That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. - Henry David Thoreau
Question #93142 posted on 06/22/2020 8:15 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Alumni,

A few weeks ago we got a question asking us our top 5 favorite YouTube channels. I would love to know all y'all's favorite YouTube channels as well. Yay alumni week!



Dear Tipperary,

I present you with my current top five YouTube channels that currently produce regular content, in alphabetical order. Channels to binge on are a completely different story.

  • 8-bit Music Theory does really cool analyses of musical concepts in video games.
  • Ben Levin is a musician (part of the band Bent Knee that I mentioned in Board Question #93117) who does a lot of different stuff. He teaches music stuff, makes surreal animated music videos, this new thing he calls Ben Show, helps you wake up in the morning, and so much more.
  • Bon Appetit isn't quite the same now that all the chefs are working from home, but it's still good content. Just don't get me started on how Andy was told to make box brownies better and then proceeded to make them worse in every way.
  • Polygon is on here for two specific shows: Unraveled, in which Brian David Gilbert unravels confusing video game logic (and himself), and Overboard, in which a few of the writers get together and play board games for about an hour. Good fun.
  • videogamedunkey makes ridiculous video game videos. Most of them are ostensibly reviews, but there's so much satire mixed in that you can't take anything at face value. Gonna put a content warning here because this is the one channel here that doesn't mostly censor itself. Everything is pretty PG-13 except for a bit more swearing than that would allow. Here are five good videos to start with: Ultimate Skyrim, Legend of Zelda : Donkey Breath, BEEG BEEG YOSHI, Spoiler Alert, and The Next Smash Bro. Roster.

-The Entomophagist


Dear Tipperary,

You know the viral video that was making the rounds at the start of quarantine about the marbles racing through the sand? Would you believe there's years of races all archived on the YouTube channel? Well there are, and frankly, you should probably stop reading the Board and start watching marble races immediately. (Note: please do not stop reading the Board.) There are sand rally challenges, Olympic-style events in the Marble League, and F1-style multiple lap races in the truly electric Marbula One, which was broadcasting live earlier this year to tens of thousands of people every week. They have F1-style commentary for each race. 

Even better, they picked up a sponsor for this year's Marble League in John Oliver, who is donating money to charity in the name of each week's winning team.

Maybe I'm not doing a great job selling it, so head over to the channel and watch any video to get a sense of what I'm talking about. They're terrific. Or don't! More marbles for me, clearly.

- D. A. R. E., unapologetic O'Rangers booster


Dear It's a Long Way,

  • Food Wishes (the best food channel out there)
  • PBS Spacetime (an awesomesauce channel that makes astrophysics accessible for people like me)
  • Lindsay Ellis (she does really insightful video essays about film and contemporary culture)
  • Ask a Mortician (answers to all of the questions you never knew you had about death and the funeral industry)
  • Useful Charts (grab-bag of fascinating topics from history to linguistics to biology that can be represented in useful charts)

Last Week Tonight almost makes this list, but I second-guessed myself because does it really count? I mean, sure, the show is posted there, but it's not an organically Youtube thing. So I went with no.

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book


Dear Tipperary, 

I watch a lot of Twenty Trucks these days because my two year old is obsessed, and, relative to other children's media, it's not bad. It's awkward, though, when I find myself humming, "So, what does he carry? / Well anything that’s heavy / Like these giant rocks, you know? / Or lots of tiny pebbles / Thousands of tiny pebbles."

- Petra


Dear friend,

I don't follow many people on YouTube so generally I watch whatever my partner puts in front of me (mostly Binging with Babish and Polygon because he, like me, is a big nerd). But my love for Chris Fleming and his absurd humor is boundless. If you've never checked him out, I highly recommend it.

-Van Goff


Dear you,

Philosophy Tube

Internet Comment Etiquette

Sea Lemon

Jenny Nicholson

Maggie Mae Fish

Chris Fleming


Kitboga (but really should watch on Twitch instead)

Get Indie Gaming





Folding Ideas



mbmbam's monster factory series on polygon


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Dear Psycho T,

The only Youtube channel I really watch is Hercules Candy. I don't even remember how I stumbled upon them, but they're a family-run candy company in upstate New York, and their videographer son just follows them around and films everything they do and say, including some truly terrible puns. He rarely edits anything out, so if he's filming somebody making candy and they stop to wash a bunch of bowls he just keeps on filming, which I find kind of charming. If you like the bits of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood where he visits factories, you'll love watching this family make candy.

-Genuine Article


Dear Tipperary

Our cars keep breaking lately, so I've mostly been watching channels about car repair. It's been fun to have cars become less and less of a black box, and I've definitely saved a few thousand dollars as I've learned to do new stuff over the past few years. These channels are pretty good:


Eric the Car Guy

Engineering Explained

My wife also got me hooked on The Detail Geek. He details cars, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch.

-The Skipper


Dear Tipperary, 

  1. Mark Rober
  2. Smarter Every Day
  3. Nick True (because I love YNAB and he is excellent at explaining it)

I don't watch YouTube enough to have more than 3.

~ Dragon Lady