75 episodes

Here for the '80s & '90s kids who still long for the safe, spooky glow of the TV screen in a dark room, Kalyn Andrews and Christian Baxter Mott (also '90s kids) take a nostalgic look at the grittier side of the children's entertainment that ruled our adolescence and moulded our generation.

Our show features every-other-weekly discussions ranging from movie nights and season-long binges, to spooky specials of shows and other traumas... (ahem, memories).

So, grab your flashlights and join us as we go searching for and researching what exactly it was that happened to us in the dark all those many moons ago.

Indulge the collective nostalgia and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @thatsprettydarkpodcast. Tell us about your childhood experience, frightful or otherwise, at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com. Peruse merch options and more at thatsprettydark.com.

That's Pretty Dark: An '80s & '90s Nostalgia Podcast Kalyn Andrews & Christian Baxter Mott

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 87 Ratings

Here for the '80s & '90s kids who still long for the safe, spooky glow of the TV screen in a dark room, Kalyn Andrews and Christian Baxter Mott (also '90s kids) take a nostalgic look at the grittier side of the children's entertainment that ruled our adolescence and moulded our generation.

Our show features every-other-weekly discussions ranging from movie nights and season-long binges, to spooky specials of shows and other traumas... (ahem, memories).

So, grab your flashlights and join us as we go searching for and researching what exactly it was that happened to us in the dark all those many moons ago.

Indulge the collective nostalgia and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @thatsprettydarkpodcast. Tell us about your childhood experience, frightful or otherwise, at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com. Peruse merch options and more at thatsprettydark.com.

    Episode 71 | Movie Night — Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland — Part II

    Episode 71 | Movie Night — Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland — Part II

    Dreamland predators, great expectations, and the rise and fall of the Nightmare King… Oh lawd, it's about to get pretty dark! Join these punch-drunk ‘90s kids as they wrap up their journey into Slumberland/Nightmareland and the revolving door of creatives involved in its production throughout the 1980s – including the famed Sherman Brothers. From the earliest inklings of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata’s most beloved titles, to coming-of-age uncertainty, to Freudian nightmare analysis, this episode has something for every Darkling. Email us at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 2 hr 23 min
    Episode 70 | Movie Night — Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland — Part I

    Episode 70 | Movie Night — Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland — Part I

    Quiet On Set, flashy circus ads, and the dark side of animation history… Oh lawd, it's about to get pretty dark! Join these ‘90s kids as they confront some harsh realities and trace the origins of one of their most requested Movie Nights back through the late 19th and early 20th centuries via its creator – the dream-obsessed (and problematic) Winsor McKay – and his plight as one of the founding fathers of modern animation. Follow along as they plot the path of Nemo as a character through his print and theatrical lifetime, all the way to the mid ‘70s when the first inkling of this pretty dark title was “awakened.”
    Email us at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com
    Give to our Patreon for extra content: patreon.com/tpdpodcast
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 69 | CTCD S1E7 — King Ramses’ Curse / The Clutching Foot

    Episode 69 | CTCD S1E7 — King Ramses’ Curse / The Clutching Foot

    Mummified curses, the infamous Big Toe bandit, and lessons in Egyptology… Oh lawd, it's about to get pretty dark! Join these ‘90s kids as they seek to “return the slab” by unpacking some of Courage’s most talked-about and seemingly sinister segments. They’ll dive into ancient omens and confounding cases that brought Egyptian history to the Western world, look back at old Hollywood legends that led to the modern heist trope, and probably tell you far more than you ever expected to know about plagues of locusts. Email us at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 2 hr 3 min
    Episode 68 | CTCD S1E6 — The Duck Brothers / Shirley the Medium

    Episode 68 | CTCD S1E6 — The Duck Brothers / Shirley the Medium

    Grabby shadows, psychic hotline hi-jinx, and emotional alien encounters… Oh lawd, it's about to get pretty dark! Join these ‘90s kids in the land of Nowhere once again as they traipse through extra-terrestrial lore surrounding tractor beams and alien abDUCKtions, enjoy television psychic tropes, and explore the anti-hero elements present in so many Courage the Cowardly Dog antagonists. These episodes showcase the show’s uncanny ability to layer in lessons, from commentary on how isolating greed can be, to the often necessary reminder that it’s okay to ask for help. Email us at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 67 | Movie Night — Balto — Part II

    Episode 67 | Movie Night — Balto — Part II

    Narcissistic ne’er-do-wells, supposed Southern expressions, and makeshift northern lights… Oh lawd, it's about to get pretty dark! Join these ‘90s kids for the final leg of their Balto-thon where they trek through voice-cast trivia and unpack every ounce of jaw-dropping peril, malignant personality disorders, and innocuous innuendo that made Balto one of the foremost millennial favorites they’ve explored to date.
    Have a frightfully nostalgic memory to share or a pretty dark topic you'd like us to cover? Email us at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com
    Give to our Patreon for extra content: patreon.com/tpdpodcast
    Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @thatsprettydarkpodcast

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Episode 66 | A Hangout with Balto Writers David Steven Cohen & Roger S. H. Schulman

    Episode 66 | A Hangout with Balto Writers David Steven Cohen & Roger S. H. Schulman

    Spielberg surreality, old-Hollywood caricatures, and blatantly honest lies… Oh lawd, it's about to get pretty dark! Come along as these ‘90s kids get within one degree of Kevin Bacon by hanging with two of the legendary writers behind Balto (and a dozen other mind-blowing millennial favorites). Hear their origin stories, explore their shiniest memories of Balto’s inception, and listen in as they recount their involvement with THAT scene… y’know…only some of the darkest words we’ve ever had to utter: "kiddie coffins."
    Have a frightfully nostalgic memory to share or a pretty dark topic you'd like us to cover? Email us at thatsprettydarkpodcast@gmail.com
    Give to our Patreon for extra content: patreon.com/tpdpodcast
    Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @thatsprettydarkpodcast

    • 2 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Halleysfifth84 ,

Amazing nostalgia pod!

I listened to the Casper episode and it really took me back. The hosts have fantastic energy, the content really tickled that nostalgia itch and I just loved hearing them talk about one of my favorite movies from the 90s. If you love movies and nostalgia, this is one you’re not going to want to miss!

Kadahji ,

A Necessary Look At Our Culture

This podcast is amazing. It has given me a new lens to view my childhood from. It is ok for the things that we love to have problematic pasts and scary implications for our culture. The best thing we can do for out culture moving forward is to be honest about it. I am a child of the 90’s. I was raised by a mixture of purity culture and televised babysitting. Unpacking that is now possible because I know that I am not alone. Thank you for making this show!

ajlistening ,

Love it

Even though the topics can be traumatic there is something soothing about this show. Love how thorough you both are. I do hope you continue to do AYAOTD episodes all the time. And, I don’t think you’ve done this but maybe an episode on the dark side of Nickelodeon? Or other nick shows. Or dark side of Disney?

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