HoopleCast: An IntroCast For HBO's Deadwood

HoopleCast: An IntroCast For HBO's Deadwood

Published by: Seth Bullock
77 Episodes | First Released: May 19
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jgalia21
Aug 24
Rating:   10
I can't say it enough

Amateur podcasts are always a gamble. It is truly "hit or miss" on what they will be, because all you have to go by is the subject matter. More often than not, they turn out to be flat, uninspired, and totally lacking in the qualities required to keep you listening.Every once in a while, though, you stumble across a true gem... the kind of show that, once you get past the initial unfamiliarity, draws you in like a warm hug. The kind that is so well done as to seem professionally produced, and where you find that you grow to like the people involved so much, they start to feel almost like friends.This is one of those podcasts. It is a gem (or a nugget of gold, if that is more appropriate in the context of a Deadwood podcast)It is done in "IntroCast" format, where only the host has seen the show before, with the co-hosts experiencing it for the first time. If you are a Deadwood veteran, and you probably are, if you are searching for Deadwood content, listening to this style of podcast can be very enjoyable indeed... you know where the story is going, and all of the answers to the speculations brought up by the "newbies". You are in the Catbird seat, so to speak.Let me be clear. This is a very, very well done podcast, with a perfectly balanced mix of personalities among the four regular cast members, consisting of two women and two men... there is Carol, a school teacher by profession, who brings smart and intellectual analysis to every episode, unintentionally funny at times in her seriousness... and Melanie, a ray of sunshine by profession, is bright and bubbly, sweet and adorable, funny and imaginative, with the kind of laugh that can make men fall in love... Matt H., an unassuming young man with a great "under the radar" sense of humor, comes across as just an all around nice guy... and Matt A., who serves as the host, lends a little bit of an acerbic edge with just the right amount of good-natured sarcasm and pithiness.All of them are well accomplished podcasters in their own right, mostly in the arena of television, as are most of the "secondary cast" of loyal feedback providers and guest co-hosts.As host, producer, and editor, Matt A. does an amazing job putting together every single episode. Not enough can be said about the effort and care he takes in crafting and creating the finished product. It is truly astounding, if you think about it... the in depth scene by scene recaps, the background information about the actors and the show, the historical research into the real Deadwood, the painstaking record keeping of every statistic generated by each episode of Hooplecast... all of it serves to make the structure and content of this podcast what it is-- Top Notch.With the Deadwood coverage long since done, the show still marches on, watching and discussing the pilot episodes of other HBO dramatic series, and hopefully will continue to do so long after that particular well runs dry.Lastly, let me say, to the people who felt the need to leave negative or "one star" reviews after sampling a single episode, or based on idealogical differences with the hosts and not on the content of the podcast:...we get it. You have strong, important opinions. You have every right to express them. They're just not very well informed, and they say more about you than they do about the podcast... but, of course, that is what you intended, wasn't it.

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Thai J
Jul 24
Rating:   4
Great companion podcast that decided to insult half their listeners in the third season.

I like this podcast for the most part and I think it is a great companion podcast, especially if you are watching the show for the first time. This show is very complex and the language can be hard to follow sometimes. This podcast helps a new watcher understand what is going on better and also brings up more ideas or interpretations. The reading of historical items and the historic information that is shared is enlightening. My lower rating is because about halfway through season 3 the hosts all decide that a “USA, USA, USA” chant is appalling and apparently you can only like the show or podcast if you are progressive. What a total joke. There is nothing wrong with begin proud of the USA and thinking it is the best country in the world. And you don’t have to be progressive to appreciate race relations and how different races were treated so poorly in the American past. I found the commentary in episode 6 specifically to be insulting and offensive.

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Webby1980
Jun 28
Rating:   10
Excellent companion to the series!

A++

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JID1946
Jun 10
Rating:   2
Don’t Smoke and Podcast

Show starts with a sound check gone awry. Giggles and “yeah, really man..”talk follows. Then if you stick around 5 minutes in -it turns into a awful take of Mystery Theatre 2000. Just awful.

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LenaLLL
May 18
Rating:   2
Who are these ignorant people discussing all these wonderful shows???

Who are these ignorant people discussing all these wonderful shows??? A bunch of nobodies, who don’t know a thing about the subject and have no business being on the podcast!!!! I’ve never listened to a podcast so unpleasant to my ear as this one!

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CleverRecords
Nov 6 '18
Rating:   2
Why

Tried listening to the first few episodes and I honestly can’t think of a good reason to continue. The hosts have nothing but surface-level descriptions of episodes in which they often miss things or get them wrong. The background music is pointless and too loud. The hosts are constantly, nervously giggling at everything they say, whether or not it was a joke.

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JonPernisek
Jan 4 '17
Rating:   10
Hoople-riffic!

If you're not on the bandwagon you're standing in the dirt. Stop standing in the dirt and get on the bandwagon! XOXO

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MechanicalMisha
Sep 23 '16
Rating:   10
Informative and entertaining

Just finished listening to every episode of this delightful podcast! It's been a real treat while I go through my second run of deadwood. I don't have a Facebook acct or else I'd join it too instead of just subscribing to the podcasts because right now I just can't get enough of this group! Hope to hear everyone's thoughts when the movie gets made and thanks for introducing me to new music at the end of each episode!

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Lynnette McFadzen
May 18 '16
Rating:   10
Fantastic Fun

Great podcast about an offbeat show!

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Randal Silvey
Apr 2 '16
Rating:   10
Welcome to Deadwood!

This is a great companion podcast to a Deadwood rewatch (or better yet, first time watch). They discuss each episode thoroughly, breaking it down scene by scene. The host, Matt, clearly does his research on the HBO show itself as well as the actual history of Deadwood adding a lot of value to the discussions. A fantastic podcast featuring a delightful panel of "hoopleheads".

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Lifenra
Aug 24 '15
Rating:   10
Great Cast

Awesome podcast. Just started the series and this cast makes the expirence that much better. I wont watch an episode until I have listened to the cast on the episode prior. Thanks!

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Nuchtchas
Jun 14 '15
Rating:   10
Got me watching deadwood

I have been putting off watching deadwood but this show has me hooked. The podcast is great with the discussion, the historical articles, and the all of the history facts brought up. I love it, it's very thorough. Long, but it doesn't drag at all, and it's a joy to listen to.

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longklaw
Mar 2 '15
Rating:   10
Great Podcast

Highly entertaining podcast about a excellent show. So much fun to listen to as I rewatch Deadwood

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stephsmith
Feb 26 '15
Rating:   10
Great series, great hosts

If you've been thinking of either rewatching or watching Deadwood for the first time, how's the perfect time.

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HarryinChicago
Jan 30 '15
Rating:   10
Don't be a Hooplehead! Subscribe!

This podcast features four of the best "Introcast" hosts out there, talking about one of the best shows ever. This is a no brainer!

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