Average rating:

out of 1850 ratings.

So fun

by Rimpu K on
Rating: ★★★★★

It is a treat to hear the special effects, the most clever ad drops ever, and takes on true crime. Even if one of the segments is on something you don’t follow, their rapport and commentary is worth it. Also given they are self-identified four white people in NH 😬😬😬😬 they have a remarkable way to think about race and criminal justice, and continue to do even more work on an ethical understanding of crime.

Like Listening to Friends

by JessV83 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’m late to the game with CWO. I was listening to season 2 of In the Dark several months ago and had no one to talk to about what I was hearing (despite begging several friends and family members to listen!) I did a search and found these guys. They’ve quickly found their way to the top of my podcast rotation. I love their rapport with each other and they say many things that I’m thinking. I trust their opinions and love the food for thought they give, along with all the laughs. Thanks for being the group of friends I needed to process the things I’m listening to and watching!

Way too much filler

by Chris-132 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

This used to be a great podcast but they keep adding more and more filler and ads to each episode. Most episodes are well more than a hour long but the actual content people want only takes up about 50-60% of each episode.It's gotten so bad that most episodes don't actually start until around the eight minute mark because there's first a lot of unnecessary chit chatting, and this podcast has the most ads out of any podcast I've listened to.The most irritating part about the amount of ads is that they put barely any effort into making this podcast. This is a very low budget podcast that basically only consists of four people chatting in front of microphones, but yet they have more than five times the amount of ads that the very best podcasts have, such as Serial. That's messed up.Additionally, I found it laughable when Rebecca complained twice during the January 21st episode about the amount of ads and filler in the podcast called Monster. She must not listen to her own podcasts then.

One of my favs

by mc cincy on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love it. I have to listen as soon as it drops in my feed!

Too much laughing & not funny

by TheNineTails on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

These social justice warriors love to virtue signal. Rebecca in particular has appointed herself the "podcast police" and bullies other podcast hosts like Mike Boudet and Payne Lindsey. Two podcasters that put out a much superior podcast than she and her goons. These people get mad at jokes, yet they cackle at things on this podcast that are NOT even remotely funny. And their beloved "Serial" is irrelevant and has been irrelevant since 2014. If you want to a good true crime podcast, subscribe to "Sword and Scale" on Patreon! Skip these weird people.

Great podcast

by statesattorney on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this podcast but please stop the elongated fake laughter. You are all very interesting - you don’t need it and it’s distracting.

aren't we funny !

by Eveles on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

it's unbearable to have to sit through the first 10 minutes of this podcast listening to the hosts cackling over inside jokes only they find funny before they even get to the first subjec of the podcast.

Check out CounterClock!

by CounterClockFan on
Rating: ★★★★★

Would love to know what you think of CounterClock podcast. 🎙 A true-crime investigative series of an unsolved murder and arson in NC. An investigative journalist hosts and produces it!

Still a good podcast but...

by jerazin on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I am a longtime listener and fan of CWO. I think the crew have great insights, good chemistry, and lots of wit. Their analysis is very interesting, but.... I am really getting tired of Lara’s “rage walking/exercising” bit. Seems like every show lately includes this stunt and frankly, it’s becoming tiresome. Lara has a tendency to ramble on most of the time. She seems to have a hard time being concise with her commentary. Don’t get me wrong, I love the wit and banter between the four, but Lara would benefit from more well thought out input. As a reporter, PI, author, etc., I have no doubt that she has the smarts. She just needs to say it more concisely.

It's interesting.... Sort of

by Pfaef on
Rating: ★★★★☆

It's an interesting concept, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes they just get too cute and it is not enteraining.

Love the banter!

by Mama Lento on
Rating: ★★★★★

Enjoy listening to you guys, and getting your take on series I have watched. Also Kev- I am a listener AND a NE Patriots Fan!


by Kathyb527 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

You guys laugh way too much. Stick to the subject and stop having so much fun in light of the somber subject. Could be interesting but too annoying! Is Toby really a writer? Like. Like like...? So awful to listen to along with the giggles and annoying chatter. Unlistenable

Great review podcast

by AP121712 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Been listening to this podcast since almost the beginning. It’s light and funny though serious at times they need to be. Great reviews of popular podcasts and shows so I don’t waste my time. Love the hosts and their unique personalities and perspectives.

Rebecca is the best part

by Gabby1770 on
Rating: ★★★★★



by AdriannaGrezak on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

A podcast discussing and critiquing other podcasts is a little weird. The panel present as experts about reporting and producing true crime podcasts without ever… producing a true crime podcast. It seems they need to be hit over the head with themes and issues in every episode of these podcasts. It’s a little silly to criticize another podcast’s interview audio when I have to constantly adjust my volume between the different speakers for this one

Broken Hart’s unfair review

by blaircan on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Seems like Rebecca and Laura need to listen to Broken Harts again. They state confusion over matters that are clear from listening to the podcast. Plus, maybe wait to review podcasts until complete. CWO is very disjointed and hard to follow. More work should be done pre-production. Rebecca criticizes other podcasters for things she does herself, which is annoying and comes off as condescending.

Rebecca is a pro

by Oldslowfat on
Rating: ★★★★★

Rebecca knows how to make a podcast. The content is compelling and funny. All 4 podcast members are smart and prepared for the show. They have insight from their collectively unique job experiences that provides educated perspectives on topics. Nothing is wasted here, pithy. My fav.

Blah blah blah

by Connalexa on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Too much idle chatter

My favorite pod

by kerri poe on
Rating: ★★★★★

Everything the CWO team touches is gold.


by Zachdave on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I just deleted your podcast. I’m sick and tired of your generous use of the f word. It adds nothing to what are usually interesting, fun and informative discussions. You sound like a bunch of little kids just learning the word. I listen to several true crime podcasts and yours is the only I have be careful who’s around me while listening.

Can’t relate to Cantankerous Kevin

by Kjeanbanks24 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Kevin and Rebecca incessantly criticize and put down other podcasts, people, ideas, etc., in an almost bullying way. Move Lara and Toby to their own show.

Rural juror

by razemend on
Rating: ★★★★★

Rebecca’s joy at her stint on a jury is music to my ears. As citizens we have an opportunity to make a difference by doing our jury duty and I thank Rebecca for showing us how important it is to serve as jurors.

Too many ads

by Greg_Chicago on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Most of the discussions are in depth and interesting, but every episode has an extremely long intro and an insane amount of ads. Those two things take up about 25 minutes of each episode and that isn't an exaggeration.If you listen to this podcast, I recommend starting each episode around the seven or eight minute mark and always skip past their ads. I understand that they need to make money, but this is a very simple podcast and this podcast has by far the most ads out of any podcast I've listened to.

Beware - These crime writers will mislead you on criminal law

by tweetylover on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I must admit I’ve stopped and re-started listening to this podcast over he past 2 years because I find the writers willingness to give their opinions on criminal lawyers’ trial strategies exasperating. They are arrogant - they give little deference to the attorneys’ knowledge of effective legal strategies (example: Making A Murderer Pt. 2). Kathleen Zellner demonstrated that Steven Avery’s counsel should have been able to establish reasonable doubt at the trial level. He should not be in jail. The issue isn’t innocence. It is whether the state proved his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Listen to this podcast if you enjoy their silliness, accept their opinions on legal matters at the risk of being misled. I’m done with this podcast. I hate misinformation.

The Best!

by Drama the cat on
Rating: ★★★★★

A great group, very enjoyable. I look forward to every episode and I’m never disappointed. Rebecca’s laugh is infectious! By far one of my top three podcasts.

Intelligent reviews of crime related podcasts

by elee1020 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this podcast! I appreciate the intelligent conversation/ debate over crime related podcasts is interesting to listen to. I like their breakdown of podcast episodes as well as their suggestions of other podcasts I should check out.


by Marymack7 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this Podcast. I have been listening to this show almost since the beginning. I was startled to see that I had never rated the show. The hosts are all great which makes it easy to overlook when their option doesn’t match your own (specifically Jim Clemente). I almost feel like I could jump in as a co-host and never miss a beat. Their reviews of other shows and podcasts are pretty spot on. The show flows well. The sound quality and editing are great. The adds which are done by Kevin are even tolerable due to the fact that they are done during the taping on the fly and not something pre-recorded and inserted in episode after episode!! I get caught up in audiobooks often (coupon code: crime) and will let other podcasts pile up to binge on later. However, I always have to listen to this podcast each week.

Good show. Rebecca Lavoie is annoying

by Lkrieb79 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

In general I like this show. However Rebecca Lavoie is increasingly annoying and harder to listen to every week. I try to forward 15sec through her talking whenever possible. I find her so sanctimonious and her audio quibbles with every podcast they review are boring. Her interactions with her husband Kevin are cloying. I enjoy the content and 3/4 of the hosts so I suppose that should equal 4 stars instead of 3.

You should probably listen to stuff you review

by Mwood613 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

It was pretty obvious that the majority of your panel didn't actually listen to Happy Face with any sort of attention, if at all: The story and characters are all set up and recapped in each episode. Also, the fact that the major trigger in a podcast about a SERIAL KILLER for half of you was a cat being killed is pretty odd, too.


by TheDimOne on
Rating: ★★★★★

I wait for each episode like a call from my best friend!

Smart, Funny, Fun

by MelissaLovesaMystery on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great voices, interesting guests, brilliant break downs of all things crime-y. Love the interaction, humor, intelligence and thoughtful opinions. (Melissa from Just The Tip-Sters pod)

Great podcast for sorting food from bad

by crm0134 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I really enjoy the banter of the hosts and their analysis of what is currently out there. Always a good listen!

Some lovable podcast hosts found here...!

by Regina L on
Rating: ★★★★★

I've been a true crime fan for decades. I was a diehard fan of Serial Seaon 1, and I'm a big fan of Undisclosed as well, though it's hard to keep up with all their episodes. Crime Writers On takes a different angle on true crime and related pop culture. I won't try to explain, as you really should sample the podcast for yourself. I will say that the hosts are hilarious, thoughtful, open, and surely know how to entertain. And they have the expertise and breadth of pop culture awareness to comment with distinction and really add to the conversation that we are all a part of. Check them out!!


by Spitfire1267 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I won't give them few stars, but after listening for over a year, understand they couldn't care less about victims of the crimes they cover. They only care about the accused. And inane cat posts. On a real Ritcher scale, that should measure a 1008.

Task complete

by AmmieK75 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Subscribed to Bearbrook for you!

Disappointingly insensitive

by claudiacatm on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I used to love this podcast so much. I would listen every week, not just for the hosts’ honest, well-articulated reviews on new media in the worlds of true crime and podcasts, but also for the warm and witty tangents conversations that came up every episode and drifted towards a wide and interesting variety of subjects. I even loved the dynamics between the hosts- sourpuss Toby and all. However, in this past week’s episode, during the writers’ review of Sharp Objects, I was deeply offended by their eye-rolling complaints about the show’s alcoholic main character. They called the idea of a troubled writer/detective character “tired” and overused, which was perhaps a fair point to make, though I disagreed and find the sympathetic portrayal of addicts & alcoholics in television to be important and humanizing for a group so constantly demonized. This opinion of theirs though, I thought was valid. It was the next part of the conversation that I found disturbing— the hosts started to jeer and rant in their typical style, but this time about the very life of an alcoholic, making comments about how unrealistic it was for an active alcoholic to possibly be successful, and how they found her constant drinking an annoying distraction to the rest of the narrative, and so on. I was so crushed to hear this, and shocked at the blatant and willful ignorance. The hosts are usually pretty PC, and are careful not to mock or offend marginalized groups, including those with mental health issues. But apparently addicts do not deserve that same courtesy. Laura’s ranting in particular was fairly vitriolic and even aggressive towards the show’s portrayal of the disease of addiction, one she does not suffer from. As a recovered alcoholic myself, hearing the voices I loved to hear, ones who feel like friends from my constant listening to & laughing along with them, describing a disease I suffer from with such callous and ignorant irritation really disappointed me and broke my heart a little. It opened my eyes to their discussions of other marginalized groups in the past perhaps being too flippant as well, and so I regretfully had to unsubscribe. I can’t listen to a group of people who don’t see me and others like me as human beings who deserve sympathy.

One of my favorite podcasts.

by RosieRaeRider on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love the movie, book, and other podcast recommendations. Always a fun listen. Always!


by Yeslek778 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This review is long overdue. I love Rebecca and Toby. I love how honest they are and how funny this pod can be. I don’t like how patronizing Kevin can be towards Rebecca, he often questions whether she knows what she’s talking about.

Great podcast

by CANYgirl on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love that there are multiple people on here, who have different opinions, but who are all well-spoken, funny, intelligent, and don't talk over the top of each other. Keep up the good work and keep them coming, please!

Thoughtful and Thought Provoking

by Jennygirl_7 on
Rating: ★★★★★

For pop culture junkies like me this is nearly the perfect podcast. Full of thoughtful and thought provoking commentary about podcasts which, I feel, can sometimes be a slighting isolating experience since you often consume them alone. Crime Writers On helps to make you feel part of the conversation. A diverse panel with frequently opposing opinions means that you are not just listening to a group patting each other on the backs for arriving at the same conclusion. But more than that I completely appreciate how respectfully they disagree. It’s a conversation not an argument. Plus, bonus points for the cat love.

My opinion

by J&S Trucking CO. on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I was looking to hear stories and all I heard was bla bla bla! I had no idea what they were discussing because I never even heard them tell a story. Too many introductions to the people on the show. Just play the podcast!!!!

Pack of sissies. NO BALLS.

by Mendy's Banya on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Any tru crime podcast I’m thinking of spending my valuable spare time getting into that begins by saying WE DONT BELIEVE IN A CONSPIRACY (re RFK assassination) BUT PLEASE LISTEN ANYWAY. Are you serious!? At LEAST play it out. I will never waste time listening to wanna be investigators that have such a narrow & finite view. Scared that ppl will say TIN FOIL HAT. Dude, that is so 20yrs ago. Sack up & investigate.


by Giddy bee on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Couldn't take the language. Journalism should be professional, this isn't.

Good show

by Kcmyway on
Rating: ★★★★★

I enjoyed my first listen if your show. Also, thank you for the tip on The Pope’s Long Con, really interesting, I think . KevinUpdate , after listening to every show of CWO; This is my go to source for podcast and documentary recommendations. Thank you.

Love the podcast but...

by Ann MInnett on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great discussions and enjoyable personalities but as other reviewers have written, I fast forward to @ 9 minutes and through the long commercials. Sure, you need $$ to support the podcast but do listeners listen?

Enjoyable but...

by WilyMBS on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Way too many ads. Thank goodness for the 15 second fast forward button. I enjoy their commentary and topics the majority of the time although they (and one of them in particular), do tend to virtue signal A LOT. That said it’s their show and despite my disagreement with them on some of the tangential points, I’d still have a beer with any one of them and I still listen to every episode.

Devolving from its unique format

by Pnutski3 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CWO used to be one of my favorite podcasts. However I preferred when CWO focused on media critiques instead of social commentary.

Too much: Ads, product endorsements, small talk.

by Pat in Oregon on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Excessive ads. Thumbs up Lara and Toby. Way too long personal product endorsement descriptions of ad products. Also more smalltalk chit-chatting than needed to keep the show lively. I fast forward past the first 8-10 minutes and through all ads. Need to tighten up this show up with a professional producer please.

Looking forward to it

by DrinkingIrishTonight on
Rating: ★★★★★

The ads are excessive (6-8 per episode . . . I know there are four people to pay, but this is insane) but I listen anyway; I love hearing what the team think about the stories, and I love the reviews! Excellent "pop culture" media show for true-crime lovers, and Rebecca Lavoie is a joy. Recommend.

How I Keep Up with True Crime

by EWangsmo on
Rating: ★★★★★

I was introduced to this podcast during Serial season 1 and have been a loyal listener since then. Even if I have not had the time or inclination to listen or watch the podcast or tv show being reviewed, I enjoy the discussion and banter between the four hosts including married couple Rebecca & Kevin. I also like the small insights into life in small towns of New Hampshire.