This Web Series Wednesday, we’ve taken a look at a number of cat and dog videos that defy the norm (in which they do nothing but sit there looking cute in order to entertain). These dogs and cats can act, making them stand out from the herd and worth featuring this week in our web series roundup.
Yes, humans star in these shows, as well.
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The running commentary provided by this man’s dogs sort of mimics the angel and devil on the shoulder routine…in that their ideas are at odds. Otherwise, both dogs present morally ambiguous guidance as this kind of pathetic single guy navigates his way around the world of dating while remaining way into his close friend. Matt Rocklin wrote and directed the series, which (fun fact) came from a short film he created for his mom as 2011 Mother’s Day gift. It’s also won a bunch of web series awards at film festivals (you can see which at the show’s website).
This Animalist series explores various ridiculous scenarios that both can and will never ensue when you have cats — catfishing (the pun was absolutely intended on the series’ creators’ parts) representing one of the “will never ensue” scenarios in the episode below. The coolest part about the series is that most of the cats featured in “CATastrophes” are rescue cats in Chicago, where the show is filmed. Hence, if viewers get attached to any particular cats (and live within a reasonable distance of Chicago), they can adopt them.
More people focused than dog focused, this series is like a tamer “Real World,” a vibe you get from the moment the first main characters expresses his hopes that no one’s “going to start causing waves and stuff” (then cut to another character who admits he’s “been known to step on people’s feet”). The big difference here is that the show is set not in a [insert city]-themed apartment, but a Manhattan dog park. Basically, if you’re a “Real World” fan, you may very well enjoy hating these dog park-goers on Animal Planet’s webiste.
“Puppy Love” offers a specific take on problems people face when dating — those of the pet variety. “Sex and the City” co-producer Amy B. Harris is behind the show, which is maybe why the production quality is so high. The show resists being as cute as the animals it stars but it still verges into heartwarming territory. It also manages to take an honest look at New York City’s dating scene. Episodes are available on L Studio and the platform’s YouTube channel, and you’ll have to watch them there since I can’t embed their videos.
Funny or Die does a top-notch job spoofing “The Dog Whisperer” (which is admittedly easy to spoof). Whatever Cesar Millan whispers to dogs, Julie Klausner as the “Cat Whisperer” one-ups him with ease. Her trick? She tells cats disconcerting secrets that no human wants to hear. Klausner’s not the only one who will make you laugh in this episode (okay, there’s only one, but there should be more, and you should watch it anyways). Her client also boasts serious comedic talent.