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Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

This Year In Web Videos: A Big Fat 2012 Recap

It seems like just a year ago that I was writing to all of you recapping 2011's web series, because it was a year…almost exactly.

Now, here we are in the home stretch of 2012, and it's time to think about all the things that the Internet has given us lo these many months — the stars it's birthed, the jokes it's broadcast, the dreams it's made come true. Most of all, it's time for a little holiday relaxation time during which you'd be remiss if you didn't go back and take a second look at the all the funny things so many talented people poured their hearts into in this, the year of the Mayan apocalypse. Celebrate our survival, celebrate the season, celebrate some of the best web series around.

Until 2013, dear Splitsider readers. Until 2013…

  1. I Wanna Have Your Baby
  2. Why you should watch again: Fantastic premise.

  3. Paul Solomon: Chronicles of Love
  4. Why you should watch again: Very few things in this life are better than a funny music video.

  5. The Untitled Web Series That Morgan Evans Is Doing
  6. Why you should watch again: The only thing more difficult than being consistently funny is being consistently poignant and funny.

  7. The Real Housewives of South Boston
  8. Why you should watch again: Reality show parodies are overdone, but this one will teach you to love them again.

  9. Baby Big Body
  10. Why you should watch again: When you blend babies and infomercials, you get magic.

  11. The Honest Bachelor
  12. Why you should watch again: Never underestimate the power of star…power. David Spade is back! Sort of, in this sketch at least.

  13. I Hate Being Single (IHBS)
  14. Why you should watch again: If you like Seinfeld, you’ll LOVE I Hate Being Single. You’ll also like Seinfeld.

  15. How to Make a Situation About You
  16. Why you should watch again: Nothing hits harder than comedy satirizing the worst elements of human social interaction.

  17. Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice Show Recap
  18. Why you should watch again: Mike O’Gorman knows a thing or two about  impersonations.  He actually knows like a million things about them, I undersold him quite a bit back there.

  19. Ted and Gracie
  20. Why you should watch again: It’s creepy and that means it’s working.

  21. Beer Goggles
  22. Why you should watch again: Gender norm reversal, also it’s hilarious.

  23. Howard Gets an Interview
  24. Why you should watch again: Characters, characters, characters will make even the most overdone settings (read: office) feel fresh…if said characters are strong. They are in this case.

  25. The Roadie with Danny McBride
  26. Why you should watch again: Danny McBride plays a Kenny Powers-esque roadie for Tenacious D.  You know you want to watch this again, so just do.

  27. PoolJumpers
  28. Why you should watch again: It’s part of the holy grail of genre parody.

  29. Your Dad’s Friends
  30. Why you should watch again: Deft generational commentary.

  31. I’m 24
  32. Why you should watch again: Specific jokes are funny jokes.

  33. First Look Ultimate Teaser
  34. Why you should watch again: Another wonderfully structured genre parody featuring big names.

  35. Incognito
  36. Why you should watch again: Strong use of a procedural format—a difficult feat in short-form web series.

  37. Funny or Die’s “New Woody Allen Trailer”
  38. Why you should watch again: Top-flight impressions.

  39. Bathroom Thoughts
  40. Why you should watch again: If you want your audience to laugh, make sure they can relate to the things you’re making fun of. Everyone talks to himself in the bathroom mirror. It don’t get more relatable than that.

  41. Skit Box
  42. Why you should watch again: Sketch comedy like only the Aussies can make.

  43. Someecards.com
  44. Why you should watch again: This one puts the “man on the street” back in “man on the street”.

  45. Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
  46. Why you should watch again: When the richest, most famous comedian of all time starts making web series, you know there’s been a major cultural shift in the way we get our laughs and you should pay attention.

  47. Homo Thugs
  48. Why you should watch again: Simple and hilarious.

  49. Couple Time
  50. Why you should watch again: Brave in its reluctance to format, and now it’s a FOX pilot, so…

  51. I’m Too Fragile For This
  52. Why you should watch again: Smart writing.

  53. PHIL
  54. Why you should watch again: Gross out humor in a highbrow way.

  55. Lady and the Damp
  56. Why you should watch again: Bad improv’s horrible to watch. This is the opposite of that.

  57. Other Mothered
  58. Why you should watch again: Writing what you know really does work, especially if you’re a parent writing about passive aggressive moms.

  59. Bob Wins an Award
  60. Why you should watch again: Can’t beat production values.

  61. Lizzie and Ali, A (Mostly) True Story
  62. Why you should watch again: Funny female duos are as funny as male duos any day of the week. I see you Cera, I see you J-Hill.

  63. Ground Game
  64. Why you should watch again: It’s like watching Veep, only on the web and not on HBOGo or anything, because it’s not actually Veep. Same feel though, seriously.

  65. Kicking Dan Out
  66. Why you should watch again: Self-deprecation is a comic’s most powerful weapon.

  67. Waco Valley
  68. Why you should watch again: Maybe the single smartest web series format around.

  69. Hipster Thanksgiving
  70. Why you should watch again: Beautiful exploitation of a tent pole event.

  71. Sugarboy
  72. Why you should watch again: Visually stunning, conceptually genius.

  73. Window Dressing
  74. Why you should watch again: Refreshingly filmic.

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