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15 Best Fiction Podcasts of All Time

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Get whisked away from this world with the best fiction and audio drama podcasts. Originating from the radio dramas of yester-years, story podcasts can take you to the front seats of Broadway, the cockpit of a spaceship, the pages of history, or a fantasy kingdom in a magical land at the press of a button.

There are many kinds of audio drama podcasts you can immerse yourself in. If you love science and outer space, embrace your inner nerd with sci-fi podcasts. Obsessed with dragons, kingdoms, and monsters? Fantasy podcasts just might be your thing. If you need to distract your kids with screen-free entertainment, then short story podcasts or a multi-part fiction podcasts series are great alternatives to TV and video games—plus who knows, you might even find yourself enjoying them too!

When you’re looking for an escape for you or your family, look no further than this playlist of the best audio drama podcasts featuring shows that are highly recommended by Podyssey’s community of podcast lovers. These top fiction podcasts will be sure to carry you away to the far reaches of your imagination.

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Best Fiction Podcasts

96 podcasts

Curated by:podysseyapp

1. 36 Questions

36 Questions – The Podcast Musical

Two-Up

+84 FANS

36 Questions is like a Broadway musical in your ears. The New York Times called it the “future of musicals”. Presented in three acts, the musical theatre podcast is about a woman who tries to win over her past love using the legendary 36 questions that will make anyone fall in love with each other.

Most Recommended Episode

36 Questions - The Podcast Musical - Act 1 of 3

46:18 | Jul 10th, 2017

16 RECOMMENDATIONS

In the first act of the three-part podcast musical starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, a couple attempts to bring their marriage back from the brink of divorce using 36 revealing questions des...Show More

2. 1865

1865

Wondery

+15 FANS

Just days after the end of the civil war, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Everything he fought for is now at stake again. Step back in time to 1865 with this period drama podcast that recreates the political turmoil and upheaval following Lincoln’s death. Each episode also comes with a complimentary behind-the-scenes episode where you can dig deeper into the true history of that time and the creation of the podcast.

Most Recommended Episode

Sic Semper Tyrannis | 1

21:13 | Jun 18th, 2019

6 RECOMMENDATIONS

President Lincoln is mortally wounded. The nation is under attack. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton takes control and tries to protect Vice President Andrew Johnson. 1865 is an Airship production. S...Show More

3. Passenger List

Passenger List

Passenger List and Radiotopia

+63 FANS

A college student, Kaitlin Le, launches a citizen’s investigation on why her twin brother disappeared on the missing Atlantic Flight 702. In each episode, Kaitlin sifts through clues left by a different person on the passenger list. Featuring Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran, this Webby Awards-winning mystery fiction podcast is a gateway thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Most Recommended Episode

01. Traffic

32:53 | Sep 16th, 2019

8 RECOMMENDATIONS

An abandoned child, a missing plane, a new ally. Suspicious of the official versions of events, Kaitlin Le begins her own investigation into the disappearance of Atlantic Flight 702 — and with it, he...Show More

4. Next Stop

NEXT STOP

Multitude

+8 FANS

Next Stop is like a sitcom for your ears! Filled with fun jingles and laugh-out-loud jokes, this comedy fiction podcast chronicles a trio of late 20-something roommates and friends who navigate life in the big city together. It’s like a modern Friends without the fat jokes.

Most Recommended Episode

1. The One With the Proposals

30:05 | Apr 14th, 2020

3 RECOMMENDATIONS

Roommates Cam Chabon and Ally Lonergan are surprised when their longtime friend and roommate Gillian proposes to her girlfriend Ashley at their newly opened subway station. When Gillian announces she’...Show More

5. Moonface

MOONFACE

James Kim

+19 FANS

A gay second generation Korean American man is struggling to come out to his mother who hardly speaks a word of English. Between carving out a career in audio production and coming to terms with his identities, Moonface is a beautiful coming-of-age storytelling podcast that will have you choking back tears. Warning: Some episodes of this podcast are NSFW.

Most Recommended Episode

6. Limetown

Limetown

Two-Up

+303 FANS

An entire town vanished overnight. Not a trace of the three hundred people who lived at Limetown were to be found or heard from again...until now. American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock digs into what happened and unexpectedly finds herself at the center of it all. With a spin-off Facebook original TV series featuring Jessica Beil and Stanley Tucci, this two-season mystery podcast with a sprinkle of sci-fi and true crime is definitely one of the best fiction podcasts of all time.

Most Recommended Episode

Episode 1: What We Know

33:01 | Jul 21st, 2015

8 RECOMMENDATIONS

Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this podcast, American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the...Show More

7. The Truth

The Truth

Jonathan Mitchell

+256 FANS

When you need a quick escape from reality, try this short story podcast that calls each episode mini “movies for your ears.” Each episode of The Truth features a captivating fable-like story that comments on raw and universal truths of being human.

Most Recommended Episode

The Decider

16:45 | Oct 25th, 2017

8 RECOMMENDATIONS

What if a device could tell you exactly how satisfied you’d be with any decision? What if you could carry the future around in your pocket? What if you never had to say “what if” again? Performed by ...Show More

8. The Two Princes

The Two Princes

Gimlet

+29 FANS

A family-friendly podcast that’s like a fantasy cartoon for your ears! Two princes of rivalling magical kingdoms serendipitously meet on their individual quest to an enchanted forest destroying their homes. But as they battle to save their kingdoms, they slowly fall for each other...first as friends, and then some more. This adorable and delightful storytelling podcast will have both kids and adults smiling ear-to-ear.

Most Recommended Episode

S1 Ep1: Once Upon a Time

27:40 | Jun 4th, 2019

6 RECOMMENDATIONS

Rupert wants answers. Lavinia wants a wedding. The Forest wants... something. The Two Princes was created and written by Kevin Christopher Snipes and directed by Mimi O'Donnell. Kelly AuCoin- Knight, ...Show More

9. Girl in Space

Girl In Space | A Sci-Fi Mystery Audio Drama

Sarah Rhea Werner

+118 FANS

An audio diary from the only surviving member of a research vessel in space and her robot. The girl in space occupies her time by making space cheese, growing hydroponic potatoes, and documenting the behaviour of absurd bugs eating those potatoes...until a fleet of spaceships comes directly her way. This gripping sci-fi mystery audio drama with a passionate fan base will have you binging the podcast the whole way through.

Most Recommended Episode

101: Cheese Is Delicious Science

26:17 | Sep 18th, 2017

14 RECOMMENDATIONS

Episode 101 (Pilot): She's a girl. In space. On a research vessel that is slowly deteriorating. Oh, and there's this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance coming steadily closer, NBD. Li...Show More

10. BLACKOUT

Blackout

Endeavor Audio

+60 FANS

What happens if the power grid goes down in the US? Utter chaos will ensue. BLACKOUT is a thriller audio fiction podcast that stars Academy Award-winning actor, Remi Malek (Mr. Robot, Bohemian Rhapsody) as a local radio DJ who’s trying to find answers and his family during the largest blackout in US’ history. Not only does the Webby-winning podcast have an enthralling storyline, its Hollywood-quality sound design takes the concept of “movie for your ears” to the next level.

Most Recommended Episode

Pilot

25:38 | Mar 19th, 2019

4 RECOMMENDATIONS

Local radio DJ Simon Itani survives a run-in with a shadowy gunman as a mysterious blackout rocks his isolated community.BLACKOUT is presented by Sonos.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...Show More

11. We’re Alive

We're Alive

PodcastOne

+83 FANS

12. Alice Isn't Dead

Alice Isn't Dead

Night Vale Presents

+270 FANS

13. The Magnus Archives

The Magnus Archives

Rusty Quill

+167 FANS

14. Wolf 359

Wolf 359

Kinda Evil Genius Productions

+206 FANS

15. Hello From the Magic Tavern

Hello From The Magic Tavern

Earwolf and Arnie Niekamp

+157 FANS

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