Bryan Singer and Felicia Day have officially brought their paranormal comedy to the web. Singer’s Bad Hat Harry studio and Day’s Geek & Sundry channel have teamed up to debut Spooked, which has arrived on both YouTube and Hulu.
Spooked was first announced in March as the latest nerd-friendly web series from Geek & Sundry, which has previously hosted Day’s influential gaming web series, The Guild, as well as a nine-episode superhero comedy called Caper. Spooked is crafted from a similar mold; as with those two series, it centers around a ragtag band of protagonists who work together despite their disparate backgrounds and values. It’s main difference is its length, as it is the first TV-length scripted series produced by Geek & Sundry.
The first episode introduces viewers to the Paranormal Investigative Team (P.I.T.) and its first two clients: A lesbian couple played by Alison Haislip and Dichen Lachman who are being haunted by the ghost of Lachman’s character’s homophobic father.
When analyzing the series’ trailer, I noted its similarity to the two other paranormal comedy web series that have received some attention over the past few months: Hulu’s Deadbeat and Yahoo’s Ghost Ghirls. In truth, while Spooked shares a common premise with those series, it contains fewer one-liners, instead opting for a much deeper level of character development and a greater focus on situational comedy. This isn’t to say Spooked is better or worse than its paranormal contemporaries, but it will definitely appeal to a different audience.
Three more episodes are slated to arrive over the next three Wednesdays.