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Briefly put, Zanna & Billiam is a podcast about television. It consists of the dynamic duo Susannah and Will: teenage, TV-obsessed, best friends. Together, they’ll cover a number of shows they find crucial to their friendship, shows like Portlandia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and 30 Rock. Recapping, reviewing, and relishing a different episode each week, you can expect plenty of strong opinions, deep dives, inside jokes, and above all, friendship, comedy, writing, dreams(both nighttime and aspirati ...
 
Substitute for Wit is a Downton Abbey podcast hosted by Susannah and Hazel. They may be young, but they have plenty of adult views on this rather adult show. Together, they'll watch, research, take notes, occasionally scream, and then talk about it. Taking inspiration from fellow Downton podcast Ring for Tea, Susannah's a Downton superfan, and Hazel knows very little about the show. Susannah will guide Hazel through the dark forest of Downton with her sharp descriptions, expansive knowledge ...
 
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We're back! After that loooong hiatus due to Will's camp and overall summer fatigue, we make our return with Downton Abbey's Season Two Episode One, which Susannah can honestly probably recite at this point. Besides trying to get back into the swing of things and marveling at the fact that we can record this in person and inside, we also compare Wi…
 
Andy Samberg hosted SNL in 2014 and now we are, well, not really following in his footsteps by hosting this episode of our podcast! We talk about a real-life Hunchback of Notre Dame, our thrift shop, and calendars. Also, Will plays the Oldies channel again to drown out the sirens on his street, and Susannah rants about how much she hates Bruce Chan…
 
Yes, it might seem a bit strange that we, shippers that we are, chose this episode instead of the previous one, Leslie and Ben (for non-superfans, that's the one where they get married). But hey, this episode's got mani-pedis, old movies, and several members of the sprawling Lerpiss family. And of course, it's the first appearance of the one and on…
 
We're back in The Good Place for this penultimate episode of Season Two (of The Good Place, not the podcast. We're too lazy to put this podcast into seasons). Yes, this episode is shorter than usual, and yes, Susannah (who writes these usually very witty episode descriptions) can't think of anything to say here, but we have no doubts that this is j…
 
We head back to 30 Rock(both the show and the place) for a very special(to be honest, it's not actually that special) Mother's Day episode. Even though this episode probably won't be heard until after Mother's Day. But we make like Victor Hugo and digress! (#ObscureLesMizRef) Anyhoo, in this episode, Will mocks/performs slam poetry, Susannah(yet ag…
 
Our good friend Audrey joins us as we cover this lace paper airplane of a Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode! After a bit of a confused beginning, Susannah directs everyone towards her favorite Belgian girls choir. Then, prompted by a country song, we question the logic of reviving ghosts, and go on a tangent about stuff in our rooms. Next week, we'll head…
 
We restart our cycle once again with Portlandia's Amore! And as any episode recorded on the eve of a week off school is expected to do, it goes off the rails pretty quickly. We get to the major points of the Rachel-Dratch-starring episode, such as Fred and Giuseppina's ship name (Gred? Friuseppina?), but we also warn of the dangers of Portuguese bu…
 
It's our very first Downton episode(or at least it's Will's), and we've got plenty of strong opinions about O'Brien, Edith, Bates, Marthew (Mary&Matthew), and pretty much every other thing that briefly appears on-screen, including umbrella handles. But first, we kick off with an unusually long cold open featuring two fill-for-time’s and a treasure …
 
We return to Susannah's sometimes-favorite show SNL with a vaguely recent finale hosted by Paul Rudd! Susannah talks about her father’s “breakthrough” Shakespeare research before getting into the Genovese crime family, while Will is yet again astonished by how little Susannah knows about popular culture(this time, it’s Ant-Man) and starts a Smashin…
 
We've headed back to Pawnee with a WONDERFUL episode form Season Four. Audrey joins us as we find various antonyms for 'palpable' (dubious, inferential) and mourn our lack of anyone else to invite to our podcast. Plus, Susannah's got a very special deep-dive that's months in the making, but she can't share it until she remembers the basic plot of "…
 
We return to The Good Place with 'You've Changed, Man', one of the final (and strongest) episodes! We see Good, Bad, and Neutral Janet, as well as Animal Janet (from the Cat and Dog Good Place) and another Janet of unknown purpose. Plus, we tell our broken-glass stories, we discuss the merits of the concept of warm pretzels, Will talks about his ad…
 
Audrey joins us again for the episode we promised you two weeks ago, rerecorded somewhat fatiguedly (is that a word? Not going to look it up) but nonetheless enjoyable. We, of course, do discuss every aspect of this landmark Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode, but we also learn about the fingernail equivalent of an accent wall from Audrey, talk about our d…
 
We've decided to do a Valentine's episode, even though Valentine's Day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes. But whether you're celebrating the birthday of famed suffragette Anna Howard Shaw or taking part on one of the many weird Valentine's traditions mentioned by Liz's coworkers (eating pierogi at the c…
 
It's our first second episode of Portlandia! That's right, we've restarted the cycle, and we're returning to the City of Roses with Will's favorite Portlandia episode, Trailblazers. Susannah likes the episode as well, but as a person with extremely long hair, she's a bit put off by that first sketch. Also, Susannah talks about how she got her ears …
 
We're finally doing an SNL episode, and what an episode indeed! John Mulaney's first stint hosting features tour de force sketches like Diner Lobster, sketches we have an obscure emotional connection to like Real Intros of Reality Hills, wonderfully random cut sketches like Wedding Toast, and two great musical performances by Jack White. Plus, Susa…
 
If you think we're really into mixology, well, you wouldn't be wrong. It's pretty much our favorite thing, at least when it comes to television. And we can all agree that the only thing that could make this exceptional episode of the thoroughly unique sitcom Community better would be Andy Samberg as the mixologist. Sorry, the Mixologist. (Also mayb…
 
It’s our first Parks and Rec episode and it comes only a little bit late due to a file problem that may result in some low audio quality. I don’t know, I’m writing this part of the description before I’m done editing. But the real news is: Audrey is here! That’s right, our much-mentioned turquoise-haired best friend has joined us to talk about this…
 
This week, we're covering The Good Place's Jeremy Bearimy, a wonderfully weird and somehow simultaneously cozy and feel-good half hour of American television. We establish that we're platonically married by television (imaginary Lorne Michaels was the fake officiant); go on a tangent about encounters with celebrities and almost spill the Sufjan Ste…
 
Not-live from the evening of the last school day of the semester, it’s Zanna and Billiam! And even though that first sentence made it sound like we’re doing an SNL episode, it’s actually 30 Rock’s “Episode 210”! And, because of the circumstances referenced in the aforementioned SNL-esque sentence, we get increasingly incoherent as the episode progr…
 
This week, we're diving into Brooklyn Nine-Nine's "Johnny and Dora", also known as the ULTIMATE Peraltiago (if you're not familiar with that term, this episode's probably not for you) episode. We try to figure out what and where Atlantic City is; Susannah tries really hard not to say that it was just her b*rthday; we marvel at Don Johnson's persona…
 
For our first actual episode, we're doing Mixologist, a Portlandia episode that might just be a perfect microcosm (Susannah's favorite word to misuse) of our friendship: it's got laughs, songs, California, very complicated restaurants, messages in bottles, and of course, Andy Samberg. When we're not vehemently expressing our love for "Mixologist", …
 
It's the first episode of our new podcast, and we're introducing ourselves to the world with a combination of well-formatted segments and completely unrelated tangents. In this episode: Will reassures Seth Meyers that he is not threatening to kill him; we redact the hell out of some personal information with a calm, robotic British man; we share ou…
 
This fortnight, we're talking about the second episode of Season Two and everything that comes along with it. For us, that means plugging our new TikTok account(which Susannah is not happy about) a billion times, mispronouncing some guy's name(he was Lieutenant Courtenay, as well as being featured in two separate movies with Rupert Grint, neither o…
 
It's Season Two! Susannah's obviously ecstatic, and Hazel's pretty excited too! We're kicking things off with a few long ramblings from Susannah wherein she talks about U2, her favorite Belgian girl's choir, and tells you if "hot buttered toast with a countess, tuppence a slice" would actually be profitable. Then we scream "MARTHEW" a few thousand …
 
We're closing out Season One with a bang, however brief. In this episode, you'll get to hear us: fangirl over both Adam Scott and Barack Obama; silently imitate Trump; and argue over who looked hot in that fight scene. We look up Italian names for various legumes, Susannah smiles uncontrollably just from thinking about Season Two, and Hazel answers…
 
It's the penultimate episode of Season One and obviously, we're breaking down the bigger plot developments, like Mary and Matthew's kiss, Banna's almost happening, and Sybil's maybe-concussion. But we're also talking about less important things, like coats, nightgowns, and other things that aren't fashion-related! We also say our website's address …
 
It's the fourth episode and we're talking about all the methods of fortune telling, Charles Manson(briefly), the Downton score, and stomach ventriloquism. Susannah's got a huge deep-dive on various fair activities, Hazel spills some water, and we're recording remotely! This means a lot of things, some good, like livable climates for us, and more re…
 
We talk/shout about the first really shocking plotline of Downton. Susannah introduces her new segment with an Ophelia/Daisy Ridley deep dive, and Hazel talks about her hair for a while. There's plenty of clips, but strangely enough, none of them are from Downton. We've got 30 Rock, a Downton novelty song, and even Sesame Street. A bit of backstory…
 
It's Episode Two and we're breaking down every aspect of Matthew and Isobel's arrival, from the scowls to the crush faces, from the pericardial sacs to the Grizzly Bears. Susannah does a deep dive on Lloyd George, Hazel misunderstands a couple of things (Julian Fellowes is not fictional, Hazel), and, as we've done before and we'll definitely do aga…
 
We're off with the whistle of a train and our first official episode! What we like: Anna, Sybil, Daisy(sometimes), and Cora's embroidery. What we don't: O'Brien, Thomas, and the Duke. What we can't agree on: Cora's nightgowns. In non-Downton news, Susannah's flipping between ranting about The Office and gushing about The Office, we made that "Hazel…
 
We're kicking off our podcast journey with an intro, both to ourselves and Downton Abbey. Susannah gives a long but thought-out premise of the show that Hazel may or may not have been listening to, and Hazel makes some slightly underwhelming predictions. Susannah gets a space to vent about everything she went through creating the podcast; Hazel str…
 
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