Episode 464: E.T.: I Learned It from You, Alien Dad!

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we make an alien covenant: We will all watch Steven Spielberg’s 1982 masterpiece “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” and discuss it on the podcast.

Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather were never going to see Alien: Covenant. So they decided to do something we’ve bizarrely never done on Overthinking It before: Talk about E.T.

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Further Reading

Jan C. Verhas, The Broken Flower Pot (1876)

E.T. on Wikipedia

Jackie Cooper

Matthew Wrather started Overthinking It in 2008 with his smartest, funniest friends, and has hosted over 500 hours of podcasts on the site. An LA native, he is an actor and computer programmer, but has worked as a writer, tower bell-ringer, birthday party clown, poet, janitor, and call center manager. He also has a Twitter and a Tumblr.

5 Comments on “Episode 464: E.T.: I Learned It from You, Alien Dad!”

  1. Emil #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.


    • Emil #

      Let me expand on that, I’m really sad that I must skip so many episodes of OTI every summer because I plan to watch movies and you’re often a week ahead of us in the release timeline.

      I didn’t plan to watch the new Alien movie, so I downloaded the episode and braced myself for discussion about a franchise I have no attachment to. Well, it’s better than no OTI, I guess.

      Bam, turns out it’s E.T. episode — nice!

      PS. I can’t remember, did you ever made a standalone episode on Goonies? Why not? Who do I have to PayPal to make it reality? ;)


      • Matthew Wrather OTI Staff #

        Doing something like this—a “classic” movie instead of the latest blockbuster—occasionally is a pretty good idea. Goonies is a great suggestion.


  2. Stokes #

    What about the scene where Peter Coyote goes into the vents to hunt E.T. and then at the last minute his gun is just a walkie-talkie


  3. Random #

    I seem to remember Reese’s Pieces playing a large role in the video game. Those were in the movie too. I’m surprised you didn’t mention it.

    Also a few years ago they found and dug up that landfill with hundreds of ET cartridges and sold them on ebay.


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