In the second half of the end of 2013 review podcast extravaganza, Amy Watts and Dan Suitor join me to discuss the best of the year in the medium for pop culture that had the best year: television.

Among the shows that we discuss include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Brooklyn 9-9, Key and Peele, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Girls, Enlightened, and the US version of Top Gear.

We also look forward to some of what’s coming up in this new year of 2014.


In the first part of our year-end review of the pop culture of 2013 that spoke to us, Dan comes off as uncomfortably familiar with Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock, I admit my horrible addiction to Candy Crush Saga and Amy confesses to her unfamiliarity with the musical genre of butt rock.

UPDATE (Jan. 5, 2013) If you attempted to listen to it earlier, I posted a version that was mixed wrong. The sound quality on this is not pristine, but the levels are correct.

We discuss music, film, books, and try to put off talking about television into part 2.

Some of the linkable things that we mentioned in this episode include:

Linda Holmes, NPR Monkey See, The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything

Andrew’s Spotify playlist of some 2013 music

Janelle Monae, Electric Lady

Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up Ghost

Code Name Verity

Two Boys Kissing

League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

We gave very short shrift to Alan Sepinwall’s The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Change, but I have to add my recommendation for it to Dan’s.

Captive Audience

You Don’t Know Me but You Don’t Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music’s Most Maligned Tribes

In the forthcoming part 2 of this conversation, we discuss the medium that we all agree provided the best entertainments of the year: television.