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Hello Wisconsin! We are back in the New Year with a Very Special episode set on the last day of the 1970s, That '70s Show series finale! Join Carolyn, Austin, & David as they talk Green Bay Packers tickets, weather-appropriate clothing, and the bizarre turns this show took once its main cast members decided to pack it in. Plus, a look back at the y…
 
Pip pip, Happy Christmas guv'nor! This week we're traveling across the pond to merry ole England for our final Christmas episode of this holiday season, Peep Show's "Seasonal Beatings", in which Mark's family is coming over for Christmas lunch and Jeremy is a bit over-excited for the holiday. And if none of that makes any sense to you, don't worry,…
 
Whatcu talking 'bout, everyone? The AVSE Holiday's continue this week with a Very Special Christmas episode of The Simpsons, in which Bart, Lisa & Homer team-up with special guest Gary Coleman to save Christmas from toy-murdering robots. Join Austin, Carolyn & David as they discuss the stunning longevity of the show, reveal which Bart Simpson t-shi…
 
"For the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the return of a prodigal podcast host!" That's right, we are kicking off our annual holiday coverage with a Very Special reunion, as Ryan Alexander-Tanner returns in order to reunite the Aluminum Four just in time to review the first episode of the brand new Saved by the Bell series! He join…
 
Gobble gobble everyone! Since Thanksgiving is all effed up this year anyway, we figured we'd lean into the curve and celebrate with a Very Special non-Thanksgiving episode from the annals of classic TV and dive into the seminal I Love Lucy for the very first time by discussing the episode in which Lucy has to tell Ricky she's pregnant without sayin…
 
Happy Halloween everyone! This year we are celebrating the holiday with a Very Special episode of Punky Brewster, you know, the infamous one in which Punky and the gang go camping and find themselves lost in a cave filled with horrific nightmare fuel that will take root in your brain and haunt you forever! Join Austin, Carolyn, and David as they jo…
 
This week, we celebrate one hundred episodes of A Very Special Episode with a Very Special episode about one of our favorite subjects: TV theme songs! Listen in as Carolyn, David, and Austin rank their favorite theme songs from decades of TV, celebrate the 80s as the Golden Age of TV theme songs, and ruminate on the slow death of the theme song ove…
 
"Must See TV" summer concludes with a Very Special Thanksgiving episode of ER! Included on the holiday menu is turducken, French toast, and DEATH BY HELICOPTER. That's right, as much as this episode might seem like a Very Special episode about the fertility of HIV patients, or marijuana use, or PTSD, it's really about the cold, unceasing bloodlust …
 
Our 2020 Must See TV marathon continues, as we tackle one of the most successful spinoffs of all time, Frasier, with an episode that sees Niles undergo open heart surgery and a hospital spill its guts! Join Carolyn, Austin and David as they rank iconic city skyline buildings, dig into some old candy bars, and discuss Dr. Bitz's tips for ripping off…
 
Our 2020 Summer Theme marathon kicks off this week, as we begin reviews of episodes plucked from NBC's "Must See TV" lineup of the 90s! Things kick off with a Very Special episode of Mad About You, the Diet Coke of sitcoms, in which Paul & Jamie attempt to Ferberize their baby in one continuous shot. Join Carolyn, Austin, & David as they discuss pa…
 
In this week's sax-tastic episode, Carolyn & Austin are joined by Carolyn's husband & returning AVSE guest Aaron Walker to discuss an eerily prescient episode of Night Man, the superhero show you've never heard of but still technically counts as one of the earliest Marvel characters to get his own TV show, in which the titular hero has to battle an…
 
Pour yourself a big tall glass of Vanilla extract and warm up your clarinet, cuz it's time for another Very Special Episode. This week, Austin, David & Carolyn are tackling one of those standard-bearing VSEs, Family Ties' "Say Uncle", in which Tom Hanks rolls into the Keaton household and promptly drinks everything in sight. Join us as we discuss o…
 
Happy Pandemic everyone! We are back, and piggybacking on the zeitgeist, with a Very Special episode about the dangers of disease, asymptomatic carriers, and poor social distancing from The George Carlin Show, in which the sheer filth of George's apartment births a virus that soon causes everyone he comes into contact with to get sick. And if all t…
 
This week, our bodies go through some changes in an episode more gross than the Screech porn, as as an Aluminum Two-some plus a Very Special Guest, AVSE & SbtbB Reviewed Theme Song Master Brad Sucks, discover hair where they had no hair before while tackling modern sketch comedy. So sit on down for a puberty milkshake as you try not to involuntaril…
 
We are back and tackling your dad's favorite sitcom this week, as we review an episode of MASH involving the departure of a much-loved character from the ensemble! Join Carolyn, Austin & David as they talk toidy trees, decide which MASHer is the show's Screech, and declare the new leader of the podcast! So put on your best Carmen Miranda outfit, th…
 
So long, 2019! It's time for our now annual very special Very Special episode, when the Aluminum Four look back on the year that was and highlight the bits of new (or new to them) pop culture & societal trends they loved, hated, or were slightly more than indifferent towards. This year, we're talking about Tuca & Bertie, Knives Out, 30 Rock, Watchm…
 
It's a Christmas miracle, as we reach our fourth and final Family Matters Christmas episode, and Urkel is shockingly not super annoying! But we're still left with plenty to discuss as, following last week's return to a Homeless Christmas, this episode brings us back to our second favorite Christmas trope, "Christmas at the Mall in Which The Main Ch…
 
In our latest episode, A Very Special Family Matters Christmas continues with season six's "A Miracle on Elm Street", in which Laura loses another cherished childhood heirloom and the Winslow family is again given irrefutable proof that Santa is real via another instance of the "homeless person comes to live with the central family at Christmas" si…
 
Merry Christmas! We're back with another installment of A Very Special Family Matters Christmas, in which the Aluminum Four tackle season four's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel", a (very loose) pastiche of It's a Wonderful Life in which Milo from Good Morning Bliss gets his wings by negging Laura into being nice to Urkel in what is mostly …
 
Ho ho ho! This week, we begin our annual Christmas celebration, bringing you four holiday-themed episodes over four weeks. And, because Ryan has been a very good boy this year (and/or paid off all the right people), this year's Christmas extravaganza will be an All Family Matters Christmas! That's right, we'll be stuffing your stockings with four d…
 
Could we *be* celebrating any more Thanksgivings? This week, AVSE breaks the seal on Friends as we celebrate Turkey Day with everyone's favorite...friends. Join Carolyn, David & Austin as they discuss how Ross is the worst, map the Aluminum Four to the Friends, and take a deep dive into...Hocus Pocus. So shove your head up the butt of a raw turkey,…
 
Happy Halloween boils & ghoul, it's time for another scary installment of A Very Special Episode! For this year's spook-tacular episode we journey once more to the hallowed halls of Family Matters for the return of Stevil, and nobody is more excited than your (g)host with the most, Ryan! Join him, Carolyn & Austin as they tackle dancing dummies, th…
 
This week, we tackle a Very Special episode of one of David's favorite shows, Degrassi: The Next Generation, in which things take a tragic turn when the bullied Rick gets pushed too far (or does he?!?) via a Carrie homage, leading to the birth of an internet meme. Join David, Carolyn & Austin as they tackle a host of Very Special topics, from gun v…
 
Yo Joe! In this week's episode, Ryan, Carolyn, and Austin enlist to discuss one of the seminal "Very Special" pieces of 80s programming, the G.I. Joe PSAs that taught an entire generation of kids that knowing is half the battle! Listen along as we learn about stopping nosebleeds, avoiding downed power lines, and the importance of using plans when b…
 
This week, Ryan & Austin are joined by two Very Special guests, the hosts of the Star Wars Minute podcast, Alex Robinson & Pete the Retailer. Together, the four discuss an episode set a long time ago, in a land far, far away...the Land of the Lost! Join them as they tackle this Very Special episode about growing up/meeting your future self in a cav…
 
This week, we are once more boldly going where no one has gone before (except for us, in an earlier episode...) to discuss Star Trek The Next Generation's "Force of Nature". Join David as he assembles an Away Team consisting of himself, Ryan & Carolyn as they discuss this Very Special episode which attempts to warn us about the dangers of technolog…
 
Ho ho heil! This week, we conclude our "One Season Wonders" summer marathon with a Very Special Christmas episode of Aaron Sorkin's done-in-one series, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip! Join Austin, Caroln & David as they discuss whether you can have Christmas in LA, how much the FCC really cares about f-bombs, and which of our One Season Wonders was …
 
This week, we continue "One Season Wonders" with the third (final!) episode of Scorch, a TV show which answers the question nobody asked, "what if Alf, but with a dragon puppet and without the normal rhythms of a sitcom?" Join the Aluminum Four as we discuss the curious late 80s/ early 90s trend of puppet-based sitcoms, try to wrap our heads around…
 
"One Season Wonders" dances on, as the Aluminum Four tackle one of the more infamous one season shows of all time, Cop Rock, the series which dared to ask "what if a cop show, but also, a musical?", and apparently answered with "sure, but also, the cop show is really crappy." Join Ryan, Carolyn, Austin & David as they talk (and occasionally sing) a…
 
It's time for our annual summer theme marathon, in which we spend the summer reviewing episodes fitting a certain theme picked by you, the listeners! This year, we're looking at "One Season Wonders", episodes of shows that only lasted one season. And we're kicking it off with The Pitts, a Fox sitcom from the early 00s so bad it redefined "bad TV" f…
 
This week, we return to TGIF and the 90s Brady Brunch to check in with the Step by Step gang, in an episode where perennial dum-dum JT learns all his problems in school might not be caused by being a dum-dum, Frank & Carol try to pass a snooty inspection, and White Urkel & his girlfriend try to suppress their throbbing biological urges. Join Ryan, …
 
In this week's episode we tackle Murphy Brown for the first time (a show which burned bright but isn't around much anymore, thanks in part to just how topical and zeitgeist-y it was), with the episode in which the titular Murphy Brown responds to Vice President Dan Quayle's attacks (in-universe & in real life) on Murphy's decision to become a singl…
 
Valar Morghulis! We stay topical this week, as Ryan, David & Austin form a Great Council of our own to discuss the Game of Thrones series finale all the internet is buzzing about! Join us as we talk the good, the bad, and the metaphor-destroying dragons. Because when you play the game of thrones, you either win, or you podcast. So bust down the spo…
 
Avengers assemble (again)! In our latest episode, David, Ryan & Austin are joined by returning Very Special guest, author, and Spider-Man expert Mark Ginocchio to discuss a tiny little movie that is currently making all the money in the world, Avengers: Endgame. Join us as we talk favorite moments, take potshots at Hawkeye, and plumb the depths of …
 
The Aluminum Four are reunited and it feels so good, as we thank you for being our friend by breaking the seal on Golden Girls with an episode in which the golden girls help break Rose of her lifelong pill-popping habit while Dorothy & Sophia try to film a porno commercial. Join us as we discuss the longevity of Dennis Rodman, pizza, and how the Al…
 
Hey, you guys, Ryan is back! And this week, he and Carol are joined by their "regular visitor", special guest Amy Miller, to discuss yet another episode of Taxi! Learn all about krimkapoosh, Amy's gross hotel room, and Alex Rieger's codependent behavior in this very special episode about "womanly troubles". So tell everyone your Aunt Flo is in town…
 
The AVSE offices are in mourning once again, and this week we celebrate the accomplishments of the recently-departed Luke Perry with a Very Special episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, in which we get a double dose of Luke Perry as Dylan deals with the fallout of his dad exploding. Join Austin, Carolyn & Very Special Guest, Carolyn's Pitch Please! co-h…
 
We stay in the realm of 90s-era, California-based teen shows this week, as David returns fresh from his honeymoon alongside his now wife-Lauren, who join Carolyn to discuss an episode in which a bunch of attractive, musically-inclined teens fix racism. Along the way, David reveals the price at which he'll sell out, Lauren reveals which Peter Engel …
 
Ahoy mateys! We are back with our second superhunk episode in a row as Carolyn, David & Austin go on a not-quite-three-hour tour with Gilligan's Island! Join us as we discuss island hemorrhoids, the hotness of Mary Anne, and the Harlem Globetrotters! And we get back to our SBTB Reviewed roots by comparing the castaways to the Golden Six! So be sure…
 
Aloha! This week, Carolyn, David, and the returning Very Special Guest, Carolyn's newly-turned-40 fiance Aaron, grapple with mortality under the sunny skies of Hawaii along with Magnum P.I. and one of the finest examples of facial hair in TV history. And while staring death in the face, they also discuss sharks named Herman, dropping the N word in …
 
Howdy partners! This week, David, Carolyn & Austin travel back to the Old West to check out a show from what was once one of TV's dominant genres, the Western. Join us as we review an episode of Trackdown, in which Texaa Ranger Hoby Gilman arrives in town shortly after a conman who promises to help the townspeople stave off the end of the world (th…
 
"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" This week, we're doing it our way, as we tackle a Very Special episode of Laverne & Shirley in commemoration of the passing of Penny Marshall, in which Laverne meets the love of her life in the form of Ted Danson's magnificent plume of hair, but Ted Danson meets tragedy in a…
 
And now for something completely different! This week, we present a very special Very Special episode, as the Aluminum Four ring in the new year by discussing the highs and lows of pop culture in 2018, the TV shows, movies, books and more we enjoyed (and some we didn't enjoy) in the year that was. Join us as we discuss everything from Steven Univer…
 
Marley was dead, to begin our fourth & final Christmas episode of the season, as Sam leaps into a Christmas Carol pastiche in a very special Quantum Leap Christmas episode! Join David, Ryan, Carolyn & Austin as we grapple with the mechanics of Quantum Leap, discuss the awesome redemptive power of sexual attraction, and try to dissect a complex plot…
 
By the power of Grayskull Christmas! This week, we return to the formative years of Austin's childhood as Christmas comes to Eternia in the form of a pair of Earth children accidentally kidnapped thanks to Orko's bungling, who proceed to teach Skeletor the true meaning of Christmas. Along the way, the Aluminum Four discuss frighteningly-negligent p…
 
Oooga mooga, everyone! Our special run of weekly Christmas episodes continues with an episode from Small Wonder, in which the patriarch of the Lawson family/creator of small wonders is convinced to help organize a fundraiser for a caribou-themed lodge in the interest of furthering his career. If that doesn't sound very Christmas-y, well, that's bec…
 
Merry Christmas! This week begins our annual marathon of Christmas-related episodes, and Carolyn kicks things off by leading us into a world populated by animated clay dinosaurs, pigs, and bells performing some of the all-time great Christmas songs, all under the watchful eye of famed animator Wil Vinton. Word through the grapevine is that even som…
 
Gobble gobble everyone! For this year's Very Special Thanksgiving episode, the Aluminum Four gather round to discuss WKRP in Cincinnati's "Turkeys Away", an episode featuring several old AVSE friends in which a radio promotion involving turkeys lands with (several) thuds. Along the way, we reveal our favorite meats, try to figure out who's doing wh…
 
Welcome back boils & ghouls to another spine-tingling Halloween installment of "A Very Special Episode". This week, the Aluminum Four return to TGIF mainstay Family Matters for "Stevil", in which Steve Urkel's ventriloquist dummy comes to life and proceeds to slaughter the Winslows in Freddie Krueger-esque, pun-based ways. Join Carol, Austin, David…
 
One, two, Freddie's coming for you... Hello, boils & ghouls, in this week's spoooky episode, we plunge into the dreamscape to review an episode from the horror anthology series Freddie's Nightmare, in which a babysitter with body image issues transforms into a pig monster & eats a kid, but then it turns out it's all just a little girl's dream, and …
 
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