Screen Babble podcast: Painkiller, Yellowstone, Wolf, and Bull - episode 38

In Screen Babble #38, Alex reviews Painkiller, Steven revisits Yellowstone, and Kelly reacts to Wolf

The orange Screen Babble television, featuring images from Yellowstone, Wolf, Bull, and Painkiller, as discussed in episode 38 (Credit: NationalWorld Graphics)The orange Screen Babble television, featuring images from Yellowstone, Wolf, Bull, and Painkiller, as discussed in episode 38 (Credit: NationalWorld Graphics)
The orange Screen Babble television, featuring images from Yellowstone, Wolf, Bull, and Painkiller, as discussed in episode 38 (Credit: NationalWorld Graphics)

Screen Babble is your essential guide to everything on television, from the mainstream to the marginal. NationalWorld’s podcast producer Kelly Crichton, news and trends expert Steven Ross, and critic Alex Moreland discuss what is – and what isn’t – worth watching. 

As ever, we begin by discussing what we’ve been watching recently. Alex is still watching Futurama and Boston Legal, while Steven was less-than-impressed by the new series of Good Omens. Kelly, meanwhile, has recently checked out the Neil Maskell film Bull, and started watching the new BBC One drama Wolf.

For our closer look this week, Alex reviews Painkiller, a glossy new prestige true crime drama from Netflix, charting the malign influence of the Sackler family and the opioid epidemic in America. How does it compare to other true crime drama - especially something like Five Days at Memorial or The Dropout? What do Alex, Steven, and Kelly think of its unusual ‘based on a true story’ introduction? And will it be a big Emmy player for Netflix?

Finally, Steven brings us back to the future with a look at the first series of Yellowstone. Why is the quintessentially American series so popular? How does it blend the Western with the soap - and, more to the point, how does it balance Steven’s love of Westerns with his general disinterest in soaps? And is it worth watching?

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Steven’s Weekend Watch Mini-Babble, previewing all the best TV to watch over the next few days.

Listen to Screen Babble #38 here…

Where can we watch this week’s shows?

  • Painkiller is streaming on Netflix from Thursday 10 August. Bull is currently available on Netflix.
  • Yellowstone is currently airing weekly on Channel 5, and available in full on Paramount+.
  • Wolf is available on BBC iPlayer, with new episodes airing on Monday and Tuesday nights on BBC One.
  • Futurama and Boston Legal are available on Disney+.

Screen Babble: how to follow the show

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