Best web series on the internet: five shows to watch online
Zombie drama Flight 462 joins the list of shows sidestepping TV to find new audiences
Fear the Walking Dead's web spin-off Flight 462 is now available to UK fans, joining a long list of internet series for those who like to get their entertainment fix online. We look at five of the best:
Fear the Walking Dead, a prequel to AMC's popular horror drama series The Walking Dead, is set in the early days of the zombie apocalypse as people gradually become aware of the impending collapse of civilisation. Spin-off Flight 462 is a 16-episode series of one-minute instalments, eight of which are already available on AMC's web page. It weaves a tale of terror as a zombie attacks passengers flying 300ft up in the air. The sole survivor will join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead for season two. A new one-minute instalment will be released every Monday on AMC UK's Facebook page, leading up to the return of Fear the Walking Dead on AMC and BT on 11 April.
Husband-and-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld created this web series about The Guy (played by Sinclair), who delivers marijuana to clients in New York City. Each episode varies from five to 15 minutes in length and acts as a study of a character or set of characters, ranging from a neurotic personal assistant to two housemates with a rodent problem and a lonely man who depends more on The Guy's company than his weed supply. Available on Vimeo, the show has been such a hit that HBO has commissioned six television episodes to premiere this year. Emily Nussbaum in The New Yorker calls it "a shoebox that opens into Narnia".
Comedians in Cars Having Coffee
While many thought had retired after the long and phenomenally successful run of his self-titled comedy series, Jerry Seinfeld has actually been busy working on his own web show. The surprise hit, which has been viewed more than 100 million times, features him selecting a vintage car for a special guest, who is usually, but not always, a comedian – US President Barack Obama has joined a guest list that also features Ricky Gervais, Amy Schumer, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell. The duo then drive off for coffee and an unscripted chat of between 15 and 20 minutes. Martin Chilton in the Daily Telegraph admits some may find it a bit self-indulgent, but says Seinfeld's humour is "very appealing and all the guests have been likable".
For anyone who has ever struggled with a downward dog, this series offers a giggle and a sigh of relief. The six-episode comedy was created by Summer Chastant, who plays a yoga teacher from New York who moves to Los Angeles to get her life on track but is met with a cold reception from the image-obsessed LA yoga community. In The Independent, YogaBellies founder Cheryl McDonald called the series "hilarious".
If Google was a Guy
Imagine if every time you typed a stupid question into Google's search engine you were actually asking a real person. That's the simple but surprisingly successful concept behind this mini web series from College Humour. In the two-minute snippets, a queue of people ask a weary looking man, who resembles a middle-aged college professor, a series of weird, annoying or embarrassing questions ranging from the meaning of life to smutty pictures of college girls. The popular series was nominated for a Webby Award.