Dig into the hidden history of television with Vox's critic-at-large, Todd VanDerWerff. Each season, we explore the tragic, comedic, and occasionally world-changing stories that have marked a medium that's dominated the global conversation for the last 75 years. First up: TV's relationship with the presidency, featuring deep dives into The West Wing, 24, Veep, and more. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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audio fan 781
Nov 3
Rating:   10
Entertaining and informative

I hope there is more on the way this is a great listen.

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kira-siobhán
Oct 30
Rating:   10
I think it's interesting!

While I loved the interviews Emily did on her old podcast, Primetime is great and I'd just like more of it! Longer episodes and more of them🤗

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MitsBC
Oct 12
Rating:   2
Dull and uninspired

Overly politicized and partisan. Acts like Washington is the center of everything.

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Mark L. 5555
Sep 11
Rating:   10
Peer back into TV's past

Excited to hear more from Emily!

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Listens While Running
Jul 19
Rating:   10
Please change title card

This is a great series— please change the title card so you are not dead-naming Emily.

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Mich701987
Jul 19
Rating:   10
Great show! Update the logo!

Hi I love the show and would enjoy listening more if the logo was corrected to not deadname Emily!

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jlschaefer
Jun 25
Rating:   10
Great TV Podcast

I've been a big fan of Emily's writing and other work for a long time. I found her previous podcast "I Think You're Interesting" rather late in its run, but have really enjoyed going through the episode archives. The first season of "Primetime" was a great follow-up, and I look forward to future seasons (wishlist: medical dramas and the Mike Schur-verse). The episodes are brisk and informative, though I wouldn't mind if they were a bit longer (which is rarely the case with podcasts).

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Jethroblank
Jun 24
Rating:   8
Always wanted more

This was a different take on the presidency and contained interesting comparisons between presidents of several generations. However, I always wanted them to go a bit deeper. Often they would mention a tidbit of information and then leave it sitting there. Maybe a time constraint? Still an entertaining and informative podcast.

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xirtyir
Jun 18
Rating:   2
Primetime

More Fox than Vox.

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Harryprince1234
Jun 16
Rating:   10
Great podcast - look forward to more!!!

Really enjoyed each episode. Historical information strongly relates to current situation. Highly recommend!!’

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JJ yay
Jun 15
Rating:   10
Love the show!

Was excited to listen to each ep! Great mix of pop culture and history, and also current events. I remembered pieces of these stories, but this show brings it all together very nicely and puts them into context.

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Andre5006
Jun 14
Rating:   10
Great idea/ execution

Really enjoyed the series! Season 1 was great but it felt like it really flew by. Bring on more eps!One question on word choice: Governacy instead of Governorship in the season 1 finale episode? I’ve never heard governacy before as a word.

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EclecticMusicFan12
Jun 13
Rating:   10
Very enjoyable and not too long!

As much as I enjoy podcasts, some go on so long they overstay their welcome. Not so with Primetime. Each episode has a theme and often has insightful guests giving historical context. My favorite episodes were on the fictional Hilary Clinton on TV and the one that dealt with the Murphy Brown controversy. With “Season 1” done, this podcast would be a nice binge. (I listened weekly) Looking forward to more!!

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ray1/23:4;5(6$7$8
Jun 13
Rating:   10
Super interesting.

Really a different take on what’s going on currently.

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Haber345
Jun 13
Rating:   10
Leaves Me Wanting More

Both this and the “I Think You’re Interesting” podcast that VanDerWerff has done earlier are great and tell amazing stories in ways I wish more podcasts could. I wish the episodes of Primetime were longer, or that there would be more after this finale. Such a fun and informational show.

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Margarita Espinosa
Jun 12
Rating:   10
Very interesting

Bring on more topics. Very insightful and educational

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Kleinias
Jun 6
Rating:   2
Stuck in the bubble

The first episode of this podcast was really quite good and left me hopeful that even though this was a Vox podcast, it still might remain mostly accurate and not overly tendentious.Unfortunately the most recent podcasts have been inaccurate and fallen into the gripes that most liberal podcasts tend towards. Like most vox podcasts the host is reliably left wing and never strays from the narrative even when facts clearly do not align with their steadfast viewpoint. The solution is to embrace diversity of viewpoints and have on hosts that are not always stuck in the same viewpoint bubble.

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savannahnicholo
Jun 6
Rating:   10
Wish it was longer!

I absolutely love this podcast! It’s a really great listen but I wish it was longer (and I rarely say that about podcasts!) Love it!

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SH3rm17
Jun 5
Rating:   10
Another great podcast from Emily VanDerWerff

I found Emily’s previous podcast (I Think You’re Interesting) not long before it ended. I was an instant fan, and I have sorely missed it. I enjoy reading Emily’s work on Vox, but it was a delight to listen in on her insightful interviews and extended musings on the podcast. Emily is a true TV fan, with a somewhat unique perspective compared to other TV critics, as she discovered many shows at a later age due to a stricter than typical religious upbringing. Possibly as a result, her observations are more nuanced and less colored by childhood and adolescent nostalgia than most, and her analysis is deeply conscious of how TV shows relate to and reflect the culture of their time. This new podcast seems a perfect fit for Ms. VanDerWerff, and I am excited to add it to my podcast queue!

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Jperú
Jun 2
Rating:   10
Good podcast

This is a good podcast. Might I recommend a season on the police?

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