Let's Watch
November 30, 2015 12:19 PM   Subscribe

For a number of reasons, YouTube is overtaking streaming and other TV as the main way I consume moving images at the moment. My son watches a lot of Lets Play videos, and I enjoy them. But what else is there on YouTube.... for me?

Any suggestions for interesting YouTube channels that are not about: video games/lets play, makeup, celeb gossip, movie trailers, using software of any kind, ASMR, news, talking heads just talking about their lives, "reality youtube", or that are simply the audio feed for podcasts.

Bonus points for interesting YouTube channels that are about: books, museums, travel, cooking, gardening, crafting (must not be twee), pop science and math (particularly aimed at kids), how to do "things", or other generally entertaining and family friendly stuff.
posted by anastasiav to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: A few channels I like that I think may fit what you're looking for:

How to Cook That
HMS2 (particularly the model and dollhouse building, example)
Lucky Penny Shop
posted by phunniemee at 12:24 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: I aboslutly love The School of Life's channel. They cover everything from science and philosophy to love and loneliness. They manage to be insightful and positive without getting schmaltzy. Faith in philosophy as a meaningful daily activity restored.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:26 PM on November 30, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: how to do "things"

Any interest in lockpicking? Bosnianbill's how-to videos are comprehensive and oddly compelling.
posted by DingoMutt at 12:39 PM on November 30, 2015 [2 favorites]

Best answer: America's Test Kitchen has a channel with brief how-to videos.
posted by gladly at 12:56 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: Frank Howarth is the most watchable woodworker on youtube, hands down, even if you yourself are not into woodworking. He has a deep archive, and it's all gold.

Watching Madoka Kinoshita paint is incredibly soothing.

The Getty Museum has some really nice shortish videos of how various pieces of art are made and conserved.

Objectlab is lovely. The agate teapot is a particular favorite.

Craft in America's channel is more made of trailers to get you to watch the show (streaming on pbs.com) than full videos, but still great.

As far as pop-math goes, I'm shocked I'm the first in the thread to bring up Vi Hart.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 1:09 PM on November 30, 2015 [3 favorites]

Best answer: On my phone so linking is hard, but there is this account decocookie, which I'm pretty sure is done by a professional candy person, but either way she makes candy and does my Personal favorite- hacks of these Japanese candy making sets.
posted by KernalM at 1:50 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: If you like weird/absurd humor, there's Good Mythical Morning. The Will It ___? series especially gets a lot of play among my friends.
posted by General Malaise at 2:37 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: Someone recommended this on AskMe a few weeks ago, and I've watched the lot, Iohan is cycling from Alaska to Argentina, and I just really want to go with him and experience all those landscapes and say hello to all the animals he meets along the way
posted by Helga-woo at 3:57 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: The Art Assignment is great.

I second Vi Hart. Also: Veritasium, VSauce, CGP Grey, and Mental Floss.
posted by guster4lovers at 5:36 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: EngineerGuy (engineering professor explains engineering and technology)
posted by djb at 7:32 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: Great "how to do things" channels include ChuckE2009 (welding, metalwork), Applied Science (mostly electronic/chemical engineering), JorgSprave (slingshots and related contraptions), Izzy Swan (Frank Howarth as an extrovert), and of course, Jimmy Diresta (the king of all how to make stuff videos). Big seconds on the EngineerGuy, BosnianBill, and, outside of the dirty hands and tools milieu, Veritasium.
posted by holterbarbour at 9:54 PM on November 30, 2015

Best answer: I've gotten hooked on woodworking videos even though I have literally zero interest in woodworking. So relaxing. In addition to Jimmy Diresta and Frank Howarth, I also like Matthias Wandel.
posted by rossination at 7:04 PM on December 2, 2015

Best answer: Kirsten Dirksen!

Her channel is the best specific channel on "tiny house living", though she has videos on all sorts of small dwellings around the world. Her documentary length videos are amazing.
posted by Blitz at 9:18 PM on December 2, 2015

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