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The Midnight Gospel

The Midnight Gospel

Netflix 2020

Traversing trippy worlds inside his universe simulator, Clancy the space caster explores existential questions about life, death and everything in between.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Midnight Gospel

The Midnight Gospel - S1E8

#1 - Mouse of Silver


Season 1 - Episode 8

Clancy joins his mother on an emotional journey through the wondrous cycle of birth, life and death. With Deneen Fendig, Duncan Trussell's late mother.

The episode was rated from 154 votes.

The Midnight Gospel - S1E5

#2 - Annihilation of Joy


Season 1 - Episode 5

At a prison for simulated beings suffering from existential dread, Clancy ponders reality as he watches an inmate perish over and over. With Jason Louv.

The episode was rated from 135 votes.

The Midnight Gospel - S1E7

#3 - Turtles of the Eclipse


Season 1 - Episode 7

A boring trip takes a remarkable turn when Clancy accidentally falls into another world — and comes face to face with Death. With Caitlin Doughty.

The episode was rated from 121 votes.

The Midnight Gospel - S1E4

#4 - Blinded By My End


Season 1 - Episode 4

A mishap sends Clancy to a medieval planet, where he rides along with a knight on a mission to avenge her lover's murder. With Trudy Goodman.

The episode was rated from 153 votes.

The Midnight Gospel - S1E1

#5 - Taste of the King


Season 1 - Episode 1

The simulator lands Clancy on a zombie-ravaged earth, where he meets the president, who's a fan of drugs and meditation. With Dr. Drew Pinsky.

The episode was rated from 286 votes.

The Midnight Gospel - S1E3

#6 - Hunters Without a Home


Season 1 - Episode 3

Clancy zaps to an underwater planet, where he crosses paths with Darryl, a student of ceremonial magic and the path to enlightenment. With Damien Echols.

The episode was rated from 175 votes.

The Midnight Gospel - S1E2

#7 - Officers and Wolves


Season 1 - Episode 2

On a planet populated by baby clowns, Clancy hears a deer-dog's thoughts on death as they head to a slaughterhouse. With Anne Lamott and Raghu Markus.

The episode was rated from 198 votes.

The Midnight Gospel - S1E6

#8 - Vulture With Honor


Season 1 - Episode 6

When his simulator malfunctions, Clancy is forced to face a few real-world problems. Later, he meets a meditation master. With David Nichtern.

The episode was rated from 126 votes.

Last updated: jun 18, 2022



I was excited seeing another Pendleton Ward animation, but after watching the first 2.5 episodes I lost all interest. It’s full of pseudo intellectual conversations about religion, existentialism, drug use, etc. I’m all for the latter two topics of conversation especially, but this show really had no idea wtf they’re talking about regarding any of it. It’s basically a very poorly done rip off of the brilliant film, Waking Life. Also I’d like to note that I rarely give up on finishing a show before judging it, but this was the exception. It’s sooooo bad. PS. I’d like to add the actual animation, atmosphere of the scenery/planets/dimensions, and the gore gratis were pretty stellar. It’s the subject matter and format of the show itself that’s so terrible.


You have to watch it like you watch a video clip for a song. The story of the animation does not relate to the conversations. I liked it, I liked the topics. Every episode is a good conversation starter. I don't think this is a Waking Life ripoff.


it's the most boring thing created. i get this whole idea behind the show but not in a form of animation. it's nothing more than a podcast with poor visualisation


This show wants to be "deep" or "trippy" or any other number of things that the "cool" fourteen-year-olds would rave about. To be clear--there is no show here. You're sitting through a 20-minute podcast between two nameless morons offering their pointless takes on drugs or religion. The visuals are literally just to keep your eyes occupied while your brain tunes out what your ears are hearing, because there is no great wisdom or insight being offered here that's worth hearing. Basically I already watch Joe Rogan's podcast and that's far more entertaining. This tries to be like that except without the famous guests so it has to resort to wacky animations.


The Midnight Gospel is a gorgeous, reflective show that didn't leave me feeling or thinking quite as much as it wanted me to. But for others, it'll really hit, and I appreciate the show for that and its honesty. Its no wonder Pendleton Ward was attracted to this show- Adventure Time had its share of navel gazing that many would feel seen or condescended by, or like me, alternate between the two. Midnight Gospel is similar in that respect. The animation is inspired, and remind me- in a good way- of the animatics and fan animation you'd see on Youtube, repurposing existing audio and transforming it, adding new context. Some episodes combine the audio and visuals better than others- my personal favorite is more episode 5 than probably the more universal favorite 8- but I think this is the type of show where each episode will have a staunch defender, where it reached someone particularly deeply. It may not change your life, but it doesn't have to. You don't have t take the show as gospel. Just listen.


Man... I mean... Shoes am I right?


this show is a pseudo intellectual's idea of a series of life changing conversations. If you were hoping to watch a show that was as fun and unique as Adventure Time, then don't bother, very very bland with zero substance. Rating: 1/10.


When I saw this show I actively avoided it because the trailer weirded me out but I also added it to my watch list because the animation style intrigued me. Last night I watched it all in one sitting because I could sleep and something about the colors made me want to watch it. One of the things that’s really pushed and discussed by this show is listening and being mindful. For almost every episode Clancy listens to the person he’s interviewing but he’s also actively letting his mind wander to other things like his surroundings. A lot of people say that episode 8 is the best and it is a great episode; the dynamic between Duncan and his late mother brought me to tears because she talked to him rather than the character in the show. My personal favorite was episode 2, I loved that the deer-dog was a writer and I could relate how she felt like she was a magnet for people who have gone through loss in their life. If you want to watch this show, pick a night that you have nothing else to do and just relax with it on in the background.


First thing you need to know, all the dialogue within the show came from a podcast which was adapted for the show. **It makes it bad, absolutely not**. The whole theme of the show is about conversation, introspection and a bit of drug usage, if that is not your thing look for something else... there is plenty; but if so far you are interested you may get ready for a feast. [spoiler] The animation comes from Pendleton Ward using the same style of animation of his Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors but now aiming to dark comedy so now we get some bizarre visuals, a bit of gore, tears and a few kisses :kissing_heart: And, as mentioned before, the dialogue is an adaptation of a podcast made by Duncan Trussell in which he explores several topics as philosophy, spirituality, death, forgiveness, meditation and a few other related topics. The main idea is that a character represents the participants of these conversations while involved in some absurd but somehow with it's scenarios and subsequent episodes. [/spoiler] I did enjoyed it fully while being sober but can't help but think it may have a different take while intoxicated which I may try on the future. But now, I'm just enjoying the aftertaste which was quite wholesome.


I really tried to understand and like this thing but I just couldn't. So much talking gets boring. Feels like I need to smoke a big amount of pot to understand it. Only thing I liked was on episode 1 [spoiler] when the President was asking for help to get in the balloon basket (when he moved his fingers like a kid).[/spoiler] and that was it.

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