Reddit Debuts Original YouTube Series

The new series is based off the popular thread "explain like I'm five."

Just in case you need another reason to visit Reddit: The popular online community became the latest site to debut its own original programming on Monday, posting the first three episodes of its new web series Explain Like I'm Five. The series, which is based one of the site's popular threads, began with episodes explaining the conflict in Syria, Existentialism and Friedrich Nietzsche, and the stock market.

The series, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is funded by YouTube.

"For us, it’s more about encouraging the Reddit community and bigger community of producers, filmmakers and animators out there to create content, video, web series, shows ... based on Reddit content," Reddit General Manager Erik Martin told the Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Brendan Biryla

    Redditors have the attention span of a gif. Anything longer than 60 seconds is too long.

  • O2

    wow how simple: when French left, bad things started to happen. Are Syrian people nice - well, some are trying to be. Such arrogantly misinformed brainwashing operation. 

  • Davison

    Also, at first I thought this series is off-brand for Reddit, being that they take pride in their intellectualism and this series simplifies things, but then I realized that this series captures perfectly the perpetual condescension of Redditors. BRAVO!

  • Davison

    This is where I laugh and say that I created a whole series of reply videos based on Reddit's content on one of my YouTube channels and had my Onehundredjobs Reddit account BANNED for doing so. Reddit hates replies in the form of videos, apparently. Also, Reddit has a very complicated relationship with user generated content and often considers submitting your own content spam. Therefore, I find it highly amusing/odd that Erik Martin claims that he wants YouTube creators to make more videos based on Reddit content. I also have used Reddit as a source of inspiration for my series LOLpervs for a while, with some success on YouTube, but of course to the derision of Reddit when I submit the videos to their site.