In this time of self-distancing, there are only so many Netflix and Hulu shows to binge. So, here are five Youtube channels/shows to binge to get your mind off the pandemic.
1. Buzzfeed Unsolved
This ongoing series has spawned several quality memes, but for good reason. Split between Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime and Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural, this series features true-believer Ryan Bergara and professional skeptic Shane Madej discussing theories about unsolved mysteries and investigating the sites where these events took place. Though the Supernatural series can get a little spooky, both are generally good fun, bolstered by Bergara’s wholehearted belief in the dark and mysterious and Madej’s complete denial and mocking of everything Bergara holds true. The two main series have also created an entire spin-off network so you could probably spend your entire quarantine delving into the Buzzfeed Unsolved Network. If you’re looking for some darkly funny laughs, check out Buzzfeed Unsolved.
2. The Try Guys
The Try Guys are a group of four millennial guys, Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang, willing to try anything. They have plenty of videos where they do just that and the Internet loves them for it. From baking without a recipe to eating everything on a restaurant’s menu, the Try Guys are down for whatever adventure is thrown their way and they continue to spread positivity while doing it. The undeniable good-vibes of the Try Guys are definitely worth adding to your social distancing routine.
Another meme-worthy series, GAYLE is the brainchild of comedian Chris Fleming and focuses on the adventures of Gayle Waters Waters, a suburban mom dealing with nefarious neighbor Bonnie and an insatiable love for Greek musician Yanni. Wildly absurdist and incredibly tongue-and-creek, Fleming pokes fun at everything from Trader Joe’s cashiers to the Common Application. The series is 40 episodes long and should be watched in succession, but each episode averages around ten minutes. If you’re looking for some good-natured hilarity during your social distancing, give GAYLE a try.
4. Monster Factory
Though this series is based on the wacky character creators available in certain video games, you don’t need to know a single thing about video games to enjoy the absurdity of Griffin and Justin McElroy’s Monster Factory. What began as a quest to create the most ridiculous looking characters in video games has continued to be just that with some attempts to break the very fabric of certain games and hilarious exchanges between the two brothers thrown in throughout. A fan-favorite of the series is the Fallout 4 miniseries, where the brothers make it their goal to destroy that game from the inside-out with a seriously wacky character named the Final Pam. The McElroys’ humor is well-known throughout the Internet, thanks to their incredibly successful podcast My Brother, My Brother And Me, but Monster Factory has been a breakout hit. The series’ strength is the visual absurdity of the characters the McElroys create and is a perfect addition to a binge list during this time of social distancing and illness.
5. Hot Ones
Produced by the channel First We Feast, Hot Ones is a series of celebrity interviews with a fun twist: the celebrities and the interviewer, Sean Evans, enjoy a collection of increasingly spicy hot wings over the course of the interview. While the celebrities share interesting and fun facts about their lives and their careers, each episode usually ends with the celebrity brought to tears from the spice of the wings and struggling to finish the interview. Hot Ones proves to be a fun format for an interview-style show, but also provides all the highlights of celebrity interviews. Watching these celebrities gulp down milk while the host just watches is certainly worth a try while social distancing!