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Reddit’s Explain Like I’m 5 gets its own webseries

Finally, a subreddit is getting its own show.


Kevin Collier

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 18, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 9:21 pm CDT

Finally, a subreddit is getting its own show.

r/explainlikeimfive, the subreddit where users break down complicated subjects into terms a 5-year-old could understand, now has a dedicated webseries. It features two actors, Michael Kayne and Langan Kingsley, who explain the users’ favorite concepts to real-life 5-year-olds.

“They’re simultaneously hysterical and informative,” r/explainlikeimfive moderator anonymous123421 said Monday, announcing the series.

The project already has three videos up, explaining the concepts behind about the conflict in Syria, the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, and the stock market.

“We at reddit HQ are big fans of /r/explainlikeimfive,” posted Reddit general manager Erik Martin. He added:

[W]e always wondered what would happen if you actually tried to break down one of these complicated subjects and explain it to literal five-year-old. We used some of the top comments and metaphors in various ELIF threads on the different subjects as inspiration when writing the scripts.

Reddit being Reddit, plenty of users were peeved that some concepts were lost in the translation to the language of 5-year-olds.

“Worst explanation of Socialism ever,” user Dr_Dippy posted.

“I appreciate the effort and production values, but the existentialism episode was horrible. That’s not even close to what existentialism or Nietzsche’s writings are about,” complained Vesperals.

Screengrab via Reddit/Youtube

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*First Published: Mar 18, 2013, 7:00 pm CDT