The Plot Thickens

Reviews For The Plot Thickens

Love the podcast but when does the 5th season debut?
But I’m not getting any younger. Please bring new seasons out quicker.
The Plot Thickens is my favorite podcast. I’m having withdrawals. The way you lay out each person and the pacing makes for a fascinating storytelling journey. I hope season 5 will come out soon!
Thank you for giving this amazing actor and inspiring woman this season!! Loved Pam forever but hearing her insights is a true gift. I hope her days are lovely—-she put a lot of beauty and brilliance in the world.
great pod, love film and these interviews but the pacing is awfully slow. too many breaks and they are not for ads but to remind us to goto the website for this podcast?!? it would be like a telephone operator interrupting the call to point you to a yellow-pages phone book. maybe tcm isn't aware but in this digital medium you can place a show url link in the podcast and it gets published in the creative with audio. too slow, stick to the interesting interviews.
I have listened to all the seasons and loved them all. I have had different levels of knowledge regarding the subjects of the four different seasons. I have learned something from each season.
Thanks again TCM! I devour all the wonderful content they provide. I have to say I agree with Quentin Tarantino “All Hail Queen Pam Grier”. I can’t tell you what joy it brought me to hear this beautiful soul greet Ben In her barn with music playing after all she has been through. Thank you Ben🙏for so much knowledge. God bless you Queen Pam 👑!!
This podcast was informative and entertaining. I enjoyed it so much that I bought Julie Salamon’s book The Devil’s Candy. Julie did a great job hosting the podcast. Well done!
On my other regular podcasts when a new episode is loaded the new entry is clearly marked “Today”. When the Plot Thickens drops into my library with a new episode and I click on it I can never tell where the new entry is. Can this be fixed? Thx
Pam Grier did it all back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. A terrific actress - reference “Jackie Brown”, among others. But man those Coffi and Foxy Brown are incredibly dated and basically pretty much terrible films. Sorry Ben, but what were thinking..
I never really dug Lucille Ball (I’m aware of the amazingthings she has done) but these podcasts really made me appreciate her much more. Really interesting.
I have listened to all of the seasons since the beginning and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. The Pam Grier season has been my favorite so far. I love the interviews and the background information given in all of the seasons. Keep up the good work and I am looking forward to the next season.
While I’ve listened to all seasons of The Plot Thickens, I didn’t have as much initial interest in the Pam Grier story. So it took me a few months to get to this one. My apologies. Not only is this the best of The Plot Thickens but it’s by far my favorite podcast of all time. 1. Her journey is incredible. She’s the real life Zelig or Forest Gump in the way that she was part of and present at seminal times in popular culture. Fellini, John Lennon, Freddie Prinze, Gloria Steinem, Richard Pryor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,Jimi Hendrix, and Sly Stallone to name but a few. 2. The story is told beautifully. Ben Mankiewicz who has the DNA to understand all things Movies, has been a great host from the start but he’s grown into a pro at the top of his games. His gentle yet probing questions and his ability to put different eras into their proper context is extraordinary. 3. The production team has outdone themselves and are now the benchmark by which I will measure all others. The sounds, the placement of the interview inserts and the pacing are unparalleled. 4. The discussion of blaxploitation movies and it’s resonance in the black and white communities is thoughtful, honest and as complicated as indeed it is. The bonus episode with Jacqueline Stewart is absolutely as good as taking film classes at UCLA which I actually did. 5. Quentin Tarantino’s interview is the frosting on an already delicious cake. His joyful fanboy admiration of Pam is balanced by his nuanced evaluation of her as an actor and a figure of popular imagination. 6. But in the end it’s Pam herself who is the biggest revelation. After 7+ hours , I just wanted more. So I watched Jackie Brown last night and will watch Coffey before the week is out. Kudos to all! Bravo!! Encore!!! Thank you Victor L
Thank you for airing this icon, Pam Greer. I always wanted to know what happened to her. Interesting life.


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I’ve always liked Pam Grier… I love Pam Grier! I pray my 2 teenage daughters end up as courageous and genuine as Pam. Well done Ben…
Heard about the podcast on TikTok like some of the other comments I’ve read, and boy was it worth the listen!! You guys gained a new listener with this one. Just finished this season and think I’ll head on over to the previous ones. Keep up the good work!!
Heard about this podcast on tik tok -and the young lady said -you guys have to listen to Pam Grier -season 4….she was not wrong -was a great listen.


Fabulous interview with a fabulous actress. What an interesting life & career. More people need to know Pam Grier and her work. Hopefully this podcast does just that!
The Pam season is the best! Ben also very good. One thing. Chill on the bonus episodes. Of course I’ll listen but editors are artists. Trust your artists. Less is often more.
Her strength shines through in every episode , that narrates an interesting life and interactions with celebrities , who at the time were just hanging around. Love her humility and steadfastness in narrating often painful memories .
Love these shows! Top notch!
This show is a podcasting gold standard on every level: fascinating subject, prestige media-level production, digestibly-sized episodes, a host who understands the job, and shockingly few/brief advertisements. Pam Grier‘s has lived an extraordinary life and has extraordinary stories to share across her career and her general perspective on the human experience. Thank you to all involved in this program.
This is the best podcast about movies (and TV in the case of Lucy). Main reason is that there are many episodes on the same topic, which results in fewer podcasts overall, but increases the quality tremendously.
This is an amazing, surprising wonder of storytelling about an inspiring, talented woman.


By dbev79
I love the movies, and am old enough to be in TCM’s wheelhouse. I wish I didn’t like this so much, but they have done a great job with Lucy, and particularly with the under-appreciated Pam Grier. Can’t wait for the next one.


By jdlsf
Pam Grier is a force. I have loved her since I was a little boy in the 70s. This is my favorite season of The Plot Thickens. As always, Ben Mankiewicz and the TCM team do a phenomenal job.
I was lucky enough to work with Miss Pam Grier. She's a total dedicated professional. Plus, she's a lovely person. Bravo
I could lie and say this season made me fall in love with Pam Grier but in reality, I never stopped.
What a life Pam Grier has led! Not just her movie life, but her personal life as well. From becoming the first female action star, to having a relationship with the world’s most famous basketball star and the world’s most famous comedian. What a fascinating life. Her life is a movie in itself… but who would play Pam Grier? I’m guessing only Pam Grier could. A terrific podcast! Kudos to Pam for being so open about sharing her life story. It probably wasn’t easy to talk about hard stuff. Just a great story all around. Thanks for sharing.
What a delightful podcast! I loved learning more about Pam Grier.
Pam Grier is amazing how she never forgot her upbringing her morals is one of sleaziest era in Hollywood. She has my undying respect and admiration.
From small town girl, to acting with the likes of Paul Newman, to dating Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze, this story is a must listen to and an amazing revelation in her personal life and professional career. Keep these awesome stories coming please!
Amazing life story and told so well through this podcast. I fell in love with Pam in 1997 after seeing Jackie Brown and then followed her career backwards and forwards. There is so much to learn in this podcast. The Plot Thickens does it again. Well done.
Terrific !!!! I loved hearing Pam Grier telling her stories of her life and how she took chances to change her life. Fearless woman with great humanity and super intelligent. Show is produced very well and has a smooth, deliberate rhythm which is a pleasure. Ben is great, as always, as are the many different people brought on to give context or different points of view on that period and the various complexities of the US in those days and after. I have three sons and have urged them and friends to follow the podcast . Outstanding!!!! Thanks- Tomas Arana
I’ve enjoyed most of the previous seasons, but this one is outstanding. The idea to include her in the series was brilliant. A story that needed to be told. Ben’s interview style was easy enough so that you can hear Ms. Grier’s comfort level growing. She is sharing some of her most intimate experiences. Gotta go…buying her book now.
I love Grier’s story. It’s well produced. Love the sound. Great podcast! I just don’t get the commercial…what’s he peddling? Movies on CDs? Sounds like something from the mid 90s. 🤣
This is my favorite podcast of all time! So interesting and perfectly edited. I was engaged the entire time for all three stories, but really loved the Lucy episodes. It’s hard to wait for the new one each week! Whoo hoooo Pam Grier!!!! My only complaint is the episodes are far too short! I wish they were longer.
Can’t wait for season 4! All Pam Grier! Amazing!
I really enjoyed the bonus episode with Lucy Arnez- I liked her honest and funny responses to Ben’s questions. It was nice to hear her give her dad credit not just her mom- they really were a team. I always like listening to Ben.
Just finished re-listening to this podcast. So captivating! As a lifelong Lucy fan, this is one of the best explorations of Lucy’s life and legacy.
I’ve been a Lucy fan since I was a kid so this was an automatic listen! It was so informative, charming, nostalgic and all together cool!
My goodness this season was so well constructed and articulated!! I shed a number of tears learning so much about a couple I thought I knew (and loved) so well. I haven’t listened to the other seasons, but if you are a fan of Lucy and Desi and want to know more about what they built together please give this a listen! Riveting!
Really, really like this podcast. Ben M. is such a great story-teller. Wish the episodes were more often than once a week. 🙂 Love the music too. This third season is my favorite. I do hope more seasons are coming in the future. So enjoyable.
Outstanding. No better way to describe the series. A real quality production. Thank you.
What an incredibly, exceptionally well-done podcast. I REALLY love Lucy, Desi and all they created together even more. Kudos, TCM!
Possibly the best podcast I have ever listened to!!
Blew through all three seasons of this in about a week. So well researched and brilliantly hosted by Ben. Keep ‘em coming!!
I could not stop listening. There was so much I didn’t know about her but even less about Desi. This is a great story.