Downsized - Episode 1 Duane





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Published on Jul 24, 2009

Debt, credit default, bankruptcy, and unemployment-- average Americans are the subjects of the hit dramedy Downsized, recently named "the best of the straight dramas (on the web)" by the Los Angeles Times.

In Episode 1, Beth finds herself victim to a recession-fueled downsizing effort by HR Manager Maura and Maura's new efficiency expert, Lowell Wishingbone.


This series is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Written and directed by Daryn Strauss.
Director of Photography and Editor: Chris Shimojima
Location Sound: Brett Van Deusen
Starring Daryn Strauss as Beth, Michele Mavissakalian as Maura, and Duncan Murdoch as Lowell Wishingbone.

Stay tuned for more episodes.

Named one of YouTube's Top 10 Made for the Web Shows

"A fresh and strong voice." New TeeVee

"Downsized represents an upgrade in episodic drama." New TeeVee

"Think HBO's Hung meets Up in the Air, only worthy of the hype." Daytime Confidential

"Downsized has succeeded in giving relevant drama a home on the web." Tubefilter

"an adept ensemble cast with no real weaknesses" Tubefilter

"some of the most thoughtful visual compositions you'll find in any web series, the style of which perhaps most defines Downsized's quietly moody atmosphere" Tubefilter

"believable writing" Tubefilter

"Downsized is beautifully crafted and shot as well as perfectly acted." Visioweb.Tv

"In these times, the show Downsized is right on the mark." Visioweb.Tv

"Tales of economic and emotional woe, inspired by the Great Recession." New TeeVee

"Makes you think what it would've been like if the onslaught of the Great Depression had been filmed for an audience to see." Soap World

Downsized is a critically acclaimed original made-for-the-web series revolving around people who are adjusting to life during the economic crisis. An ensemble series mixing satire with quirky drama, it tells very American stories through different walks of life with humor and sensitivity, allowing us to enjoy the various ironies of the current crisis. The dramatic series follows the odd entanglements between several people of different backgrounds-- Beth (Daryn Strauss), a mid-level saleswoman who is let go from her corporate job by a downsizing effort masterminded by cool executive Maura (Michele Mavissakalian) and her efficiency expert Lowell (Duncan Murdoch); overworked attorney Connor (Chris Henry Coffey) who finds himself entranced by his Turkish immigrant cleaning lady Leyla (Esra Gaffin) while he goes through a divorce from Maura; office temp Andy (Conan McCarty) who is trying to fund his recession-based self-help program; beauty pageant coach Astrid (Shannon Conley) who cons unsuspecting parents like smitten daddy Nate (Kaipo Schwab) into spray tans and hair extensions for their pre-teen children in order to pay off her credit card debt; and Andy's ex, Priscilla (Meredith Zinner), a suburban business owner who finds her privileged life in shambles when her investments go in the red.

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