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Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer.

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    • 4.5 • 510 Ratings

Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer.

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    Physical

    When the new Apple TV+ series is about Rose Byrne's Sheila, it's a strong examination of hunger and desire. When it wanders off into anything else, it gets dull in a hurry.

    • 14 min
    Romance Books: A Starter Guide

    Romance Books: A Starter Guide

    You have to love a love story: the meeting, the flirting, the falling, the struggling, and ultimately, the happily ever after. Maybe you're an experienced romance reader, or maybe you're just getting your feet wet. Either way, it's always good to get some recommendations, some basic background, and a few things to look for when you choose love stories for yourself.

    • 23 min
    We Are Lady Parts

    We Are Lady Parts

    The Peacock series We Are Lady Parts is a bold, bracing and very funny comedy series about an up-and-coming London punk band called Lady Parts, and the young, awkward and extremely anxious microbiology PhD student who reluctantly becomes their lead guitarist. The members of Lady Parts, and its manager, are all young Muslim women, from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

    • 13 min
    Tuca and Bertie

    Tuca and Bertie

    The animated series Tuca & Bertie stars two best friends in the classic odd couple tradition: Tiffany Haddish voices free-spirited Tuca and Ali Wong plays anxious Bertie. That setup may sound familiar, but the setting isn't: Tuca and Bertie are birds, and they live in a surreal world pulsing with color, drugs and plant-people. When it debuted back in 2019, Tuca & Bertie developed a rabid fanbase, but Netflix canceled it after one season. Now, it's found a new home on Adult Swim.

    • 21 min
    Luca And What's Making Us Happy

    Luca And What's Making Us Happy

    Luca, the latest movie from Disney and Pixar, whisks us across the globe and into a fictional coastal Italian town in the 1950s. There, the titular young hero and his new friend Alberto get into adventures and dream of buying their very own Vespa. But, there's a catch: In a quite literal take on the fish-out-of-water story, Luca and Alberto are humans on land and — unbeknownst to the rest of the townspeople — sea monsters when wet. Hijinks ensue as they attempt to keep their identities a secret from their new friends and foes.

    • 22 min
    Top 10 'Friends' Supporting Characters, Ranked

    Top 10 'Friends' Supporting Characters, Ranked

    It's good to be a star. In the world of the comedy Friends, that meant being Rachel or Ross, Monica or Chandler, Phoebe or Joey. But it takes more than just stars to make a hit.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
510 Ratings

510 Ratings

chetearly ,

My favorite pop culture podcast

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Percy da Cat ,

Hacks review episode

Glen and Danielle are magic together. More of them asa duo, please.

Lowella2828 ,

Still fun but not as interesting

I’ve been listening to this show for years and I find the lighthearted banter between the hosts (who seem to genuinely like each other and their guests) refreshingly positive. The show often feels like a fun gab fest between old friend about their current pop culture obsession. However, over the years the show has shifted its focus to a more conventional ‘review of the what’s hot in pop cultures today’ rather then a discussion. Gone are the days where the hosts took a deep dive into an interesting tropic or themes and explore how it relates to current pop culture - now it’s just a quick run down of the current trending movie, show or music. I miss the earlier episodes which had a less constrictive format and allowed the friendship between the hosts and their guests to really take centre stage. I never used to miss an episode but now I find myself being very selective about which episodes I choose to listen to and usually only pick tv shows, movies or music I already have an interest in. It’s unfortunate that the show has slipped in quality but it’s still a fun listen if you want to catch up on the latest pop culture news.

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