Original Content: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A look at some of the new series on YouTube's channel rollout

Digs, Meredith Video Studios 

DIY-centric programs like Ready, Set, Celebrate (instructions for throwing offbeat soirees like a “We Hate the Kardashians Party”), Craft and Burn (a sort-of-scripted series about a destructive crafting habit) and Extreme Craft Challenge (ever wondered how to make a macaroni portrait of Stephen Colbert?) may look like they were made by an intern with an iPhone, but their very likable stars and unserious vibe make them highly watchable. Call it deranged HGTV for the ADHD set.

Hello Style, Hearst Magazines 

Hearst’s stable of fashion titles is impressive, but their brand power doesn’t carry over to this throwaway channel. Series like Fashion Mission and Beauty Smarties Showdown are lacking in spark—think Style network, circa 2001—while Visible Panty Lines is so snarky as to be borderline offensive. Who really wants to watch adults trash the wardrobe of a preteen starlet?

The Intelligent Channel, Intelligent Television 

Ever thought that watching YouTube could make you feel smart? Neither did we. But compelling shows like Richard Belzer’s Conversation, in which the actor gets all James Lipton on everyone from his SVU co-star Ice-T to documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, let you zone out on the video channel without feeling like you’re wasting time.

American Hipster, Seedwell 

Yep, this exists. Imagine a bunch of middle-aged men trying to come up with stuff hipsters like. Here’s what you get: Max Movie Reviews, starring a German baby with ironic glasses; Hipster Grandmas, in which two actors dress up like clueless oldsters; and American Hipster Presents, which delves into hipster-approved subjects like humane bison farming. It’s so bad that it’s almost good.

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