Now that college has so kindly kicked you to the curb with nothing more than a piece of paper and a host of embarrassing photo tags — and since the first season of Girls ended on Sunday — you may be wondering what’s next. You’re in luck — the Internet has a few suggestions. Whether you’re freshly matriculated or just waxing nostalgic about those self-obsessed university days, these web series are a great summer binge — perfect to watch until you get a job or Girls starts up again. Whichever comes first.
Richard Kind (Spin City) and Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) lend their star power to writer Aaron Eisenberg’s biting comedy about the difficulty of parent-driven networking. At his father’s insistence, aspiring Hollywoodite Ben Hurwitz takes meetings with his dad’s industry friends, who turn out to be all sorts of awful…considering that said “well-connected” dad is a dentist.
Before Girls, there was Broad City, a bold web series about two foul-mouthed girls bopping around New York City. Upright Citizens Brigade alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer caught so much attention from their little show that Amy Poehler (who has guested on the show) is currently helping them develop the series for FX.
If you have to be unemployed, it’s best to suffer through it with friends. Twentysomething Ted (whose business card reads “actor, voiceover talent and published playwright”) and his roommates try to paint an amusing picture of post-college life, addressing the biggest question you might have: Can I still have fun? Yes, yes you can. Kind of.
James Franco co-created this web series about four filmmakers attempting to break into the industry with their student films. Though they’re still technically in college, each subject brings something inspiring and hopeful to their shared dream, and the result is a touching look at what comprises a young artist.