This page covers all episodes that do not fall into the typical Blank Check miniseries, which cover individual directors and/or movie franchises. These episodes are non-sequentially sprinkled throughout the show, often in between miniseries, and are arranged into thematic groupings established by the hosts.
Ben's Choice, also known as Family Choice and Guest's Choice, originated as a way to break up the miniseries, acting as a "palate cleanser." Co-hosts Griffin and David will hand over the keys to Producer Ben or another guest for an episode in between the director-centric miniseries. In these episodes, he nominally assumes the role of host and features Griffin and David as his guests.
Ben also selects the movie to review and discuss, often picking a movie he saw a great many times on VHS while growing up. These movies typically differ greatly in tone, style, and ambition from the titles that tend to be covered in most of the regular Blank Check miniseries'.
The show has also brought on the hosts' family members and other distinguished persons to be guests for an episode, where they get to select a movie which they feel a burning desire to discuss on the show. These episodes have served the same function in the show's episode lineup as Ben's Choice—usually appearing in between miniseries to serve as a change of pace—and therefore all may be considered part of the "Ben's Choice" branding.
Ben's Choice episodes
|074||Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||🔊||Ben Hosley||1:51||9/7/2016|
|087||The Man Who Knew Too Little||🔊||Ben Hosley||1:34||12/9/2016|
|126||The Devil Wears Prada||🔊||Romilly Newman||2:14||9/10/2017|
|138||Lost in Space||🔊||Joey Sims||1:57||12/3/2017|
|151||Running Scared||🔊||Paul Scheer||1:39||3/11/2018|
|162||Josie and the Pussycats||🔊||Angela Ferraguto||2:21||5/6/2018|
|185||Space Jam||🔊||James Newman||2:14||9/30/2018|
|194||Ralph Breaks the Internet||🔊||Ben Hosley||2:26||12/2/2018|
|215||Assassin's Creed||🔊||Ben Hosley||2:00||5/5/2019|
|332||Joe Dirt||🔊||Ben Hosley||2:20||7/11/2021|
|333||Clifford 2: Hyper-Clifford||🔊||Tom Scharpling||1:49||7/18/2021|
|334||Space Jam: A New Legacy||🔊||James Newman||2:50||7/25/2021|
|???||???||Ben's Dad||someday, we hope|
The Annual Blank Check Awards
Griffin and David have an annual show with guest Joe Reid, film critic and fellow awards enthusiast, where they each announce and discuss their nominees and winners for several film categories in the past year. This yearly episode is usually posted in February shortly before the Academy Awards are given.
The Blankies, as the episode's awards are referred to, are given in several categories, including ones that match up well to typical film awards and others which are more... idiosyncratic. Plus there are Ben's awards!
|044||The First Annual Blank Check Awards||🔊||Joe Reid||1:52||2/21/2016|
|096||The Second Annual Blank Check Awards||🔊||Joe Reid||2:15||2/16/2017|
|146||The Third Annual Blank Check Awards||🔊||Joe Reid||2:20||2/4/2018|
|204||The Fourth Annual Blank Check Awards||🔊||Joe Reid||2:16||2/17/2019|
|255||The Fifth Annual Blank Check Awards||🔊||Joe Reid||1:48||2/2/2020|
|317||The Sixth Annual Blank Check Awards||🔊||Joe Reid||2:45||3/28/2021|
|SF047||Best of the Decade Blankies Awards||🔊||Joe Reid||1:36||2/11/2020|
Blank Check Mailbag
Once in a while, #TheTwoFriends gather up questions from Blankies, mostly via email and Twitter, to answer within an episode. Topics range far and wide. Typically David and Griffin will announce when a mailbag episode is coming up, and invite you to tweet or email them at that time with any questions you might have about the hosts or the production or the show in general.
Listeners can tweet them via @blankcheckpod, or email via blankcheckpodcast AT gmail DOT com.
|112||The First Blank Check Mailbag||🔊||2:01||6/11/2017|
|139||Avatarland/The Second Blank Check Mailbag||🔊||1:59||12/10/2017|
|SF002||The Third Blank Check Mailbag/Hulk Live @ Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn||🔊||James Schamus||1:32||1/11/2019|
|SF022||The Jericho Mailbag||🔊||2:05||6/10/2019|
|SF041||The Fourth Blank Check Mailbag||🔊||1:50||12/21/2019|
|SF084||The Fifth Blank Check Mailbag||🔊||2:02||1/11/2021|
|SF125||The Sixth Blank Check Mailbag||🔊||2:03||1/11/2022|
- Main article: March Madness
Since 2018 the Two Friends have hosted a March Madness tournament for Blankies to select a director to cover on the podcast. The tournament is posted daily on the podcast's twitter. In 2018 Blankies voted for Nancy Meyers resulting in the Something's Podda Cast miniseries. In 2019 Blankies voted for Jonathan Demme resulting in the Stop Making Podcasts miniseries. In 2020 the theme was Oscars vs. Razzies and Blankies voted for Robert Zemeckis, resulting in Podcast Away.
There are a few other standalone episodes that fit into no particular category. This grab bag of titles of course kinda runs the gamut.
Whether it's a newly released movie they wanted to cover because of a cultural emergency, or something to celebrate a milestone or event in the show, or if #TheTwoFriends just had something to cover after someone throws a 'tanty,' these are standalone episodes of the show.
When the rules get bent, sometimes things get crazy at the edges... I mean, check the sponsors during March Madness, or the Judging The Judge theme song. There are some all-timer moments in these outliers.
|012||Judging The Judge||🔊||1:27||6/8/2015|
|023||The Podtastic Two
(The Fantastic Four)
|080||Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||🔊||1:32||10/23/2016|
|113||The Book of Henry||🔊||1:32||6/18/2017|
|174||Hotel Transylvania Trilogy||🔊||2:11||7/22/2018|
|186||A Star Is Born||🔊||2:16||10/7/2018|
|216||Pokémon Detective Pikachu||🔊||Benji Samit
|226||The Lion King||🔊||2:05||7/21/2019|
|263||5th Anniversary Special||🔊||2:27||3/22/2020|
|322||Don Jon||🔊||Hayes Davenport
In addition to episodes that correspond to existing miniseries, the Blank Check: Special Features Patreon has focused on different franchises. Even so there are episodes that exist outside those series.