Podcasts have majorly spiked in popularity. According to Oberlo, there are over two million podcasts and 48 million podcast episodes you can listen to right now on free listening platforms.¹ There’s a show for just about anything, no matter how niche or popular the topics might be. One talking point for a lot of podcasts revolves around television. From reality TV to comedies to cult classics, there’s likely a podcast that dives into your favorite shows with interesting nuance and insight.
Whether you’re interested in behind-the-scenes details, social commentary, or you want to hear directly from the actors of your favourite shows, podcasts offer it all. Here are 10 television podcasts to start listening to.
I Am All In with Scott Patterson
After 154 episodes and four movies, there’s more content for Gilmore Girls fans to indulge in. The show’s very own Scott Patterson is reminiscing on his time playing Luke Danes and taking fans on a deep dive through each and every episode.
The podcast is called I Am All In with Scott Patterson, a nod to one of the show’s most swoon-worthy quotes.² This rewatch podcast features special guests, insider gossip, and all the talking points that Gilmore Girls fans still can’t get enough of.
Go on a deep dive with Entertainment Weekly on some of television’s most popular shows. EW’s Binge podcast dedicates a season of episodes to unpack shows with its creators and actors.³ They provide compelling insight to its development by walking through how the creative minds behind each show made it all come together.
So far, the show has six seasons of content to listen to. Some noteworthy shows already covered include:
- Schitt’s Creek;
- Friday Night Lights;
- The Vampire Diaries, and;
- RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The Crown: The Official Podcast
The world’s most famous royal family is under constant observation from the public. The events they live through are so compelling that Netflix created a television show reenacting some of their most infamous moments. The realism and historical accuracy is something worth talking about on The Crown: The Official Podcast.⁴
This podcast walks viewers through each and every episode of the show. Its host Edith Bowman has guests that include cast members, showrunners, and writers to provide intel of what it’s like working on a show covering the royal family.
Office Ladies Podcast
Although The Office ended in 2013, streaming platforms have given it a second life. In fact, Americans watched a whopping 57 billion minutes of the hit NBC comedy on Netflix in 2020 alone.⁵ Its neverending popularity led to a new podcast called Office Ladies co-hosted by two of its stars, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey.⁶
The duo, famously known for playing Pam Beasly and Angela Martin, discuss each episode of The Office in depth, providing a glimpse into episodes that only people who were there could tell you. In addition to cast interviews, they speak with producers, prop masters, writers, and other crew members to provide a true behind-the-scenes experience for all episodes.
Fans of the show might also like another podcast called The Office Deep Dive with Brian Baumgartner, the actor who played Kevin Malone.⁷ He interviews his former castmates and coworkers to reveal fun stories, on-set secrets, and more.
Seincast: A Seinfeld Podcast
After 180 episodes, Seinfeld ended with a bang. The last episode brought in a whopping 76.3 million viewers in 1998, making it one of the televisions most-watched finales ever.⁸
Seincast: A Seinfeld Podcast keeps the fanfare going with 200 episodes discussing everything about the show.⁹ Its two hosts pour over all the details of the sitcom from its quirky characters to addicting plots and everything in between.
What A Cartoon
Live action television is great, but animated shows have also made their mark on pop culture. What A Cartoon is a podcast exploring different episodes of cartoons every week¹⁰. Some of the shows talked about include:
- The Simpsons;
- SpongeBob SquarePants;
- The Flintstones, and;
- South Park.
Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey, the hosts of this show, also work on a podcast called Talking Simpsons.¹¹ Talking Simpsons discusses every episode of The Simpsons ever and is an excellent podcast for those that love the longest-running animated TV show.
Bachelor Happy Hour
Bachelor Happy Hour discusses everything you want to hear related to The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise.¹² With must-know gossip constantly happening both on- and off screen, the reality franchise has no shortage of things to talk about.
The podcast is hosted by former bachelorette Becca Kufrin, who discusses what happens to its single contestants and couples. You’ll hear firsthand from current and past members of the cast and keep up with its latest drama, heartbreak, and occasional success stories.
If you’re clamoring for more Bachelor content, there are plenty more Bachelor podcasts out there. Some other podcasts to check out include:
- The Viall Files;
- Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristow;
- Another Bachelor Podcast;
- Mouthing Off with Olivia Cardi;
- The Betchelor, and;
- Almost Famous Podcast.
The Stranger Things Podcast
Immerse yourself into the upside down world of Stranger Things with The Stranger Things Podcast.¹³ This podcast discusses anything and everything related to the show from news, show rumors, noteworthy quotes, and even the latest memes taking over the internet.
It’s perfect for those wanting to indulge in a bit of fan commentary after watching an episode.
In 2007, nearly 12 million viewers tuned in to watch the series finale of The Sopranos on HBO.¹⁴ The Italian-American mafia drama broke many viewership records throughout its six seasons.
Now, you can listen to the Talking Sopranos podcast and go on a deep dive of each episode with the hosts.¹⁵ You’ll learn plenty about the show through this rewatch podcast. It features behind-the-scenes details, insider info, special interviews, and candid conversation about being a Sopranos fan.
Buffering the Vampire Slayer
Dive into Buffy the Vampire Slayer nostalgia with the bi-weekly podcast called Buffering the Vampire Slayer.¹⁶ The podcast is an in-depth episode-by-episode breakdown that the most rabid fans will appreciate. Plus, the hosts bring extra fun by writing an original song for every episode they work on.