7 Television Shows You Didn’t Know Got Their Start on YouTube

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We’ve seen a bunch of our favorite Internet sensations make the jump from YouTube/Vine celeb to television/movie star. This type of success makes sense, because these people gain massive followings online and basc have running audition tapes; why wouldn’t a movie or television producer want a star with talent and a built-in audience to take part in the piece they’re creating?!

But some YouTubers have made online video series so good that a TV studio or network has actually wanted to bring the whole thing on board! Some web series simply don’t have what it takes to stand alone as a small-screen hit, but others are so incredible that you’d never even know they weren’t made specifically for television — until now.