The OTHER Lisa Kudrow Show, and 4 More Excellent Web-Turned-TV Shows
The Comeback and Valerie Cherish made its, well, comeback last Sunday, but did you know that Lisa Kudrow already had another show on television (beside all of those Friends reruns)? Tucked away on Showtime, the Ursula to Phoebe’s HBO, for four seasons is Kudrow’s Web Therapy, where she dishes out quick video chat therapy sessions. It started off as a web series in 2008, then Showtime picked it up. Here are four other quite good comedies that followed her path.
Before Ilana and Abbi starred in one of the year’s best shows (with comedy god Amy Poehler’s blessing), and a much more honest depiction of what it’s like to live in New York in your twenties than Girls, they went wild on their webseries of the same name for years.
Rob Corddry’s brilliantly absurd Childrens Hospital (not Children’s Hospital — that’s a very different, much more depressing show) started off as a web-only feature on Warner Brothers’ website before Adult Swim picked up the rights to the hospital drama satire.
It’s so simple and yet so brilliant: drunk people showing off their history knowledge with awesome actors, including everyone from Weird Al as Hitler to Adrianne Palicki as Kate Warne, reenacting their farfetched retellings. The series started off on Funny or Die from 2008-2010, but Comedy Central wisely picked it up in 2013, and it’s been going strong ever since.
Firefighter Ken Marino jumped on the chance to make fun of both reality and dating shows with Burning Love, the web series that currently streams on Yahoo. E!, the champion of everything wrong with the world, picked it up, hopefully as a self-aware nod to itself. Also, Marino and The Soup host Joel McHale at the company Christmas party is something I’d very much like to see.