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).

TV & Film
TV Reviews
Film Reviews
1
Soul
Karen Han and Dan Kois spoil the new animated film Soul.
40 min
2
Flashback: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Revisiting the Hollywood epic that grappled with questions of colonialism and morality.
119 min
3
Mank
Dana Stevens and Mathew Dessem spoil the technically dazzling film, Mank.
55 min
4
Happiest Season
Christina Cauterucci and June Thomas spoil a charmingly queer Christmas rom-com.
50 min
5
Freaky
Sam Adams and Karen Han spoil the new body-switching slasher film Freaky.
35 min
6
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dana Stevens and Sam Adams spoil the long awaited sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 film, Borat.
53 min
7
The Haunting of Bly Manor
56 min
8
Enola Holmes
Marissa Martinelli and Laura Miller spoil the lighthearted, feminist adventure starring Millie Bobby Brown.
35 min
9
Tenet
Sam Adams and Alissa Wilkinson spoil Christopher Nolan’s puzzling, yet stunning, new movie.
73 min
10
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Dana Stevens and Matthew Dessem spoil Charlie Kaufman’s twisty, trippy ending.
63 min
11
I May Destroy You
Spoiling Michaela Coel’s compelling drama about sexual assault, consent, and empathy.
49 min
12
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
13
Palm Springs
Spoiling the charming time loop rom-com starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti.
48 min
14
Irresistible
Jon Stewart’s comedy about unchecked money in politics oversimplifies America’s current political landscape.
41 min
15
Hamilton
A spoiler-filled, live episode breaking down the Hamilton movie.
52 min
16
Da 5 Bloods
Dana Stevens and Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s film about Black Vietnam War veterans.
53 min
17
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
18
The Lovebirds
Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani’s murder mystery rom-com, in spoiler-filled detail.
39 min
19
Hollywood
Ryan Murphy’s revisionist Netflix series trades history for self-serving fantasy.
49 min
20
Too Hot to Handle
Spoiling Netflix’s new reality dating show that banned hot contestants from sexual contact.
48 min
21
Tiger King
An increasingly sordid documentary series about murder plots, charismatic big cat owners, and conning people out of zoos.
39 min
22
Star Trek: Picard
Three Trekkies spoil the newest installment in the sci-fi franchise.
68 min
23
Flashback: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The psychological melodrama starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford became legendary for its campiness.
75 min
24
Contagion
Spoiling the eerily relevant pandemic film from 2011.
47 min
25
Onward
Spoiling Pixar’s comedic quest about brothers attempting to bring back the rest of their father.
41 min
26
Emma.
Marissa Martinelli and Heather Schwedel spoil the Autumn de Wilde adaptation.
53 min
27
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Spoiling the captivating 18th-century French romance.
56 min
28
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
29
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
30
The Witcher
Should you toss a coin to your witcher?
44 min
31
Cats
Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli come to the jellicle ball to spoil Cats.
45 min
32
Little Women
Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme spoil Little Women
59 min
33
Outward: Special Episode: The Inheritance
A multigenerational roundtable of gay men discuss Matthew Lopez's epic play
53 min
34
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Ninth, and Final, Episode of the Skywalker Saga
76 min
35
Uncut Gems
Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Heather Schwedel spoil Uncut Gems
60 min
36
Marriage Story
Dana Stevens and Sam Adams spoil Marriage Story
52 min
37
Knives Out
Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman spoil Knives Out
48 min
38
Frozen 2
Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli spoil the sequel to Frozen
49 min
39
Doctor Sleep
Spoiling the sequel to The Shining.
54 min
40
Last Christmas
Spoiling the holiday rom-com … with a twist.
49 min
41
Terminator: Dark Fate
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams spoil Terminator: Dark Fate
51 min
42
Jojo Rabbit
Forrest Wickman, Sam Adams and Dan Kois spoil Jojo Rabbit
42 min
43
Slate Money: Succession: Bonus Episode With Gerri!
54 min
44
Parasite
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Inkoo Kang spoil Parasite
47 min
45
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Willa Paskin and Sam Adams spoil El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
32 min
46
Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make ...
56 min
47
Joker
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams spoil Joker
57 min
48
Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”
51 min
49
Slate Money: Succession, S2E7, “Bolus of Gubbins”
55 min
50
Flashback: Imitation of Life (1959)
A pinnacle movie in the history of black acting.
8 min
51
Downton Abbey
June Thomas and Seth Stevenson spoil Downton Abbey: the Movie
52 min
52
Slate Money: Succession, S2E6, “Yuppie RoboCop”
44 min
53
Slate Money: Succession, S2E5, “Good Cop, Misog...
47 min
54
Flashback: The Fly (1986)
Just as gross—but also more clever—than you might remember.
12 min
55
It: Chapter Two
63 min
56
Slate Money: Succession, S2E4, "Nazis. Terrible...
46 min
57
Slate Money: Succession, S2E3, “French Kissing ...
43 min
58
Flashback: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce...
A movie that draws you in by making you pay attention to the details.
12 min
59
Blinded by the Light
47 min
60
Slate Money: Succession S2E2: “Don’t Be an A**h...
36 min
61
Slate Money: Succession S2E1: "Silica Mud Treat...
42 min
62
Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Orson Welles’ second film became notorious for what it wasn’t.
10 min
63
Hobbs & Shaw
53 min
64
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
53 min
65
Midsommar
67 min
66
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
67
Spiderman: Far From Home
56 min
68
Flashback: Wings (1927)
Clara Bow and Gary Cooper steal scenes in this silent movie about World War I.
11 min
69
Yesterday
60 min
70
Toy Story 4
43 min
71
Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)
A pure, kind, and often overlooked gem from director David Lynch.
10 min
72
Late Night
44 min
73
Always Be My Maybe
59 min
74
Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Unassuming spies and kinky sex scenes spice up this fun political thriller.
12 min
75
Fleabag
63 min
76
Booksmart
63 min
77
Flashback: Wanda (1970)
An unparalleled portrayal of a different sort of femininity and independence.
56 min
78
John Wick III
56 min
79
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
49 min
80
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
81
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The B...
Recapping the aftermath of this week’s long-awaited battle.
7 min
82
Avengers: End Game
53 min
83
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The N...
When Brienne’s smile stole the show.
7 min
84
After
55 min
85
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Retur...
Recapping the season 8 premiere.
36 min
86
Little
48 min
87
Shazam!
49 min
88
Us
48 min
89
Captain Marvel
A spoiler-filled discussion of Captain Marvel
36 min
90
Isn't It Romantic
51 min
91
Russian Doll
45 min
92
Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
48 min
93
Glass
56 min
94
Bandersnatch
61 min
95
Mary Poppins Returns
49 min
96
The Favourite
34 min
97
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
51 min
98
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
37 min
99
Suspiria
54 min
100
Halloween
58 min