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May 25, 2020 50 min

Jay Ellis on Directing HBO's Insecure, Lawrence Hive, Tom Cruise and New Film ‘Top Gun’

Did you know Lawrence directs? 'Insecure' broke formula for a special destination episode—and it was directed by none other than cast member Jay Ellis. Jay discusses his long-time desire to direct and the legends he learned from, and of course, he gets into #LawrenceHive (including which celebrities have pledged their allegiance) and if Issa and Lawrence belong together. We also get into the highly anticipated sequel, 'Top Gun: Maverick,' the personal connection he has to the franchise, and yes, some Tom Cruise stories. 
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May 20, 2020 1 hr 9 min

Normal People in the Outer Banks

'Tis the the spirit of the anniversaries of series finales for everything from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Mad Men', Frazier and Khal dedicate some time this week to looking at their favorite TV series finales, as well as giving a look at what makes up a memorable series finale. Before that, they are joined by The Ringer's Andrew Gruttadaro and The Cut's Kerensa Cadenas to talk about two buzz-worthy series that hit streaming services over the last month: Netflix's 'Outer Banks' and Hulu's 'Normal People'. Relax and take notes. 
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May 13, 2020 43 min

Is Molly Okay After This Week's 'Insecure'?

This week on 'Insecure', it finally happened. Issa and Molly's blow-up was epic that we had to bring in Tahirah Hairston—Teen Vogue's Fashion and Beauty Features Director and 'Insecure' stan—to discuss this explosive episode. From a discussion on who's wrong to predictions on how this situation could inform the rest of Season 4, the dive is deep, especially for those who sipping all of the 'Insecure' tea. Before that, Frazier and Khal discuss the untimely death of comedy legend Jerry Stiller. 
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May 06, 2020 1 hr 3 min

Trinidad James Gets Himself a ...

Full Size Run co-host/actor/rapper Trinidad Jame$ returns to Watch Less to break down season 1 of The Sopranos. TJ explains how khal inspired him to start it, why he's only just getting to this classic series, if the first season meets the hype, and the personal connection he had to a specific episode. (And for any fellow Sopranos late-bloomers, only season 1 is covered, no spoilers for the rest of the series.) Later, Frazier and Khal react to Taikia Waititi's Star Wars appointment and the season 3 finale of Westworld. Related Articles: 'Westworld' Is Empty, Unfulfilling, and Un-quittable … 
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Apr 29, 2020 47 min

8 Simple Rules For Rewatching Classic TV

Everyone's (hopefully) on quarantine with nothing but time on their hands, so they're bound to get their binge on. This week, Frazier and Khal offer their expertise in Binging Responsibly by giving you 8 simple rules that will help you effectively rewatch your favorite TV shows. If you're looking to get the most out of your Peak TV rewatches, don't worry; we've got you covered. Related Articles: 
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Apr 22, 2020 1 hr 16 min


Watch Less is #remoteAF and bringing 'The Photograph' director Stella Meghie on this week's episode of the pod to talk about working with Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield on her well-received romcom (which hits digital on April 28). She also hinted at the episode of 'Insecure' she directed this season, talks about her path to becoming a filmmaker, and shares what she's been doing (or not doing) during quarantine. Frazier and Khal then discuss one of the hotter topics on the TV timeline: Kenya Barris' new Netflix series '#blackAF'. Tell a friend to wash their hands and tune in. 
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Apr 15, 2020 39 min

Better Call Joey Pants

GOAT character actor, Joe Pantoliano, joins Watch Less this week. The Emmy Award-winner might be more recognizable for some of his greatest performances, including Ralph Cifaretto on 'The Sopranos', Teddy on Christopher Nolan's 'Memento', or Captain Howard in the 'Bad Boys' franchise. Pantoliano breaks down his time in the films, as well as the process of getting from 'Bad Boys II' to 'Bad Boys For Life'. Joey Pants also breaks down his penchant for playing bad guys, shares some stories from his years in the business, and more. Later, Frazier and khal share some 'Rona Recommendations, which includes a deep cut TV series you might not be able to find and 'Better Call Saul', one of the greatest shows no one wants to watch or talk about. 
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Apr 13, 2020 44 min

Lowkey Quarantined: Issa Rae on Staying Productive, Insecure Season 4 and Embracing Acting

As the timeline erupts with the beginning of a new season of ‘Insecure’, the show’s creator and star, Issa Rae, blessed the pod. Issa breaks down Season 4's themes and teases where this year's conflict is headed, talks Stella Meghie on ‘The Photograph,’ one important episode of this season of ‘Insecure’, and more insight from the set of Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” video. If you’re a diehard ‘Insecure’ fan, just press play. 
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Apr 08, 2020 1 hr 0 min

Quarantine Binges, Lil Dicky's White Plight and Westworld

The quarantine may have slowed our theater consumption to a halt, at least there's all kinds of TV to watch. This week, Frazier and Khal are joined by Angel Diaz talking FX's 'DAVE' on the path to beat 'Atlanta's viewer numbers, the latest films that Hollywood studios have had to push back, and 'Twin Peaks' on its 30th anniversary. They also pick up a classic debate: did Tony Soprano get hot or not? 
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Apr 01, 2020 53 min

Cookie Lyon and 'Curb' with Taraji P. Henson

When Cookie talks, you listen. Taraji P. Henson, star of 'Empire', 'Baby Boy', and other classics, joins the pod to talk about her new Netflix film, 'Coffee and Kareem,' as well as his first time in the director's chair, the only time she missed work as an actress, and her dreams of going international. Later, Frazier and Khal bring all of the Complex Original Podcasts together, as Joe La Puma from The Complex Sneakers Podcast and Load Management hosts Chopz and Adam Caparell joins to discuss Season 10 of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', where it sits in the Complex 'Curb' season rankings, and to choose a side: 'Curb' or 'Seinfeld'. The group chat comes to life! 
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