A 2017 Youtube Odyssey: Web Series To Watch When You Don’t Know What You Want To Watch

Sometimes I just want something in the background while I design or try to organize stuff. Strangely I find music distracting so I usually put on some kind of video or netflix. But often I don’t want to be sucked into a high-concept sci-fi western or a murder mystery thriller’s season-long arcs, I just want something light (like entertainment sorbet).

These are just some of the series I keep coming back to:

1. Lizzie Bennet Diaries:  

Emmy award-winning retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Basically, Elizabeth Bennet has a vlog and most of her life seems to conveniently happen while she’s filming. Just go with it. Stick around to see the amazing chemistry within the cast (including one of the best Darcy’s I’ve seen) and the ingenious ways they modernize the source material.

2. Worth It:

Buzzfeed’s Steven Lim really struck gold with this simple concept of comparing three things (food, hotels, apartments, etc.) at three drastically different prices to find out what’s really worth it. I watch it for the great banter between him and his co-host Andrew (my grumpy cat man twin) and the chance to droll over the most expensive stuff they try. It’s like HGTV-I can’t say why I can watch it for three hours straight, but I don’t  really need to.

3. Nothing Much To Do:

Another great modernization adaptation. Much Ado About Nothing is, in my opinion, Shakespeare’s best comedy (fight me) so I’m almost guaranteed to love it in any form. But when a group of amazing young female filmmakers re-set this play in a New Zealand high school, it somehow improves upon it with the youthful exuberance now embued in every laughable turn. Multiple characters in the story have vlogs and jumping between them is POV gold.

4. VGHS:

Probably the best thing Rocket Jump has ever made, VGHS is the Harry Potter-esque story of an amateur gamer making it into a big-time gaming academy and his struggles in trying to stay there. Set in the not so distant future the show has colorful characters and great CGI effects.


5. Buzzfeed Unsolved:

Another great series from the media giant follows amateur paranormal-hunters/detectives Ryan (the open-minded ghost believing conspiracy junkie) and Shane (the dry realist with a logical answer to everything). Everything from haunted ships to true crimes is looked into in these thorough ~20-minute long episodes and the production quality only seems to improve with time. Plus their back and forth narrations over these dark subjects sometimes crack me up so much I almost feel guilty.

6. Baking With Layton:

While not much of a cook myself, I find the real appeal of this series by British YouTuber Daniel J Layton to be in the wacky collection of fellow entertainers he has joining him in the kitchen. The friendships are real and the haphazard way they all try to help with the recipes or joke around makes you feel like a part of the fun. If you’re a fan of any video makers across the pond it’s likely they’ll show up at one point or another.

Let me know what you think of these or if you have any more to add.