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!

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

  2. MrMank says:

    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.

  3. Where The Bears Are is a hilarious web series set in Silverlake, LA.

  4. mayiread says:

    I’m really enjoying The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

  5. Tess says:

    On YouTube, I recommend B!TCH: A Harmless Catfight. Has a culty Summer Heights High feel to it.

  6. 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.

  7. xof1013 says:

    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.

  8. Anna says:

    I’ll second The Lizzie Bennet Diaries—love them!

  9. Megan says:

    I’m another one loving The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! Fantastic.

  10. corey pepper says:

    I second The Booth at the End. It’s as good as the web gets!

  11. Zoey says:

    This list is missing “Awkward Black Girl” and “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries”.

  12. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    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.

  13. Ted says:

    My Gimpy Life. Latest has Felicia Day. Def worth a watch.

  14. NJ says:

    Another one for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! :)

  15. Vanessa says:

    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.

  16. SJ says:

    The muscular guy in the photo is really hot! I can’t wait to check out Husbands!

  17. Tracy says:

    Vince Clarke’s ‘Analogue Monologue’ series!

  18. A says:

    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.

  19. Justin says:

    “The Outs” is a really well done web series!

  20. Kana says:

    I have fun watching Awkward Black Girl. She’s very creative.

  21. Diana says:

    Check out Epilogue (epiloguetheseries.com). SciFi time travel with a few new twists. Besides the production values, the story is really character-driven.

  22. rob baker says:

    How about Guidance? guidance.bitedaily.com

  23. Eoin McShane says:

    Bandwagon (bandwagontheseries.com) is awesome

  24. Amanda says:

    I can’t believe no one mentioned “VENICE” it is a very good show.