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!



Comments (23)

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

    Comment by Isabel – March 25, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They have included LBD twice already :)

      Comment by jenn – March 25, 2013 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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:)

        Comment by irishrose4583 – March 25, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree, does anyone know if they’re doing any more of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries?

      Comment by Chris – March 25, 2013 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Erin – March 25, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a big fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries-a modern day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice that’s worth watching. Highly recommend.

    Comment by Sarah – March 25, 2013 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Submissions only is a funny satirical look inside the broadway lifestyle. I recommend it to anyone who hate watches smash

    Comment by Jules – March 25, 2013 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Lisa – March 25, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love The Most Popular Girls in School.

    Comment by Chris – March 25, 2013 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ..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.)

    Comment by courtland – March 25, 2013 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Brandon – March 25, 2013 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Try “The Digressions”. Six friends trying to figure out life. Really funny! thedigressions.com

    Comment by Valerie – March 25, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by rachelle – March 25, 2013 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Buffering!

    Comment by Jenna – March 25, 2013 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Buffering The Web Series is an awesome web show! Great to see it develop and evolve. Hilarious too!

    Comment by Caroline L – March 25, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Amanda – March 25, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • School of Thrones!

    Comment by Mylyn – March 25, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Sarah – March 25, 2013 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Buffering! Curt Mega and that team of actors are doing wonderful things and are genuinely wonderful people!

    Comment by Hannah Berling – March 25, 2013 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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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