While we won't be treated to the polarising tones of Serial host Sarah Koenig, we're being left in the hands of journalist Brian Reed, a regular on popular podcast This American Life.
Following the Netflix strategy, all seven chapters of the series "S-Town" were released at once on Tuesday, allowing fans to binge-listen as much as they desired that same day. The producers have kept most details of the show under wraps, so all we know is that it involves a murder, a clock-maker, and hidden treasure.
Sarah Koenig, the host of the groundbreaking long-form audio true-crime series "Serial", said of "S-Town": "It's weird, it's attractive, it has a plot that goes in fascinating directions that I never saw coming".
"S-town" is not Serial and will disappoint those looking for that same true-crime, near-real-time storytelling experience. The basics are that Brian Reed, a senior producer at This American Life, is compelled to investigate the story of a murder in Woodstock after being contacted by John, an eccentric Woodstock native who harbors an intriguing antagonistic relationship with the town. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. Another option: visit the Stitcher page for 'S-Town.' These are the best memes and reactions so far to the podcast. I somewhat disinterestedly stuck on the pilot last night, and found myself engrossed in episode 4 after more than three hours of back-to-back listening. Shit Town, however, is about people; it's about human beings.
However, despite its blatant positioning as the heir to the Serial throne, S-Town is not quite the true crime podcast you might be expecting.
Reed is a fascinating steward, both for how he tells this story and the way he relates to the world built out in his reporting.