Jerry Seinfeld, Michelle Gomez and the best web TV series to watch now

From Doctor Who's Missy to Lisa Kudrow and Mythbusters, it's not just bedroom vloggers who are making TV for the internet

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It’s not just teen vloggers making the most of YouTube. Established stars from Doctor Who’s Michelle Gomez to Friends star Lisa Kudrow are giving the world wide web what they want: more TV.

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As Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy chat show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee launches its sixth season, here are just some of the shows worth watching in between cat videos.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld sticks to the tried and tested rules of the internet, doing exactly what it says on the tin. The coffee is strong, the cars are cool and the drive to see great comedians not rehashing the same old act makes this one of the sharpest online series going.

A Seinfeld reunion with Julia Louis-Dreyfus kicks off the new run of series six today (3rd June), with Stephen Colbert, Jim Carrey, Bill Maher, Steve Harvey and Trevor Noah to come. Watch the trailer below.


Heather’s American Medicine

Imagine if Missy from Doctor Who was an agony aunt. That’s essentially what you get in this acerbic web series starring Michelle Gomez. 

Gomez’s character takes Americans’ requests for help via video, and then dishes out advice the only way she knows how – with one fanatically religious put-down at a time. Like this ‘help’ for a gay Mormon teen. “Gayness doesn’t make bairns, and bairns is what makes the world go round – or at least just fills it up a bit.”


Web Therapy

Lisa Kudrow from Friends started this improvised online series in 2008, playing a self-obsessed psychiatrist who keeps her patients safely removed from her via a webcam link. The series was picked up by US network Showtime in 2010, meaning that many of the full episodes are now blocked for UK viewers. There are still plenty of clips, though.

Friends co-stars Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc have all had guest-starring roles in the show – Jennifer Aniston is the only Friends star yet to appear.


Tested

It’s not just comedy. Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bring their science smarts to the interweb, sharing their passion for sci-fi, tech, engineering and everything in between. We’ve written why this is a fabulous use of online time before, so we’ll just leave this 40-minute long video about building a genuine Star Trek chair here to get you started.


Bitchcraft

Yes, that really is Cold Feet star Fay Ripley popping up as a witch in this odd-ball British supernatural series. A teenage girl returns home to find her mother practising weird spells in her fairy-light-infested living room.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVQ5XKgBnB4?list=PLDmSnqbQcsmntz7t6yxfL_RIX4tfwCJ5H


High Maintenance

It’s one of the best-shot series on the internet, but the High Maintenance cast aren’t exactly the most recognisable faces on Vimeo. However, the show’s co-creator Katja Blichfeld is responsible for some of the best in American comedy talent, having worked as the casting director for 30 Rock.

The story follows a New York cannabis dealer known as The Guy (played by Blichfeld’s husband and collaborator Ben Sinclair) and his random encounters with his ‘customers’ across the city which have included a cross-dressing screenwriter called Colin (played by Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens). HBO have commissioned six episodes of the web series for a TV run.


The Guild

American actress and comedian Felicia Day had her big break in this gamer comedy series, which ran for six seasons from 2007-12.

Each season is now available to watch in full on YouTube. Loosely based on Day’s life as a World of Warcraft addict, the series follows the excruciating social interactions of an online community of gamers known as The Knights of Good. Suitably geeky guest stars in season five include Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion and more, and Avengers screenwriter Joss Whedon credits The Guild for his own web series, known as…


Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

A classic in web series history, this low budget digi-musical was cooked up by Joss Whedon along with his brothers Jed, and Zack, and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen.

Neil Patrick Harris starred as Dr. Horrible, a rubbish supervillain who is constantly frustrated by his heroic nemesis Captain Hammer. Sadly the series is no longer available, but you can still buy it on iTunes – and watch the trailer below.


Between Two Ferns

The daddy of online chat shows, The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis invites his celebrity guests to talk and trade insults within the comforting frame of two humble house plants.

Zach’s awkward intimacy and the biggest names make this series Funny or Die’s most successful online show, with over 10 million views clocked up for the episode featuring US President Barack Obama.


Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge

Norfolk’s finest has been through many incarnations: radio, TV chat show, travel series and feature film. But Partridge never saw himself “hanging out ‘n’ chillin’ with the MySpace generation” until Mid Morning Matters Came Along. 

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The YouTube series was originally sponsored by Foster’s, but Sky Atlantic snapped up the rights to the series after its first run. These ‘deleted scenes’ are the only free-to-stream clips left. Guard them closely.