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Webisode primer

By Patrick Day and Lora Victorio, Los Angeles Times staff writers

This sounds familiar: a major Hollywood strike threatens to deprive many viewers of the addicting scripted fare that we’ve all become accustomed to over the years. But never fear, as even as talks slow down between the Screen Actors Guild and television and film producers, there’s a wealth of content to be discovered outside the television set.

Through all of this town’s recent labor battles, production has continued at a fever clip the Internet. There are many good, even great, Web serials and shows out there, and we’ve compiled a few to peruse.

Cataclysmo and the Time Boys

The premise for “Cataclysmo and the Time Boys” is simple: People go back in time to change the events of the past. “Journeyman,” anyone? (
Wainy Days

This glossy Web series has a bit of " How I Met Your Mother"-like charm, some “Curb Your Enthusiasm"-inspired anxiety and some Joss Whedon-friendly song-and-dancing. David Wain, the creator and star of “Wainy Days,” has been filming Webisodes in the midst of cutting his Universal Pictures feature “Role Models,” and guests have included Elizabeth Banks, Jonah HIll and Paul Rudd. (
Clark and Michael

If you dig the offbeat humor and real-life characters on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” you’ll love the CBS Web series “Clark and Michael.” Michael Cera and Clark Duke, real-life BFFs and writing partners, play exaggerated versions of themselves. The show chronicles their efforts as they try to make it in Hollywood. Will the networks jump at Clark’s pitch for “D.A. Dad”? Watch and see. (
Goodnight, Burbank

Miss the anchor-desk barbs hurled by Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton on “Back to You?” Try “Goodnight, Burbank,” a satire of local TV news starring its creator, Hayden Black, as the pompous news anchor Gordon Winston-Smythe and a team of talented improvisors. (
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Demand for this Web-first series for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon overwhelmed its site on launch day. Neil Patrick Harris stars in the live-action comic-book musical.  (Amy Opoka)
Tim’s Dates

It might be too soon to tell, but Tim’s Dates looks like it has the unrequited-love elements of ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” minus, you know, the dead people coming back to life. Every week Tim talks about a crazy date he had and it is relived on screen. It’s got its funny moments, but like “Pushing Daisies,” the stories can be a bit bizarre. (
Abigail’s ‘X-Rated’ Teen Diary

Hayden’s Black, a former television marketing producer, props a camera on a bedside table, throws on a T-shirt and a hat, and becomes Abigail, a somewhat lonely 13-year-old girl who, thanks to a fictional medical condition, looks a lot like a middle-aged man. Black, also behind “Goodnight Burbank,” takes a ligher approach with “Abigail’s ‘X-Rated’ Teen Diary,” which is part-"SNL” skit, and part Perez Hilton.  (
Mr. Robinson’s Driving School

Missing NBC’s “The Office” might be too much for some people. Thankfully, Craig Robinson, who plays warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin on “The Office” can provide the perfect fix of funniness in Internet offering Mr. Robinson’s Driving School. The plot is straightforward (It’s about driving school!), and the episodes are hilarious. (
Satacracy 88

Bloodthirsty for a video thriller with lots of action akin to the CW’s “Supernatural”? Take a look at webisodes from Satacracy 88,. Good production values and intriguing stories (with a touch of “Alias” for good measure) contributed to this series receiving received an Emmy Award for best broadband drama. Plus, fans can choose their own endings and discuss them in online forums. (
Prom Queen TV

If you like the sex, lies and scandal on shows such as the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” watch Prom Queen TV. The 80-episode Internet show follows the lives and loves of senior high school students at Edward Adams High School. And yes, there are secrets waiting to be unraveled. (
French Maid TV

These racy but non-explicit shorts are a bit like some old-school cable access commercials. With shoestring budgets, over-the-top, cheesy humor, French Maid TV’s advertising-friendly clips are infomercials for the Web age. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)