Podcasts are a great way to learn something new, laugh at something funny, and get to know someone else through their stories. There are plenty of awesome podcasts about film and television nostalgia that are hosted by fans and film critics. And there are other great podcasts hosted by former child actors, themselves.
Most of the featured podcasts involve more than one host, and all the child stars have moved on to prolific careers acting, directing, producing, and more. Many got their starts on ABC’s TGIF, some were on Disney Channel, and others were on Nickelodeon or NBC. Take a break to hear the hosts reminisce about their pasts and discuss the big questions of the present.
Phil of the Future is a Disney Channel show from the 2000s that mixed some quirky sci-fi elements into the kids’ sitcom format. Raviv Ullman (whom Disney nicknamed “Ricky”) played Phil Diffy, a teenage guy from 2121 who is stuck in 2004 with his family.
Raviv’s experiences acting are occasionally brought into the conversation on his new podcast, The Study, which he hosts with Rabbi Adam Greenwald. Every Friday, the co-hosts offer a new exploration into the texts of the Torah. They have been joined thus far by several guests, including Mayim Bialik, Ortal Ullman, Dan Kwan, and Dr. Matt Reznicek.
Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown
Speaking of Mayim Bialik (of Blossom and The Big Bang Theory), she will be launching a new podcast soon called Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown, which will focus on mental health.
The actress has a doctoral degree in neuroscience and also has credentials in Hebrew and Jewish studies. Bialik already hosts a successful and informative YouTube channel, so her fans are eager to listen to her podcast. She will present a practical approach to understanding mental health diagnoses and challenges.
You Already Know Podcast
Kenan Thompson became well-known as an actor in his teenage years. The Saturday Night Live star was a regular cast member of Nickelodeon’s All That, which led to his spin-off with Kel Mitchell, Kenan and Kel. Fans eagerly await the release of Thompson’s new television series.
You Already Know is a newer podcast hosted by Kenan Thompson and Tani Marole. The friends dive right into the conversation at the beginning of each episode, offering the listener something quite natural that is akin to reading one’s stream of consciousness. Marole and Thompson cover pop culture, current events, television trivia, and everything under the sun.
The Coogan Chronicles
AJ Trauth played Louis’s best friend, Twitty, on the beloved Disney Channel original series Even Stevens. Trauth continued to work with Disney on other projects, starring in an original movie called You Wish! with Spencer Breslin and later providing the theme song for American Dragon: Jake Long. Christopher Marquette is also a former child actor who starred in countless movies and television shows, including Even Stevens.
These two friends host a podcast called The Coogan Chronicles. The name is associated with Jackie Coogan, an actor discovered by Charlie Chaplin. Coogan’s parents spent all his money, thereby setting in motion the Coogan Law and the Coogan account, into which 15 percent of a minor’s gross wages legally must be placed for the minor’s security. Marquette and Trauth interview other child actors every week, including Steven Anthony Lawrence, who played Even Stevens’ Beans.
Never Thought I’d Say This
Jodie Sweetin is known by many as Stephanie Tanner from Full House and Fuller House. The actress and mom partnered up with her best friend, Celia Behar, a counselor, mom, and blogger.
Behar and Sweetin call their podcast Never Thought I’d Say This because of all the crazy things their kids have said to them. The moms commiserate over the trials of parenting and laugh at its amusements, often bringing on other guests and fellow celebrity moms, like Marla Sokoloff, who played Gia on Full House.
Zack To The Future
With the excitement of the Saved by the Bell reboot, it is a great time to review the original series. That’s exactly what Mark-Paul Gosselaar is doing. Since he never sat down and watched an entire episode of the show, Mark-Paul is now reliving his days as Zack Morris, one episode at a time.
His co-host is writer Dashiell Driscoll, the creator of the Zack Morris is Trash web series on Funny or Die. Driscoll is also one of the writers of the Saved by the Bellreboot. Listen to the introductory episode of Zack to the Future to see how Dashiell runs the show, and then rewatch the original series, right along with Mark-Paul.
Prime Nostalgia Podcast
Prime Nostalgia Podcast is hosted by Leon Frierson of All That and his knowledgeable friend, Prime, the king of nostalgia. Nickelodeon fans will remember Frierson as Leroy from the “Leroy and Fuzz” sketch. With the wave of Nick nostalgia, Prime Nostalgia offers insider interviews with All That cast members, as well as an exclusive from Adam Sweeney and Scott Barber, the creators of the highly anticipated documentary The Orange Years.
Prime and Leon aren’t limited to Nickelodeon, though. They have fun, insightful episodes on the Disney Channel days, ABC’s TGIF block, and the classic movies listeners grew up watching. Check them out on Instagram – they also offer Patreon memberships.
Talk Ain’t Cheap
Danielle Fishel and Jensen Karp are entertainment professionals, business owners, podcast hosts, and parents. They host a virtual game show called Scorantine for members of their Patreon. Under The Karps network, Jensen and Danielle have tons of creative offerings for subscribers, including several podcasts.
A couple of podcasts are exclusive to Patreon (Dear Danielle and Snack Corner & The Fast Food Report). Any fan of theirs can and should listen to Talk Ain’t Cheap, though. The podcast is a detailed look at the celebrity talent on Cameo. Danielle and Jensen analyze the pricing and video content of carefully chosen individuals on the app/website. They’ve got the inside scoop on whether or not that video from Marla Maples or Flavor Flav is worth the cost.
Jaleel White played one of the most iconic characters of the 1990s, Steve Urkel. He leans into that on his new podcast and invites other former child stars to the conversation. Jaleel’s approach is refreshingly honest and he turns every interview into a genuine conversation, leaving clichés behind in order to speak the truth.
Listen to his candid episode with Ravén-Symone, who explains her specific road as a Black woman in Hollywood. Then hear him talk with Haley Joel Osment, the guy whose line from The Sixth Sense has followed him as much as Steve Urkel’s “Did I do that?” has followed Jaleel White.
Worst Ever Podcast
Christine Lakin and Alaa Khaled were both child actors, and they have been friends for decades now. Worst Ever Podcast celebrates the fact that everyone — celebrity or not — has lived through some “worst ever” moments. The podcast was developed from a live show of the early 2010s in which actors shared their worst audition experiences.
Since 2017, Alaa and Christine have invited listeners everywhere to hear personal stories from their friends in the industry. Members of The All New Mickey Mouse Club, actors from classic 90s sitcoms, and other hilarious friends of the show tell their stories in an open and engaging way, especially everyone’s favorite guest, Nicholle Tom.