Podcast: [BRACKET!]


[BRACKET!] is a weekly podcast that uses the single greatest hierarchy method known to mankind (the Sweet 16 Bracket) to sort out the absolute best in all fields: movie quotes, periods of time, cereals, logos, philosphical concepts, and types of sharks. Hosted by John Ryan "Big Shoes Please" Abbott, Cullen Jennings, Jesse "Bootaide" Knowles and Greg L. Mercer.

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  • Best PlayStation 1 Game

    Cullen, Dan, and Jesse get together and talk about something they've been meaning to discuss for a long time: video games.

  • #253 - Best Dream

    Dreams... where do they come from? And where do they go? Some say if you dream it, you can do it. Personally I don't see the logic in that, because I don't know how my elementary school bully is gonna pick me up and drop me into a grave, but hey, anything...

  • Detective Pikachu Revue: Detective Pikachu (2019) Review

    Dan and Jesse review 2019's Summer Blockbuster, Ryan Reynold's Detective Pikachu.

  • Episode #251 - Best Color

    Colors. We use 'em for categorization, but isn't it about time someone figured out what the best color is? Seeing as how no one in the history of time has ever contested this topic before, [BRACKET!] investigates.

  • Episode #250 - Best Jim Carrey

    "Ssssomebody's ssssssmokin' 'round here!" Yessir, we're all big Carreyheads aroiund here. "Sssssufferin' ssssuccotash!" The man looks to be as zany as ever in his upcoming role as Older Jim Carrey and we can't wait.

  • Episode #249 - Best MCU Avenger

    EDITOR'S NOTE: this episode was recorded before the release of Disney and Marvel's AVENGERS: ENDGAME and thus does not discuss a single plot point from said film, like how Danny Phantom shows up to replace Vision or how Antonio Man finds the hidden sevent...

  • Episode #248 - Best Scott

    What's a folx to do when you got all these Scotts out there? Compare and contrast them, of course! Ranking arbitrary concepts based on intrinsic value is the only joy left to be found!

  • Episode #247 - Best Footwear

    Have you ever thought "it sure does hurt to walk around in my bare feet, I wish they made some sort of protection for my sensitive feet"? Well you're in luck!

  • Episode #246 - Best (Current) WWE Women's Wrestler

    Dan's at PAX East and Persia's out of town, so it's up to them good ol' boys Cullen and Jesse to take the opportunity to make something the world has never seen before or since: a wrestling podcast.

  • #245 - [BRACKET!] Origins

    We're taking a look brack! Recovered from the archives, enjoy this re-broadcast of the very first episode of [BRACKET!], recorded over five years ago when audio quality wasn't even a thing!

  • #244 - Best Fast Food Item

    It's a dollar menu deathmatch as we kick off Sesason Fifteen with our favorite hot eats and cool treats! Join us for Jesse's least favorite hour of the week to find out which foods are best to dunk in a Frosty and who has the best fries in the biz!

  • Episode #243 - Tournament of Champions XIV

    The season fourteen finale, featuring your favorite normal adults who love the Tarzan soundtrack. ROUND 1: School of Rock vs Choco Taco | New Donk City vs Santa Monica | Heart (band) vs Strangers Like Me (Tarzan) | Nightmare Before Christmas vs Ice Cube...

  • Episode #242 - Best School

    Welcome to the first episode of March! Only brackets on this show. Yessiree. No dumb bits that would be exclusionary to new listeners. Absolutely not.

  • Episode #241 - Best Heart

    Sixteen sweethearts. Four Goofy impressions. One winner. Joe Manji.

  • Episode #240 - Best New Hobby For Jesse

    Awww...intervention! Jesse has been spending a bit too much time with free-to-play shooters, so we've stacked sixteen new hobbies for Jesse in a bracket to find out which personal project will help Jesse in 2019! Will he be the next great geocacher, or Go...

  • Episode #239 - Best Mode

    Hoo boy this is a sloppy one folks. Just a real nosedive into the mud. We took sixteen of our favorite....modes? And then Jesse fixed himself a drink? And then Persia fixed herself drink(s???)? You can try to put of scoop of ice cream on this episode but...

  • Episode #238 - Best Night

    It's time to party til the sun comes up as the sixteen best nights duke it out from dusk til dawn! Personally, nighttime has always been terrifying. I would wrap my head and neck in three blankets as a kid so vampires wouldn't be able to suck my blood wh...

  • Episode #237 - Best Thief

    Listen up, gumshoes! The [BRACKET!] Archive has been stolen, and it's up to you to figure out which of these sixteen sleezebags stole the shows! Could it have been Nic Cage from National Treasure, or that dastardly DILF y Hamburglar? Did Catwoman pull of...

  • Episode #236 - Best Food

    We've had a lot of fun over the years. We've done Best Cereal, Best Fast Food, Best Appetizer, Best Frozen Treat...but this? This episode? It's a no-holds-barred knife fight from start to finish. There is a standoff in the semifinals that I'm still upset...

  • Episode #235 - Best New

    Should auld arguments be forgot And ne'er brought to mind? Screw that, never let grudges die And auld lang syne.

  • Episode #234 - Best Santa

    Here comes Bracket Claus, here comes Bracket Claus, right down Bracket Claus Lane! It's a holly jolly free-for-all as sixteen Santas slide down the Challonge chimney to duke it out for seasonal supremacy. If we weren't already on the Naughty list, we sure...

  • Episode #233 - Best Cold

    Time to crack open sixteen cold ones ‘cause it’s a frozen fight to the…death? Maybe not death. Sub-Zero and Mr. Freeze are on the bracket, but like, so are the Ice Climbers. I haven’t seen those cute little adventurers kill anyone. Yet.

  • Episode #232 - Best Disney Song

    Supersweetsixteenaliciousexpibrackadocious! Even though this podcast thing Is something quite atrocious! If you listen loud enough You’ll always get ferocious! Supersweetsixteenaliciousexpibrackadocious!

  • Episode #231 - Best Cube

    Welcome, my friend. Come in from the cold and have no fear. We are always happy to welcome a new Child of the Cube into our flock. There is no war here. No famine. We have abandoned the primitive concepts of Good and Evil for the Six Sacred Sides. Shhhh…l...

  • Episode #230 - Best Egg

    We’ve assembled all our best yolks for an eggcellent episode! Scramble together with your friends for an hour of Humpty Shaming, in-depth analysis of Reese’s Eggs, and a shocking revelation about how Yoshi turns enemies into eggs. I’m just saying…have you...

  • Episode #229 - Best Birthday

    Cullen Jennings had a birthday this week, so we got him two amazing gifts to celebrate. Dan got him a new, much longer nickname than “Country Breakfast” and Persia got him a solid hour of really mean slams recorded live from a LAN Center. I’m not sure whi...

  • Episode #228 - Best Mask

    For our final episode of Spooky Month, join the Snood Dudes as we head down to the Spirit Halloween store and throw our sixteen favorite masks in the cart! Gonna be honest, Ol’ Dan’s memory is getting a bit worse as he gets older so I kind of don’t rememb...

  • Episode #227 - Best Chocolate

    WELCOME TO THE SECOND SEASON OF ANIME! That's right, folks. The Anime Entry of the Week returns! Other topics discussed on this episode include: Explaining Harry Potter to Cullen, Milk Crimes, LG Chocolate Shop of Horrors, Choc-Talk with Dan, Would You Du...

  • Episode #226 - Tournament of Champions XIII

    Hot Pockets vs. Big the Cat. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). Sixteen episodes. Sixteen winners. It’s time to clean up this mess we made.

  • Episode #225 - Best Bat

    WELCOME TO SPOOKY MONTH! For the first episode of the month, Jesse and Dan forgot that Persia was moving cross-country and Cullen was away at work. Are you terrified by the incompetence of two men? Is your spine tingling at the thought of an eight-entry b...

  • Episode #224 - Best Pink

    When you’ve got nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, or diarrhea…hey! You’ve been listening to [BRACKET!] We’ve got sixteen of the prettiest pinks we could find and it’s time to see which salmon reigns supreme. And hey P.S. we talked to charity...

  • Episode #223 - Best Spy

    Gonna let y’all in on a little secret…[BRACKET!] has been infiltrated by spies. They attempted to sabotage our recording of this episode seven times. Not a joke. Honestly if Jesse is even able to release this episode, I’d be pretty damn impressed. Hoping...

  • Episode #222 - Best Pie

    Oooh do you smell that? Float through the air with us and follow the scent lines to a hot fresh [BRACKET!] left on grandma’s windowsill to cool! We’ve got every pie in the sky set up in a delicious bracket with a buttery flaky crust. No soggy bottoms to b...

  • Episode #221 - Best Video Game Pet

    Some of you might have some questions. "Hey gang, where's Chao from Sonic the Hedgehog?" Or maybe "So what about Pikmin? Or Kinectimals?" Well, your father and I need to talk to you about that. All your favorites are lined up out back behind the barn. Win...

  • Episode #220 - Best Bald

    It's time to polish those skulls and shine those...skulls. We've got sixteen of the most excellent eggheads we could find in the follicle-free world. Elmer Fudd faces off against The Pacifier! Voldemort vs. Thanos! Professor X (wow, again, huh) takes on t...

  • Episode #219 - Best House

    It's time to stop being polite and start getting real as we tour the sixteen best houses on the block! From Spongebob's pineapple to Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Children, you're sure to have a grand ol' time until Jesse starts a bit where humans...

  • Episode #218 - Best Cat

    Janel SantaCruz from HyperRPG returns to [BRACKET!] to help us figure out which of these sixteen furballs is the finest feline of them all! Join us for a brain-melting hour of MC Skat Kat lore, DragonBall lexicography, Sonic Adventure karaoke, and a statu...

  • Episode #217 - Best Pocket

    With: Cullen, Jesse, and Persia It's super hard to write these episode descriptions when you're not actually on the episode. From what I've gathered, this one is about pockets. Let's go ahead and look at the entries here...Hot Pockets of course. Pocket Mo...

  • Episode #216 - BONUS: Best Bop-It Action

    We pulled it! Technical difficulties and Some Hijinx led to us releasing this March 2018 Bonus Episode from the Bracket Vault. Please enjoy our months old discussion covering Burnout Paradise, summoning up the comedy strength for Marvel villains, various...

  • Episode #215 - Best Pop

    They say my podcast is cool, my podcast be poppin'. I'm standing at my locker and all the boys keep stopping. I got nothing else for y'all in this episode description other than to say if you think Funko Pops are disgusting, just wait 'til you hear how ma...

  • Episode #214 - Best Sleep

    With: Cullen, Jesse, Dan, and Persia The gang's all here and ready to put you to sleep! So find a cozy spot to curl up with a good podcast. Your favorite nook in the corner of the couch. Out on the grass under the stars. Maybe you've got a nice hammock ne...

  • Episode #213 - Best Song of 1997

    [BRACK]street's Back, alright! Take a trip down 90s playlist lane with us to the year Princess Diana died--not sure how I felt about that one as I typed it. Well the backspace key is broken so I guess I just gotta keep typing about events of 1997 until it...

  • Episode #212 - Best America

    Happy 6th of July, or as we like to call it in large metropolitan areas, Happy 22nd Day Straight of Fireworks. It's been so long since we've had a still night where the stars aren't obstructed by the Devil's Fireflies and the cicadas soft cries drowned ou...

  • Episode #211 - Best First Job

    With: Cullen, Jesse, Dan Listen...now that it's summertime and you're out of school, your Mom and I are gonna need you to pitch in a bit around here. Maybe you could apply to the supermarket across town by Lorie's house? They're always.........honey I don...

  • Episode #210 - Best Thing About Being a Kid

    I don't wanna grow up (don't wanna grow up)! I don't wanna grow up (don't wanna grow up)! I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys 'R' -- Oh. Right. Well, uh...let's just forget about the death of a treasured childhood location and instead focus on sixteen other...

  • Episode #209 - Best Pastry

    Remember that time Jesse said chips without cheese are nachos? Do you remember that? Remember how you thought it couldn't really get worse? The good ol' days where all was right in the world? Just treasure that memory of a pre-Jesse-creampuff-without-crea...

  • Episode #208 - Tournament of Champions XII

    You know how in movies sometimes when a character is near death or going through a crisis, and suddenly every choice they made and regret in life they had confronts them in a cold dark ether of nothingness? That's basically what the Tournament of Champion...

  • Episode #207 - Best Office Supply

    Before we began recording, Jesse fixed himself a little cocktail of Fireball and Pepsi Max. Turns out this is the secret potion that turns Jesse into an angry stand-up comic from Boston we now know as The Blast Master, and he's got opinions about office b...

  • Episode #206 - Best Summer Blockbuster

    Sixteen movies standing in a row Sixteen movies, fifteen have to go But if instead of A New Hope The Phantom Menace makes the show... Then there'll be fifteen movies standing in a row.

  • Episode #205 - Best Jewelry

    Cullen Jennings returns with a fresh new [BRACKET!]! Oh, but you thought the old lady dropped it in the ocean at the end? Well baby, we went down and got it for you. Join us for a polished hour of comedy as we take these 16 pieces of jewelry to the local...

  • Episode #204 - Best Book You Had To Read In School

    That's right slackers, it's time for a pop quiz on the sixteen storybooks you were assigned at the start of the summer. 1984, The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice & Men....why do you look confused? Don't tell me you forgot? Oh for the love of god. We invited s...

  • Episode #203 - Best Dance

    Put on your red shoes and dance the blues with these sweet sixteen steps! Join us as we learn how to channel Necromoshing magic, confess long repressed group-dance anxieties, and bond over the weirdest use of federally-mandated physical education time.

  • Episode #202 - Cullen's Monster Mash & Does Jesse Own This Art Book?

    We were all set to record a new episode of [BRACKET!] for you. We really were. A nice, sweet sixteen showdown like we've done for the past four years. Then a tornado touched down a couple miles from Cullen and took out all his power and internet. Lost wit...

  • Episode #201 - Best Island

    Dan left to go to PAX East this week and didn't draft up the episode page like he normally does, so it's Jesse at the helm making the page this week! How will it turn out? He's never actually used Squarespace extensively before and he doesn't have a whole...

  • Episode #200 - Best Casual Dining Establishment RESET

    It's our first-ever [BRACKET!] Reset! Special Guest and friend of the show Brennan Williams returns to help us right the wrongs of podcast history as we HD Remaster our very first episode! Join us for an hour of new entries, old grudges, and dark confessi...

  • Episode #199 - Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Villain

    It's a Stan Lee villainy grand prix as sixteen silver screen evil dreams...something...look. Writing engaging copy for these things gets real fuckin' old after 199 of these things. I could crack some jokes about how the Red Skull looks like a classic Jim...

  • Episode #198 - Best New Super Smash Bros. Character

    Sixteen new challengers have appeared! We've obtained \*EXCLUSIVE\* access to this year's Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch thanks to you, our listeners! When Masahiro Sakurai found out we asked every listener who submitted a topic suggestion "Who sho...

  • Episode #197 - Best Best Picture

    This past Sunday, the most prestigious award show in the industry took place. I am, of course, talking about the recording of this podcast in our respective broom closets where we argued over 15 Best Picture Oscar Winners and 1 Goosebumps Book Cover. Be s...

  • Episode #196 - Best Sesame Street Character

    Sixteen! Sixteen Sesame Street Characters facing off in a brutal fight to the death, ah ah ah! This episode is brought to you by the letter "B!" You know...like [BRACKET!] and "what color is a puppet's Blood" and "Big Bird's terrifying thunder legs."  Plu...

  • Episode #195 - Special: Best Song of 2006 Cold Open

    Dan was stranded with a broken down car for a few days, so we weren't able to get a proper episode together. Please enjoy the full pre-show chatter from Episode #193 - Best Song of 2006. Originally we were going to do Best One-Hit Wonder, but then it turn...

  • Episode #194 - Best Winter Olympic Sport

    (CW: This episode was recorded on Sunday, February 11, before this week's massacre in Florida. During segments involving the Biathalon, we made several jokes around the concept of various sports adding guns to their rules. Considering the completely avoid...

  • Episode #193 - Best Song Of 2006

    I'm bringing [BRACKET!] back (yea!) with sixteen smash hit singles from 2006! Time travel with us to the Year of the Wii, sync your iPod Video to iTunes, open up the dirty window, and let this list illuminate the words that you cannot find. Also you need...

  • Episode #192 - Best Number

    According to our Slack archive, John first pitched Best Number in 2015, and then proceeded to include it in topic pitches fifteen more times after that. That's a total of sixteen pitches, by my math. We could have done Best Time John Pitched Best Number....

  • Episode #191 - Best Teacher

    Class is in session as Friend of the Show MJ returns to [BRACKET!] for a tumultuous tenured tussle! Sixteen of your favorite teachers from TV, Movies, and The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl duke it out in our teacher's lounge from hell to see whi...

  • Episode #190 - Best Gas Station Snack

    The best b-team in the business is taking over the podcast this week while Cullen and Jesse recuperate from MAGFest! Join Dan, Diana, Colin, and Zakira on our own Canterbury Tales-esque trip to the gas station on the corner. We're gonna need you to distra...

  • Episode #189 - Tournament of Champions XI

    Once again, as is tradition, we have summoned the winners of Season 11 to our Bracketorial Battlefield to fight to the death. Sixteen will enter. Only one will join the Bracket Pantheon of Tournament of "Tournament of Champions" Champions. It probably wil...

  • Episode #187 - Best Christmas Thang

    WOW! How great is it to say "Christmas" without worrying about the liberal coastal elites being bussed in to my neighborhood by George Soros to kill my dog and drain my pool? Anyways it's time for a holiday themed episode, so grab a cup of cheer. After th...

  • Episode #186 - Best Fish

    There are plenty of fish in the sea, but unfortunately we were only able to catch 16 for this [BRACKET!]. Well, actually, we really only caught one. Turns out fishing isn't so much "fun" as it is "the worst thing you can do with your time." The rest we go...

  • Episode #185 - Best Box Office Flop

    It's a Cinematic Cult Classic Clash on [BRACKET!] this week as John, Jesse, and Cullen duke it out over...wait sorry. This list says "Treasure Planet" and "Speed Racer." What the hell is this. What happened guys? Did y'all just look at the last sixteen Mo...

  • Episode #184 - Best Smell

    \*sniff sniff\* oh jeez. Y'all smell that? \*sniff\* Yeah smells like another stinker from your friends at [BRACKET!]. But wait! What's this? Special Guest, prodigal son, and co-founder of [BRACKET!] Greg L. Mercer joins us this week! And he brought fresh...

  • Episode #183 - Best Ice Cream Flavor

    Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all enjoyed a lovely sundae at the local scoop shop with your family and friends, as is tradition every 4th Thursday in November. Did you all go around the toppings bar and say what you're thankful fo-- okay. We forgot to m...

  • Episode #182 - Best State

    Fun thing about America: there's 16 states. We do a podcast where we take 16 entries and debate about them in a single-elimination bracket. It might be a controversial episode considering the recent territorial tension between STEMtucky and The Under Real...

  • Episode #181 - Best SNES Game

    Now you're playing with Super Power! The fifteen best Super Nintendo games plus Star Fox face off in a Super Sweet 16-Bit Bracket to determine which cartridge is king. If this is your last episode of the show, we understand. Can only push the envelope so...

  • Episode #180 - Best Nicktoon

    The 90s are back and better than ever as we face sixteen of the most iconic Nickelodeon IPs off in a cartoon clash! We need to wrap up by 9 PM though. Full House is coming on and it's the early episodes where Jesse has a completely different name. ANNOUNC...

  • Episode #179 - Best Lair

    Gonna be honest with you -- at one point, we stop the show to play HQ. I don't know how it happened and I was there for the whole thing. Cullen shows up twenty minutes late and is like "hey heads up we gotta stop at 9 to play this iPhone game" and if I ke...

  • Episode #178 - Best Halloween Song

    It's a graveyard smash as Lori Beth Denberg and Steve Starkins from Lost Treasure Of The Valley join us to put a spell on you! This episode is creepy, cooky, mysterious, spooky....you name it. So if there's something strange in your neighborhood, put on t...

  • Episode #177 - Best Disney Channel Original Movie

    Let's watch a Disney Channel Movie with Lucas and Emma from DCOMedy! Sixteen of them, to be exact. For the first time ever, ALL of your favorites are on here! We've got This Horny House, Phantom of the Opera But For Kids, Teen Wolf in March, Teen Wolf in...

  • Episode #176 - Best Thing About Fall

    It's the (second) most wonderful time of the year! Bring your best flannel and join us around the bonfire for some hot cider. Hey one thing you have to know, though....on your way up here, you're gonna have to drive around this Oktoberfest thing. Whatever...

  • Episode #175 - Best Ant

    See, because last week we did "Best Uncle" and so like, this week we're doing Ants. It's one of my favorite jokes, a homophone joke. This is probably the point where Cullen would chime in and say something along the lines of "You can't say that, Dan" but...

  • Episode #174 - Best Uncle

    Your four favorite uncles are back at it again! Also they're moving in and living in the basement, the attic, and your childhood bedroom. Look, the situation isn't exactly ideal for us either. You think we want to drive you to school? I'd much rather be o...

  • Episode #173 - Best Sonic the Hedgehog Character

    Sixteen of SEGA's anthropomorphic animals go up but only one can come down as the winner of the worst episode idea we've ever had.  Follow me through an hour of regrets, set me free from John's deep well of Sonic lore, and trust me that we will escape fro...

  • Episode #172 - Best Place at the Mall Food Court

    Quick question before you start this episode: would you order the baked ziti from Sbarro? Like...and remember, this is just hypothetical...say they had every kind of pizza on the menu ready to go. Just out of the oven, hot and fresh. A veritable buffet of...

  • Episode #171 - Tournament of Champions X

    It's time once again. Sixteen winners face off in an epic Tournament of Champions [BRACKET!] to claim eternal glory and enter the hollowed grounds of Tournament of "Tournament of Champions" Champions alongside Clone High, Hammerhead Sharks, and \*sigh\* D...

  • Episode #170 - Best Mascot

    It's a Brand Battle Royale on this week's [BRACKET!] to determine which corporate conception can always close the deal. Join us as we create our own Flo-sonas, discover the origins (and death?) of Grimace, and revisit our favorite minor-league mascot, Sou...

  • Episode #169 - Best Boy

    The boys are back in town, with Friend of the Show Will Kusleika.

  • Episode #168 - Best Carnival Ride

    MJ from Dungeons & Lesbians and Can't Let Go - A Nashville CMT Podcast rolls into town with the county fair, bringing sixteen iconic rides to our Miserable Midway! Get ready to Tilt-a-Hurl with us as we explore the psyche of a traumatized young Dan, j...

  • Episode #167 - Best Cake

    In honor of America's birthday, we've put together the sixteen best kinds of cake in a dessert duel to the death to determine which slice reigns supreme! Also in this episode is a shocking revelation about the Virginia Dairy Queen, Boston-style birthday c...

  • Episode #166 - Best TV Theme Song

    Fallon from Dungeons & Lesbians joins us to find out whatever happened to predictability and determine which TV theme is the very best like no one ever was! Nobody told you the podcast was gonna be this way, but life is like a hurricane here in Bracke...

  • Episode #165 - Best Trio

    Okay so let's just be honest with each other here: we forgot about Destiny's Child. And that's a felony. Even worse, we have Ed, Edd, and Eddy on this list \*instead\* of Destiny's Child, which is a war crime. So now we're on the lamb and looking for a pl...

  • BONUS -- Best Bonez

    We weren't able to get together to record a new episode this week (sorry!) so please enjoy the very first BONUS EPISODE of [BRACKET!] -- Best Bonez! This episode was previously only available to Patreon backers, and features John Ryan Abbott, Jesse Knowle...

  • Episode #164 - Best Pixar Movie

    Ka-chow! We threw every Pixar movie released at time of recording (except Cars 2, don't @ me) into our patented Sweet 16 [BRACKET!], turned the dang thing on, and let 'er rip through each 90-minute romp to determine the best of the bunch. Join us on a jou...

  • Episode #163 - Best Disney Princess

    Stand-up comics Vanessa Gritton and Jessica Singer be our guests and help answer two simple questions: which Disney Princess reigns supreme, and if ye had ah chahnce te change yer fayte....wood ye? Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the colors...

  • Episode #162 - Best Food At a Barbecue

    Come on down to our Memorial Day BBQ! Returning guest Gabe Silva brought some gout-inducing pulled pork, and Janette Goering picked up a case of ice pops and a whole thing of cornbread. Oh, and you have \*got\* to try the white-people kimchi Uncle Dan bro...

  • Episode #161 - Best MTV Original Series

    Coming fresh off the NEXT bus is Special Guest MJ from Dungeons & Lesbians with a Super Sweet Sixteen of the best TV shows to grace the afterschool airwaves! Hop on in to our Pimped out Ride while we hunt down some Catfish, pull some pranks with Johnn...

  • Episode #160 - Best Overwatch Hero

    Cheers, love! The cavalry's here! After an incredibly heated debate, we selected sixteen of Blizzard Entertainment's most smoochable heroes to battle it out in what Jesse describes as "the most fucked [BRACKET!] yet." Will justice reign from above, or wil...

  • Episode #159 - Best Eye

    Sound.wav's Nell Bailey makes a terrible mistake and joins us for a no-good very bad episode all about everyone's favorite organ: eyes! John summons a Blue Eyes White Dragon while placing a Trap Card face-down. Cullen changes the lyrics, title, and really...

  • Episode #158 - Best Dog

    Billy Gagon from Dingo Dog Brewing Co. returns after a 135 episode hiatus for what may be one of our wildest episodes ever. No, really. Maybe don't start with this one as your first episode. John wills a meme into existence while Jesse tries to reclaim "D...

  • Episode #157 - Best Queen Song

    Special guest MJ from Dungeons & Lesbians joins us princes of the universe for a crazy little thing called [BRACKET!] to pick the Best Queen Song! The gang feels under pressure with so many killer Queen songs, but we somehow manage to break free becau...

  • Episode #156 - Best School Lunch

    Abed Gheith returns to kick off Season Ten and help decide which iconic school lunch will be this month's Manager Special. John eats lunch in the bathroom while Cullen feeds people knuckle sandwiches. Jesse finds a surprise inside his chicken patty, and D...

  • Episode #155 - Tournament of Champions IX

    The Tournament of Champions is our end-of-season battle royale where the 16 winners of Season 9 face off to be crowned Best of the Season. With only four hosts, there's only one way to break ties: calling random people in our contact lists. No, really. Th...

  • Episode #154 - Best Fantasy Race

    Colin Padgett Arnold, our resident Bestiary expert and co-host of Creature Culture, joins our medieval melee that will separate the orcs from the elves and the merfolk from the WaveRace64s. Honestly this entire bracket is just one big excuse for us to deb...

  • Episode #153 - Best Dan

    Dan went to Boston to be with the rats, so Cullen, John, and Jesse recorded a very special episode that definitely did not hurt Dan's feelings at all. Made of steel, that boy. Very large, unwieldy steel. Anyways, now's a great time to pop open some Danima...

  • Episode #152 - Best Superhero Costume

    We like to think of [BRACKET!] as a judgement-free zone...like Planet Fitness! But less pizza and there's no weird alarm on the wall. When special guest Albro Lundy gets upset with our encyclopedic knowledge of Power Rangers and Captain Underpants lore, h...

  • Episode #151 - Best Adventurer

    Cameron Kunzelman joins us and 16 of the Best Adventurers on an odyssey to steal the Declaration of Independence! Danger will most certainly be faced head-on while the toughest of choices will be made! Does Link have what it takes to defeat Nathan Drake?...

  • Episode #150 - Best Bug

    Esabelle Ryngin (science cartoonist, entemologist, and co-creator of Bugs and Kisses) joins us to metamorphose this bad podcast into a good one and help decide which of these sixteen entries is the ideal insect! Fair warning: there's a lot of Bug's Life t...

  • Episode #149 - Best Tom Hanks

    [BRACKET!] is like a box of chocolates: about half of 'em are filled with stuff you hate. The other half are palatable enough, like this episode. It could be because special guest Blythe Roberson is here to help pilot this crashing podcast into the Hudson...

  • Episode #148 - Best Clown (3rd Anniversary Special)

    Greg L. Mercer, co-founding member of [BRACKET!] and co-host of the Transformers podcast Sound.wav, returns for our birthday party! And he brought sixteen clowns with him. Isn't that thoughtful? Everyone be sure to say thank you to the newest member of th...

  • Episode #147 -- Best Duck

    I hope y'all are ready to have your minds blown by the incredible audio technology we have at our disposal. After we lost 23 minutes of Jesse's audio, we spent $10,000 on digitally recreating the voice of Jesse Knowles. It's incredible, we can make it sou...

  • Episode #146 - Best Appetizer

    Comedian and writer Meg Favreau is here to help convince Jesse that you can't call a bowl of plain tortilla chips "nachos." No really. That's a thing we have to do. And we're all going to chip in and do our part to help Jesse overcome this CERTIFIABLY WIL...

  • Episode #145 - Best Fictional Sport

    Special Guest and Very Good KicksMan Chris Kluwe returns to pit bloodsport against laser tag against the laziest game J.K. Rowling could have invented...okay. Woof. I'm sorry. I can't keep writing this episode description pretending we didn't goof this br...

  • Episode #144 - Best Original Pokemon

    Whoa what are you doing!?! You're supposed to throw it at the Mewtwo! Not...oh my god STOP. Special Guest Abigail Tyson from Adult Swim Games joins us again to completely ruin all of your favorite Pokemon from Red & Blue. Just destroy them. Ravage the...

  • Episode #143 - Best Paw & John's Season of Changes

    Hello new listener! Maybe don't start with this episode because BOW HOWDY is it a rough one to start with. Our guest went missing this week, so we did the most reasonable thing: recorded ourselves talking about nonsense for about 50 minutes, then doing a...

  • Episode #142 - Best Loser

    "All of you!" Wow. Harsh. We were thinking, like, maybe Charlie Brown or Eeyore but okay. Special guest Claire Friedman is here with us, so congrats on not taking her feelings into consideration before throwing your sticks and stones. Really expected bett...

  • Episode #141 - Best Junk

    Please don't feel bad about holding on to hundreds of Pokemon cards for years. Or the pile of Funko Pops collecting dust on your shelf. Or your collection of Doctor Who shirts from Teefury. At least you didn't eat a Yu-Gi-Oh! card live on-air while record...

  • Episode #140 -- Best Home Alone Trap

    Well, we've only referenced Home Alone Traps about a hundred times in the past, so we might as well give them their own [BRACKET!] to find out which of Kevin McCallister's homicidal tendencies brought to life is the best. Please enjoy our Holiday 2016 epi...

  • Episode #139 -- Now That's What I Call [BRACKET!] Vol. 1

    We goofed up! Please enjoy this special Best Of episode featuring fan favorite clips and some bonus cold opens left on the cutting room floor. This episode of [BRACKET!] sponsored by Windows 10: The Only Platform That Hates You As Much As You Hate It.

  • Episode #138 - Tournament of Champions VIII

    Listen. We're not sure how this Tournament of Champions, our gauntlet where we take the last 16 winners and face them off in a final bracket, turned into PodcAstin with Sean Astin: The Podcast Dedicated to All Things Sean Astin or Other(sam)wise. But it d...

  • Episode #137 - Best Doctor

    Special Guest Alex Jones joins us for a medical melee to determine which fictional doctor is graduating at the top of the class! Jesse teaches us about the real Patch Adams, while Dan fights tooth-and-nail for tossed salad and scrambled eggs. John wonders...

  • Episode #136 - Best Improvised Weapon

    Colin & Gnollbard from Culture Culture join us to fight fireworks with coffee pots! Cullen sets off an explosion in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Dan straps a tomahawk to a La-Z-Boy. John gets a geography lesson and sets up underground Frankenstein fights....

  • Episode #135 - Best Vacation

    Gabe Silva (animator at Rooster Teeth) joins us for a getaway gauntlet! Dan sneaks away from the chaperones. Jesse tries out for a reality show but won't tell us which one. John hosts MTV Spring Break Live from the video game conventions while Cullen chal...

  • Episode #134 - Best Pop-Tart

    Abigail Tyson and Sean Baptiste from Adult Swim's Lunchtime Games join us for a toaster pastry throwdown! Cullen walks us through the Do's and Dont's of consuming toxic items in your pantry. Dan spreads the good word of "Freeze 'Em, Then Eat 'Em!" dessert...

  • Episode #133 - Best Sidekick

    It's a controversial companion clash this week on [BRACKET!]. Jesse cooks up some waffles with Chewbacca, while John drops some bees down claymation knickers. Cullen teaches us some famous Dreamworks catchphrases, and Dan throws Samwise into whatever that...

  • Episode #132 - Best Witch

    Friend of the show and illustrator Irene Koh returns for our final Spooky Month episode to decide which witch frightens us the most! Jesse REALLY wants to see Blair Witch already, while John recounts his time spent with Wicked. Cullen just wants a sandwic...

  • Episode #131 - Best Skeleton

    Special Guest and skeleton expert Arden joins us to figure out which bag of bones reigns supreme! Cullen hunts for Bigfoot, while John rewatches the ending of Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest. Jesse has to make a tough choice between Manny and...

  • Episode #130 - Best Blood

    Special Guest Jessica Michelle Singleton returns to [BRACKET!] to help us with our coagulation contemplation. Cullen destroys a home with fake blood, while John forgets how blood vessels work. Dan tells the true story of the Fox and the Hound and predicts...

  • Episode #129 - Best Werewolf

    Special Guests Nell Bailey & Greg L. Mercer from sound.wav join us to kick off Spooky Month, the annual [BRACKET!] tradition of Halloween-themed episodes throughout October. Please enjoy this extra-length episode in which at least 30 minutes are spent...

  • Episode #128 - Best Boss

    Special Guest Albro Lundy joins us in a corporate conference call clash! John chases after them Duke boys with Nobuo Uematsu's personal choir. Dan tries to outrun the law with Buddy Valastro, while Cullen teaches us about a wrestler who's *thing* was bein...

  • Episode #127 - Best Baby

    Comic Roulette's Alex Jaffe returns to [BRACKET!] to talk smack about cartoon babies. John describes in detail the Three Sins of Bamm Bamm, while Cullen wants to get wit'cha and take your picture. Jesse is on Tasteless Joke Patrol. Dan is curious what it...

  • Episode #126 - Best Song of 1999

    Special guest Chipocrite (Paul Weinstein) joins us to hang out the side of our best friend's ride in a heated musical melee! John takes us back to his local skating rink, while Jesse digs out a copy of Disney's Treasure Planet soundtrack. Cullen backs his...

  • Episode #125 - Best Video Game Console

    Composer and sound designer Emily Meo joins us for an all-out console war. Cullen shares his love of Gex and Bonk. Dan says some hurtful things about Final Fantasy IX, and Jesse 100% agrees with him. Emily sets us free to escape from the city, and John ki...

  • Episode #038 - Best Pokemon Mega Evolution

    Special guest Alex Roederer of the PAX Pokemon League joins us to discuss the best Mega Evolutions of the newest Pokemon games. In this episode you'll discover who's The Situation of Pokemon, intense discussion of what pokemon may be kept in an apartment,...

  • Episode #036 - Best Ghost

    Special guest Jamie Woodham joins us to continue our spooktacular October with Best Ghost. Meanwhile the chemical make up of Ecto Cooler is called into question, several ghosts are invited into hot tubs, and we determine who deserves the title of The Best...

  • Episode #035 - Best Candy

    Special guest Janel SantaCruz joins us to kick off Season 3 as we always do: with a food episode. Candy is matched against candy in a battle of (oooh, oh) the sweetest thing. Meanwhile Jesse explains his "mystery white" experience, and Cullen explains The...

  • Episode #034 - Tournament of Champions II

    Season 2 concludes with the second Tournament of Champions, pitting winner against winner in a deeply fucked brawl. Meanwhile the gang develops several sitcom ideas, Greg is shocked by how quickly the rest of the crew will sell out just to spite him, and...

  • Episode #033 - Best Dragon Ball Z Character

    Special guest Dani Fernandez, writer and comic, joins us to discuss the dragon, dragon, rock the dragon, Dragon Ball Z Characters. Meanwhile we develop our own spinoff series, Jesse agonizes as usual, and we reveal the first details of the TOURNAMENT OF C...

  • Episode #032 - Best Excuse

    Special guest Dan McKenney of A Brief Escape joins us to figure out the best way to excuse any problem you might have. Meanwhile we all sing different songs at the same time, John takes us to a parallel universe where FDR's greatest folly resulted in ulti...

  • Episode #031 - Best Disney Villain

    Special guest Fin, illustrator and artist on the game Date or Die joins us to discuss the most fearsome and also beautifully animated antagonists of childhood, Disney Villains. Meanwhile Cullen faces the Second Season Bracket Catastrophe Session everyone...

  • Episode #030 - Best Onscreen Kiss

    Special guest Janel SantaCruz joins us once again to discuss the most romantic, most hot, most sexiest, most emotionally devastating of all third-act actions, the Onscreen Kiss. Meanwhile John continues his descent into madness (or, uh, just being mad) at...

  • Episode #029 - Best Dragon

    Special Guest Seth Meeks, chef and dracologist joins us to get fired up (get it) about dragons. Meanwhile John gets MAD huffy about picks for maybe the first time, Cullen explains his Charizard hate, and Greg ALMOST doesn't mention robots, but ends up men...

  • Episode #028 - Best Exotic Pet

    Special guest Christie Rivera, Head Editor of GameLosers.Net and actual, literal rabbit joins us to discuss the best pets other than cats and dogs. Meanwhile Cullen reveals information about his druidic order, and Greg doesn't know shit about animals.

  • Episode #027 - Best Amnesia

    Special guest Kaare Andrews, writer of Iron Fist: The Living Weapon and director of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero joins us to discuss losing identity, false memories, and contrived plot twists. Meanwhile John reviews a cinematic tour de force, Greg explains h...

  • Episode #026 - Best Font

    Special guest Amy Moore, graphic designer and host of The Slayerettes joins us to discuss the best ways to make words look good. Meanwhile Cullen is bored, John feeds his cat and hates reading, and Greg continues clawing his way out of the hell that is Se...

  • Episode #025 - Best Video Game Villain

    Special guest Sara Ho, animator on shows like Superjail and Motorcity and pioneer of Living That Sara Ho Life joins us to discuss the coolest sea monsters ever. Meanwhile Cullen once again graces us with a Cullen Story, and Greg thinks your valuation is w...

  • Episode #024 - Best Shark

    Special guest Sara Ho, animator on shows like Superjail and Motorcity and pioneer of Living That Sara Ho Life joins us to discuss the coolest sea monsters ever. Meanwhile Cullen once again graces us with a Cullen Story, and Greg thinks your valuation is w...

  • Episode #023 - Best Jackass Stunt

    Special guest Billy Gagon joins us to BMX joust, Rocky, and (sigh) Poo Cocktail Supreme. Meanwhile John laments a previous vote, and Greg worries about future job interviews.

  • Episode #022 - Best Will Smith

    Fresh Prince Dan McKenney joins us once again to determine which Will Smith is the best Will Smith. Meanwhile Cullen confesses his undying love for the movie Hitch, and Jesse does that close-to-the-mic talking again (sorry).

  • Episode #021 - Best TV Mom

    Special guest Janel SantaCruz joins us once more to discuss broadcast media's most motherly moms. Meanwhile Jesse recounts his trip to the west coast (more like WORST coast) and we invent a new, horrifying cocktail.

  • Episode #020 - Best G.I. Joe Codename

    Special guest Open Mike Eagle, legendary rapper, joins us to discuss the greatest G.I. Joe code names. Meanwhile Jesse sounds like a robot which probably means Greg wants to smooch him, and we come up with the best alternate name for Serpentor ever.

  • Episode #019 - Best Childhood Dream Job

    Special guest Henry Smith, creator of legendary indie game Spaceteam joins us to discuss what you want to be when you grow up. Meanwhile Cullen regales us with more tales of his youth, and Greg offhandedly makes a Stargate reference as though that show we...

  • Episode #018 - Best Fast Food

    Special guest Cat of Glorified Dress Up joins us to discuss the great American pastime, fast food chains. Meanwhile John got dat DANK sticky-icky, and Cullen makes everybody really sad by talking about his life growing up.

  • Episode #017 - Tournament of Champions I

    In our first ever Tournament of Champions, we determine the best out of all the winners of the sixteen previous [BRACKET!] episodes. Also, John admits he has a serious addiction, and Jesse makes a FATAL MISTAKE BY CROSSING GREG L. MERCER. Also, we reveal...

  • Episode #016 - Best Method of the Apocalypse

    Special guest Sarah "Astro" Thomas joins us to discuss THE END OF ALL THINGS, WOE UNTO THOSE WHO LIVE DURING THE DEATH OF LIFE ITSELF! Meanwhile Jesse gets a package from a friend of the show, and we reveal the details of our FIRST EVER [BRACKET!] giveawa...

  • Episode #015 - Best Dinosaur

    Special guest and friend of the show Janel SantaCruz joins us to determine which Lizard has the most Thunder. Also, Cullen accidentally added several non-dinosaurs to the list, and Greg doesn't care much anyway.

  • Episode #014 - Best Marvel Villain

    Special guest Max Bemis, lead singer of the band Say Anything and prolific comics writer of Evil Empire, Polarity and A+X joins us to discuss a matter of his own expertise, Marvel Comics villains. Also, the Brack Pack mulls new episode ideas, and Greg sur...

  • Episode #013 - Best Game Show

    Special guest Dan McKenney of A Brief Escape joins us to discuss his true passion, game shows. Meanwhile Greg shouts more than he ever has, and Dan speaks the audience's mind when he tells us how constantly wrong we constantly are.

  • Episode #012 - Best Failed Video Game Mascot

    Special guest Josh "Sm1tty Sm1t" Smith of College News Magazine and Press A To Listen joins us on a pick n' flick adventure to determine the Best Failed Video Game Mascot. Also, Cullen luxuriates in his new workspace, and Greg shouts real loud about Kurus...

  • Episode #011 - Worst Sports Team Brand

    Special guest Brandon Halsey joins us in our first foray into the world of organized field play, colloquially known as "sports." Also discover the filthy, filthy habits and purchases of John and Jesse!

  • Episode #010 - Best Super Power

    Special guest Janel SantaCruz joins us to discuss the most often debated subject amongst huge nerds, super powers. We also discuss turning into dragons, and how you can be the FIRST to hear Jesse's new microphone! (it is by listening to this episode.)

  • Episode #009 - Best Futurama Episode

    Special guest Roger Burton, EIC of Game Losers and noted Futurama expert, joins us in an EXTRA LONG EPISODE to discuss the sixteen best Futurama episodes of all time, past, present, and distant future. We also take a moment to explain how much we all disl...

  • Episode #008 - Best Soda

    Special guest William Brierly, creator of the critically-acclaimed soda drinking simulator Soda Drinker Pro, joins us for some highly fructosed competition between the sixteen best sodas (pops (soft drinks (carbonated nonalcoholic beverages that aren't en...

  • Episode #007 - Best Cancelled TV Show

    Special guest Janel SantaCruz joins us to shout REAL LOUD about which canceled TV show is the best one. We also look back at the utter failure of the last episode, and finally manage to avoid the damned buffalo.

  • Episode #006 - Best Mythological Creature

    Jesse succumbs to the wiles of the buffalo, but manages to hop back in mid-episode to help us discuss the best Mythological Creatures of all time, with the following exceptions: 1: Nothing trademarked by Wizards of the Coast (Beholders, Mindflayers, etc....

  • Episode #005 - Best Muppet

    Special guest Aaron Grant joins us during our first-ever MARCH MUPPET MADNESS episode. Also, John is dead, John is risen, John is back on the podcast!

  • Episode #004 - Best Action Movie One-Liner

    Our regular host John Abbot is still dead (this isn't an episode of Scandal, people don't just come back from the dead (can we talk about how fun it is to watch Scandal tho)), so three great chums team up to discuss action movie one-liners.

  • Episode #003 - Best Conspiracy Theory

    Our dear friend John Abbott was sadly murdered by a stampede of buffalo, so in this episode, the three most handsome men on the internet discuss the 16 best conspiracy theories.

  • Episode #002 - Best Years Since 1998

    Special Guest Victoria joins us to discuss which year since 1998 is the BEST one.

  • Episode #001 - Best Casual Dining Establishment

    In our debut episode, we fiercely debate the great American Midwestern pastime, Casual Dining Restaurants.