Reply All Is The Greatest Podcast Ever And I've Got The Receipts (List Of Best Episodes) To Prove It

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This is a "reply all" you're going to want to hit. (Illustration by Brittany Metz for LAist)
Serial was great, no one is arguing that. Missing Richard Simmons was ethically problematic for many listeners, but it sure was binge-worthy. And of course, This American Life is the womb from which the industry was born. Then, of course, there are the shows about shows, and the shows that get turned into shows, and the shows wondering how something ever got made into a show (movie) to begin with.

Fine. They are all fine.

But they are not as good as Reply All.

Reply All is a show about the internet in the same way that your life is about what it is like to live with gravity. Reply All is a show about the internet that is actually about the human condition. It is perfect. The podcast is perfect. The human condition is a disaster.

Here is my spoiler-free list of the best/my favorite episodes of Reply All — aka your Reply All starter kit.

#5 Jennicam

"Jennicam" was the 5th episode of Reply All and it was the one that hooked me. The focus of the show is Jenni of Jennicam, a woman who removed the fourth wall from her own life by setting up a 24-hour feed in her home long before the age of likes and shares and face-filters.

#27 The Fever

Stephanie Foo is a genius podcaster and she produced this episode that is all your online dating nightmares come true plus 1,000.

#36 Today's the Day

You will press play. You will give side-eye to no one as you try to understand. You will give up the need to understand. You will hear a goat. You will feel better.

#44 Shine On You Crazy Goldman

This is an episode about being the least-ish annoying person to ever microdose at work.

#56 Zardulu

The cake is a lie but the cake is the pizza rat.

#57 Milk Wanted

This episode is more complicated than 20 eager philosophy majors arguing about stealing bread — it is also a lot more interesting.

#64-67 On the Inside

This four-part special covers so much that I won't even bother trying to summarize it. I will say that it starts with a producer wanting to know how a prisoner in a maximum security prison is publishing a blog.

#76 Lost in a Cab

In this episode, you go down a dark and evil rabbit hole of people preying on people in their time of need, and right before you slouch off the edge of hope and into the great vast nihilism that has been calling to you for so long, it gets better.

#82 Hello?

Still feeling pretty terrible thinking about the internet where people pretend to help people? This will make you feel better.

#83 Voyage Into Pizzagate

Remember when Pizzagate seemed like the craziest thing happening?

#102 & 103 Long Distance

A man enters into a long-distance frenemy-ship with a person who was trying to scam him — and that is the least surprising part.

#109 Is Facebook Spying on You?

You've had this conversation 9,000 times at the bar. Let your 9,001st be informed.

And a final shoutout to #41 "What it looks like" — a simple and vulnerable episode that I didn't go back and listen to because I was already really close to my emotions cap for the week, but I do recommend it, and I am really thankful it exists.


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