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YouTube channels worth watching: Try new things, explore art and more

The content on YouTube has long surpassed the days of recording videos on laptops and video cameras, with fully produced and edited television-quality content becoming the norm on the platform.

Here are a few channels worth checking out. (Note: These are not intended for children.)

The Art Assignment

Hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green, this channel takes a look at art through the lens of today’s society. Green breaks down the more complex concepts of art in a way that is easy to understand, but elevated in a way that leaves you questioning the world around you by the end of each video.

While some videos focus on specific works of art and artists, others focus on broad ideas such as how to understand art, or what makes something art. Green even has a video dedicated to combating a phrase too often heard when viewing art — “I could do that.”

You’ll leave Green’s videos with a better appreciation for artists, their work and the important role art plays in society.

Link: youtube.com/theartassignment

What to watch: “What Makes a Masterpiece?” (above), “Behind the Banksy Stunt

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Hot Ones

This series is hosted on the First We Feast channel by Sean Evans, which he describes as “the show with hot questions and even hotter wings." Celebrities are interviewed while eating chicken wings that get progressively spicier with each question they answer.

The show has had nearly 200 guests ranging from musicians like Chance the Rapper and Halsey, to A-listers such as Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. Although the reactions to the spicy wings give the show its trademark humor, there’s also a heart to it that’s conveyed through Evans’ well-researched and genuine questions that are unique to each guest.

Link: youtube.com/firstwefeast

What to watch: Gordon Ramsay Savagely Critiques Spicy Wings,” "Margot Robbie Pushes Her Limits While Eating Spicy Wings”

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The Try Guys

Formerly of BuzzFeed, Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang are the power quartet that make up the Try Guys. Their channel was founded on the premise that they will try anything. Most of their videos are comedic, such as the men trying acupuncture for the first time or baking without a recipe. However, some of their videos have a more serious tone, such as plastic surgery.

In this video, the men meet with a plastic surgeon and open up about their insecurities, revealing what conventional beauty standards say that each of them should change. Their content takes a stand against toxic masculinity through the brotherhood they’ve formed, not in spite of, but because of their differences.

Link: youtube.com/tryguys

What to watch: “The Try Guys Bake Cookies Without A Recipe,” “The Try Guys Try Professional Bartending”

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Julien Solomita

Julien Solomita has been documenting his life on YouTube for more than five years, and he has since transitioned into making cooking videos. Because Solomita has celiac disease and is a vegan, he often uses creativity and unconventional ingredients to re-create some of his favorite dishes. Some of his attempts include making a pulled pork sandwich out of banana peels, or using jackfruit to create chicken wings.

Although he isn't always successful with his recipes, his playful personality, creative editing and quality camerawork will keep you coming back to his kitchen.

Link: youtube.com/jsolo

What to watch: “Making a Maine Lobster Roll… but Without Lobster,” “Making Crème Brûlée is Really Easy”

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Now You See It

Have you ever thought about the significance of characters in movies wearing stripes? The color red? What makes a movie scary? This channel hosts video essays by Jack Nugent addressing all of these questions and more. His analysis makes you look at movies in a way that you’ve never seen them before by looking beyond the common tropes and breaking down the psychology behind filmmaking.

Link: youtube.com/nowyouseeit

What to watch: “Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?,” “Why All Movies From 1999 Are The Same” (above)

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