Need more YouTube channels to scratch that entertainment itch? We’ve got you covered!
In a previous article, I discussed 5 YouTube channels that deserved more subscribers. I received a lot of good feedback about that article, so here’s another one – replete with videos hand-picked by yours truly!
Subscriber count as of publishing: 24.6k
This one is weird – not the channel itself, or even their content – but the story behind the channel.
There’s a network of channels on YouTube called the Alltime Network (by me, just now). They have all the channels you’d expect: Alltime 10s (a listicle channel), Alltime Gaming (exactly what it sounds like), Alltime Movies (also exactly what it sounds like), and so on.
There WAS a channel named Alltime Conspiracies but the Alltime Network eventually realised that YouTube’s here’s-a-random-new-video-for-you-to-watch algorithm was unfairly treating them as though they were an actual conspiracy channel.
This was a problem, because they weren’t an actual conspiracy channel.
They’d discuss popular/viral conspiracies, but it was less of a ‘your crazy great-uncle who ruins every family reunion‘ vibe and more of ‘your older stoner cousin who thinks all that stuff is hilarious‘ vibe.
So the channel Alltime Conspiracies became the channel Uncovered, which then became the channel Just Interesting.
This channel reminds me of the days of my youth, drinking beer late into the night with like-minded buddies when someone would say ‘Hey, what do guys think of ghosts, like, are they real or what?‘
They have two main formats, which is pretty weird for such a structured channel: Podcasts, and Mini-docs. That’s why there’s two videos at the top of this entry: The first one is a podcast and the second one is a mini doc.
The best thing is they’re not too distracting. Like, I could (and do) have them playing in the background while I write this. But they’re not so bland that you’ll tune out completely and forget you’re listening to them.
As Goldilocks almost once said: They’re not too interesting and they’re not too uninteresting – they’re Just Interesting!
Subscriber count as of publishing: 34.8k
Firstly, that’s not a typo in their YouTube channel name, I didn’t miss a space – I copy-pasted it to make sure.
Secondly, and most importantly, this is an inactive channel (as of 2 months prior to this article being published). I don’t care – I’m still recommending it.
It pains me to see well-researched and thought-provoking channels like this die, but that’s how YouTube works (or doesn’t, or whatever). According to the Epilogue Q&A stream, there are two reasons that this channel is now defunct:
The first reason is that the YouTuber is moving on and doing other things with her life. And good on her, too – I wish her the best of luck away from YouTube.
And the second reason, well, here’s a direct quote:
“I’m not even burnt out – I just don’t enjoy making content for this platform.“ – Clementine ProductionsTM
I can appreciate that. I’d still rather make content for YouTube than, say, Spotify or Twitch (because my personal opinion is fuck Spotify and also fuck Amazon) but it can be disheartening to make a long-form video to see it perform poorly, or, even worse, for strangers to abuse you about it.
As for the channel itself there are only ten videos there, and two of those are about the channel closing.
Those other eight videos, though? Clementine ProductionsTM has clearly gone for quality over quantity.
If you like thought-provoking, professional-level long-form videos you could do worse than to check out Clementine ProductionsTM.
Maggie Mae Fish
Subscriber count as of publishing: 84.9k
If you like thought-provoking, professional-level long-form videos you could also do worse than to check out Maggie Mae Fish’s YouTube channel – but beware that they’re often quite poignant as well. I say ‘beware’ because the video up there (named change) had me crying before I even realised it.
Maggie Mae Fish (whose name confuses me and I don’t know whether to call her Maggie or Maggie Mae or Ms Mae Fish or whatever so I’m going to call her Maggie Mae Fish for this whole section, sorry about that Maggie Mae Fish) is a very experienced actor, writer, and comedian.
Which I find surprising because I knew her as ‘that young lass that was on a bunch of Cracked.com videos‘ until I started watching her YouTube channel.
As well as being a very knowledgeable geek, she’s also authentic as fuck and I reckon that’s something we don’t see anywhere near enough of on YouTube. She will always have my respect for being the kind of feminist who understands that feminism is about equality, and not verbal manbashing. Men might have basically ruled the western world until fairly recently, but I wasn’t one of them. She understands that. A lot of feminists don’t.
If my daughters grow up to be half the person that Maggie Mae Fish is, I’ll be proud of them. I mean, I’m already super proud of them but you know what I mean.
I’ve chosen ‘change‘ as the video to head this section because I genuinely think it’s one of the most authentic YouTube videos I’ve ever seen. It’s shorter than most of her other videos, but it’s still just as good.
Subscriber count as of publishing: 157k
I’ve been watching a lot of Monk with my family lately, and we try to solve the big mystery each episode, and yes I’m going somewhere with this.
Monk, if you don’t know (and even if you do know) is a police procedural detective show starring Tony Shalhoub as the titular Monk, a neuro-divergent ex-detective consultant whose unique worldview gives him the ability see things that actual detectives can’t.
Basically, Monk is Sherlock Holmes but better because he has OCD. And yes that’s problematic (watch that Clementine ProductionTM video up there if you don’t know why) but it’s quite respectful about it all – especially considering it’s a TV series from the early 2000s.
There are two types of Monk episodes: Stories based around the character Monk, and murder mysteries involving him.
When it’s a murder mystery episode, my family can usually work it out – especially if it plays by the rules (plot points shouldn’t happen off-screen etc). When it’s a story episode, not so much, mainly because they often SHOW YOU WHO THE DAMN MURDERER IS IN THE COLD OPEN (the bit before the theme song plays).
That part about how murder mysteries have rules? That’s because certain forms of media use certain forms of non-verbal language.
Imagine a new Star Wars movie is coming out, but you don’t know anything about Star Wars – and yes, these people do exist, believe it or not.
If the movie poster for the film shows a guy in a dark hooded robe and a red lightsaber, you’d know straight away he’s the villain – or maybe he starts off as a villain, or maybe he ends up as a villain. The point is, you know he’s coded as a villain.
And Rob Ager, the man behind Collative Learning, has worked in film-making and psychology-based social work. This means that he understands not just the visual/audio coding used in film, but that he also has an insight into the minds of film directors and other film professionals.
This man’s eye for coding and symbolism is, frankly, superhuman.
If you want someone to prove to you beyond a shadow of a doubt that the layout of the Overlook Hotel (from The Shining) doesn’t actually make physical sense, check out Collative Learning.
You won’t always agree with him – but if you’re capable of thought, he’ll probably provoke it.
Fun Fact: Once, in the YouTube comments to one of his Alien videos, I proposed the theory that perhaps some people hated the facehugger aliens because they remind them of huntsman spiders, or vice versa. He replied to my comment!
So, in honour of that: If you comment below, I’ll reply!