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
Film Reviews
TV Reviews
1
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme spoil Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
48 min
2
Flashback: The Apartment (1960)
A tight script and superb acting from Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon bring together this Billy Wilder classic.
73 min
3
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Karen Han and Sam Adams spoil Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
44 min
4
Coming 2 America
Allegra Frank and Rachelle Hampton spoil the new Eddie Murphy film, Coming 2 America.
58 min
5
Saint Maud
Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Ruth Graham spoil the long-awaited horror film Saint Maud.
50 min
6
Bridgerton
Willa Paskin and Nichole Perkins spoil the new Netflix series Bridgerton.
57 min
7
Promising Young Woman
Dana Stevens and Karen Han spoil Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman.
46 min
8
Soul
Karen Han and Dan Kois spoil the new animated film Soul.
40 min
9
Flashback: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Revisiting the Hollywood epic that grappled with questions of colonialism and morality.
119 min
10
Mank
Dana Stevens and Mathew Dessem spoil the technically dazzling film, Mank.
55 min
11
Happiest Season
Christina Cauterucci and June Thomas spoil a charmingly queer Christmas rom-com.
50 min
12
Freaky
Sam Adams and Karen Han spoil the new body-switching slasher film Freaky.
35 min
13
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dana Stevens and Sam Adams spoil the long awaited sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 film, Borat.
53 min
14
The Haunting of Bly Manor
56 min
15
Enola Holmes
Marissa Martinelli and Laura Miller spoil the lighthearted, feminist adventure starring Millie Bobby Brown.
35 min
16
Tenet
Sam Adams and Alissa Wilkinson spoil Christopher Nolan’s puzzling, yet stunning, new movie.
73 min
17
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Dana Stevens and Matthew Dessem spoil Charlie Kaufman’s twisty, trippy ending.
63 min
18
I May Destroy You
Spoiling Michaela Coel’s compelling drama about sexual assault, consent, and empathy.
49 min
19
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
20
Palm Springs
Spoiling the charming time loop rom-com starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti.
48 min
21
Irresistible
Jon Stewart’s comedy about unchecked money in politics oversimplifies America’s current political landscape.
41 min
22
Hamilton
A spoiler-filled, live episode breaking down the Hamilton movie.
52 min
23
Da 5 Bloods
Dana Stevens and Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s film about Black Vietnam War veterans.
53 min
24
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
25
The Lovebirds
Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani’s murder mystery rom-com, in spoiler-filled detail.
39 min
26
Hollywood
Ryan Murphy’s revisionist Netflix series trades history for self-serving fantasy.
49 min
27
Too Hot to Handle
Spoiling Netflix’s new reality dating show that banned hot contestants from sexual contact.
48 min
28
Tiger King
An increasingly sordid documentary series about murder plots, charismatic big cat owners, and conning people out of zoos.
39 min
29
Star Trek: Picard
Three Trekkies spoil the newest installment in the sci-fi franchise.
68 min
30
Flashback: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The psychological melodrama starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford became legendary for its campiness.
75 min
31
Contagion
Spoiling the eerily relevant pandemic film from 2011.
47 min
32
Onward
Spoiling Pixar’s comedic quest about brothers attempting to bring back the rest of their father.
41 min
33
Emma.
Marissa Martinelli and Heather Schwedel spoil the Autumn de Wilde adaptation.
53 min
34
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Spoiling the captivating 18th-century French romance.
56 min
35
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
36
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
37
The Witcher
Should you toss a coin to your witcher?
44 min
38
Cats
Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli come to the jellicle ball to spoil Cats.
45 min
39
Little Women
Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme spoil Little Women
59 min
40
Outward: Special Episode: The Inheritance
A multigenerational roundtable of gay men discuss Matthew Lopez's epic play
53 min
41
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Ninth, and Final, Episode of the Skywalker Saga
76 min
42
Uncut Gems
Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Heather Schwedel spoil Uncut Gems
60 min
43
Marriage Story
Dana Stevens and Sam Adams spoil Marriage Story
52 min
44
Knives Out
Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman spoil Knives Out
48 min
45
Frozen 2
Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli spoil the sequel to Frozen
49 min
46
Doctor Sleep
Spoiling the sequel to The Shining.
54 min
47
Last Christmas
Spoiling the holiday rom-com … with a twist.
49 min
48
Terminator: Dark Fate
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams spoil Terminator: Dark Fate
51 min
49
Jojo Rabbit
Forrest Wickman, Sam Adams and Dan Kois spoil Jojo Rabbit
42 min
50
Slate Money: Succession: Bonus Episode With Gerri!
54 min
51
Parasite
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Inkoo Kang spoil Parasite
47 min
52
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Willa Paskin and Sam Adams spoil El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
32 min
53
Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make ...
56 min
54
Joker
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams spoil Joker
57 min
55
Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”
51 min
56
Slate Money: Succession, S2E7, “Bolus of Gubbins”
55 min
57
Flashback: Imitation of Life (1959)
A pinnacle movie in the history of black acting.
8 min
58
Downton Abbey
June Thomas and Seth Stevenson spoil Downton Abbey: the Movie
52 min
59
Slate Money: Succession, S2E6, “Yuppie RoboCop”
44 min
60
Slate Money: Succession, S2E5, “Good Cop, Misog...
47 min
61
Flashback: The Fly (1986)
Just as gross—but also more clever—than you might remember.
12 min
62
It: Chapter Two
63 min
63
Slate Money: Succession, S2E4, "Nazis. Terrible...
46 min
64
Slate Money: Succession, S2E3, “French Kissing ...
43 min
65
Flashback: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce...
A movie that draws you in by making you pay attention to the details.
12 min
66
Blinded by the Light
47 min
67
Slate Money: Succession S2E2: “Don’t Be an A**h...
36 min
68
Slate Money: Succession S2E1: "Silica Mud Treat...
42 min
69
Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Orson Welles’ second film became notorious for what it wasn’t.
10 min
70
Hobbs & Shaw
53 min
71
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
53 min
72
Midsommar
67 min
73
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
74
Spiderman: Far From Home
56 min
75
Flashback: Wings (1927)
Clara Bow and Gary Cooper steal scenes in this silent movie about World War I.
11 min
76
Yesterday
60 min
77
Toy Story 4
43 min
78
Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)
A pure, kind, and often overlooked gem from director David Lynch.
10 min
79
Late Night
44 min
80
Always Be My Maybe
59 min
81
Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Unassuming spies and kinky sex scenes spice up this fun political thriller.
12 min
82
Fleabag
63 min
83
Booksmart
63 min
84
Flashback: Wanda (1970)
An unparalleled portrayal of a different sort of femininity and independence.
56 min
85
John Wick III
56 min
86
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
49 min
87
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
88
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The B...
Recapping the aftermath of this week’s long-awaited battle.
7 min
89
Avengers: End Game
53 min
90
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The N...
When Brienne’s smile stole the show.
7 min
91
After
55 min
92
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Retur...
Recapping the season 8 premiere.
36 min
93
Little
48 min
94
Shazam!
49 min
95
Us
48 min
96
Captain Marvel
A spoiler-filled discussion of Captain Marvel
36 min
97
Isn't It Romantic
51 min
98
Russian Doll
45 min
99
Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
48 min
100
Glass
56 min