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Many of the dishes served at dinner parties in the 50s and 60s now seem equal parts confusing and revolting, but at least one web series is making sure the kitchens of the 60s keep a spot in modern culture. Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en is a half-satirical, half-earnest attempt to keep the world of the Baby Boom housewife alive in the 2010s.

The star of Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en is Kelly Camille Patterson, who offers up recipes, party ideas, and travel tips in the guise of a big-eyed, sugary-voiced, kitschy homemaker with a permanent plastic smile on her face. Some of the episodes offer up actual advice and recipes, with viewers learning the secrets of themed cocktails, party plates, and retro fashion. Other episodes are entirely silly; one of the best installments of Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en is a musical number singing the praises of “Lime Jell-O Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise,” which sounds truly horrifying.

Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en is primarily intended as a lovingly tongue-in-cheek celebration of a bygone era, but by wrapping this satire around an actual lifestyle advice program, the series becomes far more worthwhile. You should watch it for Patterson’s Stepford-y character and stick around for the useful household tips.

OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT:

  • iNSA. Animated in the style of G.I. Joe, this series offers life tips from your always-watching friends at the NSA.
  • Friend Us. A couple must deal with their impossibly rude, uncivilized, boorish neighbors.
  • Scout & Maggie. Here’s the latest series starring a pair of roommates trying to navigate the trials of the big city.
  • Roommates. A woman must deal with her new roommates, who have unique demands and personalities.

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