Entertainment The Best TV Shows Based on Podcasts  

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Podcasts have been around since as far back as the 1980s (when it was audio files shared across something called the MBone network), but it wasn't until the invention of broadband Internet speeds and portable MP3 players that people really started to take notice. Since that time, podcasts have exploded onto every aspect of pop culture to become one of the most popular methods of entertainment available at home or on the go. A survey in 2017 estimated that 42 million Americans regularly listened to podcasts at least once a week, and those numbers have gone nowhere but up since then.

Typically, a podcast is recorded and released into the wild without any sort of expansion into other forms of media, but every now and again, something truly special takes a popular podcast and turns it into a TV show. Television shows based on podcasts are pretty rare—especially when it comes to a podcast TV series that can stick around for more than a single season. When that does happen, the transmutation of a podcast into a television series often produces results that are something amazing. Scripted podcasts, true crime podcasts, and even interview-style shows have been adapted for television and thrived.

While there aren't many TV shows about podcasts or those inspired by them, the ones that last make for exceptional programming. These are the very best of them all so be sure to vote up your favorite and see which one tops the list!

Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Podcasts
Photo: Amazon Video
1 6 VOTES

Based on: Homecoming

Podcast genre: Psychological thriller

Podcast released in: November 2016

Differences between podcast and show: Both the podcast and television series follow the same premise and do not differ significantly from one another.

Actors: Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky, + more

Premiered: 2018

Network: Amazon Video

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Dirty John is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Podcasts
Photo: Bravo
2 5 VOTES

Based on: Dirty John

Podcast genre: Investigative journalism, Serialized audio narrative, True Crime

Podcast released on: October 2, 2017

Differences between podcast and show: The television series is  presented as a single-camera drama based off the premise of the podcast with the first season delving into "how a romance with the charismatic John Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial, manipulation, and ultimately, survival – with horrific consequences for an entire family."

Actors: Connie Britton, Eric Bana, Jean Smart, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, + more

Premiered: 2018

Network: Bravo

4 1
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Lore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Podcasts
Photo: Amazon Video
3 3 VOTES

Based on: Lore

Podcast genre: Non-fiction, horror

Podcast released on: March 19, 2015

Differences between podcast and show: Both the television series and the podcast that inspired it are presented in an anthology horror format. They take non-fiction stories that are horrific in nature and present them as true tales of horror such that "the show is able to turn the inherent creepiness of Mahnke's podcast into original stories that are even more unnerving and resonant."

Actors: Robert Patrick, Holland Roden, Colm Feore, Kristin Bauer, Cathal Pendred, + more

Premiered: 2017

Network: Amazon Video

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The Ricky Gervais Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Podcasts
Photo: Channel 4/HBO

Based on: A radio show and podcast of the same name

Podcast genre: Comedy

Podcast released in: August 2001

Differences between podcast and show: The television series is essentially the podcast, but it is animated. Much of the audio was taken directly from the podcast where it was dubbed onto animation done in the Hanna Barbera-style based off those recordings.

Actors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington

Premiered: 2010

Network: Channel 4, E4, HBO

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