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The Bright Sessions

The Bright Sessions

Author: Lauren Shippen

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Start with episode 01. Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. Visit for more information and additional content.
70 Episodes
Announcement - The Future of the Show
Hi everyone, this is Lauren Shippen, the creator and writer of The Bright Sessions and also the voice of Sam, as you can probably tell. As you know, we’re on our mid-season hiatus and will be back with Episode 49 in one month. But I wanted to drop in here to talk about the broader future of the show.   Back in the summer of 2015, I sent a Facebook message to a couple of friends and asked if they’d be willing to lend their voices to a little project I was working on. Nearly 3 years and over 18 hours of content later, The Bright Sessions has taken on a life of its own, far exceeding any of our expectations for what started as a passion project made in my bedroom. We’ve really, really loved making this show but, as with all things, it must eventually come to an end.    When we come back in March, we'll be releasing eight more episodes, concluding the season, and the series, with Episode 56. The arc of the story we’ve been telling since Episode 1 is coming to its natural close and I want these 56 episodes to stand on their own as a complete series that people can discover and listen to for years to come.    All that said, I’m not done with these characters yet. They have so much more to do and say and I know my actors aren’t done with them either. So, even though the original run of The Bright Sessions is coming a close, this feed isn’t going quiet after June 13th.   Thanks to our incredible Patreon supporters, we’ll be doing nine bonus therapy episodes that explore Dr. Bright’s other patients. These will start in July, with one being released every single month for nine months. For our patrons, there will be a bonus to the bonus - a special 10th therapy session that you definitely don’t want to miss. To become a patron, go to   Making The Bright Sessions has only ever been possible because of our strange and unusual family on Patreon and we’ll need that support more than ever moving forward. Not only do we need to fund the production of these ten bonus episodes, but we also have two mini series spin-offs coming in 2019 and 2020 that are going to be bigger and more ambitious than anything we’ve ever done before. These series will be limited run, but they will take place post-Season 4 and involve many familiar faces as well as a whole slew of new characters. The first spin-off will be out in March of 2019 - I can’t tell you too much about it because the summary alone spoils the end of Season 4, but I think you guys will like it. The second spin-off will come out fall of 2020 and will involve a fan favorite character - and a favorite character of mine - Caleb, in an entirely new phase of his life. These series will expand the story and the universe of The Bright Sessions for listeners who have been with us since the start, but also stand on their own for people just dropping in to our atypical world.   You also may have heard some news about Bright Sessions books - the rumors are true! I’m writing three YA novels that focus on different characters. The first is about Caleb and Adam, the second about Damien, and the third about our newest character, Rose.  The first will be out in the summer of 2019.    So…yeah. Even though we’re closing a chapter, we have a lot ahead of us. So stay tuned and stay subscribed to this feed - all future shows and any important announcements will be right here. Also make sure to follow us on twitter @brightpodcast for more frequent updates.    Before I get back to editing our 50th episode - which we just recorded this past weekend and which is going to be really freakin’ cool, I can’t wait for you guys to hear it - I just want to take a moment to say thank you. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am - how grateful we all are - for the emails, the fanart, the theorizing, the all-caps tweets, the meet-ups, and the personal stories and the love you’ve shared with us these past two and half years. This story means a lot to us and I can’t tell you how much joy we get from the fact that it means a lot to you as well. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.    So: keep listening and, as always, stay strange.
Comments (45)

Jourdan Leigh

Please please do more! Or something similar

Jun 21st

Andrea Will

I've been hooked since the first episode. This is the perfect podcast for bedtime. Not bc it's boring-just the opposite! I'm so engrossed & able to unwind. The actors are talented, not over or under-acted. They are captivating & easy on the 👂! The sound effects are perfect too, fitting AND soothing!

Jun 20th

Ryan Gilligan

22 minutes in and... meh.

Jun 16th

Courtney Thomson

Well. what do I do with my life now 😭

Jun 14th

Trever Alfonso

That was great

Jun 14th
Reply Tassone

It has been an absolutely amazing ride listening to this podcast. Bravo!

Jun 13th

stuart rogers

My god just so good

Jun 5th

Caleb Harrison

wow...this episode awesome

Jun 3rd

Molly Fleck

omg!!! I love this episode so much!!!!!

May 31st

Sabreena Ahmed

will there be a TV show

May 30th

Caleb Harrison

I absolutely LOVE THIS!!

May 26th

Sirius Black

This is adorable!!

May 25th

Brigitte Joseph

THE cutest episode <3

May 20th

Emma Mason

ooooohhhhhh I love this series sooo much

May 10th

dan gibbons

this is extremely it

May 7th

Jason Kehr

I would pay so much money to see this entire podcast as a musical. this is beautiful

Apr 14th

Samantha Ann

great voice

Apr 11th

Jennifer Duffy Russell

Good grief...the singing episode made it too corny. I'm deleting the bright sessions. If I want Mary Poppins I'd go to Netflix. You ruined an already hard to believe plot.

Mar 30th

vyris wasp

Jennifer Duffy Russell Omg did you literally just reply agreeing with yourself

Jun 2nd

Kelly Marie

Jennifer Duffy Russell ah chill! come on... it was just a light hearted episode. do you know how much work and £ goes into making these.... they are free anyway

May 24th


I'm crying so hard this was such an amazing episode

Mar 24th

Kelli Frayer

love it from the voice actors to the story to the way you make it feel so real. my fav

Mar 7th
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