New comedy web series Spooked is scary good

Spooked

When the walls and pottery starts shaking in spooky ways, newlyweds Donna Johnson and Carol-Anne decide to call the Paranormal Investigation Team, or P.I.T. This ragtag team of ghost busters, led by Connor, the lovelorn managing director, must prove themselves as professionals to keep the gig, and save the day.

This new web series, part of geek-favorite Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry media collective, is surprisingly well written and acted, and is as well-produced as any new TV show, even though it’s only on the web.

The first episode (embedded below) shows a lot of promise and anyone with an interest in geeky television shows about ghosts and goofy nerds should take a look.

The show is full of geeky goodness both in front of and behind the camera. Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Guild) helped with the script, Brian Singer (X-Men, Man of Steel) is an executive producer, and guest stars Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) and Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show) are both well-known actresses in their own right. Rounding out the regulars are Ashley Johnson, who voiced the main character in video game hit The Last of Us, and Neil Grayston, known for his stint on nerd-favorite SyFy show, Eureka.

The team of ghost busting nerds (yes, there’s a funny reference to laser backpacks that suck in ghosts) includes Connor’s young sister Piper who has been selectively mute since their parents died, Morgan, an occult specialist/wiccan who just wants to help the dead move on, the highly skeptical yet rich cameraman Lindsey, and Eliot, a dorky former pro-gamer who can’t manage to keep his mind out of the gutter. It’s a fun ensemble to watch.

Add in a bunch of character and pop-culture aware humor and one liners, and Spooked has all the hallmarks of a fun show. While the exposition is rather thick here — the writers need to introduce us to characters and backstory as well as tell the main story within the 20 minute running time — it’s all in good fun.

Here’s hoping we get to see a full season’s worth of Spooked in all it’s silly, poignant glory. It’s got a ton of fun potential.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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