24 episodes

On New Year's Day, 2018, the lives of seven friends in the town of Violet Beach, Maryland, change forever. As weird sci-fi happenings become less "fi" and more reality every day, they begin keeping record of their experiences.

These are those records.

Violet Beach bee hyland

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.7, 56 Ratings

On New Year's Day, 2018, the lives of seven friends in the town of Violet Beach, Maryland, change forever. As weird sci-fi happenings become less "fi" and more reality every day, they begin keeping record of their experiences.

These are those records.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Thom23456 ,

violet beach is the start of more representation in podcasts

Not only is the writing of violet beach amazing, but the representation is incredible. It’s the most diverse podcast I’ve ever listened to, and I listen to a lot of podcasts rip. The minority characters are so well developed and three dimensional !! I absolutely love everything this show is doing

AlexWallace18 ,

Listen if you've got nothing else to do.

Lots of background noise in some recordings, the acting is either fantastic or uninspired (depending on the actor, but most are the latter), and a lot of the writing sounds like the same person, so the only distinctive characters are Charlotte, the one with the cute ghost girlfriend, and Angie, who actually does something about the VB situation in episode 14 (by far my favorite episode). There are actual stakes in her episode(s), something that doesn't really get across in the writing nor the acting in earlier parts of the story.

On the topic of writing as well, it wears its influences openly and proudly, but it unfortunately does not live up to any of those references, "Twin Peaks" being a particular one that I'd hoped this show could be. Then again, I acknowledge this is an amateur production, something they shouldn't be ashamed of, but I was still a little sad. As soon as I heard the name drop I thought, "Oh cool! It's going to be weird!" and then it wasn't weird until Season 2--just talking about weird things with little emotion doesn't make weirdness, you have to demonstrate the weird. It's also hard to keep track of who's who; there are seven characters, narrating one of seven episodes per season, and I swear two of them sound exactly the same. It's not unique to this podcast by far, but there are often too many little plot threads that get brought up for the sake of realism. It's difficult to follow.

Not only that, the creator likes to inject herself in and give little messages at the end of each episode. Maybe other people find them charming, but I'm here to listen to a show. Unless you need to let people know about a schedule change, which does happen, it's unnecessary.

What redeems this show for me is the last few episodes of Season 2. Don't get me wrong, slice-of-life is a great genre and can be done well. And as nice as it is to have openly queer characters, there are dozens of other shows that do the same thing such as Inkwyrm or The Strange Case of Starship Iris. The other claims of "representation" seem to ignore the largely white cast. I do appreciate the work that went into this, hence why this review is two stars, but other than that, it's not really worth your time.

Michca ,

Unique plot!

With so many podcasts cropping up now (yay!), it is always nice to come across a podcast with a unique plot. I plowed through the first season in one day, but the second season left me confused. Also, it tends to get bogged down in more emotional speak vs. the actual story, resulting in it getting a bit quiet. If you want a podcast that explores human emotions, interactions among friends and those who feel like they don’t fit in making it in the world, then give this a listen.

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