Monkey Off My Backlog

A Pop Culture Productivity Podcast

About the show

A Pop Culture Productivity Podcast!
Every week Andy, Tessa, and Dr. Sam exorcise their personal pop culture demons by going through their media to-do lists one item at a time. Each week involves a spoiler-free discussion about the media they listened, watched, read, played, or experienced that week along with encouragement to continue tackling these backlogs.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Ep. 22 - American Horror Story, Resident Evil, Color Out of Space

    Episode  |  October 26th, 2020  |  59 mins 47 secs

    Spooktober IV: Ghost Protocol! All month, we're talking about pop culture associated with Halloween. We recorded for nearly two hours this week, so watch out for a bonus episode later this week! 2:33 - Finding time for pop culture when life is...

  • Ep. 21 - The Orphanage, Stephen King's The Institute, and Joe Hill's Horns

    Episode  |  October 19th, 2020  |  45 mins 52 secs

    Spooktober III: Son of Spooktober! All month, we're talking about pop culture associated with Halloween. This week we're talking the Spanish-language horror film The Orphanage and two novels by the first family of horror. 01:20 - Our...

  • Ep. 20 - Black Mirror, Halloween (2018), The Love Witch

    Episode  |  October 12th, 2020  |  52 mins 8 secs

    Spooktober continues with even more horror related films and TV Shows. With this weeks discussion question we talk about whether or not we start with a series at the beginning or jump in wherever (if you live in chaos, like ONE of our hosts). 13:20 -...

  • Ep. 19 - A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dawn of the Dead, The Mummy, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari w/David Bax

    Episode  |  October 5th, 2020  |  51 mins 49 secs

    Spooktober! All month, we're talking about pop culture associated with Halloween. This week we're talking about scary movies from four different decades. This week's guest is David Bax of Battleship Pretension. 11:30 - David talks about The Cabinet of...

  • Bonus Episode - Rank that List!

    Episode  |  September 28th, 2020  |  46 mins 40 secs

    Our first bonus episode! We're playing "Rank that List!" with Kent from the Next up on Next Door podcast. 00:00 Kent ranks Lil Wayne's Carter albums. 12:06 Andy returns to the Arrowverse. 18:25 Sam puts Taylor Swift's catalogue in order. 29:25 Tessa...

  • Ep. 18 - Peaky Blinders, Nioh, Dear Martin, Binti w/Kent Peterson

    Episode  |  September 28th, 2020  |  48 mins 35 secs

    Kent Peterson from the Next Up On Nextdoor podcast joins us! 5:51 Kent talks about the first season of Peaky Blinders 15:18 Andy overcomes the hardest challenges in Team Ninja's Nioh 23:26 Sam reads Nnedi Okorafor's novella Binti  34:20 Tessa...

  • Ep. 17 - 21 Bridges, Batman '66, Final Fantasy 7, Un Chien Andalou

    Episode  |  September 21st, 2020  |  52 mins 19 secs

    Special Drop! Our website Popculturist is live! Visit and read our stuff at 10:43 The first communal monkey is discussed with Chadwick Boseman's 21 Bridges 20:25 Tessa talks about the old Adam West Batman TV Show 33:20 Andy discusses the weird Un...

  • Ep. 16 - Alien, River's Edge, Dhalgren, Monstress w/Megan Spell

    Episode  |  September 21st, 2020  |  47 mins 44 secs

    This episode ended up being an accidental theme episode! We all had very dark item to cover this week! And we had a guest! Megan Spell of the On The Download podcast 4:05 - Megan talks about Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi slasher in space classic Alien...

  • Ep. 15 - Emmys! What We Do in the Shadows, Killing Eve, Insecure, Succession w/Martha Pietruszewsk

    Episode  |  September 14th, 2020  |  57 mins 44 secs

    The Emmy Awards are this Sunday (9/20), so we're getting ready by talking about some of the nominated shows. This week's guest is Martha Pietruszewski, host of Martha and Colby Grow Up and the Four Nations Report. 08:30 - 19:20 - "The Pandemic-Delayed...

  • Ep. 14 - Hot Shots!, Brokeback Mountain, Sandman Universe

    Episode  |  September 7th, 2020  |  51 mins 39 secs
    academy awards, brokeback mountain, comic books, comics, dc, heath ledger, hot shots, movies, neil gaiman, sandman

    'Hot Shots!,' 'Brokeback Mountain,' and Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman Universe.' Plus, DC's Fandome and how to make a good pop culture recommendation.

  • Ep. 13 - Assassin's Creed, Dial M For Murder, Corporate

    Episode  |  August 31st, 2020  |  45 mins 32 secs
    alfred hitchcock, assassin's creed, comedy central, corporate, dial m for murder, movies, tv, ubisoft, video games

    Ubisoft's 'Assassin's Creed' series, Hitchcock's 'Dial M for Murder,' and Comedy Central's 'Corporate.'

  • Ep. 12 - Cosmic Horror! Lovecraft Country, The City We Became, Locke & Key (Netflix)

    Episode  |  August 24th, 2020  |  45 mins 43 secs
    books, disney+, hbo, joe hill, locke & key, lovecraft country, matt ruff, movies, mulan, n.k. jemisin, netflix, the city we became, tv

    It's our first-ever theme week! To prepare for the new HBO series 'Lovecraft Country,' we're talking cosmic horror. Matt Ruff's 'Lovecraft Country,' N.K. Jemisin's 'The City We Became,' and 'Locke & Key.' Also, Disney's PVOD release 'Mulan.'

  • Ep. 11 - Avatar TLA, Hard Boiled, Secret Little Haven, Never Alone w/Matthias Roberts

    Episode  |  August 17th, 2020  |  44 mins 47 secs
    avatar: the last airbender, beyond shame, books, hard boiled, john woo, movies, never alone, podcasts, queerology, secret little haven, tv, video games

    'Avatar: The Last Airbender,' 'Hard Boiled,' 'Secret Little Haven,' and 'Never Alone.' This week's guest is Matthias Roberts, host of the 'Queerology' podcast and author of 'Beyond Shame.'

  • Ep. 10 - Gentleman Jack, Rosemary and Rue, Re:Zero

    Episode  |  August 10th, 2020  |  42 mins 47 secs
    anime, books, fantasy, gentleman jack, re:zero, rosemary and rue, seanan mcguire, toby daye, tv, urban fantasy

    'Gentleman Jack,'  Seanan McGuire's 'Rosemary and Rue,' 'Re:Zero - Starting Life In Another World.' We also discuss two of our favorite genres, heist and time travel.

  • Ep. 9 - Paper Girls, BoJack Horseman, The Matrix Trilogy

    Episode  |  August 3rd, 2020  |  42 mins 47 secs
    bojack horseman, brian k. vaughan, comic books, comics, movies, paper girls, the animatrix, the matrix, tv

    Brian K. Vaughan's series 'Paper Girls,' 'BoJack Horseman,' 'The Matrix' Trilogy and 'The Animatrix'

  • Ep. 8 - Ghost in the Shell, Grey's Anatomy, Citizen Kane

    Episode  |  July 27th, 2020  |  50 mins 34 secs
    anime, citizen kane, ghost in the shell, grey's anatomy, movies, tv

    'Ghost in the Shell' (2017), 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Citizen Kane'