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ATTENTION GUYS

To me, webseries are extremely underappreciated. There are so many out there for you to watch, for free, that are well-written, well-filmed, and well-acted, and often times the greatest ones only recieve a really small amount of attention. :( 

Anyway, the point of that whole depressing rant was: START WATCHING THEM RIGHT NOW! These shows need love and support to continue: most of the time the creators are young, creative people who are talented and kind and just want someone to watch their work and give feedback. 

If you’re looking for a webseries to watch, I made this video for you. It has almost all of my favorite, coolest shows in a sort of tribute thingy. <3 Some are literary and vlog-style, some are not, but I tried to include a lot of different types of shows with a lot of different characters/themes. This is your introduction to the wonderful world of amazing, inspiring shows posted right here ON YOUTUBE. 

So watch this video, then click a few links and explore, give these little families love. I am sure you’ll find a webseries that speaks to you; there is truly one for everyone! 

And you don’t feel like watching the video, just take a look at the list below and pick one that strikes your fancy:

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – Modern adaptation of “Pride And Prejudice.” The most popular, and very first literary vlog-adaption of a classic novel. All the characters are complex, relatable, and completely amazing; the writing is hilarious and heartwarming. Great transmedia. 100 episodes. This is a great place to start. Also, it won an Emmy. 

Emma Approved – From the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. A more sophisticated, office-documentary adaptation of “Emma.” Like LBD, the writing is brilliant and the actors capture your heart: although to some people the main character is not as relatable/easy-to-like when the show starts out. Basically, give it some time, it’s very good! EA has even more transmedia than The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and incorporates cool fashion and even an online music club! 

Classic Alice – In this vlog-style web series, the main character, Alice, a spunky, nerdy, adorable student at Valeton University, tries to live her life according to the decisions of characters in classic novels. Her more fun-loving and laid-back friend Andrew films her for his documentary class. This show is very funny and also very cringe-worthy, which I love. <3 (Their first book was Crime and Punishment– need I say more?) The two main characters have great chemistry. :D The show is every Tuesday. Check it out!

Jules & Monty – A modern adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.” And I know what you’re thinking: mother of god, not that play again. But let me tell you: this series takes the Shakespeare you think you know and turns it into something unique, relatable, and absolutely brilliant. It is vlog-style, and set in modern times: the feud is between two fraternities. The creators do a great job of making the characters complex, especially overlooked ones like the Nurse or Mercutio. Jules & Monty is hilarious and heart-breaking. It has a perfect, fresh, ending that puts a new twist on the one we all know. There is actually some Shakespeare incorporated into the script as well, but for some reason that makes it even better. It is 18 episodes. Watch this webseries right now, I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

Nothing Much To Do – Another modern, vlog adaptation of Shakespeare, although this time it’s the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” What’s interesting about this series is that it seems completely real. The characters appear to be normal teenagers: and not only do they make “plot” videos, but they also post cooking videos and tag videos. Also, Nothing Much To Do’s story is told on mutiple Youtube channels, which is realistic but can, admittedly, get confusing. I recommend going to the main channel and starting with the playlist “The Story.” This show is funny, cool, and innovative. I can’t wait to see what they do with it! 

Two Housemates – This series is NOT a literary adaptation, but it has a story just as wonderful as the rest. The show stars Ryan, a young, awkward, reluctant actor who, at his mother’s request, becomes housemates with the exuberant, lovable Kate. Two Housemates has some great cinematography and some amazing writing, but my favorite part of it is watching the two main characters interact with each other and become good friends, pretty much changing each other in the process. <3 

Kissing In The Rain – This intriguing, unique show follows two pairs of actors who are constantly being cast as love interests in films and having to kiss on screen. Which is all well and good, but when the camera turns off, things can get a bit awkward. Not only does this show include a ton of amazing kissing in the rain scenes from books and movies, but the cinematography is breathtaking and the script is really funny and down-to-earth. 

The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy – A lovely, funny, cute vlog adaptation of Peter Pan. One interesting aspect is that for parts of the series you are actually seeing through Tinkerbell’s eyes. There’s even a red filter when she’s angry. Cool, right? This series has lovable characters and hilarious rants. And like the old, beloved tale, it explores the struggles and joys in the journey of growing up.

Easy Abby – *Warning: adult themes* So basically, it centers around a young lesbian woman named Abby, who tries to find love and a good life in the difficult, daunting world of New York while struggling with anxiety and general uncertainty. This has won many awards: the script is crisp and well-written, and the acting is just amazing. Go check it out! 

Kate The Cursed – Modern vlog adaptation of “Taming In The Shrew.” The character of Kate is so well done here! While she is reluctant, tough, and often opinionated, she also comes across as hopeful and loving. James, her love interest, is just as stubborn and even more opinionated. Match made in heaven, right? Right? ;D The creators are also doing a great job at adapting the script into a product that makes sense in this day and age. If you like Shakespeare, or just strong, compelling characters, go find this series. 

Hipsterhood – This webseries is about two L.A. hipsters who just. keep. bumping into each other. The script is really funny and the characters are brilliantly done. Best part: the dialogue is almost entirely heard in voiceovers. You can hear the characters’ innermost thoughts and it makes you feel even more connected to the story. Search seasons 1 and 2 on Youtube. (Also, for LBD fans, this series has Darcy as a guest star: *swoon!*)

Shakes – This well-written, creative series combines Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing. But put away all your assumptions, because this show puts a fabulous spin on every single one. Romeo is a sing-songy, adventure-seeking hipster. Juliet is a cool, tough, kind of bloodthirsty kleptomaniac. Beatrice and Ben are desperately trying to get by without murdering each other, or admitting their feelings. Hamlet is tormented by paranoia and nightmares, and Ophelia is tragically in love with him. Shall I go on? Seriously, this series deserves more attention: it’s one of my favorites. 

Seeking – *Warning: adult themes* The infamous “let’s make a bet series:” Can Ella find a decent, sane guy? If not, her best friend may just have to wash her dirty underwear. A hilarious, complex, sadly true-to-life story of love and loss that you won’t want to miss. Also, fun fact: every single guy that Ella dates is based on a true story that was sent in to them. 

Blankverse – *Warning: some pretty graphic blood* This webseries is AMAZING! It follows the life of young William Shakespeare, who is a bitter, kind of rude college student trying to explore and learn. Really, it’s too amazing for a description to do it justice: you have to watch it. But just so you know, other characters he meets include Ben Johnson and Chris Marlowe. Honestly, give it a look. 

Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros – This series centers around Cupid. Like, seriously, bows-and-arrows Cupid. Except, he’s not a baby in diapers: he’s a shy, hopeless romantic with an unfortunate love life. He just got out of a relationship and is taking it pretty hard. Lucky for him, he has his foxy best female friend Eros to guide the way. Cupid and Eros is brilliant, and they adapted all the mythology in an innovative, clever way. You will fall in love with this, mark my words! Side-Note: this series is only available on Vimeo and a few websites, not Youtube. 

Autobiography of Jane Eyre – Modern vlog adaptation of Jane Eyre. This is one of the more popular literary web series, and rightly so: the characters and plots are well-thought-out and intriguing. Jane seems, to me, like a girl that you might see at a coffee shop or a bookstore: she is quiet, but also knows what she wants and what she can do to get it. Also, Rochester is one sexy SOB. :D

Adult Wednesday Addams – Pretty self-explanatory, actually: this series follows the adventures of an adult, but just as creepily hilarious Wednesday Addams. There is no real over-arching plot in this one, it’s more of a series of glimpses into the absurdity of her life. Imagine Wednesday trying to get an apartment, interviewing for a job, going on a date, or having a one-night-stand. Sound interesting already? You won’t be let down.

Squaresville – This series really shows what it’s like to be a teenager. The thirst for adventure, the need to stand out and the need to conform, the anxieties of growing up and finding your place in the world: this show covers it all beautifully. In the first episode, the two main characters rebelliously sneak out in the middle of the night to plant a tree. A few episodes letter, they play Mall-scapades with one of the most developed, real guy characters in a series ever. God, you will love this show, hormonal teenager or not. 

Full Benefits – “So, work’s going to be weird for a while.” Full Benefits shows us the consequences, good and bad, of a one night stand with your coworker. It is from Collegehumor, so it is obviously first and foremost a silly, comedic show, but to me, the characters are pretty intriguing and complex too: and some of the situations are very relatable to the viewer. If you’re looking for a fun little series to watch when you’re feeling down, or just to have a laugh, be sure to look this one up. 

Importance of Being Mike – She had a dream that she was going to fall in love with a guy named Mike. Now she only dates guys that go by that name. Chaos definitely ensues. This series is the ultimate “crazy dates” show. And while it is definitely hilarious at times, I found myself really sympathizing with the main character and her dim, hopeless romantic ways, or with her cereal-loving, sarcastic roommate. The girl just wants to find love, and maybe, just maybe, it’ll be in the last place she expects. 

Spooked – This series is longer than the others, about the length of a normal sitcom, and definitely has a more “professional” feel to it. Spooked follows a dysfunctional team of paranormal investigators, and each episode has a new case for them to solve. The entire show is just really well-done and interesting; you’ll adore the characters and their relationships and skills. Of course, it has a creepy element to it as well, if you’re into that. :D

Green Gables Fables – Modern vlog adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. Although it seems a bit more “homemade” than some of the others, the girl who plays Anne is great and really nails that character and all her quirks. Bonus: this is one of the only webseries to feature an actor older than 30, and he does a phenomenal job. 

University Ever After – This show is so creative! It takes place in a college dorm, where all of the students are disney characters: Belle, Rapunzel, Snow, Ariel, Ella (Cinderella.) The best part of this show is the script: I just LOVE seeing all their little references to the original stories. This series is really, really cool! And believe it or not, it also features original music. Yes, that’s right, there IS some bursting into song, and it’s marvelous. 

The Lives of The Lazy – This cute little series follows two high-schoolers who are determined to become masters of procrastination. The two main characters, long-time best friends, have a great dynamic that is really fun to watch. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a little more “lazy” in their life. (Okay, kind of cheesy, I know, just watch it already.)

Neighbors – Really short, really cute. If you like fun, love-hate banter and some hardcore sass, this is the series for you. Each episode is only about a minute, but for some reason they’re completely satisfying. Go watch it! :D

The Bucket List Comedy – What does a man do when he finds out he’s going to die soon? He calls up his friends and makes one hell of a bucket list. This comedy is extremely funny and extremely creative, and suprisingly enough, you may come to love every single person in this insane, unlikely group of pals.

Warpaint (short film) – This film changed my life. Simple as that. It’s beautiful, and sad, and incredible. Warpaint, above all, is about moving on and saying goodbye, but it’s also about exploring those unspoken, hidden parts of yourself and letting people in. Go watch it on Vimeo, and get ready to see the world differently, or at least shed a tear. 

Webseries You Need to Watch Masterpost

It’s been a while since I listed things… Here goes. In no particular order. Personally vetted by me. (if that counts for anything)

Literary Adaptations

  1. Baker Street† Its a femlock with my favourite Sherlock to date, played by Hannah Drew. I love the relationship between Sherlock and Jane. The series doesn’t rely on the vlog format, which adds another layer to the story. Awaiting a second season.
  2. Call Me Katie FABULOUS. The acting, the diversity, the twisting of Taming of the Shrew to make it so realistic. The ADORABLE couples, with awkward, realistic fights and conversations. At first it may seem similar to Nothing Much, but differences are marked and unique.
  3. Twelfth Grade (or whatever) Brilliant, solid acting from every single cast member (Vic and Kurt forever!) with the perfect blend of comedy and drama. Harkens back to She’s the Man (of course) but transcends it.
  4. The Autobiography of Jane Eyre - one of the first post-LBD series, and a beautiful adaptation of the novel.
  5. Nothing Much To Do* An adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, based in New Zealand. Its realism is really strong. The story is split into Benedick and Beatrice’s stories, a refreshing change after the majority of current literary adaptations. The Watch takes the form of younger students making amateur films with amateur cameras and its hilarious and wonderful, and gives a third unbiased lens to the situations.
  6. Lovely Little Losers* Stylistically different and much more sophisticated than NMTD, the creators have really mixed elements of Shakespeare with their own characters flawlessly (I would not believe that the characters would post 50% of the episodes they do, but the interactions are still authentic).
  7. The Misselthwaite Archives It’s the Secret Garden, but modern and new and wonderful. The show is filmed through various points of view - my favourite is Kitty!Cam – yes, Mary has a cat. It’s not limited by the format, both on and off camera (transmedia), we are able to get in depth  looks into the lives of its characters. The last third of the show lost steam, but still experimented with style.
  8. Elinor and Marianne Take Barton Sense and Sensibility by University of Warwick students - British webseries! It was a pretty cute series, nothing completely out of the ordinary.
  9. Jules and Monty A cute retelling of Romeo and Juliet, will make you squee with adorableness. It wasn’t perfect – the incorporation of Shakespearian language was awkward and forced (their All’s Fair Play did this much better), and some of the story could have been adapted differently. The vlog vlogs were pretty entertaining.
  10. Green Gable Fables this webseries is created by three high school students, and it’s a pretty impressive interpretation. The second series is leaps and bounds above the first, building off the characters and showing other perspectives.
  11. The March Family Letters† Based off Little Women. Each of the four sisters are able to show their personality through different styles of social media and vlogging. Season 1 was solid. Their transmedia was created, in real time, months before the show started airing. Pemberley could learn something from them. Patiently waiting for S2.
  12. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries* Love love love. This Pride and Prejudice retelling was the catalyst for the literary adaptation-ocalypse that has taken over the internet, garnering a huge fandom and multiple awards. (Although other series on this list definitely deserve these things)
  13. Kate the Cursed (Can you guess which Shakespeare play this is without watching it?) One of the more authentic-feeling webseries. I was impressed by how smoothly the series works, and how engaging Kate is.
  14. My Immortal Parodies the infamous My Immortal Harry Potter fanfic which is one of the most entertaining reads ever, but it goes beyond the realm of parody and makes you ship Drarry (with POC Harry), redeems Enoby, celebrates female friendships (Enoby and POC Hermione FTW) and basically makes you laugh. A lot. Season 2 is out now as well, and its just as good.
  15. Carmilla This show has so much girl power and one of my favorite webseries couples. From a story telling point of view, the creators were very ambitious (supernatural/fantasy), it feels stilted and less personal as with all big-budget stuff, but it’s worth it.
  16. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy† Its completely different both in tone and style. They Lily Bagh is Indian, and Percy Daggs III is Hook! Tink!cam is quite fun. I am loving the character development from the first to the second season, and the show addresses its main themes on many levels.
  17. From Mansfield With Love Another Brit adaptation! Frankie and Ed’s acting make the almost 12 (?) hours of content worth it. I like the idea that (for once) the videos are meant to be private and are so afforded a level of intimacy that other series can’t have, and no fixed episode length. 
  18. Any Other Vlog Another Romeo and Juliet adaptation, but with a completely different spin. The series is from the point of view of Bianca, Juliet’s (in this case, Romy’s - it sounds confusing I know) cousin, and the entire story is turned on its head. It’s great to see certain elements remain the same, and have others changed as needed to make the series relatable and modern. The departure from the line-by-line recreation really allows the creators to explore different elements of the original story in new and creative ways.  
  19. Northbound Although I’m not familiar with the story it is easy to see how the thing has been translated. I love Catherine’s sister because of reasons that are spoilers, and the series has this nice, easy going vibe to it. Update: The series has taken an unexpected turn (or was that just that book?) 
  20. Like, As It Is 
  21. Emma Approved After reading Emma and watching the BBC mini-series, I was craving for this webseries. However, apart from Alex and Emma’s chemistry the show really falls apart in its overall execution, and the characters fail to impact you and the additional content on the Emma Approved channel was unnecessary.
  22. Welcome to Sanditon They experimented with fan-canonization in the form of vlogs. Still, an adorable story with an adorable cast and an interesting choice of (unfinished) novel by Jane Austen.

Others: The Emma Project, Notes by Christine (Phantom of the Opera), The Nick Carraway Chronicles, Grimm Reflections, Mars and Elly, The Jane Games (it had it’s moments), Project Dashwood, North Hangin’, Much Ado About a Webseries, the Elliots, University Ever After, Or so the story goes, Cindy, The Writing Majors, Shakes, Dona Moça Eventos, A Little Princess Vlog, East & West Vlog†, The Adventures of Jamie Watson and Sherlock Homes, Dear Watson

Tangentially related to literary webseries

  1. Words From Wilde A new Aussie webseries (WOOP) about “everyone’s favorite dandy”, Oscar Wilde.
  2. The Late Nell Avery Definitely an underrated webseries. It follows the vlog style of the literary adaptations, but its an original story. I like that the focus isn’t on the audience/viewer relationship but rather on the meaning the camera has for the characters. I like the foreshadowing because it’s not in-your-face, and it makes the whole thing more interesting. Season 2 is coming out in August!
  3. Shipwrecked Comedy (Kissing in the Rain, A Tell-Tale Vlog, PoeParty) Everything that is made by Yulin et al. is wonderful and lovely and amazing. Kissing in the Rain is one of the coolest transmedia-fan-experiments I have ever seen. All the different elements of social media play into it really well. Yulin’s tumblr is also the best resource if you want to learn more about the film-making process (which is fascinating), and her past short films are really interesting as well.
  4. All’s Fair Play “From the team that brought you The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, comes All’s Fair Play- an original comedy inspired by Shakespeare, all about a group of friends and what should have been a normal party….” (note that there are 4 dots)
  5. Classic Alice A really interesting use of the classics, a literature major decides to live her life as the characters in the famous classics do, and sometimes things go wrong.

This should be on TV

  1. Better Life Foundation***** IT’S THE INDIAN OFFICE. IT’S PERFECT WATCH IT NOW.
  2. The (mis)Adventures of Awkward Black Girl*, First, Black Actress (by Issa Rae) ABG is one of my favourite webseries because it has something severely lacking all these literary adaptations – POC. Its really funny and quirky and weird, and its just great to see a different perspective out there and basically I just love Issa Rae to bits. So First is a brand new webseries, and I’m rooting for these characters so much. Black Actresses is similar to My Gimpy Life in the sense that we can see an actor’s life through a different lense, and it has amazing intro/outros with older black actresses.
  3. Dorm Life A comedy about, you guessed it, dorm life! In a mockumentary format. It runs in the same vein as the office in its comedy and yet stands on its own two feet.
  4. The Outs By far, this (and Whatever This Is) are the most professional, well-crafted webseries out there on the internet right now (that I have seen). The Outs feels so real and raw, with this beautiful, flawed, complicated characters who you just fall in love with. Its set and filmed in Brooklyn, everything from the soundtrack to the locations, and you can just feel the loneliness of the city. It deals with some pretty huge issues in such beautiful ways. Almost forgot. Plot: Its about Mitchell, Hunter (ex-boyfriends) and Oona (Mitchell’s best friend).
  5. Whatever This Is I like to think of it as a continuation of The Outs, in a similar tone but zooming out a little, incorporating more characters, and its about, to quote them: how long are you expected to do work that you hate, for pennies, until it becomes something that you love that pays the rent? is that even possible? Obviously, its about much more than that, its about relationships and people, but it is the catalyst to a lot of things.
  6. Bloomers Similar to Whatever this is, but with more characters and more diversity. There are two latino, two desi (British-Indian and Muslim-American) characters, and they deal with tons of issues in a really beautiful and hilarious way.
  7. Flat3 It’s a kiwi comedy (didn’t know that was a thing!) which follows three Asian-NZ flatmates in Auckland as they figure out their twenties, and it is refreshing to see this perspective. It’s awkward and funny, and everything that Super Fun Night never was. Their new series Friday Night Bites is coming out soon!
  8. Whatever, Linda Amazing production quality (cinematography, set costumes) and acting, and a great storyline. It’s funny and uncomfortable and dark. Plot: “Mad men except it’s an All-women Ponzi scheme dramadey set in the 70′s, so, really, nothing like mad men”
  9. Sidetrack A brilliant series of interconnected stories of 20-something queer women in New York. it’s like everything girls could/should have been (had Lena Dunham not been in it) meets the L word meets Master of None meets the internet.

Drama (mostly)

  1. The Unwritten Rules An absolutely brilliant webseries on blacks in the workplace, starring Aasha Davis as Racy, the new manager at a fashion magazine company. It follows in the vein of ABG in that it is really funny, but deals with race explicitly. The ends of the videos are also hilarious, with talking heads of the other characters (usually white co-workers, sometimes black).
  2. Squaresville A wonderful, wonderful show which has so much heart. The monolo7ues, are different character studies.
  3. 7p10e adorable video recordings of the skype-only relationship between two people introduced by a mutual friend on opposite coasts of the US.
  4. polyglot really introspective and thoughtful, it reminded me of a european americanah. more thoughtful insight to come.

Comedy (mainly)

  1. The Guild One of my favorites, and again a classic example of perfection. The relationships between the characters, the characters themselves from Codex to Tink to Zaboo. And Zaboo is one of the best characters because he embodies every Indian stereotype, (I mean they are obssessive gamers) but at the same time, he’s his own person as well, which I just love. And his mother.
  2. Eat our Feelings Sasha Winters (from The Outs, Whatever This Is) is starring in this cooking/comedy webseries in the vein of Broad City about twenty-somethings in Brooklyn with a passion for cooking. The recipes look DELICIOUS.
  3. Adult Wednesday Addams As a HUGE Addams Family buff (and disappointed by The Goreys, a gothic parody with so much potential) I was hooked the minute I saw the title. Melissa Hunter plays and writes the perfect Wednesday, exactly how I would have imagined her. Unfortunately it’s been removed from youtube for legal reasons, but you can watch season 2 here.
  4. My Gimpy Life A really great webseries based on the creator’s (Teal Sherer’s) own experiences being an aspiring actress in Hollywood. Its funny and a little eye-opening.
  5. Noirhouse A parody of the film noir genre, a must-see for film noir buffs.
  6. Video Game High School* Although the story is predictable, the production quality and special effects of this series is amazing (probably due to being funded over 2 million in kickstarting funds). It’s funny, cute, and entertaining. 
  7. Red vs. Blue* Genius. Enough said. Every season gets funnier and funnier.
  8. Husbands Hilarious show about two gay celebrities who accidentally get married right after marriage is legalized in LA and don’t want to get a divorce now because it’ll look bad for the cause. The show’s portrayal of gay characters is similar to TV, but becomes more nuanced as you get to know the characters.
  9. Hipsterhood and is also just a very quirky love story between two hipsters living in hipster central (Silver Lake City, LA). Fun fact: Julia Cho from LBD was involved. Apparently I have very hipster-like tendencies I had (like vintage, typewriters, organic vegan food). also, what are hipster POC like?
  10. Wave Jacked By the creators of Jules and Monty. Aftering losing her radio show, Jamie and her friend Jack decide to go retro and start a radio show of their own. It’s sharp, witty and entertaining, and has a GREAT soundtrack.
  11. My Gay Roommate Originally another TUTV production, and it’s exactly what it says on the tin. And it’s hilarious.
  12. Ask a Slave A hilarious and frustrating (because people are DUMB) web series based on the creator’s experiences "portraying a slave character at a famous historic site”. It’s wonderful.
  13. Kate and Joe Just Want to Have Sex Its hilarious. Enough said.
  14. The Death Vlogs Related to The Goreys, but not necessary to understand the vlogs. Oliver, the main character, is absolutely hilarious.
  15. Couple-ish It’s funny, and I like the play with format.
  16. High’rd Help

This should be Teen TV

  1. teenagers It’s indie-Degrassi (with some actual Degrassi alumni). It’s got great representation and although it’s kind of angsty, I appreciate the lack of high school tropes like the mean girls and such. Season 2 is coming out soon!
  2. Runaways This show is what Pretty Little Liars could have been, but chose not to. While it isn’t nearly clever enough to satisfy my ridiculous expectations, and there are just one too many repeat shots of the same scenes this was entertaining. You can speculate based off of actual clues (unlike certain other *hmm PLL hmm* shows), which I find immensely entertaining. I suggest watching the “Before they were Runaways” segment to learn the backstory.

Sci-fi/Fantasy

  1. Surviving !!! created Reagan Gomez A great new webseries with just A+ production value. It’s just heartening to see such a great show (even if the little sister is annoying in a Dawn-ish way), starring and created by PoC.
  2. Misspelled A badass show about 5 WoC witches in LA. It involves raising the dead, need I say more? Season 1 was way too short, but Season 2 is coming out soon.
  3. Edge of Normal Strong female teenage superheroes, reminding us that magic (or whatever it is) comes with a price. Girl power is awesome and all that jazz.
  4. Continuum A really interesting low-budget indie sci-fi that, and while it may seem a little cheesy at first, has so much potential re: the third (as of now) non-existent season.
  5. Transolar Galactica The ultimate sci-fi parody - because it’s actually logical! Everything is available on youtube now, and season 2 is coming out soon!

Elaborate Abstract Art Project, Satirical Tutorial Video and Reality Nerd Dating (a.k.a. Other)

  1. You Suck at Photoshop This is the best edutainment I have ever seen. I actually learnt a bunch of stuff about photoshop, while laughing my ass off. It was awesome.
  2. Jessie Cave (Flat Whites, Bookworm, Ikea Girl, Them, Oddballs, The Waiting Room) Her series come off as art projects, with really quirky, unique characters, gorgeous music and a few cameos from fellow HP actors (did I mention she was Lavender Brown? No? Well, she was.)
  3. Geek Love A documentary on speed dating at ComicCon, which is adorable and sad. In a subverted way (in that it isn’t explicitly discussed) gender roles and double standards are explored as well.

Upcoming Additions

  1. Maurader’s Vlog†
  2. Masked
  3. Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros
  4. Lady Parts
  5. Platoon of Power Squadron
  6. The Soliloquies of Santiago
  7. Pitchers, Permanent Roommates, Girliyapa and other Indian webseries and channels

Highly Anticipated: A Finger Slip, Con Man, Rex, Bright Summer Night, Scissr, #poeparty (Shipwrecked’s newest project), Friday Night Bites

Other Webseries Masterposts

International

LGBT

Production Companies (essentially a list organized by production companies)

Primer (list with no explanations) soon.

bold: must watch - italics: currently airing - †: hiatus - *: seminal/classic

This list is continually updated, so be sure to check the original for additions and ammendments. 

Recommendations? Mistakes? Questions? Queries? Comments? Concerns? ASK AWAY

10 Reasons Why Literary Adaptation Webseries Fandoms Are the Best Kinds of Fandoms

1. Episodes are free and regular and easily available! Also, there can be several episodes a week, which is AWESOME.

2. Binge-watching is always possible, and because episodes are short, you can usually go on a  binge without the crippling guilt and exhaustion you get after bingeing a TV show.

3. Fandoms are tight-knit and happy. Everyone supports everyone, no shipwars, no drama, and the whole thing is one massive support group.

4. You can interact with fictional characters online. Full on conversations about anything and everything, and it’s the best thing ever.

5. You can easily interact with the creators and actors online, and they tend to be the coolest and most talented people ever, which is awesome.

6. People usually watch several webseries together, so there’s always someone to fangirl with.

7. Barely any hiatuses, and the ones there are are usually about 1 week.

8. They feel way more realistic than most TV shows or movies, so immersing yourself in them is easy.

9. Lots of these series are made by high school/college students, so it renews faith in our generation.

10. Your favourite classic novels come to life in the modern day and it’s beautiful and perfect and generally incredible.

Bonus Point : The shipping is ASDFGHJKL beyond words

I’m making a bulletin board at my library to feature web series.  Any suggestions for my list?

(* marks those I have not yet seen but are on my to-watch list, ** means I’m currently watching it) I’ll be doing it this summer for next school year, so stuff coming out this summer is fair game. And it will be up all year, so…)

[EDIT: Italics are new additions to the list.  Also, I’m already going to run out of room, so unfortunately I’m not including series like Kissing in the Rain or I Didn’t Write This]

SHAKESPEARE
• Nothing Much To Do
• Lovely Little Losers
• Jules & Monty
• Any Other Vlog
• Call Me Katie
• Kate the Cursed
• Midsemester Night’s Dream
• Like, As it Is (New As You Like It)*
• Much Ado About A Webseries

JANE AUSTEN & BRONTES
• The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
• Emma Approved
• Autobiography of Jane Eyre
• Elinor and Marianne Take Barton
• Mars and Elly*
• Welcome to Sanditon*
• From Mansfield with Love
Project Dashwood*
North Hangin*
Northbound

CHILDHOOD CLASSICS AND FAIRY TALES
• New Adventures of Peter and Wendy
• Green Gables Fables
• March Family Letters
• Misselthwaite Archives
• University Ever After
• Grimm Reflections
• Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros

MULTIPLE BOOKS/CHARACTERS
• The Jane Games
• The Writing Majors
• Classic Alice
• Tell-Tale Vlog
• SHAKES

GOTHIC
• Carmilla
• Frankenstein M.D.
• Notes by Christine**
• The Late Nell Avery

OTHER
• In Earnest
• Nick Carraway Chronicles
• Jamie Watson and Sherlock Holmes
• Baker Street*
• East and West
• Masked*

Judging by the reactions to Zoe Suggs’ and Alfie Deyes’ rising stars, vlogs are the end of civilisation as we know it and – like Zoella’s ghostwritten novel – they certainly don’t have any place in literature. But fresh-faced teens and twentysomethings aren’t only vlogging about their own lives; they’re dressing up as fictional characters and telling modern reworkings of familiar stories into their webcams as YouTube adaptations of classic novels go viral. The teams behind them may be professional actors or simply fans of the books, and the quality of both scripts and production can vary, but at their best they could give the BBC a run for its money.
—  The best vlog reinventions of classic books – The Guardian

With particular praise for “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” “Carmilla,” “Green Gables Fables,” “Jules and Monty” and “School of Thrones”

SHE NEEDED A HERO (SO THAT’S WHAT SHE BECAME): A mix of empowering songs for all the amazing women in webseries. (Listen) 

1. Single Ladies, Beyoncé // 2. Skyscraper, Demi Lovato // 3. Brave, Sara Bareilles // 4. ROAR, Katy Perry // 5. Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar // 6. Fighter, Christina Aguilera // 7. Stonger, Kelly Clarkson // 8. Defying Gravity, Kirsten Chenoweth & Idina Menzel // 9. New Romantics, Taylor Swift // 10. What The Hell, Avril Lavigne // 11. Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj // 12. You Call Me A Bitch Like It’s A Bad Thing, Halestorm // 13. Take A Hint, Victoria Justice & Elizabeth Gillies // 14. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper // 15. So What, P!nk // 16. Run The World (Girls), Beyoncé