Watch The Soup
- 2020 Seasons
The Soup was a television show that aired on the E! network from 2004 to 2020, hosted by comedian Joel McHale. The show was a pop culture commentary and clip show that poked fun at celebrities, reality television, and various other cultural touchstones. Each episode of The Soup would open with McHale standing in front of a green screen, making witty jokes about events and news stories from the previous week. These opening monologues often included jokes about celebrities, viral videos, and the latest reality TV shows. The rest of the show would consist of a series of clips from various television shows and online videos. McHale and his team would splice these clips together to create hilarious mashups, poking fun at the ridiculousness of popular culture. The clips ranged from the latest viral memes to memorable moments from reality TV shows like The Bachelor and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The show also had a segment called "Chat Stew" which was a parody of traditional talk shows. During this segment, McHale would interview various celebrities, usually by splicing together clips from different interviews to create an absurd conversation. Throughout its sixteen-year run, The Soup had a number of different co-hosts and correspondents. Some of the most memorable co-hosts included Kristin Bauer, who played vampire Pam on True Blood, and Anndi McAfee, who is best known for her voice acting work on TV shows like Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. Other correspondents included comedian Mankini and actress/comedian Sara Schaefer. Despite its lighthearted approach to pop culture, The Soup was also known for its biting commentary on issues like sexism, body shaming, and racism in the entertainment industry. The show's humor often relied on exposing the absurdity of these problems, and McHale and his team were never afraid to call out problematic behavior in the media. Over the course of its sixteen-year run, The Soup became a beloved staple of the E! network, and a go-to source for fans of pop culture and comedy. The show's signature blend of snarky humor and insightful commentary made it a must-watch for anyone looking to keep up with the latest trends in entertainment. Unfortunately, The Soup was cancelled in 2020, a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down production on virtually all television shows in the industry. Despite this, the show's legacy lives on, and its impact on the world of pop culture commentary will not be soon forgotten.