We receive a ton of tips every day from independent creators, unaffiliated with any major motion picture studios, television networks, new media studios, or other well-funded online video entities. The Indie Spotlight is where we’ll write about and shout out to a select few of them and bring you up to speed on the great (and sometimes not-so-great) attention-grabbing series you probably haven’t heard about until now. Read previous installments here.

Let’s be honest: Kind, well-adjusted people make for boring protagonists, and while web series characters don’t have to be jerks, negative qualities make everything that much funnier. A recent web series that understands this dynamic is Pursuit of Sexiness, which features two women who are hilariously self-absorbed.

Upright Citizens Brigade performers Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata created the series, and the fictionalized versions of themselves that lead the way care only about their respective obsessions: Nicky has a soft spot for money while Sheer can’t get enough sex. While the first episode features a pair of dates (one for each lead), it is unromantic, unsexy, and, as a result, often quite funny. The best moment: Sheer attempts to get her date to stand erect by blowing on him like a Nintendo cartridge.

Three episodes of Pursuit of Sexiness have been released so far, with Nicky and Sheer taking me-first approaches to thrifting and Facebook. Thanks to the series’ home on the UCB Comedy channel, it has gained a decent-sized audience, and there’s no doubt it deserves all the views it has received.

OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT:

  • So Awkward. This is the latest web series about the dangers, trials, and faux pas associated with online dating.
  • A-Holes Anonymous. Two girls who can’t stop dating assholes enter a 12-step program to help them curb their respective addictions.
  • The Pantsless Detective. This comedy is a parody of super-serious noir films. You can probably guess the quirk possessed by its main character.
  • Split. This soapy, melodramatic serial is centered around a contenious divorce.

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