Animation, Television

Episode 106 — Tiny Toon Adventures

Ali discusses Tiny Toon Adventures created by Tom Ruegger, sharing her appreciation for these Looney Tunes counterparts chockfull of slapstick gags, meta humor and fourth wall breaking commentary, plus her love of the catchy theme song and being confused as to what “no relation” meant when she watched the show in reruns on Nickelodeon as a little kid. She also talks about that one banned episode, as well as the fun direct-to-video movie, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation.

Tiny Toon Adventures

 
Animation, Television

Episode 105 — Codename: Kids Next Door

Ali discusses the creative cartoon about a global coalition of adult-fighting kids, Codename: Kids Next Door, created by Mr. Warburton. She reminisces about watching the pilot back when it originally aired that won the Cartoon Network viewers’ poll to be made into a series. She talks about favorite episodes she loved as a kid, plus a bunch she’d never seen until now, all the while sharing her thoughts on the dynamics of the five main characters, Numbuhs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. She also discusses the series finale, “Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S,” and she touches on the attempted spin-off series, Galactic: Kids Next Door.

Codename: Kids Next Door

 
Animation, Television

Episode 101 — Character Study: Beatrice Horseman

Ali discusses the defining moments of Beatrice Horseman (née Sugarman) as seen in flashbacks of BoJack’s terrible childhood, her own tragic childhood depicted in the season 4 episode, “The Old Sugarman Place,” further exploration of pivotal points in her life that led to her bitter adulthood all shown through her shaky memories in the fantastic penultimate episode of season 4, “Time’s Arrow,” BoJack delivering her eulogy in the standout episode of season 5, “Free Churro,” and finally her last appearance in the phenomenal penultimate episode of the series, “The View from Halfway Down.”

Be sure to also check out Episode 80 — The Final Season of BoJack Horseman + “Nothing Unsaid” and Episode 4 — BoJack Horseman + “Temporarily Forget.”

Beatrice Horseman

Animation, Television, Writing

Episode 100 — How to Write a Pilot

Ali discusses what goes into writing a TV comedy pilot in this special 100th episode of the podcast! She talks about the two main things any pilot should accomplish as well as the difference between a premise pilot and an episodic pilot, drawing examples from some of her favorites along the way while also talking about how the television landscape has changed over the years.

Here’s the article Ali mentions at the beginning of the episode: Good Place Creator Michael Schur on What We Lose When TV Gets Shorter.

TV Pilots

 
Television

Episode 96 — Kenan & Kel

Ali discusses the hit ’90s Nickelodeon sitcom, Kenan & Kel, created by Kim Bass and starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. She reminisces about watching the show as a kid on the SNICK lineup each week, sharing clips from some of her favorite episodes that showcase the silly storylines and iconic lines that anyone who grew up with this show can still quote to this day. Aw, here it goes!

Kenan & Kel
Television

Episode 93 — Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Ali discusses the musical dramedy series, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, created by Austin Winsberg. She shares how it captivated her from the start, praising the show’s moving themes, beautiful choreography and talented cast while sharing her favorite moments of empathy and character growth throughout the first season.

Here’s the article Ali talks about at the beginning of the episode: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist creator reveals the emotional true story behind NBC’s musical drama.

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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Television

Episode 92 — Schitt’s Creek

Ali discusses the wonderful show, Schitt’s Creek, created by Dan Levy and Eugene Levy, praising the series for its realistic character growth while highlighting its perfect blend of heart and humor as she shares her favorite hilarious moments and emotional scenes that make this show the epitome of love and joy.

Schitt’s Creek

Animation, Movie

Episode 52 — Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling with Sylvie

Ali and special guest, Sylvie, discuss the Netflix special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, written by series creator, Joe Murray, with additional writing from Mr. Lawrence, Martin Olson, Cosmo Segurson, Dan Becker and Tom Smith. They discuss first reactions to finding out Rocko’s Modern Life was getting a special, favorite meta jokes and callbacks, thoughts on the overall theme and message, their opinions on how this special compares to other Nicktoon reboots and much more!

Check out Sylvie’s podcasts, the Sylvie Soul Writing podcast and The Vacant Lot – a Hey Arnold! podcast, as well as her website, sylviesoul.com. Be sure to also follow her on Twitter.

Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling