Here To Make Friends - A Bachelor Recap Show

Here To Make Friends - A Bachelor Recap Show

Published by: HuffPost
206 Episodes | First Released: May 14 '15
A HuffPost Podcast about The Bachelor, where hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon lovingly snark and recap the latest episodes from The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Whether you love The Bachelor, or love to hate it, you will enjoy their witty discussion about this reality show and what it reveals about the world of dating.
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MAGS772
May 13
Rating:   10
Best Bachelor podcast...scratch that best podcast out there!

Another review says that this podcast helps to take the guilt out of this guilty pleasure. I couldn’t agree more! Listening to Emma and Claire (and Leigh!) “lovingly snark” is always the highlight of my week. I appreciate their ability to both discuss a stupid reality tv show at face value and analyze what it reveals about our culture. Their critical yet jovial approach always gives me lot to think about and never fails to make me laugh. I do wish they would full Listen To Your Heart because Bachelor Monday never feels complete without their commentary.

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ColorComingOutOfYourYingYang
May 12
Rating:   10
Sometimes I watch the bachelor just to listen to this podcast

Title really says it all.

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Gutsball
May 5
Rating:   10
Love!

These women are Brilliant and funny and this is my favorite podcast. I watch bachelor mostly just so I can then listen to this. Love this podcast so so much.

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Andreamichelle1991
Apr 29
Rating:   10
Amazing pod!

These ladies are eloquent, intelligent, interesting, thought provoking, and fabulous conversationalists.

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Elle Vincent
Apr 19
Rating:   10
Love their enlightenment

I appreciate their point of views, I feel like I learn something new every week! ♥️

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Sami29837
Apr 5
Rating:   2
Covid Crazy

These chicks are legit crazy. I don’t even know why I still listen.. blame it on the covid.

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Project Runway #1 Fan
Mar 28
Rating:   2
You can do better!

Emma & Lee, I know you both have so much to offer as feminist media critics. As many other reviewers have mentioned, please consider taking a compassionate approach towards the people on the Bachelor. Remember the gender, race, and class politics on this show are not perpetuated by the individual actors. **Focus on who has the power.** (See Sharlene Joynt’s recaps as an example.) Also, compassion goes much further in creating progressive change than “snark”. Snark just makes people feel misunderstood and judged. You two are amazing and important voices for feminism. Remember criticism should be constructive, not damaging.

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kellymay12
Mar 18
Rating:   10
❤️❤️❤️

I’ve never written a podcast review before, despite having a voracious podcast appetite, so hopefully that speaks for itself. But, just in case it doesn’t, here’s what I have to say: 1. Leigh is LITERALLY who I aspire to be or befriend someday. So kind and funny and obviously very smart. I started listening with pilot Pete’s season, so I quickly got used to hearing Leigh and will be sad not to get a weekly dose next season! The only thing that makes it okay is that as I listen to the archives I also really like Clare and Emma together, too. (Still feel like I need to work in a “bring her home!!!” somewhere, but 🤷🏻‍♀️)2. Listening to the podcast makes me laugh out loud frequently in the car, even in heavy traffic. Magic. 3. My respect for Clare and Emma skyrocketed when I listened to them dissect the body shaming comments from bachelor in paradise and talk about person experience with being harmed by seemingly positive comments about weight loss. So relatable, honest, and helpful. I’m used to seeing this kind of stuff in the recovery community, but seeing it pop into mainstream was refreshing and made me feel so seen and validated! In summary: 10/10 would recommend

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QPalmy
Mar 12
Rating:   10
Quick-witted and well-researched - love these hosts!

Incredible pod! I feel like the folx leaving low reviews shouldn’t look to just one Bach podcast to provide everything they’re looking for - listen to Chatty Broads if you want tangents and fanfic galore, and 2 Black Girls 1 Rose for piping hot takes from a minority perspective. But by all means, don’t discount Here to Make Friends! It’s a long-standing, well-researched podcast hosted by journalists who take the time to delve deep and look at the issues presented on The Bachelor from multiple angles - while still managing to make us laugh with their long-running jokes and amazing guests! I’d like to see a more diverse group of guests next season, but the camaraderie and banter they share with Friends of the Pod (Alison Williams, Erin Darke, Michael Garafola and Brett Vergara) is always something to look forward to. I’ve missed Claire this season, but Leigh has been an excellent co-host, providing a new perspective for the pod as a working mom. Lastly, Emma’s quick wit cracks me up every time and I hope she never leaves :) So “Buds” (yes, they know that’s Peter’s nickname, chill out), consider not looking for absolutely everything in one pod, and appreciate these hosts for the amazing work they do - worth 5 stars any day in my book!

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NaomiBurton
Mar 11
Rating:   10
The Best!

Really pin pointed the differences between Madison and Peter. Let’s face it, Peter is a California Liberal and Madison is a staunch Trump supporter. Never gonna work. The End.

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Half-blood doc
Mar 11
Rating:   6
Enjoy listening, but some feminism fails

I am enjoying listening. I have unfortunately heard a few feminism fails from the podcasters. I know they’re only human, but I have to wonder if personal insecurity factors into their somewhat negative comments about how young, or thin, or beautiful the girls are, or their personal decisions. Kelsey’s desire to stay home with her kids or Madison’s desire to be a virgin until marriage seem to hit a nerve with the podcasters. I understand that you are a working mom (and mine was and I loved that). I understand that you are fine with promiscuity and don’t hold intimacy as sacred like Maddie. But to take offense at her calling those her “standards” feels like something is being taken personally. Like you are judging her because you are afraid she is judging you. I would have appreciated a kinder outlook towards views different than your own.

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emily the apple
Mar 11
Rating:   2
Do a little research

Did y'all know that Bud is a name and not simply a synonym for friend? Peter's father is also named Peter, so within the family, Peter goes by the name Bud. It's not like his parents are calling him "pal..." Peter has mentioned this in interviews.

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Meghan7895555
Mar 11
Rating:   10
My favorite podcast

Insightful, biting, funny. Please have Alison Williams on as a guest every week – the chemistry between you 3 is great! Maybe I’m “of age” so I enjoy it more but it’s my favorite podcast by far!

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MissCarly26
Mar 10
Rating:   10
Turning Trash into Feminist Treasure

This is how I undo the damage the Bachelor franchise does to my brain. Thank you for taking my guilty pleasure of watching trash tv and turning it into insightful social commentary. I may not always agree with everything they say, but I enjoy hearing their point of view and I always leave with a different perspective, and a healthy dose of feminism.

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Joceeyy4
Mar 10
Rating:   2
Not my favorite

I try to give all the bachelor podcasts a FAIR chance but I can honestly say that the one thing that bugs me so much about this podcast is how they talk over one another. It gets so annoying to the ear. One girl starts talking and the other talks over her and it all sounds like a whole bunch of bickering. Please don’t talk over one another. It’s sounds really bad in the ear. Yes, this podcast is longer but very more detailed which I like but I can’t stand how they all talk over each other which will make me stop listening.

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Love study blue
Dec 24 '19
Rating:   2
“Snark” is one thing...

I used to enjoy this podcast so much! I looked forward to listening almost as much as watching the show on Monday nights. However, with time, the hosts have become increasingly condescending, hyper-critical, and over-the-top political for this to be an enjoyable listen. I could not make it through the first few minutes of this new season’s premiere episode. The hosts are APPALLED that a POC’s bio would include such horrifying descriptions such as “although she looks like a city girl, she actually grew up in the country...” In the words of fellow feminist Taylor Swift, “you need to calm down.” I appreciated a bachelor recap podcast that was a notch more cerebral; but the “snark” has become full-blown condescension, driving away long-time listeners.

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Ratttters113123123123👊👊
Dec 8 '19
Rating:   10
Yassss

Smart women.keep it coming!

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cwolfor2
Dec 5 '19
Rating:   4
Interruptions

Emma please please stop interrupting and talking over Claire and the guests.

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KsED1528
Nov 21 '19
Rating:   6
Alright I get it

I enjoy the content overall, however I don’t enjoy the frequent breaks to personalize everything into relatable viewpoints. It’s almost as if the hosts are TOO close to the show and thus feel less emboldened to treat it as cotton candy entertainment. They know the stars and thus have to treat them as people versus characters. There’s frequent attempts to personalize actions into how the hosts would navigate this in their lives, and that’s not ultimately what I’m here for. I’m here for cotton candy, not to be reminded constantly that these two have a hard time navigating the world.

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Dem2020
Nov 16 '19
Rating:   6
Nope

What’s with the recapping of a show that’s now almost decades old that we can’t see and so have no context as to what they’re talking about. And if they must do it, maybe one episode per season instead of one episode per episode? I just can’t. Listening is a waste of my time and their talents are best served another way.

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