405 episodes

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 The Ringer

    • TV & Film
    • 4.1 • 108 Ratings

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.

    Did ‘The Leftovers’ Stick the Landing?

    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
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    ‘True Detective: Night Country’ Season Finale Deep Dive. Plus, Shōgun Preview.

    ‘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
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Did ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Stick the Landing?

    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
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ Review

    ‘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
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    • 56 min
    ‘True Detective: Night Country’ Episode 5 Deep Dive

    ‘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
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Did ‘Girls’ Stick the Landing?

    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
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    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

cristinam3 ,

More Joanna & Mallory

Joanna is in my top 5 favourite cultural critics and podcasters of all time. I’ve followed her from Vanity Fair to her many personal podcasts (like The Storm) to The Ringer and will continue to follow her no matter where she lands. Discovering Mallory has also been a delight and their Yellowjackets reviews/recaps are unparalleled.

I was also so excited that Joanna would be doing Succession recaps this season BUT those episodes have been almost excruciating to listen to because of Bill. Not knowing characters names or basic plot points/facts about the show, applying minimal media literacy or critical thinking to the episodes, clear bias against female characters (especially Shiv), and just a complete misunderstanding of the show. He speaks over Joanna constantly with his bizarre & dumb takes and it’s been so frustrating that I literally paused the latest episode and *redownloaded* Apple podcasts to leave this review.

TLDR; more Joanna, way less Bill

dsides89 ,

It’s Aaaaandy Greeeeenwaaaalld!

He’s the worst!

Vcdfgb ,

Amanda, please stop talking about the royals.

Amanda is one of the worst royally educated individuals. Constant mistakes. I’m correcting her all the time. There is no Prince of Cornwall. The Duchy of Cornwall is not taxpayer funded. Princess Kate has never posed for paparazzi photos. Seriously, you misinformed and coming across very biased.

Jo, love you and your work.

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