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Web Series

Web series are probably one of the best forms of entertainment on the internet. Anyone with wit and a camera can go out and make one and post it on Vimeo. High quality meets low budget! So much freedom of expression! Long enough to hold interest and provide some plot, but not too long that they are a massive time-suck. I’ve listed five of my personal favourites (all of which happen to be be comedies set mainly in New York; that city is extraordinarily fruitful when it comes to cultural references and romantic backdrops), but there are certainly many more gems out there. Most can be found by googling the title. Now go forth and laugh.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, 2012–present – Jerry Seinfeld is back, bitches, and he’s still got it. I’m not really sure what it is, but there’s something. He has combined his love of cars, coffee and funny people in a web series. He picks a comedian up in a vintage car and takes them out for coffee, where they basically just have a conversation. Some super-snazzy and successful comedians have been featured: Alec Baldwin, Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock, to name a few. I’m tempted just to list them all because they are just that good. Also interesting for the daily life insight into the lives of famous people.

Delusional Downtown Divas, 2009 – Created by Lena Dunham, the series satirises the New York art and fashion world. Chronicling the adventures of the over-privileged Oona Winegrod (Lena Dunham), Swann Smithers (Joana D’Avillez), and AgNess Defrank (Isabel Halley). They fancy themselves as artists, and are hungry for art-world stardom. Full of aspirations, but with little will for actual work. They are extremely entitled and utterly delusional, meaning there are laughs aplenty. Be warned though—once you have watched one, it’s hard to stop. But it’s totally worth staying up until 3 am for.

Tight Shots, 2007–2008 – Again created by Lena Dunham (she’s just so bloody talented), this series follows six friends (with Dunham playing a version of herself) and their attempts to make a movie (written by Dunham) about a young girl’s sexual awakening in the deep South. None have ever actually been to the deep South, except Lena (she went to Florida once). Featuring all the Dunham classics: awkward sex, privilege, and charming/hilarious realism. It’s also worth noting she made the series when she was 20. God damn.

High Maintenance, 2012–present – Created by husband-and-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, both of whom worked previously on 30 Rock. The show follows an unnamed ‘weed guy’ and the lives of the (usually stressed-out) New Yorkers he sells to. Although it’s a show about a pot dealer, the drugs aren’t really that important. It’s more character-driven, and done with the utmost sincerity. The lives of the characters are just so real. Each episode sort of feels like a short film, with no lack of top-quality laughs, or babes for that matter.

The Oh, Hello Show, 2008–present – Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland are two 50-something Upper West Siders, divorced and in awe of Alan Alda. Created by comedians, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, The Oh, Hello Show is oh so funny. An affinity for tweed blazers, turtlenecks and inappropriate conversation, along with the occasional dose of casual cocaine, makes for exceedingly entertaining and somewhat addictive watching.

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