Fan favorites Womp It Up! and U Talkin’ U2 To Me? emerge from hibernation with surprise episodes

In Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com.

Playing House will take on Jessica St. Clair’s real-life battle with cancer

USA’s Playing House is usually a pretty light show, mostly serving as a platform for stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair to crack each other up with increasingly tortured takes on the English language. Its next season is set to get at least a little more serious, though, with St. Clair revealing today that it’ll…

Adventure Time sets up new mysteries in its season finale two-parter

Upon learning that the final two episodes of Adventure Time’s penultimate season were titled “Preboot” and “Reboot,” I began to worry that this show would hit the reset button going into its final season. Thankfully, that’s not the case. I’d hate for this series to wipe away all the progress it’s made since its humble…

On Lady Dynamite, Maria gets pally with new beaux—and new boundaries

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“I stop with my hands! Which means I’m on an adventure!” Maria warns the coffeehouse crowd early in “I Love You.” Maria’s wheeling out of control, and not just because she’s on rollerblades. She spends the whole episode trying to establish boundaries, then crashing past them or letting other people smash them down.…

Boom! Lady Dynamite’s winning series premiere blows up the fourth wall

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“We’ve got to show three different time periods in this show. Not just when my career was blowing up, but also after I blew up, when I broke down,” Maria Bamford tells Patton Oswalt during a break from the show they’re filming, but not a break from the show we’re watching. Lady Dynamite is challenging to describe, and…

Maria Bamford loses her shit, finds herself in an exclusive Lady Dynamite trailer

Maria Bamford’s stand-up comedy often finds her deftly weaving references to her lifelong struggle with mental illness into more mundane topics—whenever she’s not addressing it directly, anyway. She remains forthcoming in Lady Dynamite, the original Netflix series she stars in with SNL alum Ana Gasteyer, Playing House’…

Review: “Falsely Accused, Sleep With Your Teacher, Little Person”

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Forrest MacNeil is an odd collection of impulses: He’s a control freak who hands over major life choices to other people. To review the experience of being falsely accused, Forrest enlists his intern Josh (H. Michael Croner) and Josh’s ever-present girlfriend Tina (Hayley Huntley) as his accusers, pretending to give…

Playing House: “Hello, Old Friend”/“Sleepless in Pinebrook”

What’s particularly amazing about Playing House is how comfortable it feels. It’s the same reason it has this dedicated fan base of Jammers who pleaded with USA to renew the show after its lovely first season. USA made sure to keep fans dangling for as long as possible, axing other shows (R.I.P. Benched) before giving …

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