TV Nopes Podcast

A comedic conversation on bad media criticism using a TV Tropes page that shouldn't exist as a jumping off point.

About the show

TV Tropes is a wiki dedicated to meticulously documenting recurring themes and plot devices across every kind of media. These tropes are each assigned 2011 Reddit meme names, even when it seems wildly inappropriate for the subject material. For example, did you know Schindler’s List has an example of the “Boom, Headshot” trope? Or that Amistad features a “Deadpan Snarker?” And while you probably know Mein Kampf uses the “Nazi Protagonist” trope, you may not have realized the Ku Klux Klan are what TV Tropes would calls "Big Damn Heroes" in Birth of a Nation. Using a TV Tropes page that shouldn't exist as a jumping off point, my guest(s) and I will reflect on the ups and downs of internet media criticism, media generally, and anything else in a fun freewheeling conversation.

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Episodes

  • The "Real Life" TV Tropes Page (Part 2 of 26) With Alex Ptak

    January 4th, 2022  |  1 hr 11 mins
    comedy, funny, jokes, podcast, tv tropes

    Comedian, friend, and recurring guest Alex Ptak returns to continue our 26 part series on the "Real Life" TV Tropes page.

  • The "Sopranos TV Tropes Page" with Anders Lee

    December 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 30 mins
    comedy, funny, hbo, media, podcast, sopranos, tony soprano, tv

    Anders Lee returns in his capacity as a Sopranos aficionado to discuss some of the silliest things people online have ever said about David Chase's masterpiece.

  • The "Squid Game" TV Tropes Page with Alex Ptak

    November 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 27 mins
    battle royale, comedy, funny, kdrama, korean tv, podcast, squid game, television, tv, tv tropes

    Time to tap into the zeitgeist! I'm joined again by comedian Alex Ptak to look at the TV Tropes page for Squid Game, and also bad Squid Game headlines.

  • The "Garfield (comic strip)" TV Tropes Page with Hana Michels Part 2

    October 5th, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins
    cat, comedian, comedy, comic strip, dog, funny, garfield, silly, tv, tv tropes

    Hana Michels joins me once again to finish reviewing the Garfield TV Tropes page, but we mostly just read wholesome comments people have left under online Garfield strips.

  • The "Real Life" TV Tropes Page With Alex Ptak

    September 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins
    anime, bleach, comedy, funny, movies, podcast, real life, tv, tv tropes

    Why would you apply TV Tropes to real life? Well someone did. Alex Ptak joins me for the first of our 26 part series.

  • The "I Think You Should Leave" TV Tropes Page, Revisited, with Lenny Burnham Again

    August 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 32 mins
    action, comedy, film, i think you should leave, sam richardson, skeletons, spooky, tim robinson, tv

    Writer Lenny Burnham rejoins me to see how the TV Tropes page for "I Think You Should Leave" has changed now that the second season dropped.

  • The "Ambiguously Jewish" TV Tropes page with Brandon Scott Wolf

    August 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 39 mins
    aladdin, books, comedy, disney, fun, game of thrones, jews, jokes, judaism, movies, podcast, tv, twitter

    Brandon Scott Wolf returns to discuss the "Ambiguously Jewish" TV Tropes page, because apparently you just have to add one word to make a "Jewish Tropes" page ok.

  • The "Mein Kampf" TV Tropes page with Dan Wilbur

    July 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 28 mins
    books, comedy, germany, history, literature, movies, podcast, politics, tv, tv tropes

    Comedian, author, and friend Dan Wilbur joins me to discuss the TV Tropes page from another author's debut book.

  • The "Greg Gutfeld Show" and "Louder With Crowder" TV Tropes pages with Anders Lee

    July 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 17 mins
    comedy, crowder, fox news, gutfeld, internet shows, leftism, pod damn america, podcast, politics, tv tropes

    Comedian Anders Lee joins me for two TV Nopes firsts: our first double episode as well as our first time covering a page that actually no longer exists!

  • The "Garfield (comic strip)" TV Tropes Page with Hana Michels Part 1

    June 29th, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins
    animals, animation, comedy, comic strip, comics, funny, garfield, hana michels, movies, podcast, tv

    Why not analyze the tropes of a long-running, mostly non-narrative newspaper comic? Because it's silly. But friend and comedian Hana Michels joined me to goof on the TV Tropes page that does.

  • The "I Think You Should Leave" TV Tropes page with Lenny Burnham

    June 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 25 mins
    action, comedy, film, i think you should leave, sam richardson, skeletons, spooky, tim robinson, tv

    Does sketch comedy hold up to the TV Tropes form of analysis? No, and along with friend and writer Lenny Burnham, we're going to learn why.

  • The "12 Years a Slave" TV Tropes Page with Alex Ptak

    June 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 28 mins
    alex ptak, anime, awards, comedy, film, history, movies, oscar films, oscars, podcasts, steve mcqueen

    I'm joined by good friend and comedian/podcaster extraordinaire Alex Ptak to discuss the "12 Years a Slave" TV Tropes page, which really, really shouldn't exist.

  • The "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" TV Tropes Page with James Fisher Jr.

    May 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins
    bears, comedy, funny, golidilocks, karen, marvel, story, the muppets, three little bears, tropic thunder, tv tropes

    Why is there a TV Tropes Page for "Goldilocks and the Three Bears?" Fellow comedian and buddy James Fisher Jr. and I tried to find out, with hilarious results!

  • The "Black Fish" TV Tropes Page with Jenny Jaffe

    May 4th, 2021  |  56 mins 41 secs
    black fish, comedy, documentary, jenny jaffe, killer whale, movies, nature, tv, tv tropes

    Writer and comedian Jenny Jaffe joins me to discuss the "Black Fish" TV Tropes page, which exists for some reason.

  • The "Parasite" TV Tropes Page with Brandon Scott Wolf

    April 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 28 mins
    bong joon-ho, comedy, film, funny, harry potter, jk rowling, movies, oscars, parasite, the godfather, tv tropes, will smith, wizards

    I'm joined by comedian Brandon Scott Wolf as we look at the TV Tropes page for Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite," even though that page probably shouldn't exist.