15 Best Fiction Podcasts of All Time
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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1. 36 Questions
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.
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.
3. Passenger List
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.
4. Next Stop
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.
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.
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.
7. The Truth
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.
8. The Two Princes
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.
9. Girl in Space
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.
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.