How Did This Get Made?

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How Did This Get Made?
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Hosted by
(Mini/Regular episode)
Length1–2 hours
Theme music composed byWarren Fitzgerald[1]
Audio formatMP3
No. of episodes252
(plus 251 minisodes, 5 bonus episodes, and 3 Origins episodes) (list of episodes)
Original releaseDecember 10, 2010 (2010-12-10) – present

How Did This Get Made? (HDTGM) is a podcast on the Earwolf network. It is hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Each episode, which typically has a different guest, features the deconstruction and mockery of outlandish and bad films.


The hosts and guest make jokes about the films as well as attempt to unscramble plots. After discussing the film, Scheer reads "second opinions" in the form of five-star reviews posted online by users. The hosts also often make recommendations on if the film is worth watching. The show is released every two weeks.

During the show's off week a ".5" episode (also known as a "minisode") is uploaded. These episodes feature Scheer's "explanation hopeline" where he answers questions from fans who call in, the movie for the next week is announced, Scheer reads corrections and omissions from the message board regarding last week's episode, and he opens fan mail and provides his recommendations on books, movies, TV shows etc. that he is enjoying.

Some full episodes are recorded in front of a live audience and include a question and answer session and original "second opinion" theme songs sung by fans. Not all content from the live shows is included in the final released episode - about 30 minutes of each live show is edited out.[2][3][4][5]


How Did This Get Made? began after Scheer and Raphael saw the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Later, the pair talked to Mantzoukas about the movie and joked about the idea for starting a bad movie podcast. As of June 2020, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has never been covered on the podcast.[6]


In 2019, How Did This Get Made? won a Webby Award in the category of Podcasts – Television & Film.[7]
In 2020, How Did This Get Made? won an iHeartRadio award in the category of Best TV & Film Podcast.[8]


How Did This Get Made?: Origin Stories[edit]

Between February and September 2017, a 17-episode spin-off series of the podcast was released. Entitled How Did This Get Made?: Origin Stories, author Blake J. Harris would interview people involved with the movies discussed on the podcast. Guests on the show included director Mel Brooks, who served as executive producer on Solarbabies,[9] and screenwriter Dan Gordon, who wrote Surf Ninjas.[10]


In May 2018, Scheer began a new podcast with Amy Nicholson titled Unspooled that is also devoted to movies.[11] Unlike HDTGM?, however, Unspooled looks at films deemed good enough for the updated 2007 edition of the AFI Top 100.[11] This is often referenced in How Did This Get Made? by Mantzoukas and Raphael, who are comically annoyed at how they were not invited to host the podcast, instead being subjected to the bad films that HDTGM covers.

How Did This Get Played?[edit]

In June 2019, the Earwolf network launched the podcast How Did This Get Played?, hosted by Doughboys host Nick Wiger and former Saturday Night Live writer Heather Anne Campbell. The podcast is positioned as the video game equivalent of HDTGM?, where Wiger and Campbell review widely panned video games.[12]



  1. ^ "Warren Fitzgerald". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (February 7, 2013). "Paul Scheer picks his favorite How Did This Get Made? episodes". A.V. Club. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "How Did This Get Made?". Earwolf. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Lindsey, Craig D. (July 22, 2014). "Interview: Paul Scheer of "How Did This Get Made?"". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Graham, Byron (August 21, 2018). "Podcast Profiles: How Did This Get Made?". Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Paul Scheer (2019-05-17). "How Did This Get Made?" (Podcast). Earwolf. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  7. ^ "Webby Awards". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards: Full List of Winners". Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  9. ^ Harris, Blake. "How Did This Get Made: A Conversation with Mel Brooks, Executive Producer Of 'Solarbabies'". Slash Film. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Origin Stories Bonus: Dan Gordon". Earwolf. Stitcher. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  11. ^ a b Green, Declan. "Review: 'Unspooled' Podcast". The Nerd Daily. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  12. ^ Harkins, Ray. "'HOW DID THIS GET PLAYED' EXAMINES THE WORLD'S MOST CONFUSING VIDEO GAMES". Midroll Media. Stitcher. Retrieved 3 January 2020.

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