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11
Feb

The Simpsons: The Town and Super Bowl LI (w/ Matt Selman)

Join Scott, Kevin, and Hamish as they welcome a very special guest, Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman, for a revisiting of the hilarious Boston-themed episode "The Town"! Listen as Matt shares some inside details about the episode, including its original story, involving conspiracies and red coats, a one-time only Easter egg for a re-airing of the episode, and how it became a wonderful love letter to Boston, how an episode is made, as well as the New England Patriots' recent improbable championship win, and how The Simpsons eerily predicted the victory and parade back in October! They'll also discuss Tom Brady's uncharacteristic local commercial, their individual experiences watching the big game last Sunday, and various Boston area eateries. If that wasn't enough, Matt addresses questions about a possible Simpsons movie sequel, a (hopefully far off) series finale, and also talks about a possible episode for next season, and much, much more! This one is a ton of fun, especially if you share a love of The Simpsons and Boston sports. So grab a grinder and a bottle of Brockton's Best, and move from Springfield to Boston along with us!
 
If you're listening as this episode is released, make sure to set your DVRs or watch The Simpsons on FOX this Sunday, February 12th at 7:30pm, and lookout for a one-time special Easter egg reference to the New England Patriots' championship win!
 
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8
Feb

Parks and Recreation: Hunting Trip

Join Scott and Matt as they breakdown and review "Hunting Trip", a hilarious episode of one of the funniest sitcoms of the last decade: "Parks and Recreation"! Listen as they discuss the history of this show, from its original conception as a spinoff from The Office, to lasting seven seasons on NBC as a staple of its Thursday night comedy block. They'll talk about the long history of the Pawnee City Hall building (really located in Pasadena, California) and how its ridiculous size and cost was actually explained in a companion book for the series. They'll also talk about the amazing cast, the great improvised moments, the real Ron Swanson, how the character of Andy Dwyer changed, and much, much more! Oh, and also a couple of side discussions about turkeys and Funko Pop figures! So grab yourself some turkey (or tofu equivalent), put on your fluorescent hat and survey the Indiana wilderness along with us! Boola! Boola! Boola! 
 
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18
Jan

UHF (1989)

Join Shawn and Scott as they continue their look at the work of Weird Al Yankovic and delve deep into his hilarious 1989 cult classic film, "UHF"! Listen as they breakdown this great film, including its many segments and commercials, such as "Spatula City", "Conan The Librarian", "Raul's Wild Kingdom", "Wheel of Fish", Weird Al's music video for his Dire Straits parody "Beverly Hillbillies"., and so much more! They'll discuss other famous actors and comedians that were considered for roles in the movie, cameos you may have missed, and tons of behind the scenes details. What movies are referenced in the film, how did the critics feel about UHF, and, more importantly, what really happened to Raul's poodles? They'll talk all about it and much, much more! So make yourself a Twinkie wiener sandwich, keep it tuned to U62, and watch along with us!

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11
Jan

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Kevin Bacon Wears a Blue Button Down Shirt and Black Boots

Join Scott and Shawn as they breakdown and review "Kevin Bacon Wears a Blue Button Down Shirt and Black Boots", the season five premiere of the hilarious absurdist talk show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Listen as they detail the show's interesting history, from its beginnings as the Indie 103.1 radio show "Comedy Death Ray Radio", running concurrently with the Comedy Death Ray stage show, to being adapted into an amazingly creative talk show that ran for 110 episodes on the Independent Film Channel. They'll talk about the very talented and very funny Weird Al Yankovic, making his debut as the show's third bandleader/announcer in this episode. They'll also talk about the episode's special guest, Kevin Bacon, and even play a little Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon of their own! So pour yourself a glass of green water, hold on to your gold, and laugh along with us! 
 
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28
Dec

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

WARNING: SPOILERS AND MAJOR PLOT POINTS ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE! MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE LISTENING! 
 
Join Scott and special guests Hamish and Paul for this discussion and review of one of the most anticipated movies of the year: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"! Listen as they share their own viewing experiences, discuss details of the movie scene-by-scene, highlight the many nods to the the original trilogy, and compare the trailers to the final product they saw on the screen. They'll breakdown elements of the film that drew from George Lucas' original 70's source material like the Whills and Darth Vader's sanctum, as well as characters, vehicles and terms from modern Star Wars properties like Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels! They'll share their thoughts on the movie's plot, unexpected moments, and thrilling conclusion. What changes were made in reshoots? How well does the story fit Star Wars canon? Was it the best Star Wars prequel? These questions are answered and many, many more! So grab a glass of blue milk, snuggle up with Bor Gullet, and may the force be with you! 
 
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30
Nov

Batman (1966): Hi Diddle Riddle

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown and review "Hi Diddle Riddle", the pilot episode of the iconic 1966 series "Batman"! Listen as they discuss the brilliance of Adam West, playing Batman as a serious detective despite the show's lighthearted campiness. They'll also discuss Batman and Robin's first adversary of the series, The Riddler, played masterfully by the great Frank Gorshin. From The Riddler's near-impossible (but always quickly solved) riddles and Batman's penchant for labeling everything, to interesting facts about the cast and two rare mentions of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, they discuss it all, and much, much more!!! Oh, and if that wasn't enough...the "Batusi" also makes an appearance! So sit back with some fresh-squeezed orange juice, disconnect the red telephone, and speed into Gotham along with us! Na-na na-na na-na na-na na Batman! 
 
And don't worry! We won't leave you hanging! Look out for our episode about part two of the story, "Smack in the Middle": Same Bat-time, Same Bat-podcast! 
 
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23
Nov

“The Andy Kaufman Incident”

Join Scott as he takes a special look back at an interesting live television event that took place on the night of February 20, 1981. A late night sketch comedy show invited one of the most unique comedians of the time to host the episode. In the last sketch of the night, the host refused to act, resulting in a physical altercation on live television. Was this a real fight, started by a host with a reputation for his subversive behavior? Or was the whole thing planned ahead of time as a way to shock the TV audience? This week, Hitting Play delves into the sketch from ABC's show "Fridays" that later came to be known as "The Andy Kaufman Incident"! 
 
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16
Nov

Sledge Hammer!: Under the Gun

Join Scott and Shawn as they take a look back at the pilot episode of a hilarious 1980's series that spoofed "Dirty Harry", with all of the comedic timing and wit of "Get Smart": "Sledge Hammer!" Listen as they discuss the fascinating career of the show's creator, Alan Spencer, who began his show business life sneaking on to the set of "Young Frankenstein" and being befriended by Marty Feldman! They'll breakdown the many visual gags, the wonderfully insane title character played by David Rasche, the parallels to the San Francisco of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, changes from the original script, and much, much more! From famous guest stars and exaggerated action to a Marvel comic book tie-in and a feature film (that was totally changed) this influential cult classic had it all! So sit back with an inanimate object that you talk to, enjoy a cocktail weenie or two, and visit the insane, destructive world of "Sledge Hammer!" along with us! Trust us. We know what we're doing. 
 
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26
Oct

The Simpsons: The Town

Join Scott and his special guests, Kevin and Hamish, as they breakdown and explain every little detail and reference from the Boston-themed episode of The Simpsons entitled "The Town"! Listen as Kevin and Scott give Hamish a full education in all things Massachusetts, from the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony all the way to Dunkin Donuts and Cumberland Farms! Hamish is still a little bitter from the treatment his native Australia received on The Simpsons years ago in the episode "Bart Vs. Australia", but he warmly embraces this hilarious take on New England life and culture! They'll talk all about the unique Jordan's Furniture stores, the New England Patriots and their various scandals, Paul Revere, traffic, Make Way For Ducklings, candlepin bowling, Quincy Market, Newbury Comics, and so much more! They'll explain every sign, every poster, every Boston joke, and every face in the crowd. So grab an iced coffee from Dunkies, turn off your old VHS recording of The Movie Loft, and get ready for one of the most detailed, comprehensive, and wicked awesome episodes of Hitting Play EVAH! 

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21
Sep

Supergirl: Pilot

Join Scott and Shawn as they breakdown and review the pilot episode of DC Comics' hit series about Superman's cousin and her decision to devote her life to becoming a superhero: Supergirl! Listen as they detail the long history of the character of Supergirl, from a girl magically wished into existence by Jimmy Olsen in the 1950's (then crushed by a meteor), to Kara's death and resurrection, and a very poorly reviewed movie. They'll point out the many Easter eggs you may have missed, discuss the show's change of networks for season two, and theorize possible ways for Supergirl to join the other shows of the "Arrowverse". And if that wasn't enough, they'll explain how the episode wouldn't have a villain if it wasn't for Sean Connery wearing a speedo. (Sadly, this is true.) So wrap yourself in an indestructible blanket, eat a celebratory pizza, and join us for a trip to National City! Up, up and away! 

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