A Very Special Episode

@AVSEPod

A regular podcast in which the hosts of Saved by the Bell Reviewed and friends discuss "very special episodes" from across pop culture!

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 For Thanksgiving this year, David chooses violence with How I Met Your Mother's "Slapsgiving", an episode in which the threat of a looming slap hangs over Barney's head while also inviting rants aplenty from Austin and David about the ultimate legacy of HIMYM. Meanwhile, Carolyn ponders whether puns are the hand jobs or blow jobs of comedy, and all three question how much sex is too much sex. So put a pie for your ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in the oven, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode116.mp3

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Nov 22

1 hr 24 min

Welcome, boys and ghouls, to a Very Special Spooktacular Episode as we review Tales from the Crypt season 2 episode 10, "The Ventriloquist's Dummy", in which ventriloquism is suggested to be the height of theater and a tremendous source of fame, and also a good cover for hideous conjoined hand monsters. Join Carolyn, David and Austin as they discuss puns, wade into the debate over which is scarier, clowns or dummies, and watch out for Chekhov's floorboard!So get yourself a heaping helping of asshole casserole, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode115.mp3

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Oct 25

1 hr 44 min

We are back with a timely new episode, in which we discuss The West Wing's "Isaac & Ishamel", a Very Special episode released twenty years ago this week in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Join internet dumbasses Carolyn Main, David Bitzenhofer, and Austin as they tackle topics like religious fundamentalism, racism, and terrorism while doing their best not to get cancelled. Also, they talk about Aaron Sorkin's casual misogyny, Doctor Doom crying, and despite the episode being very clear about not doing this, how this episode fits into the larger West Wing continuity. So watch out for prehistoric terrorist fish, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode114.mp3

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Oct 4

1 hr 30 min

Our summer of TV Crossovers comes to a close this week, and we finish things off with one of the most requested crossover episodes: Full House's "Stephanie Gets Framed" aka the one with Urkel. And of course, we couldn't talk Full House or Urkel without the internet's foremost Full House scholar and Steve Urkel aficionado, Ryan Alexander-Tanner! So join the OG AVSE gang as they once again discuss how shitty Joey is, the career of Orson Welles, and wade into the great "fudgicle vs. fudgsicle" debate! So teach your toddler about capitalism, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode113.mp3

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Aug 30

1 hr 31 min

Cowabunga dudes! Our summer of "TV Crossovers" continues with a radical mashup of two of the 90s biggest martial arts themed kids action-adventure characters, Power Rangers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Join Austin, Carolyn and David as they talk Turtle Boobs, Splinter's tastes as an art critic, and how the Aluminum Four compare to the Ninja Turtles! So throw a punch while flying through the air, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode112.mp3

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Aug 16

1 hr 10 min

Our 2021 Summer Theme Marathon kicks off with a Very Special Crossover Episode of ALF, in which everyone's favorite (?) alien puppet runs into the Gilligan's Island crew (or, at least 4/7ths of them). Join Carolyn, Austin, and David as they discuss whether or not they've ever reviewed an ALF episode before (a lengthier discussion than should be necessary...), ponder how much Alf weighs, and bemoan a distinct lack of woos. So dig yourself a hole/lagoon in your backyard, then then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode111.mp3

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Aug 16

1 hr 45 min

In our latest episode, we return to the sunny shores of California & the sadly-evergreen topic of gun violence with "The Next 50 Years", the Very Special Episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 in which David's gooney friend Scott accidentally shoots himself, thereby freeing up David to complete his integration into The Cools. Join Austin, Carolyn, and David as they discuss the proper way to host a birthday party for teenagers and the weights of various hats, plus question the reach and impact of both the school newspaper and the school radio station. So shoot on some birthday candles, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode110.mp3

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May 31

1 hr 38 min

In our episode this week, we pay tribute to the recently-departed Jessica Walters by reviewing "Pier Pressure", a Very Special episode of Arrested Development about the importance of not teaching your kids lessons. Join David, Carolyn & Austin as they tackle one-armed men, the importance of leaving notes, and Hot Cops, the cousins of the Muzcle Hunkxxx. So earn yourself a crocodile, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode109.mp3

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May 3

1 hr 19 min

 This week we stick around in the 90s with an episode from one of the formative TV shows of a certain type of person of a certain age, Daria, in which Daria finds herself mildly perturbed to be the person everyone seeks out to help deal with their misery following the death of a beloved high school alumnus. Join Carolyn, Austin, & David as they talk MTV, the dangers of goal posts, and grapple with their own complex feelings about the recent passing of Dustin Diamond. Plus, a long-overdue mailbag check-in! So pour one out for Generation X, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode108.mp3

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Mar 29

2 hr 2 min

Arr arr arr arugh? What time is it? Time for more Home Improvement, as Carolyn, Austin, and David grunt their way back to the seminal 90s sitcom for a Very Special Episode in which Tandy Randy thinks he might have cancer and Tim & Jill are really shitty at handling it. Join them as they discuss their favorite pies, the sitcom spouse attractiveness ratio, and the dangers of WebMD and/or IMDB. So put out some empty bottles for the milkman, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode107.mp3

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Mar 1

1 hr 16 min

 Hello Wisconsin! We are back in the New Year with a Very Special episode set on the last day of the 1970s, That '70s Show series finale! Join Carolyn, Austin, & David as they talk Green Bay Packers tickets, weather-appropriate clothing, and the bizarre turns this show took once its main cast members decided to pack it in. Plus, a look back at the year that was in pop culture with a mini "Year in Review" segment! So head to the basement with your friends in order to take the edge off, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode106.mp3

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Feb 8

1 hr 48 min

 Pip pip, Happy Christmas guv'nor! This week we're traveling across the pond to merry ole England for our final Christmas episode of this holiday season, Peep Show's "Seasonal Beatings", in which Mark's family is coming over for Christmas lunch and Jeremy is a bit over-excited for the holiday. And if none of that makes any sense to you, don't worry, because Anglophile Carolyn is there to help walk you, Austin, and David through the vast narrative tapestry that is Peep Show! Join them as they talk Hot Knives, debate whether a potato counts as "veg", and explore the difference between an Eiffel Tower and spit-roasting!  So feed some deli ham through a paper shredder, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode105.mp3

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Dec 2020

1 hr 42 min

Whatcu talking 'bout, everyone? The AVSE Holiday's continue this week with a Very Special Christmas episode of The Simpsons, in which Bart, Lisa & Homer team-up with special guest Gary Coleman to save Christmas from toy-murdering robots. Join Austin, Carolyn & David as they discuss the stunning longevity of the show, reveal which Bart Simpson t-shirts they wore back in the day, and point out the ways this episode from 1999 is eerily relevant to 2020 in places. So complain about the number of prawns in a galaxy, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode104.mp3

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Dec 2020

58 min 18 sec

"For the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the return of a prodigal podcast host!" That's right, we are kicking off our annual holiday coverage with a Very Special reunion, as Ryan Alexander-Tanner returns in order to reunite the Aluminum Four just in time to review the first episode of the brand new Saved by the Bell series! He joins Carolyn, Austin, and David as they discuss where the new show succeeds and fails at both tickling our nostalgia and doing something new, drop some knowledge about interdimensional wizard Max, and ponder whether this show is actually...good? So park your car in the best spot, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here! http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode103.mp3

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Dec 2020

1 hr 55 min

Gobble gobble everyone! Since Thanksgiving is all effed up this year anyway, we figured we'd lean into the curve and celebrate with a Very Special non-Thanksgiving episode from the annals of classic TV and dive into the seminal I Love Lucy for the very first time by discussing the episode in which Lucy has to tell Ricky she's pregnant without saying the word "pregnant" because the 1950s! Join Carolyn, David, and Austin as they get all horned up like Lucy and talk Communism, sandwiches, and raw doggin' it! So head on down to the club, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode102.mp3

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Nov 2020

1 hr 34 min

Happy Halloween everyone! This year we are celebrating the holiday with a Very Special episode of Punky Brewster, you know, the infamous one in which Punky and the gang go camping and find themselves lost in a cave filled with horrific nightmare fuel that will take root in your brain and haunt you forever! Join Austin, Carolyn, and David as they join Punky for her trip of horrors and encounter dismembered gold prospectors, giant black light spiders, and a bedazzled disco demon of death, all in this two-part episode of a family sitcom airing in prime time! So unwrap a Caramelo bar, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode101.mp3

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Oct 2020

1 hr 12 min

This week, we celebrate one hundred episodes of A Very Special Episode with a Very Special episode about one of our favorite subjects: TV theme songs! Listen in as Carolyn, David, and Austin rank their favorite theme songs from decades of TV, celebrate the 80s as the Golden Age of TV theme songs, and ruminate on the slow death of the theme song over the last twenty years. Also featuring some terrible singing! So get prepared to get songs stuck in your head, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode100.mp3

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Oct 2020

2 hr 52 min

"Must See TV" summer concludes with a Very Special Thanksgiving episode of ER! Included on the holiday menu is turducken, French toast, and DEATH BY HELICOPTER. That's right, as much as this episode might seem like a Very Special episode about the fertility of HIV patients, or marijuana use, or PTSD, it's really about the cold, unceasing bloodlust of helicopters. Join Carolyn, Austin & David as we carve a bird in honor of Dr. Melty Guy, discuss the unending stream of "That Guys" who appear on the show, and discover David's intricate knowledge of Michael Crichton's autobiography.So ignore that guy smushed under a helicopter, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode099.mp3

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Sep 2020

2 hr 5 min

Our 2020 Must See TV marathon continues, as we tackle one of the most successful spinoffs of all time, Frasier, with an episode that sees Niles undergo open heart surgery and a hospital spill its guts! Join Carolyn, Austin and David as they rank iconic city skyline buildings, dig into some old candy bars, and discuss Dr. Bitz's tips for ripping off vending machines!So toss a salad and scramble some eggs, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode098.mp3

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Aug 2020

1 hr 22 min

Our 2020 Summer Theme marathon kicks off this week, as we begin reviews of episodes plucked from NBC's "Must See TV" lineup of the 90s! Things kick off with a Very Special episode of Mad About You, the Diet Coke of sitcoms, in which Paul & Jamie attempt to Ferberize their baby in one continuous shot. Join Carolyn, Austin, & David as they discuss parenthood, make some contributions to the great Red Vines vs. Twizzler War, and name the official pasta of the AVSE podcast!So put down that copy of Architectural Digest, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And you can follow Aaron on Twitter here!Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode097.mp3

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Jul 2020

1 hr 31 min

In this week's sax-tastic episode, Carolyn & Austin are joined by Carolyn's husband & returning AVSE guest Aaron Walker to discuss an eerily prescient episode of Night Man, the superhero show you've never heard of but still technically counts as one of the earliest Marvel characters to get his own TV show, in which the titular hero has to battle an evil business magnate determined to win public office at any cost! Join us as we talk out-of-touch writers' ideas of the internet in 1998, the inexplicable limitations of Night Man's super suit, and a Nixon-themed version of the Joker!So leave a hologram of yourself doing something productive in your place, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And you can follow Aaron on Twitter here!Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode096.mp3

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Jun 2020

1 hr 40 min

Pour yourself a big tall glass of Vanilla extract and warm up your clarinet, cuz it's time for another Very Special Episode. This week, Austin, David & Carolyn are tackling one of those standard-bearing VSEs, Family Ties' "Say Uncle", in which Tom Hanks rolls into the Keaton household and promptly drinks everything in sight. Join us as we discuss our favorite Tom Hanks' roles, the background sitcom tropes which annoy us the most, and booze, booze and more booze.So grab some socks, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode095.mp3

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May 2020

1 hr 6 min

Happy Pandemic everyone! We are back, and piggybacking on the zeitgeist, with a Very Special episode about the dangers of disease, asymptomatic carriers, and poor social distancing from The George Carlin Show, in which the sheer filth of George's apartment births a virus that soon causes everyone he comes into contact with to get sick. And if all that is hitting too close to home right now, don't worry: Carolyn, Austin, & David find plenty else to talk about, like dating in the 90s and the Madonna/Whore Complex (the Crack Research Team gets quite a workout in this one)!So renew your subscription to Caboose magazine (Carolyn will thank you), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode094.mp3

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Apr 2020

1 hr 16 min

This week, our bodies go through some changes in an episode more gross than the Screech porn, as  as an Aluminum Two-some plus a Very Special Guest, AVSE & SbtbB Reviewed Theme Song Master Brad Sucks, discover hair where they had no hair before while tackling modern sketch comedy.So sit on down for a puberty milkshake as you try not to involuntarily release urine, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And be sure to check out Brad's work at BradSucks.net and follow him on Twitter!Also, be sure to listen to Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode093.mp3

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Mar 2020

1 hr 16 min

We are back and tackling your dad's favorite sitcom this week, as we review an episode of MASH involving the departure of a much-loved character from the ensemble! Join Carolyn, Austin & David as they talk toidy trees,  decide which MASHer is the show's Screech, and declare the new leader of the podcast!So put on your best Carmen Miranda outfit, then download and listen here, and rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode092.mp3

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Feb 2020

59 min 2 sec

So long, 2019! It's time for our now annual very special Very Special episode, when the Aluminum Four look back on the year that was and highlight the bits of new (or new to them) pop culture & societal trends they loved, hated, or were slightly more than indifferent towards. This year, we're talking about Tuca & Bertie, Knives Out, 30 Rock, Watchmen, and so much more.So join us as we yell at some kids to get off our lawns, then download and listen here, and rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here! It still makes a great stocking stuffer if you want to get a heads start on next year!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode091.mp3

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Jan 2020

2 hr 24 min

It's a Christmas miracle, as we reach our fourth and final Family Matters Christmas episode, and Urkel is shockingly not super annoying! But we're still left with plenty to discuss as, following last week's return to a Homeless Christmas, this episode brings us back to our second favorite Christmas trope, "Christmas at the Mall in Which The Main Characters Are Inexplicably in Charge of Holiday Events!" Along the way we talk gingerbread houses, expensive pens that are still just pens, and randy Myra!So help us calculate how many Christmases Aunt Rachel has missed, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here! It makes a great stocking stuffer!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode090.mp3

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Dec 2019

1 hr 14 min

In our latest episode, A Very Special Family Matters Christmas continues with season six's "A Miracle on Elm Street", in which Laura loses another cherished childhood heirloom and the Winslow family is again given irrefutable proof that Santa is real via another instance of the "homeless person comes to live with the central family at Christmas" sitcom trope. Also, Urkel hangs out at the dump.So iron out the wrinkles in your underwear, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here! It makes a great stocking stuffer!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode089.mp3

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Dec 2019

1 hr 12 min

Merry Christmas! We're back with another installment of A Very Special Family Matters Christmas, in which the Aluminum Four tackle season four's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel", a (very loose) pastiche of It's a Wonderful Life in which Milo from Good Morning Bliss gets his wings by negging Laura into being nice to Urkel in what is mostly an excuse to get Kellie Shanygne Williams to dress & act like Urkel. Not surprisingly, we have...thoughts about all this.So brush the snow of your Urkelmobile, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here! It makes a great stocking stuffer!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode088.mp3

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Dec 2019

1 hr 23 min

Ho ho ho! This week, we begin our annual Christmas celebration, bringing you four holiday-themed episodes over four weeks. And, because Ryan has been a very good boy this year (and/or paid off all the right people), this year's Christmas extravaganza will be an All Family Matters Christmas! That's right, we'll be stuffing your stockings with four different Family Matters Christmases over the next four weeks, which means four times the Urkel, four times the cheese, and four times the inappropriate crossing of personal boundaries (haha just kidding it happens way more than four times)!So gather round for a family singalong as Ryan, Carolyn, Austin and David kick things off with season two's "Have Yourself a Very Winslow Christmas", featuring both the first time Laura is sad about a heretofore unmentioned heirloom and the first time the entire family is remarkably blase about receiving verifiable proof that Santa exists, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify! You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here! It makes a great stocking stuffer!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode087.mp3

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Dec 2019

1 hr 12 min

Could we *be* celebrating any more Thanksgivings? This week, AVSE breaks the seal on Friends as we celebrate Turkey Day with everyone's favorite...friends. Join Carolyn, David & Austin as they discuss how Ross is the worst, map the Aluminum Four to the Friends, and take a deep dive into...Hocus Pocus.So shove your head up the butt of a raw turkey, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And now we're available on Spotify as well!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode086.mp3

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Nov 2019

1 hr 12 min

Happy Halloween boils & ghoul, it's time for another scary installment of A Very Special Episode! For this year's spook-tacular episode we journey once more to the hallowed halls of Family Matters for the return of Stevil, and nobody is more excited than your (g)host with the most, Ryan! Join him, Carolyn & Austin as they tackle dancing dummies, the line between dreams & reality, and the logistics of animating soulless constructs!So grab a giant bucket of food, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And now we're available on Spotify as well!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode085.mp3

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Oct 2019

1 hr 7 min

Yo Joe! In this week's episode, Ryan, Carolyn, and Austin enlist to discuss one of the seminal "Very Special" pieces of 80s programming, the G.I. Joe PSAs that taught an entire generation of kids that knowing is half the battle! Listen along as we learn about stopping nosebleeds, avoiding downed power lines, and the importance of using plans when building a tree house. We also post-game Carolyn's wedding, talk cartoon-influenced sexual awakenings, and express concern over some especially-handsy Joes.So put on your helmet & put down your dad's medicine, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And now we're available on Spotify as well!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode083.mp3

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Oct 2019

1 hr 43 min

This week, Ryan & Austin are joined by two Very Special guests, the hosts of the Star Wars Minute podcast, Alex Robinson & Pete the Retailer. Together, the four discuss an episode set a long time ago, in a land far, far away...the Land of the Lost! Join them as they tackle this Very Special episode about growing up/meeting your future self in a cave beset by lizard-like Sleestaks, discuss the proper way to climb down a rope into a seemingly-bottomless hole, and try to make sense of the time travel of it all.So send three beeps via your crystal walkie-talkie to signal that everything is fine, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.You can follow Alex & Pete on Twitter here & here, and of course, be sure to check out their podcasts, Star Wars Minute, The Godfather Minute, ABCDevo, & Alphabeatical!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode082.mp3

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Sep 2019

1 hr 24 min

This week, we are once more boldly going where no one has gone before (except for us, in an earlier episode...) to discuss Star Trek The Next Generation's "Force of Nature". Join David as he assembles an Away Team consisting of himself, Ryan & Carolyn as they discuss this Very Special episode which attempts to warn us about the dangers of technological advancement on the environment, and also, the dangers of...cat training.So set your phasers on fun!, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode081.mp3

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Sep 2019

1 hr 10 min

Ho ho heil! This week, we conclude our "One Season Wonders" summer marathon with a Very Special Christmas episode of Aaron Sorkin's done-in-one series, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip! Join Austin, Caroln & David as they discuss whether you can have Christmas in LA, how much the FCC really cares about f-bombs, and which of our One Season Wonders was the hardest to get through!So get a pregnant lady a danish, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode080.mp3

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Aug 2019

1 hr 20 min

This week, we continue "One Season Wonders" with the third (final!) episode of Scorch, a TV show which answers the question nobody asked, "what if Alf, but with a dragon puppet and without the normal rhythms of a sitcom?" Join the Aluminum Four as we discuss the curious late 80s/ early 90s trend of puppet-based sitcoms, try to wrap our heads around the premise of the show which suggests a local ventriloquist would rocket to the top of the media power rankings, and tackle the deeply philosophical question, "if a sitcom doesn't have any jokes, is it still a comedy?".So eat your morning paper, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode079.mp3

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Aug 2019

1 hr 41 min

"One Season Wonders" dances on, as the Aluminum Four tackle one of the more infamous one season shows of all time, Cop Rock, the series which dared to ask "what if a cop show, but also, a musical?", and apparently answered with "sure, but also, the cop show is really crappy." Join Ryan, Carolyn, Austin & David as they talk (and occasionally sing) about the show's awkward politics, ponder who, exactly, is buying babies off the street (and if the answer is just bad, or the worst thing ever) and make so much fun of Randy Newman.So lift up your desk to reveal a keyboard underneath, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode078.mp3

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Jul 2019

1 hr 38 min

It's time for our annual summer theme marathon, in which we spend the summer reviewing episodes fitting a certain theme picked by you, the listeners! This year, we're looking at "One Season Wonders", episodes of shows that only lasted one season. And we're kicking it off with The Pitts, a Fox sitcom from the early 00s so bad it redefined "bad TV" for a young Dr. Bitz. Join David, Carolyn & Austin as they pore over the surprisingly-deep IMDB credits of this cast, introduce Carolyn to the Midwestern wonder of crop art, and try to decide if this show is really as bad as the reputation David has given it.So ditch your date to take a prettier date to the dance, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode077.mp3

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Jul 2019

1 hr 28 min

This week, we return to TGIF and the 90s Brady Brunch to check in with the Step by Step gang, in an episode where perennial dum-dum JT learns all his problems in school might not be caused by being a dum-dum, Frank & Carol try to pass a snooty inspection, and White Urkel & his girlfriend try to suppress their throbbing biological urges. Join Ryan, Austin & David as they talk privilege and the college application process, the extreme horny-ness of TV's Patrick Duffy, and, of course, the Codemeister.So zip up your rubber sex suit, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode076.mp3

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Jun 2019

1 hr 7 min

In this week's episode we tackle Murphy Brown for the first time (a show which burned bright but isn't around much anymore, thanks in part to just how topical and zeitgeist-y it was), with the episode in which the titular Murphy Brown responds to Vice President Dan Quayle's attacks (in-universe & in real life) on Murphy's decision to become a single mother. Join Carolyn, Austin & David as we talk Quayle's infamous spelling mishap, the death of print media, and the triumphant return of Peter Bonerz. So chug some mylanta, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode075.mp3

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Jun 2019

1 hr 27 min

Valar Morghulis! We stay topical this week, as Ryan, David & Austin form a Great Council of our own to discuss the Game of Thrones series finale all the internet is buzzing about! Join us as we talk the good, the bad, and the metaphor-destroying dragons. Because when you play the game of thrones, you either win, or you podcast.So bust down the spoiler wall (because, um, spoiler alert on this whole episode), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode074.mp3

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May 2019

1 hr 45 min

Avengers assemble (again)! In our latest episode, David, Ryan & Austin are joined by returning Very Special guest, author, and Spider-Man expert Mark Ginocchio to discuss a tiny little movie that is currently making all the money in the world, Avengers: Endgame. Join us as we talk favorite moments, take potshots at Hawkeye, and plumb the depths of David's pedantry.So bust down the spoiler wall (because, um, spoiler alert on this whole episode), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And be sure to check out Mark's book, 100 Things Spider-Man Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, as well as his website, Chasing Amazing, and his podcast, Amazing Spider-Talk. And follow him on Twitter @ChasingASMBlog. Excelsior!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode073.mp3

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May 2019

1 hr 47 min

The Aluminum Four are reunited and it feels so good, as we thank you for being our friend by breaking the seal on Golden Girls with an episode in which the golden girls help break Rose of her lifelong pill-popping habit while Dorothy & Sophia try to film a porno commercial. Join us as we discuss the longevity of Dennis Rodman, pizza, and how the Aluminum Four match up with the Golden Girl.So pop a Flintstones vitamin, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode072.mp3

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May 2019

1 hr 25 min

Hey, you guys, Ryan is back! And this week, he and Carol are joined by their "regular visitor", special guest Amy Miller, to discuss yet another episode of Taxi! Learn all about krimkapoosh, Amy's gross hotel room, and Alex Rieger's codependent behavior in this very special episode about "womanly troubles".So tell everyone your Aunt Flo is in town, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And don't forget to follow Amy on Twitter!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode071.mp3

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Apr 2019

57 min 48 sec

The AVSE offices are in mourning once again, and this week we celebrate the accomplishments of the recently-departed Luke Perry with a Very Special episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, in which we get a double dose of Luke Perry as Dylan deals with the fallout of his dad exploding. Join Austin, Carolyn & Very Special Guest, Carolyn's Pitch Please! co-host Shane Hosea, as they talk death-related puns, tall hair, and using ties to get girls.So put on your trench coat before coming to the trench coat party, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Be sure to follow Shane on Twitter, and check out his podcasts Anime at the Gates & Spec Script wherever you find podcasts!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode069.mp3

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Apr 2019

1 hr 27 min

We stay in the realm of 90s-era, California-based teen shows this week, as David returns fresh from his honeymoon alongside his now wife-Lauren, who join Carolyn to discuss an episode in which a bunch of attractive, musically-inclined teens fix racism. Along the way, David reveals the price at which he'll sell out, Lauren reveals which Peter Engel show she likes most, and Carolyn actually compliments a Peter Engel show.So give some advice to racists dads, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode070.mp3

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Apr 2019

1 hr 33 min

Ahoy mateys! We are back with our second superhunk episode in a row as Carolyn, David & Austin go on a not-quite-three-hour tour with Gilligan's Island! Join us as we discuss island hemorrhoids, the hotness of Mary Anne, and the Harlem Globetrotters! And we get back to our SBTB Reviewed roots by comparing the castaways to the Golden Six!So be sure to pack a ton of raincoats, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode068.mp3

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Mar 2019

1 hr 4 min

Aloha! This week, Carolyn, David, and the returning Very Special Guest, Carolyn's newly-turned-40 fiance Aaron, grapple with mortality under the sunny skies of Hawaii along with Magnum P.I. and one of the finest examples of facial hair in TV history. And while staring death in the face, they also discuss sharks named Herman, dropping the N word in Vietnam, and a boss fly with a pussy face.So remember that failure is one of life’s few absolutes, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.And you can follow Aaron on Twitter here!Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode067.mp3

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Feb 2019

2 hr

Howdy partners! This week, David, Carolyn & Austin travel back to the Old West to check out a show from what was once one of TV's dominant genres, the Western. Join us as we review an episode of Trackdown, in which Texaa Ranger Hoby Gilman arrives in town shortly after a conman who promises to help the townspeople stave off the end of the world (that only he says is coming) by building a wall to protect them from scary outside forces - for a price, of course. And if that sounds eerily familiar, wait til you hear the conman's name.So open your meteorite-repelling umbrellas, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via Podbean, Stitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode066.mp3

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Feb 2019

1 hr 41 min