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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

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Chris and Andy are joined by the chairman and CEO of HBO and HBO Max content, Casey Bloys, to talk about how programming for the network has changed since they shifted more squarely into streaming (5:15), the changes the network has been through since merging with Warner Bros. (33:05), and how the success of shows like ‘House of the Dragon’ has informed what HBO wants to do going forward (54:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Casey Bloys Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about a heartbreaking, almost stand-alone episode of ‘The Last of Us’ (1:00) and how all of the small details came together to make this an impactful episode of television (16:48). Then, they talk about the first episode of ‘Poker Face,’ a new mystery show created by Rian Johnson and starring Natasha Lyonne (43:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the trailer for ‘Succession’ Season 4 that was released this week (1:00), then react to the Oscar nominations that were announced this week (16:14). Then, at long last, they break down ‘Chernobyl,’ the 2019 series from Craig Mazin that dramatizes the Chernobyl disaster (32:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about a new Apple TV+ commercial featuring Timothée Chalamet that is pushing the service's upcoming slate of shows (1:00). Then, they discuss an interview with the new co-CEOs of Netflix, Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters, about what they want the streamer's new global strategy to look like (15:16) before breaking down the second episode of ‘The Last of Us’ (31:02). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the news that Reed Hasting is leaving as CEO of Netflix, and what this means for the streamer (1:00). Then, they talk about the trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 (12:01), before talking about the two-episode premiere of ‘Night Court,’ which somehow got almost 10 million viewers (26:45). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the first episode of ‘The Last of Us’ and the difficulties of video game adaptations (1:00), the major plot points of this episode (20:56), and whether or not they think this will be a typical zombie TV show (35:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about this year’s awkward Golden Globes and whether or not they were a success (1:00). Then, they talk about the new trailer for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ (35:00) and a New Yorker profile of Netflix’s head of global TV, Bela Bajaria, that offers insight into the streaming service’s current strategy (51:38). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy are joined by Sean Fennessey to talk about the current state of awards season with the Golden Globes airing this week, and what cultural currency award shows hold today (1:00). Then, they talk about the new Nicolas Winding Refn series ‘Copenhagen Cowboy’ (41:03), and where it stands among other Refn projects (61:17). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Sean Fennessey Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about two upcoming TV series, ‘The Last of Us’ on HBO and ‘Poker Face’ on Peacock, and how streaming services get audiences hyped to see new shows (1:00). Then, they talk about the new Noah Baumbach movie, ‘White Noise,’ an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel of the same name (34:09). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about what they watched over the winter holidays, including ‘SAS: Rogue Heroes’ (1:00), ‘Babylon’ (17:00), and ‘Glass Onion’ (25:59). Then they talk about Netflix canceling ‘1899’ after just one season (35:08) and the series finale of ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ (44:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy round out 2022 by answering some mailbag questions. They talk about their ideal TV-watching environment (1:00), their favorite television moments from the year (26:33), and how shows like 'Andor' changed what's possible for comic book TV (32:27). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the premiere of the new Taylor Sheridan show ‘1923,’ starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, and whether the quality of his shows is slipping (1:00). Then they talk about the latest episode of ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ (24:24) before talking about some of their most anticipated shows for 2023, including the ‘Justified’ reboot and ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ (40:37). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the news that Warner Bros. Discovery will be canceling several more shows, as well as taking shows like ‘Westworld’ off the HBO Max platform (1:00). Then, they try to decipher what is going on with the DC Universe after James Gunn announced that he’s writing a new ‘Superman’ movie and that Henry Cavill will not be returning (35:02). Finally, they make their pitch for why you should be watching ‘The English’ (46:08). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the finale of 'The White Lotus' Season 2 and whether they were shocked by the death in the episode (1:00). Then they talk about some of the questions left unanswered by the finale (16:20) and some of the broader TV lessons that can be learned from this season (45:03). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Top Ten TV Shows of 2022

The Top Ten TV Shows of 2022

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Chris and Andy are joined by Sam Esmail to talk about their top ten favorite TV shows in 2022. They first talk about the state of television and how the medium is evolving (1:00), before talking about shows like ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Reservation Dogs,’ ‘House of the Dragon,’ ‘The Bear,’ and many more (22:52). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Sam Esmail Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the news that the combined streaming service for HBO Max and Discovery+ might just be called “Max” (1:00). Then they talk about the penultimate episode of ‘White Lotus’ Season 2 and how it’s fine that we’re not any closer to knowing who will be murdered (12:46), before talking about the premiere of the second season of ‘Slow Horses’ (42:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy hit on some news and notes, like the new Indiana Jones movie trailer dropping, 'Mandalorian' Season 3 getting a premiere date, and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon starting a production company (1:00). Then, they talk about the latest episode of 'Fleishman Is in Trouble' (30:15) before talking about the first two episodes of '1899' (40:58). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the Disney movie 'Strange World' bombing at the box office and Netflix's decision to put 'Glass Onion' in theaters for just one week, and what these two things can tell us about the strategies of streaming companies right now (1:00). Then they talk briefly about the trailer for the new Taylor Sheridan series '1923' (34:38), before talking about the latest episode of 'The White Lotus' (39:20). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the season finale of 'Andor' and the beauty of the show culminating at the Ferrix funeral (1:00). Then, Chris is joined for the third time by creator Tony Gilroy to talk about the making of the finale (28:15) and what could be coming in Season 2 (47:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Tony Gilroy Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the major news that Bob Chapek is out as the CEO of Disney and that former CEO Bob Iger will be coming back to take his place (1:00). Then, they talk about the first few episodes of the new Hulu show ‘Fleishman Is In Trouble’ (30:03) before talking about the latest episode of ‘The White Lotus’ (44:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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No Name

best show

Jul 19th
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E-G

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Jan 12th
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Jackie O'Shea

I think it's important to not talk about the buy out like it's final. they can get to an agreement, but they need to get the board on board, regulators, etc. there are a lot of ways the kids could screw with this deal

Dec 13th
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Sean Smith

Sam is another example of an entitled, worthless POS leftist that is the problem. Please never leave your house. Be entombed in it so we never have to hear your useless voice ever again.

Dec 17th
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Dragan Vidacic

mmmmmm j

Jul 31st
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Aimz

Love the Rhea interview am a big fan of her work and love how she explains how much thought and work goes into playing Kim. Her ideas for lockdown are great regarding creating she is bang on can tell she is an artist. Thanks for asking great questions and not the usual 'oh tell us what happens' idiots ask, why do they ask as the actors wont tell and no one will publish a spoiler so is a waste of precious time.

Apr 6th
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Keith Winits

Long time subscriber. I love the pod. I just hate the fact that you both are so deep in your own bubbles and can't see past it. Your political ideology is killing any enjoyment I get from the show. I'm not alone. Clean it up.

Mar 31st
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Ralph England

If Carrie Fisher's inclusion was the only issue it wouldnt have been an issue.

Dec 24th
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Occasio Gee

There are times you guys use some huge words and I love it. Every episode that I have to look up the vocab, I am better for it.

Dec 4th
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Elvis Kalicharan

oh hell no

Nov 23rd
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Ishmael

What a bunch of sarcastic idiots reviewing bullshit propaganda shows.

Nov 5th
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Brian Berry

l

Aug 16th
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Will X

great podcast.

May 21st
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Sonny Iyasere

Really like the Jesse James Jaime Lannister take, I personally think it's all there if you look closely enough. And Daenerys' turn is all her face. I believe once you've done 7 years of work all it takes is a look. We got it from Cersei in her shame walk now Daenerys seeing the red keep for the first time.

May 13th
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David Allen

So nothing about sharp objects? are you kidding me??

Aug 7th
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iTunes User

Love tuning into Chris and Andy discuss the latest tv shows along with some movies and music. Keeps me informed and laughing. Great podcast!

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I have been a big fan of Chris and Andy since their Hollywood Prospectus days. With so much to watch on TV, they have helped help me find some great new shows to watch (Mr. Robot; People vs. O.J.) while helping me steer clear of bad shows. Their commentary is insightful, and their deep-dive Game of Thrones analysis is second-to-none. They hold the Championship Belt of entertainment podcasts.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Ok, I'm not THAT pathetic, but if you love tv, movies, pop culture, laughter, and/or our lord Yeezus, this is the podcast for you. Chris and Andy are uniquely insightful, funny, interesting, and relatable. It feels like a conversation with smarter, more interesting friends than you probably have. Check this podcast out so you can regurgitate it to your friends and impress them with your social commentary.

Aug 30th
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