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7 Episodes to Get You Hooked on MBMBaM

My Brother, My Brother and Me is a comedy advice show for the modern era that features very little advice. Hosted by real-life brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, they offer ‘wisdom’ to listeners who submit questions, as well as answer anonymous posts from Yahoo! Answers.

Look, MBMBaM is a really popular podcast. It’s been on for 8 years and has more than 400 episodes. All three brothers do other podcasts and between them, there are over 14 different shows. With such an established and prolific show, it’s hard to know how to get into it.

Once upon a time, Bradley Davis, Podchaser CEO and ultra snob, refused to listen to My Brother, My Brother and Me, which is my favorite podcast. In an effort to convert him, I curated the best of the best and sent him a list of top episodes to listen to if you want to fall in love with MBMBaM. And readers, it worked.

Here is an updated version of the list I made for Bradley in hopes that you too will find joy in the McElroys’ big bag of goofs.

High Quality Episodes:

Episode 215: Glass Shark

MBMBaM is at its best when it’s just three brothers trying to make each other laugh. The brothers are all dads now, but at the time of this recording only Justin has experienced fatherhood and talks at length about discovering what having a 3-week-old baby is really like. Ep 215 is a great intro as to what the show is and who the brothers are, and also has my favorite joke ever: Glass Shark.

Episode 55: Spaghettageddon

I’m just gonna say it. The early episodes are not good. They have poor audio and joke quality, and the brothers are the first to admit it. But in this episode, the brothers are back together again in their home state of West Virginia. Their stepmom Carol made them a lot of spaghetti, and the jokes roll out as they are “effed up on pasta.”

Episode 296: Shower Boys

This is the episode Bradley said was his favorite and convinced him to keep listening. If you ever overthink the social cues of having a repairman in your home, this will be primo relatable content.

Episode 355: The Playbloom

Maybe it’s because I related a little too hard to one letter writer’s problem of too many old Orlando Bloom posters, or maybe it’s the thoughtful critique of 50 Shades of Gray, but this one is my Most Quotable episode.

Episode 259: Birthday Surprise Hole

Now that you’re in the MBMBaM groove, you’re ready for the Birthday Surprise Hole. This episode get off the rails and never gets back on. Griffin is overruled and bullied by his older brothers as they refuse to answer any questions and instead tell stories about their childhood and embarrassing adolescence. You get to know them better, hear them be totally self-deprecating, and laugh at Justin’s unfortunate financial decisions.

Episode 368: Shrimp! Heaven! Now!

There are a lot of running jokes and self-referential goofs in MBMBaM. The boys are really into horses, ghosts, shopping for haunted dolls on E-bay, and the stylish t-shirts of Tybee Island, Georgia. This episode features one of the recent bests: Shrimp! Heaven! Now!

Episode 193: Journey to the Center of the Bear

Since MBMBaM is produced by Maximum Fun, they do an annual pledge drive to increase monthly donations. Those episodes aren’t always the best since they’re interrupted more often for long ad spots. But the brother generally try to pull out the big guns and treat their listeners. Occasionally, MBMBaM features a “guestpert,” where a celebrity guest like Elizabeth Gilbert or Jimmy Buffet comes and lends their wisdom to the advice. This episode features none other than a pre-Hamilton Lin Manuel-Miranda, Broadway star and MBMBaM superfan.

Bonus Content!

Now that you’re an official fan of My Brother, My Brother and Me, there’s a TON of other content for you to consume.

The McElroy boys also do The Adventure Zone, a tabletop RPG podcast with their dad Clint. The first season was a years-long Dungeons & Dragons arc, DM’d by Griffin. After a round of testing new games and GMs, the boys are now playing a Monster of the Week system by Evil Hat Productions.

While they worked at Polygon, Justin and Griffin created Monster Factory, a hilarious Youtube series where they use game character creators to make horrifying children and stretch the game far beyond it intentions.

Perhaps the best MBMBaM adjacent content is Til Death Do Us Blart, which is an annual and eternal podcast shared with Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt from Worst Idea of All Time. Once a year, the boys watch and discuss cinematic masterpiece Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The creators are determined the podcast will outlive them, and at the end of the episode nominate a host to take over in the event of his untimely death.

Does your favorite podcast have a ton of episodes? Do you have opinions on which ones are the best? Email your thoughts to Emily (emily@podchaser.com) and tell her what Podchaser needs to recommend next.

Originally published at blog.podchaser.com on May 29, 2018.

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