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366: Shouldn't Have Worked But It Did

The talented EHG Assist team tasked the panel – plus returning guest Jeff Drake! – with talking about shows and episodes that shouldn’t have worked, but somehow did. We began our theme episode with the late-'70s satire Soap . Do the problematic parts justify the hilarity around them? Is some of the bad acting and slow pacing an homage of sorts to daytime dramas? Should you (re-)watch, or just find a supercut of all the previouslies and next-ons? Later, we went Around The Dial with The Circle , Nailed It! , Pop-Up Video , and Battle Of The Network Stars , before a complete 180 in tone brought us to a Canon submission from 2020’s Normal People . AppleTV+ both won AND lost, and then we all updated our quiz résumés for Game Time. Good morning, Bensons – it’s an all-new Extra Hot Great!

Show Topics

  • Soap
  • ATD: The Circle
  • ATD: Nailed It!
  • ATD: Pop-Up Video
  • ATD: Battle Of The Network Stars
  • The Canon: Normal People S01.E10
  • Winner and Loser of the Week
  • Game Time: Working Hard Or Hardly Working?

Show Notes

just rewatched the Soap pilot - it’s even more bizarre than I remembered. It refuses to adhere to sitcom structure and delays gratification, has overlong scenes and mixes genres and tones quite blithely. i still can’t believe it made it on air