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Kevin Werkheiser and Chris Tognotti

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On Now We Know, Kevin Werkheiser and Chris Tognotti return to resonant, haunting, farcical, or otherwise impactful entertainment obsessions of their youths, through the jaundiced eyes of adulthood. Follow us on Twitter at @NowWeKnowPod!
 
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Spooky season continues as Kevin and Chris gaze back, with longingly erotic, vampiric intensity, at Canadian TV series Forever Knight, which ran from 1992 to 1996. Centered on 800-year-old vampire Nick Knight, who joins the Toronto police force to atone for his past sins and depravities, this show has it all: Vamps! Unethical 12-step sponsors! Bise…
 
In a special spooky season bonus episode, Kevin and Chris look back at an oft-forgotten relic of early 90's Halloween animated specials — Tales From The Far Side, featuring macabre meanderings straight from the brain of Gary Larson. Come for the cow Bride of Frankenstein, stay for the saddest wolf in recorded history.…
 
Chris and Kevin are joined by four-time conquering guest Miranda for a look back at gothic horror classic Candyman—infamous on 90's elementary school playgrounds everywhere—on the occasion of the release of a brand new remake. All the stars are here—Tony Todd! Virginia Madsen! Kasi Lemmons! Xander Berkeley! So why not pop some popcorn, say Candyman…
 
With Chris disabused of some foundational misunderstandings in our earlier G.I. Joe cartoon series episode, Kevin returns to the well for the 1987 animated movie—sadly, not a theatrical release, but a familiar pick on the home video market. What follows is a rollicking, at times macabre tale of soldiers, secrets, spores, and the utter denigration o…
 
Crash, boom, bang! It's the third installment of Now We Know's ballyhooed Commercials of the 80's and 90's series! This time Kevin brings forth a bevy of exciting, confusing, controversial, and memorable TV ads from his youth, some of which Chris remembers, and some of which are brand new. Time to fire up your cathode ray tubes gang, we're goin' ba…
 
Kevin and Chris enter the video zone in this inaugural installment of Video Games of the 80's and 90's. Fate calls upon Kevin to run a gauntlet of 11 video games across the NES and SNES — all of them "Chris classics," though some, perhaps, not actual classics. Also, a devout Indiana Jones fan calls the Now We Know hotline, and he's got a bone to pi…
 
Kevin and Chris return to a mystical jungle of their youths, complete with familial wolves, scolding panthers, smooth layabout bears, swingin' monkeys, and aristocratic, homicidal tigers. That's right, it's 1967 Disney animated film The Jungle Book, based on the 1894 Rudyard Kipling tome of the same name. Oh, there are also some vultures who kinda …
 
Once upon a time, as little eight-year-old Chris languished in a bed at Marin General Hospital with an inflamed appendix, he by happenstance caught an episode of the 1990's Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon series on a small TV in the upper left corner of the room. Will this video game adaptation bring him as much comfort now as it did back then? There'…
 
Avast ye sea dogs, Captain Kev is here with a tale of piracy, alien worlds, treasure hunting, and foul creatures known as "monkeybirds." This time it's early 90's Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Pirates of Dark Water, which ran for three seasons, and boasts a robust voice acting cast featuring, well, the same 20 people who basically do every cartoon.…
 
Don't worry, listener, Kevin and Chris aren't the ones who need help—but Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Ringo Starr is another story! This time the guys revisit the 1965 Beatles film Help!, starring Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, amid a globetrotting series of failed, mischievous attempts on the former's life. Also stars the d…
 
For the final episode of Season Three, Kevin and Chris tackle a hyper-challenging video game from the latter's youth — Zombies Ate My Neighbors for the Super Nintendo, 48 grueling levels of B-movie horror schlock. Strap on your water gun, your weed-whacker, a few cans of soda, some popsicles, a martian ray gun, and maybe some footballs, and join in…
 
Kevin revisits Connections, a 1978 ten-episode miniseries created and hosted by British science historian James Burke, which examines the sinew between history, technology, and human understanding. He and Chris watched and discussed three episodes this time around — “The Trigger Effect,” “Eat, Drink, And Be Merry,” and “Yesterday, Tomorrow, And You…
 
Returning guest Brian joins Kevin and Chris to ring in the new year with 1994's video game film adaptation Double Dragon. Join your favorite hosts as they dish on Jimmy and Billy Lee, Alyssa Milano as leader of the Power Corps vigilantes, Robert Patrick as industrialist ghoul Koga Shuko, and the inimitable Bo Abobo. Also: Viennetta is coming back! …
 
Now We Know tickles your ears with some new bonus content! This time, the guys played through Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, the 1989 LucasArts point-and-click PC game with which little Chris spent many an hour. If you decide to play along, be careful — it is surprisingly easy to "choose poorly" in this one.…
 
This time we're looking back at something both of them loved as adventure-hungry kids — The Adventures of Tintin, the classic comic series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé which was adapted into an animated series in the early 90's. This episode covers the animated versions of three Tintin adventures: The Crab With the Golden Claws, The Shooting Star, a…
 
The year is 1993. The reign of Family Double Dare, the inheritor of classic Double Dare's legacy for the previous three years, is coming to an end. And so, Nickelodeon brings forth a new competitive game show, equal part genius and horrifying in design: Legends of the Hidden Temple. This show was a well-oiled disappointment machine, with about 3/4t…
 
With perhaps the most hotly anticipated video game remake ever about to drop, Chris decided it was time for Kevin to finally take a journey he never had before: Final Fantasy 7, the iconic 1997 RPG that enchanted, thrilled, and devastated millions of gamers. Cloud, Tifa, Aeris, Sephiroth, all of them! The whole gang's here. And this one's a deluxe …
 
Three-time returning guest Miranda joins Kevin and Chris for a look back at a film all three of them saw as wee ones ― Darby O'Gill and the Little People, a tale of leprechauns, drunken revelry, warmly lit Irish whimsy, generous pension programs, and a young Sean Connery brawling with a guy named Pony. Just watch out for the death coach.…
 
Kevin and Chris are joined by Hollywood Crime Scene's Rachel Fisher for a deep dive into 1985's surprisingly macabre Return to Oz, starring the strikingly haunted-looking Fairuza Balk as Dorothy Gale. From electroshock therapy, to a clockwork soldier, to a jack-o-lantern with mommy issues, to a head-thieving witch, you're not in Judy Garland's Oz a…
 
Kevin and Chris are joined by returning guest Sean Hurlburt, mere days before the release of the brand new Sonic The Hedgehog movie, to revisit the 1993 Saturday morning animated series starring the lil' blue speedster himself. Fair warning: you probably can't run as fast as Sonic, even after he's absolutely gorged himself sick on chili dogs.…
 
It's more than a little shocking that it's taken this long. But finally, Chris has foisted 1989's Super Mario Bros. Super Show, which managed to air its entire run of episodes in just three months, onto Kevin. Of course, Kevin saw this show as a kid himself, like any true devotee of Nintendo's iconic plumber brothers. Will you get hooked on said br…
 
As a long, beautiful summer draws to a close, Kevin unleashes Eerie, Indiana on Chris, an ostensibly spooky kids show that aired on NBC in the early 1990s. Will child hero Marshall "Mars" Teller manage to survive the many twists, turns, and macabre happenings of the peculiar town of Eerie? Will he somehow manage to defeat a mid-level marketing scam…
 
Returning guest Evan Tognotti joins Chris and Kevin to relive One Small Hero, a rightfully forgotten 1999 children's film about perseverance, boring forests, and an extremely stress-free kidnapping. Once upon a time, a four-year-old Evan watched this movie about seven or eight times while trapped aboard a Carnival cruise ship, and now he's sharing …
 
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