Something I like to watch on occasion is Mark Wiens. Not only am I getting a chance to see various cuisines that are not typical for my region as well as sometimes seeing interesting sights, but Mark exudes positivity. No snark, no irony, no downer-isms, no complaining, no edgy-ness, no "hot take", no drama. Just pure joy. It's infectious.
Oh and I love the face he makes when he bites into something tasty. I do parodies of it for some of my friends in our group chat because it is ridiculous. Usually involving my basic cooking and setting up the scene (my home) as if we are in some exotic location. Just goofing on Mark basically but in good fun.
Oh yeah idubbbz is hilarious.
Skunkpaste is sort of weird. My kind of humor
Big Think. I also enjoy The School of Life, but much less as I feel only a handful of videos are worth something. I like their concept though
Fucking this. Night Mind's explained is required viewing once you've finished.
That being said, Night Mind
Also, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is probably one of my favorite things
I love filthy frank, IDubbz, H3H3, all those idiots too
Vsauce 1 and 2
It's okay to be smart
Stoned Gremlin Productions
Todd in the Shadows
Kyle Kalgreen (Brows held high)
Extra History(technically Extra Credits but whatevers)
Kyle Jennerman (#Beingfilipino)
Good Mythical Morning
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
The School of Life - A channel that talks about various mundane aspects of life that people may need help with, or may be bettered by thinking about. It can be a little avant garde in its presentation, but it makes its point clearly enough.
Kurzgesagt - A channel that focuses on a succinct but academic examination of many issues. It ranges from socioeconomic to scientific.
One of the main reasons I like it is that it focuses on languages I don't really know a lot about. For example, his excellent video on Romanian:
I love the idea, I love the execution.
Very nice chap
The first three are art related, CinemaSins makes fun of goofy mistakes in movies,
Swoozie does DOA competitively and tells funny stories primarily,
Every frame a painting does in depth analysis on movies, their composition and themes
Gigguk does Anime reviews and even dabbled in abridging,
2old4toys was my go too for gunpla reviews till he fell of the radar,
GWS did Gundam abridged and they fell off the radar too, and
Vinnie inspired young me to take up art with his flash animations so he's primarily here for prosterity.
RebelTaxi - cartoon reviews and retrospectives aswell as a bi-weekly podcast with sometimes notable guests, like the creator of Chowder. Long time viewer of Pan's content and he's really evolved from someone who sounded super uncomfortable in front of a microphone into a genuinely fucked up guy whose just being reaaaaaaaaaal.
GoodBadFlicks - sort of in-depth looks at the production and reception of bad films that are actually pretty watchable.
Vinyl Rewind - I like the aesthetic of the show and love the in-depth look at some of the records he features. Videos can be very hit or miss, but the guys behind it are always active reading and responding to the comment. Channel's got some low subscribers for how much time and care they put into some of these videos.
Other than those three, I watch a mixed bag of content.
Lately, I've gotten into this specific section of Buzzfeed (Worth It):
Ozzy Man Reviews
FriendlyJordies - I treat it as humor though. I don't give a damn about Australia, but this dude is hilarious :D
EDIT: Great to see people mentioning FoodWishes. Chef John is pure joy :)
I think GMM is good, but sometimes it just feels kinda forced. I still pop one on occasionally, but I'm not a consistent viewer.
Good Mythical Morning - two guys with great chemistry try (and rate) various foods, among other things
Ashens - everyone knows Ashens... shitty toy reviews on his iconic couch (a bit gaming related)
The Slow Mo Guys - all the things in ultra-slow-motion
Love my Ashens though, and Slo Mo Guys can be fascinating.
I haven't watched anything on RLM since the original Prequels reviews. I should get back to that.
BroScienceLife is amazing. He really knows how to do some great satire.
SecularTalk can be okay, but I think Kyle, like TheYoungTurks, can be up his own ass a lot of the time. I think he's fine as one of many outlets you peruse, but I wouldn't rely on him (or any "network," really) as a sole source of information.
Just found HBG, thanks to the whole YouTuber/WSJ thing. Love him, and will probably be a big fan for a while. He's literally the only person I'm even considering becoming a Patron for, though I haven't pulled the trigger yet...
hbomberguy - takedowns of MRA/alt-right/GamerGate logic
I can vouch for both of these. Interesting stuff, indeed! In a similar vein, I recommend CrashCourse. They're great at breaking things down and making them easy to learn. For instance, I love their series on the history of computing and computer science.
Techmoan - A nerdy british guy talks about mostly older tech (but some new stuff) and is just really entertaining I dunno. Talks about really obscure stuff. (https://youtu.be/RtYmaKsWwrU)
PBS Idea Channel - Philosophy/Sociology stuff. This one's great because it's super nerdy and super Philosophical which is a perfect intersection of my interests. (https://youtu.be/dvmsI0kr0K0) Honestly PBS Idea Channel is my favorite YouTube channel right now. They're consistently putting out interesting content that gives me just enough information in a small enough package.
This channel is legitimately tough to watch for me, haha. It's just... disturbing. I do like a similar channel, though: PronunciationManual.
Sargon of Akkad
Yaaas! He's awesome, and the person for me that really highlighted the issues with First Past the Post voting. I actually wrote an editorial about it for my paper, and was excited when the Liberals here in Canada used it as a campaign issue. Can't say I'm not disappointed in their lack of followthrough on it though. =/
Nobody's mentioned CGP Grey yet, so that falls to me - some of latest videos on politics and the nature of power in particular have been pretty interesting.
Emmy Made in Japan
I used to really enjoy these two! It's especially sad what happened with CWD and Francis though. :'(
Cooking With Dog
One more quick recommendation: JacksFilms. I love his recent Fixing Your Twitter Bios video, and especially his Your Grammar Sucks series.
Destiny - Watched him a bit before the whole Jontron thing, watch him more regulary now. Technincally he is a gaming channel but I just watch his debates normally.
Sawyer7mage - Anime and Manga opinions.
Team4Star- DBZ abridge.
PhillipDeFranco - News channel.
GradeAUnderA - Funny videos.
Alternate History Hub - History Channel
Brave Wilderness - Wildlife/Nature Channel. Dude could've easily been on Animal Channel or something back in the day.
Brothers Green Eats - Cooking Channel
CT Fletcher Motivation - Fitness Channel
ETC Show - Game/Variety/Pop Culture Channel
Exploring With Josh - Urban Exploration/Travel Channel
honeykki 꿀키 - Cooking Channel
Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc. - Cooking/History Channel. Guy teaches you how to cook using methods/recipes from the 1700s.
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell - Philosophy Channel
This is Dan Bell - Guy explored Abandoned or failing malls and shitty hotels.
Eric Kim Photography
Dudes With Cameras
The Slanted Lens
News Be Funny
Saabkyle04 (although he makes far less car reviews these days)
Formula 1 (actually worth subscribing to since Liberty Media took over)
RoyalJordanian (the only bike vlogger that I like watching)
His channel, Night Mind, is full of great Longform analysis of all things horror, from Resident Evil 7 to This House has People in it to Marble Hornets and everything in between. He's a true lover of the genre, loves originality, and.. well..
(He's also a Four eyed Interdimensional shapeshifting Kitty Cat, but don't hold that against him!)
This is what I came to post, I love their channel especially their series Man at Arms, they do great work!
AWE me, or rather their Man at Arms series. Blacksmiths forging nerd weapons (games, films, anime/manga, comics, etc.). The first couple episodes of Reforged are kinda crap but the rest is awesome. Fuckers made a sorta-working Chainsword!
RedLetterMedia - as mentioned above, I mainly watch them for Half in the Bag now and sometimes for their [Blank] of the Worst panels. I think Mike is razor-sharp with his humour, but I'm mostly lukewarm on them when he's not involved.
Vsauce & Vsauce3 - interesting videos on all kinds of science questions. Informative, good presenters, great production values and interesting topics.
Auralnauts - absolutely brilliant, but not quite as regular with their content as I would like. They do a lot of songs, they do some comedy dubs of films (mainly the Star Wars series), funny skits and piss-takes. They have some really fucking good music and I've bought a few tracks from Bandcamp.
BadLipReading - again, they do funny dubs of lots of stuff, although I found them through their Star Wars stuff. Their Game of Thrones stuff is amazing too.
Belated Media - I'm subbed to his channel but I think the only stuff I've watched was his 'rewrite' of the Star Wars prequels. They're really good and well worth watching - especially Episodes 2 & 3, where he had an excellent artist help bring his ideas to life.
Epic Rap Battles - you've all heard of this, right? If not, go and watch Tesla vs. Edison and Jobs vs. Gates.
Nerdwriter1 - these guys do video essays on a bunch of stuff (sometimes gaming)
Rossatron - also does good video essays about films, typically focusing on action sequences
Good Bad Flicks - some good, well-researched film reviews of lesser-know or cult films.
KermodeandMayo - film reviews from Mark Kermode on BBC Radio 1. Got a lot of respect for his opinion on film.
Mr Sunday Movies - mostly comic-book or geek-centric stuff; he does a lot of breakdowns on trailers, easter eggs, podcasts and that kind of thing.
TheUnusualSuspect - another film reviewer. I like him because he has more of a British sense of humour. Some good lists as well.
The Slow Mo Guys - watching stuff exploding or breaking or cracking in slow motion is incredibly interesting. Popcorn is one of my favourites.
Top5s - wasn't even aware I was subbed to both of these! Sometimes enjoy these type of videos for their creepy/unexplained content.
Vox - a lot of interesting and digestible policitical summaries.
WhatCulture - a bunch of top 10 lists and general geek stuff.
It's really information/educational about 1700s American lifestyle.
The series of "Food of the Enslaved" was really interesting, they speak to a food historian (Michael Twitty) that specialises in the African-American community at that time, and he cooks it.
Food of the Enslaved: Okra Soup
Food of the Enslaved: Barbecue
Food of the Enslaved: Akara
Food of the Enslaved: Kush
BIGQUINT INDEED - Music first reactions.
Cooking with Dog - Cooking.
Double Toasted - Movie reviews and other pop culture stuff.
Every Frame a Painting - Video essay series about film form.
kaptainkristian - Video essays on film, television, comics and all facets of pop culture.
Super Eyepatch Wolf - In depth recommendation videos on anime, games, films and comics.
toco toco tv - Small form interviews where Japanese artists and creators introduce places in Japan that inspire them
I love Worth It! even if it does sometimes feel like a bit forced. Does also make me very hungry.
RedLetterMedia - Very cool.
Lately, I've gotten into this specific section of Buzzfeed (Worth It):
I'd recommend Tom Scott to anyone, great bitesized informative vids!