45 episodes

Sometimes we miss things. For Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus, those things are most every deeply popular sci-fi or fantasy series out there. In Season 1, Nicole and Lauren got a crash course in Star Wars. For Season 2, they’re venturing into The Lord of the Rings. Join Nicole and Lauren as they get to know the ins and outs of elvish, hobbit feet, and some all powerful ring.

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    • 4.7 • 3.4K Ratings

Sometimes we miss things. For Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus, those things are most every deeply popular sci-fi or fantasy series out there. In Season 1, Nicole and Lauren got a crash course in Star Wars. For Season 2, they’re venturing into The Lord of the Rings. Join Nicole and Lauren as they get to know the ins and outs of elvish, hobbit feet, and some all powerful ring.

    The Battle of the Five Armies - Watchalong (Pt. 2/2)

    The Battle of the Five Armies - Watchalong (Pt. 2/2)

    Join Lauren Lapkus and her quarantine buddy/husband Mike Castle on part 2 of their watchalong of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.




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    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Battle of the Five Armies - Watchalong (Pt. 1/2)

    The Battle of the Five Armies - Watchalong (Pt. 1/2)

    Join Lauren Lapkus and her quarantine buddy/husband Mike Castle on this first installment of their watchalong of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.




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    • 49 min
    1981 BBC Radio Drama (w/ Kevin T. Porter)

    1981 BBC Radio Drama (w/ Kevin T. Porter)

    For their final romp through Middle-earth, Lauren and Nicole are joined by comedian and podcaster Kevin T. Porter (Good Christian Fun, Gilmore Guys) to explore the much-loved 1981 BBC radio drama adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

    Nothing is held back in this final installment of Season 2 as Lauren and Nicole reflect back on their experience with The Lord of the Rings franchise, and what they'd like to explore for Season 3. Kevin and Lauren also share their love of disembodied voices as Nicole reveals her revulsion towards it, and Kevin plays out the season with a heartwarming impromptu piano arrangement of The Lord of the Rings theme music.




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    Sources for this episode:

    Article on 4K re-release details

    Trivia from LOTR.Fandom.com




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    • 1 hr 9 min
    American Dad: Return of the Bling (w/ Rachael MacFarlane)

    American Dad: Return of the Bling (w/ Rachael MacFarlane)

    Lauren and Nicole are joined by the voice of Hayley Smith herself, Rachael MacFarlane, to discuss the American Dad parody episode, Return of the Bling.

    Listen in as the they lament bad coronavirus jokes, take pleasure in finally understanding all these LOTR references, and scratch their heads at the absurdity of having to ask to use the bathroom in school.




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    Sources for this episode:

    Article on Ian McKellen's Vaccine Comments

    Trivia from AmericanDad.Fandom.com




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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Fan Theories (w/ Jake Hurwitz)

    Fan Theories (w/ Jake Hurwitz)

    Lauren and Nicole are joined by comedian, writer and actor Jake Hurwitz (If I Were You, Not Another D&D Podcast) to dig into some Lord of the Rings fan theories!

    All the most important questions are asked, and answers of varying credibility are provided... Why didn't they just fly the eagles to Mordor? Would it have been a terrible idea in the first place? Is LOTR just WW1 + magic? And who exactly is this mysterious Tom Bombadil character? Is he Tolkien? Is he YOU??




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    Sources for this episode:

    Article on Dungeons and Dragons Movie

    Original Eagles theory by VulcanDeathGrip

    An article summarizing the Eagles theory

    Film Theory video on why you SHOULDN'T fly to Mordor

    Video on Gollum's Identity

    All about Tom Bombadil

    Article by Tolkien's grandson on LOTR/WW1 similarities




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    • 1 hr 7 min
    LOTR meets DnD (w/ Brennan Lee Mulligan)

    LOTR meets DnD (w/ Brennan Lee Mulligan)

    Lauren and Nicole go on their very first Dungeons and Dragons campaign, Lord of the Rings style!

    Joined by Dungeon Master Brennan Lee Mulligan (CollegeHumor’s Dimension 20 series), Darkwin the Elf and Samwise Parkington the Hobbit are on a quest to meet with their good friend Gandy, but not without running into some trouble along the way...




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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

DrKLD1717 ,

Avengers

I know that you don’t want to hear this, but I really really hope that you will do the Avengers for the next season. I’ve been re-watching them in order and they are still SO freaking cool!!

laurenh1982 ,

Hilarious and kind

I love this podcast. Despite not always loving the content, the hosts are always kind and funny. They are so lovely and engaging with their guests. I had to go watch Star Wars and LOTR again after listening. I don’t care what topic they choose, I can’t wait until the next season.

Lagertheresa ,

Hilarious for nerds and cool people alike

Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus are hilarious in every context. But this is one of my favorites. I, like Jesse Thorn, consider myself a medium Star Wars guy. But I am a big Lord Of the Rings fan, too. From either angle, Nicole and Lauren bring tons of laughs. The way Nicole mispronounces every imaginary name kills me every time. Lauren’s earnest love for certain movie details that I also love warms my heart. They are the perfect duo. I would love to see them watch Game of Thrones next, if just for the amount of content alone. Love this show and these two comedians.

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