:22). Finally, they answer the titular question: “Did it stick the landing?” (74:44). Host: Andy Greenwald Guest: Sean Fennessey Producers: Kaya McMullen and Kai Grady Theme Song and Other Music Credits: Giancarlo Vulcano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Jan 2024

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:37

24 Jan 2024


#393

Did ‘Friday Night Lights’ Stick the Landing?

Andy Greenwald is joined by Mallory Rubin to discuss “Always,” the series finale of ‘Friday Night Lights.’ They open by setting the scene, providing background info on the show itself, and contextualizing the TV landscape that it was released in (3:43). Next, they discuss the stakes of, instant reactions to, and various criticisms of the final episode (25:33). Along the way, the two talk about the finale’s legacy and how it’s aged for them personally (80:39). Finally, they answer the titular question: “Did it stick the landing?” (97:41). Host: Andy Greenwald Guest: Mallory Rubin Producers: Kaya McMullen and Kai Grady Theme Song and Other Music Credits: Giancarlo Vulcano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Jan 2024

1 HR 43 MINS

1:43:59

17 Jan 2024


#392

‘Fargo’ Season 5 Finale Recap With Noah Hawley

Jo and Rob break down the ‘Fargo’ Season 5 finale. They discuss their personal feelings on the final episode, how the characters of Indira Olmstead and Witt Farr fall flat in the end, and the conclusion to Gator’s redemption arc. Along the way, they briefly talk about the intense prison scene between Lorraine and Roy. Later, they’re joined by the creator and showrunner of ‘Fargo,’ Noah Hawley, to talk about how this season grapples with the symptoms of a divided America, the final confrontation between Dot and Ole Munch, how he goes about creating likable family characters, Witt Farr’s demise, and much more. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Guest: Noah Hawley Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Jan 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:34

17 Jan 2024


#391

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Premiere Deep Dive

Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney reunite to break down the premiere of ‘True Detective: Night Country.’ They open by unpacking the lasting cultural impact of the first season 10 years later and how the fourth season of the beloved HBO drama differs this time around. Next, they discuss the eerie Alaskan setting, the many strained relationships between the characters, and the supernatural elements of the story so far. Later, they close by investigating a series of significant clues and early theories from the episode. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Jan 2024

1 HR 33 MINS

1:33:24

16 Jan 2024


#390

‘The Curse’ Season 1 Finale Recap

Sean and Jo return to break down the Season 1 finale of ‘The Curse.’ They discuss the extremely bold conclusion, whether or not the final episode has a deeper meaning beneath it, and the subsequent provocation of critics and viewers alike. Along the way, they debate whether Asher was actually cursed and his final attempt to win over Whitney’s approval. Later, they talk through similarities (and differences) between the Showtime series and ‘Twin Peaks.’ Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Joanna Robinson Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jan 2024

57 MINS

57:03

12 Jan 2024


#389

Introducing 'Stick the Landing'

Did Don Draper really buy the world a Coke? Did Tony Soprano really die (or just order more onion rings)? Were those guys really in hell the whole time—or was that just the audience? Hosted by Andy Greenwald, 'Stick the Landing' is a new podcast that revisits iconic season finales from the past to see what they might tell us about our TV-watching future. Each episode will feature a different guest to revisit finales from shows such as 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Freaks and Geeks,' and 'The Office' and ask a central question: Did it stick the landing? Starting January 17, find 'Stick the Landing' on Wednesdays on the 'Prestige TV' feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Jan 2024

01 MINS

01:03

10 Jan 2024


#388

‘Fargo’ Season 5, Episode 9 Recap

Jo and Rob are back to break down the ninth episode of ‘Fargo’ Season 5 and talk about what they’re hoping to see in the season finale. They head to Coen Corner to parse the Coen references in this episode, and go through listener emails regarding the truth of the phrase “fruit of the poisonous tree,” Russian election scams, Oregonian anarchists, and more. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producers: Sasha Ashall and Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Jan 2024

54 MINS

54:01

10 Jan 2024


#387

‘The Curse’ Episodes 6-9

Sean and Jo convene before the finale of Nathan Fielder’s cringe dramedy ‘The Curse’ to sift through the many ideas about performance of the self, gentrification, reality television, marriage, art, and more in Episodes 6-9. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Joanna Robinson Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jan 2024

54 MINS

54:10

08 Jan 2024


#386

‘Fargo’ Season 5, Episode 8 Recap

Jo and Rob are back to break down the eighth episode of ‘Fargo’ Season 5. They open by reading through a handful of listener emails on how this season is depicting the Midwest and its culture. Next, they discuss the rise and fall of Danish Graves, the likelihood of an effective Gator redemption arc, and Roy Tillman’s viciousness. Along the way, they revisit this season’s themes of debt and the characters’ constructed realities. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Jan 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:20

03 Jan 2024


#385

‘Fargo’ Season 5, Episode 7 Recap

Jo and Rob are back to break down the seventh episode of ‘Fargo’ Season 5. They discuss the harrowing puppet theater visuals and Dot’s coinciding dream sequence, Gator’s increasingly ruinous character arc, and the various hints that foreshadowed Camp Utopia. Along the way, they talk about Wayne and Scotty’s wholesome father-daughter bond. Later, they close by unpacking the final scene, in which Roy finally catches up to Dot, and why this episode is the most technically impressive of the season. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Dec 2023

47 MINS

47:45

27 Dec 2023


#384

‘Fargo’ Season 5, Episode 6 Recap

Jo and Rob are back to break down the sixth episode of ‘Fargo’ Season 5. They open by talking through the various meanings behind the title “The Tender Trap,” revisiting the ongoing parallels between the show and the Coen brothers’ filmography, and nominating their favorite Minnesota nice moments of the episode. Next, they discuss how the series continues to peel back the true nature of two of the show’s most despicable characters—Roy Tillman and Lars Olmstead. Later, they close by highlighting more of the recurring connections to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Dec 2023

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:55

20 Dec 2023


#383

‘The Crown’ Series Finale

Jo and Amanda return for their final word on ‘The Crown.’ They go character by character through the last three episodes of Season 6 to explore what Peter Morgan is really trying to say about the British monarchy, and recap their favorite moments like Claire Foy’s cameo and shirtless Matt Smith. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Dec 2023

57 MINS

57:35

20 Dec 2023


#382

‘The Crown’ Season 6, Episodes 5-7

Jo and Amanda reconvene now that the final six episodes of ‘The Crown’ dropped on Netflix to discuss Episode 5, 6, and 7. They dream-cast Will, Kate, and Harry after talking about the three unknown actors that will be portraying them, then examine what the show is trying to say as it increasingly depicts events we have a vivid collective memory of. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Dec 2023

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:56

16 Dec 2023


#381

‘Fargo’ Season 5, Episode 5 Recap

Jo and Rob are back to break down the fifth episode of ‘Fargo’ Season 5. They discuss a handful of scene-stealing moments from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Roy Tillman’s role as the show’s true villain, and how many of the characters are constructing their own realities. Along the way, they unpack ‘The Wizard of Oz’ theory and all of the ways the series is mirroring the classic American fairy tale. Later, they talk about the unlikely similarities between Dot and Munch. Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney Producer: Kai Grady Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Dec 2023

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:22

13 Dec 2023