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- Drew Grant
The Web Series You Should Be Watching
By the time big networks start producing their own original video content for the internet, the term "web series" seems almost outdated. What started out as viral videos produced by kids in their own basement have turned into slick marketing tools used by advertisers to sell more Axe body spray. In fact, the history of the web show probably follows a similar arc to that of the flash mob: what started out as a homegrown concept has quickly turned into a corporate hybrid, causing whatever original coolness the idea had into a quick sell-out. Oh well, time for more 'Glee'-inspired Improv Everywhere knockoffs, thanks Fox!
Still, it's hard to argue that the most popular web series last year wasn't one produced by any company, but by Fred, that hyperactive, uber-annoying kid that for some reason has almost 22 million views per month. Maybe we do need some professional help with these things, because for every "good" web series in development, there are a thousand crappy ones (look no further than FunnyOrDie to see what we mean). Still, we're dedicated to bringing you the best of what the web has to offer, and that includes the crème de la crème of internet shows. Enjoy!
CollegeHumor videos might seem a little icky if they weren't so freaking funny. Hey, at least I'm not trying to sell you on Jake and Amir... the Hardly Working series is much funnier and shows a broader range of New York's wunderkinds.
ManStyle for Details.com under their belt, but this second incarnation is cut down into easily-digestible, 90-second chunks. So instead of taking that bathroom break at work, use your time more wisely and watch '100 Seconds.'
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