Audio dramas, nowadays, are a huge part of the podcasting community. Welcome to Night Vale has almost 150 episodes, two novels, and live shows have been performed in multiple countries on several continents; Limetown has two audio seasons, a prequel novel, and a television show in development; Marvel has even partnered with Stitcher to create and produce an audio drama podcast about Wolverine.
One of the best audio dramas out there, in my opinion, is “The Bright Sessions”. Created and written by Lauren Shippen (with guest writers like Mischa Stanton from The Whisperforge, Anna Lore, and Julia Morizawa), this show follows Dr. Joan Bright, a therapist for ‘the strange and unusual’. Her work brings Dr. Bright in contact with those who have unusual abilities like time travel, mind reading, telekinesis, and so much more.
- Lauren Shippen – Writer/Creator of The Bright Sessions from Fictitious Podcast
The show has four official seasons and nine bonus episodes, with most episodes lasting 20-40 minutes. Most of the episodes are centered on therapy sessions between Dr. Bright and different patients and there are a few recurring characters. Later episodes aren’t centered on therapy sessions but still focus in on the relationships between the characters. Over the fours seasons, you get to follow Dr. Bright and her patients as they build relationships with each other and better develop their supernatural abilities. Each character is so unique and has their own history, weaknesses, and strengths.
- You Should Be Listening To: “The Bright Sessions” by Wil Williams
There are so many wonderful things about “The Bright Sessions”. The production of each episode is great and only gets better, especially when Mischa Stanton joins the crew later on in the show, and the voice actors bring their characters to life in a medium where so much has to be communicated with only voices. Charlie Ian, for example, brings so much depth and creepiness to his complex character (Damien). Because of the actors and the writing, it’s easy to get emotionally invested and attached to the characters.
- A Listener Reviews: The Bright Session from Atticus’ Attic
Additionally, it’s clear, at least to me, that the cast and crew of this show care about their characters and the community/audience. Throughout the show, there’s a real emphasis on found/chosen families, the importance of therapy, and self-care. The show has a young adult feel but with ominous, mysterious agencies and heavy, intimate stories. If you like media like Stranger Things, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, or X-Men: First Class, you’ll probably love “The Bright Sessions”.
You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts.