Web Series Wednesday: It’s Getting Dark This Winter…

/ Dec 3, 2014


Let darkness descend over your week with shows that present death, new jobs, and old friends in a less than cheery light. You’ll see what the world would be like if humans switched places with the insects that so pester us and if a foreboding musical score accompanied everything you did.

If you come across other web series that put you in a mood, feel free to send them over to us at [email protected].

The Cyanide & Happiness Show

Delightfully simple animation and a smart, cheeky perspective mark this unexpected comedy series on ExplosmEntertainment’s YouTube channel. Each episode is made up of multiple shorts, many of which substitute insects for people in otherwise very average storylines in episode one (i.e., cockroach turns on kitchen lights, sees several humans scuttle away). All clips result in epic punch lines.

LA Macabre

This web series is a convincing enough faux documentary about a fictional LA cult, called “The New Family,” which followed in the footsteps of the infamous Manson Family. The mystery of the cult unravels as this “news” show becomes something more…suspenseful. The intro looks appropriately “mysterious cult”-focused and the camera work has got a distinctly “Blair Witch” feel. Acting aside (it’s not too bad), the plot might just reel you in.

Once Upon a 3/4 Time

This branded web series (from WD Ventito) actually presents a really cool concept. Through changing the soundtrack to a very short (under one minute) video, the creators of this six-part series illustrate how music and sound in general shapes so much of what we perceive as a film’s emotional content. Check out this “romance,” and then you can go on to see how it gets transformed into a horror short. After that, take the extra step of imagining how this might affect some of your favorite feature films.

Job Hunters

Reeking of “The Hunger Games” (which in turn took inspiration from “Battle Royale”), this web series gets weird fast, with a sinister soundtrack setting in from the beginning for an overtly dark tone (think of the above series). I’m assuming it doesn’t take itself too seriously, because the flash-forward cuts in the first episode are ridiculous…yet somehow highly entertaining.

No Strings, Please

This show follows lead character Charley Parker (played by Naima Ramos-Chapman) on her journey from New York to Washington, DC. Her narration has a literary quality, and she does a lot of self- and city-analyzing. The darker side comes in the form of her interpersonal encounters, like with her obsessive, germaphobe of an old college roommate in episode one and the guy who steals her phone (followed by a sob story and…you’ll have to see for yourself) in episode two.

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