Monkey Off My Backlog

About the show

Every week, Tessa and Sam exorcise their personal pop culture demons by going through their media to-do lists one item at a time. Each week involves a discussion about the media they listened, watched, read, played, or experienced that week along with encouragement to continue tackling these backlogs. Plus bonus weekly episodes where one of the hosts reacts to a TV show that the other has forced them to watch.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 24

    Episode  |  December 9th, 2022  |  50 mins 24 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about season 5 episodes "He's Our You" and "Whatever Happened, Happened."

  • A Very Special MoMBl Christmas LIVE!

    Episode  |  December 5th, 2022  |  1 hr 51 mins
    a christmas carol, barbara stanwyck, charles dickens, christian bale, christmas, christmas in connecticut, claire danes, florence pugh, gonzo the great, greta gerwig, kermit, kirsten dunst, little women, louisa may alcott, michael caine, miss piggy, rizzo the rat, saoirse ronan, the muppet christmas carol, the muppets, timothee chalamet, winona ryder

    In this very special Christmas episode, Elyse joins us to talk about 'Christmas in Connecticut,' 'The Muppet Christmas Carol,' and 'Little Women' (1994).

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 23

    Episode  |  December 2nd, 2022  |  50 mins
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about season 5 episodes "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham," "Lafleur," and "Namaste."

  • Noirvember: The 21st Century

    Episode  |  November 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 15 mins
    21st century, before the devil knows you're dead, brick, drive, ethan hawke, film, film noir, joseph gordon levitt, neo-noir, nicolas winding refn, noirvember, philip seymour hoffman, rian johnson, ryan gosling, sidney lumet

    For our last (for now) week of Noirvember, Jack joins us to discuss three neo-noir films of the 21st century: 'Drive,' 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead,' and 'Brick.'

  • Noirvember: The 1990s

    Episode  |  November 21st, 2022  |  2 hrs 17 mins
    1990s, basic instinct, carl franklin, denzel washington, devil in a blue dress, don cheadle, elmore leonard, film, film noir, george clooney, jeanne tripplehorn, jennifer beals, jennifer lopez, karen sisco, michael doulas, neo-noir, noir, noirvember, out of sight, paul verhoeven, sharon stone, steven soderbergh, ving rhames, viola davis, walter mosley

    For Noirvember Week 3, Matt is with us to talk about the connections between film noir and erotic thrillers as well as to discuss three 1990s noir films: 'Basic Instinct,' 'Devil in a Blue Dress,' and 'Out of Sight.'

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 22

    Episode  |  November 18th, 2022  |  36 mins 29 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about season 5 episodes "This Place Is Death" and "316."

  • Noirvember: The 1980s

    Episode  |  November 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 31 mins
    1980s, blood simple, blue velvet, body double, brian de palma, coen brothers, david lynch, de palma, film, film noir, hitchcock, neo-noir, noir, noirvember

    Next up on our Noirvember series: Ryan joins us to discuss neo-noir and three 1980s noir films: 'Blood Simple,' 'Body Double,' and 'Blue Velvet.'

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 21

    Episode  |  November 11th, 2022  |  35 mins 19 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about season 5 episodes "Jughead" and "The Little Prince."

  • Noirvember: The 1940s

    Episode  |  November 7th, 2022  |  1 hr 34 mins
    barbara stanwyck, bill wilder, double indemnity, film noir, laura, noirvember, orson welles, otto preminger, rita hayward, the lady from shanghai, vincent price

    Moving on from Spooktober, it's now Noirvember! Join us as we discuss three 1940s film noir classics: 'Double Indemnity,' 'Laura,' and 'The Lady from Shanghai.'

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 20

    Episode  |  November 4th, 2022  |  52 mins 26 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    We're back to talk about Season 5! This week, we're talking about two-part premiere, "Because You Left" and "The Lie."

  • Son of Spooktober: Anne Rice

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2022  |  1 hr 38 mins
    amc, anne rice, book review, books, horror, interview with the vampire, lestat, mayfair witches, new orleans, queen of the damned, southern gothic, supernatural, the vampire lestat, the witching hour, tv, tv series, vampire, vampire chronicles, vampires, witches

    Tessa and Sam are joined by Emily of TVJawn to discuss Anne Rice and her legacy in vampire and horror fiction, including the 'Interview with The Vampire' novel and AMC adaptation as well as the novel 'The Witching Hour.'

  • Son of Spooktober: Horror TV

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
    evil, horror, julie plec, kevin williamson, michelle king, mike colter, nina dobrev, robert king, ryan murphy, scream, spooktober, the cw, the vampire diaries, wes craven

    Tessa and Sam are by former host Andy to talk about three TV shows that bring Spooktober to the small screen: 'Evil,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' and 'Scream.'

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 24

    Episode  |  October 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 19 secs
    crusher, data, klingons, la forge, lower decks, picard, recap, riker, star trek, star trek: the next generation, the next generation, tng, troi, tv, worf

    A podcast devoted to Sam watching Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • Son of Spooktober: Hammer Horror

    Episode  |  October 17th, 2022  |  1 hr 49 mins
    christopher lee, dracula, frankenstein, hammer, hammer horror, horror, horror films, movies, peter cushing, star wars, the curse of frankenstein, the horror of dracula, the mummy, universal

    Tessa and Sam are joined by Elyse of the Pod-wraiths podcast to talk the classic Hammer Horror team-ups of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing: 'The Curse of Frankenstein,' 'The Horror of Dracula,' and 'The Mummy.'

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 23

    Episode  |  October 14th, 2022  |  49 mins 23 secs
    crusher, data, klingons, la forge, picard, recap, riker, star trek, star trek: the next generation, the next generation, tng, troi, tv, worf

    A podcast devoted to Sam watching Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • Son of Spooktober: Creature Features

    Episode  |  October 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 50 mins
    bae doon, bong joon-ho, creature from the black lagoon, godzilla, john carpenter, kaijus, kurt russell, shin godzilla, spooktober, the host, the thing, universal horror

    Tessa and Sam are joined by Melissa to talk about creatures--from the Black Lagoon ('Creature from the Black Lagoon'), from Outer Space ('The Thing'), and from...dusty formaldehyde bottles ('The Host')?