The Serial Serial
By The A.V. Club
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The Serial Serial is a podcast about a podcast. Every week, a few Onion Inc. staffers will be talking about an episode of Serial's hit spinoff, S-Town, another of the most popular and addictive podcasts on iTunes.
||Episode 7: Each Wounds, the Last Kills||The Serial Serial crew wraps up its look at S-Town with talk about tattoos, time, and mercury poisoning.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 6: Did John B. McLemore know love?||This week, we're diving slowly and sensuously into the sixth episode of S-Town. We talk about our love for Olan, the lasting legacy of Brokeback Mountain, and the futility of being gay in a small town.||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 5: Big Gold Nipple Rings||This week, the Serial Serial crew tackles the fifth episode of S-Town, in which Tyler faces down felony charges, Reta gets a soapbox, and we get to know a guy named Michael Fuller.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 4: Why didn't John make a Will?||We're spending more time in Shittown, Alabama on this episode, diving into Episode IV of S-Town and pondering life's big questions.||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 3: R.I.P. John B. McLemore||The Serial Serial gang takes a look at S-Town's third episode and ponders how quickly death can go from the spiritual to the material.||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 2: Tedious And Brief||In this episode, the gang is discussing the second episode of S-Town, in which the show's big twist is revealed.||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: S-Town Town||The Serial Serial is back, even if Serial technically isn't. In this episode, we're talking about the first episode of S-Town, the new podcast from the people behind Serial and This American Life.||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 11: So now what?||This week, The Serial Serial tackles "Present For…||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 10: Do politics screw up everything?||This time around, The Serial Serial is tackling S…||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 9: Are we too dumb for Serial?||This week, Josh, Marah, and special Onion guest M…||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, episodes 7 and 8: Is Bowe sick, or just weird?||This week, we're talking Serial's surprise two-pa…||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial episode: Hey, what's up with Adnan?||In this special episode, The Serial Serial gang c…||2/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 6: What made Bowe snap?||This week, we're talking Serial's latest episode,…||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 5: Tampa-bound, baby!||We're recapping episode five of Serial's second s…||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episodes 3 and 4: Serial v. Making A Murderer||We're recapping episodes three and four of Serial…||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 2: 19 Days In S**t Pants||We're back for our last episode of 2016 and talki…||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 1: It's back! We're back!||Serial's second season has arrived, and thus, it'…||12/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The One With The Lawyer||This week, Josh and Marah are talking to Susan Si…||1/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Jay Speaks!||Serial's first season might be over, but The Seri…||1/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Rabia Chaudry||It's a bonus episode of The Serial Serial! This t…||12/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: What Sarah Koenig Knows||Welcome back to The Serial Serial, The A.V. Club'…||12/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Rumours||Welcome back to The Serial Serial, The A.V. Club'…||12/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Best Defense Is A Good Podcast||Welcome back to The Serial Serial, The A.V. Club'…||12/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: To Be "To Be Suspected"||Welcome back to The Serial Serial, The A.V. Club'…||11/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Serial Serial - What's "The Deal With Jay"||Welcome to the Serial Serial, a podcast about a p…||11/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
As with many people, I enjoy listening to SERIAL. I found another podcast that discusses SERIAL a few weeks back. I had hope there might be others. That is how I found THE SERIAL SERIAL.
Now, the first episode sounded like what I suspect it was…
A.V. Club staffer 1: ‘Oh no, we dropped the ball on how important this podcast SERIAL really is! WHAT SHOULD WE DO?!?’
A.V. Club Staffer 2: ‘Well if we jump in an just at this late in the game we need to set ourselves apart! Let’s just get in there and get dirt, you know just start bashing it, tell everyone that she’s fallen under his spell and that it’s completely biased. Oh and we’ll talk about how it affects us, how it makes us feel. That’ll be compelling!’
So this is what I think of the first episode: Late entry, spiteful of the SERIAL podcast staff, really, really rushed (like getting caught with your pants down), shoddily researched, unlistenable (turned it off with 5 minutes left or a 15 minute podcast!) and quite unprofessional.
The second episode of THE SERIAL SERIAL had been released the same day I found it. I had already blindly downloaded both episodes, so after shutting off the first episode prematurely, I thought I should at least try the second episode.
This is what I thought about it, slightly improved. I think the biggest improvement was at addition of Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. In my opinion HE should be hosting/moderating the show because he not only spoke well, but allowed for intelligent discussion beyond his own opinion and he seemed to be far more research ready and able to discuss not only the SERIAL episode at hand but information from earlier in the podcast’s run.
I think the fact that Marah Eakin said a whole lot less as the episode wore on was probably the best part of this episode. She, not unlike her use of the word ‘like’, does not need to be in this podcast at all. A great improvement to this band wagon podcast would be her omission.
How this podcast is as popular as it is WITHOUT a rating or review is beyond me. Speak up people, the A.V. Club shouldn’t be the only ones with an opinion!
This is a great show!
I find 'Serial' hard to follow sometimes, with all the timelines etc, so this makes it clearer for me.
My sister recommended this pod cast to us. I downloaded it before a long road trip. My husband and I couldn't turn it off. We almost forgot to stop for gas we were so involved in what we were listening to. Highly recommended. We loved it.