One of these picks is sure to be the next Serial.
There's nothing more fascinating than a good mystery. For everyone who grew up on Harriet the Spy, Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, the thrill of putting together the clues to figure out whodunnit just can't be beat. It's frustrating, infuriating and yes — sometimes even a little terrifying. But there's something about the lure of the unknown, peeking into the incomprehensible mind of the criminal, and of course, the heartbreaking reality for the victims and their families that keeps us counting down until the next episode.
And after the success of Serial, arguably the first true crime podcast to really hit the mainstream, you can fill your listening queue with a whole selection of true crime listens. Tune in to make your commute go by faster, to add a little excitement to boring chores or make the miles fly by on a road trip. Some are formatted like longform stories that feel like reading a great mystery, others add a little humor as the hosts talk over the details, and still others let you get in on the fun by doing your own investigation alongside the experts. If you consider yourself a "crime junkie," you'll love these thrilling true crime podcasts (and while you're at it, browse our guide to the best podcasts of 2020!)