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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 talk about some news from the week, including the trailer for ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ and the announcement that the John le Carré adaptation ‘The Night Manager’ will be returning for two more seasons (1:00). Then they talk about the latest episode of ‘Shogun’ (16:49) and Episode 3 of ‘Ripley’ (41:14) before discussing how they are liking this season of ‘Top Chef’ so far (53:04). 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 series finale of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and how the show has evolved over its 12-season run (1:00). Then, they talk about the first two episodes of ‘Ripley’ and how it may be the best thing on Netflix since ‘Mindhunter’ (15:06). Finally, they get into the first two episodes of the Colin Farrell show ‘Sugar’ and how it’s hard to judge the show when they know an extreme twist is coming (41:53). 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 Julia Garner was cast as a version of Silver Surfer in the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ movie (1:00) and give some love to the second season of ‘Tokyo Vice’ (10:46). Then they break down the seventh episode of ‘Shogun’ and talk about how the show’s long production road helped deepen the characters (17:18). Finally, they talk about Episodes 6-8 of ‘3 Body Problem’ and whether there will be a second season of the show (36:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris is joined by Ringer-Verse host Charles Holmes to talk about the new animated series ‘X-Men ’97’ and how it’s the latest installment in what has become the genre of “nostalgia” television (1:00). Then, they talk about the first few episodes of the ‘Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show,’ how much “reality” there is in this reality TV show (37:14), and where this show fits in with the evolving idea of what a standup comic does (54:50). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Charles Holmes Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy break down the sixth episode of 'Shogun,' talking about their favorite moments from this episode and Anna Sawai's standout performance (1:00). Then, Chris is joined by Flo Lloyd-Hughes, host of The Ringer's 'Counter Pressed,' to talk about British TV-watching habits, including the popularity of 'The Traitors' U.K. (27:17) and what American shows have crossed over to become popular in England this year (44:42). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Flo Lloyd-Hughes Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about news that ‘Euphoria’ Season 3 has been delayed indefinitely, and get into whether or not the show will ever come back (1:00). Then, they discuss the first five episodes of ‘3 Body Problem,’ touching on how Benioff and Weiss are at their best when working from a source material (15:43) and how the show manages to make dense sci-fi material feel light and fast-paced (34:32). 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 trailers for years-in-the-making ‘Star Wars’ show ‘The Acolyte’ (1:00) and the second season of ‘House of the Dragon’ (11:41). Then they talk about the first episode of ‘3 Body Problem’ and how Benioff and Weiss manage to speed through plot in a way that hurt the end of ‘Game of Thrones,’ but is beneficial here (17:03). Finally, they discuss the fifth episode of ‘Shogun’ (29:27) and the premiere of ‘Top Chef’ Season 21, which marks a new era with Kristen Kish as the host (49:36). 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 ‘The Bear’ is shooting its third and fourth seasons simultaneously and the breakneck production pace that the show has (1:00). Then they talk about the new show ‘Manhunt’ that depicts the hunt for Abraham Lincoln’s killer (23:29) and Apple TV+’s play for straight historical fiction television (32:53). 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 Yorker profile of 'Succession' writer Lucy Prebble in which she wonders whether it's better to create TV that "feels like having a bath" instead of shows with complicated plotlines that require the viewer to follow closely (1:00). Then they talk about the fourth episode of 'Shogun' (26:44) and the new Netflix show 'The Gentlemen,' which feels just like the "gourmet cheeseburger" that chief content officer Bela Bajaria once described (44:55). Read the New Yorker article here. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about Sunday night's Oscars ceremony and how it seemed to cement the next generation of stars (1:00), as well as other standout moments from the broadcast, like the "I'm Just Ken" performance (30:57). Then, they talk about the first two episodes of ‘The Regime’ starring Kate Winslet, and the difference between when a show is “bad” and when it’s just not working (55:47). 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 third episode of ‘Shogun’ and how the show uses confrontation set pieces to drive the plot (1:00). Then, they answer a few more mailbag questions, talking about the lasting impact of ‘Dune: Part Two’ (28:16), the most influential TV shows of their childhoods (41:24), and the trailers for ‘3 Body Problem’ and ‘Fallout’ (48:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy give their reactions to ‘Dune: Part Two’ (1:00) and talk about whether or not the movie cemented the next generation of stars in Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Austin Butler, and Florence Pugh (30:38). Then they talk about some other things they are watching like Richard Linklater’s new documentary ‘Hometown Prison’ (41:36), before opening up the mailbag to answer a few questions around the state of the tv industry (48:54). 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 Guy Ritchie will direct a ‘Ray Donovan’ spinoff (1:00) and that the long-talked-about ‘Harry Potter’ TV series could be coming to Max in 2026 (15:32). Then, they talk about the first two episodes of ‘Shogun’ and how the show is using the TV medium to tell a dense and rich story (36:31). Finally, they preview ‘The Regime,’ HBO’s new Sunday night show starring Kate Winslet (59:26). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about rewatching ‘Dune’ in anticipation of ‘Dune: Part Two’ and how seriously Denis Villeneuve takes this world that he is creating (1:00). Then they talk about ‘Shogun’ and why the show reminds them of ‘Game of Thrones’ (18:03), before talking about the rumors that Paramount+ and Peacock might merge (32:38). Finally, they discuss two documentaries they are enjoying: ‘The Dynasty’ and ‘The Greatest Night in Pop’ (56:32). 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 ‘True Detective’ has been renewed for Season 5 with Issa Lopez at the helm, and some of show creator Nic Pizzolatto’s comments about the latest season (1:00). Then, they talk about two Apple shows they have been watching, ‘Masters of the Air’ and ‘The New Look’ (23:55), and how they define the company’s take on historical fiction. They then discuss the finale of ‘Monsieur Spade’ (41:11), before talking about their experience seeing ‘Madame Web’ (56:03). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy break down the finale of 'True Detective: Night Country,' and this season as a whole. They talk about how the show ultimately spent too much time in the past (1:00), whether or not the reveal of who killed Annie and the scientists landed for them (14:27), and where the 'True Detective' franchise goes from here (33:37). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy briefly talk about the announcement of the new ‘Fantastic Four’ cast (1:00). Then they are joined by ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ cocreator and showrunner Francesca Sloane to talk about the finale of the show (15:08), working with Donald Glover to bring the story to life (34:10), and choosing Maya Erskine for the role of Jane (43:49). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Francesca Sloane Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about some of the trailers that aired during the Super Bowl, including ‘Wicked’ (1:00), ‘Deadpool 3’ (15:05), and the remake of ‘Twisters’ (20:22). Then, they talk about the penultimate episode of ‘True Detective: Night Country’ and how the emotional moments really shined in this episode while there seems to be a lack of interest in depicting that actual detective work (31:21). 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 Fox, Warner Bros., and ESPN will launch a joint sports streaming platform this year (1:00) and what ripple effects this could have in the scripted TV world (28:48). Then they talk about Apple TV's upcoming slate of shows, including the Colin Farrell show 'Sugar' (38:46) and Episodes 3 through 6 of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith,' a show where the lack of backstory for the main characters works to its advantage (54:27). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy break down the latest episode of ‘True Detective: Night Country’ and talk about whether or not the show’s use of multiple mystery plotlines is muddying the story (1:00). Then they talk about being pleasantly surprised with ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ after the show’s long road to production (40:08), before briefly discussing the premiere of the final season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (59:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (26)

Adrienne Janney

regarding True Detective: Night Country, this is one of the most factually inaccurate podcasts and getting worse every week. they're barely watching the show and making all kinds of assumptions about facts that could be looked up. wild what people let two white dudes pass for intellect.

Feb 13th
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Kevin Murray

Do all podcasts have to contain all this slap happy BS and commentary associated with the podcasters themselves... I'm not tuning in to hear about the podcasters background...childhood... favorite colors...etc

Feb 2nd
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Chris Cutlip

it fucking sucked. bloated action scenes with an incomprehensible 'plot'. everything was written about what would look cool on camera from set to insanely dumb comedic action scenes. a complete snore

Jul 17th
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Vasilis Tsompanidis

oh, it's obvious they didn't stick the ending!!probably because of the exhaustion you mention.. plus the giraffe cfi was bad too, and that was one of the famous story bits of the game.. The same ending in the game was supposedly hit way harder

Mar 14th
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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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