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Can We Still (Ethically) Binge Cop Shows?

Plus: We read and discuss the latest Twilight installment and feel older than Edward was when he met Bella.

Posted on October 6, 2020, at 4:44 p.m. ET

Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, looking out a window.
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Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler.

The president has the coronavirus, but look — we need a distraction. So it's time for another episode of Not Great With Scaachi Koul!

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We know the president has COVID-19, but we’re looking for distractions. So this week, we talk to author Carmen Maria Machado about the ethics of bingeing Law & Order: SVU, considering that it’s all just cop propaganda. Plus, For Life co-executive producer Sonay Hoffman talks to us about why she avoids police procedurals and what it's like to write for one.

Finally, writer Gabby Noone tries to convince Scaachi to care about the latest installment in the Twilight saga.

Got something good to tell the show? Email us at, or find Scaachi Koul on Twitter or Instagram. Got something bad to tell the show? Write it in your journal, drive to the nearest ocean, and eat your journal. I don't know why you need to be near the ocean when you do this. I don't make the rules.

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    Not Great is a weekly comedy and interview podcast ruminating on politics, pop culture, and society, hosted by BuzzFeed News culture writer Scaachi Koul. (If you listen to the show, you can learn how to actually say her impossible name.) Each week, Scaachi and her guests break down the news and what’s making us so miserable (there’s a lot!), all with the hope that we can find some bright spots in the wreckage. It’s Not Great, but at least we can dig through the garbage together.

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