The Couch PodcastConversations about pop culture and why it matters
Today is a big day! This is the 100th episode of The Couch! Thank you so much for being here—this week and every week I’ve shared a new episode with you. It has been a blast so far, sitting on the virtual couch with some of my very favorite people (including you) to talk about pop culture and why it matters. I can’t wait for the conversations we’ll have in the next 100.
Let’s talk 2021 holiday movies! Together with my best friend, friend of the show, and partner in all things holiday movie-related, Anna Rendell, I’m here to review the 2021 season of new holiday movies. It was hard but we did it. We picked our top few favorites from Hallmark, Lifetime, and all the other channels.
The Couch Podcast #98: A California Christmas: City in Lights & ‘Tis the Season to be Merry with NJ Rongner
Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Friends don’t have to agree on everything, right? Right. And this week, despite all the things we agree on wholeheartedly, my good friend NJ Rongner and I have very different opinions about a holiday movie. And you know what? It’s okay! Totally okay. NJ loves coffee, Jesus and Gilmore Girls. And for some reason, which she tries to explain to us today, she loves the California Christmas movies on Netflix.
This week I’m hanging out on the couch with my friend (and friend of the show) Latasha Ferguson. She’s a speaker, writer, ministry leader, and host of the Overcome to Become podcast. She’s a teacher, a wife, and a mom who loves empowering women and, lucky for us, watching movies. We are talking about a bunch (although not all) of the holiday movies we watched last weekend and whether or not we liked them. Spoiler alert: we did.
Laura Tremaine joins me this week to share her experience watching her very first Lifetime holiday movie, and it’s both exactly what we expected and a whole lot of fun! Laura is the author of Share Your Stuff, I’ll Go First, the creator of the #onedayHH Instagram campaign, and the host of the 10 Things to Tell You podcast. She’s also a complete newcomer to the world of holiday movies. Though she’s married to an actual movie director, Laura admitted to me last fall (when I was a guest on her podcast) that she’s never watched a made-for-TV holiday movie. So this year, I asked if she’d be willing to give one a try—and she said yes! In the language of TikTok and good students everywhere, Laura understood this assignment.
The Couch Podcast #95: A Castle for Christmas & An Unexpected Christmas with Meg Tietz of Sorta Awesome
Can I convince a holiday movie skeptic to give holiday movies a try? (Spoiler alert: I can!) Meg Tietz is the host of the Sorta Awesome Show and the creator of the Sorta Awesome Hangout Community, and I adore her and both of those things so much! Last December I was on an episode of Sorta Awesome with Meg, in an attempt to convince her to try watching holiday movies. I have finally succeeded, and she’s here today to talk about the movie she watched and one I watched as well.
Is anything better than watching our favorite characters in our favorite shows engage in holiday hijinks? Or learning something brand-new about those characters when they go home for the holidays or attempt to roast a turkey or win the ugly sweater contest? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that I love a good holiday episode of my fave TV shows. And that’s why my friend and friend of the show, Kathi Lipp, is here to help me make a list of the best (or, at least, our favorite) holiday TV episodes.
What do we do when our holiday movies are wholly holey (but—don’t get confused—not holy)? This week my friend Kristen Strong is here to chat with me about a couple of new original holiday movies, including one that requires so much suspension of disbelief that we just don’t even know how to rate it!
Time travel: yay or nay? And does it belong in our holiday movies? Join my friend, Aliza Latta, and me as we discuss this and so much more in this week’s holiday movie recap episode. We’re talking about two of the new Hallmark movies we watched last weekend: Gingerbread Miracle and Next Stop, Christmas.
It’s happening! The Christmas Couch is back as my friends and I sit down each week to talk about the holiday movies we watched—the good, the bad, and the so bad they’re good! This week I’m so excited to be here with my friend and friend of the show, Tori Rask, for the first holiday movie recap of the season!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—holiday movie season! Today I’m with my good friend and friend of the show, Anna Rendell, to preview our picks for the best movies of the coming season on the Hallmark Channels, Lifetime, and other channels.
The Couch Podcast #89 – Gearing Up for Holiday Movie Season with Brandon Gray of Deck the Hallmark Podcast
Holiday movie season is almost here, so let’s talk made-for-TV holiday movies! What do Lifetime movie fans think when the station switches from killer cheerleaders to stars from the 90s having snowball fights? What’s the best way to watch a holiday movie—while doing laundry or while taking notes because this is serious business? And when, for the love, will Hallmark release their full holiday movie schedule?! One of my favorite podcasters and now, friend of the show, Brandon Gray is here to address all these questions and more.