Generation: The Podcast

Generation: The Podcast

A behind-the-scenes companion podcast for the new HBO Max dramedy, Generation, from the perspective of the writers and actors who brought the show to life.

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August 5, 2021 46 min

Remember a lifetime ago when you hadn’t yet fallen in love with Chester? He was stripping off his glittery rainbow micro crop top in the middle of campus. Do you remember Chester’s spiritual ascent in Episode 8 when his water polo teammates had their Magic Mike moment? And remember how it was Chester’s own patented brand of A LOT-ness served back to him that made him crack a smile and then start voguing topless? In the first moment...

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The penultimate episode of the first season of Generation traverses many places the series has yet to go: inside a Dad brain, to the brink of throuple disaster, and straight into the unfiltered root of conflict between iconic besties Nathan & Riley. Oh, and Paris. There’s artifice, betrayal, and more camera metaphors. For such a special layered episode, we bring you a special guest pairing: The Twins — Chloe East and Uly Schles...

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You may have noticed that The Riley Episode is different from every other episode of Generation. It’s intensely focused on Riley’s subjectivity, and as her 24 hours without sleep unfurl, you fully descend into her blurred reality. This was the result of deep collaboration between Chase Sui Wonders, who plays Riley, and the writers, including Generation co-creator Zelda Barnz and Sharr White, who co-wrote this episode. These three j...

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Some might say the fundamentals of drag are impeccable styling, a flair for the dramatic and knowing how to act like a bossy bitch. We see these talents embodied in the greatest drag queens of our time (cough, cough, Gigi Goode), but as our ever-astute recurring guest Generation creator Zelda Barnz points out: if she had been raised with different circumstances, Megan would have loved drag. In episode 13 of Generation, our backdrop...

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Geometric wisdom tells us that all triangles have one thing in common (apart from having three sides): they are stable. But when two supporting sides simply decide to leave and create a new triangle, one side is left trying not to cry while bra shopping at the mall. Our favorite deltoid friend group DNA faces unforeseen tests in episode 12 of Generation. So in the twelfth episode of Generation: The Podcast, hosts Whembley Sewell &a...

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The troubled teen is a well-worn fixture in television. Usually in tow are their absent, well-meaning but clueless or totally narcissistic parent(s). But what we’ve rarely seen portrayed on TV is the presence of an elder queer caretaker who is rigorous when she needs to be and chill about the small stuff. Quite fortunately, the Generation crew is graced with the presence of Ana, Greta’s fabulous tia. In episode 11 of the HBO Max or...

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Generation writer Christina Nieves puts it best: “when you meet your match, that shit is deep and really complicated.” We’ve seen nothing short of total disasters take place when our favorite soul-aligned pairs first fumble toward connection. But teenagers learn relatively quickly and their wells of courage aren’t yet depleted by years of compounded disappointment. In other words: second chances are plentiful. In episode 10 of the ...

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Secrets are like the red blood cells flowing through the veins of teenage life. But when a secret becomes a lie, it’s more like an aberrant air bubble that can clog an artery and cause a life-threatening embolism. The first episode back from Generation’s mid-season break is full of the kinds of secrets that really toe the line between a fib to protect a friend and deep vein thrombosis. So in episode nine of Generation: The Podcast,...

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“I find randomness kind of hopeful,” Chester’s prophetic new crush declares, and a glimmer of sun fissures a storm cloud. The sentiment carries through Arianna’s rousing confession to Delilah about her own adoption story, and the whole gang’s amulet-laden send-off to the most unexpected member of a future, yet-to-be-named generation. These moments are all quiet — ceremonial even — and they carry us through Generation’s mid-season f...

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You may have figured it out by now: Generation is a show told through perspectives. So sometimes you’ve got to zoom out and remember that the way you’re seeing things is *not* the universal truth. And sometimes two people with different perspectives — two people in one hotel room, for example — are living entirely different realities. In episode seven of the HBO Max original series, building tensions come to a head as a motel party...

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They say the door slams hard behind you when you leave the house of judgment (and by 'they,' we mean pop cyborg Caroline Polachek in her song “Door.”) And what could be more soothing to the confined teenage soul than spending hours in a school bus hurtling toward the gay mecca of San Francisco? In episode six of the HBO Max original series, the gang grabs their fake IDs (with very white names) and heads north to escape over...

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Hormonal teens may eternally seem fast to their elders, but the slow burn is still alive. In the fifth episode of the HBO Max original series Generation, homosexual pining glimpses acceleration in the liminal space of the Southern California equivalent of the Snow Day. Our protagonists’ crushes intensify: Greta and Riley’s mutual desire deepens, and — unbeknownst to Sam — so does Chester’s romantic pursuit of his guidance counselor...

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Behind every mother’s truly unhinged external monologue is a rampant internal monologue. In other words, if an Orange County white evangelical Christian mom is going off at the PTA meeting about gluten-free snacks… it’s definitely not about snacks. In episode four of the Generation, the HBO Max original series, we get a closer look at Megan, the woman who birthed dynamic twin duo Naomi and Nathan, and worries relentlessly about whe...

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Generation is, at its heart, about connection. To biological family, chosen queer family, and of course, every teen’s number one obsession: their friends. And what better way to explore the complex possibilities and crags of family and friendship than getting really, really… toasted? In episode three of the HBO original series, the gang gets stoned and has revelations big and small. The biggest, most irreversible, and most public r...

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This podcast episode contains a discussion about active shooter/lockdown drills which may be triggering to some listeners. Discretion is advised. 

Episode two of the HBO Max Original series gives the American high school institutions of lockdown and the Gay Straight Alliance club the Generation treatment: chewing them up and spitting them out with moments of wry humor, poignancy and utter chaos. And we get a closer look at Arianna, ...

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In Generation’s pilot episode, we’re introduced to series protagonist Chester as he struts through his high school campus impeccably dressed in a glittery crop top, turning heads and creating a spectacle. But by the end of the episode, we are beginning to know a teenager who struggles to be seen, who wants to be connected, and who plumbs the depths of loneliness. In the first episode of Generation: The Podcast hosts Gigi Goode and ...

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In the companion podcast to the explosive new HBO Max dramedy Generation, hosts Gigi Goode and Whembley Sewell sit down for a roundtable chat with creators, writers, and actors from the show to unpack a specific episode of the TV series and ultimately, peel back the many layers of the most complex and evolved generation ever.

Together, the group reveals the origins of each Generation episode: who brought the story to the table, what...

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