Web Originals TV Shows

When the web was young, the idea of original television programs produced exclusively for viewing via the internet was novel. In the 1990s, video streaming was a new technology, and bandwidth was not easy to come by, a situation that made web-only television a challenging prospect at best. That didn't stop producers from creating original web series, however, and 20 years later, media commentators are nearly universal in predicting that web-exclusive content will play a major role in the future of television.

The very first web-only series were produced in the mid-90s, when independent producers and web publishers began making short films for distribution entirely via the web. These early series were available either directly from the producers, web sites, on video sites like YouTube, or both. Some of these series gained a substantial following, but the DIY nature of web production largely kept them away from the mainstream spotlight.

Eventually, the relatively low cost and easy distribution of web series began to draw the attention of big-name mainstream producers. Series like Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, which was written and directed by Avengers director Joss Whedon and starred Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion, brought big-budget credibility to web-exclusive programming.

By the second decade of the 21st century, web series from independent producers were proliferating, and mainstream producers had acknowledged the advantages of web-exclusive programming. Major content providers began to develop and produce mainstream series for distribution only via the internet. High-profile, big-budget series were produced by Netflix and Hulu, and for the first time, web-only series were produced and promoted with budgets on a par with traditional broadcast television series.

Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Chosen
Chosen
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
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High Maintenance
High Maintenance
Lilyhammer
Lilyhammer
The Ropes
The Ropes
Transparent
Transparent
Other Space
Other Space
Wishenpoof!
Wishenpoof!
Total Eclipse
Total Eclipse
Planet of the Apps
Planet of the Apps
Decoded
Decoded
Monster High
Monster High
Star-ving
Star-ving
Battlefield Friends
Battlefield Friends
Anyone But Me
Anyone But Me
Talent
Talent
Braless
Braless
PewDiePie
PewDiePie
Wendy
Wendy
Zombieland
Zombieland
Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Awkward (Web Original)
Awkward (Web Original)
Dating Rules from my Future Self
Dating Rules from my Future Self
Big Brother: Over the Top
Big Brother: Over the Top
All Stars
All Stars
Betas
Betas
Browsers
Browsers
Playing It Forward
Playing It Forward
The After
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Brunch With Tiffany
Brunch With Tiffany
Prank Academy
Prank Academy
Greenhouse Academy
Greenhouse Academy
VICE News
VICE News
Ctrl
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On Cinema
On Cinema
FLDetours
FLDetours
Momentum
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Buried Alive
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Battleground
Battleground
Dorm Life
Dorm Life
Bobby Flay Fit
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Ghostfacers
Ghostfacers
2/8 Life
2/8 Life
Warehouse 13: Of Monsters and Men
Warehouse 13: Of Monsters and Men
Most Popular on YouTube Right Now
Most Popular on YouTube Right Now
Disney XD by Maker
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Red Band Trailer
Red Band Trailer
The Line
The Line
The First 24
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Criss Angel: Trick'd Up
Criss Angel: Trick'd Up
The LXD
The LXD
Creative Galaxy
Creative Galaxy
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street
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Those Who Can't
Those Who Can't
Tumble Leaf
Tumble Leaf
Held Up
Held Up
Keeping it Rich with Sakina
Keeping it Rich with Sakina
Epicurious
Epicurious
Decisions, Decisions
Decisions, Decisions
Trend Watch
Trend Watch
The Esquire Digital Man
The Esquire Digital Man
Squire Rushnells Godwink Stories
Squire Rushnells Godwink Stories
PINK The Series
PINK The Series
Summer Kitchen
Summer Kitchen
ELLE Beauty Expert
ELLE Beauty Expert
ELLE Behind the Cover
ELLE Behind the Cover
Cosmic Journeys
Cosmic Journeys
Weekends
Weekends
Good Cops
Good Cops
Raising The Bar
Raising The Bar
Green It. Mean It.
Green It. Mean It.
The Hidden Secrets of Magic
The Hidden Secrets of Magic
IndieFlix Shorts
IndieFlix Shorts
First Day 2: First Dance
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Up To Speed
Up To Speed
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM Voices
Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM Voices
Food2
Food2
John Woo Presents: 7 Brothers
John Woo Presents: 7 Brothers
@katiecouric
@katiecouric
Players Network
Players Network
Animation Domination High-Def Shorts
Animation Domination High-Def Shorts
The LoveFeed
The LoveFeed
Woke Up Dead
Woke Up Dead
Wired
Wired
Kidz Star USA
Kidz Star USA
Dew Underground
Dew Underground
Free Period
Free Period
Men.Style.com
Men.Style.com
Top 5 Report
Top 5 Report
Let's Big Happy
Let's Big Happy
The All-For-Nots
The All-For-Nots
The Cleanup Crew
The Cleanup Crew
Valemont
Valemont
GOO RU STYLE
GOO RU STYLE
Rapt
Rapt
Best of Penn Says
Best of Penn Says