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Joel Keller and Jason Hughes, two guys who love TV, talk about what in the television universe is news and what's coming up. They'll be joined by guests from around the TV critic universe (along with special guests) to talk tube and generally shoot the breeze.
||ExplicitAFT #160: ‘Homeland’, Ferguson and Colbert Exits, 2014 In Review and More||This week, Jason and Joel mostly look back on 2014, and realize there were a lot of very good shows, but few great ones. Also, ruminations on Homeland, Jane The Virgin and more.||1/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #159: Golden Globes, Sony Hack, Winter Finales, ‘The Voice’, ‘The Flash’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about the scary Sony hack, the Golden Globes nominations, the finale of The Voice, the Flash/Arrow crossover and more.||12/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #158: ‘Walking Dead’, ‘The Voice’, Black Friday Madness, ‘Better Call Saul’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel pick apart The Walking Dead (in a good way), marvel at people lining up to buy cheap TVs, discuss all the December and January premieres, wish Gwen was staying on The Voice, and more.||12/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #157: Ferguson Again, Cosby Again, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’, Streaming News and More||This week, Joel and Jason tackle the media coverage of two serious topics, Ferguson and the allegations against Bill Cosby. They also talk about the finale of Shonda Rhimes' new hit, and streaming news like the pickups of Tina Fey's new comedy and Longm||11/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #156: Bill Cosby, ‘Hot in Cleveland’, ‘Walking Dead’, ‘Transparent’, ‘The Millers’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel apologize for missing two weeks, talk about Bill Cosby's troubles, cancellations and pickups, give up on Homeland, and finally do their Transparent spoilerfest.||11/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #155: ‘Marry Me’, Cancellations and Pickups, ‘Walking Dead’, ‘Constantine’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel spin around the dial and talk about many of the new shows, including the inexplicable success of The Mysteries of Laura. Plus, they discuss why NBC can't figure out how to make a popular comedy, and more.||10/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #154: ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘The Affair’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Jane the Virgin’, ‘Cristela’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about the two biggest premieres of the week, The Walking Dead and The Affair, plus debuts of The Flash, Cristela, Jane the Virgin and more.||10/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #153: ‘Homeland’, ‘Gracepoint’, ‘Bad Judge’, ‘Twin Peaks’ Comeback, ‘A to Z’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about the premieres of Gracepoint, Homeland and various rom-com sitcoms. They also discuss why Community fans should give Yvette Nicole Brown a break.||10/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #152: ‘How to Get Away With Murder’, ‘Masters of Sex’, Rom-com Shows, ‘Black-ish’, ‘SNL’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about a bunch of premieres, like How to Get Away With Murder, Selfie and Black-ish. They also talk about how hard it is to pull off a rom-com sitcom.||9/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #151: ‘Gotham’, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Good Wife’, ‘Transparent’, Shonda Rhimes and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about a lot of new shows and season premieres, including Gotham, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary and more.||9/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #150: ‘New Girl’, ‘Mindy Project’, ‘Red Band Society’, ‘Mysteries of Laura’, ‘SNL’, NFL and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about the NFL's problems this fall and if CBS and other broadcast partners can be objective, premieres of New Girl, Mindy Project, Red Band Society, Mysteries of Laura, and more.||9/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #149: Joan Rivers, Chris Pratt, Piracy, ‘The Leftovers’, Seven-Minute Fall Preview and More||This week Jason and Joel talk about the passing of Joan Rivers, why they haven't watched the fall pilots ahead of time this year, the finale of The Leftovers and more.||9/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #148: Emmy recap, Movie Stars vs. TV Stars, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Friends’ Obessions, and More||This week, Jason and Joel feel their feelings about all the repeat winners at the Emmys, then talk about Doctor Who, Friends "reunion" madness, Amazon's new shows and more.||8/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #147: Emmy Predictions, Don Pardo, Summer Renewals, ‘Selfie’ and ‘A to Z’, and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about the passing of Don Pardo, the Ice Bucket Challenge, two early-debuting pilots, that hilarious video with the Breaking Bad guys and JLD, and more.||8/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #146: Robin Williams, Ferguson Coverage, ‘Outlander’, ‘The Knick’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel discuss the death of Robin Williams, the coverage of the unrest not far from Jason's hometown, and the debuts of three cable shows.||8/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #145: ‘Manhattan’, ‘The Quest’, ‘Sharknado 2′, Watching ‘The View’ and More||In a short podcast, Jason and Joel talk about Manhattan, Sharknado 2, The Quest and more.||8/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #144: ‘Masters of Sex’, The Big Summer Show Dump, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Spoilerfest||Jason and Joel talk about Masters of Sex, TCA non-news and have their big OITNB spoilerfest.||7/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #143: Emmy Nominations, ‘Extant’, ‘The Bridge’ and More||Jason and Joel talk about Extant, The Bridge, and a full hour on the Emmy nominations. Of course they're annoyed about them.||7/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #142: ‘The Leftovers’, ‘Wilfred’, ‘Finding Carter’, Rosie and ‘The View’, ‘Community’ and More||In a "lost" podcast (Joel explains at the top), Jason and Joel talks about The Leftovers, Finding Carter, other summer shows, the beginning of the TCA tour and more.||7/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #141: ‘Tyrant’, ‘The Leftovers’, More New Shows, Nostalgia Kid Comedies, ABC Shakeups and More||This week, Jason and Joel talk about Tyrant and the upcoming HBO show The Leftovers. They also talk about kid and teen shows that trade on '90s nostalgia, like Mystery Girls and Girl Meets World and more.||6/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #140: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Dan Goor Sits In, ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Louie’, Chelsea Handler and More||Dan Goor, co-creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine joins Jason and Joel to talk about the show's first season, plus the finale of Game of Thrones. Plus: Louie, Rectify, Chelsea Handler and more.||6/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #139: ‘The Middle’s DeAnn Heline Sits In, the ‘Louie’ Movie, ‘Orange is the New Black’ and More||Jason and Joel are joined by The Middle co-creator DeAnn Heline to talk about her ABC hit, as well as the screwiness in the Emmy comedy categories and the movie-length episode of Louie. Also: Orange is the New Black.||6/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #138: ‘Louie’, ‘Mad Men’, ‘Halt and Catch Fire’, Ann B. Davis, ‘Game of Thrones’ and More||Joel and Jason are back from a week off, and they talk about the Louie "controversy", the Mad Men finale, Canadian TV, Halt and Catch Fire, Game of Thrones and more.||6/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #137: Bill Lawrence Sits In, ‘Undateable’, ‘The Americans’, ‘The Voice’, ‘American Idol’, and More||This week, Bill Lawrence joins Jason and Joel to talk about Undateable and shoot the breeze about TV. Then the co-hosts talk about a riveting finale to The Americans and the finales of the big singing competitions.||5/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #136: Upfronts, ‘Louie’, ‘Maron’, Horrific Sights on ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Last Week Tonight’ and More||This week, Jason and Joel go over all the new fall schedules and other information from the upfronts, talk about why CBS passed on How I Met Your Dad, Larry Wilmore taking Colbert's slot after TDS, horrible sights on TV this week and more.||5/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFT #135: ‘New Girl’, ‘Louie’, ‘Maron’, ‘Mindy Project’, ‘Simpsons’, Cancellations and Pickups, and More||This week, Jason and Joel are all over the map because of all the news ahead of the upfronts. But they also take time to talk about the season finales of New Girl and The Mindy Project and the returns of 24, Maron and Louie.||5/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
I really wanted to enjoy this...
…as I'm in search of another general TV podcast to listen to, but so far I'm finding it difficult. Perhaps I've just struck a bad run of episodes, but I'm annoyed by the simultaneous negative comments about and seeming lack of acquaintance with the state of TV criticism. Granted I don't follow all TV criticism, but when Joel goes on and on about how critics don't even watch the majority of shows but just watch and talk about the same critical darlings, that doesn't represent my experience following critics like Sepinwall and Fienberg who between them seem to watch or at least check in on a wide variety of TV. (Of course critically acclaimed shows get more frequent coverage and no critic can watch everything.) I found this particularly annoying because in the episodes I've listened to it seems to be Joel who is constantly unable to talk about shows because he doesn't watch them, to the point that I start to wonder what shows he does follow (presumably a TV podcaster should watch a fair number, especially if he complains that other critics don't).
I also thought their complaints that TV critics are uneducated about the history of TV ignored the work of sites like the AVClub that do many articles on older shows and episodes (and Todd VanDerWerff, who seems to have watched and have informed opinions on all TV ever). And the dozen or so episodes I've listened to don't demonstrate any notable knowledge of TV history on Joel and Jason's part (although Joel seems quite attached to TV Squad history and mentions it frequently).
Joel also tends to repeat his opinion over and over again with little variation, in blustery argumentative tones, which is dull and also makes me want to argue back.
Enjoyable and informative
The hosts are at ease and up-to-date. They share my interest in both the business of TV and its content. So, for me, this podcast is a winner.