Episode #49: She’s All Fat

  • Jenny has been rewatching Full House on Netflix and the nostalgia for white girlhood in the ’80s has overtaken her
  • Cynara was inadvertently exposed to the trailer for the upcoming “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” makeover movie The DUFF and rage has overtaken her
  • The new Keira Knightley/Chloë Grace Moretz flick, Laggies, is really great and also we are firmly pro-Keira at this point
  • We recommend some German Christmas traditions

End clip: Full House theme song as it was played during the credits for season 3 (1989-90)

Other references:

Too Many Cooks [Adult Swim/YouTube]

Wiehnachtspyramide [Wikipedia]

Episode #48: Plus-Sized Hero


-Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Chelsea Peretti’s Netflix comedy special One of the Greats

The book Wild by Cheryl Strayed (forthcoming film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon)

-White lady racism and AAVE appropriation

-Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes, Please.

-Animated feature Big Hero 6

Episode #43: Cynara the Cat

Bojack Horseman's anthropomorphic cat and literary agent, Princess Carolyn

Bojack Horseman’s anthropomorphic cat and literary agent, Princess Carolyn

Aaaand we’re back! The episode’s title is not entirely reflective of the content, because Jenny couldn’t come up with a witty reference to the New York Times being racist, obnoxious and completely nonfactual in reference to one of TV’s most powerful producers, Shonda Rhimes.

First on the docket: Netflix original series Bojack Horseman, Cynara’s endorsement of it and a mention of her resemblance to the character pictured at left.

Second: The abhorrent screed that appeared last week in the Times, penned by a TV critic who apparently does not actually watch TV and thought that the sequential words “Angry Black Woman” could actually be part of a compliment.

Additionally: Other TV chatter that covers some Bunheads, some Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, some Cosby Show, and a false promise to talk about Fargo.

Related reading:

End clip: Aaron Paul, Will Arnett and Alison Brie in a clip from Bojack Horseman.

Episode #42: Gummi Cleanse

It’s January and that SUCKS even if you’re not in Winnipeg in the middle of a terrifying cold snap.
This episode covers some of our favourite ways to manage the deep winter doldrums, including: alcohol, cookie salad and cat-based reality TV.


  • Therapeutic animal-based programming like My Cat from Hell, My Wild Affair and Too Cute
  • How to make the most of leftover holiday libations
  • The wisdom of comedienne Maria Bamford
  • The next YA hit book series to be converted to movies, Divergent
  • The dangers of sugar-free candy


Episode #40: Orange You Glad?

Samira & Lea

OINTB cast members Samira Wiley and Lea DeLaria

This episode was SUPER TIMELY when we recorded it in August, around the time that everyone was wound up over Orange Is the New Black. Now, at the start of November, it’s less timely, but we hope you’ll prefer late over never.

Some of the points covered in this monotopical episode:

-How much we love Laverne Cox

-Laura Prepon’s unfortunate past foray into Canadian true crime TV movies

-How great it is that Netflix has finally delivered an original show that Jenny actually wants to watch

-Our differing perceptions/tolerances for “camp.”

Episode #22: Sombre Frappuccino

Wait, Walt wasn't the one who lab-brewed the best coffee...

We didn’t really have a solid plan for this week’s episode, but we are so dedicated to consistency that we forged ahead anyway and ended up talking about Breaking Bad for half an hour. Timely! But seriously, it’s on Netflix Canada now and so Jenny’s watched the first three seasons and it turns out Cynara was up to date all along. If you haven’t watched the series yet and plan to, don’t worry — we keep it SPOILER-FREE (or very, very, very spoiler-lite), talking about the themes of the show rather than the plot points.

Also on this week’s show:

-TVtropolis, home of the Roseanne rerun. Has any other sitcom in the last 25 years so deeply explored topics of class and real-life money concerns?

-On the flip side, today we have Up All Night, which has an amazing cast (Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph) but puts its new-parent comedy in a highly-privileged, wealthy setting.

The Talk is unsurprisingly disappointing. Sharon Osbourne says troubling things. Cynara resembles every fat woman you know. Guess what?? there’s a double standard between the genders on aging for TV news anchors! BREAKING NEWS.

Episode #20: Once Upon a Gosling

Prancing Gosling

This episode is mostly about Ryan Gosling.

1:00 – Drive. The new Nicolas Winding Refn film starring Ryan “Hey Girl” Gosling. Jenny liked it, Cynara looooooooved it. Of course, that might be because she read Ryan Gosling’s character as a lesbian.

24:00 – The Ides of March. Cynara is not pleased with the film that shares a name with her birthday.

32:00 -TV Talk: Once Upon a Time and Grimm — two new network series mining the public domain. One is slightly better than the other.

37:00 – In brief: Jenny’s adventures in Netflix — Agora, Unstoppable, No Strings Attached.

50:00 – New Muppet movie! Jason Segel!



End clip: “Pass It On,” from  A Muppet Family Christmas.

Feminist Ryan Gosling [Tumblr]