The Station Agents Ep. 6 -- The Weekly TV Power Ranking And Our Secret TV Shames
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The Station Agents Ep. 6 -- The Weekly TV Power Ranking And Our Secret TV Shames

By Joanna Robinson | Station Agents | November 28, 2012 | Comments ()


We're back! After two weeks off (one week due to the Election, one to a stolen computer) we have returned to discuss the shows we (shamefully) watched years after everyone else and our ranking of the 10 best episodes on television this week.

Please make use of the show notes we've included at the bottom of this page to a) help you navigate spoilers and b) share the bare bones of the Top Ten with those of you who are unable to listen. You can find every episode of the podcast at, you can suscribe via RSS or via iTunes and you can shoot us an email any old time at to let us know what you think of the show.

Download the most recent episode or play it in your browser here:

Before you hit play, beware. Here be expletives.

Show Notes For The Spoilerphobes...Now With Pretty Pictures!

"American Horror Story" (8:32)
"Ben and Kate" (13.30)
"Sons Of Anarchy" (16:23 )
"Parenthood" (24:06)
"Raising Hope" (27:29)
"The Good Wife" (30:32)
"Bob's Burgers" (33:33)
"Happy Endings" (37:05)
"The Walking Dead" (46:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (58:57)

We want to send a special thanks to Jasmine Markes for designing our badass podcast logo and to The National for this week's music.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • golda_criddle

    Great podcast! I love the part about Real World Sacramento...Joanna, I went to UC Davis, too and I agree that it would be an awesome show.

  • Rach

    Love catching up this way, but the "Ummmmm"s, Joanna. So very many "Ummmmmm"s.

  • oliver

    Whew, clad you're back.
    I for example come here only for the podcasts. It's not that there's anything wrong with the rest of the content - it would simply exceed my daily staring-at-screens quota (I read&write for living almost 10 hours a day + news & TV time)
    You are currently my favorite TV-themed podcast (I actually dumped all the others). So I hope you keep it up.
    Greetings from Estonia (going global, baby!)

  • I thought I was the only estonian listening to this podcast.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    My husband just nodded with a frustrated look on his face when Dustin talked about no end to Deadwood. He saw it After as well.

  • damnitjanet

    Your header gif? Just melted my panties CLEAN OFF!

  • anon

    I liked the old format with a few gif's for the shows. I can read an article in <10 min, but I am not going to listen to an hour-long podcast.

  • Monica

    I'm curious about how this podcast has been going, if the powers-that-be at Pajiba have been feeling more or less engagement from readers (and vice-versa). I'm not a podcast girl myself, so I prefer reading about the shows I like than listening, but I'm also more lurker-y anyway. The concept is neat, but it seems to be an area of the site that's reinvented more than others and I wondered how it successful it's been overall.

  • pajiba

    It really is one of the highlights of my week to chat with Josh and Joanna about all these shows I spend most of my week watching (because people in "real life" don't watch this much TV). I drink too much (because I get pee shy talking out loud), and we shoot the sh*t for an hour. Whether WE get more engagement from the readers, I don't know, but it strangely makes me feel more connected being able to speak to our audience once a week.

  • JoannaRobinson

    I won't speak for Josh and Dustin (except for the fact that I'm indirectly quoting one of them), but I find chatting with the two of them about TV so damned enjoyable, it doesn't much matter if only five people listen. The stats reflect that far, far more than that are, in fact, tuning in. And I hope they find it fun. But the truth of the matter is, we're enjoying it too much (at the moment) to stop. Does that make any sense?

  • Kip Hackman

    I super dig the podcasts. I don't listen to them super faithfully because I'm lazy and other equally inexcusable reasons, but when I listen, I am always entertained, and it briefly presents me with the illusion that I'm talking to other people about the shows I love, and not just babbling to myself in my car. So keep making them, and I will eventually listen to them.

  • Monica

    Thanks Joanna, that makes oodles of sense actually.

    On a different note, it is my secret shame that the Olyphant makes my skin crawl (I don't know why, I've gone to doctors...) so seeing him make eyes at me is giving me the heebie-jeebies.

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