“When an antique clock breaks, a clock that’s been telling time for 200-300 years, fixing it can be a real puzzle …” begins S-Town, the new podcast from the folks behind the addictive Serial.
All seven installments, all around an hour in length, debuted Tuesday. The new mystery tells of a man named John, who asked This American Life to investigate the son of a wealthy family for bragging about getting away with murder. It begins with a clock metaphor for the tortuous process of uncovering what happened.
By the end of the first episode, the planned investigation diverts and the story becomes something else entirely.
“S-Town is totally different from anything I’ve heard before,” executive producer Julie Snyder previously teased. “Since we first announced the series, I’ve seen a lot of speculation that we’re doing a ‘true crime’ show, but I don’t think that does S-Town justice. It’s just a story that goes beyond any expectations.”
Ira Glass, Sarah Koenig, Starlee Kine, and Neil Drumming serve as editorial advisors on S-Town, which is the first of three original podcasts from the newly erected production company Serial Productions.
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.