16 TV Shows Based on Podcasts Ranked, From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘2 Dope Girls’ (Photos)

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“Homecoming” is back and “Dirty John” will be returning for its second season on June 2. Here are other TV shows based on successful podcasts, with their Metacritic ranking (as of June 22, 2021).

“Up and Vanished” (2018 – )

Metacritic score: n/a

Payne Lindsey’s true-crime podcast first became a successful two-part special on Oxygen, exploring the disappearance of Georgia schoolteacher Tara Grinstead. And then it became a series, with Payne and his team exploring a new cold case in each episode.

Song Exploder (2020 – )

Metacritic score: n/a

Based on the acclaimed podcast of the same name, the Netflix docu-series takes a look at how the world’s greatest musicians have created their songs, while exploring their various creative processes and inspirations.

Slow Burn (2020 – )

Metacritic score: n/a

The true-crime podcast hosted by Leon Neyfakh is now a docuseries on EPIX. Similar to the podcast, Neyfakh dissects historical figures and events and outlines how the lesser-known subplots behind the stories have changed history.

Equinox (2020 – )

Metacritic score: n/a

Based on the Danish podcast “Equinox 1985,” this Netflix thriller follows a young woman investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a group of kids, one of whom was her sister.

“Alex Inc.” (2018)

Metacritic score: 49

Zach Braff plays a journalist who quits his job to start his own podcast business — in a short-lived ABC sitcom very loosely based on Alex Blumberg’s “StartUp” podcast about the founding of his own Gimlet Media podcast network.

“StarTalk” (2015 – )

Metacritic score: 55

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson adapted his hit podcast into a long-running talk show on NatGeo, with a wide variety of guests beyond the science (and even sci-fi) field.

“Dirty John” (2018 – )

Metacritic score: 58

Connie Britton and Eric Bana starred in the first season of this true-crime anthology series based on the Wondery podcast about love gone wrong. The second season starred an ill-fated coupled played by Amanda Peet and Christian Slater.

“Lore” (2017-18)

Metacritic score: 60

Aaron Mahnke’s podcast exploring the true histories behind horror legends like werewolves and vampires inspired an anthology series that blended dramatic scenes, animation and narration and ran for two seasons on Amazon.

“Limetown” (2019)

Metacritic score: 62

Jessica Biel starred in this Facebook Watch series that told the fictional story of the disappearance of 300 people at a Tennessee neuroscience facility. However, the show failed to capture the creepy immersiveness of the original podcast and lasted only one season.

“The Ricky Gervais Show” (2010-12)

Metacritic score: 62

The creator of “The Office” adapted his radio show (with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington) into a podcast, and then into an animated HBO series that made its potty-humor jokes literal.

“Comedy Bang! Bang!” (2012-16)

Metacritic score: 64

Scott Aukerman adapted his comedy podcast into a parody talk show that ran for five seasons on IFC.

The Case Against Adnan Syed (2019)

Metacritic score: 66

The four-part HBO documentary series follows the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old high school student Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, which was a case that was covered in the investigative journalism podcast “Serial.”

“Maron” (2013-16)

Metacritic score: 71

The sitcom, which was based on the comedian’s podcast, stars Marc Maron as a fictionalized version of himself, as he navigates life, trying to balance all his relationships.

“Desus & Mero” (2019 – )

Metacritic score: 78

Bronx natives Desus Nice and The Kid Mero star in Showtime’s first ever talk show, which was adapted from their comedy entertainment podcast “Desus vs. Mero.”

“Homecoming” (2018 – )

Metacritic score: 83

Julia Roberts starred in the first season of this show, based on Gimlet’s fictional podcast about a secret government program to transition U.S. war veterans back to civilian life.

“2 Dope Queens” (2018 – )

Metacritic score: 87

“Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson adapted their hit comedy podcast into an HBO series that hits a broad range of topics.

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