Sometimes, it’s just time to grow up. At least, that’s more or less the message behind these web series. Taking viewers to the halls of high school and the streets of post-college life, the following showcase coming of age tales that you’ll either relate to or maybe wish you didn’t relate to.
Based on the book and then movie “The Secret Garden,” this fictional vlogging series (in the fashion of “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and so many others before it) somehow stands outs out from the pack. This is, perhaps, because it’s actually good. Maybe I’m just partial to the book and movie it’s based on, but I believe the lead actress in “The Misselthwaite Archives” actually knows how to act. She has range, and, as opposed to many of her faux-vlogging counterparts, she is actually likeable. Watching a modern day take on this tale of growing up as an unwanted youth is worth your time if you’re a fan of the story that it’s inspired by.
Every once in a while, you stumble upon a web series that rules. This is one of those web series. “Wildcats” stars an ex-high school cheerleader with a secret, the kind of secret that notoriously doesn’t go over well in the cheerleading world (think “But I’m a Cheerleader”). Because “Wildcats” is so good, I’ll let it speak for itself, but before that, you should know the series is very polished (it’s on Vimeo, which usually indicates high quality), smart, and, through satire, manages to say something real about growing up as someone who’s “different.”
Described by others as a “coming of age” web series, “Out with Dad” represents a very different take on the same theme explored in “Wildcats” — being gay in high school. It shows it through the lens of a girl dealing with coming out to her father (yup, you got that from the title). It’s more serious, and it keeps it real as the protagonist grows into herself “with dad” around. The series itself has come of age, and it’s currently in its fourth season online.
One of the best parts of this web series is the introduction and presentation of its title. A recent college graduate “literally begging for a job on street corners” gets a tough awakening from his hedge fund-employed roommate. Thus, we get another show in this list referencing fathers, as the hedge fund employee suggests, “It might be time to try talking to your dad’s friends.” The main character goes on a journey to meet people with epithets like “friend of a friend of a guy who works at an entertainment law firm.” Watching this rude intro to adult life should make anyone grow up fast.