I'm looking for a podcast that has a storyline of some sort, that has a sense of 'togetherness' (-vs- just being individual episodes), has characters that are interesting (rather than just events that are discussed), and that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Doesn't have to be non-fiction or fiction, either way is fine -- but I'm not looking for a "this week we discuss XYZ" sort of thing, This American Life or 99PI or Reply All, while great, are not what I'm after here.
Examples I've enjoyed; Serial series 1
(skipped S2 and I bounced off S3 halfway through, though) Mogul
S1 and S2. S-Town
. Surviving Y2K
(I guess it's a bit episodic but it still all goes together as a single thing) Or, fiction, Homecoming
. Mars Patel
S1 and S2, not listened to S3 yet.
Oh, and things that are a length that I could conceivably listen to all of it -- TAZ
has complete stories, but something that scale would be a heck of a lot to take on.
Context -- I find that when I go somewhere and just walk around looking at things, I like to listen to podcasts that have stories and notable events during the story and stuff, because then whatever-it-was that I was listening to ties in to whatever-it-was that I was looking at at the same time, and I like having the sense that "this trip was accompanied by this story". So, for example, seeing the amazon domes when walking around Seattle is the bit in Surviving Y2K where he meets the survivalists with the kitten, and the waterfront cranes are the bit about "first baby of the millennium". Or a particular street in my hometown is now the section where Sarah Koenig talks to Adnan's parents at the start of Serial.
This is a pretty fuzzy set of criteria, but there are _so many_ podcasts out there, and searching for "story based podcast" tends to find one-at-a-time ones, and searching for "podcast like Serial" just gets true crime stuff, which isn't necessarily what I'm after either.
(fake edit: I did some more googling and currently have The Bright Sessions, Limetown, Steal The Stars, The Message, Wolverine The Long Night, and Hector vs The Future queued up -- those are pretty much all sci-fi / mystery, but if there's other ones that aren't in those genres I'm open to suggestions, the pages I found were all along those sorts of lines)