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Are you in the Serial cult yet? If not it is time to join.

Lizzie Marton by Lizzie Marton
December 3rd, 2014

STOPPPP what ever you are doing and if you are not already on the Serial bandwagon, jump right on! Serial is the new crime drama that everyone is talking about. It’s a podcast. The podcast. And it’s real.

Serial is a spinoff of the radio program This American Life,  millions of people  listen to the podcast each week because it is addictive and fabulous and fabulously addictive and did I say it is addictive? It is the most popular podcast in the whole wide world, so if your ears haven’t got amongst it yet, it is time they do and this is why.

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The podcast investigates the 1999 murder of a young teenage girl, Hae Min Lee. Currently, her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is serving a life sentence for the crime in a Maryland correctional facility, but he insists he had nothing to do with her death.

The first season of the podcast follows a reporter and the host, Sarah Koenig, as she investigates the evidence surrounding Hae Min’s murder.

Sarah talks to friends of the victim, potential suspects and the man serving time for the crime.

This week is the perfect time to catch up, because Serial is taking a break for Thanksgiving in America so you will be able to binge listen and get up to date and join the serial cult.

I won’t give too much away, but here are FIVE reasons why you should be on the Serial bandwagon or if you are already addicted I’m sure you will second my thoughts….

1. Be in on the Conversation:

Everyone is chatting about Serial at the moment. If you haven’t listened to it yourself, you probably know someone who is. Work mates, classmates, family and friends have been whispering for weeks about conspiracy theories, the latest evidence, and whether Adnan is truly guilty or not. Get around it people, I have got pretty much all of the Show and Tell gals listening to it, it has taken our bonding to a whole new level.

2. Sarah and the team are bloody amazing:

Sarah makes you really think. She presents equal sides of the case all of the time. One minute you are convinced that Adnan is guilty, the next you are so sure of his innocence. Sarah is a brilliant reporter and she will make you really listen…I even have to go for walks when I listen to it so I can be 100% uninterrupted. Pretty much all of the Serial listeners are out walking the streets solo with ear phones in on a Thursday night when the new ep’s are released.


The incredible team behind Serial (Sarah, Ira and Dana)


The story is intense, confusing and captivating all at the same time…and you will just want more, more, more and more. Most episodes are 30 minutes to an hour, and you can’t get enough. Once one ends you are salivating for more. The weeks wait is often exciruicating. I often hang out on the Serial website checking out all the photos, maps, documents, letters and other amazing real life things on the site. It is like an itch that is never scratched to satisfaction.

4.The Serial team are finding out information as we do:

Serial is a very real and human story. You hear details about how an ordinary teenage friendship group (which you can totally relate to) was rocked to its core by Hae’s tragic murder. You hear the different versions of what happened, recounted by different friends, trying to put together something that happened so long ago. You listen to a man recount how and why he thinks his conviction was based on false pretenses. Serial shows us the inside of a tragedy and how it effects all parties involved. It’s heartbreaking and fascinating and challenging all at the same time.

The producer of the show, Dana explained that there is only one episode per week for the season, because the creators of Serial are finding out details as we do!

“We’re still pinning down information, doing interviews, following leads. So when you listen each week, the truth is that you’re actually not all that far behind us.”

So as they find out, we find out…which makes it all the more real, suspenseful and captivating…


5. Hollywood is sniffing around 

Hollywood big wigs are snooping around trying to see how and when Serial could possibly be made into a movie. You can totally claim being a fan way before it hits cinemas.  Bragging rights are always a bonus…

Are you listening to it, do you love it as much as I do? Let’s get those who haven’t heard it on the bandwagon prono.