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A Day In The Life

21 March 2012

He looks surprised to find the cameras there. Seconds later, he killed them.

I’ve caught a couple of episodes of Hulu’s “A Day in the Life” recently, and I’m digging it. Sure, the concept may be a familiar one — here’s a celebrity, let’s follow him or her around for a day! — but it’s a very well-done show, and the people the producers choose are always more interesting than just the garden-variety celebs (there’s not a Kardashian in sight). This week, for example, they profiled Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who I did a blog post sometime last year about (I may have admitted to having a man-crush on him).

So, yeah, it’s a pretty good show, and I recommend it, blah, blah. But that’s not the important thing. If you click on the image above, you’ll notice that it’s a Hulu Original Series. It’s not the first one (I remember something about following some annoying, pretty kids on their path to stardom or somesuch crap), but that makes it even more special. It’s a network series… without a traditional or cable network behind it. It’s a full, half-hour documentary program produced especially for mass viewing on the Internet. And I think that’s very cool.

Don’t get me wrong, there are other series out there, ranging from vlog-quality stuff to actual cohesive shows (Movies You May Have Missed is a great example of the latter, and they’re closing in on 150 episodes). But these shows have mostly been produced by individuals. The Hulu Original Series are the first ones I can think of where a company actually sees the benefit of producing TV for the Web only (granted, it’s a company that shows TV shows on the Internet, but…)

I’m hoping this is the beginning of a trend, and I’m also interested to see how it stacks up to the more independent stuff. So, what Web-only series have you seen that were great? What have I missed?

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