6 episodes

Madeline Zima (Twin Peaks), Helen Hong (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Rob Belushi (How I Met Your Mother) star in this podcast adaptation of Emily Schultz’s satirical, sci-fi horror novel, The Blondes. Set two years after SHV has infected blonde women with a rabies-like illness, a fictional podcast examines how the "Blond Fury" has changed our culture: from fashionable new fever bracelets, to empowerment pop songs for the infected, to an entirely new understanding of women, gender, and beauty. What begins as the story of Hazel Hayes — the unlikely, eight-months-pregnant hero who reveals government abuses at evaluation centers — turns much thornier when her personal life and role in the outbreak is churned into the mediascape. Angry, funny, and with dark turns into body horror, The Blondes is an unflinching look at what happens when beauty becomes, literally, deadly. Starring: Madeline Zima, Helen Hong, Rob Belushi, Cecilia Corrigan, Yvonne Zima, Dana Berger, Jenny Grace, Carson Elrod, and Bree Elrod. Written by Brian J Davis and Emily Schultz. Duncan Birmingham (IFC’s MARON) is Executive Producer and Jenny Grace, Consulting Producer. Music for the series composed by Oldfather, and songs by Dawn Lewis and Michael Hussey.

The Blondes Heroic Collective

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

Madeline Zima (Twin Peaks), Helen Hong (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Rob Belushi (How I Met Your Mother) star in this podcast adaptation of Emily Schultz’s satirical, sci-fi horror novel, The Blondes. Set two years after SHV has infected blonde women with a rabies-like illness, a fictional podcast examines how the "Blond Fury" has changed our culture: from fashionable new fever bracelets, to empowerment pop songs for the infected, to an entirely new understanding of women, gender, and beauty. What begins as the story of Hazel Hayes — the unlikely, eight-months-pregnant hero who reveals government abuses at evaluation centers — turns much thornier when her personal life and role in the outbreak is churned into the mediascape. Angry, funny, and with dark turns into body horror, The Blondes is an unflinching look at what happens when beauty becomes, literally, deadly. Starring: Madeline Zima, Helen Hong, Rob Belushi, Cecilia Corrigan, Yvonne Zima, Dana Berger, Jenny Grace, Carson Elrod, and Bree Elrod. Written by Brian J Davis and Emily Schultz. Duncan Birmingham (IFC’s MARON) is Executive Producer and Jenny Grace, Consulting Producer. Music for the series composed by Oldfather, and songs by Dawn Lewis and Michael Hussey.

    Extended Trailer

    Extended Trailer

    Listen to edited highlights from season one of The Blondes. 

    • 10 min
    4. Exterminating Angels

    4. Exterminating Angels

    This season’s final episode begins with Frieda Wells’ tearful apology for the Lux Festival. Then, Broad Strokes returns with a special guest who reveals a secret that will leave us rethinking everything we know about the virus, and gender. Written by Brian J Davis and Emily Schultz. Directed by Brian J Davis. Cast: Madeline Zima, Helen Hong, Yvonne Zima, Dana Berger, Jenny Grace, Carson Elrod, Bree Elrod, and Cecilia Corrigan.

    • 23 min
    3. Dark States

    3. Dark States

    Bowing to pressure from the underbelly of Reddit, Broad Strokes’ spot is taken over by a fringe media personality who has a very different take on Hazel Hayes. Tim K Rylander is convinced she’s more of a part of SHV’s story than we knew before. We also meet Wanda Kovacs, Hazel’s former thesis advisor, who gives a TED Talk on what blonde means for the patriarchy and capitalism after the virus. Cast: Madeline Zima, Rob Belushi, Cecilia Corrigan, Rebecca Kush, and Carson Elrod.

    • 28 min
    2. Not Your Blonde Anymore

    2. Not Your Blonde Anymore

    Broad Strokes continues its history of SHV and Hazel, who, through her recordings, talks about life in a deteriorating quarantine. Her final recording ends when she’s forced to rescue a friend from the much feared “Room Three.” We also meet Broad Strokes’ new sponsor, wellness guru Frieda Wells, who has turned from selling questionable cures to hosting the Lux Festival in the Virgin Isles. Cast: Madeline Zima, Helen Hong, Yvonne Zima, Dana Berger, Jenny Grace, Carson Elrod, and Bree Elrod.

    • 26 min
    1. Canaries

    1. Canaries

    The podcast Broad Strokes investigates the story of Hazel Hayes and the Blonde Rabies. The escalation of the outbreak among blonde women, both natural and bleached, is explained, as well as the spread of misinformation in the media. We first meet Hazel through “The Hazel Tapes,” the recordings she made telling how she went from a pregnant grad student in New York to being forcefully quarantined. Cast: Madeline Zima, Helen Hong, Dana Berger, Jenny Grace, Carson Elrod, Bree Elrod, Rebecca Kush.

    • 27 min
    Preview

    Preview

    Madeline Zima (Twin Peaks), Helen Hong (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Rob Belushi (How I Met Your Mother) star in this podcast adaptation of Emily Schultz’s best-selling satirical, sci-fi horror novel, The Blondes. Angry, funny, and with dark turns into body horror, The Blondes is an unflinching look at media and viral ideas, illness and profit, and what happens when beauty becomes, literally, deadly.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

hlkneedler ,

Amazing

Fun and scary! Put this at the top of your queue!

Kirkearse ,

Riveting

A near-future disaster horror thriller with a sick sense of humor. It’s fantastic and I want more of it!

Amy S. in Brooklyn ,

Podcast perfection!

Both creepy and fun, haunting and hilarious, and so extremely relevant — everyone should listen to The Blondes! And maybe more novels should be turned into podcasts! I loved this a lot. It was so much fun to listen to. My only complaint is that I would like many many more episodes. But I guess that’s part of its perfection, like Fleabag meets My Favorite Murder.

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