Taboo FX

Taboo FX

Can't get enough "Taboo" on FX? Dive deeper into the mysteries of Tom Hardy's thrilling TV series with weekly Instacasts and follow-up analysis of each episode. Following on the heels of their hit "Westworld" podcast, the Shat on TV team works with the audience to explain every twist and turn through interactive episodes and well-researched insights.


December 8, 2016 11 min

Can’t get enough “Taboo” on FX? Dive deeper into the mysteries of Tom Hardy’s thrilling TV series with weekly Instacasts and follow-up analysis of each episode. Following on the heels of their hit “Westworld” podcast, the Shat on TV team works with the audience to explain every twist and turn through interactive episodes and well-researched insights.

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"Taboo" exploded onto our screens with murder, nightmare, necromancy, prostitution and testicular threats. We knew Tom Hardy would be a beastly, brooding, mysterious James Keziah Delaney, but we didn't know "Taboo" would be something rare on FX: a murder mystery.

Join the Shat on TV crew as we introduce the characters, dive deeper into James' identity, review the history of the East India Company (seriously,...

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January 17, 2017 67 min

"Taboo" is another victory for the BBC and FX, based on debut ratings. Let's review the new characters and examine James Keziah Delaney's motives in paying his father's debts and standing a little too close to his sister, Zilpha.

American fans fire your guns in celebration and English fans spit out your fancy teas as Yankee references run strong in Episode 2. Get the fascinating history behind American agents in...

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January 21, 2017 48 min

You wanted a "Taboo" viewer mail show, well now you've got it. Catch this debut episode of River Rants, a weekly supplement to the Taboo FX podcast.

Hear more about James Keziah Delaney's diamonds, Godfrey the scribe's covert activities, Zilpha's incestuous allure, Tom Hardy's sexy sweat and one viewer's big question: Is all this spooky stuff really happening?

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January 25, 2017 61 min

Taboo just threw us all for a loop. Just when we thought we had it figured out, James Keziah Delaney's mother bursts into the narrative, then more hallucinations, then he makes out with his sister, Zilpha.

Wanna talk about the fireplace scene, Lorna Bow's abduction or whether menstruation is a proper dinnertime topic? So do we!

Warning: Some of the content in this episode is grosser than crabs crawling out of dude's bel...

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January 27, 2017 51 min

After last week's debut episode of River Rants, the floodgates opened and a heavy flow of "Taboo" viewer mail overflowed our inbox. Scotland Yard was not yet around in 1814, but that didn't stop #ShatNation from trying to solve the puzzle that is Tom Hardy's hit series. 

Our listeners share their detailed timelines of James Delaney Walker's whereabouts, make connections between the mysterious Carlsbad & ...

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February 2, 2017 59 min

"Taboo" Episode 4 brought us remote rape, a pig costume, fecal feasting, a disemboweled giant, a psychic horse and a fellatio heist. And then it got weird.

Let's review the Crown's plot against Lorna Bow, James' plan to make gunpowder, Countess Musgrove's ball, Carlsbad's identity, Thorne's duel challenge and why any man would want to ship barrels of whore piss.

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February 3, 2017 40 min

In this week's River Rants, "Taboo" fans theorize on James Keziah Delaney's secret motives, teach us about what submissives like from their dominants, and speculate on what happened to Anna Delaney.

"Taboo" viewers also wrote about the blood bond between Horace, Zilpha, Anna and James Delaney. And they dug deep into who is helping the Americans in their attempts to capture the right to Nootka Sound.

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February 8, 2017 61 min

It's our favorite episode yet! If you haven't watched "Taboo" episode 5, do it NOW. Then join us for a lightning-round discussion of James Delaney's plans for gunpowder, Brace's hatred of Horace's trunk, James' duel with Thorne and Zilpha losing her religion.

Think you have Carlsbad figured out? We have a theory that might make you barf. Also, Cholmondeley the Chemist has a boner. Follow Marty over ...

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February 10, 2017 44 min

The only way our Taboo listener mail would be better is if Coop delivered them to our doorstep, himself!

In this week's edition of 'River Rants' the fans look back on Episode 5 and ask such questions as:

- Who was that long haired individual outside Delaneys window? - Is Sir Stuart Strange a serial pederast? - Will Thorne turn out to be an ally of James? - What would a montage of Tom Hardy grunting look like?

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February 14, 2017 50 min

Still loving "Taboo"? You might be in the minority. As FX's "Legion" launches and Tom Hardy's drama turns darker, some viewers are jumping ship. Hear why some fans are grumbling and why others are jumping to the defense of "Taboo."

This Taboo FX edition of Shat on TV covers Cholmondeley's gun powder factory, Lorna Bow's search for James Delaney, Dr. Dumbarton's true allegiance, Chichester...

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February 17, 2017 51 min

This week's "Taboo" theories center around the ladies as listeners write in about Zilpha's and James' sex scene, Anna Delaney's intent in submerging her son and who killed Winter.

Tom Hardy's grunt supercut makes its "Taboo River Rants" debut, and we debate a second season of "Taboo" as the FX series nears it's final two episodes. Hear other listeners like you, then add to the mix wit...

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February 21, 2017 46 min

Is James Delaney preparing to die? "Taboo" Episode 7 answered a lot of lingering questions but left Tom Hardy in the greatest danger we've seen in this FX thriller. With one episode to go, let's review all the pieces in motion, the characters in peril and the mysteries solved.

This edition of "Taboo FX" explores Chichester working with James, Brace's confession in poisoning Horace, James' coldness to...

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February 24, 2017 56 min

Will James Keziah Delaney die in the "Taboo" season finale? Will the League of The Damned escape to America? Is Sir Stuart Strange secretly an ally?

With "Taboo" Season One's final episode just days away, viewers write in with their final theories, reflections and hopes. We also get a Southern woman's view of James' sex appeal, Gene's view of Taboo's shortcomings and Roger's triumphant return...

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February 28, 2017 54 min

The "Taboo" finale thrilled us with swashbuckling fun, explosive performances and the answers to many key questions. But it also left us wondering if the show could be streamlined and whether certain plot points made any sense.

Who deserved to live? Who should have died? What's the plan now, and will there be a Taboo Season 2? Slap on your top hat and swim trunks, and let's take one last Deep Dive together.

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March 3, 2017 67 min

The "Taboo" finale was mostly well received by the twitter audience, however, it also triggered strong feelings from citizens of Shat Nation: anger over Zilpha's death, frustration over plot holes, curiosity about James Delaney's mental state, and hope for a "Taboo" season 2 and beyond. Roger, Gene & Big D attempt to answer: 

  • Why did the kill off the most interesting character (Zilpha)?
  • Did the character...
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    July 17, 2017 29 min

    Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere united our favorite characters and brought some lesser-knowns to the spotlight. We got one last chance to hate Walder Frey, one fresh chance to cringe at Ed Sheeran, and we learned to cheer for Euron Greyjoy (and his two good hands).

    Listen to this quick-take Instacast and prepare for Tuesday Game of Thrones Deep Dive.

    Also, holy crap, white walker giants.

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    September 18, 2017 68 min

    Hungry for more Shat on TV? Here's an audio hors d'oeuvres you might enjoy. Straight from our Shat The Movies podcast, join Gene, Rog and Big D for an encore presentation of "Top Gun." Subscribe to Shat The Movies to hear a new '80s or '90s movie shat session each week.

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