Single by 30
Independent film production company Wong Fu Productions created Single by 30, a romantic comedy series starring Glee alum Harry Shum Jr., singer-songwriter Kina Grannis, and YouTube star Anna Akana. The show ran for one season YouTube Red in which Peter (Shum) and Joanna (Grannis) recall a marriage pact they made in high school that stated they would marry if they were both Single by 30. The series is heartfelt, wholesome, and comedic, featuring a great collection of Asian American talent.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Mutant Enemy Productions' three-part web series, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, is now 10 years old. Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, the musical comedy stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Simon Helberg. The series follows Dr. Horrible (Patrick Harris), an evil genius who is determined to win the love of Penny (Day), but is constantly thwarted by hero Captain Hammer (Fillion). With a catchy soundtrack and infinitely clever dialogue and scenarios, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is an all-around favorite.
Broad City (web series)
Comedy Central's Broad City started as a simple YouTube web series from creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Like the TV series, the web series follows the two best friends (also named Ilana and Abbi) as they go about their day-to-day lives in New York City, not without humorous shenanigans and embarrassing situations. Each episode is short and sweet, demonstrating their humble and humorous beginnings.
SNL star Kate McKinnon acts alongside her sister Emily Lynne in Notary Publix, a nearly absurdist web series about notaries. Their rival notary is fellow SNL star Aidy Bryant, and the series features other SNL players. It's bizarre, wonderful, and a quick watch -- you can binge it on YouTube anytime.
Originally airing on CBS in 2009, Ctrl features Arrested Development and Veep star Tony Hale who plays a nerdy office worker who discovers he can control life itself using the functions on his keyboard -- such as hitting Control-Z, which undoes an action in his life. Based off of a 2008 short film that premiered at Sundance Film Festival, it is an incredibly unique premise with a relatable set of characters -- and only 10 episodes to cover it all.