With so many web series out there, it's tough to figure out which are worth your time. Some are fantastic — like Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns and Billy Eichner’s Billy on the Street — however, many more fall to the wayside. In a genre of filmmaking that anyone with a web cam can contribute to, it’s no wonder many of these made-for-your-laptop shows are redundant, lewd, or just plain boring. Today a show needs to have a truly unique and interesting point of view in order to stick. Enter Trailing, which is worth the 30-second YouTube ad.
Trailing follows Steven (played by writer/creator Steven Phillips-Horst), who is a “gay anti-hero for the post-Lewinsky generation.” Set in a bourgie, NYC consulting firm, the show parodies political hysteria and office antics in a laugh out loud Veep meets The Office meets Broad City kind of way.
The show is smart and well-cast (it also features Joanna Bradley and Annarose King in recurring roles) and, as an added bonus, Steven is a major hottie who spends one episode, “Sexual Relations,” lipsynching Gretchen Wilson’s “Here for the Party” and giving us a lot of flat abs and happy trail.
As Phillips-Horst explains: “This is a show with a gay protagonist. I hope that it’s fabulous because it’s feminist, sassy and fun, and has plenty of female characters. I hope that it’s not like Looking, or The Outs, or any other show that asks us to congratulate a gay filmmaker simply for accurately reflecting the insecurities and banalities of modern homosexuality. I think being gay is an opportunity to have a more compelling perspective on the world. I don’t want to squander that, or desexualize it. At the very least, I hope my greater friend group thinks I’m cool/thin.”
Trailing premiered on April 13 and aired the final episodes of its first season on May 11, so it's perfect for some summer binge watching.
Watch the full first season at Trailing.biz. Watch the trailer for Trailing below: