Watch This: Must-Sees From A Show-Creating Couple | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
Filed Under:

Watch This: Must-Sees From A Show-Creating Couple

Play associated audio

In the TV drama The Good Wife, a political spouse forges her own path after her husband is disgraced by corruption and scandal. Real-life married couple Robert and Michelle King are the creators of the Emmy Award-winning CBS series. And the Kings are the latest Hollywood insiders to share their TV and movie recommendations with Morning Edition in our series, Watch This.

By and large, it's a lighthearted list. "We don't really watch too much tragic Ibsen drama," Robert tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "Everything has to have a bit of bitter humor in it."


Breaking Bad

The AMC series created by Vince Gilligan follows the exploits of a high-school chemistry teacher who learns he has cancer and decides he'll support his family by making and selling methamphetamine with one of his former students.

"It is very absolute in its decline of its hero," Robert King says. "... There's such a very dark sense of humor that keeps you laughing as things get more and more depressed and violent."

The teacher, played by Bryan Cranston, doesn't use the drugs he creates and sells — he's a business person. "It's actually very similar to what a show runner does," Robert says with a laugh, referring to his own role on The Good Wife. "Sometimes you feel like you're getting other people addicted ... It's very long hours, very late nights ... there's a lot of money involved."

More On 'Breaking Bad':


In the Loop

This 2009 film is a British political satire about the run-up to "an Iraq-like" war. British politicians come to Washington, hilarity ensues.

"It's a movie that really is all about the dialogue and the characterization as opposed to the plotting," Michelle King says. "If you had to summarize it, there's not that much to summarize."

In one scene, a foreign-relations minister is asked whether war is unforeseeable. "All sorts of things that are actually very likely are also unforeseeable," he replies. "For the plane in the fog, the mountain is unforeseeable, but then it is suddenly very real and inevitable."

"Who's the plane and who's the mountain?" the press corps wants to know.

"The mountain in the metaphor is a completely hypothetical mountain that could represent anything," the minister says.

"It is just a constant wall of one-liners that really doesn't let you up from laughing," Robert says.

More On 'In The Loop':


Team America: World Police

This 2004 action movie — starring puppets — was made by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. "Knowing that the South Park guys made it made us want to go see it immediately," Michelle says.

The plot focuses around the search for weapons of mass destruction, and it wasn't terribly well-received when it came out, Robert says. "It satirizes a lot of celebrities, so I think it was thought of as being hate-filled." He remembers reading a Variety essay that called it "disgusting."

The movie, he says, displayed Stone and Parker's willingness "to slap the face of liberal causes — and conservative — and satirize basically everybody."

More On 'Team America':


Twin Peaks: 'Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer'

The Kings recommend a specific episode from David Lynch's mystery TV series — the third episode of the first season to be exact, which first aired in 1990.

In the middle of the episode, FBI special agent Dale Cooper shows off his technique for figuring out which suspects to pursue — he says the name of a suspect, and then throws a rock at a bottle. If the rock breaks the bottle, he goes after the suspect whose name he just uttered.

"It was a brilliant recap," Michelle explains. "The kind of thing that would have been so boring but necessary — and yet you're unaware of the fact that you're being spoon-fed exposition and reminders, and are just amused by the comedy of him throwing a rock at a bottle."

"Twin Peaks is David Lynch['s] ... personal coloring box of all his little obsessions, but played out through a whodunit," Robert King says.

More On 'Twin Peaks':


More Must-Sees From Robert And Michelle King:

The Godfather

The Sopranos, Season 1, every episode

The West Wing, Season 2, Episode 15: "Ellie"

The West Wing, Season 4, Episodes 67 and 68: "20 Hours in America"

Breaking Bad, Season 1, Episode 7: "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal"

Breaking Bad, Season 1, Episode 3: "... And the Bag's in the River""

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek across the country this month, buying handmade signs from homeless people. He says the project has changed the way he views homelessness.
NPR

You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe

Goat — it's the other red meat! And it's easy to mess up. Kenyan-born Kevin Onyona reveals the secrets to a tender yet hearty stew: You've got to break down that meat, and you've got to give it love.
WAMU 88.5

McDonnell Corruption Trial Begins Monday

It's a first for the Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday, as Bob McDonnell becomes the first governor of Old Dominion to face potential jail time.

NPR

What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.