The standard of online web series' has exploded to new heights over the past few years. Karl Puschmann shares the funniest shows you won't find on television.
The world wide web is now a valid channel for watching television. Over the past few years the internet has exploded with people making their own TV shows and posting them online.
And we're not just talking enthusiastic amateurs and out-of-work drama graduates with an iPhone either - although, yes, there is a fair amount of that going on.
But some of the biggest names in television have eschewed the rigours of full production network series in favour of something more immediate and manageable.
Web series' differ from broadcast series in a couple of important ways; when people are online they tend to have the attention span of a sleep deprived ADD amoeba, so webisodes tend to be brief, quick affairs.
Secondly, with no barrier to entry there is a lot of dross to sift through. On the flipside, a lot of extremely talented people are now making web series' and putting them out there.
The experimental, no rules nature of the form is allowing art to finally beat commerce in the television space and many shows are highly idiosyncratic.
No matter what you're into, someone, somewhere will be making a show about it; be it documentaries, teen drama, or confessional reality. I like pop culture and laughing so that's what the shows I watch on the regular tend to be about.
So, to get you started, here's a bunch of what I think are the funniest television shows not currently on television.
Cue the laugh track ...
The Pitch: Watch two people get coffee. One of which is Jerry Seinfeld.
Jerry Seinfeld has gone from a show about nothing to a show so incredibly specific its title tells you everything you need to know. Seinfeld and a comedian buddy go out for a cup of joe and discuss ... well, whatever comes up really.
Hardly an adroit interviewer, Seinfeld's breezy, detached nature still seems to get his fellow comedians to open up. Funny and frequently fascinating, essential episodes include a bizarro adventure with Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards (Kramer), a confessional coffee with Sarah Silverman and a seafaring jaunt with ship captain, Louis CK.
Watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
The Pitch: Tales of flat life in the big smoke; Auckland (New Zeland).
Flat 3 is the critical darling of the local web series scene. And with good reason. It's got high production values, relatable characters and lol-heavy storylines. The show follows three 20-something flatmates as they negotiate the usual 20-something dilemmas. And while that scenario sounds a little played out, the show is fast paced and snappy, and more than willing to spin its likeable characters into weird or awkward situations (frequently both).
The question is; why isn't this on actual television? Surely, it's only a matter of time.
Watch Flat 3.
Do you watch any webseries, ONTD?