The good news is that you no longer need a subscription to the website Seeso to watch one of the funniest shows on streaming, “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.”
The bad news is that’s because Seeso is shutting down, putting the future of “Bajillion” and a bunch of other good shows in jeopardy.
Seeso, for the uninitiated, was a streaming site started by NBC in January 2016 devoted to comedy. In addition to showing the entire runs of NBC comedies like “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks & Recreation,” the site produced original comedy shows.
Initially, I was skeptical of the new shows, such as the sketch comedy series “The UCB Show” or the “edgy,” animated “The Cyanide and Happiness Show.” It seemed like Seeso was struggling to figure out its voice and how it would be different from other streaming options.
And then came “Bajillion," the show which moved me to subscribe to Seeso. Created by Kulap Vilaysack, “Bajillion” is a riotous send-up of those real estate reality shows like “Million Dollar Listing” and “Property Brothers,” which follow arrogant, big-money real estate agents as they sell mansions to millionaires.
“Bajillion” ups the ante, with the inestimable Paul F. Tompkins playing the mercurial head of a Los Angeles real estate agency, with his agents all vying for his attention and approval. A bevy of guest stars, including Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, “Weird” Al Yankovic and more, play their clients. If you’ve ever listened to the “Comedy Bang Bang” podcast or Tompkins’ own “Spontaneation” podcast, you’ve heard all the very funny people who have appeared on the show.
One would think that the reality show satire concept would eventually wear itself out. But much like “Reno 911!,” Comedy Central’s satire of “Cops!,” “Bajillion” got funnier over the course of three seasons. Rather than letting the high concept of the show be a limitation, it liberated the show’s writers and performers to get weirder and wilder.
If you didn’t have a Seeso subscription, you can see for yourself, as the first three seasons of “Bajillion” arrived on iTunes this week. There’s also an entire fourth season that’s been shot, but here’s where the bad news comes in. Seeso went defunct this summer, leaving its original shows scrambling to find a new home. Some, like “My Brother, My Brother and Me” and “HarmonQuest,” are now viewable on the streaming site VRV.co.
But others, like “Bajillion” and Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s outstanding and groundbreaking “Take My Wife,” have yet to land anywhere. Surely, Hulu or Netflix can pick up the pieces, especially when “Bajillion” has an entire unaired fourth season ready to go? It’s a show too good to foreclose on.
Also on streaming: Tompkins is also featured on Netflix’s brilliant animated series “Bojack Horseman,” which premieres its fourth season on Friday. The show, about a middle-aged, washed-up TV star who happens to be an anthropomorphic horse, is a dark series about fame, bitterness and loneliness. It’s also really funny.
BritBox will premiere the new season of the comedy series “Cold Feet” mere hours after it airs in the United Kingdom. The ensemble series, starring James Nesbitt (“The Hobbit”) features a group of fiftysomething friends finding they’re older but no wiser in dealing with life and relationships. “Cold Feet” was originally a hit show in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Britain, and was rebooted over a decade later, “Will & Grace”-style.