The best relationship podcasts have range. They’re the perfect mix of steamy silly sweetness; they invite you into the most intimate realms of the lives of others.
They coach you through current relationships and ply you with daydream fodder for future ones. Relationship podcasts are for any mood: They’ll make you laugh, cry, swoon, cringe, text your ex.
And finding a great one is like finding a BFF you can keep in your pocket and turn to any time you have questions about that Tinder date who ghosted you last Wednesday or your first foray into non-monogamy.
Whether you want gooey tales of romance, juicy details about sex, advice on how to get over an ex, or random queer trivia that will blow your next date’s mind, the internet is crawling with audio that will satisfy all your horniest and most romantic needs.
Feed your inner Casanova with these 27 essential relationship podcasts that will brighten up your queue and maybe even teach you a thing or two about everyone’s favorite topic: fisting. Wait, no, I mean love. Everyone’s favorite topic is obviously love! Duh.
1/ Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel
Listening to Where Should We Begin? with renowned couples therapist Esther Perel is like being a fly on the wall of a random couple’s joint therapy sesh.
Each episode features an anonymous duo working through a challenge they face in their relationship, from infidelity and divorce to coming out to family and surviving lockdown under the same roof.
2/ Dyking Out
NYC-based comedians Melody Kamali and Carolyn Bergier don’t exclusively talk about sex and relationships on Dyking Out, but when they do it’s always super hilarious and super gay, as is just about everything they touch.
Learn about queer imposter sydrome, ‘90s queer subtext, queer non-monogamy, and so much more on this riot of a pod.
3/ Foreplay Radio
On Foreplay Radio, two expert sex therapists come together for candid discussions about sex, intimacy, eroticism, shame, attachment styles, and more.
With episodes dating back to 2016, hosts Laurie Watson and George Faller have put out a lot of scroll-worthy content for curious, compassionate, and most importantly horny listeners to explore.
4/ The Endless Honeymoon
Calling all lovers! The Endless Honeymoon is a pod from married comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher building on their beloved Netflix special.
Listen along as the cheeky couple fields calls from listeners, offering practical relationship and parenting advice, often from the comfort of an endlessly chic recording room complete with a white couch and some gorgeous floral wallpaper. You obviously can’t “see” the “room” while you’re listening to the podcast, but just trust that it’s there and it’s very pretty.
5/ Black Love Matters
The Black Love Matters podcast is hosted by New England–based couple Niram and Niambi. Listen to these two open up about everything from “finding your inner Barack and Michelle”, to staying true to your roots in your relationships, to an interview with renowned sex expert San Boodram.
6/ We’re Having Gay Sex
“Honest, vulnerable, disgusting, hilarious” the description of We’re Having Gay Sex on its official website pretty much sums it up. Comedian Ashley Gavin regales listeners with tales from her “whore phase,” sparing no juicy detail about her very active, very gay sex life.
Comic Gara Lonning, one of the “youth in the soundbooth,” AKA Gavin’s queer younger friends who add Gen Z–approved commentary and sound effects, also co-hosts En(ba)by, a different podcast worth checking out that’s all about gender.
7/ Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy is where comedy meets therapy: Stand-up comedians share the stage with their lovers—past and present to do sets about their relationships that are both hilarious and introspective.
8/ Paired by the People
Host Lakshmi Rengarajan has lived many lives: as an entrepreneur, a senior employee at Match.com, a bartender, and now a host of Paired By The People, a delightfully wholesome podcast about making and keeping meaningful connections.
With this audio project, Rengarajan challenges listeners to think beyond the dating app to explore how dating is ultimately enriched by community.
9/ Talking It Out with Mike and Bryan
Bachelor Nation stans love Talking It Out with hosts Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo because it’s a refreshing and rare celebration of intimacy and connection from the straight male perspective.
Hear what these hunks have to say about life, love, and relationships, from Bachelor BTS to body dysmorphia and living with a partner’s ex.
Ethical non monogamy, conscious monogamy, swinging, and polyamory—if it’s a relationship style that doesn’t fit tradition, the Multiamory pod has got it covered.
With lots of advice and insight from experts, this podcast is a great place to start if you’re curious about the many different forms a modern romance can take.
11/ Sex with Dr. Jess
Sex With Dr. Jess is your one-stop shop for frank sex and relationship advice from Toronto’s preeminent sex expert, Dr. Jess O’Reilly. Need help handling a ghoster? Don’t actually know how to orgasm? Dr. Jess has got you covered.
12/ Hoodrat to Headwrap
While Hoodrat To Headwrap is not technically a relationship podcast, this “decolonized podcast for lovers on the margins” is co hosted by sex educator, cancer survivor, writer and activist Ericka Hart and her partner Ebony Donnley, so there’s plenty of love to go around. The show is a history lesson, love-letter, and communal consciousness-raiser all in one.
13/ Disability After Dark
Host Andrew Gurza has been delving into issues about sex and disability in this podcast since 2016. With Disability After Dark, he illuminates the struggles and joys of dating while disabled, and kickstarts conversations about love and intimacy that are long overdue.
14/ Bad in Bed
Strap-ons! Fisting! Loose genitals! Wait… loose genitals? That’s right! Step right up to Bad In Bed, a queer sex podcast hosted by Gabrielle Kassel and Bobby Box that explores the highs and lows of dating and boning while queer, offering listeners the revisionist sex ed they never got in school. See? I promised there would be some fisting stories in here.
15/ Social Intercourse
Though Sarah Sloane’s sexy podcast Social Intercourse is still in its early days, it’s already bursting with content that will surprise, delight, and make you sweat. Tune into convos about BDSM, “solo polyamory,” peri-menopause, plus lots more to come.
16/ Sex With Emily
Dr. Emily Morse’s Sex With Emily podcast has been running for 15 years, and it’s for good reason. Listen to her use her expertise (she’s a legit Doctor of Human Sexuality!) to explore every sex topic from anal, to tantra, to squirting.
17/ Girls Gotta Eat
Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine feel like your two older, more experienced big sisters on Girls Gotta Eat. They chat about sex, obviously, but also major pop culture moments, friendship, mental health, and more featuring guests that range from Bachelor Nation’s Mike Johnson to world-renowned relationships expert Esther Perel.
18. Dates & Mates with Damona Hoffman
Okay, high key v cool: Damona Hoffman is a certified dating and relationship expert who successfully “shows singles how to harness the power of technology to find love.” (Total flex).
The show, hosted by Hoffman herself, features a variety of experts who weigh in on topics such as dating via dating apps, wokefishing, sexting, and more. Subscribe for all the juicy tips, tricks, and details she offers whether you’re single or navigating a relationship.
What does commitment actually mean in a world of “u up?” texts and fudging around the DTR conversation? Bestselling author and award-winning journalist Jo Piazza is on a quest to find out.
Piazza interviews couples who’ve been through it all and yet still want to wake up next to each other. #Goals, am I right?
20/ Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer
Nicole Byer is smart, funny, and…chronically single. In an effort to get to the bottom of her lack of love, Nicole invites fellow comedians, friends, and former flings (think: Whitney Cummings, Erika Lust, Alice Wetterlund) on the show to weigh in on their dating lives and try to make sense of her own.
You will laugh (Nicole is hilarious), but also may find yourself awake at 2 a.m. reassessing your entire dating app experience.
21/ Breakup BOOST
Helpful Tip: Instead of texting your ex and receiving a subpar response (or worse, no response at all), download this podcast. Host Trina Leckie is a certified breakup coach and will help you unpack that heartbreak.
Expect some straightforward guidance and tips there’s no sugar coating here. So whether you want to stay “friends” with your ex or just feel guilty for ending a relationship, the podcast doesn’t shy away from even the most cringe worthy breakups.
22/ Dear Sugars
Originally a column with a devoted cult following, Dear Sugars entered the podcast scene in 2017. Cohosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond’s voices are literally so soothing that just listening to them talk is therapy for your ears.
Plus: Their “radically empathic advice” will heal even the most heartsick. Come for the acclaimed guests (hi, Oprah!) and stay for the powerful relationship lessons.
23/ The Viall Files
If being on The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, and Bachelor in Paradise is enough dating experience to warrant starting your own podcast, then Bachelor Nation’s Nick Viall has certainly earned his place.
Listeners can call in for “Questions With Nick” on Mondays or tune in on Wednesdays for interviews with some seriously thought-provoking guests. I highly recommend it for fans of The Bachelor, as season favorites often stop by to give some BTS gossip from the show.
24/ Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Anna Faris isn’t a love guru or dating expert…but damn is this podcast entertaining. Each episode starts off with an interview with a celeb guest, then transitions to a call-in relationship Q&A.
And while we don’t recommend taking all their advice (lol, seriously, don’t), the show’s combo of humor and advice will make you feel like you’re basically Anna’s bestie.
25/ Relationship Advice, I Do Podcast
Ahh, young love. What used to be so sweet and cute can sometimes turn into an actually horrific, challenging, and gut-wrenching journey. The good news: Hosts Chase and Sarah Kosterlitz don’t want all relationships to manifest that way.
They help young couples create life-long love with an earnest, but honest approach of guidance and advice. Download now if you need some tips, tricks, or inspiration.
26/ Modern Love
Let’s just say that Amazon Prime Video adapted this popular New York Times column for a reason. Modern Love shares heart-wrenching, uplifting, and honest essays read by notable celebrities, writers, experts and more. You’re going to want to grab a fresh pack of tissues for every new episode, trust.
27/ Savage Lovecast
Sex columnist Dan Savage answers caller’s love and relationship questions each week, leaving no topic off the table. If you’re searching for some pragmatic, humorous, and sometimes graphic advice, right this way.
(Oh, and if you’re tired of circulating through your Netflix queue, the Lovecast has been around since 2006, so there’s plenty of archives to marathon.)