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Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

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Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

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I love season 1 and 3

By cunanka - May 12 2020
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Sarah Koenig is amazing at what she does.

Season 1&2 great

By Lins0689 - May 10 2020
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I love season 1&2. Not a huge fan of #3

iTunes Ratings

60870 Ratings
Average Ratings
46286
7072
3377
1975
2160

I love season 1 and 3

By cunanka - May 12 2020
Read more
Sarah Koenig is amazing at what she does.

Season 1&2 great

By Lins0689 - May 10 2020
Read more
I love season 1&2. Not a huge fan of #3
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Serial

Latest release on Nov 15, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 12 days ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

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It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

Oct 03 2014

54mins

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Rank #2: S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

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In the middle of the night, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, snacks, water, some cash. Then he quietly slips off a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later, it occurs to him: he’s in over his head.

Dec 10 2015

44mins

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Rank #3: S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty

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The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?

Mar 31 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #4: S02 Episode 02: The Golden Chicken

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On the move with Bergdahl, the Taliban slip past the U.S. Army’s massive effort to find him. During those days and weeks, each side is asking, what is Bergdahl worth to us?

Dec 17 2015

59mins

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Rank #5: S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets

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You don’t make peace with your friends.

Mar 03 2016

49mins

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Rank #6: S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics

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Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

Mar 17 2016

52mins

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Rank #7: S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

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A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?

Sep 20 2018

54mins

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Rank #8: S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

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Their relationship began like a storybook high-school romance: a prom date, love notes, sneaking off to be alone. But unlike other kids at school, they had to keep their dating secret, because their parents disapproved. Both of them, but especially Adnan, were under special pressure at home, and the stress of that spilled over into their relationship. Eventually Hae broke up with Adnan. And then, depending on who you ask, Adnan was either understandably sad and moping around, or full of rage and plotting to kill her.

Oct 03 2014

37mins

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Rank #9: S01 Episode 12: What We Know

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On January 13, 1999, Adnan Syed was a hurt and vengeful ex-boyfriend who carried out a premeditated murder. Or he was a bewildered bystander, framed for a crime he could never have committed. After 15 months of reporting, we take out everything we’ve got - interviews and documents and police reports - we shake it all out, and we see what sticks.

Dec 18 2014

56mins

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Rank #10: S02 Episode 06: 5 O'Clock Shadow

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Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off?

Feb 04 2016

1hr

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Rank #11: S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2

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Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

Feb 19 2016

37mins

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Rank #12: S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

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Adnan once issued a challenge to Sarah. He told her to test the state’s timeline of the murder by driving from Woodlawn High School to Best Buy in 21 minutes. It can’t be done, he said. So Sarah and Dana take up the challenge, and raise him one: They try to recreate the entire route that Jay said he and Adnan took on January 13th, 1999.

Oct 23 2014

43mins

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Rank #13: S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

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A few days after Hae’s body is found, the detectives get a lead that opens the case up for them. They find Jay at work late one night and bring him down to Homicide. At first, he insists he doesn’t know anything about the murder. But eventually he comes clean. He tells them what happened on January 13th. A few weeks later, he’s back at Homicide and his story has changed. In some ways, these changes are small and understandable. In other ways, they’re big and confounding.

Oct 16 2014

34mins

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Rank #14: S02 Episode 03: Escaping

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Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.

Dec 24 2015

55mins

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Rank #15: S01 Episode 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense

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Adnan’s trial lawyer was M. Cristina Gutierrez, a renowned defense attorney in Maryland – tough and savvy and smart. Other lawyers said she was exactly the kind of person you’d want defending you on a first-degree murder charge. But Adnan was convicted, and a year later, Gutierrez was disbarred. What happened?

Dec 04 2014

54mins

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