Over the last decade, a new phenomenon started occurring that has changed the landscape of how television shows make it to air these days. And that vehicle is today’s commonplace. The “webseries” has become not only a proof-of-concept, but a way to build an audience and a way both known and unknown content creators can showcase their abilities using this new forum. Technology is no stranger either when it comes to the success of the webseries. With full length feature films now being shot using only an iphone and an app, high quality content no longer eludes those without a budget.
With the ability now for content to have a worldwide opportunity and to be able to find an audience with virtually no limitation on time to do so, traditional platforms like networks and cable television have made the jump and created platforms of their own, a minor league if you will, to help nurture great concepts all the way to their official lineup.
One of these networks, Comedy Central, just renewed what started out as a webseries for a second season. That show is Idiotsitter. A series that originally aired on Comedy Central’s CC: Studios back in February of 2014. After building an audience and showcasing said concept, the show created by Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse was brought into the television fold in January of 2016. Digital Studios like CC: Studios are popping up everyday. Some are part of larger entities like Comedy Central, and some are running independent in hopes to be bought up by someone much bigger’s vertical.
With all of this said, we thought we’d put together a list of the eight best webseries that have been able to translate their success to television. Let the countdown begin.