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What you need to know about internet television and its weird pre-YouTube origin

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I am nostalgic for internet videos in the time before YouTube. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I remember watching strange, absurd, hideous shorts — shot on home camcorders or animated with cheap software — on websites I'm no longer sure exist. What's strange is to think series like The Spot, Stella, and Homestar Runner charted the path for internet television programs like House of Cards and Burning Love.

To reminisce about the early days of internet television, I invited The Verge's entertainment reporter Jamieson Cox to the show. It's possible you missed out on the joys of Teen Girl Squad, but Cox will get you caught up.

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