9 Podcasts That Were Turned Into TV Shows

s streaming services proliferateAnd thousands of new series flood our queues, it’s become increasingly difficult for TV shows to break through the noise. Maybe that’s why television creators have increasingly turned to books, comics, and articles for inspiration: Bridgerton and Moon KnightThey have fans built into them thanks to their material source. Even Invention of AnnaThis could attract an audience that closely followed headlines concerning Anna Delvey (real-life scammer).

Hollywood recently tried to take old ideas out of another part of the media landscape, podcasts. Some of this year’s buzziest shows, from The Dropout You can find more information here WeCrashedTo Pam’s Best ThingThey have taken their stories directly from the podcasts with the same title. If you’ve finished bingeing DropoutIf you are looking for more information on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, this podcast has all the details. Season 1 fans Slow BurnYou can watch the Watergate scandal unfold on the big screen with the Julia Roberts starrer Gaslit which will be available April 24, on Starz.

These are 10 podcasts worth watching that were recently made into TV shows.

Slow Burn

Starz’s new series GaslitThe podcast, which focuses on Watergate’s break-in, draws inspiration from an excellent history podcast Slow burn. The first season of the series was successful. Slow BurnI tried to convey the feeling of living through Watergate, which was not a sudden occurrence but rather in smaller steps until Nixon’s resignation. The very first episode of the exhaustively researched yet surprisingly spry and addictive podcast centers on Martha Mitchell, the wife of one of Nixon’s closest confidants, who tried to blow the whistle on the president long before Bob Woodward and Leonard Bernstein published their historic reporting on the Watergate scandal. Her life was destroyed by the false accusations. You can read more about In GaslitJulia Roberts is the Cassandra like Martha.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify

The Dropout

Elizabeth Holmes, a scammer as they come, is an especially fascinating subject. She truly believed that she could create an impossible blood test technology. Perhaps that’s why she’s been the subject of so many analyses, from John Carreyrou’s excellent book Bad Blood An HBO documentary is available on the ABC News Podcast The Dropout, which served as the source material for Elizabeth Meriwether’s television series of the same name. The propulsive podcast helped provide a foundation for Amanda Seyfried’s depiction of the puzzling character who at once boated a confidence that won over her A-list investors for her startup but also succumbed to self-delusions that led to her decision to lie her investors and customers. Last year, the series was back to cover the Elizabeth Holmes trial.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify


WeCrashed—first the podcast and now the show—are among the best stories that scammer season has to offer. They both tell the story of WeWork, an off-space firm that attempted to market itself as a network instead of just a set of desks. The charismatic founder Adam Neumann managed to achieve a $47 billion valuation before, as the title might suggest, the house of cards—or, I suppose, the co-working space of cards—came crashing down. Jared Leto, whether you love him or not, can be charismatic. Anne Hathaway and Anne Hathaway try their best to show how Neumann, his wife Rebekah, sold an idea for a startup with their cult-of personality.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify

Shrink Next Door

Joe Nocera is a veteran journalist who discovered an unusual story. One day his neighbor shared that he had let his shrink take all of his decisions. The doctor even moved into the neighbor’s Hamptons home and essentially began living his life—all under the auspices of offering professional advice. This is a true crime podcast that you can feel good about: It’s well-reported and not nearly as voyeuristic as the typical true crime podcast. It’s even funny and upbeat, a tone that Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell mimicked when filming the adaptation of the bizarre tale.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify

Bodega Boys

Podcasts are littered in comedy podcasts that feature two best friends discussing current topics. There are other things. Very few people are able to take their talent and make it to television. Desus Nix and Kid Mero are two exceptions. TIME’s TV critic wrote of the early episodes of their Showtime talkshow, Desus and Mero, “It’s the only thing on TV that never fails to make me laugh until tears stream down my face.” This is Their bluntness has put even the most practiced interviewees, including Cory Booker and Barack Obama, charmingly off-balance. The Bodega BoysPodcasts have a large archive you can look through when you are in dire need of laughter.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify

Pam’s Best Thing

Pam Hupp is serving a life sentence in prison for the first-degree murder of her husband. She has been a prominent presence at NBC since years. She popped up on a 2014 Dateline report called “The house on Sumac Drive,” featured in Dateline’s first podcast titled Pam’s Best Thing, and recently was portrayed by Renée Zellwegger in a scripted series of the same name. Keith Morrison, Dateline’s correspondent, even hosts both the podcast and television shows. The series is more interested in Zellwegger’s exaggerated and outsized performance than any mystery, so those who are more interested in parsing specific clues might look to the podcast.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify


Julia Roberts acts infrequently these days, so it’s intriguing that her last two big projects have been popular podcast adaptations. Perhaps, she’s an avid podcast listener. It doesn’t matter what attracted her to these projects. Homecoming has been one of the more critically successful podcast adaptations to date, in no small part because of Roberts’ compelling performance as a therapist helping veterans process their trauma in unconventional ways. The TV series featured Stephan James and Bobby Canavale as well as Hong Chau. However, the podcast’s original cast includes Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener. The audio drama is well worth the listen, even if you already know about the mysterious plot.

You can listen to: Spotify

Song Exploder

This is a refreshing break from all the true-crime adaptations. Song Exploder. This Netflix version of the hit podcast has only a few episodes. But each bite-sized entry goes deep on one single track, breaking down why songs from R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” to Dua Lipa’s “Love Again” are so catchy. Unlike the podcast, where host Hrishikesh Hirway edits his half of the interviews with artists out, on the Netflix show he’s a warm and attentive host. But while the visual medium of a show allows Hirway to give audiences a peak inside artists’ studios, those curious to discover new music are much more likely to stumble upon something new if they subscribe the podcast, which publishes much more frequently.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify

Dirty John

You may have different opinions about true crime podcasts. Personally, he tendency of these shows to treat threats to women’s lives as prurient entertainment makes me a bit queazy. Despite that, I don’t know what else to say. Dirty JohnAlthough it lacks subtlety, the story is incredibly compelling. It is the. Los Angeles Times’The series explores the story of a marriage that goes horribly wrong when a woman marries a conman. Connie Briton, Eric Bana and other actors play the couple. The show is full of soap opera twists and turns. Podcast offers an unbiased retelling. Veteran journalist Christopher Goffard pursued this story with the same rigor as true crime podcasts.

You can listen to: Apple and Spotify

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