The Narrative Imperative

About the show

Real life siblings Jared and Laura ruin your favorite books, movies, and TV shows by asking the important question: Is it actually good?

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Episodes

  • 16 - Hamilton...LIVE

    November 8th, 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In this episode, Laura and Jared cover the rousing, revolutionary musical, Hamilton! We'll discuss the soundtrack vs the live show, introduce some new segments, and talk about some of our favorite songs from musicals. Do not throw away your shot to listen!

  • 15 - High School Musical vs Grease

    April 29th, 2018  |  1 hr 35 mins

    In our highly anticipated return, we explore the plot, characters, morals, relationships, and music of Grease and High School Musical. Which of these two titans of teen musicals will reign supreme?

  • 14 - Halloweentown

    October 25th, 2017  |  47 mins 48 secs

    Have you ever realized the Disney Channel Original Movie, Halloweentown, is basically a remake of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope? You will after listening to this podcast, because we're incapable of going more than 30 minutes without talking about Star Wars. Sorry, not sorry. Halloweentown is basically playing 24/7 on the Disney Channel in October, so go give it a watch and then give us a listen!

  • 13 - Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    July 20th, 2017  |  2 hrs 7 mins

    Hot takes alert! In our episode about Return of the Jedi, Laura and Jared get controversial; Yoda is a bad mentor, Ghost Hayden Christiansen is one of the best edits George Lucas made to the original trilogy, the new Ewok song is far better than the Yub-Yub song, and Bobba Fett still sucks. We also discuss themes of destiny, redemption, and why the hell did they stop writing funny lines for Carrie Fisher?

  • 12 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    May 18th, 2017  |  1 hr 1 min

    In this week's episode, Laura and Jared switch things up by reviewing a Broadway musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This glam rock musical is ripe with themes of self-identity, power, and the search for completion, as well as a pretty kick ass soundtrack! So get over your disappointment that this musical isn't about Harry Potter's owl eating a fiery worm and give this incredible musical, and our discussion of it, a listen!

  • 11 - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Trivia

    March 29th, 2017  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In our most meaningful episode yet we take time to share some quotes from stories that have made an impact on the way we see the world, we share four (4!!) pieces of fan mail, and Laura beats Jared at trivia again. Sorry for spoiling that but at this point you should be expecting it.

  • 10 - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

    March 11th, 2017  |  3 hrs 3 mins

    In our most contentious episode yet, Jared advises Kevin Costner to do some squats, Laura fixes all the movie's problems, but mostly we rave about Alan Rickman. Join us as we debate whether this blockbuster hit is so bad that it's good or so bad that it's just plain bad.

  • 9 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Trivia

    February 27th, 2017  |  46 mins 24 secs

    This episode brings you the Harvest Moon video game series, musicals, a new contender for 'most dedicated listener' and yet another trivia showdown! We also HIGHLY recommend you watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Do it now!

  • 8 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Part 2

    January 27th, 2017  |  1 hr 27 mins

    In the thrilling conclusion to our Empire Strikes Back analysis, Jared and Laura discuss character vs plot, Cloud City's interior design, and compare Darth Vader to the abusive Father/Coach from Air Bud. Laura corrects decades of people misquoting the series most iconic line, Jared mixes up Zumba and Roomba's, and we shamelessly beg Jameson Whiskey for a sponsorship.

    Special Thanks to this episodes real sponsor, the Maury Povich Show!

  • 7 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Part 1

    January 20th, 2017  |  2 hrs 18 mins

    In this episode, which covers the first two acts of Empire Strikes Back, Jared and Laura pick up where they left off with A New Hope: gushing about Princess Leia. We rave about the snappy first act, discuss the convoluted and slow, but still entertaining second act, bask in one of the greatest romances in the galaxy (although they might want to think twice about having kids), and Jared goes on a whiskey-fueled rant about Boba Fett fans.

    This episode is sponsored by the Maury Show, but for contractual reasons, the ad will not run until part 2. Yes...contract reasons. That's it. It's definitely not because Jared forgot to record it...

  • 6 - A Muppet Christmas Carol Trivia

    January 10th, 2017  |  35 mins 4 secs

    Your lovely hosts pour one out for Carrie Fisher, discuss holiday movie traditions, and give you a few story recommendations to get 2017 off to a good start. Jared gets a chance to flex his Muppet knowledge muscles: will redemption be his or shall Laura extend her streak of dominance?

  • 5 - A Muppet Christmas Carol

    December 20th, 2016  |  1 hr 34 mins

    Laura and Jared are joined by special guest, Rick, who wows us with his in depth knowledge of this delightful Dickens adaptation. Jared clearly demonstrates he's never read the original novella, Laura shakes her head in disgust, our lack of knowledge about 90s R&B is highlighted, and we all agree: rats are funny!

  • 4 - 10 Things I Hate About You Trivia Show

    December 11th, 2016  |  15 mins 18 secs

    Tune in to see if Laura can extend her streak of being much smarter than Jared by another episode! A short mailbag session is followed by the announcement of next episodes movie and the identity of our first guest star!

  • 3 - 10 Things I Hate About You

    December 4th, 2016  |  1 hr 55 mins

    Jared and Laura analyze the popular teen comedy/Shakespeare adaptation, 10 Things I Hate About You. We bask in the amazing one-liners, discuss about the relevant social issues, rate the romances, and uncover the multiple connections to Batman in this movie.

  • 2 - Trivia for Episode Star Wars IV

    November 27th, 2016  |  20 mins 20 secs

    Your lovely co-hosts reflect on what they learned from recording their first podcast together, offer their final thoughts on Star Wars, read some fan correspondence, and determine once and for all who is the most knowledgeable Star Wars fan!

  • 1 - Star Wars Episode IV

    November 22nd, 2016  |  1 hr 36 mins

    We discuss our love of Princess Leia, Han shooting first, and C3POs surprising competence and generally geek out about Star Wars: Episode IV! Laura tells us about the Hero's Journey and Jared drops a F bomb while discussing how good the music is...sorry Mom!