“Spell It M-A-N” (January 6, 1993)
You might be surprised to learn that Doogie Howser M.D. only lasted four seasons and 97 episodes, but perhaps because Neil Patrick Harris has continued to be famous ever since, the show casts a lot longer of a shadow than it might otherwise. This fourth-season episode deals with Vinnie (Max Casella) being horrified to learn that his college roommate is gay, and because NPH is himself an out gay man, it plays out a lot different today. All this plus a special appearance by Teen Witch herself, Robyn Lively!
the episode of Smart Mouth explains the history of Pocky to food writer Tien Nguyen.
Monday Afternoon Movie’s special tribute to the late, great Cloris Leachman.
Drew’s 80s music podcast and its new episode about South African synthop.
Drew was on this week’s Talking Simpsons, discusses Sophie Krustofsky and Drew Barrymore.
and finally, if you want to know what the hell Drew was talking about at the end of this one, listen to Astonishing Legends’ series on the Black-Eyed Kids… if you dare.
Check out the cover art they picked for the very not gay third season of Doogie Howser.
There is not a single accepted explanation for what prostitutes have to do with pasta puttanesca, and don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.
This is the Drider of which Glen speaks.
And yeah, symbolically interesting, isn’t it, that the one episode that has to do with LGBT themes directly is also the one where Neil Patrick Harris appears almost fully naked?
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Watch Drew’s video compilation of every LGBT joke ever on the history of The Simpsons.
Buy Glen’s movie, Being Frank.
This episode’s outro track is “Song of Arabia” by Clad, which is actually not available on any streaming service but maybe just listen to it on YouTube?