Beginner's Guide to the World of Watching Web Series
Network and cable television aren’t the only places to catch amazing original programming. A whole new generation of storytellers is distributing their content directly to you on the web. The only problem with web series entertainment is that there are so many engaging options to choose from it can be a little bit daunting at first to know where to begin.
Here are a few of my favorites to get you started with your introduction to the World of Web Series! A quick warning, you may want to use your headphones, as some of the content may be NSFW (not safe for work).
For all of you Geek Grrls, let me first present one of my favorite web series by one of my favorite geeks, Felicia Day. The Guild was first launched in 2007 and six seasons later is one of the most celebrated web series on the net.
Felicia Day at the Streamy Awards. Just like with mainstream entertainment, you can scan lists of web series award winners to find series you might enjoy. Image: © Billy Bennight/UPPA/ZUMAPRESS.com
Be careful, the adventures of Codex and her merry band of online gamers can be highly addictive.
AWKWARD BLACK GIRL
Issa Rae’s web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a must-see. It’s a comedy series that follows the adventures of J as she navigates life through the workplace, dating and more. This is one of my favorite episodes where Issa’s character J attends the birthday party of her work crush.
ANYONE BUT ME
Are you a closet-watcher of CW dramas? Well, you must check out this web series by Tina Cesa Ward and Susan Miller. Vivian and her father are moving outside of New York City because of her father’s health problems that stemmed from his time as a NYC firefighter during 9/11. The show follows Vivian as she Vivian tries to maintain a long-distance relationship with her girlfriend Astor while moving on with her new life in suburbia. You can watch Anyone But Me on Hulu.
Are you a big fan of the Kardashians? Well, this web series by Fawzia Mara and Ryan Logan isn’t exactly a spinoff of that famous reality show. It's actually a parody peek into the life of their “long lost lesbian sister,” Kam.
Last, but not least is Hannah Hart’s My Drunk Kitchen, a comedy web series with a “touch of cooking”. Hannah visited my hometown this summer on her Hello, Harto tour, and in this episode she shows us the "proper" way to cook a Chicago Hot Dog.
If you've watched web series before, which are your favorites to recommend to new viewers?