We’ve rounded up 10 bingeable podcasts for fans of gripping storylines that are comparable to your favorite TV shows. On our list, there are dramas, a sci-fi show, and a historical fiction series, just to name a few podcasts like TV shows.
Check out shows for fans of Law & Order, Succession, Veep, and House of Cards. If you’re a Twilight Zone fan, check out the fictional radio broadcast series from a magical town. There’s a historical series about dictators for History Channel docuseries buffs, and more podcasts like TV shows.
Wondery’s fictional drama, “Blood Ties,” is for fans of Succession, following siblings Eleanore and Michael after their parents died in a plane crash. The first season considers how the characters can move forward with their lives by honoring their father, a prominent cardiologist and healthcare mogul, or revealing family secrets that could destroy their legacy. Eleanore and Michael grapple with their decision throughout the second season, and more truths come to light. The show stars Gillian Jacobs, Dominic Monaghan, Josh Gad, Amy Landecker, and Wayne Knight. Both seasons are now streaming, with each episode under 30 minutes long.
Last Known Position
QCODE’s “Last Known Position” is for action-adventure fans, as the show starts when a flight over the Pacific Ocean goes missing. A search party is launched, led by billionaire William Cavanaugh, to find his wife and daughter. The crew realizes the situation is worse than they thought and navigate dangers and betrayals en route. Gina Rodriguez lends her voice to the pilot and James Purefoy plays the billionaire. Tune in for new, weekly episodes until 1/20/22.
iHeartPodcasts’ “Magmell” is a weekly sci-fi series in which the crew of the USS Magmell are stuck in space. They find they’re not alone in the galaxy, and drama arises as they fight to survive. Start the series from episode one to hear the complete tale, with all episodes running under 35 minutes long.
Welcome to Night Vale
Night Vale Presents the sci-fi, Twilight Zone-esque podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” a radio show broadcast from the desert town, Night Vale. In this realm, conspiracy theories are true, magic exists, people dig terrestrial radio, and you’ll learn why this town isn’t considered strange to its residents. Listen to episodes in any order since each broadcast is standalone, aside from recurring characters, places, and themes. Multi-episode storylines are listed in the episodes’ descriptions. The average episode length is 30 minutes long, and the series has released over 250 episodes.
Endeavor Content’s “Dark Woods” is by Dick Wolf and the creators of Law & Order. Two exes must work together and forget their differences to solve a case when a volunteer’s body was found in California’s Redwoods forest. The game warden and city councilwoman work with law enforcement to discover the grisly truth. “Dark Woods” stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards, Ant-Man), Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire), and Reid Scott (Veep). Begin from the first episode to find out about this dramatic case.
Rosamund Pike stars in QCODE and Crooked Media’s “Edith!,” a historical fiction account of the first unofficial female president, Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Edith. After President Wilson fell ill, The First Lady acted on Wilson’s behalf, took over presidential duties, and tricked members of the Cabinet including forging presidential memorandums. Check out all eight episodes, under 36 minutes long, now streaming. Fans of Veep or House of Cards might enjoy “Edith!”
The Adventure Zone
“The Adventure Zone” is for fantasy fans and/or anyone who follows the McElroy family’s YouTube channels and other podcasts like “My Brother, My Brother and Me.” The family collaborates with their dad, Clint, for fun, comedy mini-series editions of the podcast, including “Ethersea” inspired by the roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons. Tune in for over 220 episodes running an hour on average.
Noiser’s “Real Dictators” is a historical series hosted by Paul McGann, reporting on history’s tyrants. Idi Amin’s story was explained for 6 episodes. Season two discussed Adolf Hitler over 7 episodes. There are over 45 episodes now streaming, each under an hour long.
QCODE & Endeavor Content’s apocalyptic thriller, “Blackout,” has released two seasons starring Rami Malek as a radio DJ named Simon, chronicling his quest to survive. This series is for fans of shows like The 100 and The Walking Dead. In “Blackout,” the town loses power and civilization goes haywire. Simon’s family narrowly survives by the end of season one, and by season two, we’re introduced to a slew of new characters, including Wren, voiced by Aja Naomi King. The series is created by Scott Conroy and written by Jeremy Novick. Start from episode one to hear the “Blackout” saga.
iHeartPodcasts and Audio Up, Inc.’s “Strawberry Spring” is based on Stephen King’s short story set in the 1960s at New Sharon College. Police follow Springheel Jack’s trail, a modern take on Jack the Ripper’s character. Odd weather patterns and dense fog hit the town, seemingly providing the optimal shroud for crimes. This series stars Garrett Hedlund, Milo Ventimiglia, Sydney Sweeney, Herizen Guardiola, Al Madrigal, Ken Marino, and Brec Bassinger. All eight episodes are now streaming, with each episode under 40 minutes long.