TV Avalanche Podcast, Episode 40: ‘Damnation,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Good Place’ & More

Welcome to another episode of TV Avalanche, where Brian Grubb and I try to sort out the best, worst, and most interesting things happening in Peak TV.

Brian and I kick off this week’s episode with a discussion of USA’s Damnationwhich I wrote about here — and the question of why people make an effort to watch a B or B- show in an era with so many B+ or better options.

From there, we dip into the mailbag to talk about the turmoil over at House of Cards and whether there’s historical precedent for this degree of ugliness, then answer questions about whether bad TV opinions should lead you to write off the person who holds them on non-TV subjects, Wynn Duffy vs time travel and Wynn Duffy vs Jason Statham, and the ideal mascot name for Jason Mendoza’s high school on The Good Place. That provides a perfect opportunity to segue into a spoiler discussion of that show’s great second season, followed by a long segment spoiling all of Stranger Things 2.

As always, you can send questions to, or tweet with the hashtag #TVAvalanche.

You can also follow the podcast directly on Twitter. Uproxx now has a dedicated TV Avalanche page with links to all the ways you can subscribe, but just in case, the podcast is available on iTunes (please rate and review if you haven’t already), Stitcher, Google Play, and Android. You can also stream it below or download it from SoundCloud. Our theme song is “Brundlefly” by The Zombie Dandies, which you can download here.

The rundown:

00:00 – 11:20 Damnation
11:20 – 18:43 House of Cards turmoil
18:43 – 30:15 Listener Mail
30:15 – 46:23 The Good Place spoilers
46:23 – 1:22:18 Stranger Things 2 spoilers

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