Web Series Wednesday: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
We all know (or should at least understand) that breaking up is hard to do. We should also know that distracting yourself constitutes one of the best ways to get through such an unfortunate life event.
These breakup-focused web series will certainly service to distract, especially because most of them take a humorous look at what it’s like to be heartbroken. Whether you’ve recently gone through a breakup or not, the following web series should prove enjoyable and at least somewhat relatable.
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This show begins with the fantasy breakup…which obviously doesn’t last for long, and brings on an even more pathetically tragic scenario. The series focuses on a couple that’s surprisingly cordial considering their situation, and it deals with all the crucial aspects of a breakup with an almost wholly comedic approach. If you’re in the midst of breaking up with someone, this should distract you, but it’s definitely not empathetic.
This series showcases the true downside (and sweet sides) of human nature through hard-to-watch breakups (or whatever you want to call these uncomfortable encounters). Interestingly shot, the episodes exist in a single frame and take place in a single scene—that of the crucial relationship breaking point. “Break-Ups” is on Vimeo, so you’d expect the interesting cinematography and overall high quality that this show delivers. Some of these breakup scenes will make you cry, others will simply make you angry, and others still will baffle you completely, but they’ll all feel distinctly human and real.
This series kicks off with the aftermath of a breakup, which is always a little…messy. Like, weird pajama dancing and hanging on to an ex-lover’s miscellaneous possessions messy, which this show starts off by exploring to its fullest. The storytelling tactic here really works—the main character (Kelsey, who just went through a breakup with her girlfriend) flashes between scenes from the story she’s telling her friends and the instances of actually telling her different friends. Side note: each frame is packed with color, which makes for an uplifting mood in spite of the breakup backdrop.
This Funny or Die series is “based on real dumps,” which you can easily believe considering the events of each episode (unfortunately). Scenarios range from a despicable dude who says goodbye to his girlfriend due to her mom’s looks to a woman who can’t stand the lack of conflict in her relationship. The cuts to the female narrator (also the character in the midst of the breakup) provide a much-needed step back from the twisted, yet fairly true to life, events of each episode. The comedy also provides distance from what might otherwise constitute a depressing web series (and as such, it’s not depressing, at all).
Why is it that all these breakup series deal with hardship via humor? Perhaps because people inevitably move on after each emotional hardship (hopefully)? This series deals with such hardships by focusing on a slightly different angle—the long distance relationship (in addition to breakups, of course). Each episode is kind of long, as well, clocking in at about eight to 13 minutes as they delve into the challenges of dating someone from across the country.