Honestly, who needs television when you’ve got the Interwebs and dozens of outstanding web series to peruse? Today, I’m giving you a peek at three of the best series on the Internet. All three are comedies and each one has an LGBTQ aspect to it. I hope you take the time to sample these shows!
Forget Honey Boo Boo and the antics of her redneck clan. Instead, tap into the pure delight that is the Champagne family. Pretty tells the story of six-year-old beauty queen wannabe Annette Champagne. Annette, named for the famous Mousekeeter, is dealing with a rapid growth spurt and a bizarrely dysfunctional family.
There is her pageant dad Michael, a former boy band singer and a flaming queen who has yet to come out of the closet. Then there’s Michael’s uptight, born-again sister Meredith, portrayed by Criminal Minds favorite, out actress Kirsten Vangsness. There’s also Michael’s wife Ribina, who tests smoking products for a living, and Michael’s brother Ethan, who is carrying on a tawdry affair with Ribina. And, of course, there is the heart of the Champagne family, the little beauty herself, Annette, brilliantly portrayed by actress Stacy McQueen, who played a nurse on General Hospital back in the nineties.
Pretty boasts a stellar cast, including guest and recurring stints by Joan Van Ark (Knots Landing), Emma Caulfield (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer), Melissa Peterman (Reba), and Genie Francis (Laura from General Hospital).
Pretty is campy, politically incorrect, and irreverent. It is also damn funny. See the trailer here.
Remember the iconic 1970s series Charlie’s Angels? Well, Charlie’s chicks are nothing compared to the sexy sleuths that headline Chico’s Angels.
Based on a live stage show, Chico’s Angels tells the story of three bodacious babes who work for the mysterious Chico. They solve crimes, crack jokes, and lust over hot men. Lots of hot men. The angels are Kay Sedia (co-creator/writer/producer Oscar Quintero), Frieda Laye (Danny Casillas), and Chita Parol (Ray Garcia).
Interestingly, the angels have roots here in southern New Jersey. The series and stage show were co-created by actor Kurt Koehler, who grew up in Haddon Township. While Koehler is now based in California, he makes his way back to the East Coast from time to time where he appears at Tupperware parties as Cassie Rolle.
See the Chico's Angels trailer here.
Where the Bears Are
Finally, there is the newest of the web series, Where the Bears Are, which tells the story of three furry roomies whose lives are turned upside down when they discover a dead body in their bathtub the morning after a raucous party. They soon embark upon a hilarious journey to discover whodunit. As series creator Rick Copp describes, it’s The Golden Girls meets Murder, She Wrote.
Where the Bears Are stars Copp, who wrote episodes of The Golden Girls and the feature film The Brady Bunch Movie; Joe Dietl, who guested on Two and Half Men and iCarly; and Ben Zook, who recurred on Comedy Central’s Reno 911 and who wrote the recent Adam Sandler bomb Jack and Jill.
Be sure to check out the trailer for Where the Bears Are. (Contains adult content - ed.)
Are you planning to check out any of these web series? Have you seen any already? What are your picks?