Average rating:

out of 315 ratings.

Beautiful, knowledgeable analysis but share the mike more?

by Mackypooh on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Some great deep analysis, really appreciate Richard’s even handed and fully immersive approach. Joanna is an interesting host, beautifully detailed, wide knowledge but also reminds me of grad school when one student is so sure their interpretation is the most correct they steamroll the discussion. And she has great points but can miss things, and it sounds like Richard just barely gets his point in and we genuinely want to hear his insights too. Both are vital but would like it more equal. Perhaps more back and forth, and sharing? Also don’t strawman another podcast. The guys at Ringer are awesome too and know their stuff and have a great style of sharing info and several viewpoints.

Waste of Time

by rickster60 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

This podcast is in need of some adults in the room. The dialogue sounds as if I’m listening to a couple of 20 year olds discussing a TV show while trying to be entertaining rather than putting real thought into what they are saying. They don’t seem to have done any preparations, while jumping to whatever comes into their heads. I’m not sure who their target audience is, but with all of their blathering I think it must be for teenagers.

I kinda like, but sort of don’t, like I can’t, um

by cubanita#1 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I agree with everyone’s comments. Get some elocution lessons! It’s so distracting from the content, which is interesting.

Smart analysis

by murphgirl. on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great place to get Versace fix satisfied.


by DrewD25 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Joanna and Richard are great. I’ve been listening to Joanna for years with Dave, I love listening to Richard as well. I never write podcast reviews but I had to after the new spoiler warning song this week. Can’t believe the content we get for free these days...


by Waynes Weird World on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Keep your personal politics out of the podcast!

They just can’t help themselves

by Mkooser on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Listened to True Detective episode 2. RL casually mentions he’s watched ahead a few episodes and then still offers his theory? Which after watching episode 3 was clearly built upon or at least reinforced by data beyond the episode that he was recapping. I assumed after the “not a spoiler section but more foreshadowing” debacle with Sharp Object they would at least pretend to care a bit. Alas, they do not. Honestly, I wish you all would just move on past podcasting at this point.

True Detective Season 3

by Tia Cookie on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Such good content, but the voices are super annoying - nasally and or/garbolly, fast talking, stuttery, hmms all over the place. So annoying but I listen anyway!

Still listening to Still Watching

by ChiTown85 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Some of these reviews are, like, way harsh. Both Joanna and Richard are smart, funny, and engaging hosts who bring different perspectives to their discussions. The podcast is a mix of recap and criticism that has added to my enjoyment of each show they’ve covered. Thanks, guys!


by Traci from Brooklyn on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve become a super-fan of Joanna and Richard’s smart analysis, easy chemistry, and in-depth interviews with creators. I started out listening to something I was already watching (Westworld), then watched something just because they were covering it (Sharper Objects), then tried an episode of The Romanoffs and thought “Meh” but continued to listen to their breakdown of each episode, even though I was no longer “still watching” The Romanoffs. They’re that good. Keep it coming, Joanna and Richard!

I can’t find podcast regarding final ep!

by Stevenwix on
Rating: ★★★★★

Hi Joanna and Richard! I loved your coverage of The Romanoffs, but I can’t find the final episode anywhere.Did you decide not to discuss it for some reason?

Needed this....

by Travelbella on
Rating: ★★★★★

Was so glad to find these two podcasters / interesting people discussing this Amazon series. So far the episodes have been intriguing ( and Im a Mad Man super fan forever). Looking forward to more chat about the show!🤓

Verbal tic victims but intelligent analysts

by RealMovieWatcher on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Please stop saying “like” so much (each of you). You are professional grown folks now. It is a vexing, obnoxious, and juvenile habit that takes “2 stars” away from your talent. Do you write this way?


by Tampa4356 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I mostly enjoy listening to these Sharp Objects recaps but can we watch it on saying “sort of” and “kind of” in front of everything, it’s a verbal tic that people have started doing over the past decade and just... eeek. And sorry to say something contrary because it’s not like I’m putting out a free podcast for anybody so I appreciate the recaps but just bringing it to your attention.

Too many refs to the books

by timsennett on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Had to stop listening in the middle of the “Dirt” episode because of another instance of the hosts talking about elements of the show that aren’t in the book. As someone who hasn’t read the book, I don’t want to risk my experience of the show being adversely effected by this. Save any talk about the book until the end, please.

Not-so-sharp audio

by Cbpatts on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sadly, the audio of the Patricia Clarkson interview was inaudible. Otherwise, great commentary and critique.

If you can forgive stutter city it’s Ok

by BerryStacy on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Ok ... they speak to fast and if I had a quarter for every time they said “Eh Umm, ya know, Uh, it, sort of, like and” I would be a VERY RICH person. Good insight Sometimes but it’s Very hard to listen to with all the stutters and frivolous words as much as I love the tv show Sharp Objects I can’t finish one of these podcast episodes.

Good analysis; delivery annoying

by Eliza Y on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I love the content and the guests but there are so many "like" and "you know" and "um"s, etc. The delivery is just annoying. Especially Robinson. It just undermines the content when the delivery is loaded with so much noise.

Nose Whistling

by Smsdp123451 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Couldn’t get through the episode Bc I could hear the dudes nose whistling. Turn the mic down, please!


by MyFriendLucy on
Rating: ★★★★★

Season 2 finale breakdown belonged in the Westworld podcast. Not the sharp objects podcast. UPDATE* Seriously?????! You tell us who the killer is in the FIRST EPISODE of this podcast?! You literally just RUINED this show for me. What are you thinking?!


by brocsmuzic on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I should have known from past Joanna Robinson podcasts (game of thrones), but it’s a bad idea to listen to her commentary when she has knowledge beyond the episode. While I know she tries not to spoil things, she can’t help herself. I gave episode 4 a shot, as this podcast was the first to release an episode... spoiled within the first few minutes. They discuss how a character is given an expanded role in the show vs the book. Ok, I guess that rules out that character for being the murderer. Super annoying to be basically told “it’s not this person”. THAT’S A SPOILER JOANNA


by Wyatt202020 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Just listened to this week’s Still Watching Sharper Objects and am shocked both of you missed the fact that Ashley was cleaning up a bunch of blood she found under John’s bed. She wasn’t just randomly cleaning which didn’t make sense. I think I’m done with this podcast. How could you both have missed that and consider yourself qualified to discuss the show.

Sharp objects

by tracivegan on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Enjoyed this very much until they(she) blurts out who the killer is in the second episode. Surely there is a way to discuss the show without ruining it for those who haven’t read the book already. Other podcasts seem to manage it. 👎👎👎

Great for watchers & readers

by Faith Kathryn on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this pod so much! I really appreciate that they have different sections for show-watchers and book-readers. I read the book ages ago, and it’s great to listen to a pod about the show that takes the source material into account too. I also love how closely they watch the show. I thought I caught every detail/Easter egg/etc. while watching, but every episode there’s a few fleeting things they point out that I missed. Love having a few more pairs of eyes—we all need them with this amazingly quick editing. Can’t wait to hear more. :)

Insightful, Funny, Endearing

by danielbartolini on
Rating: ★★★★★

The hosts are wonderful. They are both funny, considered, and passionate about the topic. They manage to bring insights I don’t hear on any other Westworld podcasts.

Best Westworld Podcast

by Hemevubal on
Rating: ★★★★★

Joanna Robinson is one of the most intelligent and brightest media critics out there. She has a plethora of podcasts but I believe in this one she shines brighter than in any of the others. She caught attention by being one of the earliest adopters of the William is the man in Black theory in the first season of Westworld and in the second she became one of its most perceptive yet loyal critics. If you are a fan of the show you need to be listening to this podcast.

Not for me

by josephfbrown on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Listening to this podcast, as with many Joanna is on, is like having to sit in a class taught by a graduate student who discusses concepts like social justice and white privilege with the passion of someone who just discovered them. Like the student in this hypothetical Intro to Composition course who just wants to learn how to be a better writer, I find myself asking why I have to deal with her and her cohost's snarky comments about race and mainstream religion just to get to what I came for: a discussion of a show we all seem to like and admire. It's a shame, too, because Joanna (unlike many of the Westworld podcast hosts out there) clearly has had some training and often has a sharp eye for evidence-based interpretation. I just get tired of her banal cultural criticism.

Great show

by mattbovenzi on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love your analysis but I have to disagree slightly with your analysis of episode 8. I agree that the episode was good and the acting was excellent the episode felt off a bit to me. All of the reveals in the episode were things we already knew. His revelations mirror those of Delores and Maeve which might work better for me if there weren’t so much stuff to reveal this season. I guess my point is this episode might be way cooler if it were in season 7 of this show but if we leave season 2 with all our questions not answered it will feel like a waste


by Frankoguin on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Nothing more than a recap of what literally we just watched, punctuated by an overabundance of virtue signaling.


by ccins11 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am so glad this show exists. You get to hear the brilliant Joanna without the incessantly negative cohost which drags down her other shows.

Love Joanna and Richard

by Ryankinney151 on
Rating: ★★★★★

As two of my favorite people on Blank Check and/or Fighting in the War Room pods, Richard and Joanna already sold me on giving this pod a shot. I find their perspective and sensibility unique in the Westworld analysis cottage industry. Also very funny!

Knowledgeable Reviewers but....

by McSparty67 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

So the thing with reviewers is that you can find one for almost any side of an argument.I try to find one that shares my preferences. Then I can put some stock in what rating or opinion they have.So, Joanna is really smart and does A LOT of TV. I enjoy her podcasts, but man we always disagree. She says weak episode just when I was excited about a great episode.I like a story line and she doesn’t or vice versa.We clearly have different taste in shows. That’s OK, but it spoils my fun.Also, when she says I hate to say this, that’s a clue she shouldn’t. Maybe she watches too much TV?

My fav new podcast!

by Omnipod_girl on
Rating: ★★★★☆

So so happy I found this pod! Love what y’all do please keep up the amazing work!!

Well researched and well reviewed

by Kodaiko on
Rating: ★★★★★

Compared to a bunch of other WW podcasts, this one has hosts that do their homework leading into their recording sessons.


by Marvinteeny on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

If a borage of “ummm...like” doesn’t bother you, then go for it.

Pad Thai

by Kevonski on
Rating: ★★★★★

Ask for the spice tray, bump the spiciness

Waiting for Decoding Westworld

by Jay Dee 57 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Enjoyed Robinson on Decoding Westworld, thought I would try this one. Why is Lawson there? Provides minimal help and seems bored or uninterested.Will wait for Decoding Westworld.

Interesting. However:

by ss waffle on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Informative analysis of Westworld; however, there are a few things that would make their explanation of the episodes easier. So, I’ve noticed that when the hosts of the podcast are describing an episode they will say things like “Anthony Hopkins then programmed them this way..” or something like that instead of saying the name of the character in the narrative they will use the actors name instead. This is all well and good for Anthony Hopkins bits, but it does make it harder to remember the scene they are describing when it is an obscure actors name they mention instead of the actual character in the show the viewer is presumably familiar with. They did the same thing for The Assassination of Giana Versace and I found it tremendously annoying.

Good content but ruined by "like"

by Reverendp on
Rating: ★★★★★

The show is rendered almost unlistenable with the incessant overuse of the filler word like. I gave 5 starts as an honest grade of content with the hope that the hosts take the feedback and try to modify an admittedly accepted speech pattern that is nonetheless very distracting and annoying.

How is Joanna gonna cheat on David Chen?

by Wahfools on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

David’s absence is glaring. Very strange decision to do a podcast without him.

Skip to the 2nd half interviews

by GirlfriendinaComa on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Vanity Fair brand helps this podcast bag the stars of ACSV, so the interviews with cast and crew are genuinely compelling. Great interview questions and excellent background to the show.The first half of this podcast though, oy. It's a lot of humble-brag filler that makes the first half "as ever" skippable. "Well, when I was on set..." "At the [insert fancy critics' event]" "Since we had access to all of the episodes..." :bored Whitney Houston gif:

San Diego Opera set

by staylor973 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Really enjoying the podcast, I love the commentary the day after each episode. The San Diego Opera house setting is in the Los Angeles Theater on Broadway in Downtown LA. I recognized it immediately last night. Funny you commented on it today

Listen each episode

by Labadorable on
Rating: ★★★★★

I enjoy getting the backstory & drill down on what may be conformed and what may be fictional. Even though I followed Andrew and read all the Maureen VF articles still informative. Or I am just losing my memory. Lol.

Good insights

by NevadasGrace on
Rating: ★★★★★

Well done! Good insights and conversation. I agree- I think this series should be rewatched. There are many small (but significant) details you realize come back as we go backwards in time. I like how this series doesn’t tell you TOO much and lets you figure things out yourself, but I do agree that some scenes do feel a little forced.


by do not buy 053011 on
Rating: ★★★★★

They do talk way too fast. Found myself looking for the button to slow down the speech.

A misstep

by Brad from Austin on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I have listened and enjoyed Joanna Robinson’s Game of Thrones and Westworld podcasts with David Chen, where she brings a real critical eye to the proceedings. I love Little Gold Men and Richard Lawson. So what happened here? This seems like a part of FX’s promotional platform for the show. There’s lots of gushing about how amazing it is. VF was clearly given access to the actors and writer. So there’s a sense it can never do a take down when the show is really bad (and sometimes, yes, it is). This is unfortunate, as we know from GoT that Robinson does not shy away from a good take down. Here, she’s just a publicist, and it kills her credibility. She seems genuinely mystified when Lawson attempts to bring the criticism, like when he didn’t buy the deep connection between Versace and his partner. She was baffled. And poor Lawson, the film critic for VF and recent YA author, just doesn’t want to be here. He seems reluctant to rock Robinson’s cheerleader boat, but thankfully can’t help himself. He clearly would rather be at Cannes or on a book tour, and who can blame him? This is an assignment, and his lack of enthusiasm is palpable. Personally, I’m waiting for someone to suggest that Darren Criss is not up to the role, but that’s never going to happen. It makes me wish for a guest appearance by David Chen.

Only heard the first episode, so far

by Eillyn-Uldum on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

But I've been an on and off listenener to Little Gold Men. It's the same problem. Johanna Robinson is amazing, probably the best popular culture reporter/podcaster out there. Katey Rich is good, and more importantly she actually read the book that is the basis for this WHOLE first podcast. Richard Lawson didn't bother to read the book. In fact it's my sense he doesn't bother to check in for these podcasts. Maybe they are beneath him? Maybe he's too busy, but could we not include the dude if he has nothing valuable to say?I was so turned off by his commentary on last year's Cannes festival that I swore off Vanity Fair for a while. (He mainsplained Wonder Woman? Really?) Is it that you wanted a gay voice for this episode? (Hey, I feel I can say that. I'm queer.) Or is it that you have to invite him. Either way it wasn't worth it.

58 minutes of vocal fry

by WaughBawden on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I just managed to to finish the first episode but don’t think I can do more. I cannot listen to Joanna Robinson VF’ing her way through at speed - essentially simply reprising the details of the episode but barely adding any depth to the conversation. Her counterpart is completely wasted in this exchange - all he’s able to do is throw in the occasional testy ‘uhuh’ and try to offer something before getting ridden over again.It’s a rich series and touches on some really potent issues that haven’t gone away - it deserves better than what’s being delivered here.

Intriguing, In-Depth Companion Podcast to the Show

by Omnipeixe on
Rating: ★★★★★

"Still Watching" is the perfect accompaniment to American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - it's equivalent the FX series' "special features" or commentary - required listening, for me, that fleshes out the colorful details of the storyline while putting the historic facts of the case in cultural context 20 years later. The cast interviews are superb so far, particularly Judith Light's segment. I'm caught up to "A Random Killing," eagerly awaiting the next show!

A Welcome Deep Dive

by Stevesnyc00 on
Rating: ★★★★★

A vigorous and intelligent analysis of ACS: Versace supplemented by terrific interviews with the artists involved. I hope this continues with other shows. [Note to the critics: don’t be embarrassed to hawk your different work on your podcasts! I was thrilled to learn of this on Little Gold Men...but weeks after it started. And keep plugging your book, too...I’m ordering a copy!]