Slate's Spoiler Specials

On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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TV Reviews
Film Reviews
1
An American Pickle
Dana Stevens and Isaac Butler spoil Seth Rogen’s comedy about a man perfectly preserved in pickle brine for a century.
40 min
2
Palm Springs
Spoiling the charming time loop rom-com starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti.
48 min
3
Irresistible
Jon Stewart’s comedy about unchecked money in politics oversimplifies America’s current political landscape.
41 min
4
Hamilton
A spoiler-filled, live episode breaking down the Hamilton movie.
52 min
5
Da 5 Bloods
Dana Stevens and Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s film about Black Vietnam War veterans.
53 min
6
The Hunger Games Prequel: The Ballad of Songbir...
President Snow’s origin story departs from the YA dystopian genre shaped by the Hunger Games trilogy.
61 min
7
The Lovebirds
Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani’s murder mystery rom-com, in spoiler-filled detail.
39 min
8
Hollywood
Ryan Murphy’s revisionist Netflix series trades history for self-serving fantasy.
49 min
9
Too Hot to Handle
Spoiling Netflix’s new reality dating show that banned hot contestants from sexual contact.
48 min
10
Tiger King
An increasingly sordid documentary series about murder plots, charismatic big cat owners, and conning people out of zoos.
39 min
11
Star Trek: Picard
Three Trekkies spoil the newest installment in the sci-fi franchise.
68 min
12
Flashback: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The psychological melodrama starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford became legendary for its campiness.
75 min
13
Contagion
Spoiling the eerily relevant pandemic film from 2011.
47 min
14
Onward
Spoiling Pixar’s comedic quest about brothers attempting to bring back the rest of their father.
41 min
15
Emma.
Marissa Martinelli and Heather Schwedel spoil the Autumn de Wilde adaptation.
53 min
16
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Spoiling the captivating 18th-century French romance.
56 min
17
Flashback: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The psychological thriller that swept the big Oscar awards that year and had audiences screaming in theaters.
10 min
18
Flashback: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
The divorce drama starring Dustin Hoffman and a not-yet-star Meryl Streep was a major cultural and critical hit.
74 min
19
The Witcher
Should you toss a coin to your witcher?
44 min
20
Cats
Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli come to the jellicle ball to spoil Cats.
45 min
21
Little Women
Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme spoil Little Women
59 min
22
Outward: Special Episode: The Inheritance
A multigenerational roundtable of gay men discuss Matthew Lopez's epic play
53 min
23
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Ninth, and Final, Episode of the Skywalker Saga
76 min
24
Uncut Gems
Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Heather Schwedel spoil Uncut Gems
60 min
25
Marriage Story
Dana Stevens and Sam Adams spoil Marriage Story
52 min
26
Knives Out
Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman spoil Knives Out
48 min
27
Frozen 2
Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli spoil the sequel to Frozen
49 min
28
Doctor Sleep
Spoiling the sequel to The Shining.
54 min
29
Last Christmas
Spoiling the holiday rom-com … with a twist.
49 min
30
Terminator: Dark Fate
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams spoil Terminator: Dark Fate
51 min
31
Jojo Rabbit
Forrest Wickman, Sam Adams and Dan Kois spoil Jojo Rabbit
42 min
32
Slate Money: Succession: Bonus Episode With Gerri!
54 min
33
Parasite
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Inkoo Kang spoil Parasite
47 min
34
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Willa Paskin and Sam Adams spoil El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
32 min
35
Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make ...
56 min
36
Joker
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams spoil Joker
57 min
37
Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”
51 min
38
Slate Money: Succession, S2E7, “Bolus of Gubbins”
55 min
39
Flashback: Imitation of Life (1959)
A pinnacle movie in the history of black acting.
8 min
40
Downton Abbey
June Thomas and Seth Stevenson spoil Downton Abbey: the Movie
52 min
41
Slate Money: Succession, S2E6, “Yuppie RoboCop”
44 min
42
Slate Money: Succession, S2E5, “Good Cop, Misog...
47 min
43
Flashback: The Fly (1986)
Just as gross—but also more clever—than you might remember.
12 min
44
It: Chapter Two
63 min
45
Slate Money: Succession, S2E4, "Nazis. Terrible...
46 min
46
Slate Money: Succession, S2E3, “French Kissing ...
43 min
47
Flashback: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce...
A movie that draws you in by making you pay attention to the details.
12 min
48
Blinded by the Light
47 min
49
Slate Money: Succession S2E2: “Don’t Be an A**h...
36 min
50
Slate Money: Succession S2E1: "Silica Mud Treat...
42 min
51
Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Orson Welles’ second film became notorious for what it wasn’t.
10 min
52
Hobbs & Shaw
53 min
53
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
53 min
54
Midsommar
67 min
55
Flashback: Sergeant York (1941)
This film about WWI’s “greatest civilian soldier” came out just before the U.S. entered the Second World War.
7 min
56
Spiderman: Far From Home
56 min
57
Flashback: Wings (1927)
Clara Bow and Gary Cooper steal scenes in this silent movie about World War I.
11 min
58
Yesterday
60 min
59
Toy Story 4
43 min
60
Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)
A pure, kind, and often overlooked gem from director David Lynch.
10 min
61
Late Night
44 min
62
Always Be My Maybe
59 min
63
Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Unassuming spies and kinky sex scenes spice up this fun political thriller.
12 min
64
Fleabag
63 min
65
Booksmart
63 min
66
Flashback: Wanda (1970)
An unparalleled portrayal of a different sort of femininity and independence.
56 min
67
John Wick III
56 min
68
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
49 min
69
Flashback: Gaslight (1944)
Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the movie that helped popularize the contentious term we still hear all too often today.
43 min
70
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The B...
Recapping the aftermath of this week’s long-awaited battle.
7 min
71
Avengers: End Game
53 min
72
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The N...
When Brienne’s smile stole the show.
7 min
73
After
55 min
74
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Retur...
Recapping the season 8 premiere.
36 min
75
Little
48 min
76
Shazam!
49 min
77
Us
48 min
78
Captain Marvel
A spoiler-filled discussion of Captain Marvel
36 min
79
Isn't It Romantic
51 min
80
Russian Doll
45 min
81
Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
48 min
82
Glass
56 min
83
Bandersnatch
61 min
84
Mary Poppins Returns
49 min
85
The Favourite
34 min
86
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
51 min
87
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
37 min
88
Suspiria
54 min
89
Halloween
58 min
90
The Hate U Give
53 min
91
A Star Is Born
55 min
92
A Simple Favor
64 min
93
Insatiable
71 min
94
Crazy Rich Asians
81 min
95
BlacKkKlansman
69 min
96
Mission: Impossible-Fallout
62 min
97
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
41 min
98
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2
56 min
99
Westworld Season 2
A spoiler-filled review of Westworld
57 min
100
Hereditary
A spoiler-filled review of Hereditary
83 min