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What began as a wine-fueled recap of HBO's "Big Little Lies" has become...well, a wine-fueled recap of other dramatic shows starring Reese Witherspoon and/or Nicole Kidman (it's a niche, okay). Check out our recap of Hulu's "Little Fires Everywhere" – according to one reviewer on Apple Podcasts, "They actually made this awful series fun" – HBO's "The Undoing" or listen to our current season covering Hulu's "Nine Perfect Strangers." New episodes drop Tuesday.

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509: Nine Perfect Strangers Book Club
Take a seat in the wine dungeon and toss back your psychedelic smoothie of choice, it's time for the BLP x Nine Perfect Strangers Book Club episode! In this special ep, we violate our Noble Silence to discuss Liane Moriarty's novel, consider David E. Kelley's departures, and invoke your help in determining our next mini-episode. Fair warning...spoilers for the book and TV show abound!
October 12, 2021
508: Nine Perfect Strangers, "Ever After"
After some intense trips and a shared Near-Death Experience, our strangers make some serious breakthroughs and are rewarded with a rare happily "Ever After" ending. Carmel finds healing. Lars recommits to Ray. The Marconi move on. Francis gets her house dog with Tony, and writes the story we've been watching (sorry, Liane)! Ben and Jessica are the new Masha! The old Masha is joyriding with her ghost daughter! Wait, what?! You better hurry up and knock back the rest of your smoothie, we've got a lot of feelings about the Nine Perfect Strangers finale to unpack in group therapy...
September 28, 2021
507: Nine Perfect Strangers, "Wheels on the Bus"
As the "Wheels on the Bus" go round and round at Tranquillum House, one of our strangers has started to spin out. But Carmel coming undone to the tune of "Xanadu" isn't the only thing harshing the vibe. Delilah's on the lam, the Marconi are doubling down on their dosage, and Masha is ready to risk it all. Tune in to hear our thoughts on the penultimate episode of Nine Perfect Strangers!
September 21, 2021
506: Nine Perfect Strangers, "Motherlode"
In this "Motherlode" of an episode, we "go in" on all the recent drama at Tranquillum. The Lilliputian singing Cabaret! Zach's asthma! Masha's affair! The kid! That kiss!! Plus, the gang considers an absolutely unhinged theory from Rebecca and pursues justice for Glory. 
September 14, 2021
505: Nine Perfect Strangers, "Sweet Surrender"
Watch out for errant forks and vivid hallucinations, things sure are escalating at Tranquillum House! In this episode of BLP x 9PS, we "Surrender" to tantric Reiki, supernatural twists, near-death experiences, and the enduring appeal of Tony Soprano. Plus, our unsolicited thoughts on The Joe Rogan Experience, listener questions, and recommendations. 
September 7, 2021
503/504: Nine Perfect Strangers, "Earth Day"/"Brave New World"
Fasting! Psilocybin! Mr. Kendo! Pick your treatment, knock back your psychedelic smoothie, and meet us in the scream sauna for the latest episode of Big Little Podcast x Nine Perfect Strangers. 
August 31, 2021
501/502: Nine Perfect Strangers, "Random Acts of Mayhem"/"The Critical Path"
Big Little Podcast has arrived at Tranquillum House, where the smoothies are custom and the Russian accents are questionable. After you've surrendered your phone and settled in to your suite, meet us at the ominous yoga lodge – we've got the first two episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers to discuss!
August 24, 2021
Mini Episode: The White Lotus
Big Little Podcast checks into The Pineapple Suite for an extra-special mini-episode on HBO's The White Lotus. Come for our comprehensive consideration of the stacked cast, major themes, and stirring soundtrack, stay for the hotly anticipated fifth season reveal! Spoilers abound! 
August 19, 2021
Introducing Manifest Destiny
Oh, so you thought we were done for the season? Not quite! Rebecca is here to introduce you to her secret side-piece...Manifest Destiny, a millennial look at the American millennium. In this special episode, your hosts Rebecca and Blair introduce themselves, the podcast, and a featured episode from Manifest Destiny's second season that covers two significant moments in US history: the Salem Witch Trials and unsung hero Robert Smalls. Listen along if you like history, old friends bickering, and rousing theme music. And if you enjoy the show, please subscribe to Manifest Destiny on your podcast platform of choice and follow us on Instagram @manifestdestinypod!
January 28, 2021
408: You Should Have Known (The Undoing) Book Club
Well, folks, it's that time again! We're wrapping up our fourth season with a lively discussion of Jean Hanff Korelitz's novel You Should Have Known aka the book on which HBO's The Undoing was based. Spoilers for both the mini-series and the book abound, so make sure you're caught up before listening. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of The Undoing as much as we enjoyed talking about it. To keep up with Big Little Podcast while we're on hiatus, be sure to follow us on social media (@biglittlepodcast). And thanks, as always, for listening – your continued support means the world to us!!
January 14, 2021
Mini Episode: The Prom
When we heard Netflix was releasing a movie starring Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, AND Meryl Streep we knew we had to do a BLP mini-ep on it. Listeners, we made a huge mistake. The Prom is a glittery mess of a movie. We suspect it permanently damaged our brains. But since we suffered through all two hours and twelve minutes of Ryan Murphy's funfetti fever dream, we decided to go ahead and record our unfiltered thoughts about it. Enjoy? 
December 31, 2020
Trailer: MID LIT
Surprise, it's a Big Little Podcast spin-off!! Theresa and Rebecca are thrilled to share the trailer for their latest adventure in podcasting...MID LIT! Tired of struggling through Middlemarch? Baffled by Joyce? Bored by the critically acclaimed? Shamed by the dusty tome on your bedside table? Yeah, us too! That's why we started Mid Lit, a podcast in praise of unpretentious books. Each season will highlight a collection of works by a middlebrow author and any associated movies, TV shows, or cultural by-products. Special guests will abound – no spoilers, but the guests are LIT – and Carolyn will be making frequent appearances as our resident film/TV critic.  So set aside what you were "supposed to read" and join us as we give our favorite bingable books the lit class treatment they deserve. Subscribe, visit our website, and follow us on social media @midlitpod so you don't miss a single second of MID LIT! 
December 24, 2020
407: The Undoing, Interview with Michael Devine
Okay, Big Little Podcasters...the time has come to reveal our extra special episode of Big Little Podcast x The Undoing...featuring none other than Detective O'Rouke aka Michael Devine!!  A third-generation law enforcement officer, Michael Devine spent 22-years working for the NYPD, 12 of which for the Chief of Detectives Office. He retired from the force this year to focus on his acting career, which includes roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Law & Order, Mozart in the Jungle, Orange Is the New Black, Big Time Adolescence, The Post, Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, and CBS’ Limitless. In this exclusive interview with Big Little Podcast, Mike tells us all about his acting career, his work as a law enforcement officer, and his experiences on HBO's The Undoing. Insider info (and spoilers!) abound. We hope you enjoy hearing from Mike as much as we enjoyed talking to him!  Follow Michael Devine on Instagram @michaelpdevine and stream his album, "Songs of Valor of Hope," on Spotify.
December 17, 2020
Mini Episode: "Murder on Middle Beach"
On March 3rd, 2010,  Barbara Beach Hamburg was found dead outside of her home in Madison, Connecticut. Ten years later, her son Madison Hamburg tells the story of his mother – and his complicated family – in a four-part documentary series for HBO. As Connecticut natives, all three of us were naturally drawn to Murder on Middle Beach, but what we couldn't have anticipated was the extraordinary pathos Madison Hamburg brought to the series. When we realized we were frequently derailing our discussion of The Undoing to talk about the latest happenings on Middle Beach, we knew we had to do a mini-episode about it.  If you haven't watched Murder on Middle Beach yet, please do so before listening to this episode as spoilers abound. And if you have any information on the death of Barbara Hamburg, please report your information to – thank you, and enjoy this special episode of Big Little Podcast x Murder on Middle Beach.
December 10, 2020
406: The Undoing, "The Bloody Truth"
Grace takes the stand, Elena's killer is revealed, Jonathan really loves Albany oysters...and we have thoughts! Tune in to the latest episode of Big Little Podcast x The Undoing to hear our analysis of the series finale, "The Bloody Truth."
December 3, 2020
405: The Undoing, "Trial by Fury"
On this episode of Law and Order – wait, sorry, The Undoing – Jonathan's trial begins. Like our muck-slinging girl Haley Fitzgerald, we investigate alternate suspects, the no-longer-missing sculpting hammer, and the psychological state of our main characters. Is Jonathan a sociopath? Is Grace repressing memories or just super forgetful? Is Henry a stone-cold killer? We take a deep dive into it all on this episode of Big Little Podcast x The Undoing. 
November 26, 2020
404: The Undoing, "See No Evil"
The mystery deepens in episode 4, bringing with it new suspects, new theories, new Kelley-isms, and plenty for us to unpack – most pressingly, why is Connie Chung here?! 
November 19, 2020
403: The Undoing, "Do No Harm"
With Carolyn out for the week, Theresa and Rebecca must brave the third episode of The Undoing alone – and although it's definitely the filler episode, they still manage to find plenty to talk about. Is Jonathan a stone-cold killer or merely a narcissist craving sexual attention? Is there more to sweet Henry than meets the eye? Is Sylvia a concerned friend or another potential suspect? Could Grace really be that surprised to see herself on camera? All this, plus recommendations (and several random tangents), in this week's episode of Big Little Podcast x The Undoing.
November 12, 2020
402: The Undoing, "The Missing"
The drama is ramping up on The Undoing! This week, Big Little Podcast unpacks the second episode's shocking revelations about Jonathan, the mysteries of Donald Sutherland, and the sneaking suspicion something is not quite right with Grace....
November 5, 2020
401: The Undoing, "The Undoing"
Big Little Podcast is back to talk HBO's The Undoing. In this first episode, we meet our main characters – Grace Fraser, the most beautiful therapist in all the land, and her British husband Jonathan, a fancy pediatric oncologist (who seems kind of sus) – and explore David E. Kelley's latest take on rich people with dark secrets. The drama centers around the enigmatic Elena, who bares all to Celeste but is later murdered in her art studio. Who is the killer? What's the significance of the theme song? Can we trust our perspective? Is Edgar Ramirez the hottest detective ever? All this and more on episode 401 of Big Little Podcast!
October 29, 2020
Trailer: Big Little Podcast Season 4 (The Undoing)
Big Little Podcast is back for a fourth season, and this time we'll be talking HBO's "The Undoing" starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant! 
October 23, 2020
Book Club: Little Fires Everywhere
Surprise! Carolyn loved it! Finally, we get to dive deep into everything we loved about the book and made us resentful of the show. We love the book so much we never once wander off on a completely unrelated tangent.
May 4, 2020
308: Little Fires Everywhere, "Find a Way"
Turns out the kids are not alright. They're arsonists. But who can blame them? With parents like Elena and Mia, it's a wonder they didn't lay waste to all of Shaker Heights. Get our final thoughts on the finale of Little Fires Everywhere and if you stick it out to the end, you'll find out which famous rock climber we voted most likely to become a thrill killer. (Stay tuned next week for our Book Club Episode.)
April 28, 2020
307: Little Fires Everywhere, "Picture Perfect"
So much is happening in the penultimate episode of Little Fires Everywhere. Mia is still awful, and Elena's a straight-up villain now. Luckily, Pearl and Izzy still exist and are here to soothe our souls. Find out which one of us actually had a tartan-induced smackdown with our mom in this riveting episode of BigLittle Podcast.
April 21, 2020
306: Little Fires Everywhere, "The Uncanny"
Carolyn is salty about this episode and has no time for flashbacks. But we've all got questions. Is Pauline a predatory professor? Is Tiffany Boone doing a flawless Kerry Washington impression? Why is Elena just learning about birth control? So many questions and very few good answers.
April 14, 2020
305: Little Fires Everywhere, "Duo"
Mia is horrible to children and Elena is drinking more than 4 oz of wine (now we know why she has to limit herself). So why did we end up talking so much about meat hoses? Find out in our latest episode.
April 8, 2020
304: Little Fires Everywhere, "The Spider Web"
Elena and Mia are finally having it out, but Mia's got the whole world wondering why she didn't just sell that stupid photo in the first place instead of making her kid ask for free lunch at school. We have thoughts.
April 1, 2020
303: Little Fires Everywhere, "Seventy Cents"
Finally, we get to the heart of this story. Bebe's kid is now Linda's kid. Mia seems like maybe she was gonna straight-up steal that baby and Lexi is a nightmare of a human, but Pearl doesn't seem to care. At least now we know why they dropped 3 episodes all at once.
March 29, 2020
302: Little Fires Everywhere, "Seeds and All"
What do The Vagina Monologues, Kid n Play, and Irish Quintuplets (is that a thing?) have in common? They all figure prominently in our discussion of Episode 2 of Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere, "Seeds and All." Find out what happens when Elena Richardson has more than 4 oz of wine (spoiler: it involves a hand mirror).
March 27, 2020
301: Little Fires Everywhere, "The Spark"
Big Little Podcast is back and we're tackling Reese Witherspoon's latest passion project, Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu. Is Elena Richardson a monster? Is Mia an angsty artist or just kind of b*itchy? What does the Dave Matthews Band have to do with any of this? Find out in the first episode of our new season!
March 24, 2020
The Big Little Recap
As we all deal with the end of BLL, we offer up the first of our Big Little Recap episodes. Here we do our best to answer your questions to us. We also talk about our favorite moments, music, and maniacal screams from the two seasons. And of course do the very important work of giving out Monterey superlatives.
August 9, 2019
207: Big Little Lies, "I Want To Know"
The end is here. And....we have have a lot we want to know. Streep and Kidman face off in the courtroom acting, Jane gets some good lovin', Madeline and Ed kiss and make up, Renata destroys the world in a red jumpsuit, and Bonnie says goodbye to her mother and all the lies. There is a lot to discuss with this season (series?) finale.
July 26, 2019
206: Big Little Lies, "The Bad Mother"
We are reaching the end and the Monterey Five are tense and arguing, Renata and Gordon have nothing but a mouthful of fucks and tissues, Bonnie writes a tell-all letter, and Celeste is on trial for being a Bad Mother. This episode is like Madeline in her old wedding dress-totally busting out with things to talk about.
July 17, 2019
205: Big Little Lies, "Kill Me"
We are getting stressed out with where this season is going! Mary Louise is definitely manipulating everyone-even Renata, but why? To get the twins or to get answers? Bonnie is under a lot of stress and may end up under water. Ed and Madeline try the weirdest hugging retreat to save their marriage. Has Jane ended up with a wrong kind of man again? And the biggest little lie is that we didn't get to see Madeline throw her ice cream at Meryl Louise Streep.
July 10, 2019
204: Big Little Lies, "She Knows"
She Knows. But who knows? Mary Louise? Det. Quinlin? Bonnie's mom? Or is it just that Madeline now knows everyone can tell she is unhinged. We take a look at this episode which includes the slap heard round the world. Where is this season going?
July 4, 2019
Book Club: Big Little Lies, Part 2
We decided to go to the original source and read and discuss Liane Moriarty's book, Big Little Lies, which the series is based on. In this episode, we continue our book club to talk about the second half of the book over another glass of wine. *spoiler alert if you haven't read the book!
June 29, 2019
203: Big Little Lies, "The End of the World"
Madeline and Steady Edy are now seeing the same therapist as Celeste. Mary Louise, still convinced Perry was perfect, starts to stalk Jane and wants a paternity test-even though she seems to think Ziggy looks just like her other dead son. Meanwhile, in the 2nd grade classroom, a lesson about Charlotte's Web causes poor Amabella to have a panic attack over the impending end of the world from climate change. Madeline also ruins another puppet song for the town. And Celeste continues to try to move on from the good and bad memories of Perry-and look for....pleasure.
June 26, 2019
202: Big Little Lies, "Tell Tale Hearts"
Lots going on here as Meryl "Scary Louise" Streep does more acting with her cross necklace than most actors do in their whole career. Meanwhile, Renata is living her best life when it all comes crashing down. Gordon is a criminal? Celeste is taking Ambien and sleep driving? Bonnie's mom is a meddling voodoo witch? And Madeline's kids can't keep their trap shuts. Meanwhile one of the big lies/secrets is finally revealed. Join us for this juicy discussion about Episode 2.
June 21, 2019
201: Big Little Lies, "What Have They Done"
The long awaited premiere of Season 2 is here! And we had a viewing party complete with "Not On A School Night" cocktails and this live reaction podcast following the episode. Mary Louise is lurking. Celeste is having nightmares Bonnie is guilt running. Jane has new bangs and a new job. Renata is dressed in 80s glam living. And Madeline is still Madeline, but also stress eating muffins and cupcakes. Who are we going to kill?
June 10, 2019
Book Club: Big Little Lies, Part 1
While we anxiously await the release of Season 2, we decided to go to the original source and read and discuss Liane Moriarty's book, Big Little Lies, which the series is based on. In this episode we have our own book club to talk about the first half of the book over a glass of wine. *spoiler alert if you haven't read the book!
June 5, 2019
Season 2 Trailer: #MerylisComing
The Big Little Podcast ladies take a look at the trailers recently released for the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies-now with Meryl! Join us as we make predictions and ask the big questions we all have going into the second season.
May 27, 2019
107: Big Little Lies, "You Get What You Need"
A party where everyone is dressed like Audrey Hepburn and Elvis and doing karaoke. What could go wrong? We finally get the murder we knew was coming but where does this leave us with Season 2? What are they hiding? What will they lie about now?
April 30, 2019
106: Big Little Lies, "Burning Love"
Lots to talk about here as things begin to reach a boiling point with Celeste finally fighting back and breaking Perry's penis and Jane scratching Renata in the eye. And nothing ruins a dinner party like puking on the perfectly rustic table. 
April 30, 2019
105: Big Little Lies, "Once Bitten"
Who is the murderer? Renata? Jane? Nathan? The puppet? Amabella and Celeste continue to be victims. Who are we supposed to hate here? Other than horrible Perry obviously.
April 30, 2019
104: Big Little Lies, "Push Comes to Shove"
Why can't Bonnie and Madeline get along? Does this show just make men out to be all creepy assholes? And why can't they have puppets fucking in Monterey? All we know is after this episode, we are sure Nicole Kidman deserves all the acting awards. 
April 30, 2019
103: Big Little Lies, "Living the Dream"
Erections at a children's birthday party or Stevie Nicks sing alongs on the way to Disney on Ice? Plus we see shit get real in one of the most intense TV therapy sessions ever. And we discuss Monterey real estate porn. 
April 30, 2019
102: Big Little Lies, "Serious Mothering"
Let's talk about sex. These women are having a lot of it and not all of it is good. Also, we deal with working moms like fucking Renata, fighting husbands in spandex and play "Would You Rather?"Most importantly-is Chloe available to DJ our next party?
April 30, 2019
101: Big Little Lies, "Somebody's Dead"
Is Madeline Martha MacKenzie a nightmare and the killer? Or is she just having one of her massive periods?  Why is Amabella under attack? And should Janie have a gun?  Featuring Rebecca Castellani, Theresa Cramer, and Carolyn Paine. Music by Brian Chevalier.
April 30, 2019