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.”

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

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.”

Television

Episode 71 — It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with Casey

Ali and returning guest, Casey, discuss the long-running series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, created by Rob McElhenney. They discuss favorite episodes, character-defining moments and hilarious quotes, plus their thoughts on the gang’s dynamic and the clever anti-sitcom mentality of the show.

Be sure to also check out Episode 19 — Musical Mania with Casey Reed.

Animation, Television

Episode 69 — South Park Christmas Specials

Ali discusses the Christmas specials of South Park, starting with the two animated short films that led to the series, The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Frosty (1992) and The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa (1995), followed by all of the classic Christmas episodes from the show: “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” (season 1), “Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!” (season 2), “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” (season 3), “A Very Crappy Christmas” (season 4), “Red Sleigh Down” (season 6), “It’s Christmas in Canada” (season 7) and “Woodland Critter Christmas” (season 8).

Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 66 — The World of Writing with David Steven Cohen

Ali interviews Emmy award-winning writer, lyricist and composer, David Steven Cohen, whose credits include Pee-wee’s Playhouse, ALF, Arthur, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Balto and many other projects, including serving as the head writer of Courage the Cowardly Dog. David shares how he got his start, notable moments in his career, favorite episodes and songs he’s written, his experience as the executive producer of the Writers Guild Awards, advice for up and coming writers, what he’s currently working on and much more!

Check out David’s website, dstevencohen.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter.

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.”

Animation, Television

Episode 63 — Courage the Cowardly Dog

Ali discusses the fantastically creepy cartoon, Courage the Cowardly Dog, created by John R. Dilworth. She reminisces about lines she and her siblings would always quote, terrifying villains that freaked her out as a kid and why Courage is the perfect protagonist for always facing his fears to protect his owners since, as he always says, “The things I do for love.”

Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 58 — Hey Arnold! + “Care”

Ali discusses the amazing Nicktoon, Hey Arnold!, created by Craig Bartlett. She shares her interesting interpretation of the show’s title when she was a kid, poignant moments that move her to tears, various lines that always crack her up, key scenes that stood out to her as a kid and what she feels is the all-encompassing theme of the series. She also talks about the qualities she admires most about Arnold and the reasons Helga G. Pataki is one of her all-time favorite characters. Afterward, she shares a Hey Arnold! story she wrote called “Care.”