The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show

The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show

Join us each week on The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show for three fun rounds of trivia designed to challenge your pop culture brain and tickle your podcast fancy. Cheer on your favorite contestant as they progress towards the season championship match or throw your hat in the ring and apply to become a contestant yourself!


September 18, 2023 58 mins
I’m always forgetting to write the episode descriptions until it’s time to publish, so I’m gonna try an experiment where I write it a few hours in advance of even recording this episode.

Woah! What a crazy twist this season finale takes at the end. I never saw THAT ONE SPECIFIC THING coming, and I bet you won’t either as Larra, Kari, and Ben compete for the crown! An asthmatic game of my champion filled with some of t...
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After a couple of years of doing rounds about recent movies when ‘recent movies’ weren’t really a thing, we finally have a recent movies round where our players were more than up to the challenge! Kari, J-Mo, and JK (a veritable Venn diagram of middle-of-the-alphabet letters) tackle a classic before-and-after challenge of recent movies before being asked to recall critically panned comedies. ‘Cause we’re nice. And as per uzhe,...
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Good grief! The season playoffs rage on as returning victors Ben, Cate and Joel tackle one of our silliest (aka dumbest) challenges yet--concocting titles of new Peanuts specials inspired by other pop culture properties. Then in round two, it’s a whole new batch of questions about various pop culture-inspired Monopoly boards. Just when we thought the concepts for that game couldn’t get any wilder, we found some truly ridiculou...
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August 21, 2023 49 mins
When Productionmaster Dave announced were gonna have a round of layoffs this season, I was a little hurt. As I gathered my composure to brace myself for the worst possible implications of such an announcement, I realized that he had actually said we were going to have a round of PLAYOFFS this season, and I felt like a fool for ever thinking otherwise. Thus, we were pleased to welcome back the uneliminated Larra, Ben and Elenor...
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August 14, 2023 53 mins
Will Cory and Courtney make JK lol? We’ll find out as we piece together mashed up acronyms from pop culture. Mashcronyms, I believe they’re called. Yup, that’s a real term that is in the dictionary. The OED probably, they’re fancy! Jury’s still out on Webster, but we KNOW those goons at American Heritage are too big of cowards to put a word like ‘mashcronym’ in their venerated publication. It’s so like them to just ignore the ...
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August 7, 2023 56 mins
Say word! D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-dilbert! Doink de doink! Sorry, dad! Dinky nuts! Squirrel jam! Hats! Balancing my checkbook! Zerbert in the sherbert! Twerk! One-hundred gift baskets! You’re now rocking with the Tesla boys! Baby Banjamin Franklin! Watch me veg! D.J. Tanner! Swanky pups! M-m-m-m-moped music! Costco samples like a m**********r! Uh! Crank up the mids! Patrick Stewart money! All these catchphrases are better, musically...
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July 17, 2023 44 mins
The characters team up to kill the Giantess in “Into the Woods.” Not the witch. If you read this before listening and keep that detail in mind, what follows will make a bit more sense. But after a rocky start (which is also due to Taylor’s deep character flaws re: season two of The Wire), Ben, Michael, and John make a strong showing in this competition, identifying movies whose titles are complete sentences, as well as movies ...
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As a result of this episode, we are now calling our Scorekeeper “Renaissance Dan.” Why? Cause he loves Leonardo Da Vinci, and included all sorts of pop culture representations of the previously most popular “Leonardo D.” But how well with our contestants Matt, Maxwell, and J-Mo fare? Almost as well as the bananas round two in which they’re tasked with identifying each half of a comic book crossover between a superhero and a re...
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July 3, 2023 49 mins
As competition in the Gizmonic Institute division ramps up, Ben, Mike and Matthew first have to journey to the Overlook hotel to see where other pop culture properties have appropriated elements of The Shining, then try to wrap their brains around what passes for children’s lit in another round all about Little Golden Books. But as it so often does, it really all comes down to the lightning round.


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June 19, 2023 48 mins
We’re back in the Veridian Dynamics Division as newcomers Adam and Siobhan take on seasoned vet Larra! I mean…Adam and Siobhan are also taking on each other, I suppose. It’s still a 1v1v1 competition. They’re not teaming up AGAINST Larra, unless they did so under the radar and none of us noticed their devious plot. Regardless of whatever intentions or secret alliances there may be or not be (alliances that have been purely con...
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As Bono Vox said in the 1988 film classic “Rattle and Hum,” “I don’t mean to bug ya.” Well guess what, we’re BUGGING you today as we kick off the Globo-Chem Division. Returning players Kari, Joel, and Susannah will have to contend with the return of Marge Excitable as she raves about pop culture properties whose titles employ the names of insects, arachnids, and other creepy crawlies. But she won’t make you groan as much as ou...
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The streak of returning players continues as the Gizmonic Institute Division kicks off with Fanny, Cate, and Kiiva. A quotable round one messes with some iconic movie lines before we take a mystical dive into round two with trivia about pop culture-inspired Tarot card decks. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of real weird ones. It’s all capped off with a lightning round.

Don’t forget to join the TGAPCQS Club! Taylor is host...
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May 15, 2023 51 mins
[Copy from Taylor to follow]

[I'm sure he'll do it]

[This is the season that he definitely won't forget!]

[This is bad for SEO]

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[That was like the final fade out in the post credits sequence in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, I hope you enjoyed it]


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In a special crossover episode, we rope Dan McCoy of The Flop House, his brother John McCoy of Sophomore Lit and their brother Rob McCoy for questions about the sort of things you would read in high school. We start off by finding out what the kids are getting at the Scholastic Book Fair, then blink in amazement at sequels to classic books that probably shouldn’t have them. It all leads to the lightning round, where our player...
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Once again, we’re arrived at the season finale. Will Ilan take his second crown, or will Keegan or Abhi upset the returning champion? To answer that, we’ll need to start at the beginning, so it makes sense that we start round one with a game all about TV and movie prequels, put through the lens of a certain iconic butler. Then, it’s the big game in round two where we’ll identify not only some TV theme songs, but the other work...
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April 17, 2023 50 mins
Eww! You smell that? It must be this week’s new episode. Sure, Bailey, Keegan, and Dave (not THAT Dave) may start out thinking that it’s a normal episode with a piece of silly wordplay surrounding an iconic title. But slowly, a creeping odor drifts in from the distance. It’s not pleasant. It’s downright vile. It’s deadly, but it’s anything by silent. Brace yourselves, listeners. Brace yourselves. Also, we guess there’s a light...
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April 10, 2023 57 mins
The season eight playoffs continue with the final match in the Altair IV Division. We love us some adaptations, so we start round one by quizzing our returning players Ilan, Gal, and Mike about book-to-screen adaptations that changed their titles. Then, things get wild in round two as we return to the world of very real, but thankfully forgotten movie sequels. The lightning round caps it all off, as one player heads to the sea...
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April 3, 2023 48 mins
No doubt lots of stuff happens in this episode. Maybe someone cops to murdering someone having just been fooled that they have an incurable rash. Maybe a new delicious drink involving yams is pitched, patented and sold within the runtime of this episode. Who's to say? Not Taylor, who forgot to write the copy for this episode, that's for sure.


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March 27, 2023 46 mins
The 90s are back or whatever! At least they are in round one as Bobby, Bailey, and Jen attempt to identify classic jams from the 90s from one-second clips of their instrumental interludes. Sound difficult? It is! Things take a turn in round two as we tell our players how to get to Sesame Street, quizzing them on properties that have been parodied in the show's "Monsterpiece Theater" segment. And of course, anything can happen ...
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March 13, 2023 48 mins
Scramble your eggs and toss your salads for another week here on The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show! Three returning contestants from seasons and specials past face off in challenges about young and old portrayals of the same character in round one, before seeing how well they can remember who played Frasier Crane's love interests across the run of the series (with a NEAR special guests appearance on the show from one of...
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