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There’s a new dark comedy centered around offbeat characters in a prison, and I’m not talking about Orange Is The New Black. Chicago-based Backyard Adventure Club is behind Greetings! From Prison, a web series now available on Vimeo.
Each episode of Greetings! From Prison focuses on a particular inmate as he visits with a family member or friend from the other side. Each interaction can be summed up in a line or two, as the actors are given ample room to build out funny dialogues that make each episode shine. In the first installment, a doting mother treats her son’s incarceration as a four-week trip to summer camp, only to turn on him after a game show-related faux pas:
I’ve already mentioned Orange Is The New Black, and as with Netflix’s superb original series, Greetings! From Prison does a good job of culling its characters from all points of the spectrum. They are young and old and black and white. This brings a nice variety to the episodes that compels viewers to watch all of them, not just one. Right now, that run includes seven installments, with three more to come. Get on it.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT
- Dookie Squad. A web series that follows an unloved-but-important janitorial crew.
- Portions. A channel that releases short films which encapsulate slice-of-life moments. This episode takes place during an awkward interview.
- VAIN. A spoiled international superstar lives up to his titular characteristic.
- Don’t You Think? Comedian Jared Logan takes on the awkward talk show format.
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