Take My Wife (Seeso, Aug. 11)
Comedian Cameron Esposito got married last year, and we’re about to find out how that’s all going: Take My Wife stars Esposito and her real-life wife, Rhea Butcher, also a comic. The couple play versions of themselves, and the series documents their domestic bliss as well as the standup showcase they run together —like they do in real life!
HarmonQuest (Seeso, July 14)
This part-animated, part-live-action comedy from Dan Harmon, the creator of Community, was adapted from a segment on his podcast, Harmontown. Last year, Harmon and comedians Erin McGathy, Jeff B. Davis, and Spencer Crittenden, filmed ten episodes of this live-action role playing series in front of a live audience; on HarmonQuest, the Dungeons & Dragons-like tales are animated. Special guests include Paul F. Tompkins, Aubrey Plaza, and Ron Funches.
Filthy Preppy Teen$ (Fullscreen, streaming now)
Created by The League’s Paul Scheer, along with Jonathan Stern and Curtis Gwinn, Filthy Preppy Teen$ first aired as a TV special for Adult Swim in 2013, then called Filthy Sexy Teen$. The name change likely has something to do with the porn-y connotations of the latter title, but don’t worry — Filthy Preppy Teen$ is simply a spoof of rich-kid dramas like Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl.
The Amazing Gayl Pile (Seeso, June 28)
The first season of this Canadian-made web series about “one man’s misguided quest to conquer the world of home shopping” premiered on the YouTube channel JASH back in 2014, and it’s back for two more seasons on Seeso in June. Set behind the scenes at a fictional home-shopping channel, The Amazing Gayl Pile’s deranged brand of comedy bears traces of Tim & Eric’s basic-cable aesthetic.
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (Fullscreen, streaming now)
A cousin of Filthy Preppy Teen$, the real-estate reality-show spoof Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, created by Kulap Vilaysack, will probably speak to Los Angelenos more than anyone else. But if you’ve ever gotten lost in the dreamscapes of Million Dollar Listing — or hell, any TV show in which the characters’ gorgeous homes steal every scene — you’ll appreciate the backstage drama at the fictional Platinum Realty.
The Outs (Vimeo, streaming now)
I’ll be honest: The Outs is overrated. A Vimeo original series that’s been kinda-accurately described as the gay Girls, The Outs centres on two gay friends (and exes) living in Brooklyn and trying to negotiate a treacherous dating scene. If it sounds a little familiar, well, it is, but the show, which boasts decent production values and music courtesy of local bands, was lauded when the first season came out in 2012 (the second was released back in March). Maybe that just goes to show how far web series have come since then — or the persistent lack of variety on TV when it comes to depictions of non-heterosexual relationships.
Lonely and Horny (Vimeo, streaming now)
Another Vimeo original, Lonely and Horny is the latest from comedy duo Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, who played versions of themselves for eight years on the popular CollegeHumor web series Jake and Amir. Lonely and Horny stars Blumenfeld as Ruby Jade, an L.A. geek who enrols in a pick-up artist class taught by Hurwitz’s Josh.