What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

burninglove300Mad love is in the air as The Bachelor parody resurfaces for a second season, scientists and engineers talk dish on their “secret lives,” and Zach Galifianakis gets ready for Oscar night by interviewing nominees while flanked by ferns. Plus, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries continues to reel us in with its addicting storylines.

Burning Love: Season 2 | In the debut season of the completely ridiculous (but utterly awesome) sendup of The Bachelor, Julie Gristlewhite (June Diane Raphael) was one of many single ladies competing for the bachelor. This time around, the guys are competing for her affections. Michael Ian Black (This Is 40) is back as the host, along with an impressive list of guest stars: Jerry O’Connell (NTSF:SD:SUV), Martin Starr (Party Down), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show), Colin Hanks (Dexter), Michael Cera (Arrested Development), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars) and Adam Brody (The O.C.). Although Julie’s Italian roller-skating ex-fiancé left her in shambles, she’s claims to be ready to open the “Ellis Island of her heart” again.

The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers | As the title suggests, this Emmy-nominated, WGBH-TV-produced web series takes a peek into the lives of scientists and engineers via first-person interviews that highlight their “science” and their “secrets.” For instance, a fashion technologist discusses her love of snowboarding, while in another episode, an evolutionary anthropologist moonlights as a stand-up comedian. The latest episode features Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) explaining her real-life role as a neuroscientist and why she is equally happy and satisfied by being an artist.

82nd & Fifth | In this new, year-long web series produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 100  “world-changing” works of art will be discussed by their curators. After web audiences watch the video, they have the option to browse photos of the piece in more detail. Artwork covered so far includes the Curtain of the Tabernacle and Andrés Segovia’s guitar, which was created by Hermann Hauser. The most current video takes a close look at a sketch done in chalk by Michelangelo Buonarroti. This series is a fascinating way to get a glimpse into the labor behind amazing works.

Between Two Ferns: Oscar Buzz Edition | Funny man Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) interrogates and offends Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and more on his wacky one-on-one interview series. In true Academy Award show style, when Zach’s out of questions, he plays his guests off the set.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries | Fresh off its Streamy Award wins, this online adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice continues to impress. In the latest chapter, Lizzie is determined to get away from her angst-ridden vlogs. Much to her surprise, Bing Lee (Jane Bennet’s former love interest) resurfaces with a sweet treat and the desire to talk with Jane. Will she make time for him? Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the book’s first publication by checking out episodes from the reimagined series.

What are your faves from our latest online countdown? Comment away below, and feel free to offer your own recommendations!