Monday, August 20, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 53: Seinfeld - "The Puerto Rican Day"


Our summer "Bad Episode, Good Show" series concludes this week, as we check out one of the greatest sitcoms of all time (allegedly...) by discussing Seinfeld's "The Puerto Rican Day", an episode so controversial it rarely gets aired in syndication. But is it, really? Join us as we ask, in our best Jerry Seinfeld voice, "what's the deal with the controversy in this episode?",  talk way too much about laser pointers, and take a lot of shots at Michael Richards. 

So finish your latest re-watch of Blimp!, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Monday, August 6, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 52: The Sopranos - "Christopher"


Fuggedaboudit! In our latest episode we're heading to Jersey to discuss a bad episode from the godfather of the Golden Age of TV Drama, The Sopranos, in which associates of the titular mob family run afoul of American Indian protesters on Columbus Day as stereotypes collide.

So grab some orecchiette & broccoli rabe, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode052.mp3

Monday, July 23, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 51: Roseanne - "Sweet Dreams"


"Bad Episode, Good Show" hits paydirt this week, as the Aluminum Four return to an old and occasionally controversial favorite with "Sweet Dreams", a second season episode of Roseanne in which the titular character fantasizes about taking a bath, murdering her family, and starring in a Busby Berkeley-style musical. It's not just a bad episode of Roseanne, it's quite possibly the worst half hour of TV of all time.

So call in the Muscle Hunks (aka the Muzcle Hunkxxx), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Monday, July 9, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 50: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Beer Bad"


In our new episode, the Aluminum Four reunite to kick off our summer theme marathon, "Bad Episode, Good Show", with "Beer Bad", one of the more notoriously bad episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which enchanted beer sends Buffy and a quartet of college douches back to the stone age, in a hamfisted and deeply mixed metaphor about the dangers of alcohol (at least, in theory). Along the way, we discuss the intersectionality of werewolves, the strange career of Kal Penn, and the possible return of...the Max?

So grab someone else's sandwich, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Monday, June 25, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 49: Gargoyles - "A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time"


This week, we travel back to the heyday of Disney animation on TV to revisit the cult classic Gargoyles and learn an important lesson about literacy & the power of the written word, as expressed through magical Gargoyles who turn to stone in daylight and come alive at night. Along the way, David, Carolyn & Austin talk about the apparent omnipresence of medieval architecture in New York City, the deep bench of Star Trek actors who contributed to this show, and, because it's us, Gargoyle sex.

So take a look (it's in a book), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Help Us Pick This Summer's Theme!


Hi everybody! Summer is upon us, and last year, we stumbled into a four-episode theme week of sorts, in which each of your four intrepid hosts selected an episode from ABC's "TGIF" lineup to review. We had such a blast doing that (and you all seemed to enjoy it), we decided to make a summer theme run an annual thing. But because we're all terrible at making decisions, we're putting the onus on you, the listener, to help us decide this year's theme.

So leave us your vote in the comments (and on Twitter & our Facebook page, if you're so inclined), and whichever choice gets the most votes across all platforms will be selected as our summer theme this year!

AVSE Summer Theme Poll
  1. Crossover episodes (in which characters from one show appear on a different show)
  2. Bad episodes from good shows
  3. Episodes from four different shows featuring the same actor (Actor TBD; leave us suggestions!)
  4. Episodes from NBC's "Must See TV" lineup

Monday, June 11, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 48: Glee - "Grilled Cheesus"


With a song in our hearts and the divine on our lunches, we turn this week to Glee, season two episode three, "Grilled Cheesus", in which Jesus appears on Finn's grilled cheese, Kurt's dad falls into a coma, and everyone sings their feelings about religion! Join Carolyn, David, Austin and special guest, fellow Rivercity Podcaster and former Glee extra, Kyle McCormick, as we talk snazzy hats, Glee's confusing habit of transitioning from diegetic to non-diegetic music, the unfortunate circumstances of two of the cast members, and much, much more.

So come out, Virgina, don't let 'em wait, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to follow Kyle on Twitter @Kyle_McCormick, and check out his podcasts, Reboot, Reuse & Recycle & Spec Script!

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Monday, May 28, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 47: The Simpsons - "Mother Simpson"


This week, we journey to Springfield, USA as we break the seal on one of the greatest TV shows of all time to review The Simpsons' "Mother Simpson", in which Homer learns his long-dead mother is alive and well, albeit on the lam from the law. Special Guest Jess Tholmer joins Ryan and Austin as we talk favorite Simpsons quotes, the extent of Ryan's Simpsons hipsterism, and Glenn Close's greatest hits. Plus, a special interview with Bernadine Dohrn, the real life inspiration for Homer's mother!

So set your watch to Johnny Unitas' haircut, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to follow Jess on Twitter and Instagram @tholmz, then check out her Tumblr and her writing for Hello Giggles

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Monday, May 14, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 46: Avengers Infinity War


Avengers Assemble! This week we throw pretense out the window in order to let four dorks talk about the biggest movie in the world for a couple hours! Join David, Ryan, Austin and special returning guest, the internet's foremost Spider-Man expert, Mark Ginocchio, as we talk annoying trailer tricks, Thanos' plan, and Spider-Man's thighs. And, of course, the Avengers!

So cut a swath of destruction across the universe as you assemble a glove of immeasurable power (spoiler alert?), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to check out Mark's book, 100 Things Spider-Man Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, as well as his website, Chasing Amazing, and his podcast, Amazing Spider-Talk. And follow him on Twitter @ChasingASMBlogExcelsior!

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!

http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode046.mp3

Monday, April 30, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 45: Night Court - "Her Honor, Part 4"


All rise! This (night) court is now in session, as the Aluminum Four gather in memory of the recently departed Harry Anderson to discuss the conclusion to a four part, cross-season storyline on Night Court, which finds a job-less Harry interrupting a suicide as he attempts to hang glide over to the Statute of Liberty. Joins us as we talk belt loops, panting at women, and concussions. Guest starring Carolyn's snoring pug dogs!

So swing by the Gay Pride parade, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Monday, April 16, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 44: The Flintstones - "The Great Gazoo"


Podcast, it's a podcast,
'bout the modern stone age family.
From a-cross the country, 
we're talking Fred & Barney & genies.

That's right, we're going back in time to talk The Flintstones, as Carolyn & David are joined by two Very Special guests, fellow Rivercity podcaster Randall Lawrence & Mark Russell, writer of DC's Flintstones comic book, to discuss the death gasps of one of TV's all-time great shows as an undependable space genie philatro-pranks primitive man, while primitive woman blames herself in a war of the genders that's out of the stone age.

So think about how to construct your wishes so as not to invoke any unintended consequences, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Be sure to follow Randall on Twitter, and check out his podcasts here. Follow Mark on Twitter, and buy his books here.  


A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!

http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode044.mp3

Monday, April 2, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 43: NewsRadio - "Bill Moves On"


In our latest episode, we stay in the 90s but crank up the sadness, as we review the debut episode of NewsRadio's fifth season, "Bill Moves On", in which the cast deals with the tragic death of the legendary Phil Hartman both in-universe and in the real world. Join Ryan, David & Austin as they try to hold back tears while talking Hartman's legacy, our favorite Stephen Root character, and the awkwardness of Andy Dick.

So finish proofreading your eulogy, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 42: Roseanne - "Let's Call It Quits"


With a revival looming, we return to Roseanne (and shameless pop culture piggybacking!) to review season 1, episode 23 "Let's Call It Quits", in which Roseanne does her best Norma Rae impression to take on her imperious & casually-chauvinistic boss, future US Senator Fred Thompson! Join David, Carolyn & Austin as we discuss robots, beer and George Clooney's magnificent hair, as well as our pre-air thoughts on Roseanne's return to TV (shockingly, those thoughts are...complicated).

So punch your time card and meet your quotas, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode042.mp3

Monday, March 5, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 41: Home Improvement - "What a Drag"


More power! This week, we dive into one of the 90s longest running shows with a Very Special "just say no to drugs!" installment of Home Improvement, in which Tim & Jill are stunned to discover one of their boys is smoking marijuana. Of course, the whole thing takes on some added meaning considering Tim Allen's...shady past, and you can bet Austin, Carolyn & David point that out. They also talk about the mistreatment of Al, funny/horrifying scene transistions, and Family Feud hosts.

So supercharge your favorite listening device, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


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Monday, February 19, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 40: Taxi - "Nardo Loses Her Marbles"


This week, we finally discuss Ryan's all-time favorite sitcom, Taxi, with a very special episode about coping with the never-ending pressures that life piles on top of you. Carolyn shows up to make jokes about buttholes, alongside frequent special guest, comedian Amy Miller, who was invited on the show because she, too, could really use a great deal of therapy. Come for Danny Devito and Andy Kaufman, and stay for emotional revelations, plus also a lengthy side-conversation about what the fuck was up with that recent Jim Carrey Netflix documentary. Ibbi da!

So hail a cab, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Also, be sure to check out Amy's website, where you can order her comedy album "Solid Gold", and follow her on Twitter @AmyMiller!

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode040.mp3

Monday, February 5, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 39: Too Close for Comfort - "For Every Man, There's Two Women"


For our special Valentines Day episode, the Aluminum Four reunite to tackle one of the white whales of our podcast, an infamous Very Special Episode we've been after since the start of the podcast. Thanks to the help of intrepid listener who tracked down a copy, this week we're reviewing Too Close for Comfort's "For Every Man, There's Two Women", in which the doofy Monroe is kidnapped and raped by two women. It's an episode which, to its credit, tries to present female-on-male rape as a legitimate problem that actually can happen, but then, less to its credit, tries to have its cake by spending most of the episode laughing at the problem. Needless to say, we have...thoughts on the matter.

So kick your leg over your motorcycle, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is also part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode039.mp3

Monday, January 22, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 38: Arrow - "Spectre of the Gun"


This week we're diving into superhero TV to discuss the gun control episode of CW's Arrow, in which the Green Arrow is confronted with a problem he can't just shoot with an arrow, while the audience is confronted with a lot of opinions, but no clear stance on the subject. Join Austin, Carolyn, David and special guest, comedian & podcaster Chris Khatami, as we talk genre TV, hilariously non-specific laws, and the questionable ethics of opposing guns while leading a team of vigilantes, many of whom use guns.

Also, David's apartment starts on fire mid-episode.

So load up your quiver and pull on your mask, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Also, be sure to follow Chris on Twitter, and check out his podcast, Reboot, Reuse & Recycle.

A Very Special Episode is also part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode038.mp3

Monday, January 8, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 37: Classic Drug PSAs LIVE


We are back and fully rested from the holidays with a special treat for our first show of 2018: a live show that was recorded back in the halcyon days of 2017! Once upon a time, Ryan & Carolyn were joined by cartoonist and Star Wars Minute cohost Alex Robinson to talk classic public service announcement ads involving drugs, including the infamous "this is your brain on drugs" commercial that used to be everywhere. Along the way, they tackle deep philosophical questions (like if having a dad who does drugs will make you do drugs, or if not having a dad leads to doing drugs), engage in some odd and surprising audience participation, and deal with a surprise appearance by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

So crack some eggs, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Also, be sure to follow Alex on Twitter, and check out his webpage, where you can buy his books and artwork, as well as his podcasts, Star Wars Minute and Godfather Minute.

A Very Special Episode is also part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode037.mp3