9 episodes

A behind-the-scenes companion podcast for the new HBO Max dramedy, Generation, from the perspective of the writers and actors who brought the show to life.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

A behind-the-scenes companion podcast for the new HBO Max dramedy, Generation, from the perspective of the writers and actors who brought the show to life.

    Episode 108 with Lukita Maxwell, Christina Nieves, Daniel Barnz, and Zelda Barnz

    Episode 108 with Lukita Maxwell, Christina Nieves, Daniel Barnz, and Zelda Barnz

    “I find randomness kind of hopeful,” Chester’s prophetic new crush declares, and a glimmer of sun fissures a storm cloud. The sentiment carries through Arianna’s rousing confession to Delilah about her own adoption story, and the whole gang’s amulet-laden send-off to the most unexpected member of a future, yet-to-be-named generation. These moments are all quiet — ceremonial even — and they carry us through Generation’s mid-season finale and pivotal eighth episode. On episode eight of Generation: The Podcast, hosts Gigi Goode & Whembley Sewell unpack all the pauses with a round table of guests: Lukita Maxwell, who portrays Delilah, series writer Christina Nieves, and Generation co-creators Zelda and Daniel Barnz.

    *** Note: This is the last podcast episode for S1A. Generation: The Podcast will return for S1B leading up to the 6/17 premiere.
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    • 35 min
    Episode 107 with Chloe East and Sono Patel

    Episode 107 with Chloe East and Sono Patel

    You may have figured it out by now: Generation is a show told through perspectives. So sometimes you’ve got to zoom out and remember that the way you’re seeing things is *not* the universal truth. And sometimes two people with different perspectives — two people in one hotel room, for example — are living entirely different realities. In episode seven of the HBO Max original series, building tensions come to a head as a motel party of epic proportions unfolds. So on the seventh episode of Generation: The Podcast, guests Chloe East, who stars as Naomi, and series writer Sono Patel hold space for processing with hosts Gigi Goode and Whembley Sewell about some of the show’s most climactic moments. It’s group therapy for Riley/Greta stans and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of the most bombastic episodes of Generation yet.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 106 with Max Saltarelli, Haley Sanchez & Zelda Barnz

    Episode 106 with Max Saltarelli, Haley Sanchez & Zelda Barnz

    They say the door slams hard behind you when you leave the house of judgment (and by 'they,' we mean pop cyborg Caroline Polachek in her song “Door.”) And what could be more soothing to the confined teenage soul than spending hours in a school bus hurtling toward the gay mecca of San Francisco? In episode six of the HBO Max original series, the gang grabs their fake IDs (with very white names) and heads north to escape overbearing parents & rude societal expectations. Greta in particular has a lot to mull over on the bus ride.... So on this sixth episode of Generation: The Podcast, hosts Gigi Goode & Whembley Sewell reveal the layers of Greta’s journey with the actor who portrays her, Haley Sanchez, as well as series writer Max Saltarelli (who we can thank for the Polachekian soundtrack to the very first time Greta & Riley hold hands) and Generation co-creator Zelda Barnz.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 105 with Chase Sui Wonders and Zelda Barnz

    Episode 105 with Chase Sui Wonders and Zelda Barnz

    Hormonal teens may eternally seem fast to their elders, but the slow burn is still alive. In the fifth episode of the HBO Max original series Generation, homosexual pining glimpses acceleration in the liminal space of the Southern California equivalent of the Snow Day. Our protagonists’ crushes intensify: Greta and Riley’s mutual desire deepens, and — unbeknownst to Sam — so does Chester’s romantic pursuit of his guidance counselor. So on the fifth episode of Generation: The Podcast, hosts Gigi Goode & Whembley Sewell talk about the anatomy of a queer teenage crush with show co-creator Zelda Barnz and Chase Sui Wonders, who stars as Riley. Plus: fashion as carapace, bleached blonde tendrils as flagging, and isolation as an incubator for creativity.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 104 with Martha Plimpton, Sharr White & Zelda Barnz

    Episode 104 with Martha Plimpton, Sharr White & Zelda Barnz

    Behind every mother’s truly unhinged external monologue is a rampant internal monologue. In other words, if an Orange County white evangelical Christian mom is going off at the PTA meeting about gluten-free snacks… it’s definitely not about snacks. In episode four of the Generation, the HBO Max original series, we get a closer look at Megan, the woman who birthed dynamic twin duo Naomi and Nathan, and worries relentlessly about whether or not they will go to hell. So on the fourth episode of Generation: The Podcast, hosts Gigi Goode & Whembley Sewell unpack Megan’s relationship to normalcy, sex, loss, and change with series writer Sharr White, legendary actor Martha Plimpton, who brings Megan to life onscreen, and Generation co-creator Zelda Barnz.
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    • 31 min
    Episode 103 with Uly Schlesinger and Zelda Barnz

    Episode 103 with Uly Schlesinger and Zelda Barnz

    Generation is, at its heart, about connection. To biological family, chosen queer family, and of course, every teen’s number one obsession: their friends. And what better way to explore the complex possibilities and crags of family and friendship than getting really, really… toasted? In episode three of the HBO original series, the gang gets stoned and has revelations big and small. The biggest, most irreversible, and most public revelation belongs to Nathan. So on the third episode of Generation: The Podcast, hosts Gigi Goode & Whembley Sewell get into real and fictional comings out with show creator Zelda Barnz and Uly Schlesinger, who stars as Nathan. It’s the Bisexual Representation episode. And, we finally find out what’s the story behind those stressy mall birth scenes that start every episode with a putrefying bang.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Tae Sage ,

AMAZING

I LOVE this show so much! Being a black lesbian really pushes my appreciation for this show, characters & writers. I love being able to see this queer show representing what it’s ACTUALLY like. Also the fact that it represents so many different aspects of being queer. Need more shows/movies like this! GREAT GREAT JOB!

Jamesandjeremy ,

So good!!!

I binge watched the series last night, it is absolutely phenomenal. I love this deep dive into each episode it’s the “give me more” I need!! Each episode is jam packed just like the series. I’m a queer millennial and this pod and the series gives me a great look into the lives of kids my niece and nephews age. It’s great! I recommend to everyone

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