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Join us each week on The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show for three fun rounds of trivia designed to challenge your pop culture brain and tickle your podcast fancy. Cheer on your favorite contestant as they progress towards the season championship match or throw your hat in the ring and apply to become a contestant yourself!

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    • 4.6 • 110 Ratings

Join us each week on The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show for three fun rounds of trivia designed to challenge your pop culture brain and tickle your podcast fancy. Cheer on your favorite contestant as they progress towards the season championship match or throw your hat in the ring and apply to become a contestant yourself!

    S08.E05: Warmed Over And Dubbed Over

    S08.E05: Warmed Over And Dubbed Over

    Dubs, word origins and lucky charms in pop culture.

    • 52 min
    S08.E04: Antonyms Attract

    S08.E04: Antonyms Attract

    It's not not opposite day.

    • 50 min
    S08.E03: Rolling The Dice

    S08.E03: Rolling The Dice

    This episode rolls a nat 20 for forced D&D blurbs.

    • 53 min
    S08.E02: Having A Ball

    S08.E02: Having A Ball

    We're moving on to the Altair IV Division here in season 8 as Mike, Aaron, and Tarn enter the ring to secure a spot in the playoffs. Round one is a fairy tale beginning for this episode, as we quiz our players about different actresses who've played "Cinderella" or some version thereof. Round two takes a turn towards violence as we look at pop culture characters who've popped up as playable characters in various fighting video games. All this, plus an electrifying lighting round to cap it all off.

    NOTES

    ⚠️ Inline notes below may be truncated due to podcast feed character limits. Full notes are always on the episode page.

    ❤️‍🔥 Dusa is a disembodied Gorgon head that you can romance in the game Hades. Wild.

    🕛 Billy Wilder’s Midnight is an amazing screwball comedy.

    👠 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was originally written for TV, and was only later put on stage.

    🏀 The Bulbasaur scorebreak: Bulbasaur – is anyone picking Mudkip as their starter? Anyone?

    💥 “Birdboy beatdown” is a reference to the time the Joker beat Robin to death with a crowbar.

    ⛓️ Comedic actor John Laroquette was indeed the narrator of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    🤖 Harlan Ellison got a credit in Terminator because it was real close to one of his stories.

    🐢 The ninja turtle Michelangelo doesn’t have nunchucks in the UK version, where it was replaced with a “turtle line.”

    👻 Jeffrey Dean Morgan did indeed play a maybe-ghost on Grey’s Anatomy. It is not fondly remembered.

    💦 The Many Waters scorebreak: Many Waters: in case you thought the religious content in the rest of the Wrinkle in Time series was too subtle.

    🪶 The e.e. cummings poem from In Her Shoes was called [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

    ⚠️ Oddly for a kid’s show, Gravity Falls was heavily inspired by Twin Peaks

    🕹️ Mike develops short video games!

    🐦 As of recording, Tarn is still on Twitter

    • 50 min
    S08.E01: Pinball Wizardry

    S08.E01: Pinball Wizardry

    We're back for another season! That's right: season eight has arrived, with new players (along with some old favorites) returning to claim all the pop culture trivia glory. Abhi, Alexa, and Ethan kick off proceedings with a snooty, French round of My Champion, before pivoting hard back towards the absolute trash bag nadir of American society: New Jersey. With a quiz about all the horrible things that movie and TV characters do when they're there, we'll lighten things up with a round all about pop culture-themed pinball machines. All that, plus the venerated lightning round!

    NOTES

    ⚠️ Inline notes below may be truncated due to podcast feed character limits. Full notes are always on the episode page.

    💃 Amber Atkins is the Kristin Dunst character from Drop Dead Gorgeous.

    🧶 There have been attempts to codify the rules of “Calvinball,” which seems to go against the spirit of Calvinball.

    🦈 Julia Child worked for the OSS, but was not a spy. She mostly worked developing shark repellant.

    🪴 According to Dan’s research, 40% of people in New Jersey don’t know why it’s called “The Garden State.”

    👽 The second season episode of The X-Files which introduced the Flukeman of Newark isn’t in every top 10 list of best episodes, which is a travesty.

    🗺️ According to some DC comics materials, Gotham City is in New Jersey.

    🍟 The McDonald’s Happy Meal for Adults Scorebreak: The only thing dumber is the fact that you can re-sell them on eBay. [2/10 Going to choose to believe that’s not a thing.]

    🥵 The pinball machine from The Thing is Heat Wave from 1964

    🏫 Ingolstadt is where Victor Frankenstein studied, as it had a famously modern medical school.

    🦖 Anguirus is a big old ankylosaurus kaiju who first appeared in 1955’s Godzilla Raids Again.

    📖 The People Magazine Scorebreak. People Magazine: Did you used to get Entertainment Weekly? Now you get People. Did you used to get InStyle? Now you get People. Everyone gets People! [5/10 Sad but true.]

    🎩 Deception on ABC centered on a “consulting illusionist” who would help the FBI solve crimes.

    🗞️ Paper Girls was loved by critics, but didn’t get the audience numbers needed to pay for such an expensive series.

    🕵️‍♂️ The Middleman was also loved by critics, but really did not fit on ABC Family at the time.

    • 42 min
    Special: Movie Movie, Title’s Groovy

    Special: Movie Movie, Title’s Groovy

    We're on a break between seasons for a special episode featuring three fine folks from Letterboxd.com, the social media site for people who love watching movies. Mitchell Beaupre, Mia Vicino, and the inimitable Slim joined us for some games celebrating the few movies of 2022 that don't have rhymes in their titles, and lightning rounds in the coolest*, hippest†, movie categories you can think of. Are these movie-savvy Letterboxers up to the challenge? Listen and find out! *not cool †not hip

    NOTES

    ⚠️ Inline notes below may be truncated due to podcast feed character limits. Full notes are always on the episode page.

    🐊 The 2022 Lyle, Lyle Crocodile is actually the second animated adaptation of the book: it was also the first episode of HBO Storybook Musicals in 1987.

    🧟‍♂️ Aside from Return of the Living Dead James Karen had memorable roles in Mulholland Drive and Poltergeist.

    🇺🇸 The Myra Breckinridge Scorebreak. Myra Breckinridge: so that’s why we didn’t get any more Gore Vidal adaptations. [4/10: I guess we’re just forgetting about Caligula? Sounds like a plan.]

    📼 The issue of the last movie released on VHS (not via wide release retail, as in the question) is complicated by the Disney Movie Club, which was sending out VHS copies until late 2006, and the recent vogue for releasing horror movies on VHS (like V/H/S).

    👮‍♂️ The title of the documentary on the Shawshank DVD comes from the original story. The Shawshank Redemption was published in a seasonally themed short story collection, in which Shawshank was the Spring entry, subtitled Hope Springs Eternal.

    🕷️ Alternate universe mode from Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is an unfinished completely different cut of the movie, based on earlier versions of the script.

    🌹 The Dainty June and Louise scorebreak. Dainty June and Louise because Momma gets married, and married, and married, and never gets carried away. [2/10: Love the show, just wish it had a different title.]

    🥤 Is Uncle Drew great cinema? No, but it does have made the best performance of Nick Kroll’s career, which everyone missed because it was in a movie derived from a Pepsi commercial.

    📕 The Book of Henry is a buck wild story, largely driven by a tween’s posthumous assassination plot, but that hasn’t stopped some people from thinking that it’s a true story.

    🧠 Psychiatrist Carl Jung’s name is pronounced more like “yuung” than “young.”

    🎧 All the guests from this episode can be heard every week on Letterboxd’s Weekend Watchlist podcast.

    🎞️ Slim is on Letterboxd

    🎥 He’s also on the 70mm podcast

    🐦 And can be found on Twitter

    🎞️ Mia is, shockingly, on Letterboxd

    🐦 And on Twitter as well

    🎞️ Not surprisingly, Mitchell is on Letterboxd

    🧴 But they also writes for Paste

    🎬 And for The Film Stage

    🐦 And they’re on Twitter as well

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Pixar4Prez ,

My new favorite!

Really well-produced, fun quiz show! Tons of great trivia that moves at a good pace without too much other fluff. Always impressed by the host’s knowledge and humility, two things that are usually out of balance.

The show could definitely use more people of color and women!

Mbeev ,

Love this show!

Great questions, lots of variety, well paced. I listen right when it comes out every week!

GolfingMan123456789 ,

Sadistic and deeply esoteric

For the most part it’s been a fun pop culture trivia, but lately the host seems to enjoy hanging his guests out to dry with the most insane esoteric questions / trivia categories. This show now lacks humanity and seems to exist to humiliate its contestants.

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