In nearly every interview with True Crime podcasters, you will hear them credit Serial. If you’re reading this post, this podcast phenomenon needs no introduction.

It was gripping, raw, emotional and took listeners on a journey they weren’t prepared for. The connection it made between listener and subject matter was instant and spurred dozens of people to create their own series and millions of others to download other podcasts in search of that same magic.

That’s part of the mission of True Crime Podcast Review.

We want to help expose more people to those podcasts that are creating binge-worthy content, but more importantly, we want to bring awareness and support to those that are creating real change in our world.

The first season of Serial, brought to us by This American Life, brings us the story of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the accused killer Adnan Syed.

Over the course of 12 episodes that were originally posted from October 3, 2014 to December 18, 2014, the listener hears Sarah Koenig investigate the murder and accused.

Sarah takes the listener through the incriminating and exonerating details of the case against Adnan in a a way that creates suspicion and doubt.

And when it ends, it leaves you wanting so much more. Twelve episodes on such an involved case could never be enough, but for this ground-breaking podcast that paved the way for several other podcasts to pick up the torch, it was just enough.

TCPR Ranking 10 out of 10

  • Intrigue Factor: High
  • Binge-ability: High
  • Bombshell Factor: High
  • Audio Quality: High

TCPR recommends that anyone who is new to podcasts or the true crime genre start with Season 1 of Serial from This American Life.

If you’re interested in following the story of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed further, check out Season 1 of Truth and Justice by Bob Ruff and Undisclosed Season 1 by Rabia Chaudry, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller. These two shows, while overlapping in content at times, will fill in the evidence gaps and keep you up to date on the latest case developments.

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