Another series produced by WIGS, Lauren stars Jennifer Beals of The L-Word, Devil In a Blue Dress and Flashdance fame alongside Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars. Lauren centers around the dark and controversial subject matter of sexual abuse in the military and the reasons that some may have for wanting to cover such incidents up. A complex and emotionally-binding script brought to life by accomplished actors, Lauren rather adeptly tackles multiple points of view while uncovering insights often unique to military personnel. In 2012, Lauren's main writer, Jay Rodan, was nominated by the Writer's Guild of America for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media for his work on the show.
Like Blue, WIGS also offers two seasons of Lauren on YouTube where episodes are broken up into multiple shorts. For those with longer attention spans, season one can also be watched on Hulu in longer formats. As of this writing, season two is not yet available on Hulu, however.
Jaleel White may be this show's creator and lead actor, but make no mistake about it, main character Reggie Culkin is no Steve Urkel. Not even close. What he is is a former child actor turned Hollywood consultant. Fake It Til You Make It depicts the quintessential stereotype of a stray group of wannabes chasing dreams of celebrity and riches. Culkin leads the pack with his careless industry advice and cunning methods of lining his own pockets by any and all means.
As the show's creator and producer, White stays true to his comedic roots while portraying the ever charismatic and experienced Hollywood hustler. The situations he leads his clients toward are over-the-top, but believable by anyone who's heard stories of actors and others who are willing to do anything to make it in the entertainment business. While you'll find scattered episodes on YouTube and Vimeo, all eight episodes of Fake It Til You Make It are available on Hulu.
5. In Transit
If travel shows are your thing, then by all means check out In Transit. Making his way by foot, bus and train through Mexico and Central America on a shoestring budget, the first season of traveler Peter Bragiel's journeys will entertain you as much as give you a fresh sampling of destinations not often covered on other travel shows with far more comfortable accomodations. In subsequent seasons, Bragiel travels down the Mississippi River, makes his way across the Trans-Siberian Railway and cuts a land path across the U.S. making for one intriguing road trip after another.
Not to be confused with another web series by the same name available on YouTube, all four seasons of Bragiel's In Transit travel series can also be found on his YouTube channel under his username: PDrop. The series is also embedded on his own website InTransit.tv. Visitors to that site may also enjoy Bragiel's blog and a few other goodies stationed there.
The perfect combination of food and travel, veteran drifter Mark Wiens samples the best street food from places like Thailand, Kenya, India, Korea, and more. It's one globe-trotting meal after another on his YouTube channel where he shares delectable recipes and spicy goodness from all over the world. Born in America, Wien's childhood years were spread out over France, the jungles of the Congo, and Nairobi, Kenya, all which undoubtedly contribute to the ease with which he appears to adapt to new cultures and dishes.
While most of the videos are of Mark's mouth watering as he describes and samples an array of aromatic delights, he also has a scattering of videos where he dons a chef's hat to tutor viewers on how to make some of his favorite international meals at home. Episodes are fairly short, but there are plenty of them since Wien's has been dropping new installments at least twice a week for the past five years.
If you've ever thought about what you'd say in a sit down with your younger self (I'd tell myself to save time, steer clear of single's traps, and just head to millionairematch.com), then this series is one to watch. Starring Shiri Appleby and Chloe Cunningham, Dating Rules From My Future Self is a comedy produced by the same team who brought us the CW hit series, Gossip Girls. The show's premise is built around a young woman on the wrong dating path. The woman she will someday become, of course, knows this and begins sending her text messages offering sage relationship advice tailored just for her...since she is, after all, her.
There's a little bit of a twist between season one and season two, but there will be no spoilers here. While episodes aren't even 10 minutes long, the show's writers are able to tell a good story that gets straight to the point in each installment. Episodes are currently available on Hulu and a healthy assortment of clips can also be found on YouTube.