Listen to These 5 Podcasts Before They Become TV Shows

Updated 05/24/18

Podcasts have taken the world by storm in recent years. The resurgence to audio programming has officially made its way to the mainstream thanks to podcasts with seriously dedicated listeners. Not only are more people tuning into to listen, podcasts are making major social impacts. Take Serial, for example. The podcast took a deep dive into one murder case and was partially responsible for an ongoing retrial of the man who was convicted. Now, this popular series is being made into a TV show, and it's not the only one.

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Along with Serial, quite a few podcasts will transform into TV shows set to air on a variety of platforms this year, and some pretty big celebrities are on board. If you're one who likes to stay ahead of the curve, you'll want to spend your commute catching up on these buzzy series before they become full-fledged TV shows. Here are five podcasts to download right now before they hit the small screen.


Season one of this podcast is narrated by journalist Sarah Koenig as she investigates the 1999 murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was arrested for the crime. Syed says he had nothing to do with Lee's death and since the podcast's release in 2014, the judge has ordered a new trial for Syed. The podcast is set to become a four-hour documentary series that will air on HBO at an unreleased date.

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Dirty John

Another thrilling mystery series, Dirty John, tells the true story of a relationship between interior designer Debra Newell and anesthesiologist John Meehan. Although Meehan seems like the perfect man to Newell, her adult children don't approve. It's a skin-crawling tale of love and deception that comes to a startling end. The podcast will be adapted into a TV show on Bravo starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. There's not yet a release date.

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As the name suggests, Crimetown is a podcast that looks into crimes in different cities around the United States and explores how the crimes have shaped each location. It's currently in production at FX to become a series examining the history of organized crime and corruption in Providence, Rhode Island. Keep an eye out for an announcement on the anticipated release date.

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This scripted podcast follows a caseworker at an experimental facility, her supervisor, and a soldier ready to rejoin civilian life. It includes excerpts from phone calls, therapy sessions, and overhead conversations as a mystery unfolds. The series is set to air on Amazon this year and will star Julia Roberts.

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Night Vale

A dark fictional podcast, Night Vale plays like a community update for a small town of the same name. Listen to local weather, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, and bulletins about mysterious lights in the sky, cultural events, and dark hooded figures. The series is currently being developed by FX, but there's no set release date.

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Stay in the know and entertained my downloading these influential podcasts. This time next year, everyone will be talking about them.

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