This Web Series Wednesday selection will introduce you to a collection of quirky friend groups. While some recover from the night shift, others are trying to make a movie, while others still are just trying survive (while continuing to get along with each other) in New York. Whether they prove endearing or annoying, they do make up a good web series.
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Starring Ilana’s stoner roommate in “Broad City,” Arturo Castro, “2040” is delightfully weird. From an unexpected appearance by Whoopi Goldberg (…sort of) to the mysteriously influential (and not in the way you’d think) backer of the main characters’ titular movie-in-the-making, the series doesn’t stop surprising you with its sneak attacks of wit. Arturo Castro also plays the face, and body, of a young adult diapers brand, if that helps give you a sense of the type of human and bizarreness used in this show.
This show starts off smart, by putting the main characters, old friends from high school, all together in a restaurant. Then, it lets them go off their separate ways, revealing their personalities at a steady, satisfying clip. None are particularly likeable, but they’re definitely all sympathetic. Extremely high production quality and episodes on the longer side make it resemble a TV show, but it also takes advantage of what shorter-form has to offer.
One of this series’ opening lines (the titular question of the first episode, “Dumped or fired?”) provides a warm set-up that leads into an oddly unique show for one whose premise has been shared by “Cheers” and many other series that circle back to a group of friends who hang out in a central meeting place. What makes this show different is the characters’ varied employment (ranging from an EMT to a radio DJ to night hotel manager), which all takes place in the night, hence the show’s name, “Day Drinking.” Also, none of these characters are unrealistically attractive, and they vary in age and skin color, all qualities that you would rarely see represented in a TV friend group (imagine “Friends” if Joey was 45 and Phoebe was black). The show isn’t particularly smart, but it’s fun, and it’s…friendly.
The animation in this Brooklyn-mocking series is simple and oddly relaxing to watch. The black and white, real life settings serve as the perfect backdrop to the bright cartoon people illustrating classic Brooklyn problems in this mocking series. These animated, sketch-style vignettes poke fun at Instagram, artisan coffe shops, and how people deal with the ominously empty car on the subway. Luckily, it doesn’t take itself seriously enough to exclude zombies from the overall cast of characters.
This My Damn Channel series may be from a couple years back, but even though humor in digital can progress at high speeds, this show retains relevance. The problem of shitty roommates transcends space and time. You’ll learn a lot with the reprehensible main character (did you know there was such thing as a man queef?) as he meanders through life.
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