Let’s face it. Most of us have this one problem in common - our obsession with TV shows. Well, to be honest, shows are created to obsess over. Asking someone what their favourite series is can be a dangerous territory to enter - it can make or break friendships. It all follows the same old drill, though. Your friend starts badgering you to watch a particular series. It doesn’t sound great to begin with, but the next thing you know you are hooked. Just look back at the times you’ve binge-watched all seasons of a show together over just one weekend, immediately regretted it on Monday morning while guzzling tons of caffeine and sworn never to do it again. But with the Netflix culture taking over our lives, that seems highly unlikely. Especially when you no longer have to wait for a week for the next episode. But for a true TV addict what’s more satisfying than watching their favourite show is to be able to discuss it for hours at length. If you are one of those who have crossed the line into this level of obsession, we’ve got your back. Here are 5 podcasts that’ll extend the life of your most loved TV series. Tune into these next time your are on a long-haul flight, or on an overnight trains or just commuting.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
A fun podcast about everything new in the world of television, movies, music, comics and all that fascinates a pop culture nerd in a weekly roundtable by NPR. Pop Culture Happy Hour strikes the right chord, featuring Linda Holmes as the host and sees special guests paticipating in quiz games celebrating the best of the pop culture world. A lively chat driven by enthusiasm and wit, check out the latest episodes for an insight into Scorsese’s The Irishman.
A pop culture podcast by The Ringer, Binge Mode provides an in-depth analysis of popular franchises like the Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones and Star Wars. Hosted by Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion and with 70 episodes to its credit, the podcast has attracted a cult following for itself. While the first season was dedicated to the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones, the second season was called Binge Mode: Weekly, and focussed on a different show every week. The third season was all about the Potter Universe and season four revisited GoT and was dedicated to the eighth season of the series.
The Stranger Things Podcast
Ever been fascinated by the upside down? Well, here’s a Stranger Things podcast for you. The right cure for your Stranger Things withdrawal, this podcast offers an episodic breakdown so that you don’t miss any details. From deep analysis to Stranger Things memes, the podcast discusses how things go from script to screen. The hour-long episode has hosts Addi Darnel and Darrel Darnel deconstruct everything under the sun that revolves around Hawkins, Hopper and all things ‘strange’.
The Good Place Podcast
The official podcast for the hit NBC show, The Good Place podcast offers behind-the-scene stories, episodes, performance insights and funny anecdotes. Hosted by actor Marc Evan Jackson who plays Shawn on the show, the podcast features special guests including actors, writers and producers. Part of NBC’s attempt to venture into digital engagement, it’s a treat for the fans, and yields details that even close viewers might miss. While the show offers philosophical guidance by drawing analogies, the podcast truly guides you towards leading a better life.
The Chernobyl Podcast
This one is a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the spine-chilling HBO series Chernobyl, a five part miniseries that gives an insight into how the worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind unfolded. The show’s companion podcast, hosted by Peter Sagal explores a wide range of topics. It has the creator of the show Craig Mazin, discuss the details of production, why they had to make some changes to the script, what really happened during the disaster and the philosophical takeaways from the series. Though one doesn’t necessarily have to listen to the podcast to watch the show, it surely does add to the experience.