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Why Web Series ‘Plus One’ Is The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

First of all she’s straight, and I’m not doing that again”

This line, said by Alex in episode three of Plus One, is certainly a familiar statement.

As queer folk, we know that straight women are a no-go zone. We tell each other that they’ll break our hearts, that they’ll leave us lonely and we should avoid them at all costs. We should doubly avoid them if they’re dating our male best friends too.

Sadly for Alex, being the lead character in a web series means that some drama is always set to go down and in Plus One, drama’s name is Holly.

She’s beautiful, funny, talks about being ‘fluid’ and she’s looking at Alex like she wants to shack up with her, adopt five cats (named after the core L Word cast, natch), and get matching plaid shirts with ‘Hers’ and ‘Hers’ embroidered on the lapel.

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The problem is, Holly is dating Ben and Ben’s head over heels for her. So what’s a lovestruck lesbian to do?

The answer, you’ll see, is to go for it anyway. The morals are murky but the hearts-in-eyes are apparent and so just like Kate, Alex’s sidekick and bestie, you’ll be encouraging her to go for it, giving in to what her heart wants even if it’ll lead to hurt feelings, frosty silences and repeated ‘what the f—ks!’ in raised voices.

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From that description, you’ll understand that Plus One is a little tropey and its story is familiar to anyone who has watched any popular media featuring gay people in the past decade (e.g The L Word season one) but that’s not a bad thing.

Plus One is a real shippers’ delight; as Holly and Alex fall for each other, you fall for their relationship too, despite its position in the grey area.

There will be cheers and whoops and maybe even a few happy tears watching these two get together and it’s also why Plus One’s five episodes (which are about 10 minutes apiece) are perfect binge watch material.

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And even when Plus One isn’t kicking your heart to Mars and validating all of your straight crushes (because yes we’ve all had them), it’s laugh out loud funny too.

Call me cold, or missing a funny bone, but there aren’t a lot of shows that can make me laugh, but this one did that several times, even when I re-watched and knew that the jokes were coming.

Dannielle Owens-Reid and Mo Welch’s writing is truly on point and Barb (Kate’s girlfriend – although Kate is reluctant to admit it) is one of the single funniest characters I’ve ever witnessed on screen.

Plus One comes highly recommended then, though I do have a few criticisms. For example, the audio in some of the kitchen scenes (along with the aforementioned “first of all she’s straight” scene) is a little off and in a very small amount of scenes, the camera is also a little shaky.

Also, I definitely would have liked more episodes of Holly and Alex’s will they/won’t they dynamic, since half of the fun is watching your favourite characters free fall in like with each other, but hopefully Plus One will get a season two that delivers more sappy moments between them.

Plus One can be seen exclusively on One More Lesbian/Tello. Subscriptions are only $4.99 a month, which isn’t a lot to support queer made and produced content.

Why Everyone Should Watch #Hashtag, a Hilarious Web Series About Modern Life

Let it be said that the digital age is an absolute blessing. Thanks to the Internet people have found work, people have access to incredibly important information, people have found fame and with apps and sites like OkCupid and Tinder you no longer have to guess someone’s sexuality and if you stand a chance, making that famous scene from The L Word a true relic from the past.

But the Internet poses plenty of problems too. What happens when your online relationships get complicated and spill out into real life? What happens when you learn something you shouldn’t (or something you really didn’t want to know) because someone likes to overshare on social media?

These are the very questions that #Hashtag, a queer web series from tellofilms, answers in hilarious, captivating style. Series two of #Hashtag premiered on Sunday the 18th of January following a popular debut last spring and we can confirm that it was very much worth the wait.

The new series opens with best friends Liv (Laura Zak) and Skylar (Caitlin Bergh) in a bit of a pickle. Liv is all loved up with Tash (Marnie Alton) and they’re adorable together (all of Liv’s Instagram followers think so) but is Liv really ready for the commitment? Meanwhile, Skylar definitely wasn’t ready to commit with ex-girlfriend Miriam (Amy Thompson) after a kiss with Rose sent their relationship skittering down the toilet. Skylar does have a burgeoning career on her hands though as her Vine videos (as #couchgirl) are beginning to take off.

But even as it all goes to pot, just like the characters in tellofilms’ other web series Rent Controlled, you really feel for Liv and Skylar and if you’re not dying to give them a hug, you’re laughing at their tragedy (e.g the scene in the first episode where Skylar cries dramatically in the bathtub) or relating to them immensely (e.g when Liv just wants to ditch all responsibility, eat snacks and watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix).

It makes for brilliant, captivating viewing and you’ll be dying to know what happens – whether the two will get their acts together or if you’ll have to watch them spiral for a little longer.

And even the supporting characters of Jo (Stefanie Sherk) who is Liv’s online friend and Emily (Remy Maelen) who has a boyfriend but is exploring the girl/girl scene thanks to their newly open relationship, provide great entertainment.

It’s very rare that you get a series where you genuinely care about all of the characters and storylines unfolding on screen but with #Hashtag series two you do actually end up rooting for everyone, which is a pleasant surprise.

The only downside to the show is that its nine episodes air weekly and come out every Sunday (the last episode of the season airs on March 15th) rather than being released all at once. However, the anticipation is most definitely worth it.


Visit the tellofilms website to watch #Hashtag now.

#‎Hashtag‬ – The Lesbian Web Series We Can’t Stop Watching

So, there’s a lesbian web series on the market called ‪#‎Hashtag by tellofilms, that we can’t get enough of.

Season 1 started at the beginning of 2014, and now tello has announced the launch of the next season, which starts in January. Hurrah and Happy New Year!

The web series follows the love lives of two social-media obsessed best friends, Liv and Skylar, from Chicago. The technology crazed duo rely too much on Instagram, Twitter, and OKCupid to rule their lives. The incredible funny storyline twist and turns, when real-life interrupts their virtual world and the friends have to learn consequences of over-indulgence of a cyber existence.

Written by / starring Caitlin Bergh (Roomies) and Laura Zak, the show also co-stars Kate Black Spence (tello’s The Throwaways) and Marnie Alton (tello’s Cowgirl Up).

What to expect from season 2?

In season 2, Liv & Skylar try to reconcile the impulse to over-share with a chance at true connection. While Skylar combats heartbreak by pursuing internet fame, Liv juggles her IRL girlfriend with an online flirtation that’s about to get just as real. They may have mastered the #follow, but will they #fail at the follow through?

Watch for Free

To wet your appetite and celebrate the start of Season 2 in January, tellofilms have announced the release of an episode from Season 1 for free, and we have it here for you to watch.