‘Baby Reindeer:’ Catching Up on Netflix’s Unexpected Pop Culture Sensation (Sent From My iPhone)

This week, the Water Cooler breaks down Netflix’s Baby Reindeer, which has exploded onto the streaming world and grew exponentially in viewers week to week. Starring Richard Gadd based on his own one-man show, the limited series explores the real-life events of an unexpected relationship between Donny Dunn (Gadd) and Martha Scott (Jessica Gunning) that …

‘The Jinx Part Two:’ Revisiting the Trial, Conviction, & Cultural Impact of the Shocking HBO Documentary Series

We’re back together at the Water Cooler this week to review the newest season in an old favorite. Andrew Jarecki’s The Jinx first aired in 2015 and provided an amazingly in-depth and compelling look into the life and mysterious deaths surrounding millionaire Robert Durst. As the series ended with a seemingly shocking confession, audiences have …

Reviews: Having a ‘Civil’ Discussion About High Art and Arty Trash

We’re still one down this week, and this week it’s Megan! Never fear, Joey and Clarence carry on with a discussion of film and television. On the film side, they review Alex Garland’s divisive box office winner Civil War. Then, on the TV front, they cover Netflix’s gorgeously photographed Ripley and the “high-class trash” that …

Quiet at the Cooler! We Are Talking…’Quiet On Set’

Investigation Discovery’s Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV has been the talk of social media for the last few weeks. By confronting the long-buried secrets of several sexual predators on set during the Golden Age of Nickelodeon, the series, directed by Mary Robertson and Emma Schwartz, made us all look back at …

2024 Summer Movie Preview: Megan and Joey Face Off For the 2024 Summer Movie Trivia Crown

The 2024 Summer Movie season is just around the corner. To prepare, Clarence has constructed an epic Summer Movie Preview quiz for Joey and Megan. Who will wear the trivia crown for the upcoming season? As always we close with the flash forward to the media we’re most anticipating in the upcoming week. Thanks for …

TV Reviews: Springing Into a New Crop of Emmy-Contending Television

This week at the Water Cooler, we’re springing (we love a pun) into the final gasp of the 2024 Emmy season. Late February / early March typically emerges as the prime window to launch television series. It allows voting members of the Television Academy to absorb newer series and keep them fresh in their minds …

Oscars Telecast: Taking In the Show From Home and From Inside the Dolby

We’re saying goodbye to the 2024 Oscar season this week at the Water Cooler. Megan just returned from attending the 96th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater, so we thought it would be an interesting experiment to compare experiences watching at home and watching in the room. We review the highlights and lowlights of the …

‘The Regime:’ Will Winslet Win Another Emmy For This Divisive Political Satire?

This week, we dive into the eagerly anticipated HBO limited series The Regime. Starring Kate Winslet, the Stephen Frears-directed satire takes the audience into an unnamed European country in the grasp of an unstable authoritarian regime. The series seems to have polarized both audiences and critics alike on its tone and performances, so we weigh …

Emmys 2024: Surveying Current and Upcoming Contenders for Limited Series

We kick off the podcast with a look back at the weekend’s big guild awards – the Producers Guild Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. What do the winners tell us about the 2024 Emmy race? Then, we launch into our first analytical look at the 2024 Emmy season, starting with the Limited Series …

Talking ‘Ted’ and the Best of the 2024 Super Bowl Commercials

Megan rejoins the Water Cooler to give us an update on her recent trip to the SCAD TV Fest. Then, we revisit this weekend’s best Super Bowl commercials and the buzzy movie trailers that debuted during the game. Finally, Megan leads a conversation about Peacock’s Ted, a prequel (limited?) series to the 2012 film of …