27 episodes

Bad guys. Black hats. Evildoers. They are the bane of every hero’s existence…and the subject of Parcast’s dastardly new original series, Villains. Every Friday, Villains will dissect the greatest foils from history and fiction—uncovering origins, analyzing impacts, and exploring the complexity of character and motive. Villains is a Parcast Network original production.

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Bad guys. Black hats. Evildoers. They are the bane of every hero’s existence…and the subject of Parcast’s dastardly new original series, Villains. Every Friday, Villains will dissect the greatest foils from history and fiction—uncovering origins, analyzing impacts, and exploring the complexity of character and motive. Villains is a Parcast Network original production.

    Stephen King: IT & John Wayne Gacy

    Stephen King: IT & John Wayne Gacy

    The 1980s were rife with depictions of evil clowns—and for good reason. John Wayne Gacy and others like him were terrorizing minors across the country. On top of this, Stephen King created one of the most iconic villains in fiction: Pennywise from the 1986 novel IT.

    • 47 min
    Stephen King: The Outsider & El Cuco

    Stephen King: The Outsider & El Cuco

    It is a literal boogeyman taken from the nightmares of children across the globe. And when it decides to kill, there is nothing modern police methods can do to convict the actual suspect—because it wears the face of an innocent. In Stephen King’s The Outsider, it is known by the Spanish name of the boogeyman, El Cuco.

    • 46 min
    Stephen King: Annie Wilkes & Genene Jones

    Stephen King: Annie Wilkes & Genene Jones

    She is an innocent looking romance novel fan—as well as a baby-killer who tortures her favorite writer. As the antagonist of Stephen King’s 1987 novel Misery, Annie Wilkes’ story is unusual in that it doesn’t rely on the supernatural to create horror. One of the reasons King may have decided to examine the possibility of this human evil is the existence of one real-life woman: Genene Jones.

    • 41 min
    Stephen King: The Overlook Hotel & The Stanley Hotel

    Stephen King: The Overlook Hotel & The Stanley Hotel

    It’s the setting and villain of Stephen King's 1977 novel The Shining. The Overlook Hotel seeks to harness its guests' weaknesses and inner demons to turn them into the worst versions of themselves. In today's episode, we examine this unforgettable villain alongside the building that inspired it, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado.

    • 50 min
    Albert Anastasia, The One-Man Army

    Albert Anastasia, The One-Man Army

    If you were a longshoreman from the 1920s to the 1950s, you lived in fear of this man. Though his reign and reputation were barely a footnote in history, the power Albert Anastasia wielded over the New York harbor was absolute. Anastasia proved that if no one is willing to testify against you… you can get away with just about anything.

    • 42 min
    FICTION: Johnny Friendly, Corruption on the Waterfront

    FICTION: Johnny Friendly, Corruption on the Waterfront

    For 1950s movie audiences, Johnny Friendly was a disturbingly real depiction of a gangster—one with no moral code to speak of. The corrupt union boss from Elia Kazan’s iconic film On the Waterfront cares about two things: money and his own reputation.

    • 43 min

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