If there is one podcast that this industry needs to thank, it is ‘Serial’. It is after Sarah Koenig presented her deep investigative take on Adnan Syed’s conviction for the murder of Hae Min Lee that people truly got hooked to binging podcasts. In fact, the ever-increasing thirst of the audience for the true crime genre can also be attributed to this podcast. And there is a good reason behind this insane popularity. The most downloaded podcast in history and the winner of many awards, ‘Serial’ enjoys the gripping narration of Koenig and a well-structured story that keeps you on your toes with every passing episode. What keeps you around for more is the question that nags at you: did Adnan do it? What really happened to Hae?
If you loved Serial and are now suffering because you completed all of it in one go and now have nothing to listen to, then we are here to help you out. Here’s the list best podcasts similar to ‘Serial’. You can find most, if not all, of them on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or any other app you like to use.
15. Criminal (2014-)
This is no shortage of ghastly crimes in this world. And if you think that dedicating a whole season to just one might be unfair to other mysteries out there, then you should listen to ‘Criminal’. A critically acclaimed podcast, which has easily made it in the several best podcasts lists, it tells a different story in each episode. It is hosted by Phoebe Judge and tackles crimes from note counterfeiting to the wrongful police shooting of black people, from the practice and purpose of grave digging to faking one’s death and getting away with it. You can listen to all episodes of this podcast here.
14. Finding Tammy Jo (2016)
The first step in solving any case is to identify the victim. You found a body; you need to know who it is. How will you move forward otherwise? On the night of November 10, 1979, a woman’s body was discovered in a field near Genesee River. For thirty-five years, she remained a Jane Doe. The police knew next to nothing about her, how would you expect them to solve it? It was only in 2015 that she was finally identified. What happened for all these years then? And what happens now that she has been found? Find the podcast here.
13. Breakdown (2015-)