26 episodes

Briefly put, Zanna & Billiam is a podcast about television. It consists of the dynamic duo Susannah and Will: teenage, TV-obsessed, best friends. Together, they’ll cover a number of shows they find crucial to their friendship, shows like Portlandia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and 30 Rock. Recapping, reviewing, and relishing a different episode each week, you can expect plenty of strong opinions, deep dives, inside jokes, and above all, friendship, comedy, writing, dreams(both nighttime and aspirational), quotes, and above all, television.

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Briefly put, Zanna & Billiam is a podcast about television. It consists of the dynamic duo Susannah and Will: teenage, TV-obsessed, best friends. Together, they’ll cover a number of shows they find crucial to their friendship, shows like Portlandia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and 30 Rock. Recapping, reviewing, and relishing a different episode each week, you can expect plenty of strong opinions, deep dives, inside jokes, and above all, friendship, comedy, writing, dreams(both nighttime and aspirational), quotes, and above all, television.

    The Good Place: Most Improved Player (1.8)

    The Good Place: Most Improved Player (1.8)

    This week, we're covering Most Improved Player from The Good Place's first season. And in addition to cubes of all purposes and striking differences from later seasons, this episode also contains Waterloo Seltzers, whose name Les Miserables superfan Susannah is only kind of obsessed with, preachy barefooters on Quora, Holocaust allegories, brand new ship names (#shellagonye), and loads and loads of whatever the audio equivalent of cacti are.
    Next week, we're covering Parks and Rec's Harvest Festival with Audrey!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    30 Rock: What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year? (6.22)

    30 Rock: What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year? (6.22)

    We're back this week with What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year! And no, we haven't made a full-length episode out of our outro section. That would be kind of boring. Rather, we're covering it's namesake, 30 Rock's wonderfully chaotic season six closer! We discuss Kristen Wiig sightings, praise Mary Steenburgen at length, Susannah talks about YA and Will talks about Virginia Woolf, and we mention a PBS miniseries and a Courtney Love movie.
    Oh and hey, there's a weird thing going on with the audio for this episode where if you're listening to it on headphones, we're each coming from different ears. So, yeah, apologies.
    Next week, we'll visit The Good Place for the Season One episode Most Improved Player.

    • 57 min
    B99: The Jimmy Jab Games (2.3)

    B99: The Jimmy Jab Games (2.3)

    For our coverage of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's classic Jimmy Jab Games, we're remote again due to Susannah's being in Martha's Vineyard. But what we lack in being in person, we make up for in Audrey! Also: carnival prizes, Larry David and Alan Dershowitz, sound effects, the dating lives and jail times of mobsters who dip children in acid, "moshing like there's no tomorrow", books, Will not leaving clothing in Carrie Brownstein's dressing room, paper plates, Susannah’s ability to make pompoms (with a machine), SNL references, and our recent travels to some of the least exotic places in the US.
    Next week, we're fulfilling the prophecy we unknowingly gave when we named our outro segment "What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year" and covering its 30 Rock episode namesake.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Portlandia: Weirdo Beach (6.4)

    Portlandia: Weirdo Beach (6.4)

    From Susannah's mom's attic office, it's our triumphant return to Portlandia with Weirdo Beach! Perhaps there's just something about Fred and Carrie, as while this episode isn't quite as hectic as Amore, it's definitely more hectic than the typical Zanna and Billiam episode. Susannah talks about A.A. Milne poetry, we imagine a virtual assistant with a strong Cockney accent, we sing some Free to Be You and Me and some Ice Ice Baby, we find a philosophy book by Susannah's great-grandfather, and Will (temporarily) takes over the deep dives! Not to be missed.
    Next week, we'll briefly return to the remote days of yore due to Will being in Colorado and Audrey will join us for Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Jimmy Jab Games

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Downton: 201

    Downton: 201

    We're back! After that loooong hiatus due to Will's camp and overall summer fatigue, we make our return with Downton Abbey's Season Two Episode One, which Susannah can honestly probably recite at this point. Besides trying to get back into the swing of things and marveling at the fact that we can record this in person and inside, we also compare William (the character, not the podcast host) to a Mormon vampire, dust off some deep dives from a year ago, and sing the Camp Portland song again because apparently that's all we do now.
    Find us on Instagram @zannabilliam and email us at zannabilliam@gmail.com. Or visit our website, zannabilliam.com!


    Next week, we'll be heading to Portland(ia) for Weirdo Beach.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    SNL: Andy Samberg (39.21)

    SNL: Andy Samberg (39.21)

    Andy Samberg hosted SNL in 2014 and now we are, well, not really following in his footsteps by hosting this episode of our podcast! We talk about a real-life Hunchback of Notre Dame, our thrift shop, and calendars. Also, Will plays the Oldies channel again to drown out the sirens on his street, and Susannah rants about how much she hates Bruce Chandling.
    And we're taking on a new show: New Girl! Join us for "Background Check" this time next week! (Well, not this exact time. Preferably somewhere in the Saturday to Sunday range.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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