A joint production between Brownstone Entertainment and everyone’s favorite online destination for classified advertisements, Craigslist TV is a documentary web series that profiles actual Craigslist users and their real-life exploits post-posting whatever it is they post to Craigslist.org.
The first 14-episode season debuted in March and features Los Angeles-based Craigslist users. Said users opted into the possibility of being selected for the web series when posting to the site, the good documentary filmmakers at Brownstone selected them out of tens of thousands of opt in submissions (they were receiving, on average, about 1,000 opt ins per day), and then followed around said users with a camera crew for a day or two.
The content in the first season ranges from ninjas for hire to tales from Craigslist’s famous Missed Connections section. Season two kicks off with dinner time entertainers competing for an antique accordion, while “future installments bear names like ‘Drinking Buddy,’ ‘Getting Married,’ ‘Barter King’ and Design Your Digs.’”
Personally, I prefer the web series that take Craistlist for a sardonic spin over the real-life documentary version, but Craigslist TV certainly has its moments. Those come when the featured parties don’t ham it up for the camera, but rather make it look like they could do with or without the exposure.
New installments air every Thursday through December 2 on Craigslist’s YouTube channel.