Cable? Who Needs That When You’ve Got The Internet? 10 Black Web Series Worth Checking Out
Black screenwriters and directors are no longer waiting for the stars to align, prompting Hollywood to give them a big break and a chance at being the next Spike Lee or Salim Akil. Instead, they’re taking what’s theirs and gaining national attention by pooling together the resources they do have, creating their own platforms and producing the thought-provoking content that our culture currently lacks. For a long time, the idea of a web series left many rolling their eyes as they envisioned low quality video footage, bad acting and poor scripts, but the black web series has evolved and that simply isn’t the case anymore. Today, we have the privilege of choosing from an array of quality web series with amazing scripts, talented actors and actresses, and plots so engaging that they leave some of the biggest skeptics scouring the web trying to find out when the next episode is going to drop. We all know and love Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl series, but there are plenty more amazing shows floating around the web. Check out these 10 black web series that you should most certainly consider giving a try.
Hands down, roomieloverfriends is my absolute favorite web series on the ‘net right now. The comedic plot documents the awkward relationship between roommates, Tamiko and Jay, whose relationship gets quite complicated once they find themselves in bed together one evening. The show is a product of Black & S*xy TV, creators the of popular independent film, A Good Day to Be Black & S*xy.
The Unwritten Rules
This hilarious web series is actually based on the book, 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a N*gg*r, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman. The storyline centers around Racy and her experiences as the only black employee working in a predominately white company. Although the series tackles some pretty raw and real-life issues that blacks face when dealing with their often clueless co-workers, the comedic relief that it adds to the everyday experiences is unmatched.
Another production of Black & S*xy TV, The Couple hilariously explores universal issues that almost every couple has experienced at some point or another. Due to the popularity and success of this highly relatable series, there is actually a The Couple movie in the works.
This dramatic web series directed by Ebony J. Lewis, explores how toxic lies and deceit can erode the trust in a relationship through the lens of a tumultuous relationship between characters Jay and Tracy. Comprised of heart-wrenching twists and turns, this suspenseful web series will have you addicted after one webisode.
milk + honey
Executive produced by actor Idris Elba and brown paper dolls, milk+honey creates a delicate balance of drama and comedy, while exploring the lives of four career-driven African American women in their pursuit of love, spirituality and success in Los Angeles.
A newly engaged couple’s relationship takes quite an awkward and comedic turn when they decide to reveal to one another how many sexual partners they’ve had in the past. Could you do it? After watching this web series, you might want to rethink your decision!
Brothers With No Game
This web series follows four friends and their hilariously awkward dealings with women. If you need a good laugh, this is the series for you.
Created by Al Thompson, this highly entertaining Harlem-based dramedy follows the lives of three friends at varying stages of their lives and their amusing navigation through the world of “love, life and sex.” The series offers an interesting male’s perspective on dating and love.
The Marriage Tour
This storyline follows a young couple, Denise and Brian, as they ponder the infamous question: “Should we get married?” Denise wants to, Brian doesn’t. Unable to reach common ground, Brian suggests the two go on a marriage tour where they interview various married couples, in an effort to show Denise that marriage isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
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