Stream Police: The YouTube Edition

Posted in The Screening Room by - June 28, 2016

 

The last place that you would think of to find quality programming would be YouTube. I don’t want you to think of this as an insult to the various content producers, though. I have several friends who produce YouTube content. This week I’ve compiled some of the series available on YouTube, whether they be YouTube originals or classic television shows, there’s a surprising amount of content on YouTube that can offer you hours of entertainment.

As a quick addendum, I know there are a lot of shows available on YouTube with a quick search. However, this list will only feature those which are available legally and free.


The Bravest Warriors

Bravest Warriors comes from acclaimed creator Pendleton Ward, the man behind the hit Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. The Bravest Warriors follows a team of four teenage heroes who travel through space to save people and aliens from various threats. However, if you’re familiar with Adventure Time, then you should have an idea of just what to expect from Bravest Warriors. Much like Adventure Time, the characters each get their own time to shine and have become well developed as the series has progressed. With episodes ranging from fun romps to heart-wrenching, Bravest Warriors runs the full gamut of emotions. With two seasons available now and a third just wrapping production, now is a great time to check out the series and see this fantastic show from Pendleton Ward.


Bee and PuppyCat

Bee and PuppyCat is a strange show to describe. The series revolves around a young girl named Bee and her “pet” PuppyCat. While only four episodes have been produced thus far, the rest of season one was delayed due to a change in animation studios; it is an oddly charming show with a strange sense of humor. While we haven’t learned much about the title characters in the episode released, Bee seems like a good-natured young girl, if not a little single minded. PuppyCat is the most serious of the two and speaks in a language that only Bee can understand. The two work as temps for an interdimensional computer known as AssignBot, who sends them on jobs to strange planets and pays them in return.

The series has a soft style and the characters we’ve met so far all appear to be memorable in their own way. I look forward to seeing the rest of the first season and seeing just what is going to happen with these charming characters.


Happy Tree Friends

The most deceptive series on this list, Happy Tree Friends looks like a children’s show at first look, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. The episodes usually see these cute little characters meeting their end in some pretty horrible ways. If you’re okay with a little bit of blood, the show is pretty fun. The premise is absurd, but the show isn’t without its charm, especially since the characters tend to die in some pretty crazy, and frankly, hilarious ways.


Redman

Eiji Tsubaraya was a special effects master, credited with the creation of Ultraman; he also had a hand in many of the early Godzilla films and some the other films by Toho. Even after his untimely death in 1970 due to a heart attack. Even after his loss, his company, Tsubarya Productions, continued his work with many of the characters that Tsubaraya himself had helped to create. Redman is a series of shorts that aired on Japanese television in 1972. A total of 138 shorts were made with the titular Redman fighting one of the “Ultra Kaiju”, the monsters from the Ultraman series. The series is easy to watch in short bursts, and it features a lot of goofy, tokusatsu fun.


Voltron: Defender of the Universe

A bonafide classic, Voltron is familiar to anyone who’s my age or a little older, as it was a syndication stable in the mid to late eighties. Featuring a team of heroes who each controlled a robotic lion, the five lions can merge to form the mighty Voltron. Using the Japanese series, Beast King Go-Lion as a base, Voltron was brought to the US in a similar way to Robotech. Each season was an adaptation of the source material, but rather than being a translation, they were a whole new story.

This practice continued into the second season of Voltron, which was based on the series Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. Voltron itself is an entertaining show, and has since gone on to receive its own spinoffs and comic books, much like the aforementioned Robotech, and the history of the show is perhaps more interesting than the show itself. Regardless, Voltron is worth a look, and it will certainly capture the minds of children, irrespective of their age.

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He is a senior editor at Kulture Shocked. A seasoned gamer, Zach has been playing video games since the early 90s and have owned everything from the NES to the Xbox One. Aside from video games, Zach is a nerd of all trades and dabbles in everything from collectible card games to Gunpla.

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