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Random Acts of Podcast EP293: Montana Max Is Gunna

On this week's episode we bring back friend of the show @MalcJax and we chop it up about his Void magazine cover, what popular tv shows had lackluster series finales and we rank our Top 10 Most Overrated Cartoons. Also we answer voicemails from the listeners. Remember to send in YOUR questions, #TheyNeedTheirAssBeat or #RealNiggaOfTheWeek submissions, email us at MAIL@RAOPodcast.com or call 424-260-RAOP to leave a voicemail.

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
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Nearly Canceled - Better Call Saul Season Four review
Five under-the-radar shows worth your time

More and more millennials are moving away from trips to the movies in favor of staying planted on the couch. Aside from it being a more economical choice (a large popcorn shouldn't cost the same as floor seats at MSG), it's just more convenient to scroll through On-Demand and hit play from the comfort of home. Inviting over friends, significant others or even live-tweeting "as a family" further enhance the viewing experience. Major production companies are starting to notice the shift from the big screen to television screens as well.

The race between Netflix, Hulu, and now Amazon Prime has added to the already flooded wave of original content. To keep up with the cord cutters, premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz have created standalone services with a focus on creating more programming. As of late, these Digital Stream Platforms (DSPs) are having a real Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" approach to recruitment.

We are living in the Golden Age of Television yet, there's entirely way too much new TV. A good problem to have because there are more chances for the next legendary series like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad to emerge. Plus, networks are forced to think outside-the-box for new programming which leads the way for voices of Color such as Shonda Rhimes, Donald Glover, and Issa Rae to have opportunities that wouldn't have been present for them a decade earlier.

The problem with too much new TV though is where the fuck to actually start.

Netflix has hundreds if not thousands of selections to choose from. Starting a new series is a serious decision; it could potentially be your source of entertainment for the next 10-20 hours (try to get some fresh air in between a binge, though), depending on how many seasons there are. "Do I trust this 4-star rating?" "Am I in the mood for this?" "Is this worth my time?" All of these questions cycle in our heads before we ultimately end up rewatching The Office for the seventh time (Stanley is my OG and will be respected as such).

Start here.

Below are some shows that either debuted or had a new season this year that are high quality but are somewhat off the radar. Hit us up on Twitter to let us know what you think of this list and if some other series got overlooked in 2018!

Snowfall
Premiere Date: 2017
Currently on Season: 2
IMDb: 7.7/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Where to Stream: Thursdays at 10pm EST on FX/On-Demand with FX+

The genius mind of John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Four Brothers) can create and tap into gritty crime dramas like none other. Centralized during the '80s crack epidemic in Los Angeles, Snowfall is a rollercoaster of emotions from the onset. The story revolves around Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), an obedient mama's boy who slowly, then abruptly decides to ditch selling weed in favor of slangin' crack for increased profits. Of course, his dreams of becoming a local kingpin aren't without major obstacles: turf wars, race wars, crew wars, and the struggle of maintaining an honest relationship with his mother, Cissy (played by Michael Hyatt; D'Angelo's mother/Stringer's sister from The Wire).  There's some comedic relief mixed in to break up the high-level intensity, but Snowfall will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Parallel storylines including crooked law enforcement and a "luchador-turned-dealer" weave their way into the main plot to create an interesting series that is only halfway through its second season. One thing is for certain: Damson Idris is a star in the making

Succession
Premiere Date: 2018
Season 1 just ended; renewed for Season 2
IMDb: 7.5/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Where to Stream: HBO Go or HBO Now

After watching the trailer for Succession, you're probably wondering why you should give a shit about another show that revolves around rich white billionaires acting like assholes to everyone in sight when you could just turn on CNN. Because this isn't just another boring re-tread of that idea. Created by and executively produced by Jesse Armstrong, Will Ferrell & Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, Eastbound & Down), the fresh new HBO drama Succession is a compelling watch with the way it balances seriousness and deadpan absurdities. HBO's response to Showtime's Billions. What makes Succession more terrifying is than Billions is the realistic "evil" nature of the Roy's. The plot jumps head first into the world of a dysfunctional media family all jocking for positions of power within the company worth billions, all while promoting and protecting their own self-interests. Don't let the lighthearted jokes fool you early on; the cutthroat actions of each family member and the harsh dialogue will make you cringe. But like a bad car crash, you can't help but look. Also, don't be discouraged early on; Succession finds its footing around Episode Four. The nerve-wracking intensity of the final two episodes will reward you for your patience.

Killing Eve
Premiere Date: 2018
Season 1 ended in May; renewed for Season 2IMDB: 8.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Where to Stream: BBC America (Cable) / Hulu soon / get creative

An intelligent and skilled assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), gets bored with her assignments and goes on a rogue killing spree. An equally smart detective, Eve (Sandra Oh from Grey's Anatomy), pieces clues together that are purposefully left to get lured in by the bored assassin to "hangout." If there's one show out of this list to binge, make it this one...if you aren't faint of heart. Killing Eve is one-half gruesome thriller/one-half dry, British humor whose dark jokes roll in stride. There's a weird developing appreciation that grows between the two main characters during their cat-and-mouse chase which lasts 8 episodes. Being only 40 minutes a piece, Killing Eve becomes a quick binge that'll leave you wanting more as soon as you finish. There's something about Villanelle's sadistic behavior that makes her very endearing; a testament to the brilliant acting by newcomer Jodie Comer, who brings a whole new meaning to "kill 'em with kindness." Sandra Oh, who became the first Asian actress to receive an Emmy nomination for the lead in a Drama Series for this role, does such a convincing job of bouncing through several emotions during the action-packed first season. It gets my vote for Show of the Year.

Bosch
Premiere Date: 2014
Season 4 came out in April; renewed for Season 5
IMDB: 8.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Where to Stream: Free on Prime Video (if you have a Prime account)

Fans of The Wire should have a strong affinity for Bosch, a great but surprisingly well under-the-radar crime show that's been tucked in Prime Video for a handful of years. The book-to-television adaptation, which takes place in Los Angeles, is a thrilling police procedural that's highly detailed from the terminology right down to the authentic tracking shots and locations of downtown LA. By any means necessary, Homicide Detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) and his partner Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector, who played Marlo Stanfield) attempt to solve murders by a singular person or a complex criminal organization from season to season. The pacing can be slow when establishing the main story arc for the season which was a chief complaint about the first (it's decent but sluggish and too cringe at times; start with the second season and you won't miss much), but the payoff with the way the plot unfolds is worth it. The show's developer, Eric Overmyer brings his expertise (and Lance Riddick, aka Lieutenant Daniels) over from his days as a producer/writer on Season Four of The Wire to create an authentically intense crime drama. Far from dense with smartly written dialogue, Bosch is a very solid show, mixed plenty of high octane shootouts and rubber burnin' car chases to keep your attention at a maximum.

Sneaky Pete
Premiere Date: 2015
Season 2 came out in March; renewed for Season 3
IMDB: 8.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Where to Stream: Free on Prime Video (if you have a Prime account)

Netflix may have had the early advantage with original programming. In terms of quality of content, however, Amazon is striding like Usain Bolt to catch up. On paper and of course on screen, Sneaky Pete does grab attention's with two notable legends (Bryan Cranston and "character actress" Margo Martindale) but is made whole by the standout performances by the rest of the relatively unknown cast.  Without giving too much away, Giovanni Ribisi stars as "Pete," a con man who takes identity theft to the next level by pretending to be his cellmate upon release from prison. "Pete" maneuvers his way and cleverly functions as a member of his new family, all the while making sure his cover doesn't get blown. He lives a double life where a violation of his parole is the least of his problems. His life, his brother's life, and increasingly his new family's life are what the titular character care about the most as they are in grave danger resulting from "Pete's" past cons. Not gonna front: the first season was incredible; the second season was a bit of a mess, but watchable. The Sophomore Slump is a real thing. Shows like these where they try to navigate through additional content after the major reveal lose their footing (Westworld for example), but the potential for a pivot with Season Three still makes Season Two of Sneaky Pete worth watching. Intriguing storyline and interesting characters will make this an enjoyable binge that won't feel like a chore.

For the Culture: ranking the best Disney Channel original movies of all time

If you read the title of this article and didn't immediately sing, "let's watch. A Disney channel mooooovie. Let's watch. Adisneychannelmovie!" leave now. This not for you.

If you weren't switching in between channels 54, 55, 56, this is most definitely not for you homie.

Below we've ranked have fifteen of the best DCOMs of all time. We'll start from decent to the absolute best DCOM of all time. Narrowing this list down to just 15 was already a struggle; the lil nigga just hit the mid-air splits, the theme song is poppin', it's time for a Disney Channel Movie.

Disney

Disney

15. Halloweentown

Release Date: October 17, 1998
Starring: Kimberly J. Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Joey Zimmerman, Emily Roeske & Judith Hoag


Verdict: Let's gone head and get this out the way now, this movie is overrated y'all. Dubbed a classic by the masses amongst my generation, it ultimately falls flat upon rewatch. But, because y'all love this dusty ass movie, be happy it made it THIS far.

14. Jett Jackson: The Movie

Release Date: June 8, 2001
Starring: Lee Thompson Young, Linda Booth, Kerry Duff & Ryan Dowell Baum


Verdict: RIP to that boy Lee Thompson Young 🙏🏾 The film follows sixteen-year-old Jett Jackson and his role as TV action hero, Silverstone. It's a fun watch that still holds up and really highlights Young's acting skills early on.

Disney

Disney

13. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

Release Date: January 23, 1999
Starring: Kirsten Storms, Raven-Symoné, Lauren Maltby, Holly Fulger, & Phillip Rhys.


Verdict: A classic indeed and still pretty enjoyable, albeit annoying at times. The plot isn't that solid and I mean, 2049 is 31 years from now, y'all really think we finna be living on space by then? Nonetheless, the movie produced two decent sequels, starred Raven-Symoné before she disowned us, and movie gave us the HIT that is Supernova Girl. Remember that song?

12. The Proud Family Movie

Release Date: August 19, 2005
Starring: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, Orlando Brown & Omarion


Verdict: A good ass Disney movie if we're being honest and an instant classic for the culture. The Proud Family is arguably one of Disney's best original TV shows and the movie, which serves as the series finale, neatly ties the bow on a childhood classic. Oh, and who can forget the iconic dance battle scene?

11. Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama

Release Date: April 8, 2005
Starring: Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, TahjMowry, John DiMaggio, Nicole Sullivan & Nancy Cartwright


Verdict: Yo, go back and watch this movie y'all, it's lit as hell. Dr. Drakken actually has a solid plan and is actually menacing for the first time. We see Kim Possible in a real threat and complex love triangle with the homie, Ron & new dude Eric who (plot twist) is one of the bad guys! Ron finally gets the girl and our girl Kim ends up saving the day, duh. Instantly a classic and one of Disney's last great-animated shows.

Disney

Disney

10. Up, Up, and Away

Release Date: January 22, 2000
Starring: Michael J. Pagan, Robert Townsend, Alex Datcher, Sherman Hemsley & Kasan Butcher


Verdict: A big moment for a young black superhero geek such as myself back in 2000. This is one of the first times we get a black lead in a DCOM (right behind Don't Look Under the Bed). Instantly gottaput it in the top 10 off the strength of that, and the movie has a solid plot, decent villain and good acting on all parts. 10 is a pretty solid position for a movie where all the main characters share the same weakness, fucking aluminum foil bro? Black people love aluminum foil!

Disney

Disney

9. Cadet Kelly

Release Date: March 8, 2002
Starring: Hilary Duff, Christy Carlson Romano, Gary Cole, Andrea Lewis & Shawn Ashmore
 

Verdict: Definitely worthy of a top ten spot. Cadet Kelly gave us character development, good acting from Hilary Duff & Christy Carlson Romano, comedy and that relatable feeling of starting a new school for the first time. We also gotta give Hilary a W since The Lizzie McGuire Movie technically doesn't count as a DCOM, which is a shame.

8. The Even Stevens Movie

Release Date: June 13, 2003
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Christy Carlson Romano, A.J. Trauth, Margo Harshman, Nick Spano, Tom Virtue, Donna Pescow & Steven Anthony Lawrence


Verdict: The Even Stevens Movie serves as a series finale to another Disney Channel classic. Shoutout to Christy Carlson Romano making her third appearance on the list already! The movie gave us the goofiness that we loved from the show along with tying up loose ends. Defnitely a top ten DCOM.

Disney

Disney

7. Get a Clue

Release Date: June 2, 2002
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Brenda Song, Bug Hall, Ian Gomez, & Ali Mukaddam


Verdict: Man I love a good who-done-it mystery movie & Get a Clue delivers on all parts. Lindsay Lohan was always a great actress before anything and she holds her own here alongside Suite Life of Zack & Cody's Brenda Song. The story is pretty good and keeps you on your toes as the mystery continues to unravel. Not only is this a great DCOM, but its a good movie all in all and is 2000's af.

Disney

Disney

6. Brink!

Release Date: August 29, 1998
Starring: Erik von Detten, Christina Vidal, Patrick Levis & Asher Gold


Verdict: I can hear the masses yelling: "Brink! shoul dbe in the top five!". Shut up. This is the third DCOM and let's keep it real, after seeing this you were begging your OG to get you a pair of roller-blades so that you too could be a soul-skater. We get a solid lesson on friendship and all-in-all keeping it real with yo Day 1's, at least that's what I took away from it. This is also the first time we meet Christina Vidal's fine ass that went on to star in Freaky Friday and starred as the titular character in Nickelodeon's Taina.

Disney

Disney

5. The Color of Friendship

Release Date: February 5, 2000
Starring: Shadia Simmons, Lindsey Haun, Travis Davis, Penny Johnson & Carl Lumbly


Verdict: Top 5, top 5, top 5 *Drizzy voice*.  This movie honestly may be the sole reason why I can tolerate caucasians as well as I can now, no joke. Premiering in Black History Month of 2000, The Color of Friendship wasn't afraid to tackle some heavy material like foreign affairs, racism & oppression. After a rewatch, this still is one of the best DCOM we've seen to this day. I loved the idea of using a white South-African woman as a parallel to a black African-American one. Honestly, this movie could've debuted in theaters and made a killing for Disney.

Disney

Disney

4. Smart House

Release Date: June 26, 1999
Starring: Ryan Merriman, Katey Sagal, Kevin Kilner, Katie Volding & Jessica Steen


Verdict: G this house was raw as hell! The whole time I was watching this movie, I just kept thinking of how lit a mid-2000's juke party would've been in that mf. That is until Katey Segal (Peggy from Married... with Children) crazy ass became the house personified and wanted to become a wife/mother to the kids and their dad. Smart House is by far the most fun you're ever gonna get watching a DCOM. I definitely recommend a rewatch like, right now.

Disney

Disney

3. High School Musical

Release Date: January 20, 2006
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu & Monique Coleman


Verdict: G... getcha head in the game, you gottagetchagetchagetchagetcha head in the game! That's really all I have to say. High School Musical gave us CUTS, Vanessa Hudgens who was a certified snack back then and ZacEfron who still has a pretty solid acting career. This was definitely one of those DCOM that I didn't want to admit to watching, but c'mon, a classic is a classic. This is one of the few DCOM that had a decent ass trilogy with the third film hitting the big screen; an impressive feat that no other DCOM has accomplished. Go back and play the soundtrack, you're welcome.

2. The Cheetah Girls

Release Date: August 15, 2003
Starring: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams.


Verdict: Yo, let's not even flex and say this wasn't one of the greatest movies of our young lives. For the ladies, they had a plethora of HITS to sing at their slumber parties; and for the fellas, I mean we had a fake 3LW reunion alongside Raven-Symoné singing and dancing looking like snacks. This movie actually still holds up in terms of acting, plot and of course the soundtrack. Bro, the soundtrack literally went double platinum. Gone head and bump that feminist-bop Cinderella and report back with a status update.

Disney

Disney

1. Don't Look Under the Bed

Release Date: October 9, 1999
Starring: Erin Chambers, Eric "Ty" Hodges II, Steve Valentine & Jake Sakson


Verdict: The creme de la creme of Disney Channel Original Movies, Don't Look Under the Bed. I mean this movie was lowkey scary, great acting on all parts, and a good ass plot twist.


 

Honorable Mentions

As much as I'd love to keep this list going, I had a few films that ALMOST made the cut, check em out below.

1. Under Wraps
2. Johnny Tsunami
3. Tru Confessions
4. The Ultimate Christmas Present
5. Stuck in the Suburbs
6. Phantom of the Megaplex

'The Chi' episode 1 review
Showtime

Showtime

As a Chicagoan, I never feel like the city is portrayed correctly on film. Maybe the first two Barbershop movies but even that shit was like “EH”. I’m from the south side and we don’t usually have anything filmed on our side of the city, nor do we have a good representation of the urban community, west or south side. So when I heard about “The Chi” I was skeptical until someone told me they use our lingo and use it correctly. Now I’m intrigued.

So I tune into the show and immediately I see the Sears Tower being viewed from 79th St. Every person with mild sauce in their veins knows damn well that’s impossible. It’s too much gun smoke on 79th to see that far AND clearly. But ok, “it looks nice” so I guess that’s cool.

Next we stumble upon what I presumed was the protagonist of the show. I thought this nigga was a girl for a brief minute and it didn’t help that he dressed like a lost member of LMFAO or Mindless Behavior. I’ve seen weirdos in every hood but not dressed like that.

Then we move on to his older brother who puts me at ease with his use of the Chicago colloquialism, “G”. His placement was perfect and he didn’t overuse it. The man did his research! Got to honor that. And with this very key word usage, I turned up the volume, smirked, and said “Let’s see what The Chi talmbout.” It also helped to hear everybody heat the police officer every chance they got.

Showtime

Showtime

It’s some other details that I could talk about that didn’t sit well with my inner Chicagoan, like buddy on the Pink Line at a Garfield stop. But to be fair, the atmosphere is there so far. I saw enough dreadlocks and sponge fros to make me feel at home. I enjoyed the kids in school. They have to be from Chicago in real life. There’s no way you can script those mannerisms on a couple of those kids.

The storyline itself has to grow on me and I’m going to give it some time. People are accidentally murdered in Chicago at times but the sequence of events in the show are a bit odd to a south side representer like myself. I honestly don’t know if I’m truly interested by the show because it’s an intriguing storyline or because it’s based in my city. But one thing I know is I will continue to tune in.