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!

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  1. Babybop says:

    Yes! Love Burning Love. Especially for the mini Party Down reunion.

  2. MsBlack says:

    I love The Lizzie Bennet diaries! I love that they are not trying to be a tv show produced on a smaller budget but instead really take advantage of the fact that they are a youtube-based webseries. Following all the side channels, seeing the characters tweet at each other on twitter, etc. just adds so much depth to the whole narrative. Their streamy win was definitely well deserved!

    I’ve heard good things about Burning Love, but I was really disappointed that they decided to not make their content available in Germany.

  3. KathyPoo says:

    Love Zack Galafianakis and B/T 2 Ferns!!
    I’ve really gotten into this new indie series called ‘The Digressions’. Super smart humor and writing with good production values. I haven’t watched a single episode without laughing out loud for realsies. It’s fun to have something I look forward to every week that keeps me from getting too bored at work. Their website is http://www.thedigressions.com. Def worth checking out if you’re into webseries.

  4. cjeffery7 says:

    – i started watching Lizzie Bennett Diaries months & months ago when you first featured it in this series — i’ve been hooked ever since.
    – shortly thereafter i started getting into the plethora of quality web content out there, and that’s all thanks to TVLine’s “Web Series Worth Watching” column. =D

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  6. gekko says:

    Everyone should watch The Outs! It’s a funny and poignant look at the end of a relationship between two twenty-something guys in Manhattan.


  7. lara says:

    TLBD for the win!

  8. S. from E. now says:

    I am already in love with 82nd & fifth! i am an art historian, who is currently on a break from her greatest passion, because I am currently on an Erasmus exchange which focuses on my architecture studies. It is so great to hear art historians talking about art again. ^^ I am totally missing that and it is great to hear their passion for their craft. Really great web series for every art historian out there ^^

  9. Melissa says:

    SO excited about Burning Love. Ken Marino and the Party Down gang deliver my favorite brand of comedy.

  10. Naomi says:

    Diary of A Teenage Nobody was amazing! I hope more people end up seeing it xx

  11. cjeffery7 says:

    look at her go! just commenting on comments! commenting, commenting, COMMENTING!