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Always Be Watching

By Dan Barrett
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.
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Always Be Watching Podcast: RIP
This is it. The final episode of the Always Be Watching podcast. And what an episode it is.  Okay - don't expect much from this podcast. This is really just podcast host Dan Barrett advising the many ABW listeners that the podcast has concluded. You're invited to join Dan over at his new podcast: Screen Watching.  It's like Always Be Watching, but with actual preparation. Check out Screen Watching: Apple Podcasts - Spotify - Pocket Casts - RSS - Thank you for listening.
January 29, 2021
The one with The Mandalorian s2 | Saved By The Bell 2020 | Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun | Perry Mason
This week on the podcast Dan is joined by returning guest Blake Howard (One Heat Minute and the All The President's Minutes podcast). The two of them take a deep dive into what's going on with The Mandalorian this season with a very specific focus on the recent episode 'The Jedi' which saw the live-action introduction of fan-favourite animated character Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson). Dan then goes on to discuss the new Saved By The Bell reboot/follow-up series. Does it live up to the hype? Blake talks up the new Aussie sketch comedy show Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun. And then swings back to discuss a show we talked about earlier this year: HBO's Perry Mason.
December 8, 2020
The one with Love and Monsters, The Queen's Gambit, and The Wolf of Snow Hollow
Michael Meloni pops by for this week to fill in for Chris Yates who is away on assignment. Dan and Mike discuss the new Netflix drama The Queens Gambit, as well as new films Love and Monsters, and The Wolf of Snow Hollow.
November 18, 2020
The one with Feels Good Man, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, and Host
Dan and Chris are back for another Always Be Watching podcast. What treasures have they unearthed this week? Dan celebrates the icon of white supremacy Pepe with the doco Feels Good Man. (This probably should have been reworded differently). Chris celebrates an icon of capitalism and corporate propaganda with Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, which takes a deep dive into the making of the smash hit Disney+ series. Dan wraps things up with Host - a genuinely scary film currently streaming on horror streamer Shudder. It's a good one this week folks. Join us... won't you? For more Always Be Watching, check us out on the web - You can sign up to the daily ABW email there with TV and movie news, along with weekly highlights. Always Be Watching is a Televised Revolution podcast.
October 24, 2020
The one with Fargo, Trial of The Chicago 7, On The Rocks, and Trolls World Tour
The gang is back together. Dan and Chris have settled their differences and have decided it would be proper to once again talk about the TV and movies they have been watching. This week: Fargo Season 4 - FX, Hulu, SBS, SBS On Demand Trial of The Chicago 7 - Netflix and in cinemas now On The Rocks - Apple TV+ Fri 23 Oct and in cinemas now Trolls World Tour - Peacock (US) and in cinemas now
October 16, 2020
The one with I'm Thinking of Ending Things | Close Enough | The Social Dilemma
Dan and Chris this week are joined by Mark Humphries. You probably know him best as the host of the beloved, but cancelled too-soon Ten game show Pointless. Or maybe you know him from his weekly satirical sketches on the ABCs flagship current affairs show 730. We know him as a guy who really loves talking about TV. This week we discuss new movie I'm Thinking of Ending Things, documentary The Social Dilemma, and the animated comedy Close Enough. All are streaming on Netflix.
October 5, 2020
The one where we discuss Mulan | The Third Day | My Octopus Teacher | Utopia
The podcast is a little different this week with returning guest Simon Foster stopping by to fill-in for an absent Chris Yates. We talk about the new Disney+ feature film Mulan, HBO's The Third Day, Netflix's My Octopus Teacher (which is less sexy than it has been suggested), and new Amazon Prime Video series Utopia. We top this off with a brief chat about Simon's work on the upcoming film festivals: Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival - Monster Fest 2020 -
September 26, 2020
The one with Bill & Ted Face The Music | Away | Cheers | Cobra Kai
We go deep into the nostalgia well this week. Apologies to our bountiful Gen Z listeners. Bill & Ted Face The Music - In Cinemas Now and on VOD in the US (04:24) Away - Netflix (23:11) Cheers - On Stan in Australia, and on both Hulu and Peacock in the US (31:17) Cobra Kai - Netflix (48:09) Don't forget, you can find more Always Be Watching on the Internet (it comes on computers) at
September 10, 2020
The one with Raised By Wolves | Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga | Lovecraft Country | Hoops
It's that time of the week again for you to put down the remote control and slide into some headphones for another Always Be Watching podcast. And after you hear what we have to talk about, you'll be rushing back to your TV remote with some fresh ideas of interesting things to watch. This week: Raised By Wolves (HBO) - 03:17 Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix) - 21:25 Lovecraft Country (HBO) - 30:50 Hoops (Netflix) - 50:02
September 4, 2020
The one with Tenet | High Score | Biohackers | Into The Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2
Dan and Chris have taken to the microphones once more after spending the past week having taken to their couches. And what more... they have new and exciting things to discuss: Tenet - In cinemas now (02:48) High Score - Netflix (20:21) Biohackers - Netflix (33:55) Into The Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2 - Disney+ (41:15) Spend more time with Always Be Watching with the daily newsletter -
August 27, 2020
The one where Mel Tait joined us to discuss: Sorry To Bother You, Staged, The Other Two, and A Country Practice / A Country Podcast
Joining boy wonders Dan Barrett and Chris Yates in the ABW cave is the beyond lovely Mel Tait, the talented multi-hyphenate (ABC Radio host, playwright, and now co-host of the upcoming A Country Podcast).  We quickly get talking about what we've been watching. Sorry To Bother You (Streaming on Netflix) - 03:00 Staged (BBC) - 20:46 The Other Two (Comedy Central / Stan) - (45:44) A Country Practice (Streaming on 7Plus) - (33:00)
August 21, 2020
Muppets Now | American Pickle | I Think You Should Leave | Perry Mason
This is Always Be Watching - a podcast in which two grown men offer their considerable opinions on the children's entertainment program about Muppets. This week: Muppets Now (Disney+) - 01:37 American Pickle (HBO Max / Cinemas) - 19:01 I Think You Should Leave (Netflix) - 29:30 Perry Mason (HBO) - 43:45 Find more Always Be Watching -
August 17, 2020
Always Be Streaming - 14 August 2020
What's worth streaming this weekend? This podcast offers you nothing but answers. This podcast is a bit of a trial. Do people want this? Please let me know.
August 14, 2020
The Fugitive 2020 | True Stories (Talking Heads) | Halt & Catch Fire | The death of cinema?
It's a theme week as we travel back to the future. We start things off with a look at the 2020 version of The Fugitive, looking at what it gets right and wrong as a property based on a 60s and 90s TV show/movie. (03:25) But then we had back to 1986 for the Talking Heads movie True Stories. (24:47) Dan's been watching Halt & Catch Fire - a mid 2010s show set in the 1980s. (41:35) And then we look at what might be the final years of cinema as TV and cinema finally converge. (52:52) Yeah - it's a big episode.
August 10, 2020
Fear City: New York v The Mafia | Almost Famous | State & Main | Desperados | Jaws 3/4
On the Always Be Watching Pod, officially the podcast of record that cites the viewing interests of Dan Barrett and Chris Yates, the two watchers discuss the new Netflix documentary series Fear City: New York vs The Mafia. Dan has a grab-bag of movies he has watched recently including Almost Famous, State & Main, and new Netflix film Desperados. Oh, and Chris finally caps of his weeks-long watching of all the Jaws movies with the much maligned Jaws 3 and Jaws 4. 
August 1, 2020
The Office Oral History | The Dark Knight Trilogy | Rosehaven
It was a bit of a quiet week for us watching new TV (there's so little of it around worth chatting about), but that didn't stop us getting passionate about the things we were actually watching. Dan went to the cinema and saw all three Christopher Nolan Batman movies - Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises and his opinions on the films have shifted. (06:19) Both Chris and Dan are really excited by the new podcast The Oral History of The Office. The two discuss watching the show and how the podcast has made them feel about the show. {31:34) Rosehaven is one of the few really good Aussie comedies and both Dan and Chris are into it... with a few reservations. (58:32) Yes, this show ran long. But the passion these boys have for what they've been watching - it runs deep. 
July 29, 2020
Laurel Canyon with director Allison Ellwood | The Old Guard | Jaws
Put on your facemasks and get ready for another talk about all the TV and movies we've been watching. This week at Always Be Watching HQ Dan and Chris have a chat about the new 2-part documentary Laurel Canyon and then speak with filmmaker Allison Ellwood about it.  Dan and Chris also talk about new Netflix film The Old Guard and then the classic shark flick Jaws.
July 20, 2020
Hamilton | Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan | Not Too Late Show with Elmo
The biggest theatre event on the planet this month took place not at the currently shuttered theatre, but on people's TV screens thanks to Disney+. Across the world people were watching Hamilton. Dan and Chris were particularly interested in how one takes a live theatre performance and actually lets it be good on TV - not always an easy task. Chris stumbled upon Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan and loved it. Oh, and Dan stayed up way too late with a red muppet talk show host named Elmo.  This is the Always Be Watching podcast. No flipping.
July 13, 2020
Floor is Lava and the rise of the great dumb game show
The biggest show on the planet has been Floor is Lava - Dan and Chris have both watched the show and absolutely bought into its ridiculous simplicity. Obviously, Dan has some criticisms. Floor is Lava is just one of several big format activity-based game shows on the air right now. Dan offers a rundown on what else is happening in this space at the moment.
July 6, 2020
Perry Mason | Eric Andre: Legalize Everything | Freaks and Geeks
HBO launched a new Perry Mason TV series. Dan has one big concern with it. Meanwhile Chris lavishes praise on the new Netflix Eric Andre special. And then it's time for a look back at Freaks & Geeks. How does it hold up 20 years later?
June 29, 2020
Frak The Police
Bad boys! Whatcha gonna do? Cops on TV have been around for as long as, well, as long as there has been TV. The cop show is unquestionably the most successful genre of TV, each week delivering morality plays with good guys vs bad guys are the lines that blur inbetween. This week on Always Be Watching we talk about cop shows and what we want from them. 
June 22, 2020
Ramy | All The Right Stuff | Trip To Greece
Is Ramy the best show currently on TV? It's right up there, so Chris and Dan discuss the first episode of that. They also flashback to the 1983 film The Right Stuff. And then there's the fourth installment of the Trip To movies which takes Brydon and Coogan to Greece. Oh yeah... there's also the season finale of the Always Be Watching TV Masters trivia competition.
June 14, 2020
Space Force | Love Life | Central Park | Spaceship Earth
To infinity and beyond! This week on the Always Be Watching podcast Dan and Chris want to get boots on the moon as they talk about the new Steve Carell comedy Space Force (02:30) - the critics hate it... Chris really digs it. Dan watched the buzzy new doco Spaceship Earth - spoiler alert: it's not really about people on a spaceship. They were on Earth all along (16:36). Chris raves about new animated comedy Central Park (25:31). And then the guys wrap up the reviewing portion of this podcast by talking about TV's most basic romcom: Love Life (32:01). And then they quiz. (39:08)
June 4, 2020
Superstore | How To Make It In America. PLUS we talk Binge. AND: The weekly quiz
The gang this week discover they're creating too much content for one podcast. Chris finally gets off his keister and watches Superstore after Dan told him months ago that he'd love it. Spoiler alert: He loves it. (05:30) And Dan revisits an HBO classic How To Make It In America. (18:50) Why are they watching older shows this week? They found them on new Australian streaming service Binge. Dan and Chris offer their thoughts on it and delve into the morality of paying for a partially Murdoch-owned service. (28:26) And then they wrap up the week with a trivia quiz. (47:35)
June 1, 2020
The Great | Into The Night | Avenue 5 | Mint Condition
Television is the thing this year, my friends. And boy do we have some TV to talk about. This week: Mint Condition (Vimeo) - 01:55 The Great (Hulu / Stan) - 18:31 Avenue 5 (HBO / Foxtel / Binge) - 27:26 Into The Night (Netflix) - 34:20
May 26, 2020
The Eddy | Dave | Ghost in The Shell - SAC 2045 | Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill
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.
May 15, 2020
The Midnight Gospel | Home After Dark | Upload
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.
May 11, 2020
Normal People | Beastie Boys Story | Upload | Starship Troopers
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.
May 4, 2020
Point Break (1991) | Dummy | The Last Dance | Seth Green Quiz
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. Claim your participation trophy and press play on this week's Always Be Watching.
April 26, 2020
Mystery Road | Tiger King: The King and I | SNL | Unorthodox
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.
April 17, 2020
Beef House | Explaining new streaming service Quibi | Lego Masters Australia s2 | Brew Brothers
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.
April 14, 2020
Tiger King | Onward | Bosch | Television Masters - Round 1
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.
April 7, 2020
The Platform | Marc Maron: End Times Fun
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.
March 26, 2020
Paradise PD | Devs | Ugly Delicious | Amazing Stories
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. This week: 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+)
March 13, 2020
I Am Not Okay With This | Lego Masters USA | Breeders | Stateless | AJ & The Queen
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.
March 5, 2020
Duncanville | Gentefied | Survivor (season 40) | Richard Jewell | Terrace House
What an episode! Chris talks about TV! Dan talks about TV! They both talk about TV!
February 29, 2020
Letterkenny | High Fidelity | Call of The Wild | Hunters | Locke & Key
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 Thanks for listening!
February 21, 2020
Cheer | Birds of Prey and The Emancipation of One Harley Quinn | Mythic Quest | Great Australian Railway Journeys
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.
February 14, 2020
Uncut Gems | Hip Hop Evolution season 4 | Ragnarok | The Stranger
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.
February 7, 2020
Picard | Awkwafina is Nora From Queens | Street Food | At The Drive In
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.
January 30, 2020
Little America | Curb Your Enthusiasm | Medical Police | Stir Crazy
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.
January 24, 2020
Sex Explained | The Laundromat | Spinning Out | Rick & Morty
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.
January 16, 2020
We watched: The Outsider | Jojo Rabbit | John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch | The Gloaming | The Two Popes | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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
January 10, 2020
The Big Fat Quiz | Midsommar | The Mandalorian (finale chat)
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.
January 3, 2020
2019 in review
This week Dan and Chris cast their watching eyes back over 2019 - what were their highlights throughout the year?
December 28, 2019
We watched: Making it | Threat Level Midnight (The Office)
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.
December 18, 2019
We watched: Mrs Fletcher | Living With Yourself | Servant | Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly
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
December 13, 2019
We watched: Frozen 2 | Knives Out | Tuca and Bertie | Upright
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)
December 4, 2019
I watched: Brittany Runs a Marathon | The Toys That Made Us | The Irishman
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.
November 28, 2019
We watched: The Mandalorian on Disney+
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.
November 19, 2019
Apple TV+ is good... ?
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.
November 16, 2019
We watched: Mr Robot | Utopia | Under The Eiffel Tower | It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
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. This week: 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.
November 7, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name | Jack Ryan season 2 | War of The Worlds 2019 (BBC) | Maximum Overdrive | 2019 Fangoria Monster Fest
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. This week: 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
October 30, 2019
We watched: Watchmen | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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.
October 23, 2019
We watched: Modern Love | Big Mouth | Creepshow | Disenchantment
"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]
October 17, 2019
We watched: Unbelievable | Evil | Between Two Ferns: The Movie
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]
October 10, 2019
We watched: The Chef Show | Wu-Tang: An American Saga | Stumptown
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]
October 3, 2019
Undone | Hip Hop Evolution | A Very Brady Revolution | What to expect on Disney+ and Apple TV+
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. This week: Undone (Amazon Prime Video) - 02:03 Hip Hop Evolution (Netflix) - 11:30 A Very Brady Revolution (HGTV) - 19:16
September 25, 2019
The Spy | The I-Land | The Matrix 2+3 | It: Chapter 2
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 Spy The I-Land The Matrix 2 + 3 It: Chapter 2
September 19, 2019
Simon Amstell: Set Free | The Amazing Johnathan Documentary | The Matrix | Derry Girls
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
September 11, 2019
Lost in London | The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Succession | Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones [Reissued Podcast]
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 15:14 Succession 21:47 Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
September 6, 2019
BH 90210 | The Boys | Freaks | Andy Kaufman: My Breakfast With Blassie
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 24:51 Freaks 32:51 The Boys
August 28, 2019
Wu Assassins | Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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
August 20, 2019
Four Weddings and a Funeral | Flowers | Beverly Hills Cop 3 | Miracle Mile | Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice
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! Flowers [0:33] Four Weddings and a Funeral [06:11] Beverly Hills Cop 3 [12:45] Miracle Mile [23:55] Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice [29:10]
August 8, 2019
Another Life | Paris Is Burning | Pose | This Week at The Comedy Cellar
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
July 31, 2019
Veronica Mars | Apollo 11 | Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee | Lambs of God |
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
July 25, 2019
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction | The Loudest Voice | The Simpsons - season 30 | Parasite
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
July 18, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home | Bob's Burgers | Stranger Things 3
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
July 10, 2019
Too Old To Die Young | Apple and Onion | Jett | Mystify: Michael Hutchence
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.
June 27, 2019
30 Rock | Euphoria | Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story | American Graffiti | Good Afternoon Adelaide
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?
June 20, 2019
Years and Years | The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About That | Good Omens | What We Do In The Shadows
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.
June 12, 2019
The Detectorists | The Handmaid's Tale s3 | Godzilla 2: King of The Monsters | Young Einstein
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
June 5, 2019
High Maintenance | Chernobyl | LEGO Masters | Catch 22
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 09:05 Chernobyl 13:26 LEGO Masters 23:00 Catch 22
May 28, 2019
The end of Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, and Veep | Still Laugh-In | The Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mice and Men
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
May 24, 2019
The Act | Bluey | Superstore | Planes Trains and Automobiles
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 07:06 Bluey 16:18 Superstore 25:30 Planes Trains and Automobiles
May 19, 2019
Dead To Me | LEGO Masters | Long Shot | The Last OG
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 Be sure to sign up to the daily Always Be Watching newsletter:
May 9, 2019
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series | Black Summer | Nothing But Trouble | Ultraman
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.
May 5, 2019
Avengers: Endgame | Hanna | Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse | My Husband Won't Fit
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 32:11 Hanna 39:35 My Husband Won't Fit
April 27, 2019
Terrace House | The Defiant Ones | Jeopardy World Tour | Sick Of It
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
April 11, 2019
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike | The Good Fight | Star Trek Discovery | Kraft Punk's Political Party
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
April 4, 2019
Now Apocalypse | Idiotsitter | Ill Behaviour | Chef's Table
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 19:37 Idiotsitter 25:15 Ill Behaviour 31:42 Chef's Table
March 27, 2019
After Life | Love, Death and Robots | Review with Myles Barlow | Triple Frontier
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
March 21, 2019
Captain Marvel | Counterpart | Hollow Man | Fleabag
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 21:29 Counterpart 30:24 Hollow Man 37:37 Fleabag (Season 2)
March 14, 2019
Secret City | Russian Doll | Leaving Neverland | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
This week on Always Be Watching, Dan and Chris discuss: 02:01 Secret City 09:42 Russian Doll 15:41 Leaving Neverland 22:56 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
March 7, 2019
This Time with Alan Partridge | Paddleton | The Heights | Baptiste
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?" This week: 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)
February 28, 2019