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

  • Ep. 101 - Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, In The Mouth of Madness, Cosmic Horror Vol 2 WITH TOREN!

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2022  |  45 mins 18 secs

    Andy joins Toren Atkinson, lead singer of Darkest of the Hillside Thickets in discussing the 1972 classic action film series Lone Wolf and Cub. We also talk Sam Neil in John Carpenter's In The Mouth of Madness and talk cosmic horror

  • Nigel Assigns! The Mountain Goats, Help! I'm a Fish, Bridge of Clay

    Episode  |  May 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 23 mins
    albums, animated, book, books, bridge of clay, film, help! i'm a fish, literary fiction, markus zuzak, music, tallahassee, the mountain goats, zopilote machine

    In our first ever guest hosted episode, Nigel assigns each host pop culture content that is important to her: The Mountain Goats, 'Help! I'm a Fish,' and 'Bridge of Clay.'

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 15 (A Pod-wraiths Takeover)

    Episode  |  April 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 36 mins
    anton yelchin, chris pine, film, idris elba, john cho, justin lin, karl urban, kelvinverse, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, recap, shohreh aghdashloo, simon pegg, spock, star trek, star trek beyond, the original series, tos, zachary quinto, zoe saldana

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 15 (A Pod-wraiths Takeover)

  • Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years, Part 1

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 20 mins
    frank ocean, kendrick lamar, music, pitchfork, sufjan stevens, tame impala, the strokes, vaporwave

    Sam and Tessa are joined by friend of the pod Jarret to break down Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years. Turns out we're not through with vaporwave just yet!

  • Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years, Part 2

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 45 mins
    fiona apple, madvillain, music, neutral milk hotel, pitchfork, radiohead

    Sam and Tessa are joined by friend of the pod Lozy to break down Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years. Why do so many people hate joy?

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 14

    Episode  |  April 21st, 2022  |  52 mins 46 secs
    alice eve, anton yelchin, benedict cumberbatch, captain pike, chris pine, eric bana, film, jj abrams, john cho, karl urban, khan, khan noonien singh, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, pike, recap, simon pegg, spock, star trek, star trek: into darkness, the original series, tos, zachary quinto, zoe saldana

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 14

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 13

    Episode  |  April 15th, 2022  |  57 mins 25 secs
    anton yelchin, captain pike, chris pine, eric bana, film, jj abrams, john cho, karl urban, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, pike, recap, simon pegg, spock, star trek, the original series, tos, zachary quinto, zoe saldana

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 13

  • Alfred Hitchcock

    Episode  |  April 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 22 mins
    alfred hitchcock, alma reville, cinema, family plot, film podcast, filmmaking, films, grace kelly, hitchcock, horror, jimmy stewart, rear window, sabotage, the master of suspense, thriller

    This week, Tessa and Sam are joined by Matt to discuss films from three different eras of the Master of Suspense: 'Sabotage' (1936), 'Rear Window,' and 'Family Plot.'

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 12

    Episode  |  April 8th, 2022  |  54 mins 19 secs
    deforest kelley, film, george takei, james doohan, kirk, klingons, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, nichelle nichols, recap, spock, star trek, star trek vi, star trek vi: the undiscovered country, the original series, the undiscovered country, tos, walter koenig, william shatner

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 12

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 11

    Episode  |  March 31st, 2022  |  46 mins 58 secs
    deforest kelley, film, george takei, james doohan, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, nichelle nichols, recap, spock, star trek, star trek v, star trek v: the final frontier, the final frontier, the original series, tos, walter koenig, william shatner

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 11

  • Video Games

    Episode  |  March 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 1 min

    Playstation 5 and Nintendo Switch game time! We play Ghost of Tsushima, The amazing Hades, and Don't Starve!

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 10

    Episode  |  March 24th, 2022  |  45 mins 54 secs
    deforest kelley, film, george takei, humpback whales, james doohan, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, nichelle nichols, recap, spock, star trek, star trek iv: the voyage home, the original series, the voyage home, time travel, tos, walter koenig, whales, william shatner

    A podcast devoted to Sam watching Star Trek.

  • Oscar! Part 4 (Everything Else)

    Episode  |  March 23rd, 2022  |  50 mins 14 secs

    In the final part of our Academy Award discussion, Sam, Tessa, Megan, and Jack take you through all of the remaining awards.

  • Oscar! Part 3 (Acting)

    Episode  |  March 21st, 2022  |  50 mins 7 secs
    aaron sorkin, andrew garfield, being the ricardos, coda, denzel washington, j.k. simmons, javier bardem, jessica chastain, joel coen, jonathan larson, kristen stewart, lucille ball, macbeth, nicole kidman, olivia colman, penelope cruz, rent, the eyes of tammy faye, the lost daughter, the power of the dog, tick tick boom, troy kotsur

    Sam, Tessa, Megan, and Jack are back to take you through the four acting categories for this year's Academy Awards.

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 9

    Episode  |  March 17th, 2022  |  51 mins 30 secs
    christopher lloyd, deforest kelley, film, george takei, james doohan, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, nichelle nichols, recap, spock, star trek, star trek iii: the search for spock, the original series, the search for spock, tos, walter koenig, william shatner

    A podcast devoted to Sam watching Star Trek.

  • Oscar! Part 2 (Best Picture and Director)

    Episode  |  March 16th, 2022  |  56 mins 50 secs

    Join Sam, Tessa, Megan, and Jack as they finish discussing this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Picture and Best Director.