The Handbook
The Handbook

Raise your hand if you’ve spent lockdown binging on your old favourite TV show.

There’s something so comforting about watching and then re-watching TV shows and films over and over until you can recite the words indefinitely. We find joy, solace and relief in engulfing ourselves in the dramas and friendships brought to life on screen. If you’re looking to get an extra fix of your favourite show, explore the inner-workings and have fun revisiting old friends in these podcasts dedicated to the shows.

From fans reciting every word to the actors and directors delving into all of the behind-the-scenes gossip, here’s eight of our favourite TV podcasts to listen to.

Real Friends, Fake Doctors

Whether you call it productive or not, I’ve spent lockdown watching the American medical comedy-drama Scrubs for the first time. It’s been an absolute blast and I can’t believe I’ve never indulged on this medical adventure before now. It seems I’m not the only one eager to relive arguably the best televised depiction of the inner workings of hospital life because co-stars and real-life best friends, Zach Braff and Donald Faison, have recently launched a weekly podcast dedicated to the 00s show. 

Each week, Braff, who played intern John Dorian, and Faison, who played his best friend and surgeon Turk,  dissect an episode of the show, one episode at a time, reliving their favourite moments and also sharing a few behind-the-scenes moments too. Along the series, there’s also a few special cast members making an appearance too, from Dr Cox (John C. McGinley) to Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes).

The Good Place: The Podcast

If you didn’t cry at the last episode of The Good Place, can you even call yourself a motherforking fan? 

If you’re heartbroken, like me, at the fact we’ll never have another friendship group quite like Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Jason, Janet and Michael, there is hope at the end of this journey and it involves a forking podcast! 

Hosted by actor Marc Evan Jackson, who plays the show’s villain Shawn and a series of rotating co-hosts, including fellow actors, writer and producers, each podcast episode delves into an episode of the show, pulling apart every scene, joke and behind-the-scenes moment that helped craft that specific episode of The Good Place.

Office Ladies

Fall in love with The Office all over again as co-stars of the US mockumentary sitcom, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, explore all in their podcast Office Ladies. Every week the pair will strip down a new episode of The Office to its core from an insiders perspective. These two women saw, heard and witnessed everything that went on on set so expect them to spill all!

Expect laughs, cries and special guest appearances from other friendly faces, including Steve Carell.

The Darkest Timeline with Ken Jeong & Joel McHale

Community is a show that stays with you forever. Whether you fell in love with its endless pop culture references or Abed’s continuation of breaking the fourth wall, you can’t help but fall in love with the American sitcom. Relive your teen days as you tune into Ken Jeong and Joel McHale as they delve into the world of Community, Coronavirus and everything in between in their current The Darkest Timeline podcast.

Gilmore Guys

Rather than leaving it to the actors to spill the tea on the chick-flick TV show, Gilmore Guys lets the fans do the talking. Veteran fan Kevin T. Porter takes new-to-the-show Demi Adejuyigbe through the paces of Gilmore Girls by going back to the beginning and analysing every single ounce of the classic show.

The West Wing Weekly

An oldie but a goldie, The West Wing gave its audience a look into the inner workings of the White House, more specifically its West Wing where the Oval Office and senior staff were busy at work. Totalling a hefty seven seasons, it’s not one for the faint hearted but if you can’t get enough of the nitty gritty personal life of presidential advisers it’s one to add to your watch list. Helping to bring the experience to life further is The West Wing Weekly podcast, which delves deep into the loved show, hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Maline, and Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder.

Buffering The Vampire Slayer

Known as the show that helped to thrust vampires into the 21st century, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become a cherished supernatural show, loved by all. Listen as each episode is resurrected and brought to life in the Buffering the Vampire Slayer podcast, hosted by Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo. What makes this podcast even more supernaturally special is the new original song that features every episode, recapping that select Buffy tv episode.

The Talking Dead 

Somehow there’s now ten seasons worth of The Walking Dead, and if you’ve made it this far, you must be a diehard fan. But perhaps not as much as Chris and Jason, hosts of The Talking Dead podcast, a podcast dedicated entirely to, you guessed it, The Walking Dead. Listen as the duo recap on every episode and also bring you all of the latest rumours, theories and news related to the show.