Season One: Episode 1: Finale

The Christmas Card

It's Christmas, 2013. The Miles Rausch Family suffers a grave tragedy when a novelty ornament is found missing from their Christmas tree. Later, it's discovered smashed and shattered in a far corner of the room. Parents put Ainsley, the family's two year old, in timeout for the crime. She says she's innocent — though she can't exactly be understood. But someone can, her older brother, Ian. The trouble is, his story doesn't add up.

What Is Familial?

Familial is the 2014 Christmas Card from the creators of Newsbleep, Dear Future Kids and Man I Love This Show!, hosted by Holli Rausch. Familial will follow one family — an actual family — over the course of a whole website and audio file. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won't know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. That's because I'm writing this stuff late at night and early in the morning, and there's never enough coffee. If you're interested in listening to Serial, the podcast that inspired this parody, check them out at

So good, you guys.

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  1. Portrait of Holli Rausch

    Holli Rausch

    Host and Wife
  2. Portrait of Ian Rausch

    Ian Rausch

  3. Portrait of Ainsley Rausch

    Ainsley Rausch

  4. Portrait of Miles Rausch

    Miles Rausch

    Genius and Husband


Serial's original score comes from both Mark Henry Phillips and Nick Thorburn. Familial blatantly steals this music but hopefully it's covered under fair use.

Mark Henry Phillips composes much of the music for Serial and also mixes the show. Mark is a composer and sound designer and has worked on many critically acclaimed films such as the Oscar-nominated Cutie and the Boxer. When not scoring and mixing films, he releases music under the name Sono Oto.

Nick Thorburn composed our theme song, as well as many other songs in the show. In 2003, he started The Unicorns, and released their first full-length album to critical praise from around the world. He went on to form another band called Islands, who've released five albums and played festivals from Coachella to Primavera Sounds and La Route Du Rock. Nick has also released a solo record and a variety of collaborations, and composes scores for film and television.