2013 was a big year for web TV. Netflix and Amazon released great (and good) shows, and the indie space has never been more exciting and diverse.
Why should you care about indie TV? For one, because cable TV is getting more expensive after channels like FX and AMC started using original shows to argue for higher fees from providers like Dish and Comcast. Even if you cut the cord, that too is getting pricier, because providers, eager to raise cash, are starting to charge you more money for watching too much Netflix.
In a world where you can’t watch every season of “Scandal” on Netflix without getting charged for clogging up the network, indie TV matters more than ever. There are still a lot of great stories to be told outside of major networks, and it’s our job to show media corporations and legislators how much innovation happens on the web, so we can keep it neutral and open.
The Year’s Best Drama Web Series You Missed: Whatever this is.: Work Is Hard, Life Is Too
I’ve written a lot about “Whatever this is.” the most important web drama of the year. Sure, “House of Cards” can afford to be luxurious and operatic, and “Orange Is the New Black” revived diverse, character-driven storytelling, but “Whatever this is.” tries for both, mostly succeeds, and it’s pure indie.
Following “The Outs,” writer Adam Goldman and cinematographer Jay Gillespie brought back the team for this affecting look at twenty-something Brooklynites trying to make it in entertainment. I know. That sounds like a lot of web series. It is.
Whatever this is’ first season finale, “Broke“
But “Whatever this is.” is different. Not only because of its scale – each episode is just under 30 minutes, which gives the story time to breathe. It’s not only that it’s beautifully shot, featuring strong writing and acting. It’s because it addresses the reality of our media today, and, in turn, or our economy.
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