The wondrous world of web series: 6 hilarious online-only shows
This Tuesday, BBC Three will become an online-only channel in a highly controversial move by the Beeb. While the Beeb think the channel’s target audience are more than internet-savvy enough to handle the move, critics claim the transformation is simply a money saving operation that unfairly targets youth.
We’re optimistic. In celebration of the move online, and to prove that moving online doesn’t have to be the death knell forecasted by some former viewers, we’ve compiled a list of the funniest web-series we know about.
If you’ve been quietly oblivious to the wondrous world of web series, prepare to have your eyes opened.
1. S.O.S: Save Our SkinsWritten by and starring talent from The I.T. Crowd, S.O.S: Save Our Skins follows two British geeks who visit New York for a science fiction convention but wake up to discover the world if completely deserted. The series takes a familiar, tried and trusted concept, adds two complete idiots and just delivers it really, really well. Think Shaun of the Dead levels of epic.
2. Turn Me Online
Turn Me Online is the story of one woman who decides to find love online after some disastrous real life experiences. The script is funny, sharp, and painfully relatable for some of us eternal singletons. Plus, there are some absolutely brilliant one-liners.
3. F to 7th
Ingrid Jungermann plays a surly middle-aged lesbian who bemoans pretty much everything in this hilariously sharp comedy series, which was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award. The series also sports some pretty awesome guest stars, including Transparent‘s Gaby Hoffmann.
4. Long Story Short
I challenge you not to laugh at the incredibly sincere awkwardness of Tom Assam-Miller in Long Story Short. In each episode, Tom Assam-Miller completes a mundane task, complete with a deadpan voiceover of his extremely awkward thought process while doing it. It’s often relatable and always genuinely hilarious.
5. Video Game High School
If you’ve got a nerdy side and a soft spot for high-school comedies, look no further than the self explanatory Video Game High School. The series, which was first released in 2012, became a cult hit with its completely awesome concept and infectious humour.
6. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl challenges the stereotype of super sassy, strong and confident Beyonce-style POC women with the hilarious antics of J, who is just as socially awkward as the rest of us. Sometimes we really feel for her, because most of the time we’ve been her, but mostly we just laugh along.