What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

Writer-producer extraordinaire Jane Espenson’s popular series Husbands delivers Season 2 sass and wit, Bryan Singer’s H+ literally goes viral, and an offbeat travel show turns up on Hulu’s doorstep. But wait, there’s more! An astronaut impresses with yo-yo tricks in space and Leap Year proves that being laid-off isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Husbands | The web phenom is back this week with its trademark sauciness in tow. The first episode has baseball star Brady (Sean Hemeon) and Internet celeb Cheeks (Brad Bell) celebrating their three week (unplanned) wedding anniversary. It’s cut short when a seemingly innocent Instagram snapshot threatens to derail Brady’s baseball career. Rapid fire wit and comedic cleverness dominate every moment of this nine-minute episode, all the way down to the TV news chyrons. This season’s episodes are longer (yay!) and promise to feature appearances by geek icons Joss Whedon, Felicia Day, Tricia Helfer and others. Can we get a whaaaat?

Up to Speed | Timothy “Speed” Levitch (The Cruise) bestows travel info in an unusual, yet entertaining manner by highlighting the “monumentally ignored monuments” of various cities by… well, by speaking to them. Joking that he’s putting his schizophrenia to good use, Levitch tells the stories of said monuments with such razzle-dazzle that it inspires us to actually visit a sneaker garden in San Francisco the next time we are in town. Levitch, a strange and sweet fellow, clearly does his research in order to provide viewers with options they might not read about in your standard travel guide. The series is directed and produced by Richard Linklater (The School of Rock), with the first two episodes showcasing the aforementioned City By the Bay and Chicago.

H+: The Digital Series | The much talked-about web series produced by Singer bursts onto the web with a future-set story about the people left on Earth after a virus wipes out most humans. The survivors have their minds linked to the Internet 24 hours a day and must deal with a new world order and (presumably) a constant barrage of videos featuring cats spooning puppies.

Science off the Sphere | You had us at “It’s good to understand the physics of your recreational activity,” Dr. Don Pettit. Astronaut and chemist, currently residing on the International Space Station, Dr. Pettit is a lovable nerd who “beams” quirky, informative and oftentimes giggle-inducing videos about science to computer screens back on Earth. The most recent episode has him showcasing yo-yo tricks in microgravity (Google it). What’s not to love?

Leap Year | About to wrap up their second season, this series follows the stories of a group of friends running a tech startup in Silicon Valley. It co-stars such notables as Eliza Dushku, Josh Malina, Craig Bierko, Emma Caulfield and Steven Weber. In a nod to what made their distribution medium viable, Leap Year often features cameos by real tech entrepreneurs, such as Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The Season 2 finale runs on Monday.

What are your faves? Comment away below, and feel free to offer your own recommendations!

Comments (26)

  • The Booth at the End. First season is a thing of gorgeous, contained beauty. Second season just started. Watch it, I beg of you.

    Comment by Barbara Caridad Ferrer – August 16, 2012 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love that series too! Xander Berkeley kicks ass

      Comment by Stuart Arbury – August 17, 2012 07:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you need a zombie fix before the return of The Walking Dead, check out The Dead Feed, premiering tomorrow on thedeadfeed.com. Very cool and creepy, and the fact that I’m in the second episode doesn’t hurt.

    Comment by MrMank – August 16, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where The Bears Are is a hilarious web series set in Silverlake, LA.

    Comment by Sammy the K (@hkmadman) – August 16, 2012 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really enjoying The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

    Comment by mayiread – August 16, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • On YouTube, I recommend B!TCH: A Harmless Catfight. Has a culty Summer Heights High feel to it.

    Comment by Tess – August 16, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Totally enjoying Tabletop over at youtube.com/geekandsundry. Basically Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG) hosts a Celebrity Poker meets Dinner for Five meets good old fashioned tabletop gaming show. Episodes go up every other Thursday, and it is totally unequivocally awesome.

    Comment by BJ Wanlund (@bjwanlund) – August 16, 2012 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TVLine’s continued support for Husbands is fantastic! I adore the show. Season 2 is already shaping up to be AMAZING. You would do yourself THE BIGGEST FAVOR by watching this online comedy by Jane Espenson and Brad Bell.

    Comment by xof1013 – August 16, 2012 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll second The Lizzie Bennet Diaries—love them!

    Comment by Anna – August 16, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m another one loving The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! Fantastic.

    Comment by Megan – August 16, 2012 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I second The Booth at the End. It’s as good as the web gets!

    Comment by corey pepper – August 16, 2012 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This list is missing “Awkward Black Girl” and “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries”.

    Comment by Zoey – August 16, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last thing i want to see when opening up a TV site is a couple of gay guys in a bathtub. Why not post a picture of them that is a little more appropriate in case someone was to open your page at work.

    Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – August 16, 2012 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My Gimpy Life. Latest has Felicia Day. Def worth a watch.

    Comment by Ted – August 16, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another one for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! :)

    Comment by NJ – August 16, 2012 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone see “Lauren” on WIGS? Jennifer Beals and Troian Bellisario in a show about rape in the military. So powerful and well acted. Check it out on YouTube.

    Comment by Vanessa – August 16, 2012 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The muscular guy in the photo is really hot! I can’t wait to check out Husbands!

    Comment by SJ – August 16, 2012 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Vince Clarke’s ‘Analogue Monologue’ series!

    Comment by Tracy – August 17, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched Husbands because it sounded interesting, but I can’t stand Cheeks. He is too gay and this is coming from a gay man.

    Comment by A – August 17, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “The Outs” is a really well done web series!

    Comment by Justin – August 17, 2012 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have fun watching Awkward Black Girl. She’s very creative.

    Comment by Kana – August 18, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Check out Epilogue (epiloguetheseries.com). SciFi time travel with a few new twists. Besides the production values, the story is really character-driven.

    Comment by Diana – August 18, 2012 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Guidance? guidance.bitedaily.com

    Comment by rob baker – August 20, 2012 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bandwagon (bandwagontheseries.com) is awesome

    Comment by Eoin McShane – August 20, 2012 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t believe no one mentioned “VENICE” it is a very good show.

    Comment by Amanda – August 25, 2012 08:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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