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.
It’s an unusual episode, commemorating an unusual moment in Brian’s life: his beloved Philadelphia Eagles just won their first Super Bowl. So for the first 40 or so minutes of the podcast, we talk about the game as a game, and Brian’s reaction to the victory, before sliding into the game as a TV event, with a discussion of commercials that worked (“It’s a Tide ad”) and that didn’t (Martin Luther King Jr.’s ghost hawking for RAM trucks), and Justin Timberlake’s halftime extravaganza. And both of this week’s listener questions are Super Bowl adjacent in some way.
From there, we get into more traditional podcast territory with a review of HBO’s new family drama Here and Now, and spoilers on both the post-Super Bowl episode of This Is Us (a show Brian has never watched before) and last week’s season two finale of The Good Place.
As always, you can send questions to email@example.com, 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.
0:00 – 38:30 Super Bowl
38:30 – 46:30 Here And Now
46:30 – 58:45 This Is Us spoilers
58:45 – 1:18:02 The Good Place spoilers