Best New Web Series
Who needs cable bills when you have the Internet?
Let’s admit it, we’ve all watched The Bachelor almost religiously. So here’s a show that makes fun of everything that makes The Bachelor our favorite guilty pleasure. Burning Love follows fireman Mark around as he gives ‘hoses’ to the contestants. Each week features another elimination in his search for the perfect woman. Spoiler alert! Jennifer Aniston gets in a panda suit. Um, we’re sold!
Move over, Smash. Because Submissions Only hits the note pitch perfect between sweet and satire. It follows a group of friends through the highs and lows of trying to make it in Broadway. Heartfelt and hilarious, the show has a solid cast with stellar cameos from actors like Glee‘s Kristin Chenoweth and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Finding My Obama
OK, let’s be honest, Obama is a catch and we’d all like to find someone like him on Match.com. This funny and all too real web series is written by TV sitcom writers Antonia March and Jacqueline McKinley. It’s about one woman’s search to find her perfect man…someone with the same qualities as President Obama. Someone wonderful, someone caring, someone brilliant, someone with a job.
Coming into its sixth season, The Guild revolves around the lives of online guild, The Knights of Good, who play countless hours of an unnamed MMORPG video game. Created, written, and starring Felicia Day (also in the best Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), this web series received the 2009 Streamy Award for Best Comedy Web Series. This season, main character Codex begins work at the headquarters of “The Game.”
The Booth at the End
If you want something that might actually make you think (no offense to Real Housewives, we still love you), here’s a series committed to exploring human desires and wants. It’s like a cross between Twilight Zone and In Treatment. We follow the lives of several characters who visit the corner booth at the back of a diner to see a man who can grant desires, provided a task is performed. How far would you go to get what you want? An intriguing question! Just like we are constantly asking ourselves: What we do for the new Louboutins?
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
While everyone is still fantasizing about Mr. Darcy, we’re obsessed with Lizzie Bennet in her modern-day adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It premiered on YouTube just this last April and has done so well, it’s already spawned two spinoffs — one following the youngest sister Lydia and the other about Charlotte at her new job. Sorry, (not sorry) we didn’t do introductions earlier because you should have been watching this yesterday!
We’ve all watched the clips of Web Therapy for those mini-Friends reunions (Monica! Ross!). But the show holds up even without its consistently A-list cameos, including ones by Meryl Streep and Conan O’Brien. Web Therapy focuses on therapist Fiona Wallace trying a new “modality” to make sessions more efficient by Skyping her patients. Dark and sarcastic, the show is a level of funny we only saw in “Street Phoebe”!
We like our TV like we like our pasta &mdsah; saucy! These shorts by the same writer-producer who does ABC’s Once Upon a Time creates a new (and splendidly sassy) take on the traditional newlywed comedy by following the marriage of two men. Earning comedy award nominations for both writing and directing, this series &mdash with its equality love, hot blonde girl BFF, and adorable tiny dog — satisfies all of our not-so-guilty pleasures!
7 Minutes in Heaven
Lots of laugh in little time? Sounds like the perfect cure after a grumpy case of the Mondays! Saturday Night Live Writer Mike O’Brien hosts celeb guests like Tina Fey and Joanna Newsom into his closet for intimate chats that totally bring back memories of the infamous middle school party game — and by that we mean giggles and the occasional feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness.
The personal drama of Grey’s Anatomy mixed with the dark humor of Dexter, this series follows a team of “bioremediation engineers” (aka “people who scrape up brains”) across creepy crime scenes in Los Angeles. If you’re looking for an escape, Dirty Work not only gets you out of your world, but into its world. Each installment is told through your computer screen and a combination of video, audio, and text messages. Just make sure not to freak out if you get a crime scene alert late at night!
Before Twitter and Instagram, how did we ever share with people what we were eating or which club we were in? (Or hear celebs’ most intimate, deep, and witty thoughts?) This laugh-out-loud web series uses the funniest tweets from both Hollywood elite and average Joes to inspire sketches about, well, all the everyday things we like to hash out over hash tags.
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
Let’s be honest, we all love finding more out about our fave celebs. Plus, Zach Galifianakis brings a comedic edge into interviewing stars.
We all know what it’s like to live in a city that has so many opportunities but can also be intimidating. The new web comedy series Bloomers shows us how a diverse group of friends take on Los Angeles and learn new ways to work, play, and love. You can really accomplish anything you want with a fab group of friends supporting you!
Cool Kids Table
You know what it’s like to want to sit at the “cool kids table” — we all do! Though of course we can all agree that we would never want to go back to those dark high school days! This hilarious web series has a different celeb come to join two popular and very mean girls at their lunch table!
There’s nothing like being able to relate to the characters in a particular series and the fab ladies of SRSLY make it oh so easy! These gorgeous and hilarious gals make meaningful videos on things that really matter in life: like going out, shopping, and getting ready for a night of fun!
Garfunkel & Oates
Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome are a musical duo that has made a web series that is absolutely hilarious! If there are any Flight of the Conchords fans out there, then we’re almost positive that you’ll get a kick out of this part music video, part performance series that follows the ladies trying to get more viral fame!
The Boring Life of Jacqueline
This funny, up close, and personal web series follows the daily adventures of Jacqueline, an unemployed actress hoping to find her way in the Big Apple while trying to have meaningful relationships with men, friends, co-workers, and family.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry Seinfeld started the series based on Robert Llewellyn’s Carpool. Each episode shows him getting coffee with a comedian – from Alec Baldwin to Ricky Gervais to Mel Brooks. The camera follows Jerry as he goes in the car of that episode, and picks up a friend. It alternates between filming their conversations about their career and the coffee being made (yum!). The first season has 10 episodes. There’s no talk yet of a second season, but we’re definitely thirsty for more!
At this time of the year, when we’re all starting to think about our New Year’s resolutions, Failure Club brings up the question: What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail? This web series, started by Supersize Me‘s Morgan Spurlock, features seven ordinary people on a yearlong journey to accomplish a goal. One 55-year-old wants to become an equestrian. Another club member wants to secure a legacy by writing a hit Christmas song. Watch and get inspired to start your own Failure Club this new year!
Untitled Web Series about a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time
This Doctor Who spoof was a much-awaited web series! For fans of Community, this is an Inspector Spacetime-inspired show, created by and starring Travis Richey, Inspector Spacetime himself. Episodes follow The Inspector and his faithful and bubbly associate Piper Tate (replacing Constable Reggie) on Second New Old Earth 7. It’s worth watching just for the explanation of how Second New Old Earth 7 came to be.
The Book Club
Four guys starting a book club already sounds interesting. Make one of those guys Abed from Community and throw in some ninjas and you’ve got something slanted and hilarious. Yeah, we were surprised too! The show’s comedic timing is perf, making it one of the funniest web series we’ve found.
Posted on January 3, 2013
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