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The top 10 Toronto web series

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 13, 2013

toronto web seriesThe top Toronto web series might most often encountered at 3am, when you're in pyjamas and illuminated only by your laptop screen, but that doesn't mean they're not addictive, quality programming. In fact, Toronto is home to some of the best web series in the world, having racked up nominations and awards from Paris, New York and L.A., and these homegrown web series (although not always set on the streets of the city) come with millions of views, tons of extras, production value, and well-crafted characters that could easily rival most Canadian TV shows.

Here is my list, in no particular order, of the top web series created or produced in Toronto.

Prison Dancer

Prison Dancer is an interactive musical web series inspired by the viral YouTube hit "Dancing Inmates Of Cebu." The story of 6 Filipino prisoners whose lives were changed by a dancing rehabilitation program, we follow journalist Matt Wells as he interviews and uncovers the people behind the sensation. Think a prison version of Glee. Prison Dancer has won a host of awards, was turned into a Broadway musical, and was most recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Program.

Out With Dad

Out With Dad is a family friendly (PG13) quirky drama about a teenage girl Rose (Kate Conway) and her single father (Will Conlon) struggling with coming-of-age and coming out of the closet. Tackling homophobia and heartbreaks, it's not afraid to encourage an open environment and show its support. Out With Dad is officially endorsed by PFLAG Canada, and has also been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media.

Guidestones

Guidestones is probably Toronto's best known interactive web series. Having received recognition worldwide, it was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Program or Series produced for digital media. Based on the real mystery of the Georgia Guidestones, it follows Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich) and Trevor Shale (Dan Fox), both Ryerson University School of Journalism students, as an unsolved murder starts them on a search for the truth, leading them to the mysterious monument in rural Georgia, and, of course, a conspiracy.

Microwave Porn

A live action Saturday morning cartoon for adults, Microwave Porn follows the story of humble architect assistant Dave (Ash Catherwood) and his talking, porn-addicted microwave, Allen. Together, they form an unlikely bond and traverse the urban dating scene with hilarity and perversity. Easy and fun to watch, it features guest appearances by Second City's Nigel Downer and Canadian comedy darling Nikki Payne.

Clutch

This femme fatale story follows the exploits of Kylie (Elitsa Bako), a pickpocket, who's forced to go on the run from a crime syndicate run by Marcel Obertovitch (Peter Hodgins), after her boyfriend, Matt (Matthew Carvery), betrays him. She teams up with a prostitute named Bridget (Lea Lawrynowicz) and fellow pickpocket Mike (Jeff Sinasac) to go on the offensive and rob Marcel. With sweet visuals and a great musical score, it's a fun and sometimes saucy look at the darker side of life.

Seth On Survival

Seth On Survival is hosted by supernatural survivologist (and teenager) Seth Greening (Ephraim Ellis). The goal? To give you all the supernatural resources that you need to survive in these troubled times. Episodes include survival tactics for, but not limited to: zombies, werewolves, vampires and leprechauns. You can even download the Monstrometer app for your iPhone or iPad to determine the probability of whether your friends might actually be a dangerous supernatural creature.

Sexy Nerd Girl

Sexy Nerd Girl follows the life of fictional character Valerie LaPomme (Hannah Spear), a self-professed sexy nerd girl who loves sci-fi, comics, video games, Pokemon, and sex. It covers every topic imaginable from online dating, to the friend zone, to The Hobbit.

Space Janitors

Space Janitors is a comedy/sci-fi series that follows the lives of two janitors, Mike Chet (Pat Thorton) and Darby Richards (Brendan Halloran) and their friends who serve aboard an evil, iconic space station. Complete with androids, rebellious forces, break-up drama, and the desire to better oneself, it sheds a humorous light on an otherwise stereotypically serious genre. Space Janitors is among the nominees for The Canadian Screen Awards Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media.

B.J Fletcher: Private Eye

B.J Fletcher: Private Eye centres on the shenanigans of P.I Beatrix Jane Fletcher (Lindy Zucker), and her best friend/assistant Georgia Drew (Dana Puddicombe). We follow them as they grapple with everything from going undercover to running surveillance with varying degrees of success. One of the original lesbian web series, it won the 2008 web series competition run by AfterEllen.com.

Ruby Skye P.I

Another mystery-based web series (although this one trends younger), Ruby Skye P.I is reminiscent of Harriett The Spy. It follows the detective work of smart and stubborn Ruby Skye (Madison Cheeatow) as she tries to uncover mysteries, and stops at nothing to unravel the clues. Complete with best friends, an angst-ridden older sister, and a nemesis, Ruby Skye P.I is the perfect tween show. Entirely violence-free, full of blog entries and games, it's a great classroom resource for teachers, and a show parents can feel safe about letting their children watch.

Writing by Kat Harlton

Discussion

29 Comments

evan / February 13, 2013 at 09:14 am
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Dan Goodbaum's Street Style: http://www.dadadan.com/category/style/
Mark / February 13, 2013 at 10:54 am
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Gay Nerds? Hilarious. www.gaynerds.tv
Imran / February 13, 2013 at 11:24 am
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Nat & Marie are pretty amazing. trailblazing webseries that's interviewed most major online celebrities in US and Canada. my 2 cents.
Dubs / February 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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The Straight Man, Produced by a solid crew of Toronto up and comers: https://www.youtube.com/user/StraightManWebSeries?feature=watch

Stan / February 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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Can't believe STRAIGHT MAN didn't make the list... these guys are hilarious http://www.youtube.com/user/StraightManWebSeries
FlyingMaiden / February 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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Straight Man is a really good series out of the Toronto comedy community (w/ Ron Sparks, Deb DiGiovanni, Ken Hall, etc.)

https://www.youtube.com/user/straightmanwebseries
Kat / February 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm
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I'll check out Straight Man. This was just my humble opinion, and I'm sure I missed some. I'll continue to do my best supporting the web series community. Feel free to contact me!
Erin / February 13, 2013 at 02:42 pm
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NIRVANA THE BAND THE SHOW!
Rachel / February 13, 2013 at 02:51 pm
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Nirvana The Band The Show will always and forever remain my most favourite Toronto series ever.

http://www.nirvanathebandtheshow.com
CVG / February 13, 2013 at 02:58 pm
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Space Janitors is amazing!!!
RS / February 13, 2013 at 03:18 pm
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Ruby SKy is AWESOME. Their blogs are sick. If you have a kid it's the best way to keep them occupied while learning some cool stuff.
Davis / February 13, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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Respectfully disagree. A Star Wars parody that uses Star Wars merchandise as props and the jokes are stale.
Stephanie of Wildfire Effect / February 13, 2013 at 08:43 pm
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I love articles like this one. Its the best way to get introduced to the best of the best. Thank you ...I've got alot of screen time ahead!
Jake / February 13, 2013 at 09:20 pm
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How could you guys skip out on Ultimate Fan Fights?!?!

http://youtu.be/i_BVqa4gpdM

C'mon!!
Natalie / February 13, 2013 at 09:57 pm
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plcp&;v=l1-PzoW01PQ
Mani / February 14, 2013 at 02:34 am
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Nirvana The Band is by far the best web series I have ever seen.
Jim / February 14, 2013 at 03:08 am
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I don't think you guys get it. All of these series have millions of hits. Straight man has a few thousand. It's ok, but definitely not in the same ranks.
Victoria Murdoch / February 14, 2013 at 03:14 pm
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YAY! So happy to be included with the Microwave Porn team! What a great write-up!
Thanks!
Elizabeth / February 15, 2013 at 06:36 pm
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So happy BJ Fletcher made it into the top 10!!! Congrats! It is so well written, tongue in cheek, quirky, with great plot lines. A very lot accomplished in a very little time with very little budget. Check it all out.
heather / March 1, 2013 at 06:34 pm
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omg what about LIVING WITH FRIENDS best comedy/sci-fi/thriller webseries in the country!! ! ! !!
http://livingwithfriends.com
heather replying to a comment from heather / March 1, 2013 at 06:34 pm
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not only Toronto, Ontario.
heather replying to a comment from heather / March 1, 2013 at 06:35 pm
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though space janitors is pretty tight.
Orlando moving companies / April 11, 2013 at 12:57 am
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Nice blog here! Also your website loads up fast!
What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol
Jessica Kennedy / September 11, 2013 at 02:48 pm
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Check out a FUNNY web series, written and directed by FUNNY WOMEN! www.youtube.com/JillandJennySeries
Brad / September 15, 2013 at 09:27 am
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I obtain really annoyed with a lot of junk article filling up the search outcomes - many thanks for writing for your readers rather compared to search engines
Tomas / October 27, 2013 at 01:20 pm
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Hey Kat, love the list. New show you might not have seen yet. "Kid's Town". Give it a look-see.
Damien Dornford / October 31, 2013 at 02:54 pm
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Here's a fun new original webseries you would enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/thePokeFolks
Kat / December 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm
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Thanks for all the new suggestions! will check the out!
Johnny / June 4, 2014 at 02:56 pm
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The Amazing Gayl Pile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhs-mSSYvMM&;list=RDVhs-mSSYvMM#t=4

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