This week’s selection of web series invites you into the “corporate world,” an inn where Judd Hirsch talks about miracles, and behind the scenes of a (fake) reality TV series. If that doesn’t pique your interest, try Netflix.
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Starting off with a very funny mock-corporate digital video about virality, this show is marked by banalities like, “Hindsight is 20/20”…uttered surprisingly in earnest. The characters who utter them? A group of young professionals who don’t appear to actually be professional at anything, other than mimicking what it might be like to be professional, mainly by wearing ties and spewing corporate rhetoric (and saying “viral” a lot).
At first glance, this web series is too over the top “American,” low quality, and kind of dumb. However, after getting through the whole first episode, it’s clear that this series is actually pretty creative and original. The main character’s embarking on a quest that not’s often embarked upon (becoming a top competitive eater) in a way you wouldn’t expect him to do it (by handing out flyers for a documentary about him). Shot in Austin, Texas, “The Hungry Todd Rungy Show” is surprisingly uplifting.
High-quality production value and some well-known actors (the best known being the “inn keepers” who host the series, Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Kates) make this series notable. Set-up like many children’s shows and movies before it as a selection of stories interspersed with narrative, this show should definitely appeal to younger viewers (the execution is a little cornier for those edging on the young adult realm). The frames are attractive, the themes worthwhile, and the stories boast feel-good twists. Here’s a link to the first episode, “Mermaids.”
This web series is mostly worth mentioning because it takes web series seriously. It’s a talk show dedicated to high-quality video on the web, so far mentioning shows like Geek & Sundry’s “The Guild,” Wigs’ “Blue,” and “High Maintenance” on Vimeo. The talking heads balance each other out a bit with their views, and, most importantly, they hold the web series to pretty high standards. So far, there’s only one episode of “We Like to Watch with Ari & Tamara” out (below), but three more will follow in the coming three weeks. Hopefully the discussion stays interesting.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a reality TV series? This show offers a dark but mostly amusing and colorful answer to this question. The set design is really smart and the color palette is hauntingly beautiful. Meanwhile, the plot unravels in an artful manner, as characters reveal key facts about each other and themselves at just the right times to just the right people in just the right places.