Criminal is a show about people that have something to do with a crime that has been committed. Sometimes it’s a perpetrator, sometimes a victim, sometimes an investigator is part of the show. It’s a journal of crimes.
Its fantastic, beautifully artistic website will tell you that you won’t find blood and gore here, nor the legal proceedings or confessions often associated with true crime accounts.
What you will find are poignant small time criminal profiles, often told by the perpetrators. You’ll hear unique, often original, music that can be haunting or may be a narrative about a crime. You’ll meet complex characters, which makes me feel like I’m listening to an audiobook.
As of this date, there have been 27 episodes since the launch in January 2014. I have listened to the first 26, which is saying a lot – that’s a pretty good time commitment. There’s a little something missing for me in this podcast. I think it’s that I can’t quite tell what the primary focus is. The stories I’ve enjoyed most have been where someone who committed a crime explains what they did, maybe how they felt about it, and how they did or did not get caught (Episode 3, “The Buck Stops Here,” or Episode 19, “Mother’s Little Helper”) or when Judge explains a unique investigation (Episode 26, “Angie”). Some of the other episodes fall short for me, including the ones that rely heavily on the music they like to bring to the show. The complete playlist of the show is lacking an intricate thread to tie episodes together.
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (3 / 5)
Surprisingly, I have learned a fair amount about committing crimes and even getting away with them. Valuable info!
Pop Culture Value (3 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
Phoebe Judge is a great, experienced host-she knows how to host a radio show.
Flow (both planned podcast flow and advertisement-impacted) (3 / 5)
Humor (1 / 5)
Investigation (4 / 5)
Storytelling (3 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (3 / 5)
I often feel empathy for the criminals profiled in the series, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The show makes me feel something – that’s better than being boring.
Bonus stars ★
Fantastic website!! The original art by Julienne Alexander is unique and fits the show like a glove.
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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