Serial Investigative

Hosted By: Sarah Koenig
Produced By: Serial Productions & WBEZ Chicago

Serial is a critically acclaimed investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig. It gained widespread popularity upon its release in 2014 and has since become one of the most influential and successful podcasts of all time. The podcast follows a serialized format, diving deep into one true crime case per season, unraveling the details and presenting them in a captivating narrative style.

Each season of Serial focuses on a different case, with Koenig and her team conducting thorough research, interviews, and analysis to present a comprehensive picture to the listeners. The podcast combines first hand interviews, recorded phone calls, news clips, and other relevant materials to engage the audience and keep them hooked throughout the investigation. The use of compelling storytelling techniques and the suspenseful nature of the cases has made Serial a gripping and addictive podcast for true crime enthusiasts and general audiences alike.

Unsolved Murders Podcast Hosts:

Host Sarah Koenig is an experienced journalist and radio producer. She gained recognition for her work on the public radio program This American Life, where she served as a producer and reporter. Koenig’s distinct storytelling style and her ability to present complex narratives in a relatable and accessible manner have been instrumental in the success of Serial.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Sparking Real-world Impact: Serial’s in-depth investigations have had a tangible impact on the legal system. The podcast has spurred conversations, prompted reexaminations of cases, and even influenced the reopening of certain investigations.
  • Engaging Multiple Perspectives: The podcast presents different viewpoints and perspectives, allowing listeners to gain a comprehensive understanding of the cases. This multi-dimensional approach adds depth and complexity to the storytelling, making it more compelling.
  • High Production Quality: Serial maintains high production standards, incorporating recorded interviews, phone calls, news clips, and other relevant materials to enhance the storytelling. The quality and attention to detail contribute to the podcast’s overall appeal.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Pacing and Length: Some listeners have felt that certain seasons or episodes of Serial were too slow-paced or overly long. The extensive exploration of details, while immersive for some, can occasionally lead to a perceived lack of progress or unnecessary repetition.
  • Biased Storytelling: A criticism leveled against Serial is the potential for bias in storytelling. As with any journalistic endeavor, there may be subjective choices made in the presentation of facts, interviews, and narrative structure. This can raise concerns about the objectivity of the podcast’s coverage.
  • Ethical Considerations: The podcast’s extensive use of recorded phone calls and personal conversations raises ethical concerns for some listeners. There have been debates about the invasion of privacy and whether consent was obtained from all parties involved in the recorded conversations.
  • Lack of Follow-up or Accountability: While Serial has sparked interest and discussions about various cases, some listeners have expressed frustration with the lack of follow-up or accountability for the podcast’s findings. The impact and real-world outcomes of the investigations presented in Serial can be limited, leaving questions about the significance and long-term effects of the podcast’s work.

* The True Crime Connection teams aims to keep this as an unbiased search database. In order to do this, we curate what people love the most and the least about a podcast by analysing ApplePodcast reviews.

To hear about our personal favorites/feedback, check out our Instagram or TikTok.
To submit a change to this listing, click here.

Want to leave your own review for fellow true crime fans to find when they hit this page? Add it in the comments below!


Add Review

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Both show and individual episode descriptions for listings on the TCC website have been submitted directly from the podcast featured or found online. We do our best to make sure all information is accurate, however; if there are any corrections to be made, please let us know here.