Web Series Wednesday: Seriously Out There
This week’s mix of web series showcases various eccentricities. From neuroses exhibited by Amy Sedaris (as is her speciality) and as the topic of an entire series to other-wordly characters and fashion choices, these series will wow you with their color and style.
If any other web shows catch your eye like these do, feel free to let us know at [email protected].
Kimiko Glenn, one of “Orange Is the New Black” season two’s most prominent new cast members, takes her streak of playing irritating characters up several notches in episode one of PopSugar and Above Average’s new series, which will air eight episodes in total but thus far has just two (the following will roll out Tuesday mornings).
Amy Sedaris shows up in the second, meaning you can probably expect future high-profile (and not to mention genuinely funny) guest stars. The series follows women who work in a PR firm, providing comedy that ensues from high-strung, unreasonable clients and Sedaris as the boss, who brings hilarity as always.
This short-form series totally captures the feelings that often course the veins, mind waves, etc. of neurotic people. Fast-paced thinking, unnecessary word associations, a decent amount of sweat, and an overall propensity to avoid the most productive way out of a situation mark this series as it does the everyday lives of people with serious neuroses.
The end of each episode finds the central character back in whatever real life situation he’s been, uh, contemplating (to put it kindly), which he of course ends up handling inappropriately. If you consider yourself neurotic, you’ll appreciate this show, while hopefully not identifying too heartily. Warning: Easy to binge-watch.
We recently wrote about the launch of this Refinery29 show, but it’s worth mentioning again. The first episode is now live online, and it follows today’s Harajuku women and men as they navigate fashion that’s so “out there” it can only be described as fabulous (okay, not only — you can also call it colorful, lively, adorable, even happy).
The show will span multiple countries around the world, including the US, where the British model of a host will speak to Orthodox Jewish women in Brooklyn (whose style choices I’m personally very excited to learn about, having frequently encountered such fashionable orthodox women on the M train). Overall, “Style Out There” is aesthetically pleasing and culturally informative. Can’t embed, so you’ll have to watch it here.
Luckily, sketch shows don’t need that high of a budget to be funny. That’s why they’re often good seen live…or on YouTube, a platform that “Low Budget Sketch Show” mocks in a friendly and successful manner in some sketches, like an at-home prank video that only serves to expose how lonely the prankster is. The opening talk segment of each episode starring Bridey Elliot might just be the best part, as her somewhat misanthropic attitude and musings should endear her to anyone else whose life is less than perfect.
Definitely out of this world, “Angélica Y Roberta” combines animation, human actors, and even some mannequins in a Spanish-language series that defies all norms. For starters, one of the main characters has aliens for parents (the mannequins come in as parents to main character number two). This goes delightfully unexplained.
In the midst of all the series’ weirdness, the women discuss everyday issues (like how to pilfer Wi-Fi and whether or not intercourse is more intimate than a blow job) and develop very likable personalities. Not to worry if you don’t speak Spanish—there are English subtitles.