The Worst of All Possible Worlds

Case studies in the pop culture of a dying empire. // Friends, writers, and inveterate dumbasses Brian, Josh, and A.J. are your guides through The Worst of All Possible Worlds, the first and only media criticism podcast on the planet. Each episode deconstructs how the narrative and artistic choices of a given piece of pop culture reflect or subvert the broader decay of contemporary America. No matter what the story is, we vow never to stop yelling about it until we figure out what‘s really going on in this Worst of All Possible Worlds and hopefully chart a course out of here. We’d love for you to join us along the way.

22:58 2023-03-22
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, GO TO  Patreon.com/worstofall The lads finally finish the hat as they cover James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful, pointillist musical: Sunday in the Park With George. Topics include the complexity of t...
23:48:01 2023-03-15
The lads strap on their gas masks and look for the light as they face down both the Infected and the evil heart of humanity in Naughty Dog’s 2013 mega-hit: The Last of Us: Part I. Topics include the history of zombie media, the tremendous performances,...
22:38 2023-03-08
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, GO TO Patreon.com/worstofall THE LADS WATCH 8 MRBEAST VIDEOS AND THEN TALK ABOUT THEM (Not Clickbait). Topics include MrBeast’s humble origins, the monetization of altruism, and the internet’s canonization of S...
23:07:53 2023-03-01
TSA hacker maia arson crimew (@_nyancrimew) teaches Josh and Brian how to hack the planet as they ride the internet superhighway straight into the eXtreme cyberpunk 90’s nostalgia of Iain Softley’s Hackers. Topics include the art of the 90s montage, ...
37:56 2023-02-22
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, GO TO Patreon.com/worstofall Colby Day (@thecolbyday) is thrown into The Room of Consequences as he and the lads return to Odyssey for Adventures in Sodom, Gomorrah, and the most sinful place of all: the theater. T...
23:07:41 2023-02-15
Patrick Willems (@patrickhwillems) teaches the lads the ABC’s of corporate espionage as they slide down the deeply intricate lore rabbit hole that is Dreamworks’ 2017 fever dream: The Boss Baby. Topics include the scores of Hans Zimmer, the commodifi...
21:21 2023-02-08
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, CHECK US OUT AT Patreon.com/worstofall   The lads hop into their ham trunks and floor it to the Great White North as they cover the trials and tribulations of the New Burbage Theater Festival in 2003’s hit Canad...
23:21:02 2023-02-01
Trevor Strunk (No Cartridge Audio) and the lads grab their whips and commit a colonialism as they return to Odyssey for some rip-roaring adventures in treasure hunting, stranger danger, and French missionary pranksters. Topics include the defense of prope...
17:21 2023-01-25
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, GO TO Patreon.com/worstofall   The lads dive deep into the gaping hole at the heart of Noir York City as they brave the nauseating, bullet-ridden world of Remedy’s Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. Topics inc...
23:08:32 2023-01-18
Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Patrick Flynn (The Original Cast) as he and the lads celebrate Bobby’s infamous 35th birthday in the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth deep-dive into marriage: Company. Topics include the many revivals of the show, the su...
22:04 2023-01-11
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, GO TO Patreon.com/worstofall   The lads grab their opals and dive deep into the Diamond District as they cover the Safdie Brothers’ masterful two-hour panic attack: Uncut Gems. Topics include the sublime pacing...
23:26:55 2023-01-04
The lads start 2023 off right by hopping aboard an adulterous plane and flying straight into the Rapture as they cover the disastrous Kirk Cameron vehicle: Left Behind: The Movie (2000). Topics include the origins of the Tribulation, the clientele of leat...
22:54 2022-12-28
THIS IS A PREVIEW. CHECK OUT THE FULL EPISODE AT Patreon.com/worstofall On the eve of the New Year, we wind back the clock to our favorite moments of 2022 with the help of friends old and new. Want more TWOAPW? Get access to the rest of this episode, our ...
23:38:25 2022-12-21
Alice Caldwell-Kelly (Trashfuture/Kill James Bond!/Well There’s Your Problem) inducts the lads into the World of Assassination as they do a suit-only, silent assassin run through IO Interactive’s pinnacle of video game design: Hitman. Topics include...
22:48:30 2022-12-14
LADS LADS LADS LADS LADS! As we get ready for the holiday season (or is it the arguing season?), we settle down with some treats, some drinks, and ChatGPT as we go over the events of the last month. There are laughs, there is anger, and there is absolute...
23:09:02 2022-12-07
The lads hop into their fighter planes and get trapped in the world’s most boring love triangle as they are suddenly and deliberately attacked by Michael Bay’s much-maligned historical epic: Pearl Harbor. Topics include Bay’s deeply uncurious filmm...
20:33 2022-11-30
THIS IS A PREVIEW. CHECK OUT THE FULL EPISODE AT Patreon.com/worstofall David Armstrong (Omni BiLateral PANic) sits the lads down to tell them the fraught and incredibly lengthy story of the hit CBS sitcom: How I Met Your Mother. Topics include the infa...
23:03:56 2022-11-23
The lads grab their fart guns and lose their minds as they do battle against the highest grossing movie in the highest grossing animated film franchise of all time: Minions. Topics include Minion physiology, the horrific world of Minion memes, and the va...
19:20 2022-11-16
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, GO TO  Patreon.com/worstofall The lads throw on their finest alligator shoes and slap The Expression on their faces as they take to the mean streets of Martinaise for ZA/UM’s political and existential triumph: ...
23:14:23 2022-11-09
April Ajoy (Evangelicalish) joins the lads as they return to Odyssey for three deeply disturbing episodes that dive deep into the heart of evangelical purity culture. Topics include the cringe of adolescence, the horrors of beauty pageants, and the nightm...
22:51 2022-11-02
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE, GO TO Patreon.com/worstofall Jake Beckhard (Blue Balls NYCFC) challenges the lads to the match of the century as they try to outmaneuver the bopping songs and confounding political intrigue of the infamous Tim Rice...
23:04:01 2022-10-26
Laura Ramadei from the Girls On Porn podcast stops by to help Brian and Josh block, tackle, and blast their way through the anti-porn manifesto for evangelical Christian teenage boys terrified of their own sex drives: Every Young Man’s Battle. You’...
21:04 2022-10-19
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE FULL EPISODE GO TO patreon.com/worstofall. Stanley read the episode notes for the podcast called “The Worst of All Possible Worlds #57: The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe.” He marveled at their ability to convey both the to...
22:52:45 2022-10-12
Abe Goldfarb (Beetlejuice: The Musical, First Time Caller) and the lads down a shot of the Green Fairy and can-can their way through Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 musical extravaganza: Moulin Rouge! Topics include the brilliance of Richard Roxburgh, the sexiest...
24:44 2022-10-05
THIS IS A PREVIEW. FOR THE PULL EPISODE, GO TO patreon.com/worstofall   Ashleigh Stoneman (The Very Worst, The Merry Worst) returns to the pod to help the lads tackle two disastrous attempts by evangelicals to cover the subject of abo...
23:19:36 2022-09-28
Greg (@DadShammdad) and Jordan (@SLCLunk) from Brigham Young Money pull the lads together as they dance through the shifting tones and heavy fog of the 1989 Mormon musical extravaganza: Saturday’s Warrior. Topics include the similarities between Evange...
21:17 2022-09-21
THIS IS A PREVIEW. CHECK OUT THE FULL EPISODE AT https://www.patreon.com/WorstOfAll Jeff Ronan (And Almost Starring…) joins the lads on the deck of the Nostromo as they battle xenomorphs and the specter of capitalism in Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror ma...
23:33:02 2022-09-14
Scott Benson (Night In the Woods) joins the lads in demonic combat as they battle the evils of satanic prophecy and New Age philosophy in Frank E. Peretti’s sophomoric superhit: This Present Darkness. Topics include the evils of carnivals, Peretti’s t...
26:05 2022-09-07
THIS IS A PREVIEW. CHECK OUT THE FULL EPISODE AT https://www.patreon.com/WorstOfAll The lads take a staycation with the Barclays as they return to Odyssey for their first thrilling case with Harlow Doyle, their first romp with Ronald Ed...
23:07:55 2022-08-31
Alec Robbins (Mr. Boop, @alecrobbins) walks and talks the lads through the esteemed halls of the Paris Opera House of American Television™ that is Aaron Sorkin’s most notorious flop: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Topics include the racism of the mid...
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