While the majority of viewers don't remember the serialized version of television and movies as existed in the past, media has to figure out a way to hook the public to come back again and again. Serial went to a past way of doing things, and it was very thought-provoking and enjoyable. To know the outcome and yet still be engaged and surprised made Serial one of the highlights of the year.
'Serial,' is such a clever and unique idea, using real-life drama mixed with vintage style to create the perfect listening experience. I have enjoyed it all the way through, and the season finale was very exciting and engaging. I would strongly recommend that people who haven't listened to 'Serial' do so immediately.
Even though the narrative didn't flow evenly and suffered from a lack of material, Serial represented an innovative and interesting take of journalism and pod-casting. The material was spread too thinly for it to be a truly brilliant piece of work but the crew behind it made it consistently compelling listening.
'Serial' became popular very suddenly, so not everyone has had a chance to hear about it. It only became really well known right before it finished. I believe many people will become fans when they go back and listen to it now, having missed the podcast when it was still coming out.