Variety's "My Favorite Episode," hosted by Michael Schneider, is where stars and producers gather to discuss their favorite TV episodes ever — from classic sitcoms to modern-day dramas — as well as pick a favorite episode from their own series. Guests like "Stranger Things" star David Harbour (who chose an episode of "The X-Files") and "Broad City" creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (they're partial to "The Golden Girls") aren't just on TV, they watch it too — and they're big fans like you. On "My Favorite Episode," some of the biggest names in TV share their creative inspirations — and how those episodes influenced them. Listeners will not only learn the secrets behind the most popular shows currently on television, but they'll get to celebrate the greatest TV of all time.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "All in the Family"; Tony Hale on "Carol Burnett Show"
Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus knew how important it was for "Veep" to end with a bang -- and is proud that they pulled off a memorable finale. On this edition of the podcast, we talk to Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale, both of whom are Emmy nominated this year for their roles as President Selina Meyer and her bag boy, Gary Walsh, on "Veep." Louis-Dreyfus chose an "All in the Family" episode, while Hale picked a famous "Carol Burnett Show" sketch. We talk about their inspirations, what makes them break on camera and why it's so hard to say goodbye after seven seasons of "Veep."
Laverne Cox on "Sex and the City"
Emmy-nominated "Orange is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox admits she lived the Samantha lifestyle in late '90s New York City, which is one of the reasons she was a huge fan of HBO's "Sex and the City." On this edition of the podcast, we talk to Cox as she wows us with her in-depth knowledge of all things "Sex and the City," as well as the legacy of her Netflix series, and her favorite installment of "Orange" as well.
RuPaul on "The Golden Girls"
RuPaul remains a huge fan of "The Golden Girls" and rewatches the classic TV sitcom often. On this edition of the podcast, we talk to "RuPaul's Drag Race" stars RuPaul and Michelle Visage about their favorite episodes of TV. RuPaul went classic, with a hysterical Season 2 episode where Dorothy discovers her date is actually a priest. And Michelle goes more recent, with a moving Season 2 episode of "Pose." We sat down with RuPaul and Visage to discuss their recent talk show, their early TV crushes, and what they've learned after a decade of "RuPaul's Drag Race."
Andrea Savage on "Everybody Loves Raymond"
"I'm Sorry" creator and star Andrea Savage was a huge fan of the late 1990s/early 2000s CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which mined its writers' real home lives for stories, much as "I'm Sorry" now does. Savage's favorite episode is "Marie's Sculpture," which first aired in 2001. On this edition of the podcast, we talk to Andrea Savage about that "Raymond" episode, as well as how real her TruTV comedy can get, how relatable it is to fans, and even what we can all learn about marriage from her show.
Bob Odenkirk on "Pen15"
"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk marvels these days at how good television has become, and he puts recent sitcoms like Hulu's "Pen15" right along some of his all-time favorites, such as the British "The Office" and another britcom, "The Royle Family." On this edition of the podcast, we talk to Bob Odenkirk about the comedies the influenced him over the years, his mixed feelings about being a producer and where he thinks "Better Call Saul" is going.
Derek Waters on "The Wonder Years"
"Drunk History" creator and host Derek Waters is a child of the 1980s, and was an obsessive TV fan growing up. Among his favorite TV series was the groundbreaking half-hour "The Wonder Years." Waters' pick is the pilot episode of "The Wonder Years," which first aired after the Super Bowl in 1988 and went on to win the Primetime Emmy award for outstanding comedy series that year. Plus, we talk about our mutual love of collecting TV Guide magazines, and what's next for "Drunk History."