Top 22 Podcasts from 2022

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It is that time of year and you get ready all the lists you can hope for. For us, we don't pick 'em. We let the web visitors like you pick via the podcast pages you visit. So I bring you, the top 22 podcasts of 2022. The dates picked are from December 1, 2021 - December 1, 2022. How many have you listened to? Or did you just find a new listen?

Top 22 of 2022 - You can click on any of the images to read the reviews and listen on your favorite app.

22. Mother Country Radicals - Audacy, Crooked Media

Critic Podcast Reviews - Mother Country Radicals
Zayd Dohrn was born underground - his parents were radicals and counter-culture outlaws, on the run from the FBI. Now Zayd takes us back to the 1970s, when his parents and their young friends in the Weather Underground Organization declared war on the United States government. They brawled with riot…

21. The Gateway: Teal Swan - Gizmodo

Critic Podcast Reviews - The Gateway: Teal Swan
The Gateway is a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Some followers move to Teal’s healing center, a spiritual startup where they pr…

20. What The Hell, Navya! - IVM Podcasts

Critic Podcast Reviews - What The Hell, Navya!
What The Hell Navya is a feel-good show with 3 women from different generations and their thoughts. It brings together the phenomenal women of the Bachchan Family- Navya Naveli Nanda, Shweta Nanda, & Jaya Bachchan to discuss various important topics. The show aims to create a safe space for women ac…

19. Kim Kardashian’s The System: The Case of Kevin Keith - Spotify

Critic Podcast Reviews - Kim Kardashian’s The System: The Case of Kevin Keith
In February of 1994, Kevin Keith was arrested and charged with a triple homicide in Bucyrus, Ohio. There is no physical evidence exclusively tying him to the crime, yet he has spent 28 years of his life behind bars, with many of those on death row. Kevin’s brother Charles, has always been convinced…

18. Bad Women: The Ripper Retold - Pushkin

Critic Podcast Reviews - Bad Women: The Ripper Retold (S1) & Blackout Ripper (S2)
The streets of wartime London are pitch black and the darkness offers cover to a murderer every bit as terrible as Jack the Ripper. During one awful week in February 1942 he viciously attacks women night after night. But the victims of the so-called Blackout Ripper are now all but forgotten. In t…

17. Will Be Wild - Amazon, Pineapple Street Studios, Wondery

Critic Podcast Reviews - Will Be Wild
Will Be Wild is a new 8-part series about the forces that led to the January 6th insurrection and what comes next. Through in-depth stories from a wide range of characters – from people who tried to stop the attack to those who took part – hosts Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz explore the ongoing…

16. Quiet Part Loud - Spotify, Monkeypaw Productions

Critic Podcast Reviews - Quiet Part Loud
Disgraced radio host Rick Egan has finally found his chance at reinventing himself: by chronicling the cold-case disappearance of several Muslim teens from Staten Island—a group he himself disparaged—in the wake of 9/11. But Rick soon discovers this is no ordinary hate crime, as his ill-considered i…

15. Sweet Bobby  - Tortoise Media

Critic Podcast Reviews - Sweet Bobby
Kirat is a successful radio presenter. On Facebook she meets Bobby, a handsome cardiologist. He’s a catch. Soon, they get tangled up in a love affair full of lies and manipulation. Then... Kirat discovers a deception of almost unimaginable proportions.This is Sweet Bobby. A live investigation, in si…

14. Chameleon: Various Seasons - Campside Media

Critic Podcast Reviews - Chameleon: Various Seasons
When a small team of government investigators learns that ordinary citizens all around the U.S. are losing their life savings to scam callers, they go on the hunt for the shadowy multinational mob behind the con. Hosted by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.Subscribe to The Binge to get all episodes of Chamele…

13. Solar - CurtCo Media

Critic Podcast Reviews - Solar
SOLAR, starring Stephanie Beatriz, Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, Academy Award winner Helen Hunt and Jonathan Bangs, is a journey to the heart of the solar system and an exploration of the vastness of the human spirit. Disconnected from Earth and trapped on separate parts of their spacecraft, crew…

12. Last Known Position - QCode

Critic Podcast Reviews - Last Known Position
A new mystery thriller from the makers of Blackout and The Left Right Game, Last Known Position follows a group of experts including submersible pilot Mikaela Soto (Gina Rodriguez) as they seek to recover a flight that suddenly vanished over the Pacific Ocean. The super yacht sets off on what looks…

11. We Were Three - Serial, NY Times

Critic Podcast Reviews - We Were Three
A story of lies, family, America, and what Covid revealed, as well as what it destroyed.

10. The Always Sunny Podcast - Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Critic Podcast Reviews - The Always Sunny Podcast
The Always Sunny Podcast is a look back on the past fifteen seasons of the hit show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, hosted by Glenn, Charlie, and Rob. The guys are going back to where it all began: 2005. Starting with the very first episode, they’ll rewatch every season and give us a deep dive i…

9. Batman Unburied - Spotify, DC

Critic Podcast Reviews - Batman Unburied
A serial killer known as The Harvester terrorizes Gotham City, but Batman is not coming to the rescue. In fact, Bruce Wayne has no memory of being the Caped Crusader at all. Instead, Bruce is a forensic pathologist, performing the autopsy on the latest victim when he’s attacked by the killer himself…

8. Surviving El Chapo: The Twins Who Brought Down A Drug Lord - iHeartPodcast Network, Lionsgate Sound

Critic Podcast Reviews - Surviving El Chapo: The Twins Who Brought Down A Drug Lord
Surviving El Chapo: The Twins Who Brought Down a Drug Lord Hosted and executive produced by award-winning artist and producer Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson and broadcaster and journalist Charlie Webster. Brought to you by Lionsgate Sound as a world exclusive with iHeartPodcasts. Speaking publicly for t…

7. Case 63 - Spotify

Critic Podcast Reviews - Case 63
New York psychiatrist Dr. Eliza Knight (Academy Award winner Julianne Moore) begins treating a patient registered as Case 63 (Emmy nominee Oscar Isaac) who claims to be from the year 2062. What begins as routine therapeutic sessions quickly turns into a story that threatens the boundaries of the pos…

6. Ghostwriter - Best Case Studios, C13Features, Cadence13

Critic Podcast Reviews - Ghostwriter
In this C13Features podcast movie presentation of Ghostwriter, Kate Mara and Adam Scott star in a psychological thriller about a former journalist who reluctantly accepts a job ghostwriting a new murder mystery novel for an eccentric billionaire. As they collaborate on the project, questions - and s…

5. SmartLess - Amazon, Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett, Wondery

Critic Podcast Reviews - SmartLess
“SmartLess” with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest…

4. The Improvement Association - Serial, NY Times

Critic Podcast Reviews - The Improvement Association
For at least a decade, allegations of cheating have swirled around elections in rural Bladen County, N.C. Some people in town point fingers at a Black advocacy group, the Bladen County Improvement Association, accusing it of bullying voters, tampering with ballots and stealing votes outright. These…

3. The Trojan Horse Affair - Serial, NY Times

Critic Podcast Reviews - The Trojan Horse Affair
A strange letter appears on a city councillor’s desk in Birmingham, England, laying out an elaborate plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the city’s schools. The plot has a code name: Operation Trojan Horse. The story soon explodes in the news and kicks off a national panic. By the time it all d…

2. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra - Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

Critic Podcast Reviews - Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra
Sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true stor…
  1. Archetypes - Spotify, Archewell Studios
Critic Podcast Reviews - Archetypes
Archetypes with Meghan Markle - a podcast where we investigate, dissect, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back. (Only on the Spotify App)

Archetypes, by a long shot, was the most visited podcast page, and probably the most mixed-reviewed podcast this year. The critics and fan base were an interesting sight to read.

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