18. TV Shows 1

Listen to a short English conversation about tv shows to practice your English speaking and listening skills.

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Emma 0:02
You are listening to Dialogue Frog’s, short English conversations for listening, speaking and shadowing practice. Today, we’re going to talk about TV shows.

Luke 0:14
Mm hmm.

Emma 0:16
We’ve watched a lot of shows together.

Luke 0:18
We have.

Emma 0:22
What is your favorite TV show?

Luke 0:28
Oh, man, I might just take the rest of the time we have today and just kind of think about what it is.

Emma 0:34
What about a top five?

Luke 0:35
Top five…

Emma 0:44
The Office?

Luke 0:45
Office is really good.

Emma 0:46
Parks and Rec?

Luke 0:47
Parks and Rec, oh, man, parks and rec would probably be two or three. I’m….I just really like comedies.

Emma 0:57
Yeah, you do so.

Luke 1:01
So…

Emma 1:01
Are they, like, The Office, that’s that’s the fake documentary.

Luke 1:05
Right.

Emma 1:06
Which is-

Luke 1:07
Wait, it’s fake?

Emma 1:09
You didn’t know?

Luke 1:11
Michael Scott is not a real person?

Emma 1:14
I’m sorry.

Luke 1:16
Dude. But…

Emma 1:19
Let’s just forget we talked about that for a second. Um, now I forgot what I was talking about. Oh, uh what, so we were talking about the fake documentary type shows like Parks and Rec and The Office. But there’s also the sitcoms.

Luke 1:37
Classic.

Emma 1:39
Like Friends and Frasier.

Luke 1:41
Yep.

Emma 1:42
What else do we have?

Luke 1:44
Big Bang Theory was popular for a while.

Emma 1:46
Oh, yeah. It’s still going, I think.

Luke 1:48
I think it ended.

Emma 1:49
Oh did it?

Luke 1:49
Yep. The uh, yep, that ended. But it was really popular. I think it had a whole bunch of seasons.

Emma 2:04
Yeah, it went on forever. I don’t think I’ve finished that one. I probably stopped around season seven or eight or so.

Luke 2:12
Yeah. I think one of our observations, and I know we’ve talked about this before is that it seems to be a pretty consistent, like a, like a bell curve arc of quality. And so you know, season one is like, okay, there’s some good punchlines in there. But you know, I’m okay if I miss an episode. And then right around the middle of season two, like most sitcoms start finding their way a little bit. And then season three is just like-

Emma 2:38
Boom.

Luke 2:39
Boom.

Emma 2:40
Good character development.

Luke 2:41
Yeah.

Emma 2:42
Plot things are happening.

Luke 2:43
Yeah.

Emma 2:44
Plot’s advancing.

Luke 2:45
Mm hmm.

Emma 2:47
It seems to be season three is the the magic season.

Luke 2:50
Right.

Emma 2:52
I hope that’s not true for Dialogue Frog.

Luke 2:55
You know, what we could do though, is just keep hav-have have a never ending season three. And then it’ll be like season three, Episode 562. And we’ll still be good. It won’t be a problem.

Emma 3:06
There we go. That’s the solution.

Luke 3:09
Yep.

Emma 3:09
Or maybe it won’t affect us because we’re not a sitcom. We’re just a podcast, a podcast that’s about to run out of time. Uh, we’ll have a part two on this where we’re talking some more about TV shows. In the meantime, if you want transcripts or vocabulary lists, visit our website at dialoguefrog.com.

shows
oh man
rest of the time
top
The Office
Parks and Rec
comedies
fake
documentary
real
dude
forget
for a second
type
sitcoms
classic
Friends
Frasier
else
Big Bang Theory
popular
a while
still going
ended
a whole bunch
seasons
It went on forever.
finished
probably
stopped
observations
pretty
consistent
bell curve
arc
quality
punchline
miss
episode
right around
middle
finding their way
boom
character
devleopment
plot
happening
advancing
magic
true
never-ending
solution
affect
podcast
run out of time
part two
in the meantime

Emma 0:02
You are listening to Dialogue Frog’s, short English conversations for listening, speaking and shadowing practice. Today, we’re going to talk about TV shows.

Luke 0:14
Mm hmm.

Emma 0:16
We’ve watched a lot of shows together.

Luke 0:18
We have.

Emma 0:22
What is your favorite TV show?

Luke 0:28
Oh, man, I might just take the rest of the time we have today and just kind of think about what it is.

Emma 0:34
What about a top five?

Luke 0:35
Top five…

Emma 0:44
The Office?

Luke 0:45
Office is really good.

Emma 0:46
Parks and Rec?

Luke 0:47
Parks and Rec, oh, man, parks and rec would probably be two or three. I’m….I just really like comedies.

Emma 0:57
Yeah, you do so.

Luke 1:01
So…

Emma 1:01
Are they, like, The Office, that’s that’s the fake documentary.

Luke 1:05
Right.

Emma 1:06
Which is-

Luke 1:07
Wait, it’s fake?

Emma 1:09
You didn’t know?

Luke 1:11
Michael Scott is not a real person?

Emma 1:14
I’m sorry.

Luke 1:16
Dude. But…

Emma 1:19
Let’s just forget we talked about that for a second. Um, now I forgot what I was talking about. Oh, uh what, so we were talking about the fake documentary type shows like Parks and Rec and The Office. But there’s also the sitcoms.

Luke 1:37
Classic.

Emma 1:39
Like Friends and Frasier.

Luke 1:41
Yep.

Emma 1:42
What else do we have?

Luke 1:44
Big Bang Theory was popular for a while.

Emma 1:46
Oh, yeah. It’s still going, I think.

Luke 1:48
I think it ended.

Emma 1:49
Oh did it?

Luke 1:49
Yep. The uh, yep, that ended. But it was really popular. I think it had a whole bunch of seasons.

Emma 2:04
Yeah, it went on forever. I don’t think I’ve finished that one. I probably stopped around season seven or eight or so.

Luke 2:12
Yeah. I think one of our observations, and I know we’ve talked about this before is that it seems to be a pretty consistent, like a, like a bell curve arc of quality. And so you know, season one is like, okay, there’s some good punchlines in there. But you know, I’m okay if I miss an episode. And then right around the middle of season two, like most sitcoms start finding their way a little bit. And then season three is just like-

Emma 2:38
Boom.

Luke 2:39
Boom.

Emma 2:40
Good character development.

Luke 2:41
Yeah.

Emma 2:42
Plot things are happening.

Luke 2:43
Yeah.

Emma 2:44
Plot’s advancing.

Luke 2:45
Mm hmm.

Emma 2:47
It seems to be season three is the the magic season.

Luke 2:50
Right.

Emma 2:52
I hope that’s not true for Dialogue Frog.

Luke 2:55
You know, what we could do though, is just keep hav-have have a never ending season three. And then it’ll be like season three, Episode 562. And we’ll still be good. It won’t be a problem.

Emma 3:06
There we go. That’s the solution.

Luke 3:09
Yep.

Emma 3:09
Or maybe it won’t affect us because we’re not a sitcom. We’re just a podcast, a podcast that’s about to run out of time. Uh, we’ll have a part two on this where we’re talking some more about TV shows. In the meantime, if you want transcripts or vocabulary lists, visit our website at dialoguefrog.com.

shows
oh man
rest of the time
top
The Office
Parks and Rec
comedies
fake
documentary
real
dude
forget
for a second
type
sitcoms
classic
Friends
Frasier
else
Big Bang Theory
popular
a while
still going
ended
a whole bunch
seasons
It went on forever.
finished
probably
stopped
observations
pretty
consistent
bell curve
arc
quality
punchline
miss
episode
right around
middle
finding their way
boom
character
devleopment
plot
happening
advancing
magic
true
never-ending
solution
affect
podcast
run out of time
part two
in the meantime