Killer Serials
Killer Serials: LEAVING NEVERLAND

Killer Serials: LEAVING NEVERLAND

March 8, 2019

In this episode of Killer Serials, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the new two-part HBO documentary series, Leaving Neverland, which chronicles Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck's accounts of their years-long experiences of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson. They talk about parental failure and if we can know whether or not we would have done better, celebrity as divinity, and the corruption of fame.

Killer Serials: SUNDERLAND TIL I DIE

Killer Serials: SUNDERLAND TIL I DIE

March 1, 2019

After a long hiatus, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker are back to discuss some killer serials, starting off this new season with Netflix's docuseries, Sunderland Til I Die. In this episode that talk about the culture, economics, and religion of sport, community, devotion, and manager as Messiah.

Killer Serials: GODLESS, Ep. 5, 6, & 7

Killer Serials: GODLESS, Ep. 5, 6, & 7

December 13, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the final three episodes of the Netflix western, Godless. They talk about whether or not this should have been a film, quick deaths, magnificent shootouts, and an unforgiveable massacre.

Killer Serials: GODLESS, Ep. 3 & 4

Killer Serials: GODLESS, Ep. 3 & 4

December 6, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker are back to discuss the third and fourth episodes of the Netflix limited series, Godless. They talk about weak characters, bloated plot lines, and whether or not Frank really wants to minister to the sick.

Killer Serials: GODLESS, Ep. 1 & 2

Killer Serials: GODLESS, Ep. 1 & 2

November 29, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker are back after a long break to discuss the first two episodes of the new Netflix series, Godless. They talk about the myth of the wild west, the theological/religious implications of the series' title, and the problems of having, in part, an all-female setting, but few, if any, women in the writers' room.

Killer Serials: RECTIFY with Marjory Roth

Killer Serials: RECTIFY with Marjory Roth

November 12, 2017

A conversation about the Sundance Channel series, Rectify, with Presbyterian minister and chaplain, Marjory Roth.

Killer Serials: RECTIFY with Garrett Bugg

Killer Serials: RECTIFY with Garrett Bugg

November 12, 2017

A conversation about the Sundance Channel series, RECTIFY, with Rev. Garrett Bugg, pastor of Wycliffe Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, VA.

Killer Serials: RECTIFY with Mark Reisinger

Killer Serials: RECTIFY with Mark Reisinger

November 12, 2017

A conversation about the Sundance Channel series, RECTIFY, with Rev. Mark Reisinger, the Pastor of Beaver Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, PA.

Killer Serials: RECTIFY with Colie Bettivia
Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 10

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 10

June 14, 2017

It's finally here folks! The first season finale of The Handmaid's Tale, now streaming on Hulu. Tony Jones and Ryan Parker unpack this brutal episode and discuss Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd's awards-worthy performances, the superpower of pregnancy, American refugees, and where they'd like to see the second season start off.

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 9

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 9

June 7, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of The Handmaid's Tale, now streaming on HULU. They talk about Offred's gamble, Ofwarren's disappointment, and their expectations for the finale and the start of the second season.

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 8

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 8

May 31, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker are back to discuss the latest episode of The Handmaid's Tale, now streaming on Hulu. They talk about the nature of Captain Waterford's belief, the brothel as the truth that exposes the lie of Gilead, June's agency, and Nick's backstory. 

Check out Alan Levinovitz's review of The Benedict Option, which also sheds some light on the setting of this series: 

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 7

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 7

May 24, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome special guest Hank Stuever, chief television critic for The Washington Post, to talk about the latest episode of The Handmaid's Tale, now streaming on HULU. They discuss the TV critics' viewing conundrums, the state of television, and the new, male perspective on The Handmaid's Tale, along with the series' need for a stronger theological and religious foundation.

Be sure to check out all of Hank's work here.

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 6

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 6

May 17, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest (and possibly definitive!) episode of THE HANDMAID'S TALE, now streaming on HULU. Be prepared for Tony's hot takes! They talk about Moss' award-worthy performance, utilitariansim vs. Puritansim, and comparisons between Gilead and present day United States. 

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 5

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 5

May 10, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome Danielle Shroyer to this week's episode of Killer Serials. They discuss episode 5 of THE HANDMAID'S TALE, now streaming on HULU. They talk about watching the series from a woman's perspective, the possibility of a better world for all, and women's magazines.

Danielle is the author of Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place (Fortress Press), Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminations on the Lord's Prayer in the Holy Land (Paraclete), and The Boundary-Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise (Jossey-Bass) and speaks often on issues of theology, church leadership, and emerging communities of faith. Danielle lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas.

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 4

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Ep. 4

May 3, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of the critically-acclaimed new series, THE HANDMAID'S TALE, now streaming on HULU. They talk about stretching the notion that when one person is oppressed all are oppressed, divinely-sanctioned rape, and a McCarthy-ian sense of hope.

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Eps. 1-3

Killer Serials: THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Eps. 1-3

April 26, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker trun their attention to a new Killer Serial, THE HANDMAID'S TALE, now streaming on HULU. They talk about the dual nature of prophetic television, the marriage of religion and politics, and diverse dystopias.

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Killer Serials: Keith Anderson & THE OA FOR LENT

Killer Serials: Keith Anderson & THE OA FOR LENT

April 19, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome Keith Anderson,Pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, and one half of the fantastic podcast and discussion series, THE OA FOR LENT (along with Martin Malzahn). They talk about the spiritual and theological themes in the series and the practicalities of using cultural artifacts like TV series in the worshipping life of the church.

Note: Apologies for the minor audio glitches!

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 13

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 13

April 12, 2017

It's all come down to this. Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the second season finale of THE PATH, now streaming on HULU. Who are you, Team Cal or Team Eddie? What's the best way to "run" a religion? They talk about these topics and more on the latest episode of Killer Serials.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 12

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 12

April 5, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of THE PATH now streaming on HULU. They talk about Richard, his devotion to the Movement, his search for a new home, and being backed into a corner.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 11

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 11

March 30, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of THE PATH, now streaming on HULU. They talk about Richard's gamble, Felicia's wisdom, and human frailty.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 10

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 10

March 23, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of THE PATH, now streaming on HULU. They talk about the importance ritual and group confession and accountability, Tess' explosive entrance, and the impossibility of reconciliation and atonement while maintaining outsiders.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 9

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 9

March 15, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker break down The Path, episode 209, "Oz." Is Sarah with Cal, or is she with Eddie? Is Hawk gonna float again? And what's with Eddie's lightning scar?

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 8

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 8

March 9, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discusses the latest episode of The Path, now streaming on HULU. They talk about Cal's desparate attempts to fundraise (or friend-raise!), Eddie's drug-fueled spiritual journey, and the secret Cal's mom wants to share from her deathbed.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 7

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 7

March 1, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of THE PATH, now streaming on Hulu. They talk about fundamentalism, Hawk's ascension, and the powerful threat of doubt to a cult.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 6

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 6

February 22, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker are stuck in L.A. traffic talking about THE PATH, season 2, episode 6, streaming on HULU. They discuss Cal's Macchiavelian moves with the Lane family, Hawk's fundamentalism, and Eddie's attempts to stay out of the movement.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 5

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 5

February 16, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episode five of season two of THE PATH, streaming on HULU. They talk about Sarah's devotion, dead cows, and Mary's baby daddy.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 4

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 4

February 8, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of THE PATH, which starts streaming on Hulu today. They talk about the collateral damage of missions, the tension between having agency and being mind-controlled in a religious community, and the power of the will to shape destiny.

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Eps. 2-3

Killer Serials: THE PATH, S2 Eps. 2-3

February 1, 2017

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 2 & 3 of season 2 of THE PATH, now streaming on Hulu, and talk about the generational split in the movement, perceived and real supernatural occurences, and the agency of The Light.

Killer Serials: THE PATH 2:1

Killer Serials: THE PATH 2:1

January 25, 2017

Ryan Parker and Tony Jones dive back into The Path, Hulu's hottest show, created by Jessica Goldberg. In the first episode of season two, Eddie gets some special time with his kids, Sarah has a breakdown, and Cal proves that, indeed, nothing stays buried.

Killer Serials: TRANSPARENT, S3 Eps. 6-10

Killer Serials: TRANSPARENT, S3 Eps. 6-10

December 20, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker wrap up 2016 with a discussion of one of the year's best series, TRANSPARENT. They talk about the brilliance of Judith Light, lament the absence of Rabbi Racquel, and speculate where the series might go in its upcoming fourth season.

Killer Serials: TRANSPARENT, S3 Eps. 1-5

Killer Serials: TRANSPARENT, S3 Eps. 1-5

December 15, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the first five episodes of the third season of TRANSPARENT, streaming on Amazon, and the themes of religiosity, sexuality, classism, and narcissism.

Killer Serials: AMANDA KNOX

Killer Serials: AMANDA KNOX

December 7, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox, and what it says about unjust legal systems, amoral media outlets, and the public's obsession with crime stories.

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 11, 12, & 13

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 11, 12, & 13

November 23, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker wrap up their discussion of Marvel's Luke Cage, streaming on Netflix. They lament a fading narrative, celebrate strong performances, and discuss the theological importance of setting a story such as this in a particular, real world time and place.

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 9 & 10

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 9 & 10

November 17, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 9 & 10 of Marvel's LUKE CAGE, streaming on Netflix and the ways in which the narrative has begun to echo the biblical stories of Cain and Abel and Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael.

Killer Serials: An Interview with Kutter Callaway

Killer Serials: An Interview with Kutter Callaway

November 15, 2016

Kutter Callaway, Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary, joins Tony Jones and Ryan Parker for a discussion about his new book, WATCHING TV RELIGIOUSLY: TELEVISION AND THEOLOGY IN DIALOGUE. The new book is a perfect resource for educators, influencers, and fans looking to engage the medium on a deeper level.

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 7 & 8

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 7 & 8

November 9, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 7 & 8 of Marvel's LUKE CAGE, streaming on Netflix, and welcome Kutter Callaway of Fuller Seminary to talk about racial diversity, the use of scripture, and the way the series beckons us to talk theology and religion.

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 5 & 6

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 5 & 6

November 2, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 5 and 6 of Marvel's Luke Cage, streaming on Netflix. In this episode, they talk about the role of the church, viewing the world as a battle field vs. seeing it as a pasture, and whether or not we can rightly refer to "back in the day."

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 3 & 4

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 3 & 4

October 25, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome guest Jay Bakker to discuss episodes 3 & 4 of Marvel's Luke Cage. Jay and Ryan attempt to school Tony on the Marvel cinematic universe and talk about what Luke's backstory has to say about political, cultural, and religious issues today.

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 1 & 2

Killer Serials: Luke Cage, Eps. 1 & 2

October 6, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the new Netflix hit, Luke Cage, and talk about how it's folding in current events and concerns, celebrating black history and culture, and drawing on religious imagery and narratives. They're also well aware that as a couple of white guys, they're probably only scratching the surface of the series' themes and references.

Killer Serials: 2016 Emmys

Killer Serials: 2016 Emmys

September 29, 2016

As PhDs are want to do, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker belatedly discuss this year's Emmys, what they say about pop culture, what we think about the winners, and what our next Killer Serial will be.

Killer Serials: Stranger Things

Killer Serials: Stranger Things

September 20, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome John Bucher to the podcast to talk all things STRANGER THINGS. They look back on the entire first season, talk about where the second season might go, themes of sacrifice (self and otherwise), and whether or not Eleven is a Messiah figure and the boys are her disciples.

Killer Serials: Last Chance U

Killer Serials: Last Chance U

September 8, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the hit Netflix documentary series, LAST CHANCE U, and look at the power of football in America and higher education, different ways of teaching and learning, and the cast of characters that enrich the series.

Killer Serials: Preacher, FINISH THE SONG and CALL AND RESPONSE

Killer Serials: Preacher, FINISH THE SONG and CALL AND RESPONSE

August 1, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the final two episodes of The Preacher on AMC. They talk about conversations with God, cowboys in hell, and the role of materialist theology. Enjoy!

Killer Serials: Preacher, EL VALERO

Killer Serials: Preacher, EL VALERO

July 20, 2016

This week, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of PREACHER on AMC TV, Odin's spiritual & theological crises, the last stand at the Alamo, and Jesse's willingness to sacrifice his power for Eugene.

Killer Serials: Preacher, HE GONE

Killer Serials: Preacher, HE GONE

July 13, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss this week's episode of PREACHER on AMC, the role of Cassidy as moral conscience, the brilliance of Ruth Negga (be sure to check out the trailer for LOVING--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33g-ZHBQdNU), and what the hell Quincannon's up to.

Killer Serials: Preacher, MONSTER SWAMP, THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN, & SUNDOWNER

Killer Serials: Preacher, MONSTER SWAMP, THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN, & SUNDOWNER

July 7, 2016

After a brief hiatus due to travels, tragedies, and holidays, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker are back to discuss the last three episodes of PREACHER. In this episode, they discuss the nature of Genesis and its effect on Jesse, the loss of humility as a preacher's downfall, and Eugene's insight into guilt, forgiveness, and penance.

Killer Serials: Preacher, THE POSSIBILITIES

Killer Serials: Preacher, THE POSSIBILITIES

June 16, 2016

Craig Detweiler (professor of communications at Pepperdine University) joins Ryan Parker to talk about the latest episode of Preacher on AMC. They talk about divine complexities, reading John Muir in a slaughterhouse, and how the series captures the best of Bonnie and Clyde and No Country for Old Men.

Killer Serials: Preacher, SEE

Killer Serials: Preacher, SEE

June 7, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker continue their discussion of Preacher on AMC, which is shaping up to be every bit the character-driven drama as it is supernatural, thriller, Western. They get nit-picky about the presentation of religion, but love the struggle at the heart of Jesse's character. And how about that chainsaw scene?!

Killer Serials: Preacher, Pilot

Killer Serials: Preacher, Pilot

May 31, 2016

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker kick off their discussion of a new Killer Serial, AMC's Preacher, an adaptation of the cult classic comic series by Garth Ennis. In this episode, they talk about different narrative trajectories, the establishment of the three main characters, violence, and the prophetic nature of the comic books regarding the status of religion in America.

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