There's too much TV to watch. We're all feeling it.
Each week Dan & Chris meet to talk about what they've been watching and enjoying. Sometimes they're joined by famous friends, or play TV trivia games. You never quite know what you're going to get from these guys.
Television is the thing this year, my friends. And boy do we have some TV to talk about.
Mint Condition (Vimeo) - 01:55
The Great (Hulu / Stan) - 18:31
Avenue 5 (HBO / Foxtel / Binge) - 27:26
Into The Night (Netflix) - 34:20
I've been advised to tell you by the Always Be Watching legal team that this podcast episode passes the legal definition of "too much show".
This week Dan hits the streets of Paris and plays his jazz flute along with new Netflix drama The Eddy. Chris drops $10k on a verse that lets us know what new rap-industry comedy Dave is all about. Dan and Chris both tsk their fingers at Jerry Seinfeld's disappointing standup special 23 Hours To Kill. And they both gush over the new Ghost In The Shell anime series. And let me tell you: they did not expect that to be the case.
Oh, and there's a round of TV trivia at the end of the episode.
The Midnight Gospel is a stoner animated philosophical comedy on Netflix. Opinions on this podcast are mixed. There's also the brand new pre-teen detective show on Apple TV+ Home After Dark. Dan has some very firm opinions on that. Meanwhile Chris has watched Upload on Amazon Prime Video and has several very positive thoughts on it.
And then the lads play some TV trivia.
This week Dan checks out the hyped new shows Normal People (Netflix) and Upload (Amazon Prime Video) - the good news is that both are great telly. Meanwhile Chris indulges his Beastie Boys fandom with the new feature doco Beastie Boys Story (Apple TV+) and gets nostalgic with the 1997 cult film Starship Troopers.
Stick around for the end of the podcast as our weekly trivia game continues. This week's category is Dogs on Screen. Can you score more points than Dan? Let's find out.
We kick off the podcast with a nostalgic look back at the 1991 classic Point Break. Then Dan takes a look at the new Quibi comedy with Anna Kendrick facing off against a sex doll in Dummy. Chris then talks up the ESPN/Netflix doco about Michael Jordan 'The Last Dance'. And then we tackle this week's latest TV Masters quiz with a look at the career of Seth Green.
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Dan takes a gander at the second season of Mystery Road.
Chris considers the Tiger King aftershow on Netflix - The King and I. He questions TV made in the age of COVID-19.
Dan raves about Unorthodox.
And then it is round 2.5 of the weekly TV trivia game.
This week on the Always Be Watching pod:
*Chris tells us about the new Tim & Eric comedy Beef House on Adult Swim
*Dan tries to explain what new streaming service Quibi is all about
*Chris checks in with the second season of Lego Masters Australia
*Dan talks about Brew Brothers - the new Netflix comedy from the creator of The League
Then it is week 2 of ongoing trivia competition: The TV Masters.
Please note: We're still trying to settle on the best way for us to record the podcast with the two of us isolated in different locations. So, there's a few minor sound plops and ploops in this episode.
Is there a bigger show right now than Tiger King? Chris offers his thoughts.
Can a movie tug at heartstrings better than a Pixar film? Dan talks about new film Onward.
Is Bosch the ultimate Dad show?
Oh, and Dan and Chris start their competition with round one of their new trivia competition The 2020 Television Masters.
This week on Always Be Watching it is just Dan with a microphone, some stuff he's been watching on Netflix, and a sense of existential unease.
Both The Platform and the Marc Maron special End Times Fun are streaming now on Netflix.
Recorded in the undisclosed Always Be Watching bunker is the Always Be Watching podcast. We've disinfected the remote control this week as we sit around with our masks and gloves on.
11:55 Paradise PD (Netflix)
21:18 Devs (US: FX on Hulu | AUS: Foxtel)
29:54 Ugly Delicious (Netflix)
37:16 Amazing Stories (Apple TV+)
We've been doing some watching. Of TV. Movies. Cute girls. Trains. Birds. Lots of things. But on this podcast we talk about telly shows and movies specifically. We're talking about the following. Listed in no particular order:
I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix)
New UK comedy Breeders (FX/Sky/Foxtel)
New Australian drama Stateless (ABC)
New American comedy AJ and The Queen (Netflix)
Lego Masters USA (Fox) - a British format adapted for the US and based on a Danish interlocking brick toy.
This is Always Be Watching - the cultural melting pot of TV podcasting.
Who would have ever thought that the Always Be Watching podcast would actually reach 50 episodes? Certainly nobody who has ever listened to it.
This week Dan and Chris are excited to chat about:
Letterkenny (Netflix) - 02:46
High Fidelity (Hulu) - 12:39
Locke & Key (Netflix) - 21:32
Call of The Wild (a movie) - 29:26
Hunters (Amazon Prime Video) - 37:10
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Here's what you need to know about this episode:
• Dan talks about Birds of Prey and The Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (in cinemas now), but really wishes he had instead talked about the film Little Women (which is also still in cinemas and is really f*%&ing good).
• Chris talks about a Netflix cheerleading show called Cheer. This is unrelated to the TV show Cheers, which is very off-brand for this podcast. How good is Cheers?
• Dan watched the new Apple TV+ show Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet which has the worst name for a TV show ever, but it is in the top third of shows ever. This is keeping in mind that most shows are, in fact, terrible.
• Chris mentions a show called Great Australian Trail Journeys on SBS/SBS On Demand - the show doesn't exist. But there is a show called Great Australian RAILWAY Journeys that sounds staggeringly similar.
• There's no chapter breaks this week because I've spent time doing them for the past couple of episodes and they haven't showed up - I don't understand why just yet.
If Always Be Watching proves anything, we're eclectic.
This week we have a really broad range of shows (and a movie)
Hip Hop Evolution (season 4) - Chris dips back in to see where the Netflix show is up to with its fourth season
Ragnarok - Dan takes a look at the new Scandi drama from Adam Price. He's the fellow who made Borgen.
The Stranger - This is a long lost show from the 60s that is described as the Australian Doctor Who.
Uncut Gems - We take a look at the critically lauded Adam Sandler movie.
On this week's podcast Chris takes off to the heavens with Star Trek Picard and questions what should be placed into a mouth with a new Netflix show about Street Food. Meanwhile Dan is focused on TV's new hip comedy Awkwafina is Nora From Queens and the documentary At The Drive In which isn't about the band as much as it is a documentary about an actual drive in.
It's a pretty diverse week of shows here on the ol' ABW podcast. Dan and Chris discuss the anthology show about the experience of US immigrants Little America before diving into the world of privilege and minor annoyances that we've come to love on Curb Your Enthusiasm. We then discuss the weirdo comedy of Medical Police and dive into 80s comedy classic film Stir Crazy.
Oh, and then there's our weekly Apu news segment.
It's a mixed bag and we're just the podcast to handle it.
It's another week, it's another Always Be Watching. This week Dan and Chris are talking about Sex.... Explained - the new documentary show from Netflix. There's also the sexy film about international finance tax shelters The Laundromat. We check out the soapy ice skating Netflix show Spinning Out. And Chris is probably going to upset the Internet with a chat about its favourite girlfriend Rick & Morty.
Legally, we're advised to tell you that we are offering too much show.
It's the first proper show of 2020 with Dan and Chris back in their respective chairs. This week they're chatting about the new HBO murder mystery The Outsider, Netflix comedy special John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch, indie smash hit Jojo Rabbit, and we offer up some quick thoughts on The Gloaming and The Two Popes. Oh, and some final thoughts on some film called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Every episode of Always Be Watching is a special one. But this week is incredibly special with special guest co-host Simon Band joining Dan Barrett to discuss the shows recently watched. Simon is very British. Almost too British. So, he discusses the UK panel chat comedy show The Big Fat Quiz. Dan is an artfully-minded guy and so he brings to the table the arty horror film Midsommar. And then the two TV podcasters offer some thoughts on the Mandaloran finale and the series as a whole.
It's the annual Always Be Watching holiday special. Dan and Chris kick off by talking about the TV shows they watched this week - Making It and Threat Level Midnight (a spin-off YouTube special from The Office). They then discuss their personal TV viewing habits over the end of year holiday break.
And quietly, there is a bit of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker chatter. No spoilers - this was recorded just before the gents went off to see the film.
We learned a lot of important lessons this week:
*Mrs Fletcher is waaaaaaaaaaaaay less conservative than she seems
*Servant is creepy AF
*One Paul Rudd is better than two.
*Dan really has some issues with Kevin Smith
At long last Dan and Chris are reunited in the studio to discuss what men discuss:
Introduction and casual Mandalorian / Watchmen chatter
11:16 Upright (Foxtel) starring comedian Tim Minchin
16:32 Frozen 2 (Playing now at the movies)
27:26 Knives Out (Playing now at the movies)
34:29 Tuca and Bertie (Netflix)
Dan is flying solo this week and starts rambling into a microphone for 15 minutes with no edits. Ridiculous.
He recommends checking out the Amazon Prime Video film Brittany Runs a Marathon, the Netflix show The Toys That Made Us, and new Netflix Martin Scorsese film The Irishman.
One of the biggest TV events of the year was the launch of the first-ever live action Star Wars TV series. Debuting on brand new streaming service Disney+, Star Wars: The Mandalorian was a pretty big deal to tens of millions of Star Wars fans across the world. Among those excited was your ol' Always Be Watching buddies Dan and Chris.
This week Dan & Chris talk exclusively about The Mandalorian and what excited them about the new show and their theories on a brand new character introduced to the Star Wars universe.
New streaming service Apple TV+ launched to a thud. The critics didn't care much for the shows. And there was a very loud contingent of people who didn't think there was enough content being offered at launch.
But after watching the new shows The Morning Show, See, For All Mankind, and Dickinson, the criticism seemed a little off-base. These shows are all entertaining.
Dan is joined by guest Ed Ngaluafe to discuss their initial thoughts on the service.
Each week Dan & Chris meet up as part of a blood oath to always share what they have been watching and record the conversation as an mp3. What we are presenting for you is this week's podcast.
02:25 Mr Robot - a mostly spoiler-free discussion about what Dan insists is one of TV's best shows.
13:57 Utopia - Chris talks up his love for the Australian bureaucracy satire.
27:01 Under The Eiffel Tower - Dan shrugs with enjoyment after watching this film on Netflix.
32:08 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's 14 seasons in. Incredible.
This is a huge episode this week as Dan Barrett and Chris Yates are again joined by film critic and Fangoria Monster Fest Sydney festival director Simon Foster to discuss what they've been watching recently.
03:00 Dolemite Is My Name
16:04 Jack Ryan s2
21:14 War of The Worlds (BBC)
29:13 Maximum Overdrive
37:15 Monster Fest chat
It's a very different Always Be Watching this weekend. We focus on just one show this week: Watchmen. The show has surprised and delighted both Dan and Chris. It's a show that has defied expectation in all the best ways.
After Watchmen talk, Dan and Chris have a chat bout the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - their thoughts on the trailer itself and how its release impacts upon the first live-action Star Wars show The Mandalorian.
"What have you been watching?" Is there a more important question. We obviously say no. Each week Dan and Chris try to answer that question without revealing they spend most of their time just watching the same repeats of Seinfeld, Cheers, and Peep Show.
Up for discussion this week:
01:58 Modern Love [Amazon Prime Video]
12:01 Disenchantment [Netflix]
20:26 Creepshow [Shudder]
30:02 Big Mouth [Netflix]
Always Be Watching asks the big questions. Actually, it's the same damn question every week: What have you been watching?
Dan and Chris are at ABW HQ this week as always, but joining them for a second week in a row is film critic and podcaster Blake Howard. That's the same Blake from the popular One Heat Minute podcast in which he analysed the 1995 film Heat one minute at a time. He also hosts podcast The Take and is involved with upcoming podcasts about Inherent Vice and Josie & The Pussycats.
On the ABW podcast the three discuss:
01:56 Unbelievable [Netflix]
13:07 Evil [US: CBS | AUS: Ten All Access]
22:30 Between Two Ferns: The Movie [Netflix]
Always Be Watching is the podcast that asks the most crucial question of the 21st century: What have you been watching?
Joining Dan and Chris at ABW HQ this week is film critic and podcaster Blake Howard. Blake is the guy behind the popular One Heat Minute podcast in which he analysed the 1995 film Heat one minute at a time with notable guests like Dan Barrett and Michael Mann. Oh, and he also hosts podcast The Take and is involved with upcoming podcasts about Inherent Vice and Josie & The Pussycats.
On the ABW podcast the three discuss:
03:34 The Chef Show [Netflix]
19:14 Wu-Tang: An American Saga [Hulu]
26:30 Stumptown [ABC US]
If it isn't difficult enough keeping up with everything on TV, very soon it is going to get a little bit more difficult with Apple launching new shows as part of Apple TV+ and Disney is launching its own service Disney+. With both of those services launching in the next 4-6 weeks, Always Be Watching has a short preview of what to expect from those services.
But, it is the Always Be Watching podcast, so we have a chat about what we've been watching too.
Undone (Amazon Prime Video) - 02:03
Hip Hop Evolution (Netflix) - 11:30
A Very Brady Revolution (HGTV) - 19:16
Dan and Chris highlight their viewing choices from the past week. Importantly Chris continues his love affair with The Matrix, somehow missing the films 20 years ago.
The Matrix 2 + 3
It: Chapter 2
It's a loose podcast this week. Apologies in advance.
Up for discussion:
02:12 Simon Amstell: Set Free
09:13 The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
19:30 The Matrix - watching the film for the first time 20 years later
31:13 Derry Girls
We also have some broader conversational chats:
30:01 Does comedy get better upon repeat viewings - discussed are Alan Partridge and The Simpsons
39:48 The passing of voice actress Russi Taylor
It appears that the Internet Gods deemed this episode so powerful that the file was sabotaged in order to contain it. But no... it will not be stopped! Behold! Dan & Chris have TV that they must share with you all!
(Also, apologies for the limited number of people who did receive the episode initially served - it has been a trying day getting this fixed from far away from the editing machine).
01:20 Lost in London
07:35 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
21:47 Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
Dan Barrett and Chris Yates are joined in the studio again by Sydney film critic and Program Director of the SciFi Film Festival Simon Foster. They take a deep dive into the many fine things they have watched on TV this week. And 90210.
02:28 BH 90210
15:37 Andy Kaufman: My Breakfast With Blassie
32:51 The Boys
We are joined this week by film critic Simon Foster, who is also the Program Director of the Sci-Fi Film Festival.
It's a great show this week. First we talk about the under-the-radar Netflix martial arts action show Wu Assassins. But then we move on to talk about one of the year's biggest film releases.
It's Quentin Tarantino's latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film celebrates the movies and TV shows of the late 1960s. It is also a film that has divided viewers. While a lot of film critics have adored the film, many in the audience have been left cold. The panel explore what they loved about the film and share their thoughts on some of the controversial aspects of the film and their theories about some of the murkier aspects of the movie.
Be warned: the conversation starts out fairly spoiler-safe, but they do move into conversation that reveals what happens at the end. Dan does give a spoiler warning when the time comes.
02:24 Wu Assassins
14:20 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
It is a movie-heavy episode of the Always Be Watching podcast this week. First, Dan and Chris look at the two big shows that dominated their viewing this week. But then it is a crazed hodge-podge of movies that they happened across. Classics - all of them!
Four Weddings and a Funeral [06:11]
Beverly Hills Cop 3 [12:45]
Miracle Mile [23:55]
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice [29:10]
Blast off with Always Be Watching this week as Dan and Chris discuss a new Netflix sci-fi space drama, delve into the alternative ballroom scene in New York with doco Paris Is Burning and TV drama Pose, then question the laughs on new comedy compile show This Week At The Comedy Cellar
Another Life - 01:20
Paris Is Burning - 07:07
Pose - 13:49
This Week at The Comedy Cellar - 21:03
It's a big show this week - Veronica Mars returned unexpectedly with its 4th season. After a multi-year hiatus and a terrible made-for-fans movie, what shape is the show in now in 2019? Dan gives his thoughts. Also, it was the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and there's an outstanding documentary that shows the mission as never seen before. Jerry Seinfeld is back with more comedians - there's cars and coffee involved with that. Dan took a look at the new Aussie drama Lambs of God and was very enthused by what he saw. And Chris talks up the new UK comedy Year of The Rabbit.
Apollo 11 - 01:02
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - 07:57
Veronica Mars - 17:14
Year of The Rabbit - 24:15
Lambs of God - 28:06
The premise of the podcast is simple: Dan and Chris watch a lot of TV. For years they've shared with each other their recommendations and chatted about what's been interesting on the TV. Now they've brought this idea to their podcast.
This week Dan and Chris discuss:
00:48 My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman - Season 2 of the Netflix chat show starts off with a very awkward Kanye West interview.
08:39 The Loudest Voice - A dramatic retelling of the behind the scenes drama of Fox News.
18:18 The Simpsons: season 30 - Can you believe this show is still on? Chris tries convincing a skeptical Dan that the show still has value.
28:02 Parasite - a fantastic film from South Korea
This is an incredibly loose episode with Dan released from home on painkillers and allowed to talk with Chris once again about the things they've been watching.
The podcast kicks off with some loose chat about sick-bed related viewing, but what you're really here for are the chat's about:
06:50 Spider-Man: Far From Home
13:14 Bob's Burgers
22:19 Stranger Things 3
And there are also dedicated spoiler chat segments:
28:25 Stranger Things 3
34:17 Spider-Man: Far From Home
This week's Always Be Watching pod has Dan and Chris chatting about a wonderfully eclectic range of TV shows.
There's the dark and arty Too Old To Die Young, which Dan insists is actually a "13 hour movie". Chris raves about the hipster kids cartoon Apple and Onion. Fans of Elmore Leonard might be really keen to see Carla Gugino starring in the gritty action adventure show Jett. And Chris did the thing he almost never does: he went to a cinema and saw the new Michael Hutchence documentary Mystify, which looks at the life of the INXS frontman.
There are so many shows worth checking out right now that we crumbled under the pressure and instead spend our first 10 minutes talking about rewatching 30 Rock - a sitcom that absolutely still holds up really well.
We also explore teens staying up all night in HBO teen drama Euphoria (thanks to drugs and partying) and American Graffiti (thanks to enjoying driving around in cars). Oh, and we delve into the Martin Scorsese doco Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story.
Oh, and then we discuss the abstract comedy genius that is Good Afternoon Adelaide.
This is too much podcast. Can you believe you're getting it for free?
This week on the podcast Dan & Chris shout: "Baaaaaaaaat!" as they discuss the hilarious new comedy What We Do In The Shadows. They also discuss the great new drama Years and Years. Oh, and then they mix some chatter in about the new Neil Gaiman-written show Good Omens and Chris talks up a kids cartoon about The Cat In The Hat. If this is your first Always Be Watching podcast, welcome! We hope you find some interesting TV suggestions here.
It has been quite the week of viewing for Chris and Dan. The big TV show of the week is the third season return of The Handmaid's Tale - Dan offers his thoughts on it and the very unique problem the show has. Also up for discussion is the UK TV show The Detectorists and new film Godzilla 2: King of The Monsters.
But, stick around for our conversation about a screening Dan and Chris attended of the classic Australian film Young Einstein. At the screening, director, writer, and star Yahoo Serious made a very rare appearance. So, we offer our thoughts on the event and how the film holds together 30 years later.
01:03 The Detectorists
06:58 The Handmaid's Tale
16:45 Godzilla 2
24:47 Young Einstein
Dan and Chris are at it again with their weekly conversation about what they have watched... experienced?.... on TV.
Up for discussion:
01:28 High Maintenance
13:26 LEGO Masters
23:00 Catch 22
It has been a huge fortnight for television with three of television's biggest shows all airing their final episodes - Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, and Veep. On the Always Be Watching Podcast this week, Dan and Chris offer some thoughts on the end of these series and about final episodes in general. They also discuss the new Netflix Still Laugh-In special and the documentary The Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men.
01:46 Still Laugh-In
10:12 The Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mice and Men
16:24 The end of Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, and Veep
On the podcast this week Dan talks up a mother/daughter relationship horror-drama that he insists will take the Emmys & Golden Globes by storm, Chris hypes up Aussie animated hit show Bluey. Appealing to Chris love of US sitcoms, Dan talks up the last good US broadcast comedy Superstore. And Chris dives deep into the well of nostalgia to discuss the classic 80s comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
01:19 The Act
25:30 Planes Trains and Automobiles
With a new Netflix series, a huge new reality show in Australia about building things with Lego, a Seth Rogen movie, and a discovered gem, Chris and Dan have a lot that they have been watching this week:
01:27 Dead To Me
05:43 LEGO Masters
13:22 Long Shot
18:44 The Last OG
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It is an incredibly eclectic mix-bag of things we've been watching this week.
Take a listen and discover something to watch:
01:07 Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series - Netflix
08:19 Black Summer - Netflix
12:42 Nothing But Trouble - Home video
19:12 Ultraman - Netflix
WARNING: There's some bad language in this one.
Avengers: Endgame is an absolute cultural juggernaut and it needed to be discussed. So, we reached out to one of our favourite culture writers (and hardcore Marvel fan) Maria Lewis to join us for a spoiler-free chat about the movie and its place in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It's a fun, casual chat about the biggest movie in the world. But, we also chat about some of the great shows we've been watching lately too.
01:52 Avengers: Endgame
29:44 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
39:35 My Husband Won't Fit
Join Dan & Chris for another week as they discuss what it is that they watched on TV this week in the misguided belief that you might feel inspired to watch these shows.
01:58 - Terrace House: Opening New Doors
09:04 - The Defiant Ones
16:39 - Jeopardy: World Tour
22:20 - Sick of It
We're taking you into some weird and offbeat TV areas this week with a quirky robot's cutting political satire, more straight edge political satire via a US courtroom drama, a rapper preaching on Netflix about the ills of modern society, and we hit warp 10 with a space show that isn't just for nerds. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
02:04 Kraft Punk's Political Party
09:30 The Good Fight
17:02 Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
24:40 Star Trek: Discovery
It's a week for under-the-radar television discussion as both Dan and Chris veer away from anything anyone else was talking about on TV this week for four off-kilter TV discussions. The two discuss:
02:34 Now Apocalypse
25:15 Ill Behaviour
31:42 Chef's Table
It was a huge week for new shows/movies dropping on Netflix. Thankfully, neither Dan nor Chris had a whole lot going on, so they made sure to watch it all. Oh, and Chris checks in with an old TV friend who would give reunions 5 stars.
02:27 After Life
14:02 Love, Death and Robots
30:10 Review with Myles Barlow
36:05 Triple Frontier
We start this week with an extended conversation about Captain Marvel, now playing in cinemas. We've invited in film critic and Program Director of Australia's SciFi Film Festival Simon Foster. Does the film deserve the hype? We take a look (and it's very light on spoilers if that's a concern for you).
WHAT WE WERE WATCHING THIS WEEK:
03:25 Captain Marvel
30:24 Hollow Man
37:37 Fleabag (Season 2)
Dan and Chris launch the Always Be Watching podcast by starting a conversation with the same phrase that has dominated practically every conversation they've had over the past 15+ years: "What have you been watching?"
00:00 We officially launch the podcast
03:35 This Time with Alan Partridge (BBC - UK)
04:14 Paddleton (Netflix)
15:12 The Heights (ABC - Australia)
18:35 Baptiste (BBC - UK)