Aggregated reviews for The Plot Thickens

Welcome to The Plot Thickens, a documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies. Each season we'll bring you a story about the movies and the people who make them. Our first season is about a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood's top directors. But Peter Bogdanovich soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn - and a devastating crime. Along with host Ben Mankiewicz, Peter looks back on his life and tries to make sense of fame and failure. "I'm Still Peter Bogdanovich" is a remarkable story of loss, perseverance, and the solace of cinema.

Bogdonavich   (5/5)

Loved the interviews he did especially with Hitchcock. The podcast is put together very well and great narration from Ben. Keep up the great work!

I’m sorry I started....   (5/5)

I’m sorry I started listening to this podcast.....because I’m totally addicted!!!! I’m a huge TCM fan and this is an amazing podcast. Kudos to Ben and Peter for a great first season. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for season 2!

Makes for a much more enjoyable commute   (5/5)

I’ve seen very few of Bogdanovich’s films, so I decided to try this podcast to learn something new. What an interesting life and story!! I have a 30 minute commute (one way) to work and listening to this podcast makes it so much more enjoyable. It makes the time go by super fast.

Op ad   (5/5)

My congratulations to the quality of the questions and the production of your podcast with Peter Bogdanovich. That was very informative and interesting to listen to. Looking forward to the next set of podcasts on some other famous person. Cheers

I can’t stop listening to this Podcast   (5/5)

I really enjoy listening to Ben Mankiewicz his voice is refreshing as he tells his stories. I’m learning so much about Peter Bogdanovich what a life story!! Fascinating!!!

Very Well Done - A Pleasure to Listen To   (5/5)

I’ve frequented many podcasts over the years and to date, haven’t been compelled to write a review on any of them (although some have been quite good) until now. I honestly came into this with mid-level expectations (a fan of TCM and really like where they’ve taken the channel in recent years) however was caught completely off guard by the high-quality, high-content delivery of this podcast. Although I was peripherally familiar with Peter Bogdonavich because of ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Targets’ (and Dorothy Stratten), I had no idea beyond that what a storied life he led, or his deep ties to golden-age Hollywood. It’s a fascinating listen, with just the right episode lengths, clever narration by Ben Mankiewicz, and great production quality. The bonus material on its own is worth the listen. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Well done Peter, Ben and TCM!

Love the Show   (5/5)

I love the extended conversation with Bogdanovich, PB’s impressions and his stories. Also included are PB’s interviews with Henry Fonda, John Wayne, James Stewart, and especially Alfred Hitchcock. What a treasure PB is for Hollywood history. Let’s not forget Ben, who is better than Robert Osborne to my mind. I can’t imagine where he’s going to takes us next, but I’m going to follow him there. Bravo. I’d give it ten stars if I could.

Love this podcast!!   (5/5)

What an amazing treat! Listening to Peter’s interviews with the classic directors and stars makes me feel as if I were there! Love the back stories, the imitations; everything and much more for this classic movie fan!! Can’t wait for future installments!!

Beautifully done   (5/5)

I have a feeling that those of us who had any type of negative impressions of Peter will come away with a new sense of admiration for his talent and personality. The quality and production values of this podcast are of the highest level

Peter Bogdanovich   (5/5)

As PB was a very young director in film, with this podcast hearing about how he develops himself and faces his realities brings not only him into the content but “what others are saying, too”, which is a concrete meaning of life for me. I enjoyed PB’s transparency and honesty about his person and life since it all interplay’s professionally. And, oh yes, the TCM hosting is moving by keeping things innovative, rolling, and letting out important secrets, something always fun to listen in on. Thanks loads. Sincerely yours, LORI M.KUHN

Look at the less flattering side of Peter   (4/5)

I have also listened to the “you must remember this” podcast and the many part episodes about Polly Platt, Peter's first wife. You will see a different side of Peter.

Just one in …   (5/5)

Delightful. Interesting. Funny. A great listen. Great to hear so much about Bogdonovich, his vision, and his exploits. A meaningful addition to the TCM repertoire. Look forward to new ones.

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Superb storytelling about iconic storytellers.

Interesting   (4/5)

The series starts out like People Magazine but gets better. The interviews with the old directors, his kids d others were presented well. Was a good balance to Polly Platt series on You Must Remember This.

Plot thickens   (5/5)

I’m happy that Peter is doing the podcast. I’ve been going to movies since age 10 in a small town in Maine where I grew up, so it’s illuminating to hear Peter’s as well as Ben’s experiences with all aspects of cinema. I hear the episodes via my iPhone which is wirelessly connected to my hearing aids; however, I have to strain to hear Peter’s voice.

Great!   (5/5)

Had heard the name always with some sort of hushed comment after. Nice to hear from the source. What an accomplished life. Sadly, it had came with some heartbreak and hardship.

Bad, Dishonest History   (1/5)

The interviewer is clearly in love with the subject and it shows. The history presented here is not just one-sided, it leaves key facts out to present the subject in a positive light. On top of that, the interviewer keeps inserting himself into the discussion and the narrative in a distracting, unncessary fashion. I expected a positive take, but the lengths gone through to ignore really bad behavior--the subject is essentially a serial predator of young women--or pretend that the 70s and 80s were wildly different times in order to excuse it is striking. Someone else might have been able to make something of lasting value, but this is just another self-congratulatory Hollywood circle jerk.

Hilarious, Heartbreaking, Fascinating   (5/5)

At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, but ALWAYS fascinating. I delayed listening because I wasn’t as familiar with Bogdanovich, but within less than a minute of the first episode, I was hooked. Mankiewicz is an excellent and knowledgeable interviewer and Bogdanovich is a master storyteller. His insights and anecdotes about Hollywood legends like Cary Grant, Hitchcock, and Orson Welles are outstanding. His stories of his own triumphs and tragedies are frank and fascinating. But wait, there’s more! The bonus episodes with Bogdanovich’s interviewing Hitchcock, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, and James Stewart are a must-listen treat for any fan of classic film (particularly the Hitchcock episode). Thank you, TCM, and I hope to hear more soon!

Love it   (5/5)

Love this podcast. Ben does a really good job interviewing Peter. Respectful yet he digs deep into the mind of the Director. It’s both funny and tragic. Just when you start to feel bad for Peter he shoots himself in the foot. It also shows just ho cruel Hollywood can be. As a avid TCM watcher I have enjoyed listening to the podcast. Cheers to Ben for doing such a great job.

Robert Osbourne is smiling!   (5/5)

This podcast is exactly what TCM is all about. I found pure joy listening to Peter Bogdanovich sharing his interviews with his favorite directors and then having Ben Mankiewicz turn the tables and asking Peter the questions about his directing career. It’s heartbreaking and inspiring going through Bogdanovich’s career with him. His failures are candid and teaching moments for us all. I was grateful for the honesty and candor about his personal and professional choices. Thanks for sharing with us. Absolutely one of the best things to come out of TCM. This is why we tune in. Keep these coming. When are y’all going to hire Bogdanovich to host?

Extraordinary !!   (5/5)

Thank you for bringing movie history into our lives in such a fascinating way.

AWard winning   (5/5)

Best podcast I’ve ever listen to! I was so sad when it ended. Please do more

Polly Platt   (4/5)

This is a fascinating story. Do yourself a favor and check out “You Must Remember This” podcast series about Bogdanovich’s wife. Fills in the blanks.

Perfectly   (5/5)

Bogdanovich is a great story teller, and Mankiewicz paces the story perfectly. My favorite is Bogdanovich’s memories of Orson Welles.

Peter   (3/5)

Polly Platt died in 2011. The least you could do is get her death right. She made Peter what he was.


I thoroughly enjoyed Ben’s podcast. Very organized, interesting, no ramblings, no “see how clever I am” pretense that pervades so many celebrity podcasts. I found some of the clips a little hard to understand quality-wise but overall very good. I look forward to many more and if the other TCM hosts jump in to host, that would be excellent as well. Fan in Georgetown, TX.

Ben & Peter   (5/5)

Ben is a great host and narrator. Peter was an interesting subject, great story-teller and historian. It was an engaging, enjoyable listen. Looking forward to a future podcast with Ben and his next guest.

Very interesting   (4/5)

Enjoyable but your friendship may have colored your story. Peter doesn’t take ANY responsibility for his first marriage blowing up. He embarrassed his wife by flaunting his affair with a much younger, really a child. In this day and age it wouldn’t be accepted for a much older man of influence to take advantage of his childlike actress. Of course Cybil was fine with it all, she was enamored. Peter believes people didn’t like him because they were attractive and happy? Could it be that they didn’t approve of the way the relationship began? Peter really does sound like a narcissist in his complete lack of concern for the consequences of his behavior. No I am not an unattractive woman who was jolted in this way. I am actually a therapist who wonders why you didn’t press him more on this? Instead you romanticized it all.

Engaging. Could not detach myself for a minute.   (5/5)

Peter's life's story is revealed through a beautifully edited montage of interviews with the famous director in his full maturity and of interviews with those he loved and those he admired. Peter is portrayed as a man, now at ease in his eighth decade, who is fully cognizant of how much he has loved the beautiful and the gifted men and women with whom he has lived his life. The podcast is unusual in the intimacy and direct frankness of Peter's recollections.

Who made the best films?   (3/5)

This is a well made Podcast with a most interesting topic. My problem is that how the story unfolds around Polly Platt. I slowly found myself thinking how They didn’t show Polly as a complete person with her own career. Listening, It is clearly evident his success has much to do about Pollys vision and smarts. To describe her as staying around to do Paper Moon to get her husband back vs to send her career off on a positive trajectory was possibly male ego? She had two children to care for, amazing woman. I listened because I was fascinated with PB but listening made me fascinated with Polly Platt.

Behind the Scenes; the Desert of Film   (5/5)

in the past decades, filmmakers feature OUTAKES at the end of a film - they can be as captivating as the Story….the Entrepreneurial Pioneers use Mind, Body, Soul and (sometimes) Sex to create the 4 minute ‘polished’ scene we see. I am cooking, relaxing, and walking my dog to this Podcast, enjoying the Grit, the Financing, the Epic Drama behind the ‘MAKING OF’ ,,,and the Picture itself, seems (after listening to the Podcast) as the Retouched instagram Post, of a lifetime of experience to Craft, that One Post……keep revealing it to us Ben, and Sincere Gratitude to Peter Bogdonavich, for the gripping honesty that I don’t event think a Priest ever hears, in a lifetime of Confessional Booth Work….

One sided   (3/5)

This is difficult to listen to after listening to the “You must remember this” podcast episodes on Polly Platt

Essential Listening for Film Lovers Around the World   (5/5)

Thank you, Mr. Mankiewicz and Mr. Bogdanovich, for this gift to cinephiles everywhere. I loved every minute of each episode and wish only that there were more to enjoy! To that end, I implore, beg, plead and ask most sincerely that you, Mr. Bogdanovich, publish two treasure troves from your personal vault: 1. The index cards with your handwritten notes about the thousands of movies you saw years ago, and 2. The audio recordings of all of your interviews with actors and directors. I know you’ve published edited transcripts of them in two books (one of which you signed and personalized to me), and snippets appear in this podcast, but thousands of people would eagerly purchase and devour the entire, unedited audio interviews. These two bounties are an indelible part of cinema history, and I hope you will make them publicly available before too long In any case, thank you for this essential podcast and for all that both of you do for the film world.

The Plot thickens   (5/5)

Love the podcast but my only small trivial criticism is when Ben is talking to Peter about The last picture show he didn’t mention that Peters original choice for the LION Ben Johnson Was JOHN WAYNE ,,, would’ve luved to hear the Backstory on that ,,,, otherwise great show

Wonderful   (5/5)

Oh, this is for people who love movies. And no millennials complaining that something isn’t woke enough and hating on men. Just the love of film. What rich history. Thank you!!! I’m going from one to the next! Update...I owe this podcast an apology. My review does not come close to capturing the rich intellectual and historical voyage that I am experiencing. This podcast is important. It’s an absolute jewel. Very well written. The narration is superb. And the archived interviews are exceptional. This is an instant Gold Standard.

What a gift!   (5/5)

I couldn’t keep from binge-listening. I woke up at 3:00 a.m. and kept listening. Peter Bogdanovich is so open, so vulnerable, and just so human. He is also an archive of Hollywood and movie making history. Ben Mankievwicz is as gentle, kind, insightful, down to earth, and humorous as we have come to expect from him. A perfect listen start to finish. This was a much needed respite from the present situation. Thank you to Ben, Peter, and the entire crew. More, please!

Classic movie fan study guide!   (5/5)

Love the behind the scenes discussions. If you enjoy classic movies you will be enthralled! Thank you Ben for keeping the stories going.

The Plot Thickens   (5/5)

Loved it

The Plot Thickens   (5/5)

Absolutely love this podcast. The interviews by Bogdanovich with Hitchcock, Wayne, and Stewart were incredible! I wait for each installment of this podcast eagerly. Love the interviews with Bogdanovich as well as by Bogdanovich. It would be fabulous to continue this technique with other greats of the industry, including actors. Tarantino and Robert Duvall come to mind off the top of my head. Love you, Ben! Keep on keepin’ on!

Wonderful   (5/5)

Such an entertaining podcast. I hope it keeps going without large gaps off. Very enjoyable.

An absolute delight!   (5/5)

Hearing interviews of actors that I only saw on the big screen or tv playing their parts is a real treat. The segment with Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Jimmy Stuart was a great time. The extended interviews with Peter Bogdanovich and the people he worked with or had relationships with can’t be topped.

Amazing   (5/5)

Leave it to T.M.C... the most wonderful thing!! I can’t get enough! I hope there’s more coming!!!!😊

Fascinating Both Historically and Artistically   (5/5)

Great interview and commentary, Mr. M, and kudos to PB for the open and seemingly honest examination of his life and career. I do hope there will be more bonus episodes of PB’s interviews with Alfred Hitchcock and other classic directors. Such a rich vein of gold for any cinephile!

All Hail Mankiewicz   (5/5)

Thoroughly enjoy this podcast. Keep the engrossing interviews coming.

Bogdanovich Redue   (5/5)

An honorable discussion of an auteur who learned how to direct by hanging around and writing about many of America's greatest directors. Still alive, Bognaovich is a full participant in the storytelling. The series is also replaying his interviews with cinema greats. This makes a fascinating companion piece to the series on his first wife, Polly Platt, currently running on "You Must Remember This"

Love this podcast   (5/5)

I really enjoy watching movies on TCM so I was thrilled to discover this podcast. Very entertaining and informative. I hope there are more seasons coming in the future. Please keep them coming!!

You’ll love it   (5/5)

I’ve been waiting for weeks for this. Not disappointed, very good. I’ve been enjoying every minute

Absolutely fabulous   (5/5)

I really knew very little about Peter Bogdanovich before this podcast. He is absolutely fascinating. Ben Mankiewicz does a great job as interviewer & I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast!

Probably my most loved podcast of all time   (5/5)

I had no idea that I would enjoy this as much as I did. This has been the only podcast that I’ve re-listened to, Ben’s interviews of Peter Bogdanovich are that great. And wow, the bonus episodes are fabulous, incredible listening to Peter’s interview with Hitchcock. Thank you to all who worked on this!

So good I had to leave a review   (5/5)

I have never written a review for a podcast, but this one was so great I just had to. Totally entertaining and I learned so much along the way. Ben is the perfect host and the storytelling was wonderful. Top notch podcast for cinephiles.

Simply wonderful   (5/5)

I look forward to each bonus episode after binging the full season . What a thrill to Hear the voices and the seasoned history of Bogdanovich and friends .

Excellent!   (5/5)

Perfectly produced story telling about contemporary moviemakers. I am looking forward to listening to the podcasts in the next season.

Review   (5/5)

Marvelous! (In Katharine Hepburn voice)

Interesting, to say the least   (5/5)

I love stories. Books. Movies. I especially love a great oration. I’m always interested how a story plays when it’s shifted into another medium. To hear these craftsmen talk about their craft is amazing. To be honest, I’m not that interested in their personal lives, unless it’s crafted into story. All that, crammed into a few words of testimonial, means one thing, this podcast is a great score on a tough field.

Need more   (5/5)

Absolutely loved it! Can’t wait for what’s next!

Must listen!!   (5/5)

If you like movies you should listen to this podcast. If you love movies you MUST listen to this podcast.

Hooked   (5/5)

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never seen a film directed by Peter B. but I was hooked from the very first episode of this series. Looking forward to many more.

Very Well Done!   (5/5)

Really great job here, TCM! This podcast could have easily been twice the episodes and it still wouldn’t have been long enough to capture the life of it’s subject. I can’t help but think that Peter has a hell of a lot more to tell and I for one would love to hear it. Having long been a fan of both Hitchcock and Olson Welles I think an entirely new series of interviews based solely on Peter’s talks with them would be a great idea. As it stands however, a great first effort from Ben and the TCM crew. I look forward to your next edition!

Best Podcast Ever!   (5/5)

Finally a podcast with substance, smarts, and style! Leaps ahead of my two other favorite podcasts, Here's The Thing and On Being. With these three podcasts I do not need any others. Note to TCM and Ben: more, more, more!

Fantastic for Film Fans !   (5/5)

Thank you Ben! This is a wonderful podcast! Make certain you listen to the Hitchcock episode.

Great   (5/5)

Excellent podcast! For movie buffs it’s a must ! Keep em coming Ben.

Great Film History Lessons!   (5/5)

Peter Bogdonavich is brilliant as a filmmaker but also as an interviewer of other great filmmakers, this is a great listen!

Fantastic podcast!   (5/5)

Wonderful insight of the minds of legendary directors! And the history of film making

Excellent   (5/5)

One of the most interesting and talented men in Hollywood! He makes great pictures that you can watch over and over! I loved this! Thank you for doing this podcast.

Listening Pleasure for Movie Lovers   (5/5)

Bogdanovich is like a bridge from those classic Hollywood directors to the young guns that would rule the 70s and 80s. His love of film as a viewer is apparent, and yet he achieved what many of us only dream we could do in making his own classic films to add to the art form. Mankiewicz is a wonderful guide to this tasty world of Bogdanovich as he curates intriguing delights for classic movie fans.

TCM has a podcast?!?   (5/5)

Since my cable company removed TCM to a higher tier, I’ve been missing Ben Mankiewicz and the behind the scene stories he’d share. This new podcast is a fascinating glimpse into the life of Peter Bogdanovich, well executed by Mankiewicz. Mankiewicz gently guides Bogdanovich through his life sharing personal stories and insights into his career as well as his private life. Side interviews with others, like Cybill Shepherd, round out this excellent podcast. Highly recommend this for any TCM fan!

First Time   (5/5)

I absolutely loved listening to this podcast, this is the first time I ever listen to any podcast. I was like hearing your friend give you gossip and a good story!

Loving every minute of this!   (5/5)

Ben Mankiewicz is a great interviewer and storyteller. Bogdonavich’s story is fascinating and filled with his own life and work intertwined with those of the Hollywood greats! I hope Mankiewicz does more of these!!

Just couldn’t make him like-able   (1/5)

The podcast is well done very well narrated, great quality and it is entertaining to listen to but PB is just absolutely insufferable. PB leaves out the detail his wife was pregnant or with his newborn daughter (timeline is foggy) when he was carrying on the affair with Cybil. So instead of enjoying his newborn daughter he was doing that...and at 30 years old! Dirtbag move. He talks about how good looking he was and that was one reason people didn’t like him lol...umm looked at old pics and he was average at best especially when standing beside Cybil so check yourself buddy... His arrogance and ego comes through at every opportunity. The narrator and he, both mention very little about and give nearly zero credit to Polly’s immense contributions and collaboration during the Last Picture Show and other points in the successful portion of his career. According to him he did it all! (Listen to Polly’s story on the podcast “You Must Remember This”) Then much later he ends up hooking up with his (very sadly and not to downplay that tragedy) deceased girlfriend’s Much younger sister. Shocker all his affairs and later relationships were all much younger women and throw in some playboy playmates in there. And this man helped raise daughters?? His constant use of the word “girls” to refer to women is condescending especially from a boy like him. He was willing to do so much and bend over backward for his idol Orson and yet neglects his family and romantic relationships all the while. The main take away you’ll get from this podcast is PB is really just all about PB. He has had an interesting life with many ups and downs but he never really takes the time to reflect on how his actions affected those around him. At least at the many chances to do so, presented in the podcast. It appears that he is incapable of or uninterested in doing that. Even just the fact we got this podcast...there must be a million more directors or older Hollywood mainstays we could have got a good quality podcast like this about.

Loved it   (5/5)

Throughly enjoyed every episode....extremely well done.....I’m hoping there are more on the way...

Superb!   (5/5)

Thank you Ben and team! You were so right to think a long format interview would be successful. Can’t wait to see who you talk to next.......

Love it   (5/5)

This has been enlightening and fascinating all the way through!

Excellent!   (5/5)

If you enjoy Ben Mankiewicz’s movie intros on Turner Classic Movies, you’ll love this podcast! I was really happy to hear he was starting one. A lot of people have podcasts, but not everybody is engaging to listen to; however, Mankiewicz has the intelligence, depth, humor, and delivery to draw you in. Though he has a lifetime of film knowledge as a member of one of Hollywood’s most legendary families, he never comes across as arrogant or self-entitled. Mankiewicz tells his stories like a film fan, like the rest of us. I definitely recommend this podcast, and I look forward to future episodes.

Zilpha   (5/5)

I’m smitten. Bogdanovich, clearly an extraordinary filmmaker, is revealed to be a fascinating, flawed, wounded and tender human being. This series has caused me to watch two of his films I hadn’t seen before. “Daisy Miller” is lovely. “St. Jack” is beautiful. I’ve watched it twice in two day. I can’t stop thinking about it. Thank you, Peter Bogdanovich, for having the courage to keep creating when the going got rough.

An Excellent Podcast   (5/5)

Patiently waiting for season two. Does anyone know who might be featured in the next episodes?

Despicable Him   (2/5)

While Ben Mankiewicz’s delivery is just great for a podcast and production quality is pleasing, this podcast fell very short in presenting a well-rounded account of Bogdanovich. Mankiewicz’ podcast centers too much around the personal life of a man who is, at best, despicable. Instead of limiting this podcast to delving into the filmmaking process and perhaps giving proper and honest credit to Bogdanovich’s disrespected ex-wife, Polly Platt, this podcast focuses on sad Bogdanovich. Boo-hoo, Bogdanovich’s ex-wife, who just gave birth to his second child, kept getting in the way of his affair with 20-year-old Cybill Shepherd; boo-hoo, Orson Welles made fun of Bogdanovich’s movie flop on The Tonight Show; boo-hoo, Bogdanovich lost the “love of his life,” a Playboy playmate who he only knew for a couple months (and then went on to marry her little sister). No one is a saint, but Peter Bogdanovich has very few personal or professional merits. He made a few good movies, but I believe his ex-wife Polly Platt’s uncredited work on those films was the reason for their success. I like it better when Ben just talks about movies and doesn’t try to depict repulsive users as legends in the industry.

Peter Bogdanovitch   (5/5)

Fabulous podcast. Ben and Peter are just mesmerizing. Loved all the backstory and research that went into this production. Peter is so talented and hilarious to boot. I would just love to meet him and Ben and talk about cinema all day. Keep up the great work Ben and TCM.

The Plot Thickens is a Hit !   (5/5)

I thoroughly enjoyed TCM’s first podcast . Peter Bogdonavich has had a fascinating life in the entertainment industry . His first 3 movies were huge critical and box office hits. Then Peter made films that nobody wanted to see. The Episode called Babe Ruth Just Bunted goes into detail about his well made but seldom seen, Daisy Miller with his love interest, Cybil Shepard. Ben does a great job asking Peter questions that get him talking about his love for the movies, his friendship with Orion Welles, and especially his tragic relationship with the model and actress, Dorothy Stratton. I learned many things that I did not know about Peter and his films. I had forgotten his acting job , playing Dr. Melfi’s psychiatrist in HBO’s The Sopranos. I would have liked to hear Peter talk about the excellent documentary, The Great Buster, that he made in 2018. I have seen this superb film twice. Highly recommended.

The plot thickens.   (5/5)

I’ve always been a huge fan of peter bogdonavich even when I didn’t follow the back stories behind the movies i enjoyed watching. Listening to this podcast I have become a huge fan of the man as well as the movies he created. I have found that so many movies I have loved for so long we’re his. Thanks peter and thanks Ben. I really needed this.

Relaxing listen   (5/5)

I could listen to Peter Bogdanovich talk about anything all day. Calmed me while I worked.

Peter Bogdanovich   (5/5)

Loved everything about the podcast! I could listen to host Ben Mankiewicz all day! Thanks for an entertaining and informative podcast.

Peter   (5/5)

I love this Podcast! Ben does a great job guiding the listener though the story and Peter is so interesting himself. What a life and so full of interesting people and their stories. Do not want it to end!

If you like movies . . .   (5/5)

I gobbled this podcast up. It’s fascinating and Bogdonavich’s stories and imitations are so entertaining. I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute. Hearing Howard Hawk’s voice in the bonus episode from 50 years ago was unexpected and thrilling. Ben is an excellent interviewer. Congrats to all. Can’t wait for the next series.

Good for learning   (5/5)

Good podcast for hearing Hollywood history.

Great podcast for movie buffs   (5/5)

Ben does a wonderful job of interviewing and I learned a lot about the backstory of different movies. I especially liked learning about Peter’s first wife, Polly Platt, who did the set designs and art direction on his first four movies. There’s always a terrific woman ‘behind the man’ it seems. I feel like she made Peter Bogdanovich’s successful career as a director possible.

You Must Remember This   (1/5)

Polly and Peter remember their pasts differently, and I am inclined to believe Polly’s version of events. Listen to Karina Longworth’s new season about Polly Platt. It is much more interesting.

Enthralling   (5/5)

I do t know how you’re ever going to top the first series on Bogdonavich. I was enthralled from start to finish. Really superb storytelling. The chapter on Dorothy broke my heart. Can’t wait for the next series!

Precious   (5/5)

Ok, as Moses says, “her name ain’t precious.” And perhaps that’s too much to describe this. I am enchanted with this and how much life I knew about Peter and love his movies. I have a group of HS/college friends and when we get together we always seem to be quoting lines from What’s Up Doc. Great story telling is always great storytelling. Thanks

Prgburg   (5/5)

Exceptional podcast! Very well done and extremely informative and interesting!

American Buff   (5/5)

THE PLOT THICKENS is great stuff if you're a film buff like me. As a buff myself, I've always been fascinated with Bogdanovich, the ultimate buff, becoming a director. (I'm not sure if I would like him personally, because even though he denies it, I suspect the accusations of him being arrogant might be true.) But submerged as he was as a young man in silent comedians, old radio, plays, acting, and above all, the movies, he's a fascinating guy, with entertaining anecdotes and insights.

Bogdanovich - ReDiscovered   (4/5)

As Peter Bogdanovich readily admits that film he hopes to make is autobiographical, this reminded me of a film starring Ryan O’Neal, who starred in 2 of PB’s big hits. The film was a 1984 rather lame comedy which was better suited to laugh track sitcoms, than Hollywood’s golden era madcap hits. The plot of Irreconcilable Differences directed by Charles Cryer could easily be taken from the life of PB and his first wife, Polly Platt. An academic who studies the art of filmmaking gets the chance to come to Hollywood and direct. The ensuing fame, accolades and the attention of the much younger ingenue take the young academic on a roller coaster ride from success and money, to epic fail and bankruptcy. While the academics long suffering wife, turns out to be the bigger talent and success. Check out Irreconcilable Differences. Also in lead role was Drew Barrymore,taking the role which once would have gone to a younger Tatum O’Neal.

Exceptional Hollywood Podcast   (5/5)

When it comes to Hollywood history, you have to hand it to TCM. They know their stuff. And who better than Ben Mankiewicz to interview storyteller Peter Bogdanovic to follow his colorful life and moviemaking adventures. Mankiewicz doesn’t pull punches either, daring to get into touchy subject matter in his usual disarming way. If you love history, especially from someone like Peter Bogdanovic, whose life bridges classic and new Hollywood, this is the podcast for you.

Who sanctioned this masturbatory piece of crap?   (1/5)

May I direct you instead to the current season of “You Must Remember This,” which tells the story of Polly Platt. The writing is not only better quality, but much less obsequious!

Great   (5/5)

A great film director with a complicated, riveting story

Listen to the real story...   (2/5)

About his late ex-wife, Polly Platt. It’s on another podcast which I won’t name here. Much more interesting and seemingly more grounded in truth than this fluff about another white, male, “filmmaker”.

Compelling but sad   (4/5)

I thought the podcast was done well technically but it focused too much on his obsession with beautiful women. He seemed to lack inner character that causes one to be committed to marriage. I was amazed at how many times he went against the advice and wisdom of his friends and peers to make very unwise decisions. Overall, it’s a lesson on how NOT to live ones life...

Surprising   (4/5)

The podcast is fascinating to me but not for the reasons I expected. It was quite sad to see a man capable of showing and dealing with his characters’ obsessions and needs and yet so unaware of his own. The addiction (if you’ll excuse a trendy term) to youthful beauty is a long known element in both history and fiction. Many, if not most, of us men are prone to it. But most of us have jobs and lives that limit it to fantasy. We’re forced to grow up and out of it. But Mr B found himself in a job that allowed him to pursue his drug. It even rewarded him for it. For a while anyway. And sadly, like most drugs and obsessions do, it ruined him both personally and professionally. I understand several listeners’ dislike of him and his podcast. I was disappointed by Mr M’s skirting of this question. I would’ve loved to have heard Mr B’s answer. I have more sympathy than anger. Having said all this I’m eager to hear more on this podcast from TCM.

Loving it!!!   (5/5)

Great usage of actual audio and interview from people. The new version of the biography! Only 3 episodes in so far, so good.

You are amazing   (5/5)

Thank you I have enjoyed it so much

Not impressed   (1/5)

I went into this not knowing much about him, never hearing the name Polly Platt. I kept waiting for something he said to redeem himself, but he’s just not a nice person, very egotistical and selfish and frankly not that talented. Why the interest in this guy? Why a podcast about him? After several episodes, I listened to another podcast You Must Remember This with new episodes about Polly Platt. Strange timing huh? I’m not going to draw conclusions about who had more talent and who deserved the honor around Last Picture Show, but it’s clear who was a better human being listening to either podcast.

Bogdanovich wins you over, eventually   (5/5)

Kudos to Ben @TCM and everyone involved in creating a fascinating, compelling and enriching podcast. Wasn’t even sure how I felt about the medium (podcasts) and still don’t. However this series is a major rush. I awaited each installment with eager anticipation. I found its subject honest while giving himself over with a sense of humility. Mr. Bogdonavich, a tough artist to like initially, explains himself gracefully. He’s no saint, but we appreciate the fact that the obstacles he overcame, not to mention the unspeakable tragedy was simply “a man just keepin’ it real” no excuses! Great job everyone!!

Don’t miss this!   (5/5)

As a child of the 70s it’s required listening - for everyone else- it will reveal a decade that was much more than disco and gas shortages.

Moves at a clip that really keeps your interest- great production!   (5/5)

I love some of his films but didn’t think much of Bogdanovich as a man- his love life in the headlines left the impression that he was an arrogant chauvinist with a penchant for young women. I still think he made some stupid and questionable personal choices but Ben’s interviews shed nuanced light on his life and films. Whether you like Peter or not, the podcast is incredibly entertaining, we’ll produced, and moves at clip that keep you entertained and eager to hear what the next episode brings. The Plot Thickens is a great and apt title. Ben is a knowledgeable and creative interviewer who managed to get very frank and personal disclosures from Peter. He’s not just interested in his subject, he comes off as a colleague, a respected researcher in his own right, more than an enamored fan. I don’t know if he did the editing, but it was a terrifically tuned podcast. Looking forward to Season 2!

No one should listen to this   (1/5)

This man treated his first wife disgustingly. No one should listen.

Excellent job Ben!   (5/5)

Excellent job Ben and thank you Peter for being so open! I would recommend this to anyone who loves classic Hollywood and loves listening to a great story!

EXCELLENT!   (5/5)

This is QUALITY in every way - I immediately ordered several of Bogdanovich’s books & look forward his words & insights as an author. Of COURSE he would have directed one of the best music documentaries ever made; I have recommended it to everyone I know who loves music- didn’t realize that Peter directed it until now. Ben is excellent, the production is excellent, the music works well and overall a gift at the perfect time; so nice to listen and learn from professionals- More, please, and thank you, TCM! The podcast lives up to your very high standards!

Never expected it to be so good!   (5/5)

Not sure why I enjoyed this podcast so much, but I really did! I am not a huge Peter Bogdanovich fan really, but was interested to learn a bit about the Dorothy Stratton connection. That was definitely covered but I actually enjoyed the first episodes before that part equally as much. I simply found the whole series intriguing and interesting and looked forward to each episode being released.

Amazing Story Telling   (5/5)

Very well put together. And if you have any interest in film history please listen. Hopefully more to come!

Awesome podcast   (5/5)

For any film buff and TCM fan — especially if you love the masterful works of Peter Bogdanovich. This extraordinary series of interviews provides an honest look at the life of a director who was at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Riveting, raw, honest, emotional and great insight into the world of Hollywood that is ultimately only a “paper moon”. Loved this more than words can say. Ben Mankiewicz as host supplies the perfect narrative. Great job to all.

Yup   (5/5)

Ben In addition to having the perfect pedigree for the job as Turner Classic Movies primetime host, Ben Mankiewicz is knowledgeable & articulate, with a relaxed manner, an intelligent sense of humor, and a respectful manner with his guests. In this podcast, he is that in an intimate, extensive, conversational setting. Bogdanovich not only had an incredibly interesting life, but is a treasure trove of movie history, and a deep well of personal experience & insight into some of the most pivotal individuals in filmmaking. The only problem is the meager glimpse we get of Bogdanovich’s recordings of some of film history greats. We can only wait with fervent hope that experiencing that archive will be granted to us in further productions🙏🏻

Excellent   (5/5)

Everything you want in a podcast. Makes you forget out current miseries, what movies used to do. Bogdonovich is great, maybe Friedkin next?

Enlightening and Fun!   (5/5)’s like old time radio but REEEALLY interesting and fun!! I love the way Peter imitates famous people he knew and worked with. I can’t think of a more enlightening way to spend my evenings. Thank you, Peter and Ben!

Informative, engaging, and a fun listen.   (5/5)

You’ve done a great job with the overall interaction. I appreciate Peter B even more now. Approach future individuals the same way. Don’t over think. P.S. - Lawrence of Arabia - The desert starts as a backdrop and then becomes a character of the movie.

Next   (2/5)

PD made 2.5 good movies, several lousy ones, and was a cheating womanizer. Why does BM, who I like a lot, have such a crush on him? Can't wait for the next subject.

Interesting and informative   (5/5)

Really interesting. This is what a Podcast, in my opinion, should be. Interesting, informative, surprising, touching and at times dramatic. Nice to hear bonus episodes are coming. Please do more interviews of truly interesting and intriguing people before we can no longer get their story. Peter I hope you read these reviews. You are so well thought of and appreciated by so many. You have not been forgotten, nor marginalized in way by people that recognize and appreciate quality. I hope you write more stories and perhaps get an opportunity, that is much deserved, to craft more movies, series whatever before the opportunity no longer exists. Your specific view of a story has never been replicated. You have a singular and specific voice of story telling. I hope you get to use it again in a visual way. Be well.

Interesting but there are two sides to the story   (4/5)

I thought this was a really interesting podcast. I listened to every episode and found the host and subject very engaging. Ben Mankowitz is a great host on podcast and TCM. However I have just started a podcast on Polly Platt and well I have to say she deserves major credit for his success.

Just FAB!   (5/5)

This is a VERY well-done and entertaining podcast for anyone with an interest in cinema! Informative, enjoyable and thoroughly professional!! Bravo!!! Now I just wish I could stream TCM.....

How Great   (5/5)

My god what a great podcast. Bogdonovich is a perfect choice for the first interviewee. Ben is excellent in everything he does. Just finished the Dorothy Stratten episode. I can't wait to finish this and see who the next subjuct will be.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Very interesting podcast. Don’t want it to end

Very good. A nice surprise:)   (5/5)

I was a bit hesitant abt listening to this podcast...I thought It might be boring...and I never ever understood the appeal of Cybil Shepard...however I did enjoyed it and thought it was really well done...thank you for ur work

I hated to see the podcast end!   (5/5)

I thoroughly enjoyed this! Both the interviewer and the interviewee! Plus ... what a story! If you’re not a Bogdonovich fan, after this podcast, you’ll want to see every project he’s ever worked on. I was sorry to have it end!

A Well Worthwhile Podcast   (4/5)

Truly enjoyed this series which at times was funny, heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and always informative. Thank you, Ben Mankowitz and Peter Bodanovich.

Will try again next season   (1/5)

I wanted to listen along to this show to compare it between Karina Longworth’s current season on Polly Platt, but PB is just insufferable with his misogyny, ego, blaming anyone but himself and taste for young girls. I’m disappointed in Ben Mankiewicz for this hero worship, I expected more from him. I’ll try again next season, hopefully they have a more likeable and interesting subject.

The best out today.   (5/5)

I’ve been waiting for such an intimate, thought provoking and entertaining series on cinema for a very long time. My wait is over.

Great Podcast   (5/5)

This was a great program from beginning to end. Ben Mankowitz really made the listener feel like they’re in the room with Bogdonavitch. I hope there’s more coming!

Pretentious codswallop   (1/5)

The podcaster and Peter are both far too impressed with Peter and his stupid impressions. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes.

Surprisingly Compelling   (5/5)

I’m not an educated film fan and had never heard of Peter Bogdanovich, but I love audio biographies and this one was exceptional. Funny and sad but also interesting. I couldn’t wait to hear what decisions this very real man would make next. I felt honored and humbled to hear his story of audacity, luck, shame, sorrow, recovery and generosity through it all. Great debut, TCM!

Take me with you   (5/5)

Thank you for taking me with you along your journey of meeting, and becoming friends with peter the great! You’re a storyteller by any definition. This is what I love about podcasts. Well done and thank you to Peter B. for telling this story of his life. Hindsight is kind of 20/80 sometimes. I’m looking forward to your next story.

Thanks!   (5/5)

Ben Mankiewicz comes into his own with this podcast~~ Bravo! Looking forward to the next season~~

Podcast   (5/5)

Loved it. Can’t wait for more.

Karen wiese   (5/5)

Thank you Ben. I didn’t know much about Peter Bogdanovich before your podcast. I was enthralled by all seven episodes. I listened while gardening. It was the highlight of covid lockdown. Looking forward to seeing you will interview next. Really great American story.

I enjoyed this series   (5/5)

Great show.

Fascinating Man   (5/5)

Waiting for Peter write, cast, and direct another great movie with extraordinary characters and wonderful music. I really enjoyed his journey.

Outstanding Podcast!   (5/5)

Beautifully written and produced; impressively and thoughtfully narrated. I truly enjoyed each episode. You reinforced my belief that so much of film history is deeply personal and poetic. I can’t wait to hear what comes next! Jim Hone, Film & Media Digital Archivist Washington University in St. Louis PS: It was thrilling to see you and your crew with Margaret O’Brien at the Tivoli last year. We’re total cinephiles and TCM fans here in the STL. Come back soon!

Excellent   (5/5)

I loved it! Please, please make a bunch more. I can’t wait for the bonus episodes.

Loved it!   (5/5)

This was so outstanding. He’s an amazing man. The end of episode 7 brought tears to my eyes. So poignant. I look forward to his last picture show. Hope he does it.

The Plot Thickens, Season 1   (5/5)

This podcast was an absolutely fabulous portrait of the director, Peter Bogdanovich. To be honest, I didn't have much interest in Mr. Bogdanovich before this podcast, but these seven episodes were so fascinating. Looking forward to season 2, no matter who the subject may be.

Excellent podcast   (5/5)

The first season is a profile of director Peter Bogdanovich. No matter what you think of the director, the podcast does a fantastic job interviewing and analyzing the person…the good and not so good.

Just a Movie Fan   (5/5)

I’m over 70. I never really WATCHED ‘The Last Picture Show’ until earlier this year. This podcast is flat excellent. If you’re a movie fan it is a must listen!

Enjoyable if you ignore the creepiness   (4/5)

Worth the time to listen to but Mr Bogdanovich is lucky to have been working at a time when there was no MeToo movement. His rationale (women emotionally mature more quickly than men) for why his numerous relationships with very young “girls” (a term he uses more than “women”) is not convincing. The host does little to combat the creepiness, merely commenting that Mr Bogdanovich is more consistent with Europe and just doesn’t see relationships like the rest of us. I didn’t end up liking Mr Bogdanovich very much but feel respect for his career.

Creepy   (1/5)

Reminds me of Woody Allen. Any and all professional accomplishments run out the window when his pedophilia starts to reveal itself. It’s called grooming .. I’m fairly certain these “relationships” were kept very well hidden from the public until these girls were of proper age to marry .

I want more!   (5/5)

Loved this podcast! I have always loved old movies and so I enjoy TCM and its commitment to the classics: everything from Keaton and Chaplin through Chaney, Karloff, Garland, Kelly, Bogart, Crawford, Turner, Monroe, Clift, Taylor. Oh the list goes on and on. I’m a film lover. And sharing Peter Bogdanovich with us was a great selection. Peter is a gem. Thank you!

Very Interesting   (5/5)

This kept my interest the whole time and I couldn’t wait for the next episode to come out. What a life he had and I feel I know a lot more about Peter! Great job!

The real dr. Neon   (5/5)

Excellent series

Depth of Research and Telling Unmatched   (5/5)

I’ve been drawn into the podcasts involving Peter Bogdonovich without prior knowledge or specific interest in the subject. Well I’m glad I tried it. It’s been like finding a little treasure as each episode is meticulously and fully developed, using the voices and commentary of the actual people they are discussing where possible. Long lost clips are played and used for color and background detail. Rarely does a podcast sound like a more in depth version of a book but somehow TCM and Ben Menkiewicz (also from a Hollywood family) have achieved just that. If this PB series is any indication of the quality of future series podcasts it will surely be one of the most popular, respected and interesting looks at filmmakers and Hollywood. I can’t wait for more! Bravo!

Outstanding!   (5/5)

Love this podcast, very well done, I wish they were all like this.

Wonderful   (5/5)

This podcast is so very well made. I can’t wait for more! I just wish each episode was longer. Ben is excellent . His voice and professionalism make this podcast so enjoyable. More please!!

Thoroughly enjoyable!   (5/5)

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this podcast! Peter and Ben’s storytelling styles are the perfect marriage of humor, insight, and engaging wit that brings to life the wonders of filmmaking, weaving in anecdotes from major players of Hollywood’s Golden Age. I hope this fabulous series continues for a very long time.

Really enjoyable! Season 2 please!   (5/5)

Great series, easy to hang on to, lots of great and juicy tidbits! Ben is a lively and genuine host. Highly Recommend.

Not scholarly at all   (1/5)

If you want some real Hollywood history, listen to You Must Remember This. This podcast is just a creepy misogynist talking about himself.

Fantastic   (5/5)

An absolutely phenomenal series. Very well hosted and executed. Bravo!


Just a powerful interview with a ‘Living Legend’ ~Peter Bodanovich~ baring all & sharing his remarkable amazing life, tales of Hollywood, love lost- and everything in between! Thank you for allowing us a panoramic glimpse.

I’m in love with peter!   (5/5)

Peter Bogdanovich is one of the most interesting men I have ever listened to he is amazing! His life stories are so intriguing! love this podcast I hope they do another one! Thanks Marcy

Very well done   (5/5)

First class job done by the crew at TCM. I hope there are many more to come.

Really good podcast   (5/5)

I have certainly enjoyed this podcast but I would warn any female with a chip on her shoulder to avoid it. Some females seem to be so biased that every man has a hidden agenda and he couldn’t possibly be in love with a much younger woman. I thought Ben was so respectful of PB, his grief and his feelings. Of course it sounds like PB is an egocentric—he’s talking about himself!! And I think Ben is a great host. Can’t wait for the next installment. TCMfan4ever

Interesting podcast about a pervert   (4/5)

I enjoyed the podcast, but, geez, what a perv. Ben, did you have to fawn all over him? Peter keeps getting older, but his girlfriends stay young.

Too much male gaze   (1/5)

Was excited to listen to this and compare it to the newest season of You Must Remember this but couldn’t get through all the male centric writing and focus.

Thank you Ben and Peter   (5/5)

This podcast is a good antidote to the current times we are living through. I have always enjoyed Ben Mankiewicz’s commentary and introductions to the classic movies and his handling of the interviews with Peter Bogdonavich are exceptional. His respect and appreciation of the Mr. Bogdonavich’s work is easily recognized. I never knew much about Peter Bogdonavich except that he directed the Last Picture Show. Learning about him has been a great experience and I look forward to seeing his movies. So, thank you Mr. Mankiewicz for this podcast and thank you Mr. Bogdonavich for opening up the way you did in the interviews. Your impersonations of the Hollywood greats are spot on.

Excellent   (5/5)

It’s the kind of thing that you save for a time when you can settle in and just listen and enjoy it. It’s like a great book.

Who Knew?!?!   (5/5)

Who knew that my evening walks could be so exciting and filled with so much information that I never knew existed? Who knew that Peter had such an exciting story to tell me to help me through this pandemic? And who knew that I can’t wait to hear the next episode? Thank you both from a used to be starving actress turned Interior Designer?

So compelling   (5/5)

I’m so enamored with this story and it’s storytellers. Compelling listening from the very first episode. I knew so little of Peter Bogdonovich before this podcast and now i’m so engrossed in his life story! Makes we want to go watch his movies all over again and chase down those i have yet to see! I hope that once this story is wrapped up that Ben will bring us along with another fascinating life story!

Marilyn   (5/5)

Really enjoyed latest episode and entire series, although given the similar early career path, found it odd to not mention Marilyn Monroe was buried in the same cemetary as Dorothy. Always enjoy PB and Ben is a really good host. Excellent.

Eye opener   (1/5)

I had no brief either way for Bogdanovitch, but this podcast opened my eyes. Trying to build sympathy for a misogynist control freak is an uphill climb at best. But this podcast, with its hushed tones and stifled sobs really tries. After banging every woman he fancies (or admittedly really didn’t fancy), he found a sweet unsophisticated child of 17, waited 2 years, then went after her. Come on, she played well with his kids because she was a kid too! His grief is soaked in self pity which I suspect is more about the loss of an object he can control than about losing a fully developed woman and partner he can develop a mature relationship with. He’s 80 and she’s still “a girl.” Puleeze! If rehabbing hollywood’s aging misogynists is TCM’s purpose with this cast, I’ll find something less gag worthy to listen to. I have to give it 1 star but that’s really over generous.

Emotional and fascinating   (5/5)

I love this podcast, I anxiously await the next episode. Reminiscing about these stars and thinking about how much I enjoyed these movies with my grandparents. What a time to live! The last episode about Dorothy made me cry, there is real tragedy in this world and listening to Peter talk about her was just heartbreaking.

Fascinating !   (5/5)

Love this podcast ! So interesting , well researched ! I hope this continues with other directors, film stars . Thank you Ben !!!

Ben is amazing   (5/5)

I love Ben!!!! This podcast is like having a beer with my favorite young Turk...discussing way nicer things.

Can’t stop listening   (5/5)


Impressive!!   (5/5)

This podcast is by far the best I’ve heard. I absolutely love it and I hope it continues for a VERY long time!! Thank you so much!!

The TCM Radio Theater   (5/5)

I’m a 55 year old guy who often goes to bed with Cecil B DeMille and the Lux Radio Theater. Tonight, instead, The Plot Thickens... with our producer, Ben Mankiewicz bringing us entertainment, information, production values and personalities that rival that old Hollywood radio show. TCMs “The Plot Thickens” is real life storytelling that enables Hollywood icon Peter Bogdanovich to tell stories of coming into his own greatness among the men and women he knew from the Studio Era to the modern era. Put it this way: he actually conversed with Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant. Just enjoy. Its a podcast that is more than two guys and a microphone.

The Plot Thickens   (5/5)

This podcast is excellent. It’s interesting to those of us who love film history, and the backstories of the people involved in great story telling !

Excellent   (5/5)

This podcast is done so well and is nicely organized. I sincerely hope more biographical podcasts like these are done on various celebrities and iconic figures. The interviews and perspectives are wonderful.

Fantastic   (5/5)

I can’t wait to hear the other seasons Ben has cooking. I’ve watched the Bogdanovich doc and read Easy Riders, Raging Bulls — but this podcast is revealing so many tidbits that are wholly new to me!

If it is TCM, it is quality   (5/5)

Excellent podcast. Well worth the listen.

Awesome Podcast   (5/5)


Stand up guy!   (5/5)

Overpays his hookers.

Love!   (5/5)

Great job,Ben!More please!

Phenomenal   (5/5)

This is a phenomenal podcast. I’m 25 and grew up watching classic films with my grandmother and my mom. Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) became a favorite when I was 4 years old. I loved watching Robert Osborne on TCM and after his death, became a huge fan of Ben. But despite my love of a lot of classic movies, I somehow hadn’t heard of Peter Bogdanovich before this. I’m hooked. Great storytelling and interviewing from Ben. Very excited for future seasons, please keep this going!

Two Thumbs Up   (5/5)

I don't just like, I love this poscast. I have always been indifferent about Peter Bogdonovich but this podcast has really enlightened me about him. Great job Ben

Love, love LOVE this podcast!   (5/5)

TCM is my favorite channel; I adore movies from the 40’s and 50’s. Even though this podcast is not about a director from that era Ben Mankiewicz presents a compelling narrative of Bogdanovich’s life and, BONUS! he is still with us to be interviewed, as is Cybill Shepard. I should have waited for them all to drop because now I have to wait for another week to hear the next episode. Ben, keep up the great work. I love this. I can’t wait to see who you choose for your next podcast series.

A quibble and a suggestion   (4/5)

Without a doubt Ben Mankiewicz is knowledgeable, personable and simply adorable, while Peter Bogdonavich is a walking cinematic encyclopedia. And Peter is a terrific storyteller himself! I’d love to hear some of these stories - in their entirety - from Peter himself. TCM, will you supply extras at the end of this lovely series ... some unedited conversations between Peter and Ben? I would have loved to have sat in while these two were talking!

Long time Ben Mankiwecz Fan   (5/5)

Ben and the TCM Crew, Really enjoy this podcast! I’m a 34 year old higher ed professional from Kentucky who grew up with a steady diet of nonstop TCM. I always enjoyed Bob Osborne and then Ben Mankiwecz when he came on board. When I saw this podcast, I was excited that it was from TCM and Ben but hesitant to listen due to the subject as I didnt gave much of an interest in Peter Bogdanovich. However, I have truly enjoyed this series!! Please come back with a season 2 and keep up the great work.

Can we talk?   (5/5)

Almost as if Peter is sitting across the table answering questions I would ask. Gives such personal insights into his relationships with ex wife Polly & Cybill Shepherd. Provides an inside perspective on how movies are made & respective success & failures. If you’re a movie buff this pod’s for you!!

More, please!   (5/5)

Keep them coming. Thank you, Mr. Bogdanovich, for your interviews of the past and in the present. Thank you, Ben Mankiewicz for this series of podcasts and for those in the future.

Intoxicating!   (5/5)

Listening to this is like eating the Häagen-Dazs ice cream that Orson Welles couldn’t put down. It’s a delicious cocktail of Hollywood’s golden era mixed with the bitters and simple syrup of a director’s experience in 1970’s Tinseltown. Pour me another!

Hilarious   (5/5)

These episodes fly by. The stories are fascinating.

Fantastic podcast!   (5/5)

Bogdanovich is a fascinating fellow with a wonderful history. He and Ben have crafted a ‘must-listen’ podcast. If you’re a film fan, don’t skip The Plot Thickens.

More please....   (5/5)

Enthralled! If you love Hollywood this is a real treat. Ben well done. I love how raw and real Peter is. Can’t wait for the next episode!!!

Cootiecatcher - get it right   (5/5)

Geez, cootiecstcher, Josh is not 65, he’s 53, his wife isn’t 20 years younger. If you’re going to review something, get your facts straight. Love this podcast.

The Plot Thickens; Not Sickens   (5/5)

Excellent podcast, interesting interviews and the host’s delivery is great. I’m looking forward to more subjects! Thank-you!

Peter B.   (5/5)

Just wonderful. I’ve always have known that Peter has an encyclopedic knowledge of film just like Marty Scorsese. I think it is a slice of Americana to have a terrific film maker and scholar teach us about film and acting. I love the same artists that Peter loves, Stella, Marlon and Orson, Jack Ford and on and on. Bless his heart. We love you Peter. Stay well. Daniel Platt

I am already hooked   (5/5)

Love this! Very interesting, and Ben does a great job narrating. Looking forward to hearing new episodes. So refreshing to hear this level of detail from the artists themselves

If You Don’t Listen Don’t Start   (5/5)

Like Lay’s Potato Chips, “You can’t eat just one.” Each successive episode leaves me wanting more. Ben Mankiewicz flexes his story-telling gene that he apparently inherited from his father and provides an absorbing narrative that is both truthful and delightful. Granted, Peter Bogdanovich is a fascinating study, so he’ll be a tough act to follow. If anyone’s up to the task, I’d sat Ben’s a sure bet. Kudos.

Really fun   (5/5)

Good companion piece to the next you must remember this season

Simply fascinating   (5/5)

I am loving this podcast. I have always been a huge Bogdonavitch fan and it’s terrific hearing him recount his career. I was living in New York City when WHAT’S UP DOC came out. I was lucky enough to have seen the movie at it’s first sneak preview. I will never forget the uproarious laughter throughout the picture and the amazing applause when it ended. What a joy.


Peter is hilarious and Ben is always fun to listen too. Fasinating! If you like Hollywood you’ll love this podcast.

I love it!   (5/5)

How can you miss with Ben and movies?

More and faster   (5/5)

Well written. Well produced. Thoroughly engaging. I have two complaints: 1) give me more; 2) give it faster. :)

Wow   (5/5)

Really enjoyed this. I thought it was amazing. I hope you can continue this podcast after the pandemic is over and continue on with other directors or actors.

Loving it!   (5/5)

Really enjoying this interesting and well done podcast. I highly recommend it!

The First TCM Podcast   (4/5)

If you are a fan of movies, you will enjoy this journey through Peter Bogdonavich’s career and life. He is honest, engaging and funny as well. Ben, your host is confident and humble. You really feel like you are seeing behind the curtain. Looking forward to the next episode.

More About Polly!   (4/5)

I’m enjoying the podcast as I walk my dogs in the evening. I know the podcast is about Peter, but I found myself wanting to know more about Polly Platt. How horrible to find out your husband is cheating both behind your back and then in front of you and the whole crew. I’m not a fan of the cheating side of PB.

Peter Bogdanivich   (5/5)

Awesome podcast!

Cooler King   (5/5)

This podcast trumps all the self help, finance, etc. podcasts out there for me. It is my new favorite to listen to and I can feel the discomfort settling in when an episode is nearing its end. The editing, musical score, and above all the interview itself is just fascinating. Supremely well done.

Superb   (5/5)

This podcast is an unexpected delight. It is painful & hilarious in equal measure. And Peter Bogdanovich is a master storyteller - brilliant & generous.

My inner Movie Geek is FREAKING OUT right now   (5/5)

Love TCM, love the podcast, love Bogdanovich, love Mankiewicz. Please make MORE of these podcasts. And double PLEASE do one on Roger Corman, while he’s still alive and kickin’. And Ben, triple please get the band back together and reunite the What the Flick crew for a new movie review show. You are missed on the YouTubes. God bless. R.I.P. Robert Osborne.

Brilliant!   (5/5)

An informative, hilarious, and well-produced podcast about a great film director. Well done!

Great listening   (5/5)

Fascinating stuff

Thanks for the break from crime   (4/5)

While I am obsessed with true crime, my next obsession is the movies. Thank you for a listen that is much more uplifting than crime. I’m enjoying learning about Bogdonovich and look forward to more Plot Thickens stories about movies.

Big fan!   (5/5)

This is the first podcast I’ve ever listened to! I find them very insightful and entertaining! I look forward to each weeks installments.. don’t let any negative reviews throw you off. This is really great stuff! Would love to see Ben and Peter on air as well. They make a great team!

The Plot Thickens   (5/5)

Wonderful listening enjoyment. I’m a big fan of Ben Mankiewicz on TCM. And, Peter Bogdanovich’s Last Picture Show is a masterpiece and one of my favorite films. Ben and Peter have created a well-produced and highly entertaining podcast series. Kudos to both of them. Salud!

Perfect Introduction to Classic Movies   (5/5)

I have been spending some of my extra time watching classic movies. This podcast has been a great introduction into the best movies, actors and also sets the scene for the movie industry of the 60s and beyond. Can’t wait for more and would love to hear some more TCM content.

Typical TCM Greatness   (5/5)

Well produced and intelligently written...a joy to the ears of every film buff. Just like the films that TCM presents, this will be an instant classic. And Ben Mankiewicz is the perfect host. Thank you again TCM for just being.

I’m still Peter Bogdanovich   (5/5)

Amazing, really intriguing, timeless! Love every minute! Thanks Peter & Ben!!

Love it, super interesting!   (5/5)

Thanks, I work a 12 hr shift , so let’s put some more time in fellas.

Great podcast TCM   (5/5)

I tip my hat to you Ben great podcast.

Fascinating!   (5/5)

Can’t wait for more

Fantastic work TCM!   (5/5)

This pod cast is so well done and has so much interesting content that I felt I had to just say thanks to Ben M for this series. Very theatrical and episodic. Thoroughly enjoying it!

Peter N Hillman   (5/5)

Obviously some jerk who thinks his opinion matters to anyone. Probably blaming Trump for the virus as well. TCM can do no wrong. I do miss Robert Osborne but the current hosts are great too.

Bandana Bandito   (5/5)

What a bucket of fun, peeking into this director’s thickly plotted life. All the better with colorful tales of characters casually stopping by in urbane cameos. Vicariously, one is drawn to lively moments when Bogdanovich impeccably imitates Orson Welles, Cary Grant, or Hitchcock, which charmingly livens the tales. Apart from many personal inside scoops we hear about the decision to shoot in black-and-white, which evokes a dusty realism of the Depression era in my personal favorite, Paper Moon. Manckiewicz himself enters as the consummate host, as always. The casual interplay is what you would expect from a product of Hollywood and proper journalism: courteous queries with a flawless combination of knowledge, wit, and humility. Mix a cocktail, sit back in a favorite lounger, and invite these guys into your living room.

A dissenting voice   (2/5)

Adding insult to the further injury of time wasted on the first 3 episodes, Ben M said that this is just “Season 1” of PB’s life. As Ben rattled off the names of several dozen people working on this miserable show, I said aloud: “What the heck are they all thinking?” Personally, I find PB’s immense self-pitying and lifelong narcissism just pathetic. He was and evidently still is, at once both completely empty, and so full of himself.

The best !!!   (5/5)

I can’t get enough! The podcast is as well done as the 5 star classic films that TCM shows on television. Bravo. Keep them coming.

Boring Profile of Misogynistic Hollywood by a covert misogynist   (1/5)

The title and description paint a picture of a more compelling podcast. I listened to the first two episodes. In the course of telling the story of a once revered man and his rise to prominence in Hollywood normalized relationships between old men and young, barely 18 year old women. Even the ad features the 65 year old host talking about his 7 year old daughter. Even the host has married a woman 20 years his junior! No wonder he glosses over the predatory aspects of the marriage rights. I knew that if this is how women were treated in the early episodes, I would t be able to bare the hosts take on the story of a 20 year old woman who was coerced into sext work by an older man and then fell in love with the director featured in this podcast— who was 21 years her senior. This is why we have the me too movement. Because of men like the director featured in this podcast. Men who used their “power” and fame to take advantage of women much younger than them. Ugh. Who even likes his movies? Yuck.

Wow! Thank you TCM!   (5/5)

This is hands down the best podcast I’ve heard. Very well producer and just so well done from beginning to end.

Great stuff   (5/5)

Peter B tells a great story complete with major H’wd characters filling it out. Ben weaves us through it so well.

World Class Podcast.   (5/5)

As if there could be any doubt, this podcast is true class and enjoyment from front to back. From presentation, inquiry and honesty to the sheer hilarity and intimate stories from one of America’s greatest auteurs, this is a must-listen for all fans of classic cinema.

Kirk Said It was Good   (5/5)

Turns out it is! Kirk Minihane effect, 5 Stars!

Feed the obsession!   (5/5)

TCM is basically the only reason I have cable television. I’ve obsessed over all things movie since I was small. This podcast is now feeding my obsession as I do a very lonely commute during this public health crisis-fascinating man, that Mr Bogdonovich! Can’t wait for the next episode and I can’t wait to see what the next subject might be!!!!

Another knockout from TCM   (5/5)

Arguably no one is Hollywood has a more interesting story to tell than Peter Bogdanovich.

Lovely Piece of Time   (5/5)

Love Peter’s work and this podcast is worthy of its subject.

It’s one of the best podcasts ever   (5/5)

Thank you for your great questions and the honesty of Peter. So revealing, kind but still honest.

Those were the days   (5/5)

So excited that tcm has extended its glory into the podcast realm. Every episode of “The Plot Thickens” is even more riveting and compelling than the last and my only complaint is that I wish they were longer! As a true classic movie fan it’s so compelling to hear first hand accounts of how these movies are created. Witnessing the genesis of genius in a time when Hollywood was still the land of opportunity. As a girl in her thirties I can only surmise those must’ve been the days!

So happy TCM is making podcasts   (5/5)

Great so far...very happy TCM is now making podcasts- keep them coming!

A+++   (5/5)

‪Ben Mankiewicz is a master interviewer and storyteller. And as a result this podcast is engaging, entertaining and addictive. A sheer delight! ‬

Great big slice of film history   (5/5)

I attended college in the 70’s - the heyday of campus film societies and 16mm film screenings. Peter Bogdanivich’s scholarly bent, his insightful interviews with great directors, his transition to directing film - all of it made a deep impression on me. I am grateful that his story is being told - by himself - and in the company of such a respectful interviewer. Thanks so much for this. I highly recommend.

TCM podcast at last   (5/5)

I don’t have the opportunity to see TCM all the time because Sling doesn’t have TCM with my package. So I have this to educate myself with Ben. This first episode and second episode are incredible opening episodes. Can’t wait to hear more.

5⭐️ Higcerro   (5/5)

RIVETING....great narration and storyline.

Terrific job, Ben   (5/5)

I thought this was a terrific podcast. I never heard one before, but this was a great introduction. Ben was terrific and funny as always. I hope there will be many more years of TCM podcasts.

Im still Peter Bogdanovich   (5/5)

I would like to know when will the next episodes air on T.C.M? I really enjoyed what I’ve seen already. Can you give me any info?

The Plot Really Grabbed Me   (5/5)

Very, very entertaining. I’m a huge fan of TCM and enjoy listening to the witty film intros of Ben Mankiewicz every day. So, it stood to reason that I might find this new podcast to be fairly entertaining. I was wrong. IT’S REALLY FANTASTIC. Soooo happy they created this. I look forward to future episodes.

Fantastic   (5/5)

I love anything that TCM puts out and this podcast is no different. 5 stars!! So interesting to listen to and very well put together. Thanks, TCM!

Like a Good Movie   (5/5)

Ben moves the plot along by providing informative narration and Peter is an open and engaging interviewee. He also does great impressions!

Peter Bogdonovich   (5/5)

Fascinating. I’m hungry for more!

Peter Bogdanovich....   (5/5)


Terrific antidote for the Covid cooped.   (5/5)

I’ve been deep in news about the current pandemic. This pod, a well told story about storytellers, is a great escape from the gloomy times we’re living through.

Such a wonderful podcast!   (5/5)

Leave it to TCM to have such a high-quality podcast right out of the gate! It is smart, compelling AND entertaining. I highly recommend this podcast if you love film!

I’m hooked!   (5/5)

I am captivated by Peter Bogdanovich and his compelling stories of a life that is both charmed and painful. Ben Mankiewicz handles his subject well. I want to hear more.

The Plot Keeps Getting Better And Better   (5/5)

The first two episodes have been fantastic and I can’t wait for more! Keep up the good work TCMHQ!

Very boring   (1/5)

This podcast is just flat out boring, i couldn't make it through one episode. I doubt it picks up.

Bogdanovich can tell it all   (5/5)

Peter Bogdanovich is among the most fascinating and knowledgeable film historians, and that is compounded by the fact that he, too, is an actor and director as well as a talented writer. His books are invaluable to movie fans. His best films are among the best made during their time, and he seems to love to tell his stories about films and filmmaking. In this case he is interviewed by Ben Mankiewicz, whose ability as a storyteller and television host grows daily. It’s a great combination and a great start to a Turner Classic Movies podcast. Worth the time and effort for any movie fan.

An absorbing, expertly crafted story   (5/5)

This is the kind of podcast that I would expect to come from Turner Classic Movies. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold. This podcast is no different. It’s the kind of podcast you can listen to while relaxing at home or working from home (or both) in yoga pants...while time goes by. Love it.