On the business side of things, Mike Michaud started out as a damned visionary. His idea of creating an online network in preparation to fend off against big TV when they finally realized how profitable the internet can be compared to relying on the dated Nielson system was absolutely brilliant. After Kickassia appeared and they officially put out the Channel Awesome brand on most of their videos, I figured they were prepped for an online take over. Their strategy? Draft more reviewers, great. The Nostalgia Critic and the first few big timers who joined (Spoony, Linkara, Angry Joe, Nostalgia Chick) established a brand for reviewing, but instead of expanding and broadening their horizons, they just drafted more people who seem to fall under the same brand. It's basically producing commercial dog food for the masses now after making a first big sale, and it isn't working. Imagine if Jarret and Geoff recruited the Pure Pwnage ripoffs to their site and promoted the hell out of them for the sake of their site's longevity. Would you call them out on losing artistic integrity? I certainly would, and that's why I'm rather dismissive of TGWTG. That's not to say that their content creators are all a bunch of hacks though. Spoony and Angry Joe are semi-regular stops of mine, and Brad Jones' side projects like Hooker With a Heart of Gold are mind bogglingly good. But the rest...? Not going to fill a Pure Pwnage gap. But that's just my own personal rant, I get kind of jaded about media.
Anyway, other shows I forgot to post before:
The Plinkett Reviews - I know, I just went on a tirade about internet reviewers and came here to recommend more of them. This is very different though, the Plinkett Reviews on Star Trek and the Star Wars prequels are just about the most hilarious and insightful things I've seen on the internet. This guy will have you dying of laughter, cringing in shock and horror, and taking notes more inspiring and technical than some things you'd pick up in film school courses. If you love movies, you have to see these.
Half in the Bag - Same people who make the Plinkett Reviews, but with contemporary films with a completely different concept. Same insight, different format.
Gigabots - Probably one of the most ridiculously amazing things on the internet. A Power Rangers riff show with giant fighting robots made out of cardboard saving a cardboard New Neo Tokyo II from other practical effects monsters. It's raunchy and hilarious, and is way underexposed. Pretty much everything else I posted found quite an audience, but this show didn't. Its first episode was quite successful on Youtube, but the others, despite being just as good didn't pick up the same number of views. Look it up, it's hilarious. While you're at it, check out everything else by the Duncan Brothers, they're great.
The Deepening: Select Your Own Adventure Edition - This is obviously not a show, but it's interactive web video at its funniest. The production values are also pretty stellar. These guys know their craft.
Penny Arcade: The Series - A web reality series about everyone's favorite web comic. I personally don't care much for the comic at all, but this show is incredible. It manages to be inspiring while also being funnier than the comic that spawned it. Maybe it's just me, but I find the creative process behind the strips to be funnier than the strips themselves.
DigitalRevTV - Photography product reviews by a quirky asian Englishman living in Hong Kong. The reviews are great if you're interested in photography or DSLR filmmaking and the guy just has a great personality. Seeing him walk the streets of Hong Kong doing street photography can be a laugh riot. Their channel also includes the The Internet's Most Talented Photographer and the Pro Photographer/Cheap Camera Challenge. Both pretty self explanatory, but both very, very good. If you check this channel out, you'll probably be surprised that it's web exclusive, it's all very well made.
EDIT: Since I mentioned it...
Hooker With a Heart of Gold - A mini-series by Brad Jones playing the old trope out in a very literal way, with a crazy scientist putting a pure gold heart into a hooker's chest after accidentally running her down with his car. If the production values were up to snuff on this, it would be a cult film, it's that well written.
There, more stuff. I have even more shows, but I seem to be getting off the narrative track here.
Edited by Wolfenbarg, 07 October 2011 - 03:47 AM.