Danny Pudi (Community) fights ninjas, Jurassic Park meets Office Space and a Dr. Who-esque character familiar to the Greendale gang transports himself through space and time in this week’s rundown of noteworthy new web series. Plus, there’s a show for parents who want to teach their kids how to be proper geeks and a teenage love story that revolves around sandwich-making. Let’s get to it!
The Book Club | This one stars Outsourced‘s Parvesh Cheena andPudi. That right there should be enough to get you to crack open the laptop, but if you need further details, picture four guy friends meeting up to discuss a book they have all agreed to read. (The premise doesn’t inspire fist bumps, but they engage in them anyway, because they’re dudes.) In the first episode, the foursome’s innocent literary adventure is quickly complicated when the guys become part of the story. Badassery ensues.
Dinosaur Office | This little gem of a show combines whimsical art direction and the banality of cubicle life with such dexterity that each episode has us giggling and nodding. We’ve all worked with a boss who had really short arms and spoke to us like we were 8, right?
Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time | For Community fans, the title translates to: An Inspector Spacetime-inspired show, created by and starring Travis Richey, Inspector Spacetime himself. The unofficial Inspector Spacetime show follows the exploits of the Inspector and his trusty sidekick Piper (who replaces Constable Reggie). It’s worth a watch just for the explanation of how the planet name Second New Old Earth 7 came to be. Plus, we think Abed would wholeheartedly endorse the endeavor.
The 4 to 9ers | Jamie Widdoes (a director on Two and a Half Men) and Tim O’Donnell (Growing Pains) write, produce and direct this Subway-branded teen sitcom. The show follows Mark (Ashton Moio, Dexter) at his afterschool sandwich-maker job, where he meets a wacky coworker (Moses Jacob Storm), a kooky mall cop (David H. Lawrence XVII) and pretty kiosk worker Beth (Galadriel Stineman). These likable characters are all wrapped around a playful, will-they-or-won’t-they premise. The best part? There’s no Subway smell!
#parent | The new series from Geek & Sundry presents itself as an hour-long, monthly live show with two hosts and various guests discussing subjects that geeky moms and dads might want to explore with their kiddos. The latest episode features craft how-tos with a geek bent — such as a tutorial on creating an Admiral Ackbar puppet out of a paper bag.
What are your faves? Comment away below, and feel free to offer your own recommendations!