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!... Show More

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March 1, 2021 52 min

Season three continues as we move from the Cellular Division to the Appellate Division. Sean, Simone, and Randy have all brought their A-games for a brand new set of pop culture trivia challenges.

The pedantic IMDb goofs section might not be for everyone, but it does provide the basis for today's first round where players identify a movie from its notable production mistakes.

The search for inconsistencies continues in round tw...

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February 22, 2021 45 min

It's the first match of season three. For the next nine weeks, you'll hear from 27 brand new listener contestants battling it out for the next title.

We'll kick it off this week with Andrew, Conrado, and Alison. Round one will test their melodic memories for songs from 80s movies, but played in a bit of an anachronistic style.

Round two gets us into both movies and TV, with a quiz involving titles in the possessive, but...

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February 15, 2021 47 min

We're taking a little break before we get into season three with a romantic comedies quiz for (the day after) Valentine's Day! We've got three rom-com heads Greta, Sarika, and Meredith to test the knowledge of the best and worst of the genre!

Lovelorn confessions on airplanes, iconic (if a little bit modified) lovey-dovey quotes, and your favorite cinematic meet-cutes all pop up in today's game.

We get into all the ...

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February 8, 2021 64 min

Here it is! The season two championship match! Our three divisional champs have come a long way, but only one of them will be our next Super Mondo Champion of Champions! Chris Sims of War Rocket Ajax, Fug Girl Heather Cocks, and Margaret H. Willison from the Appointment Television podcast.

In round one, players will decipher the sworn enemies of certain celebrities by who has an opposite name (e.g. Nia Long vs. Martin Short) before...

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February 1, 2021 65 min

The final round of the divisional finals has arrived! This week, we have return engagements by Dan Kois from Slate, David Roth from Defector, and Margaret H. Willison of the Appointment Television podcast. They'll pit their pop culture memories against one another to fight for the last slot in next week's championship match!

After an Olympics-themed My Champion, our players will help build out a cinematic universe started b...

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January 25, 2021 46 min

This week's playoff barn burner features Chris Sims from War Rocket Ajax, Tim Grierson from the Grierson & Leitch podcast, and Linda Holmes from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.

After a trip to the world of school musicals for My Champion, the forecast calls for a quiz on movies with meteorological titles (weather they like it or not).

Round two has an even wider spectrum of titles included in "Pigments of Your Imagina...

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January 18, 2021 53 min

The season 2 playoffs have arrived! Hot off their previous victories, Alan Sepinwall, Jeff Cannata, and Heather Cocks return for the Joy Luck Division Finals!

After a sweet game of "My Champion," our players will name movies and tv shows based on their gross health and safety violations. OSHA is always watching! Then, you'll find yourself exclaiming "jinkies!" as we pivot to the realm of celebrity cameos and gue...

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January 11, 2021 66 min

After last week's Pop Culture Happy Hour match, it's only right that friend of that show Margaret H. Willison should play with us this week. She's here with her co-hosts of the Appointment Television podcast Kathryn VanArendonk and Andrew Cunningham.

They'll kick off the competition with an audio quiz about TV production company logos before moving into a one-letter-off game with slightly modified versions of popul...

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Something's making all of us happy this week: it's guest players Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Aisha Harris from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour!

These three cohorts begin their face-off with our take on a PCHH favorite: The Regrettable Television [pops cheek] Pop Quiz — all about the worst and weirdest tv premieres of 2020.

Then, it's the return deciphering groan-worthy wordplay via movie-food mashups in Apocalypse C...

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Seasons Greetings, listeners!

The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show resident composer, Johannes Bassoon is here for a special holiday music game for you to play along with at home!

After making a rather large collection plate donation, he found himself with free access to his local church. He's using his time wisely and now so will you! Guess the secular holiday tune from its church'd up pipe organ version.

This is a pre...

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December 14, 2020 58 min

When you're lucky enough to have The Fug Girls on your show, it only makes sense that you quiz your players on iconic movie fashions.

So that's exactly what we did on this week's episode when GoFugYourself.com's Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan joined Ralph Breaks the Internet co-writer Pamela Ribon.

After the fashion show, they'll pick out their favorite stars from teen movies from the last 30 years, and parse...

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December 7, 2020 63 min

Recurring uses of songs in movies and TV, along with fictional languages are the main focus of the games this week. And while that content doesn't sound particularly sporty, our players certainly are!

We are pleased to welcome David Roth, Luis Paez-Pumar, and Dan McQuade from the new website Defector.com (risen from the ashes of Deadspin).

They'll test their knowledge of songs included in movies as needle drops, and then mo...

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90s nostalgia and failed superhero movies take center stage on this week's contest! That's appropriate, given the presence of comic experts Matt Wilson, Chris Sims, and Benito Cereno from the world's most destructive comic book and pop culture podcast: War Rocket Ajax.

After a brief discussion of several characters' Zoom skills, they'll take a trivia dive into the dark recesses of syndicated TV shows from the 19...

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November 23, 2020 62 min

DVD box sets and franchise chronologies are at the center of our games this week with three contestants from the /Filmcast!

We are pleased to welcome David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Jeff Cannata for a week of movie trivia.

They'll identify movies from descriptions of their extravagant DVD box sets (some of which are pretty wild) before testing their math skills alongside their memories of where movies fall within their parti...

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November 16, 2020 56 min

Dan Kois, June Thomas and Sam Adams duke it out to see who will move on and represent Slate in the Hired Goons divisional finals.

Extra! Extra! We start things off in news publication-style by having our contestants identify movies and TV shows from those in-universe newspaper headlines that spin at you (and why do they do that, BTW?).

Then we relax with fifteen consecutive rounds of special edition Monopoly where tokens, propertie...

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We're quizzing on bird puns and director filmographies this week with none other than Grierson & Leitch!

Joined by Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh, they all soar through a test of their knowledge of pop culture with bird names in their titles (think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). After that, they'll stretch their chronological memories to remember the orders in which notable directors released their movie...

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We are delighted to welcome our friends from the Extra Hot Great podcast for a special crossover episode outside the bracket of the regular season.

Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting, and Mark Blankenship (of the Blankenship Chair) join us for TV trivia modelled after a typical Extra Hot Great episode!

We'll open with a new release for the week, go Around the Dial with a game about shows that change networks, and play The Canon wher...

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This week, we kick off our season two Battle of the Podcasts with special guests from Rolling Stone, Uproxx, and The Hollywood Reporter for our TV Critics Powerhouse match!

Alan Sepinwall, Daniel Fienberg, and Brian Grubb will compete in some TV trivia games to identify Westworld player piano versions of HBO theme songs, and name TV shows based on descriptions of their comic book continuations.

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It's an all Halloween and horror episode for Spooky Season here at The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show!

We've got Garon Cockrell from Never Not Funny, Kate Sanchez from But Why, Tho? and Joe Reid from This Had Oscar Buzz testing their knowledge about classic and contemporary spooky entertainments!

After a debate about exorcisms, we'll test recognition of pop culture murders, recount the career of Mike Flanagan, and...

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October 19, 2020 49 min

With the first season of The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show complete, we celebrate with our first of many theme matches — Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Join us as Ben, Darren and Tim test their knowledge of all things Marvel including a Marvel Cinematic Universe invasion of the rest of pop culture and a trip through some of Marvel’s weirdest storylines. We’ve got werewolves and time travel shenanigans aplen...

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