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Friends Like These doesn’t need much introduction. Sure, I could say that overcoming the common “roommates driving each other crazy” setup requires smooth production and slick writing, but aside from that, it’s probably best to just let the new web series talk for itself.
Friends Like These is helmed by a creator who goes by the name “J. Brooks“. J emailed Tubefilter with the subject line “an indie show that might make you chuckle while you poop,” and that just about sums up Friends Like These. The series follows four roommates–a porn director, his star actor, a med student, and a baker–through one zany scenario after another. The jokes are punchy as unrestrained. As you might have guessed from the scatological nature of J’s subject line, the humor frequently focuses on areas below the waist (and I’m not talking about feet). Thus far, two episodes have been released:
The best part of Friends Like These is Jared Vandenberg, who plays porn star roommate Nick. In a way, Vandenberg’s performance represents the series as a whole: He’s funny, deadpan, and fixated on sex. Nick’s thoughts are delivered filter-free, and while his lines may be too crude for some, they are well-crafted. Most viewers will find some laughs.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT
- Alex and Eric Live Together. A real life couple explores all the quirks and idiosyncrasies of cohabitation.
- Left Over. A nervous man earns a place on a reality cooking show.
- Firsts. This web series is aimed at a middle-aged crowd and explores various “firsts” within its central relationship.
- Losing It. The typical “young single person” web series receives a novel spin through a protagonist who is a virgin.
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