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12 podcasts to extend the life of your favorite TV shows

Gone are the days of waiting an entire week just to see the next episode of your favorite TV show. Thanks to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime — and all the other on-demand television options — there’s no shortage of quality TV series that can be watched in a single day. But, there’s certainly a downside to binge watching an amazing series like The Handmaid’s Tale… after just one day of being cozied up on the couch, it’s all over (cue the tears).

The good news is, you can extend the life — and get all the nitty, gritty details — of your favorite shows by tuning into podcasts about TV shows! From cult classics, like Golden Girls, to new revelations, like Stranger Things, there’s no shortage of audio communities to keep obsessing over your favorite episodes with. Check out a few of our favorite TV-related podcasts (and episodes) below!


1. Sistah Speak: Claws

This fun and sassy podcast is devoted to the TNT series, Claws. Sistah A, Sistah J, Sistah K, and Sistah LM discuss the latest episodes, theories raised by fans of the show, and give their personal opinions from a Sistah’s point of view.

🍿 Picked Episode: Sistah Speak Claws Episodes S3E4 & S3E5

In this episode, all four Sistahs take on a double whammy with Season 3’s fourth and fifth episodes entitled, “Boy, Bye” and “Zaddy Was a Rolling Stone.” Tune in for a lot of laughter and dishing over these juicy show episodes!


2. Stranger Things with Jay, Jack + Mike

From Breaking Bad to Dancing with the Stars, the Jay + Jack Productions has reviewed a plethora of today’s most popular television shows. Adding to their list, with an extra host, is a podcast that explores Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things. They rewatch and recap each episode exploring the details, theories and cast members that can be found in.

🍿 Picked Episode: Russians, Malls, and Elevators

We already know you tore through the most recent season of Stranger Things and are ready for more. Dive into the first four episodes — “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” and “The Sauna Test” — of Season 3 by exploring theories and details of each episode with the guys.


3. Out on the Lanai: A Golden Girls Podcast

Since its debut in the 1980s, Golden Girls has been adored, laughed at, and appreciated for its innovation. Each week, hosts (and superfans) H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty invite a guest over to watch and dissect — and laugh hysterically at — an episode of the show.

🍿 Picked Episode: Best of Dorothy

This hilarious and special episode talks about all of the most memorable moments of the show’s smart, strong and sarcastic Dorothy Zbornak! We’ve got to admit, we love this episode because it features our favorite Golden Girl. Who’s yours?


4. Lady Parts TV: The Podcast

This interesting and inspiring podcast is dedicated to women in television and film. The weekly podcast talks about new releases in television and film, feminism, the LGBTQ community and where they all intersect.

🍿 Picked Episode: False Flag, The Handmaid’s Tale and More

We love this episode because it’s jam-packed with interesting conversation surrounding Israeli series False Flag, the new Woodstock documentary, and the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Take a listen to unpack some seriously thought-provoking moments from the Lady Parts TV crew!


5. TV Confidential

The stars, writers, directors and other creatives behind the scenes of some of America’s most popular shows are interviewed and discussed on TV Confidential. An engaging blend of talk and entertainment, TV Confidential often compares today’s programs with those of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

🍿Picked Episode: How Gene Roddenberry’s Drive & Ambition Both Helped & Hurt Him

This episode features Marc Cushman, the definitive chronicolar of Star Trek. Which means — you guessed it — this podcast takes a deep dive into the development of the first season of Star Trek and the early career of show producer and creator Gene Roddenberry. If you’re a fan of the original Star Trek series, this one’s for you!


6. Broad Little Lies

If you’re looking for a deep dive into the world of HBO’s newest hit, Big Little Lies, then this is worth a listen! Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen (of The Broadcast) do a weekly recap of episodes to explore themes and theories from the show.

🍿 Picked Episode: What Have They Done?

The highly anticipated second season of Big Little Lies is out, and man is it good. This episode quickly recaps Season 1 and then takes a deep dive into Season 2’s first episode. If you want the inside scoop on Monterey and TV show’s set, this episode has you covered.


7. What the Fork?: Exploring The Good Place

The afterlife of The Good Place is discussed in this forking good podcast series. Hosted by friends and pop culture connoisseurs Jason Keil and Jared Duran, they discuss episodes and details from, what they believe to be, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.

🍿 Picked Episode: The Hudsucker Proxy Commentary

This episode takes a look at how show creator Michael Schur was influenced by the Coen brothers and the aesthetics of their movie The Hudsucker Proxy in particular. If you’re interested in connected the dots on how this show came to be, you’ll love this listen.


8. The X-Cast – An X-Files Podcast

This podcast is dedicated to exploring the X-Files series from its inception in 1993 to the latest season and beyond. Devoted X-Phile, and podcast addict, Tony Black, alongside a group of committed Philes, explores the stories, characters and, of course, the monsters that made the show one of the seminal TV experiences of the 90s.

🍿 Picked Episode: The Symbology of Paper Hearts

Carl Sweeney host alongside guest, author and critic Chris Knowles, as they explore the symbolism and themes found in of Season 4’s “Paper Hearts” episode. You’ll get a deeper understanding of how the seasons are connected and how they add depth to the overall show.


9. Time and Space: A Doctor Who Podcast

One of the world’s most enduring television sci-fi series, Doctor Who, is celebrated in  Hosts Jessica Nunn and Phillip Gilfus take an in-depth look at the current episodes of the Doctor and her companions, exploring how the new adventures of the Thirteenth Doctor break new ground and reach back into the canon.

🍿 Picked Episode: First Time Doctor-ing

If you’re at the beginning of your Doctor Who viewing, this is just the listen you need! This episode features a brand new Whovian at a fan convention in LA. If you’ve been looking to get insights as a new fan, this episode might just answer a few lingering questions you have.


10. Punch It: Writing in Star Trek

A podcast that’s dedicated to exploring the writing of Star Trek and diving deep into what makes Star Trek so great… sounds out-of-this-world, huh?! The hosts analyze writing styles, rewrite old episodes, and sometimes write their own Star Trek stories.

🍿 Picked Episode: My Wife’s Husband is Crazy

Jump into the word of character Phlox on this episode. The hosts explore his colorful backstory, one of his most interesting scenarios, and they create a new storyline where a husband of one of his wive is bad news.


11. Casey and Nicole Talk about Shows

Casey and Nicole had their first hit with a Game of Thrones podcast, and this podcast is a follow-up from the duo’s success. The podcast focuses on exploring different shows, starting with Battlestar Galactica, that they allow their audience vote on.

🍿 Picked Episode: You Can’t Go Home Again (Battlestar Galactica Edition)

Casey and Nicole jump into Battlestar Galactica Season 1’s episode 5, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” If you’re ready to traverse the episode’s details and nerd out over this science fiction classic, you’ll want to hit play on this one.


12. Purple Tales Podcast

The title of this podcast probably takes your mind to the one-and-only Barney, but this podcast’s take on the children’s TV series is actually quite the unexpected one. This podcast celebrates the spirit of this legendary TV show, as told through the talented people who created, produced and worked on all aspects of the cultural phenomena we know as America’s favorite purple dinosaur. The stories and anecdotes provide a weekly reminder that the simplest of lessons can have a meaningful impact that lasts a lifetime.

🍿 Picked Episode: You asked. We answer. A very purple Q&A

Hosts Carey and Nancy answer and sort through a variety of fun and interesting questions they’ve received about the making of Barney. Many of the answers are fascinating, surprising and inspiring!


It doesn’t end here!

See? We told you there was hope! Now you don’t have an excuse to mope around after your favorite TB show’s season finale. Instead, head straight for your podcast search bar! If you’re hungry for more, we’ve got you covered with our curated playlist of additional listening suggestions for podcasts about TV series. Check it out here!

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