13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best Web Series

Its ratings might not be powered by Nielsen, but whenever they post a new episode, thousands watch. Furthermore, these shows are constantly connecting with their fans through Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook and even on-air. These web series’ truly show that they would be nothing without their fans.

Finalists

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Braless with Laci Green
YouTube star Laci began as a sexpert blogger, offering frank advice to teens and young people on her show Sex+. What began as a hobby turned into speaking engagements and lectures and a variety web show with MTV called Braless with Laci Green. The show focuses on feminist politics, using pop culture and trending news as a launchpad to talk about d…
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Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey
Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey is a YouTube-based MTV News show that tackles race in pop culture, even when it’s uncomfortable, taboo, or controversial. Franchesca’s “Shit White Girls Say… To Black Girls" video hit 11 million views, which prompted MTV to tap her for a weekly show with restrained, if-you-don’t-laugh-you’ll-weep style humor. Partner…
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Honest Trailers
Since 2012, Honest Trailers has been slamming the worst and the best of film and television under the Screen Junkies YouTube umbrella, starting with The Phantom Menace and reaching their hundredth episode in May of last year with their takedown of 50 Shades of Grey. Racking up over a billion views overall, nobody is safe: the epic movie voiceover …
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Oscar's Hotel for Fantastical Creatures
Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures is a partnership with Jim Henson Co., New Form Digital, and PJ Liguori—YouTube vlogger KickThePj—whose story was selected through a YouTube incubator contest. Following the adventures of a young man sent to manage his uncle’s zany, supernaturally inhabited hotel, Oscar’s Hotel stars PewDiePie, Grace Helbig, …
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You Do You
BuzzFeed’s first scripted narrative web series is here. You Do You was released online in 2015 through weekly episodes viewable for free on YouTube and an instant full-season purchase on iTunes internationally. Following the Los Angeles-based adventures of BFF twentysomethings Quinta, Sara, Ella, and Ashly, the show tackles—in two- to three-minute…

Nominees

Cyanide & Happiness
Based on the webcomic of the same name, Cyanide and Happiness is the animated counterpart, still tackling pop culture, racism, and current events in politics with stick figures. The storylines are zany, stream-of-consciousness tales from creators Rob DenBleyker, Kris Wilson, and Dave McElfatrick, but the group isn’t afraid to air “unfunny" pieces with Depre…
Just Between Us
Allison and Gaby are the writers/creators of the comedy channel just between us. It's part sketch show, taking on single life and friendship. The dynamic is classic odd couple, with Gaby being the militant feminist free-spirited one, and Allison forever chasing the traditional settling-down life, like Los Angeles’ own Abbi and Ilana. They act as the “worst…
SnapperHero
With each episode only 100–200 seconds long, Snapchat’s first original scripted programming, SnapperHero, follows a fictional superhero and his friends and nemeses, and users get to weigh in on what superpowers every character will have. The show “aired" on Snapchat in early 2015, for 24 hours each, and then disappeared forever. “It’s like a slice of cake. …
The Hotwives of Las Vegas
Off their successful Real Housewives parody The Hotwives of Orlando, Hulu returned with The Hotwives of Las Vegas. Word has it the cast was so convincing they were mistaken for ladies of the night on the Strip while filming, a testament to their spot-on, scathing social commentary on reality shows. Viewers have cited the show allows people to get their kick…
The Katering Show
A fake Australian reality show meets a Food Network parody, The Katering Show follows “food intolerant" Kate McCartney and “intolerable foodie" Kate McClennan through angry, raunchy, screamy romps in the kitchen—sometimes they cook, but often they’re fielding questions from their audience or devolving into personal dramas. The duo uploads episodes to their …
Whine About It
To Matt Bellassai of BuzzFeed and BuzzFeed BFF, literally everything is the worst. Except Beyonce and One Direction. Whine About It episodes begin with Matt chugging a half bottle of wine before launching into a tirade, as his co-workers try to get work done in the background. The schtick grew from his annoyed-with-everything Twitter persona into a series w…

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