Double Dare, Departed, South Parkcraft and That Thing You Do – Sep 30-Oct 6


This week 30, 20 and 10 years ago: Double Dare debuts on Nickelodeon as My Pet Monster tears up the toy aisle; Tom Hanks wrangles a group of one hit wonders; and South Park skewers Warcraft while DiCaprio faces off with Damon, Wahlberg and Nicholson.


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18 thoughts on “Double Dare, Departed, South Parkcraft and That Thing You Do – Sep 30-Oct 6

  1. so much hilarious music discussed in this episode…… Chris did you say you saw TABITHA’S SECRET live? why would somebody do that

  2. Brett’s very earnest love of The Killers is a little weird…. you play so much awesome stuff on VGMpire but this middle-of-the-road teen music is one of yr favorite albums of all time ._.

  3. I am such a huge TPB fan. I regularly watch the episodes the same way as I do with The Simpsons, seen all the movies which aren’t as good as the show is. And regularly watch their videos on their own site Swearnet. I will definitively agree with anyone who says their shows haven’t felt the same since the last few seasons especially season 10 which was a disaster. I still look forward to new episodes on Netflix and quote some of my favorite lines. This show is definitely 100% comfort food to me.

    1. couldn’t have said it better. I can just take a day and veg out through an entire season. since I’m Canadian, I’ve been watching the show for over 10 years, wow.

        1. 8 and 9 were pretty good, thought 9 was better because dancer was such a fun character to watch, but I felt pretty insulted with season 10. their millionaire buddies going to the park really broke the immersion of the story. I prefer them finding a way to make their money through something greasy just no by snoop giving julian money whenever julian wants it.

  4. boooo Sam’s Town, Beck’s The Information is a phenomenal album. it was the last time he got funky in 10 years, hopefully this new record will be upbeat and fun. dude’s been singing sad songs for too long.

  5. Just want to say I love the show, but one thing I’ve noticed is you guys never really talk about books. As a result, you’ve missed some interesting stuff, including one from this very week.

    October 1, 1986 — Robert Munsch, Love You Forever: If you have been to a baby shower in your life, you have probably seen this given to the mother as a gift. It’s the one with the cover where the baby is making a huge mess in the bathroom. It’s about how the mother sings a lullaby about how she will always love the child forever, and when she dies he continues the cycle with his daughter. Apparently the author wrote it after he and his wife had two stillborn children.

    Other recent examples (forgive me if I missed these being mentioned—it’s a lot to keep up with):
    Stephen King, IT – September ’86
    The first Babysitter’s Club book (“Kristy’s Great Idea”) – August ’86
    George R.R. Martin, “A Game of Thrones” – August 1, 1996
    Chuck Palahniuk, “Fight Club” – August 17, 1996
    Cormac McCarthy, “The Road” – September 26, 2006

    Just a sampling.

    Keep being amazing!

  6. Hey guys,

    Love the show, can’t wait to listen every week! I’m only at the beginning of this one, but I just had to hop on and give some quick feedback on the intro.

    I’m sure it is more work/time than you guys want to commit to, but just FYI, you CAN embed images in podcasts, and have them trigger with audio playback. However, as far as I know, they will only work this way on Apple/iTunes. They are called “enhanced podcasts”, and I’ve listened to a few over the years. I think SmodCast used to do it, and I know the official Lost podcast did it, as well as Superego. But of the thousands of episodes I’ve listened to over the past decade, those are the only ones I can actually remember taking the time to do it.

    Here’s an article on how to do it:

    As you can see, it is dozens of steps and it is dated 2008, so I’m guessing it isn’t really worth the time it takes to do it, but it IS possible! 🙂

    Ok, back to listening to the episode…

  7. As much as I enjoy Hot Dad’s music, I hope the second season takes a cue from so many TV shows and cuts the opening down from the 40 seconds it takes now.

  8. Sad fun fact. The store Fountains of Wayne has since closed. Want to say 7 years ago or so. Nothing interesting replaced it… and it was a fountain outdoor decor store so it wasn’t that big a hurdle.

  9. I honestly can’t stand The Departed. Everything was so overwrought with ham-fisted, mafia tough-guy bullshit. The only thing more preposterous than the idea that DiCaprio was a remotely believable undercover cop was the fucking ridiculous rat at the very end.

  10. At Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America they have been doing a mini Double Dare show daily. They get a couple kid volunteers from the crowd and they have 3 or 4 obstacles for them to do. I think they end up getting a free t shirt for their trouble.

  11. Hey Brett! I’ve been a bit of a silent user but I’ve loved your podcasts since I first listened to tdar 5. I just wanted to reach out to you about a platform that I’ve been working on for podcasters that want to add pictures and video to their podcasts send me an email to We’re looking to release soon but I’m always looking for more input.

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