67 episodes

Hello, world! This Alex and Em! Welcome to our corner of the Internet! The Good. The Bad. The Basic. is a podcast where two Black Millennials wax nostalgic on the TV shows and movies we grew up on as well as intellectualize and throw shade at what we're watching now! Join us for obscure pop culture references and organic, fair trade teas as we analyze what makes all of our faves good, bad, and mildly problematic! Enjoy, and check out our Patreon for more exclusive content!

The Good. The Bad. The Basic. Alex & Ém

    • TV & Film

Hello, world! This Alex and Em! Welcome to our corner of the Internet! The Good. The Bad. The Basic. is a podcast where two Black Millennials wax nostalgic on the TV shows and movies we grew up on as well as intellectualize and throw shade at what we're watching now! Join us for obscure pop culture references and organic, fair trade teas as we analyze what makes all of our faves good, bad, and mildly problematic! Enjoy, and check out our Patreon for more exclusive content!

    66: Sister Sister, Part II

    66: Sister Sister, Part II

    On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the last seasons of the landmark ABC and WB sitcom, Sister, Sister! This series follows our protagonists, twins who were separated and individually adopted at birth, when they reunite during a chance encounter, and both they and their adoptive parents work at being an integrated family. Sister, Sister took a lot of sitcom risks, portraying Black girls and Black families in a radically different, often much more autonomous way. So what made this series so captivating? Stay tuned!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    65: Sister, Sister, Part I

    65: Sister, Sister, Part I

    On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the first 3 seasons of the landmark ABC and WB sitcom, Sister, Sister! This series follows our protagonists, twins who were separated and individually adopted at birth, when they reunite during a chance encounter, and both they and their adoptive parents work at being an integrated family. Sister, Sister was and still remains one of the most unique sitcom premises of all time, dealing with often very heavy themes such as twin separation, adoption, found families, and personal identity with just enough levity. So what made this series such a hit? What was it about Sister, Sister that made the Mowry twins household names? Stay tuned!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    64: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Part II

    64: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Part II

    On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the last 3 seasons of the unforgettable NBC sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! This series follows our protagonist’s life as he adjusts from lower-middle class life in West Philadelphia to a posh new existence with his aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, California. Fresh Prince is one of the most ubiquitous American sitcoms of all time! So what was the secret behind this landmark series’ success? Stay tuned!

    • 1 hr 31 min
    63: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Part I

    63: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Part I

    On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the first 3 seasons of the groundbreaking NBC sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! This series follows our protagonist’s life after he is sent away by his mother from the mean streets of West Philadelphia to the posh new world of Bel-Air, California, to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle. Fresh Prince instantly became a television mainstay, and all of the characters on the series remain household names to this day. So what was the magic formula for this wildly successful Black sitcom? Stay tuned!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    62: Boy Meets World, Part II

    62: Boy Meets World, Part II

    On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the last 3 seasons of the iconic ABC sitcom, Boy Meets World! This slice-of-life series follows our protagonist from his pre-teen years through the ups and downs of his early 20s. Boy Meets World's gives us a taste of the life of the average white boy growing up in the 90s, and the family and friends who help shape him. So how well has this landmark series aged 20 years after its finale? Stay tuned!

    • 2 hrs 9 min
    61: Boy Meets World, Part I

    61: Boy Meets World, Part I

    On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the first 4 seasons of the iconic ABC sitcom, Boy Meets World! This slice-of-life series follows our protagonist from his awkward pre-teen years through the growth of manhood. Though there is nothing special about any one episode, Boy Meets World's charm is in how it made the everyday and mundane into entertainment, cementing its status as one of the most memorable shows of the 90s. So how did Boy Meets World manage to turn the ordinary into an extraordinarily touching series? Stay tuned!

    • 1 hr 32 min

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