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Episode 103: Best of the 2010s

February 17th, 2020


It's decade in review time at Pop Culture Footnotes! Join Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew as they go through their favorite books, albums, TV shows, …

Episode 102: Hallmark Christmas Movies

December 22nd, 2019


'Tis the season for some awesome/real bad Christmas movies! Shannon, Courtenay, and Andrew are joined by Whitney to discuss Christmas movies that come from Hallmark, Lifetime, Freeform, and Netflix and their tropes. …

Episode 101: PCF's Favorite Christmas Songs

December 21st, 2019


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew chat about their favorite (and least favorite) Christmas songs by era. Look for two special guests joining the pod this week! I …

Episode 100: The Lord of the Rings

December 21st, 2019


It's the 100th Episode spectacular! As voted by you, the listeners, we are covering the Lord of the Rings novels and movies. Join Shannon, Courtenay, …

Episode 99: The Star Wars Prequels

December 20th, 2019


Before you see The Rise of Skywalker, make sure you take a listen to Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew dish about the Star Wars prequels! They talk the uninspiring romance, the flat dialogue, and all the crushes they had …

Episode 98: Phantom of the Opera and Andrew Lloyd Webber

December 19th, 2019


We compose the podcast of the night this week as Shannon, Courtenay, and Andrew dive into Andrew Lloyd Webber and his arguably biggest hit, Phantom of the Opera. They chat about theories, music, and the lesser-known yet …

Episode 97: PCF Thank Party 3—Thank Hard with a Vengeance

November 17th, 2019


It's that time of year again! Shannon, Courtenay, and Andrew get together to share the pop culture things they're grateful for this year.

Episode 96: The Terminator Franchise

November 2nd, 2019


Come with us if you want to learn! Before your Dark Fate is decided, listen to the hosts talk the Terminator Franchise! The good, the bad, the self-parodies, and everything else. It's so good, you'll be back.

Episode 95: The Shining

October 26th, 2019


To celebrate the arrival of Doctor Sleep, your favorite hosts take a trip to the Overlook Hotel to explain how Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film became a classic (and why Stephen King hated it). Come watch with …

Episode 94: Disney Villain Song Bracket

October 20th, 2019


You poor unfortunate souls chose your favorite Disney villain songs, and we're here to share the results. Plus, Shannon, Andrew, and Courtenay share …

Episode 93: Gasp, Real Mummies!!!

October 12th, 2019


We shambled through zombies, we bleh-ed through vampires . . . now we get mummies under "wraps." Join us as we discuss the real-life process of mummification and the origins of the mummy monsters we all know and love.

Episode 92: His Dark Materials

October 5th, 2019


Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew are your own personal golden compass on this episode. We walk you through the entire His Dark Materials series so …

Episode 91: Watchmen

September 29th, 2019


We're not podcasting here with you, YOU'RE podcasting here with us! Join Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew as they dive in to Alan Moore's Watchmen graphic novel, as well as the 2009 Zack Snyder film. You won't believe …

Episode 90: Downton Abbey

September 15th, 2019


Who could forget that time a Russian prince flirted it up with Maggie Smith? Because we didn't. We catch up on all the upstairs and downstairs drama …

Episode 89: The Emmys, 2019

September 8th, 2019


They say it’s the golden age of television—but who is going to take home the gold? We may not know whether voters love Fleabag as much as Courtenay …

Episode 88: The Handmaid's Tale

September 1st, 2019


Praise be! Before Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, PCF takes you on an alarming trip through the dystopian world of Gilead, as …

News Blitz!

August 25th, 2019


Extra, extra! There was so much news following the D23 convention last week, it couldn't be recapped in our usual episode format.

Episode 87: Teen Movies of 1999

August 24th, 2019


Fire up those Letters to Cleo albums, dust off your hacky sacks, and get a totally radical makeover because we are about to party like it's 1999! This episode, we discuss some of our favorite teen movies from the …

Episode 86: Nickelodeon Cartoons

August 17th, 2019


Can you say nostalgia? Great! This week, we're revisiting some of our favorite childhood cartoons from the titan of kids entertainment: Nickelodeon. So sit down in your list'ning chair and listen to this podcast!

Episode 85: Taylor Swift

August 3rd, 2019


Look what you made us do. In anticipation of Taylor Swift's upcoming album, Lover, the PCF crew gives us a rundown on all the love stories (#hiddleswift4eva), bad blood, and smash hits that turned a teenage …

Episode 84: Pulp Fiction

July 20th, 2019


Look at the big brain on you, coming here for Pop Culture recaps. This week, we fill you in the hit indie film of the 90s, Pulp Fiction. Plus, catch …

Episode 83: The Ultimate Disney Song Bracket

July 13th, 2019


Showdown time! You voted, now we discuss. Listen as we argue for our favorites, crown our ultimate winner, and reveal the winner of our social media …

Episode 82: KEY-Words with Friends

July 6th, 2019


Join us as we take a little break from pop culture–footnoting this week and play a little game called "KEY-Words with Friends." We test our memories …

Episode 81: Spider-Man

June 29th, 2019


Haven't seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet? We got you with this brief overview of Spider-Man's comics, alternate-dimension doppelgangers, TV shows, & movies. Basically, it's everything you need to know before you …

Episode 80: The Notebook

June 22nd, 2019


We’re excited to bring you this recap of 90s romance sensation, The Notebook. We unearth some ground-breaking truths you won't hear anywhere else, so be sure to tune in!

Episode 79: Toy Story

June 15th, 2019


Not sure what you need to know going into Toy Story 4? Well, you've got a friend in us! This week, we sit down to talk about how Toy Story changed the animated film game and share all the plot details you need to enjoy …

Episode 78: Men in Black

June 8th, 2019


Are you recognizable only as deja vu, and dismissed just as quickly? Pop Culture Footnotes rolls up with the black Ray-bans on, just in case you've …

Episode 77: Godzilla

June 1st, 2019


Move over, Elvis. There's a new King in town. Join us this week as Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew talk about the most famous kaiju of all time, the King of the Monsters, Godzilla!

Episode 76: The Twilight Zone

May 25th, 2019


You're about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous podcast whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, our episode on The Twilight Zone...featuring our …

Episode 75: Elton John

May 18th, 2019


It's a little bit funny . . . how much we love Elton John! Join Shannon and Andrew as we explore the life and contributions of one of the greatest musicians of our time.

Episode 74: Pokémon

May 4th, 2019


We at Pop Culture Footnotes are getting geared up for the release of Detective Pikachu this weekend. And what better way to get pumped up than by …

Episode 73: Titanic

April 27th, 2019


We’re coming back with a bang with our review of Avengers: End Game and our recap of 1999 Best Picture winner, Titanic. Queue the Celine Dion music!

Episode 72: The Oscars, 2019

February 16th, 2019


We're starting the new year strong with this year's summary of the Academy Awards. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and David Stauffer of the Brave Little Podcast as we go over the 2019 Best Picture nominees.

Episode 71: 2018 Recap

December 29th, 2018


Should old pop culture be forgot and never brought to mind? Certainly not! That's why Shannon, Courtenay, and Andrew have come together this week to …

Episode 70: The Nutcracker

December 22nd, 2018


Happy Holidays from all of us here at Pop Culture Footnotes! To celebrate, we're covering a longtime holiday pop culture favorite: Tchaikovsky's The …

Episode 69: It's a Wonderful Life

December 15th, 2018


Buffalo gals, won't you come out tonight and dance by the light we shed on Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life? Join Courtenay, Shannon, and …

Episode 68: Mary Poppins

December 8th, 2018


In every pod that must be done, there is an element of fun. Finding that fun was a snap this week, thanks to our guest Shannon. Join your practically perfect hosts as we explain everything you need to know about Mary …

Episode 67: The Tudor Tutors

December 1st, 2018


We're getting ready for the release of Mary Queen of Scots this month with a little history refresh. What was the deal with that king with all the wives? Are Bloody Mary and Mary Queen of Scots the same person? Is …

Episode 66: 1984

November 24th, 2018


It's a bright cold day in November and the clocks are, I guess. With the recent elections and all the politics talk, we figured the …

Episode 65: PCF Thank Party 2, The ReThankening

November 17th, 2018


Happy Thanksgiving! We at PCF have a lot to be grateful for & we're celebrating those things this week—along with our motley crew of guests. …

Episode 64: Rocky

November 10th, 2018


Yo Adrian! This week, we have Brittney on to discuss the Rocky franchise with us! Cue listening to "Eye of the Tiger" on repeat.

Episode 63: Queen

November 3rd, 2018


Don't stop us now because Courtenay, Shannon, & guest David Stauffer are going to "take you out tonight" with some facts & info about '80s rock band, Queen. Come join us on this bicycle race & we will rock …

Episode 62: Hocus Pocus

October 27th, 2018


If you're like us & want to make Halloween stretch as long as possible, we've got just the thing for you. Shannon & Courtenay run amok, amok, amok, amok & even take a quiz to find out which Sanderson sisters …

Episode 61: Bleh, Real Vampires!!!

October 20th, 2018


What makes a vampire a vampire? Can they handle direct sunlight? Are they susceptible to stakes, garlic, and/or decapitation? Tana helps us get to …

Episode 60: John Carpenter

October 13th, 2018


This episode, we're celebrating the spookiest of holidays by talking about legendary filmmaker John Carpenter—creator of horror classics like …

Episode 59: Space!

October 6th, 2018


Join us for this very special episode, in which Shannon and our guest, Whitney, indulge Courtenay's taste for all things NASA! Be sure to listen so …

Episode 58: Roald Dahl

September 29th, 2018


We're joined by our children's literature expert Heidi to talk about children's author Roald Dahl. We discuss the life, work, and impact of this great man and share some of our top favorite moments from his books.

Episode 57: Hamlet

September 23rd, 2018


To be or not to be? That is the question—at least according to William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This week, we're joined by Erin to discuss the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, as well as notable adaptations, parodies, and …

Episode 56: Survivor

September 16th, 2018


What happens when you strand 15–16 people on a beach & make them compete for a million dollars? Reality TV gold, that's what. Join Courtenay, …

Episode 55: The Emmys, 2018

September 9th, 2018


This week, Courtenay and Shannon talk about the Emmys. We explain how the awards work, who the major nominees are this year, and who we think will win. Place your bets now!

Episode 54: Saturday Night Live

September 2nd, 2018


Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Lenore this week as we discuss the longest-running variety TV show ever: Saturday Night Live. It's a barrel of laughs!

Episode 53: The Simpsons

August 26th, 2018


This week, Courtenay, Shannon, & Andrew gear up for Matt Groening's new show! Is an hour and a half long enough to cover everything you need to know about The Simpsons? Not even close. But we do cover the top 10 …

Episode 52: 2001: A Space Odyssey

August 19th, 2018


Happy birthday to us! This week, we celebrate our 1 year anniversary with a discussion of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Listen in as Shannon, Courtenay, and guest Andrew explain all those references to space …

Episode 51: Hamilton, Part 2

August 12th, 2018


Who lives, who dies, who tells the story of Hamilton? PCF does, of course. Join Shannon & Courtenay as we continue our discussion of Hamilton. We …

Episode 50: Hamilton, Part 1

August 5th, 2018


Tune in as we discuss Broadway super hit Hamilton! Shannon explains the plot, shares info about the production, & shows off a Hamilton-themed intro! Does Shannon have rap skills to rival Lin-Manual Miranda himself? …

Episode 49: The X Files

July 29th, 2018


We want to believe...that this is one of our best episodes yet! Tana returns to walk us through a favorite show of nerds everywhere: The X Files. The truth is out there!

Episode 48: Mamma Mia & ABBA

July 22nd, 2018


Mamma Mia 2 came out earlier this week, so we asked Tana back to talk to us about ABBA, jukebox musical (and movie) Mamma Mia, and cover groups. Is Pierce Brosnan's singing voice as bad as the internet says? Listen here …

Episode 47: Marie Antoinette

July 15th, 2018


Happy Bastille Day! Courtenay and Shannon are celebrating this the Frenchest of holidays by talking about Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Is this …

Episode 46: The Sharkies

July 8th, 2018


Best shark attack in a movie? Most improbable escape from a shark? Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Brittney sink their teeth in it to get ready for Shark Week, with our first-ever awards show for shark movies: The …

Episode 45: Independence Day

July 1st, 2018


Happy 4th of July from PCF! This week, our friend Alex helps us celebrate Independence Day by talking about 90s classic Independence Day. PS: Be sure …

Episode 44: Casablanca

June 24th, 2018


Refugees, resistance, and Nazis—oh my! No, it's not today's headline. It's 1944 "Best Picture" winner, Casablanca! Join PCF as we discuss quotable lines, memorable scenes, & the movie's influence on 1960s …

Episode 43: Jurassic Park

June 17th, 2018


We got so caught up in whether we could, we didn't stop to think if we should! Gear up for Fallen Kingdom with our recap of the Jurassic Park films. …

Episode 42: The Ultimate Pixar Showdown

June 10th, 2018


What's the best Pixar movie ever? That's what Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Derrick intend to discover this week. We go through our ultimate Pixar …

Episode 41: The Beatles, Part 2

June 3rd, 2018


This week, Karla comes back to wrap up our Beatles discussion—everything from Magical Mystery Tour to "The End" & beyond. BTW, to hear our sweet playlist of Beatles music and covers, hit up Spotify:

Episode 40: Top War Movies

May 27th, 2018


In honor of Memorial Day, we sat down with Lenore to discuss our favorite war movies. We'd like to share our appreciation for all those who have laid down their lives to defend freedom and the rights of mankind around …

Episode 39: Ocean's Eleven

May 20th, 2018


This week on PCF, we get geared up for Ocean's Eight by discussing the original Ocean's Eleven (starring the Rat Pack) & the recent Ocean's trilogy. Plus, Shannon shares some inside knowledge about her hometown, …

Episode 38: Ian Fleming

May 13th, 2018


New episode is up! This week, Courtenay attempts to stump Shannon with Ian Fleming trivia and we talk about the fascinating details of the man who created the one and only Bond. James Bond.

Episode 37: The English Patient

May 6th, 2018


Join Courtenay, Shannon, & this week's guest Jenn as we dive into The English Patient (both the book and the film). We contemplate the overall skeeziness of the characters & wonder how in the heck did this movie …

Episode 36: To Kill a Mockingbird

April 29th, 2018


Happy Birthday, Harper Lee! This week, we're discussing one of the great American novels: To Kill a Mockingbird. Join Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Whitney as we discuss the book and its sequel, Go Set a Watchman.

Episode 35: Marvel, Phase 3

April 22nd, 2018


Avengers: Infinity War comes out this week! Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Andrew from @poppopculture as we discuss the third and final phase of …

Episode 34: Peter Pan

April 15th, 2018


Heidi returns to help Courtenay & Shannon celebrate the birthday of renowned children's author J.M. Barrie. We discuss his most famous work, Peter Pan, as well as some of our favorite and (in Courtenay's case) least …

Episode 33: The Beatles, Part 1

April 8th, 2018


What would you do if we sang out of tune? Because we do—a lot. Get ready to join Courtenay, Shannon, and this week's guest, Karla, as we discuss …

Episode 32: Marvel, Phase 2

April 1st, 2018


We're only a few weeks away from the release of Avengers: Infinity War! Time to get excited with this episode of PCF, where we discuss Phase 2 of the MCU with special guest, Andrew. Avengers, assemble!

Episode 31: Wes Anderson

March 25th, 2018


To celebrate the release of Isle of Dogs this week, we're covering Wes Anderson. Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Mindy go over all Wes' films and give you everything you need to know about this iconic director's style.

Episode 30: The Departed

March 18th, 2018


This week, we are joined by Brett as we discuss the complicated plot of The Departed and share what we love about this Scorsese classic.

Episode 29: Tomb Raider

March 11th, 2018


New episode is up! The new Tomb Raider movie is coming out March 16th, so this week, Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Mikayla are recapping the old …

Episode 28: A Wrinkle in Time

March 4th, 2018


Get ready for the film release of A Wrinkle in Time with PCF! This week, Courtenay, Shannon, and guest Heidi discuss author Madeleine L'Engle, the book's plot, and what makes Wrinkle one of the most celebrated & …

Episode 27: PCF Oscar Picks, 2018

February 25th, 2018


New episode! Shannon has a particular set of skills; skills she's putting to good use this week, filling us in on each category of Oscars nominees so …

Episode 26: Marvel, Phase 1

February 18th, 2018


It's only February, but we're already excited about Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War! Join Courtenay, Shannon, and Andrew from Pop Pop Culture as we …

Episode 25: Nora Ephron

February 11th, 2018


It's Valentine's Day, so join PCF as we discuss the Queen of Romantic Comedy, Nora Ephron. Also, be sure to tune in for the last few minutes of the episode as we say a sad goodbye to Tana.

Episode 24: Best Picture Nominees, 2018

February 4th, 2018


It's Shannon's favorite time of the year—Oscar season! If you didn't get around to seeing all 9 films up for Best Picture this year, we've got you covered. We recap the 2018 nominees, including plot and why each film is …

Episode 23: Harry Potter, Part 4

January 28th, 2018


It's the end of our Harry Potter rampage! Join us as we go over plot for the final installment in the HP series and discuss how the Harry Potter …

Episode 22: Harry Potter, Part 3

January 21st, 2018


Join us as we continue our Harry Potter spree! This episode, we spend a whole hour just talking about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rest …

Episode 21: Harry Potter, Part 2

January 14th, 2018


We continue on our Harry Potter streak this week with this episode, which covers the plot for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter …

Episode 20: Harry Potter, Part 1

January 7th, 2018


Kick off the new  year with PCF! We're ringing in 2018 with one of our favorites, Harry Potter. Join Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana as we discuss …

Episode 19: Die Hard

December 31st, 2017


We're still coming down after the holidays, so we figured we'd round out the season with action movie classic, Die Hard! Join us as we break down the …

Episode 18: A Christmas Carol

December 24th, 2017


Happy Holidays from Pop Culture Footnotes! On this very special Christmas episode, we act as your personal ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas …

Episode 17: Home Alone

December 17th, 2017


Don't get scared now! Our gift to you this holiday season is this episode about Christmas classic, Home Alone. Join us as we talk plot, play trivia …

Episode 16: The Force Awakens

December 10th, 2017


The Last Jedi comes out this week. Are we so excited we're practically reduced to tears? No. Why would you even ask that? Regardless of who's crying …

Episode 15: The Room

December 3rd, 2017


Curious about James Franco's new movie? Find out what it's all about with our sum-up of the best worst film ever made: The Room. Shannon tells us about the film's overly complicated plot, Tana puts us through our paces …

Episode 14: PCF Thank Party, 2017

November 26th, 2017


It's a couple of days past Thanksgiving, but we wanted to thank everyone for listening and express some gratitude for our favorite pop culture things …

Episode 13: The Justice League

November 19th, 2017


Before you go see Justice League, check out our newest episode! Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana are joined by Andrew from Pop Pop Culture as we talk …

Episode 12: Murder on the Orient Express & Agatha Christie

November 12th, 2017


Join us this week as we review Murder on the Orient Express and talk some Agatha Christie!

Episode 11: V for Vendetta

November 4th, 2017


Some ideas are indeed bulletproof, including the idea that Alan Moore's classic V for Vendetta deserves a podcast episode. Join Courtenay, Shannon, …

Episode 10: Ah, Real Zombies!!!

October 28th, 2017


Happy Halloween, everyone! Join us as we talk zombies, particularly how movies have portrayed them through the years and how zombie movies have …

Episode 9: Stranger Things, Season 1

October 21st, 2017


Get ready for the new season of Stranger Things by getting caught up on season 1. Courtenay, Shannon, & Tana go over the plot from season 1, discuss '80s references from the show, and dive a little deeper into why …

Episode 8: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 14th, 2017


Join us as we begin our run-up to Halloween with this spooky episode about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow! 

Episode 7: John Green

October 8th, 2017


This week, Shannon gets us pumped for the release of John Green's new book.

Episode 6: Doctor Who

October 7th, 2017


Follow along as Courtenay unsuccessfully attempts to convert Shannon and Tana into Doctor Who fans.

Episode 5: Blade Runner & Philip K. Dick

October 7th, 2017


Get the scoop on Blade Runner before you go see Blade Runner 2049! This episode, we discuss the film and its source material as well as its author, Philip K. Dick.

Episode 4: Steven King & Horror

October 7th, 2017


This episode, we talk about Stephen King's most notable horror works, including It, Misery, and Carrie.

Episode 3: Back to the Future

October 7th, 2017


Join us while we talk about the Back to the Future trilogy!

Episode 2: Spielberg Alien Movies

October 7th, 2017


Tune in as we discuss Steven Spielberg's alien movies: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and War of the Worlds.

Episode 1: The Godfather

September 30th, 2017


Join us for our first episode, where we cover the grandaddy of all pop culture references: The Godfather.

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