ReWatchable: A TV Re-Watch Podcast is dedicated to rewatching completed cult classic or unjustly cancelled TV shows with a team of both superfans and newbies. We’ve got a new home here at Subjectify Media, and we’re ready to tell you about what’s next for our show.
ReWatchable was founded in February 2013, and if you’re already a listener, you’ll know that the show was originally hosted on Hypable.com. In the wake of Hypable’s closure, ReWatchable is now produced by Subjectify Media, and will continue to feature most of the hosts you already know and love. If you have never heard our show, we’re here to tell you a bit about us and give you a rundown (or a refresher) of our history of coverage before revealing our plans for the rest of 2021, including our next rewatch round – though if you’ve checked our Twitter layout lately, you might have a good guess!
If you’re not familiar with us: This podcast aims to provide fun episode by episode analysis, commentaries, character discussions, and more, for any given property we select. Our presenters are a mix of superfans – those who have seen the show before and enjoyed it – and newbies, and our rewatches stay spoiler-free for the discussions on an episode-to-episode base, giving our newbie hosts and listeners a chance to stay unspoiled beyond the current episode. We always request that listeners also don’t share spoilers for the shows we’re watching ahead of that episode’s discussion in their feedback to us or on our social media.
New episodes of ReWatchable will be found right here on Subjectify Media. You can subscribe to ReWatchable directly to any of our podcast platforms (Spotify // Apple // Stitcher // Google // Amazon and any other podcast app listed on our Audioboom hosting page) or our social media accounts (Twitter // Tumblr // Instagram // Facebook) to keep up with us.
All our TV re-watches are available in our feed, so jump right in at whichever show you’d like – we love hearing from people who are watching one of the shows we’ve covered, maybe for the first time, and listening along with our experience! From one-season wonders like Firefly, to our huge Buffy and Angel rewatch, which took two and a half years to complete, we have a variety of options to choose from.
Before we share the news of what to expect from us for the rest of 2021, it’s time for a retrospective look at all of our rewatch rounds over the years. Below is a timeline of all of our shows, with commentary from a variety of hosts who participated in those rounds.
February 2013 – July 2013
Karen – Newbie: This is what started it all! When we began our Firefly round back in February 2013, none of us could’ve imagined we’d still be going strong eight years later. Back then, we were just getting to know each other, and it was the first podcast I ever did. I was so nervous, and I was terrified they’d realize I had no idea what I was doing! But everyone was so nice, and they all made me feel like I added something valuable to the show. I’ll be forever grateful to ReWatchable because it set the foundation for everything I’ve accomplished since. And what’s more, Firefly has become one of my all-time favorite shows. The memories from this round will last a lifetime.
Kristen – Newbie: The one that started it all. Firefly was a good round, if only because it was the first. We had little to no idea what the hell we were doing, but we got four or five people per episode, and we talked all about the legendary show that Fox cancelled. I remember doing a live commentary track for an episode once, I think it might have been the third ever episode? Anyway, it was a bit of a comedy of errors as some of us learned how to podcast and all that, but a good time was had by all. And isn’t that what matters most? This is a little far back for me to recall all our little inside jokes, but I do remember Tariq’s disappointment at the lack of space tumbleweeds. Mostly I remember how excited we all were to have Alan Tudyk himself introducing the podcast for us every episode! Plus, it got the ball rolling for so many other great rounds to come.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Firefly round now.
July 2013 – March 2014
Danielle – Superfan: Only a few months in to what would end up being my eight-year tenure at Hypable, with no clue what I was doing just yet and no friends to speak of, Karen messaged me out of the blue asking if I’d be interested in hosting the upcoming ReWatchable round for Veronica Mars (because I was the resident superfan at that point). Again, I had no idea what I was doing but said, “Absolutely yes.” Who knew that that would be one of the best decisions I ever made? This round of ReWatchable holds a special place in my heart because it introduced me to people who would become very dear friends to me and expanded my view of one of my favorite TV shows of all time. From hilarious inside jokes, such as “#NoComment,” to finding out that Kristen Bell had tweeted at me while we were recording an episode, to tracking the emotional damage caused by a certain character, this round was a wild ride and a crash course on what would become a personal passion of mine: Having deep conversations with my friends about the things that we love and sharing it with the wider world. I will always be grateful for Veronica Mars, in large part due to all of the wonderful things it has given me over the years. Starting with this life-changing round of ReWatchable.
Mitch – Newbie: The door I unlocked while recording for Veronica Mars episodes in my closet (tough to find a good space in a one-bedroom) has forever changed my life. In my first ReWatchable round, I decided it was my mission to prove the most unlikely of ships were both plausible and true. In a funny instance of fake spoiling myself, I mistakenly thought Logan and Dick were intimately touching on season 3’s box art. They were not, but I wasn’t able to go back and check, and the superfans weren’t able to tell me I was wrong, hence introducing the concept of #NoComment. Somehow, I got caught up in the lightning-in-a-bottle/whirlwind combo that led to me interviewing the stars of the Veronica Mars movie on the New York red carpet. ReWatchable has that overall effect on the world. If you had told me I would get to see a series revival and talk to the stars of it while starting this random little private investigator show (I thought it was supernatural because Mars was such a cool, otherworldly name), I likely would have shirked away from the opportunity. Going into ReWatchable has been the surprise of a lifetime, and I hope you feel the same as we continue this journey on over at Subjectify.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Veronica Mars round now.
April 2014 – July 2014
Brittany – Superfan: If Bryan Fuller’s procedural-esque shows fell on a spectrum, Pushing Daisies and Hannibal would be on opposite ends. The former is a colorful romp through a world where Ned, the almost comically good-looking pie maker, has a unique gift where his touch both gives and takes life. Everything about this series is dialed up to an 11 from the set to the costumes to the acting — except for Ned. The plain clothes, muted voice, timid stature (despite being over six feet) all set him back from the world he never felt a part of. Like most Fuller shows, the story is the subtext, which is harder to explain sometimes to a group who has already sworn off the series from the start. However, it only made this superfan appreciate its beauty and subtle genius a bit more with each recording. And if there was any series to inspire the phrase “Do not question the science,” well, this is it.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Pushing Daisies round now.
‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’
July 2014 – March 2015
Karen – Newbie: You know how there are some episodes of a television show you’ll make your friends watch first because it’s a perfect representation of the series, and if they just give this one a chance, they’ll be hooked for life? That’s what the Avatar round is like for ReWatchable. This is where many of us solidified our friendships and built life-long bonds. So many of our in-jokes come from doing this show, and I don’t think we’d be the group we are today without it. I don’t like to play favorites because all of our rounds are special in their own way, but Avatar: The Last Airbender just hits different, you know?
Natalie – Superfan: Karen’s right. ATLA ReWatchable… you just had to be there. This was my first round of the podcast, appearing as a superfan for a series that I could not possibly be more of a superfan for. ATLA is probably the TV show I’ve watched straight through the most times in my life – the very first time I watched it, I immediately started it from the beginning all over again. So I think the quality of the material had a lot to do with the highlights of this round. It is just a plain brilliant show, so everyone was really excited every week to see what happened next, and for me it was thrilling to watch the newbies fall in love with the characters, start ship wars, agree, argue, laugh and feel. Prior to ATLA, ReWatchable had had some ins and outs, host wise, but this group ended up becoming the core foundation of our podcast, with most of the same hosts going on to tackle not only Korra but our 30-month Buffy and Angel round (see below.) Some of us knew each other in various ways and had podcasted together on other shows, but this round created unbreakable relationships that are foundational to not only the podcast, but our continuing work on Hypable and now on Subjectify.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Avatar: The Last Airbender round now.
‘Freaks and Geeks’
March 2015 – May 2015
Brittany – Superfan: If Hollywood actors had an origin story show, Freaks and Geeks would be it. “Oh [insert actor’s name] is in this?” spanned from the top billed names to the walk-on roles. James Franco, Busy Phillips, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr, and even Ben Stiller swings by for a moment. No show featured on ReWatchable has a creation story that rivals that of Freaks and Geeks. Over 18 episodes, one of which did not air in the original run because of the theme of the story, the series struggled for a year to hold a primetime slot on NBC before the last three episodes were ultimately burned off one Saturday evening in the summer.
It’s the birthplace of ReWatchable’s deep behind-the-scenes dives that no one asked for, purley because at times they were more interesting than the episode itself. Episodes airing out of order, a writers strike, and an impassioned message that circulated from creator Judd Apatow after the cancellation, as the shownotes explain, “Brittany gets carried away about this show existing at the wrong time and forgets about favorite lines and scenes.” But the episodes themselves were full of heartfelt moments, scenes that felt so relatable and grounded that most of the discussion points led us back to reflecting on our own high school experiences rather than the moments on screen. And so as the character revealed layers about themselves, we as hosts did the same.
Danielle – Newbie: Freaks and Geeks was always one of those shows that I had high up on my “to watch” list but never quite got around to. So when we chose to watch it for ReWatchable, I couldn’t be more excited to be a newbie. The show defied all of my expectations of what it would be (your standard teen dramedy with some sex, drugs, and rock and roll thrown in for tension) and instead opened my eyes to just how nuanced TV portrayals of the high school experience could be. And just how many people can get their starts on a relatively unknown and underappreciated show. With every week came a new installment of “Spot the famous face” and “Where are they now?” This, coupled with Brittany’s bottomless behind-the-scenes and connective tissue knowledge, made every episode of ReWatchable feel like a crash course in what it takes to create a television show with pride.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Freaks and Geeks round now.
‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra’
June 2015 – December 2015
Brittany – Superfan: Despite some of my frustrations, which are well-documented throughout this run, The Legend of Korra stands out as one my favorite series and one of the best ensemble shows of ReWatchable. Korra hadn’t finished airing at the time we recorded Avatar: The Last Airbender, so having a chance to step back into the Airbender universe with our crew of superfans and newbies was a gift.
My favorite part of the series was watching Tenzin and his relationship with his siblings. These characters, in addition to the offspring of several of our other friends, provided an interesting character study on how those who exist between the legends are responsible for bearing the weight of the first generation’s mistakes and letting the new generation make their own. Having just fallen in love with the Gaang, thinking about what happened after the Fire Nation was defeated (hint: most of it is in the comics) was almost tough to sort through. Bumi lives up to his namesake, Varrick offers a new catch phrase (”Zhu Li, do the thing!”), Pabu rivals Momo for cutest small companion, Bolin, Mako, and Asami give so much more than they get, Tenzin is tired and has been the only character to inspire me to write fanfic (Vacation Tenzin), and seeing Zuko and Katara again and making up their lost love story made the entire journey worth it. Oh, and I guess Korra was… there.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Avatar: The Legend of Korra round now.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’
December 2015 – June 2018
Mitch – Newbie: When Natalie told me series creator Joss Whedon was so cocky to assume he would get a proper series finale all the way from Buffy season 1, I, a newbie, immediately latched onto those words. I was also told the show would never forget a single thing, so naturally, my mind clung to the one random hanging plotline: Rat Amy. It became a thing of obsession that drove me through the multiple years of Buffy, a ReWatchable first. I think we all had our specific drives and interests in the tales of Ms. Summers and Angelus, but for me, seeing so many not-so-important characters come back in major ways was worth the ride.
The way Willow’s plot is influenced by characters that were barely in the background in previous seasons is, to me, a masterclass in storytelling and planting seeds. Filler episodes aside, I found Buffy to be a show worth watching in the fashion we did. There was some magic there, where our schedule would often line up with two-part episodes or incredible cliffhangers. While I felt this temptation to cheat and watch the next episode on other ReWatchable shows, never was it stronger than during our Buffy the Vampire Slayer stint.
Brittany – Newbie: The decision to bump the Buffy the Vampire universe viewing to a three-year commitment was worth the effort since it allowed Angel to let his insecure, broody freak flag fly on the series’ spin-off Angel. At first, I thought the best thing the character had to offer viewers on Buffy was the unleashing of Angelus. But the spinoff proved that he is a kind, empathetic vampire who at least takes a single second to consider whether or not all monsters deserve to die. Although his friends may have gotten the short end of the stick more times than not in the writers room, Cordelia, Fred, Gun, Wesley, and Lorn were the perfect compliment to his journey over the five seasons of the show’s run.
Season 5 was hands down the wildest, weirdest, anything goes season of a show that I have ever watched, but it solidified that Angel will forever have a large space in my heart. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more overtly enthusiastic reaction to any series on ReWatchable than I did to Angel turning into a puppet. Since we wrapped the series, the show celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the premiere, and I was an emotional wreck for the entire month the interviews spanned, culminating in the reunion at NYCC. There is nothing like singing Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” with a theater full of people and listening to stories from the cast who did not hold back from the saltier elements of the series’ choices. Just like recording the podcast, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Buffy and Angel round now.
July 2018 – January 2019
Maj – Superfan: As someone who a) has a weakness for anything remotely supernatural or sci-fi, and b) spends a lot of time yelling about “fewer triangles, more threesomes,” Sense8 delivers. The sex scenes aside, because there’s so much more to this show than the fact that you get to see a lot of Wolfgang’s banging body, the balance (and overlap) between “normal” problems and the “special” problems makes your brain kinda go, “Okay, rationally, I know this can’t happen, but what if it DID?” This show makes you think about things. What if I was neurologically linked to seven other people spread across the globe? And no, I don’t mean a group chat.
What makes a family? How do I know if I’ve made the right choices? What am I willing to sacrifice? Can this thing make that thing go boom? Hernando, who frankly none of us deserve. Kala, my Molotov Queen. Sun, I wish I was even half a percent as cool as you. Amanita, your brain is so beautiful. Whisper, you deserved worse than you got. Jonas, I still don’t know how to feel about you, or the questions this show made me ask myself and others. How much of me is made up of other people? What’s going on? Does this count as masturbation or sex? And it’s all completely worth the gross birth scenes. Pour one out for Lito’s flip-flop.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Sense8 round now.
January 2019 – July 2019
Danielle – Superfan: “Do you have a moment for me to tell you all about our lord and savior Margaret Carter?” is really how every episode of this round should have begun. To those that know me or have read some of my writing over on Hypable, Agent Margaret Elizabeth Carter is one of my personal heroes and role models. She means the world to me, and the cancellation of her show shattered my heart into a million pieces. And so when an internal vote chose Agent Carter as our next show, I was over the moon. What followed was ~12 weeks of sharing my love of Peggy with some of my closest friends, hearing their opinions on everything from her personality to her fighting style to her personal style. And when it came time for the end, I felt vindicated in my anger, frustration, and heartbreak because everyone else had similar reactions.
I’ll never forget our conversations about Agent Thompson that elevated him from one of my least favorite characters to one of my favorites and most appreciated, nor will I forget going on a few deep dive tangents with my fellow Marvel fanatic Natalie or finally getting my first tattoo: Peggy’s famous quote “I know my value.” This round of ReWatchable proved that you didn’t need a deep knowledge or appreciation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in order to enjoy this charming and empowering show, a notion ABC and Marvel Television could never seem to grasp.
I’m still hoping that the “ReWatchable Effect” (the phenomenon where shows we decide to rewatch end up being revived while or right after we watch them) touches Agent Carter because her show deserves a chance to explore everything it set out to. And when it does happen, I can’t wait to corral the ReWatchable troops and embark on Part II of my mission to preach about our lord and savior Margaret Carter to the world.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Agent Carter round now.
‘Veronica Mars’ season 4
August 2019 – October 2019
Kendra – Superfan: The Veronica Mars season 4 ReWatchable round served two very important purposes. One, to help us process an egregious death that we’re honestly still not over, and two, to talk about loving Dick more for than we ever thought would be appropriate on this show. Although we fully believe in the “ReWatchable Effect,” an entire fourth season with our favorite snarky P.I. and the most lovable TV dad that ever existed was more than we dared to hope for. Especially since swearing and sex scenes are now on the table for our 30 year old heroine and her reformed bad boy lover, Logan Echolls. Even though the season’s mystery wasn’t quite up to snuff for some hosts and there were far too many storylines for eight episodes, we had more than enough beloved characters, cameos, and callbacks to keep us squealing for the entire run.
This was a rare ReWatchable where we all got to watch the season as it was airing, along with the listeners, which fostered tons of fan engagement and great discussions.
Listen to ReWatchable’s Veronica Mars season 4 round now.
March 2020 – July 2020
Natalie – Newbie: Pitch was far and away my favorite show to do as a newbie, and the most traditional ReWatchable experience I’ve had to date – keeping in mind the original premise of the podcast being to rewatch shows that were unfairly and suddenly cancelled. This is an unbelievably well-made show with a great cast, lots of crush- and ship- worthy characters, lots of things to yell about, and an exciting subject matter – the first female athlete to be integrated into the top level of formerly all-male professional baseball. This was also a really fun show for those of us (a lot of us) who have worked press at San Diego Comic-Con, because it was filmed on location at Petco Park, the Padres home turf, as well as all over the Gaslamp. The series ended on a number of dramatic, unfulfilled cliffhangers regarding the players’ careers and personal relationships, and I think all of us are gagging for the return of Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mike Lawson – we all just about lost our minds when the pair did an in-character Twitter skit during lockdown, to celebrate the show coming to Hulu. Of all the shows ReWatchable has covered, this was the most unfairly cancelled, and the one I pray that someday we get a revival of.
Listen to ReWatchable’s ‘Pitch’ round now.
Okay. Without further ado, our next rewatch round (and our first round on Subjectify) will be for…………….
That’s right – it’s a movie round. We’re revisiting our Sense8 friends The Wachowskis and doing a deep dive re-watch of the three original Matrix movies before the highly anticipated The Matrix Resurrections comes out at the end of this year. We’ll also do an episode about the new film after it’s released. We really think this is going to be a fun short round as we get things rolling here at Subjectify, and then in 2022, we’ll return to picking out cult classic or cancelled shows to cover.
But that’s not all. Interspersed with our Matrix watch, we are going to also record three 2021 holiday specials in the vein of our Muppets Christmas Carol episode for Christmas 2020. The expected ReWatchable release date timeline for the remainder of 2021 looks something like this.
- October 15: The Matrix
- October 29: Halloween Holiday Special
- November 12: The Matrix Reloaded
- November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday Special
- December 10: The Matrix Revolutions
- December 24: Christmas Holiday Special
- December 31: The Matrix Resurrections
The movie selections for our holiday specials are not yet set! If you have any suggestions on what films we should cover for these three holidays, things to consider about The Matrix, or feedback about any of our prior rounds, get in touch via our social media accounts (Twitter // Tumblr // Instagram // Facebook) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts!
Thanks for sticking with us, and you’ll hear from us soon!