Short Story

Episode 120 — Resolutions and Revivals + “Smile or Not”

Ali shares her New Year’s resolutions and talks about a few miscellaneous things including shows she’s been watching and upcoming revivals she’s looking forward to in 2021. Afterward, she shares a brand new short story she wrote called “Smile or Not.”

Smile or Not
Animation, Movie, Short Story

Episode 99 — Inside Out + “An Emotional First Date”

Ali discusses the brilliant Pixar movie, Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter, praising the imaginative concept and emotional storytelling that make it one of the best Pixar films. Afterward, she shares an Inside Out story she wrote called “An Emotional First Date.”

Inside Out
Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 80 — The Final Season of BoJack Horseman + “Nothing Unsaid”

Ali discusses the last season of BoJack Horseman, sharing her thoughts on the final arcs for BoJack, Diane, Princess Carolyn, Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter. She also talks about the brilliant penultimate episode, “The View From Halfway Down,” sharing a few behind-the-scene tidbits along the way, and she praises the series finale, “Nice While It Lasted,” as a wonderful send-off to this exceptional show. Afterward, she shares a BoJack Horseman story she wrote to coincide with the final season called “Nothing Unsaid.”

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Be sure to also check out Episode 4 — BoJack Horseman + “Temporarily Forget.”

BoJack Horseman Season 6
Short Story, Television

Episode 78 — New Girl + “Again”

Ali discusses her favorite show about a group of lovable weirdos, New Girl, created by Liz Meriwether. She shares her favorite episodes from each season, touching on hilarious one-liners, heartwarming couple milestones and sweet friendship moments that make this series the perfect blend of humorous and heartfelt. Afterward, she shares a New Girl story she wrote called “Again.”

Read an earlier draft of the original New Girl pilot.

New Girl
Animation, Movie, Short Story, Television

Episode 65 — Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie + “Audaciously Flirting”

Ali discusses the TV movie, Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, written by series creator, Craig Bartlett, along with Joe Purdy, Laura Sreebny and Justin Charlebois. She recaps all her favorite moments while reliving the excitement of this long-awaited movie. Afterward, she shares another Hey Arnold! story she wrote called “Audaciously Flirting.”

Be sure to also check out Episode 58 — Hey Arnold! + “Care.”

Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie