86 episodes

The Drop is a weekly show tackling the latest in the world of pop culture and entertainment. Why does it seem like everything on television is based on a true story? Why is Kate Bush back in the charts? How did Pete Davidson get so popular? Join host Osman Faruqi and The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's team of culture writers and critics as they answer these questions and more along with interviews with musicians, actors, film makers and everyone involved in the world of culture.

The Drop with Osman Faruqi SMH & The Age

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 135 Ratings

The Drop is a weekly show tackling the latest in the world of pop culture and entertainment. Why does it seem like everything on television is based on a true story? Why is Kate Bush back in the charts? How did Pete Davidson get so popular? Join host Osman Faruqi and The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's team of culture writers and critics as they answer these questions and more along with interviews with musicians, actors, film makers and everyone involved in the world of culture.

    Could 'American Fiction' upset the Oscar race? Plus Australia's Taylor Swift meltdown

    Could 'American Fiction' upset the Oscar race? Plus Australia's Taylor Swift meltdown

    While Oppenheimer looks set to dominate the Academy Awards, another film is quietly gaining momentum. Based on the best-selling novel Erasure by Percival Everett, American Fiction is a literary comedy that confronts our culture's obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes.

    Osman, Thomas and Mel review the film (spoiler-free), discuss the rise of cultural gatekeepers and how American Fiction successfully challenges the ideas of representation in film, publishing and the arts. Plus, Taylor Swift is (still) in town, and everyone has lost their minds, but that’s a good thing, right? And of course, Impress Your Friends is back, but this time we’re also rating previous reccs. Fun!
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    • 48 min
    How reality TV became Australia's biggest export, and Beyonce's country turn

    How reality TV became Australia's biggest export, and Beyonce's country turn

    Married At First Sight, Australian Idol, Survivor, The Block... even the ABC's Muster Dogs. They're the most popular shows in the country, attracting millions of viewers every night. So how did Australia become a country dominated by reality TV?

    And why do Australian reality TV shows get such a massive reception overseas? Is it good for our culture, or does is it happening at the detriment of drama and other more expensive genres?

    Plus, Osman, Thomas and Mel look at the winners and losers out of the Super Bowl and share their weekly recommendations.
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    • 51 min
    The Taylor Swift backlash is here. Plus, does awards season still matter?

    The Taylor Swift backlash is here. Plus, does awards season still matter?

    Osman, Thomas and Mel are back for 2024 and kick things off with a discussion about the the entertainment industry's awards season, and what role the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars play in our cultural conversation.

    Then they turn their attention to Taylor Swift's dominance and if she's reached saturation point. Did she fumble her album announcement? Is the backlash unfair? Or is it time to re-interrogate the most powerful person in the business?

    Finally, a bumper Impress Your Friends segment where the hosts share their favourite summer watches, what they are streaming right now, and what they're excited about in 2024.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    2023 pop culture awards, plus what's coming in 2024

    2023 pop culture awards, plus what's coming in 2024

    Mel and Thomas along with special guest host, Spectrum deputy editor Robert Moran look back at all the big pop culture moments in 2023 - from the Barbenheimer phenomenon to the Hollywood actor's strike and more. Plus films, TV and books to look forward to in 2024.

    And the very last Impress your friends segment for the year.
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    • 42 min
    The best TV, films, books and music of 2023

    The best TV, films, books and music of 2023

    From Succession to Oppenheimer to Fast Car, Mel and Thomas give their top picks of the best of culture from 2023.
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    • 48 min
    Have streaming platforms ruined Christmas movies?

    Have streaming platforms ruined Christmas movies?

    The arrival of the festive season brings the excuse to finally watch Christmas movies on repeat for an entire month.

    Mel and Thomas take a look at some of the classics like Home Alone and Love Actually, but also at the rise of bad Hallmark Christmas films that have inundated our streaming platforms over the past 10 years.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

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Intelligent discussion keep up the good work

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Best culture pod on the net

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