Since Newfronts is coming up next week, we figured we’d revisit some of the best series that were announced at the event last year. Now showing on The New York Times, AOL, Hulu, Yahoo, and Vice News, these series mean that this year’s Newfronts have a lot to live up to. If publishers manage it, we’ll have some great web series to look forward to this later this year.
Next week, our web series selection will feature fairytales. Interpret that as you will, and send the web series you love to firstname.lastname@example.org/members.
This New York Times series takes text from court documents and turns them, “verbatim,” into comedic sketches. These exchanges are so funny, no, silly, that you’ll find yourself wondering how people in a court of law allowed them to waste their time.
Yahoo’s Paul Feig series follows loosely in the footsteps of his other stellar work, using the “Freaks and Geeks” model in terms of characters but putting them on a “routine space mission” instead of in the halls of high school. The casting is top notch, enough to make the futuristic space plot entirely fresh.
AOL On’s show stars Mike Epps as he seeks to uncover the root of stereotypes behind racist jokes. The episodes spare no one, spotlighting stereotypes like black people loving fried chicken, Jews being cheap, and Asians being horrible drivers.
This “Real Housewives” spoof is so spot-on that sometimes you’ll forget you’re watching a web series spoof and not the real thing. Creators Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman were brilliant in both conception and execution of this series on Hulu, and each housewife fills her role with impressive gusto, from the token drug addict to the token hyper-sexual, single “wife.” Get ready for season two, which will take place in Vegas.
This Vice News web series spotlights the way humans are destroying planet Earth, from the Mafia botching waste management in Naples, Italy to the US contaminating its water with coal ash. It’s good to know what’s going on with our home, and hopefully it will scare people enough to inspire some change.