Free YouTube Originals

(Above: Ryan Hansen, Maddie Hasson)

YouTube has smashed the paywall for 12 of its original series, making them free for a “limited time.” The list includes two of our favorites, Impulse and Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*. Notably absent are such YouTube Premium hits as Cobra Kai, Justin Bieber: Seasons and Liza on Demand.

Impulse, with 22 hour-long episodes over two seasons, stars Maddie Hasson as a rebellious, small-town teleporting teen coping with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. Missi Pyle plays her mother.

Here’s episode one to get your binge started:

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*, with 16 half-hour episodes over two seasons, is a meta (i.e., absurdly self-referential) comedy that pokes fun at Hollywood, police procedurals, and YouTube itself (you’ll hear a lot of dated references to the former YouTube Red, its successor YouTube Premium and, yes, paywalls). It stars Veronica Mars’ Ryan Hansen as – who else – Ryan Hansen, who joins an LAPD task force that pairs actors with homicide detectives. Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley co-stars in the first season, and The Wire’s Wood Harris in the second.

Here’s episode one:

The other YouTube series that are now completely free include Escape the Night, F2 Finding Football, Foursome, IDOLiSH7 Vibrato, Matpat’s Game Lab, Me and My Grandma, Overthinking with Kat & June, Re:Set, Step Up: High Water, The Fake Show and The Sidemen Show.

Escape the Night, Joey Graceffa
(Above: ‘Escape the Night’ host Joey Graceffa. Source: YouTube video)

YouTube said We Are Savvy (we like the title!), Hyperlinked, Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force and Kings of Atlantis will also be free soon.

Look for all of the shows above at

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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