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Pod Night Shyamacast is a miniseries covering the films of M. Night Shyamalan.


#TheTwoFriends sought to answer the questions: Is this guy a great filmmaker? A terrible filmmaker? Do you have to have made mostly good films to be a good filmmaker? Does money corrupt?

This was the first miniseries of the new "Blank Check with Griffin and David" era of the show, coming on the heels of their 2015 "year of Star Wars" which covered the Phantom Menace trilogy in exhaustive detail. Pod Night Shyamacast was the name chosen by Twitter fans of the show, beating out P. Cast Shyamalan for the official title of this miniseries.

In a later Mailbag episode of the show, Griffin said that no miniseries yet had caused his opinion of a filmmaker to do a 180... but the closest was Pod Night Shyamacast. As he put it, he went into this miniseries having discounted Shyamalan's directorial abilities in the wake of several consecutive disappointing films. But the film-by-film examination of the podcast helped remind him that M. Night was the real deal in terms of his talent. And of course, the later episodes on Split and Glass -- sequels to Griffin's favorite Shyamalan movie, even if he wasn't immediately enamored of Split -- were part of that turnaround as well. By contrast David loved Split and was all in on the weirdness of Glass.

This miniseries was preceded by the initial installments of The Star Wars Sequels miniseries. It was followed by The Podchowski Casters miniseries.


# Title Audio Guest(s) Blank Check? Length Date
040 Praying With Anger/Wide Awake πŸ”Š No 1:30 1/25/2016
041 The Sixth Sense πŸ”Š Katey Rich The Guarantor 1:45 2/1/2016
042 Unbreakable πŸ”Š Matt Patches Yes 1:42 2/8/2016
043 Signs πŸ”Š Murf Meyer
Diana Kolsky
Yes 1:44 2/14/2016
045 The Village πŸ”Š David Ehrlich Yes 1:42 2/28/2016
046 Lady in the Water πŸ”Š Richard Lawson Yes 1:49 3/6/2016
047 The Happening πŸ”Š No 1:44 3/14/2016
048 The Last Airbender πŸ”Š Seaton Smith No(?) 1:40 3/18/2016
049 After Earth πŸ”Š James III Yes(?) 1:38 3/25/2016
050 The Visit πŸ”Š Louis Peitzman No 1:54 4/1/2016
092 Split πŸ”Š No 2:20 1/21/2017
200 Glass πŸ”Š Yes 2:19 1/20/2019
335 Old πŸ”Š Marie Bardi No 2:21 8/1/2021
Bonus Episode
051 The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan πŸ”Š N/A 1:15 4/12/2016

Ranking His Filmography[]

  • Griffin and David mentioned a portion of their rankings at the end of the Split episode but posted their full rankings on Letterboxd. [1][2] Both Griffin and David later made note of where they slotted in Shyamalan's latest movie during the Glass episode. 
  • The Blankies ratings were aggregated in the r/Blankies sub-reddit in the wake of the release of Glass. [3]
Rank Griffin David Blankies [4]
1 Unbreakable The Village The Sixth Sense
2 The Sixth Sense Unbreakable Unbreakable
3 Glass The Sixth Sense The Village
4 The Village Glass Glass
5 The Visit Split Signs
6 Lady in the Water The Visit Split
7 Signs Signs The Visit
8 Wide Awake Praying With Anger Lady in the Water
9 Split The Happening  The Happening
10 The Happening Wide Awake  Praying With Anger
11 After Earth Lady in the Water Wide Awake
12 Praying With Anger  After Earth After Earth
13 The Last Airbender  The Last Airbender The Last Airbender


  1. ↑ Griffin Newman, M. Night Shyamalist, Letterboxd. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  2. ↑ David Sims, M. Night Shyamalan, Letterboxd. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  3. ↑ u/mi-16evil, What's your M. Night Shyamalan rankings?, reddit. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  4. ↑ u/mi-16evil, Aggregated M. Night Shyamalan Ranking, reddit. Retrieved April 18, 2021.