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The Approval Matrix

Series Summary

Inspired by the celebrated pop culture roundup feature of the same name in the award-winning New York Magazine, this six episode talk show is hosted by comedian Neal Brennan (“Chappelle’s Show,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Mindy Project”) and executive produced by Rory Albanese (“The Daily Show”) and Ish Entertainment’s Michael Hirschorn (“Best Week Ever”) and Wendy Roth (“Fix My Family”). Each half hour episode is uniquely designed for those both impatient with and fascinated by the pop culture cacophony all around us.  

Each week, Brennan and a rotating panel of celebrity guests will sort through, debate about, and tally up what's on everyone's radar.  From the highbrow and the lowbrow to what's brilliant vs. despicable, no topic or commentary is off limits. The series will feature sketches and field pieces as well as one-on-one interviews between Neal and writer and producer Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), television host Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and comedian Chris Rock (“Eat, Drink, Laugh”).

Air Dates: 2014 - Present

Genres: Talk, Entertainment

Network: SundanceTV

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : Do's & Don'ts Sep 15, 2014

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    Celebrity panelists debate the "do's and don'ts of modern morality."

  • Season 1, Ep. 5 : WorstPeopleEver Sep 8, 2014

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    Panelists debate the positive or negative impact that technology has had on American culture.

  • Season 1, Ep. 4 : Who Died and Made You Cool? Sep 1, 2014

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    Neal Brennan, Amy Poehler and guest panelists debate what's cool these days and why we care so much.

  • Season 1, Ep. 3 : America's Hall Monitors Aug 25, 2014

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    Panelists include transgender actress and radio host Bailey Jay, actor Judah Friedlander, comedian Sherrod Small, and writer and critic Michaela Angela Davis.

  • Season 1, Ep. 2 : Fame Monster Aug 18, 2014

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    Panelists including actor Jason Biggs, editor Dalton Ross, comedian and writer Kurt Metzer, and radio host Frank DeCaro debate whether technology has turned us into a selfie-obsessed culture.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Things get wonky but not always interesting--middlebrow, really. show more

  • Rather than have the opportunity to respond to events in real time, the show is left to tackle broad themes like fame and television’s golden age. And often, the conversations are edited in a way that appears to clip discourse short just as it takes off. show more

  • Provocative and occasionally insightful--except with Whitney Cummings brays with laughter--The Approval Matrix is like "The McLaughlin Group" for pop culture junkies. show more

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