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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'HIMYM,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 21st 2011 2:45PM
On this week's Talking TV podcast, Ryan McGee and I delve into the return of 'How I Met Your Mother,' the great season 'Breaking Bad' is having and reader questions touching on 'The Killing' and 'Doctor Who.'

A couple of side notes: Ryan and I will be talking about 'Breaking Bad' every week from now until the show has its season 4 finale in October.

Also, we are dropping a special 'Fringe' podcast Friday night or early Saturday. We thought it would be best to talk about that show after everyone had seen the season 4 premiere, so look for that podcast then. I won't do a separate post on the 'Fringe' podcast, just check the Talking TV site or iTunes for it.

Running times are below.

Running times for this week's podcast:

Introduction: 0:00 - 3:23

'HIMYM': 3:23 - 24:55 (I also wrote about the show here)

'Breaking Bad': 24:55 - 43:00

Reader questions: 43:00 - End

A heads up, in case you missed them -- Ryan and I did three fall preview podcasts last week. You can find out more about those here.

As always, you can grab the podcasts from iTunes (where you can also subscribe) or you can grab this week's discussion from the Talking TV home site.

Full archives of every 'Talking TV' podcast are available here. The entire 'Talking TV' archives are also available on iTunes. Our RSS feed is here.

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Hey Mo! I love the podcast, but there is one thing you could do that would improve my life immensely. Put the running times in the iTunes podcast description! I frequently don't have time to listen to the whole podcast and want to skip ahead to the discussions I'm most interested in. But since I listen on the go, having the timestamps in the blog doesn't help me at all; so a lot of times I end skipping the podcast completely and that makes me sad. I can get the episode description on the iPod, and if the timestamps were in there it would be fantastic. Please help!

September 24 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi, Mo, I would like to say to TPTB behind HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER's overarching mystery (and the same for THE KILLING and LOST, or even politicians talking about their families), the audience will stop focusing on them when YOU stop focusing on them. Mo's only focusing on them because you brought it up.

-- Ken from Chicago

September 23 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In response to the HIMYM conversation I have to say that for me there are five words in the title






Most fans who are into the mystery of the show are focused on the words Met and Mother.
Very few people focus on the Your because that is Ted's kids and they don't show up that often and come after meeting the mother.
I particularly have very little interest in the I. Who really does?

For me the only important word in the title is the word How. This is how I could watch last season of HIMYM and say this is my favorite comedy on television. I focused on Barney and Marshall's stories and how they unfolded. I didn't give a fig about Ted.

Given that people have such little investment in Ted how come so few people talk about how ineffective an actor Josh Radnor is in the role? How come all of the blame for last season's Ted and Zoey relationship is falling on Jennifer Morrison's portrayal of Zoe and how Bays and Thomas wrote the character. If Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders and Jason Segel can be credited with great performances how come no one has criticized Josh Radnor for not doing more with his character?

September 21 2011 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

Breaking Bad was FANtastic this week...... a TOP 10 TV Drama !!
Slummed to Network TV for 1..... ( GW can thank the end of Rescue Me and Friday night Lights......otherwise, the networks would have ZERO ZERO ZERO !!!!!

Mad Men
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
Good Wife

September 21 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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