What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

joanriversA woman who needs no introduction, Joan Rivers, enters the web series fray via the boudoir, a late-night host offers advice to teens, Phil Dunphy’s middle daughter reprises her viral video role and popular website Reddit launches a YouTube series.

Explain Like I’m Five | The subreddit ELI5 purports to be a place where one can ask questions about really anything without fear of judgment. Hosted by comedians Michael Kayne and Langan Kingsley, the new web series by the same name takes a more literal approach to the title than the online forum, posing questions like “what is existentialism” and “what’s going on in Syria.”

Dora The Explorer and the Destiny Medallion | Way back in the summer of 2012, College Humor served up a Dora the Explorer reboot trailer that notched more than 13 millions views. That fake trailer spawned this miniseries in which Dora (Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter) searches for a special medallion with sarcasm, sass and bad-assness.

Ask a Grown Man | The super-simple format of one of our favorite web series is as follows: web cam + questions from kids = answers from celeb guest. The adorable and (allegedly) Tonight Show-bound Jimmy Fallon offers sweet and sane advice to teens. Among his gems: “Don’t stare at anyone while they’re sleeping, because that’s creepy” and “It’s a long, long, long, long life and you have a lot of time to figure it all out.” Whew!

Alive and Kicking | A seriously sweet documentary series about two men who met while living at the Motion Picture Television Fund retirement home. Tony Lawrence is a retired screenwriter who recently lost his wife. Larry Kelem spent many years as a songwriter. Lawrence suggests they join forces on a musical, which Lawrence envisions as a tribute to his wife. “The more we write, the more we find out,” Kelem explains. Watch the 11-episode series and prepare to be inspired by their partnership.

In Bed With Joan | Rivers (with daughter Melissa in tow, natch) launches a new web series in which she interviews celebs in a bedroom setting. So far, Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll and Kelly Osbourne have hit the sheets the legendary comic. Joan coaxes some interesting stories out of her subjects, but the nearly 30-minute running time needs to be cut in half.

What are your faves from the Web these days? Comment away below, and feel free to offer your own recommendations!

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  1. Isabel says:

    The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube! A very well done adaptation of Pride and Prejudice!

    • jenn says:

      They have included LBD twice already :)

      • irishrose4583 says:

        well this is its final week:( Only one episode remains. And i know I only got into it last week and introduced several friends to it this week so it can’t hurt to spread the word about its awesomeness:)

    • Chris says:

      Agree, does anyone know if they’re doing any more of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries?

      • Erin says:

        There was just an interview with the creators that said they will be doing a second season (different book) starting this summer. They will probably announce what book it will be based on pretty soon. There will also be a mini season starring Gigi, loosely based on an unfinished Austen novel (the name of which is escaping me at the moment) to bridge the gap.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’m a big fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries-a modern day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice that’s worth watching. Highly recommend.

  3. Jules says:

    Submissions only is a funny satirical look inside the broadway lifestyle. I recommend it to anyone who hate watches smash

  4. Lisa says:

    I would recommend “Husbands” written by Jane Espenson (OUAT)and Brad Bell. It is directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Avengers). It is a newlywed comedy with a twist. Two gay men get married in a drunken Vegas weekend. It has run for 2 short seasons. There has been no news on a third. http://www.youtube.com/gocheeksgo

  5. Chris says:

    I love The Most Popular Girls in School.

  6. courtland says:

    ..sigh..i wish people would look at the past entries…every dang month we get the spam of “OMG Y NO LIZZIE BENNETT DIARIES” …Because they’ve put it on here already, twice! (note:this is not me saying LBD isnt good, just saying, LBD has been on here twice so there’s no need to fo spamming it.)

  7. Brandon says:

    I really like “Buffering,” starring Curt Mega and Eric Carroll (two of the Warblers from “Glee”). It’s a really funny series about a washed-up former A-list actor and his wacky friends. I definitely recommend it; it can be found on YouTube.

  8. Valerie says:

    Try “The Digressions”. Six friends trying to figure out life. Really funny! thedigressions.com

  9. rachelle says:

    Love, love, love The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! Pride and Prejudice has always been one of my favorite classics and I was so happy when I stumbled upon this web series!

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  11. Caroline L says:

    Buffering The Web Series is an awesome web show! Great to see it develop and evolve. Hilarious too!

  12. Amanda says:

    Dude, Buffering is an amazing series! The cast and crew are so passionate about this project, and they work so very hard on it. Also it’s hilarious!

  13. Mylyn says:

    School of Thrones!

  14. Sarah says:

    Everyone should check out Buffering, it’s a great new digital project with an up and coming cast! All original work, it’s hilarious!!! http://www.bufferingseries.com #Buffie4Life

  15. Definitely Buffering! Curt Mega and that team of actors are doing wonderful things and are genuinely wonderful people!

  16. Alice says:

    I can’t believe they went and made a Dora series after the fake trailer. It’s hilarious. “But-the No Swiping Treaty of 1979-‘” “You think Ahmadinejad gives a crap about that!”

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