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Welcome to Basic Cable! Where we watch TV indiscriminately, and are desperate to talk about it. We'll cover MTV reality, HBO dramas, and pretty much anything in between. Get in tough with us @basiccablepod on Twitter and basiccablepod@gmail.com
 
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Oh wow, you know what they say about riding a bike? Podcasting after an eight month hiatus is not like that. But Lucas and I got back on the mic to talk about some shows that frankly, just didn't do it for us, and shared what's been on our TV minds since April. It's not perfect, but when is Basic Cable ever the pinnacle of fine audio production? Be…
 
Who knew Amy Schumer would have such a delightful cooking show? WE DID. Because her schtick is LITERALLY just Basic Cable in the kitchen. We cover a ton of trash TV that's in no way good for us, and then Carlie's excellent mom returns for a quick segment about the return of Detective Elliot Stabler to a TV near you. Carlie and Katie also talk about…
 
Heyyo, welcome to day 3846238 of quarantine! Have you managed to watch every single show on every single platform yet? Of COURSE NOT. There are too many choices so of course you're just falling back on the comfort shows you can visualize with your eyes closed. But fear not, we're here to walk you through of Netflix's newest offerings like Too Hot t…
 
Carlie and Lucas make their triumphant return to the pod after a long, strange trip with our new friend Vladimir Skyrizzi. We chat Jeopardy, The Challenge, Michael Jordan and The Last Dance. Carlie reveals her Grey's Anatomy misery index and friend of the show Matt Ski returns with a Netflix recommendation. We're so glad to be back. Thanks for stic…
 
Happy Turkey (Boi) Day, Basic Nation! Our main man Matt Ski reviews The Mandolorian. (2:00) Carlie and Lucas' relationship barely survives Thanksgiving Dinner as we break down the pop culture we're most thankful for this year. Spoiler alert: It's mostly pizza and Baby Yoda-related material. Apologies in advance for my (Lucas') awful burp -- it was …
 
Tap tap, is this thing on? We know we haven't been pumping out episodes regularly, but we have a lot to cover tonight and we need your help! We're pumped about the new Jeopardy GOAT tournament (7:30) and Holly Hunter stops by our apartment. (17:40) Civil Rights hero casting (20:00), Carlie cries during This Is Us. (26:45) Floribama is back in full …
 
Jesse reviews BK's Impossible Whopper. (2:40) Weeds making a comeback? (4:30) News broke right after we recorded last week about the Game of Thrones prequels. (8:30) Apple's new The Morning Show is...something. (15:05) Coach Carlie dives deep into the strategy behind this season of the The Challenge. (25:40).…
 
Lucas' trick-or-treating trauma and breaking Game of Thrones news. (6:00). Netflix causes a stir with plan to allow viewers to speed through content. (12:30) The Morning Show is getting panned and Angelina somehow wins us over on Jersey Shore. (25:00) How does Mrs. Fletcher on HBO stack up to Tom Perrota's book? (33:15).…
 
We're back from vacation and ready to 'cast. Lucas reviews Taco Bell's Toasted Cheddar Chalupa (4:25) and we break down our favorite meals and shows from our trip to Peru. (5:20) The first fall shows get the axe and Clueless is coming back. (11:10) Our thoughts on El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (22:30) and the finale of another great season of Suc…
 
Sorry folks, no chicken reviews or Jeffrey Epstein this week. You'll have to settle for Carlie and Lucas chatting pleasantly about Ray Lewis, the next Bachelor, Shane Gillis' short career on Saturday Night Live and Apple TV's surprisingly affordable pricing model. Lucas wonders whether Netflix's Unbelievable is a good show and whether Logan Roy wil…
 
The Challenge is coming back with a long-anticipated team battle. (8:30) Food News features a dangerous new PBR drink. (12:45) 90 Day Fiance is back (21:35) and Euphoria wraps up. (34:10) We have a fiduciary responsibility to talk about Succession (50:20) and we wonder what the Happy Endings (54:00) crew is up to now.…
 
Lucas makes a great point about Top 40 Pop Music and really impresses his fiance. Then he has some more kick ass takes about Dan Le Batard's situation with ESPN (9:00) and the return of The Young (New) Pope. (25:00) Jersey Shore meets Old Town Road (38:00) and Euphoria is exhausting. (41:00) Carlie cries at the end of a show she doesn't even like.…
 
WOW - one of your favorite bits of Basic Cable has come to an end. Lucas proposed to Carlie and now she can't make him feel bad about it anymore. But that's not what's most important. (0:55) Jenna Compono gave Carlie and Basic Cable a shoutout! (On the paid service Cameo) (3:58) Without much TV to talk about, Lucas vents about Burger King (7:53) We…
 
We get political this week with a discussion of Carlie saving One Day at a Time (2:45), the Democratic debates (12:00), NRA TV's collapse (20:00) and NatGeo's Yellowstone Live (25:15). Talk turns to pay-cable with HBO's Big Little Lies (28:10) and Euphoria (32:45). Bit Of The Week features Carlie schooling about the publishing industry (41:30).…
 
FORE! Welcome to Basic Cable's wall-to-wall coverage of the Min' Golf Masters. News You Can Lose is back with a heavy dose of MTV. We watch new trailers for The Hills (11:00) and Jersey Shore. Is Double Shot at Love a better version of the Bachelor (17:20)? Holey Moley bogeys the first episode (24:00). We put on serious faces for a discussion of HB…
 
Our Jeopardy bets went down in flames with James' loss, but Carlie gets a win with the renewal of Dead to Me. (13:15) The Affair has plenty of off-screen drama, but is it worth Carlie checking back in? (14:00). The Challenge casting rumors. (18:15) Carlie disrespects Meryl Streep in the return of Big Little Lies. (23:00) Quick Netflix check-in with…
 
Welcome to Basic Cable's continuing coverage of Game of Thrones. Pysch. Will James win more than $4M on Jeopardy? (Yes.) 6:00 - New You Can Lose, ft. "The Voice, Cancellations and Bold Predictions" 23:20 - The Challenge wraps up a heroic comeback season. 24:50 - Deadwood: The Movie does all the things GoT's final season doesn't do. 34:45 - SPECIAL …
 
How does this series finale rank among some of the best and worst finales of all time? How is King Bran the Broken (We do not feel good about that nickname) getting around Kings Landing? Just a few of the very serious and important Game of Thrones takes from Carlie and Lucas on this week's episode. This the last we'll talk this much about GoT, so e…
 
The world joins Lucas in player-hating on Game of Thrones. Are the showrunners/writers sexist? Is everyone just ready to move on? Best and worst moments from "The Bells." Lucas supports war criminals. He's Just Not That In2 You: John and Dany. Lucas gives a 100 percent accurate prediction of next week's finale. Carlie struggles to pronounce a word …
 
Umm...so that happened. We'll update this description with more info later as to not spoil anyone coming to this page before they've seen the episode, but suffice to say -- we have FEELINGS about Episode Three (still yet unnamed on our HBO Go app). Were any of our predictions right? Did this battle make Lucas happy or sad? Both? Did Carlie sweat of…
 
Recording this week's episode proved harder than Jamie getting everyone in Winterfell to forgive him! These long episodes are no joke, and we aren't even ready for next week's epic battle. But before next week, we get a love letter from Benioff and Weiss in the form of 20+ scenes with a myriad of different character combos. We get great speeches, O…
 
Dun dun dundundunn dun dun dun dunn dun dun dun dun dunnnn GAME OF THRONES IS BACK AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS! We dive right in with the radical changes to the show's opening sequence (5:00) Talk about the call backs to the show's pilot (15:45) Discuss what the appropriate punishment for Jamie would be (20:00) Give out some awards for best scene, episo…
 
It's springtime blizzard season in Colorado, so snuggle up to a brand new episode of Basic Cable. American Horror Story goes to camp (8:20). Carve another face on the Jeopardy Mt. Rushmore (14:20). Some Russian kid gets a new name (24:00). Recommendation corner: The Last O.G.(30:35), What We Do In The Shadows (35:10) and Our Planet (39:50). We say …
 
Making up for lost time. We've got a long episode and a deep bench of topics. How'd out Basic Cable NCAA bracket hold up? (2:30) News You Can't Lose ft.: The Hill, Younger, Triple Frontier and the new Game of Thrones teaser. (3:15) Two minute US movie review. (22:20) Barry is back on HBO. (25:55) We say some not-so-nice things about The Case Agains…
 
In One Shining Momenttttt -- we'll talk about a lot of different shows - and do our dream bracket! (3:35) Look out, because Carlie is pissed OFF about the cancellation of One Day at a Time. Take your sanctimonious tweets and SHOVE IT, Netflix. (14:30) We also bid farewell to TV Land's Teachers, but strongly encourage you find a way to watch. (21:00…
 
Welcome Basic Boys and Basic Girl, strap in for the mother of all podcasts. We have an exclusive interview with Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy ... well, Carlie just informed me that it's uncool to lie in episode descriptions. You'll have to settle for a quick tribute to the Jeopardy All-Star Games and the timeless beauty of Alex Trebek. HBO g…
 
Thanks to everyone who tuned into our special Jeopardy-centric episode last week. We're back with our regularly scheduled programming this week with a quick dip into the second week Jeopardy All-Star Games, a plea to save Netflix's One Day at a Time (10:50), the final season of You're the Worst (15:10), the start of a very likable new season of The…
 
Welcome back, Basic Boys and Basic Girls. We have a very special episode for you this week. We chat with our friend and Wheel of Fortune champion Kevin about the Jeopardy All-Star Games. Kevin knows his stuff, we're lucky he joined us for this very deep dive into the All-Star games format, contestants, and to help us make predictions about which te…
 
Heyoo, I know -- you want more Katie, but unfortunately she only watches Hogan's Heroes, Perry Mason and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel -- so she simply can't take his place. (1:00) Lucas is back, and congratulates me on eating a gyro. (4:55) NYCL includes lots of Netflix talk -- do they need to be up front about their ratings? Why are they working with…
 
We finally did it -- we had our first remote guest on the show. And who better to join us than Carlie's mom, Katie. Katie is the most hilarious person we know, and is due for some time on BC. You won't be hearing much from ya boy Lucas this week, sorry, but Katie more than makes up for it. We talk all things MMM from the first two episodes, and the…
 
How do you react when you meet a celebrity (1:00)? A new chapter in Jersey Shore's most beautiful romance (9:30). We run through our Netflix queue and check in on You (12:40), Sex Education (18:05), Abducted in Plain Sight (20:15), the Bundy Tapes (21:15), Grace and Frankie (22:10), and Friends From College (23:45). It's KEYCAP season (26:10) and w…
 
*DISCLAIMER* This episode is full of spoilers for Episodes 1 & 2 of True Detective Season 3. We are also not doing a straight recap, so you might want to watch before attempting to listen, or we'll sound as crazy as Jeff Bridges accepting a lifetime achievement award. (0:33) Of course Lucas has to talk about the big news of the day, that Big Daddy …
 
*To the tune of the Sopranos theme* Well, you woke up this morning Got yourself a pod Your mama always said Basic Cable’d be the chosen one She said Lucas is one-in-a-million and Carlie’s ok, too Never had a bad take, so get this pod up in your ears Wooookkkeee up this mooorrrnnin Got yourself a pod!!!! It’s been 20 years since The Sopranos premier…
 
Welcome to 2019. New Year, new podcast, people! Psych, it’s the same show -- Carlie is as screechy as ever. We hear from my new favorite listener who has some spot on takes about the pod. (Come back hie123! Love, Carlie) Then we chat about the lesser of MTV’s Paulies’ (9:35) relationship drama! Russ and Pao from 90 Day Fiance welcome in a New Years…
 
We're back baby! Sorry we've been absent, like the classic Duhamel-Heigl movie, Life Happens, and we couldn't watch a lot of TV let alone talk about it. But we wanted to finish 2018 strong, and get an episode done for our faithful fans. (6:00) We revisit our Fall TV predictions, who got the hits and flops right, and which shows are truly canceled a…
 
Still full from Thanksgiving? Give your boo hole a rest and listen to this week's Basic Cable! (2:45) We get into News You Can Lose (Carlie gave up), with an update on the Game of Thrones prequel series, (9:15) congratulate Sally Ann Salsano on her big award, and chat about the recent Jersey Shore clips show. (12:45) Then we dig into the Challenge …
 
SPOILER ALERT FOR THE CHALLENGE FINALE. Woah, what a not shocking final, that shockingly left us with a 11 minutes worth of thoughts. We discuss if this final was really all the grueling, what, if anything the contestants could have done differently, and what does it say about the franchise that Smashley is now the biggest money winner of the game?…
 
Do you burn? If your answer is yes, this is the pod for you. You like Breaking Bad? (2:45) Good for you, quit bragging. You're not special. Ever heard of Game of Thrones? (7:30) Congrats, nerd. RIP AIR McNair (20:30). The Challenge has Carlie up-chuckin' (22:50) U-God has a new book, which means he has one more books than he does good verses on Wu-…
 
Sup bamas -- Lucas here. We've got some spicy Challenge MTV (1:30) talk on tap. Chase that bad boy with some New You Can Lose about Breaking Bad (8:45) and Game of Thrones (14:10). Next we dip our beak in some 90 Day Fiance (Where the caravan at tho? Edition). The main course is Homecoming (35:50). Julia Roberts represent! Are you still watching Ma…
 
oOOOooo It's time for a spooOOOkYY episode of Basic Cable! And this might even be scarier than The Haunting of Hill House! This week we take on some News You Can't Use with the cancellation of American Vandal (2:05), get into this week's Challenge episode and why yes, Bananas is a dick but we're kindaaa on his side, and preview the cast for season …
 
E Plurbis Trashy! Welcome to an all new episode of Basic Cable! We recorded most of this in the dark, which should have no affect on the audio quality, but we felt like you should know. (2:08) Because Lucas can't help himself, we start this episode with him wanting to change the name of the News You Can't use segment. In this segment, which shall r…
 
Lucas is back at it again, taking the reins and editing this weeks' episode. We spend a few minutes on some news you can't use, including a massive let down from Connie Britton, get all up in the 90 Day Fiance finale, chat about why Carlie didn't love this week's The Good Place, give our latest theories on Manifest, and then let Lucas take us on a …
 
Hey, hey, hey, what's up party people. It's your boy Lucas here. Carlie has left me in charge of the episode description this week. We blab about a bunch a crap, Carlie interrupts me a lot and demands a marriage proposal. I carry the show -- ya know, the usual. We kick it off with some News You Can't Use (2:30), then get into Manifest (9:29). That'…
 
It’s Basic Cable time! We get a little spoilery on some shows today so pay attention to the time codes in case you don’t want shows like American Vandal (Netflix) and Forever (Amazon Prime). We start it off with a brief recap of the Jeopardy All Stars Team Tournament draft (0:43), then News You Can’t Use is just about the annoying backlash surround…
 
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