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Ask HN: Which YouTube channels do you watch regularly?
233 points by uptownfunk on June 1, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 122 comments
3blue1brown is a popular one I see referenced on here. Any others? Clips from popular TV shows are probably popular as well.

3 Blue 1 Brown, it’s a mathematics channel with, as far as I’m concerned, unparalleled production quality.

He’s a Stanford Mathematician who covers everything in topics from topology, number theory, calculus with nothing required beyond High School/1st year undergraduate maths.

Also, his visualisations are nothing short of beautiful.

The python programs he wrote to produce those visualizations is also hosted on GitHub[0]. The repo includes the source for all his videos.

[0] https://github.com/3b1b/manim

His linear algebra series is fantastic study material in helping poeple to picture just exactly what a linear transformation/determinant/eigenvalue looks like!

Alex French Guy Cooking (French guy cooks food): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPzFLpOblZEaIx2lpym1l1A

Look Mum No Computer (energetic young person makes synths and circuit bends): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafxR2HWJRmMfSdyZXvZMTw

Kris Cochrane (electronics hobbyist): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh8JiW2G9yR2v7TwUm04m_g

The TRY Channel (Irish people try stuff): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCabq3No3wXbs6Ut-Pux6SzA

Steve Mould (science videos): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEIwxahdLz7bap-VDs9h35A

Jenna Marbles (I enjoy the "fuck it just do it" attitude): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9gFih9rw0zNCK3ZtoKQQyA

Primitive Technology: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA

Alex French Guy Cooking is one of my favourite channels. Entertaining and informative and who else builds custom noodle-drying equipment for a series about instant ramen?

The turbo-charged camping stove wok burner is a bit alarming though. Just a bit.

AvE is great. His humor is a bit of an acquired taste, and not in a good way, but he’s definitely knowledgeable in a field I’m completely unfamiliar with. He does a lot of incredible tear downs and evaluations of power tools and other things like that with pretty stunning analysis.


I cannot stress more, though, that his humor is an acquired taste. If his content and knowledge was any less I would have dropped him in a heartbeat. Maybe it’s just my culture, but the sexual overtone can go off the wall at times.

Seconded. I especially recommend his teardown of the Juicero, in which he displays his insights into design for manufacture, plastics, metallurgy, electrical engineering, etc, peppered with hilarious and insightful jabs at VC culture. For me, it's his masterpiece.


My wife recently watched all 45 minutes and was entertained throughout, despite her not being technical at all.

Speaking of which, I also share a distaste for his "engineering boys club" sense of humour. I think his heart is in the right place (though who knows?), but it's definitely from another era, one that I won't be sad to see fade off into the distance. That being said, the rest of the components of his humour (obscure Canadianisms, etc) are great and I enjoy the particularity of it.

EDIT: added link

It's not an "acquired taste"

Describe it accurately- Low-brow sexual humor that anyone in a position of authority would deem unwelcoming to women

"anyone in a position of authority". Hmmm. Let's bring him up on charges before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, eh?

AvE is great, and if you watch enough of his episodes you'll see that the old-school jokes are matched by an acceptance of all, save, perhaps, the terminally censorious. I'm looking forward to seeing him teach his daughter to weld.

I started with Extra Credits https://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz/featured for their game design videos, but I stayed for their Extra History and their new Extra Sci-Fi side projects.

The Great War - Covers World War 1 as it happened week-by-week one hundred years ago. I love it because I'm a history buff, but WW2 is covered so well in other media that this is a welcome change of topic https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcyEsEjhPEDf69RRVhRh4A

minutephysics - I'm no physicist, but this guy explains the more advanced topics in a way that I feel I get the gist of it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHW94eEFW7hkUMVaZz4eDg

Kurzgesagt - science and technology, and some philosophy.

Vox - I really like their explanations of current affair topics.

Wisecrack - lots of philosophy. Lots of their videos discuss the philosophical themes you'll find in movies.

I see some people also mentioned The 8-bit Guy and Lazy Game Reviews; Those are very nice for getting your nostalgia fix

I was the sort of person who often looked down upon history as boring and useless but The Great War is such an amazing channel and changed my outlook entirely.

10 mins a week for a wrap-up of the world exactly 100 years ago, I love it, it's so fascinating and terrifying at the same time. For such a different existence there's so many parallels with the world today.

Probably not what you're searching for, but youtube is full of recordings of tech talks and I watch them all the time. If I want to hear about a particular topic I'll just search for the topic or "<topic> talk", but I also have a few channels related to conferences and things like that bookmarked. They're only useful once a year, but it saves me from searching randomly when I don't have anything particular in mind: GOTO Conferences, Jane Street (they recently started uploading videos of talks they host at the company), Strange Loop, Curry On!, PapersWeLove, CppCon, InfoQ, Racket Lang, ICFP.

Other than that:

Super Bunnyhop (videogames, very interesting investigative journalism every now and then) https://www.youtube.com/user/bunnyhopshow

Leonardo Da Sidci (videogames, amazing production quality and very introspective topics) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCujjLOPLW92zVBlhaL8wxPg

Archipel (short documentaries focused on japanese creators and artsy videos) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3zoY9LapZERsN7caDKqz0w

Noclip (long form documentaries about videogames, mostly made up by interviews directly with the developers) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0fDG3byEcMtbOqPMymDNbw

byoblu (italian "videoblog" about politics featuring lots of interviews and discussions, always to be taken with a grain of salt) https://www.youtube.com/user/byoblu

Then, a lot of comedy channels of dubious value which I'd rather not embarrass myself with on here.

smartereveryday I love (particularly the enthusiasm), numberphile too.

Anything (not a channel name, just anything) by Tom Scott, his recent gameshow has been pretty good as it's like Only Connect but I've got a better chance of answering the questions. Huge backlog of things too and as he's got more popular he's got more access to interesting places and things. Just seems like a genuinely nice guy explaining things he finds interesting. Probably worth starting with "things you might not know" or "amazing places".

CollegeHumor - can be hit and miss but the ratio is good enough for me. They did a series of a gameshow called "Umm actually" which was great.

Gus Johnson - never quite sure where I am on things going too far on these but it keeps me laughing and coming back.


ClarkeAndDawe - teaching me about Australian politics, one fake interview at a time. What got me into it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m5qxZm_JqM

Bill Wurtz - Ranging from absurd 5 second clips to, well, this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuCn8ux2gbs


If you like Bill Wurtz you probably would like (or already know about) Jack Stauber:


Rest in peace John Clarke.

EEVBlog - electrical engineering and opinionated hardware teardowns from Australia

bigclive - teardowns of cheap ebay stuff. And lots of LEDs

Regular car reviews - Reviews of cars, but not so much the cars themselves as the sociological parts - why was this car built? For who? Who bought it? What were they trying to signal?

Doug DeMuro - The opposite. Car reviews that focus on the tiny things like weird quirks of the interior

ADVchina/laowhy86/serpentza - Life in China

Geoff Marshall - UK trains

Steve1989mreinfo - Reviews of MREs. Including unboxing and eating long-expired WW2 rations. Who knew canned peanut butter could last 70 years?

Retro Game Mechanics Explained - Very in-depth yet easy to understand explanations of quirks of nintendo hardware programming like scroll registers etc

Techmoan - Obsolete and forgotten media formats (Tefifon!)

Technology Connections - Some light technology history

The 8-bit guy/8-bit keys - 8-bit computer and keyboard history, repair, restoration

VectrexRoli - Old game consoles

TNT Amusements - Arcade game hardware

Lazy Game Reviews - Retro IBM PC, retro computer and modern gaming content

I recommend

* ElectroBOOM (Electronics)

* Codys Lab (Physics/Chemistry)

* RedNile (Chemistry)

* Computerphile, Numberphile, PeriodicTable and their Astronomy/Astrophysics/Spacephysics Channel

* DeFranco (Politics and News)

* Super Eyepatch Wolf (Video Essays on Video Games, Anime, Comics, etc.)

* Ephemeral Rift (ASMR, though I mainly use it as background noise, not much of a fan of ASMR itself)

* Extra Credits (Game Design)

* AvE and BigClive (Tear Downs and shouting and China Electronics, beware Humor)

+1 on “two minute papers”. It’s a brief overview of interesting recent CS papers, especially in machine learning.

My absolute favorites:

Art of the Problem (Information Theory/Cryptograpghy) : https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtOfTheProblem

Historia Civilis (History) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_vLHiWVBh_FR9vbeuiY-A

3 Blue 1 Brown (Maths): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYO_jab_esuFRV4b17AJtAw

Primitive Technology (Survivalism) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA

PBS Space Time (Physics) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g

Techmoan - exploring the forgotten tech of the past

LazyGameReviews - Old PCs, peripherals, and software

ForgottenWeapons - the mechanics and history of the weapons of the past

AvE - Thorough teardowns of tools, fabricobbling, enginerding, etc

Extra Credits - Game design and more

Artifexian - Worldbuilding and some linguistics

Alliterative - Chasing down word etymologies

None at all - maybe the odd music video from 'my generation' (1970s-90s, love Eurythmics, later Fleetwood Mac, Spandau Ballet, Steve Winwood, Queen...). I prefer the factual written word for hobby stuff (electronics/vintage computing) as it's much easier to run through the material at your own pace and hop around articles. Maybe it's a topic/generation thing - it's not a phobia as I'm a 'Technical Delivery Manager' doing cloudy/infrastructure stuff.

Same. I'm a programmer, probably much younger than you, but I dislike the video format. It's harder to follow, more time consuming and less efficient. I might watch something occasionally from a recommendation, or watch some comedy or lectures by myself from time to time, but I don't watch anything regularly the way I check my RSS feeds with text articles regularly. Same applies to podcasts.

I do like the same music, despite of being born later. So maybe it's determined by one's music taste? ;)

There are a lot of good answers in this thread, I'll suggest one that most people may not of heard of.

Mark Furneaux - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDQEDxAVuxcsyeEoOpSoRA

He does Homelab-style networking, linux, and server management, but also does very detailed teardowns of random or eccentric electronics. For someone like me with very little EE background, he explains the circuitry and the industrial design in a very digestible and interesting way. His teardown of an old traffic controller PSU is one of my favorites (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-F7nKoNqjM).

Technology Connections for pretty in-depth technology coverage that we take for granted: color TV, stop lights: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy0tKL1T7wFoYcxCe0xjN6Q

Joshua Bardwell's channel is fantastic for geeks who race with drones: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3eufnI7A2I7IkKHZn8KSQ

Simone Giertz builds crazy robots: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3KEoMzNz8eYnwBC34RaKCQ

* Big Clive (tears apart electronics, mostly lighting- and power related) https://www.youtube.com/user/bigclivedotcom

* Mentour Pilot (explains the job of a pilot) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpHKudUkP5tNgmMdexB3ow

* Wendover Productions (shows interesting facts in a simple way, aviation/geopolitics related mostly) https://www.youtube.com/user/Wendoverproductions

I don't watch anything particularly, although after a stressful week I sometimes like to relax by getting mildly drunk and watching all those 'FAIL' YT clips.

However a few weeks ago I remember a HN article that linked to some Canadian who milled a nut and bolt out of potato. His clips were great and I don't even have a clue about engineering. Does anyone know who this is as I am having a hard time finding it again.?

EDIT: FOUnd him - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChWv6Pn_zP0rI6lgGt3MyfA

Great! Now I have something to look forward to tonight! XD

Alex French Guy Cooking (he's French, he cooks, he builds crazy contraptions to help, check out the video about the supposedly heavy duty pasta machine he bought from China to help him make ramen noodles faster)

Tom Scott, I think a lot of us watch Tom Scott!

Steve Mould, doing science stuff

Minute Physics, doing short and accessible Sharpie-drawing animated explanations of various interesting concepts in physics

Techmoan does some good videos on retro audio technology. And other things, but those are the ones I watch apart from the occasional interesting kitchen gadget review (yes, someone makes an appliance designed solely to cook bacon. No, you shouldn't buy one).

The Gaming Historian, well-researched videos about various bits of gaming history (the latest being an exploration of the Sega 32X).

8-bit Theory, a channel exploring game soundtracks from a musical theory perspective, including videos exploring things like why Mario's soundtrack sounds so happy, how the sax solo in a particular track in Mario Kart 8 works, or how themes evolve through multiple iterations of a particular franchise.

Retrohistories, another gaming history channel, doesn't produce a lot but I like what he does do. Although I should mention, he's a friend of mine!

Guilliame Erard has some very interesting videos about aikido, footage from various demonstrations by prominent aikidoka, interviews, etc. One recent video I found very interesting indeed was an exploration of daito-ryu aikijujitsu, the immediate ancestor of aikido.

I also watch a whole load of Minecraft players, either for building ideas and techniques, information on redstone (although someone needs to actually write this all up somewhere in a coherent fashion, I have never been able to find such a document if it exists already, it's clearly in people's heads), or just the gameplay videos from various things (mostly Minecraft Evolution or other series by the people who are involved in the Evolution SMP - I am for example watching almost everything NettyPlays is putting out at the moment).

What I don't watch regularly is anything about programming.

Techmoan is really a puppet channel that also has technology and kitchen appliance reviews. (All good!)

CppCon, BoostCon, MeetingCpp have enough material for you to fall asleep to for a lifetime :P

The GDC (Game Developers Conference) channel has a lot of material, but http://gdcvault.com/ recently opened up a ton more material for free viewing.

Two Minute Papers is obviously short-form, but very high quality.

NoClip has high-quality video game documentaries.

Pompalomoose - Music, with weekly cover releases. Interestingly one of the members is the founder of Patreon. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSiPjfAJBgbFlIUsxOWpK0w

Applied Science - Fairly deep investigations into science and tech. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCivA7_KLKWo43tFcCkFvydw

Clickspring - Builds things in brass. Super detail and high production quality. Currently working on making an authentic replica of The Antikythera Mechanism from raw metal stock. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCworsKCR-Sx6R6-BnIjS2MA

Others are either gaming related that I don't watch much anymore (use twitch for that) or things that have been mentioned several times already.

Binging with Babish is great- well done cooking videos, interesting things. I also like this guy JunsKitchen who cooks relaxing meals with his cats in the background. Finally Depression era cooking taught by a lovely grandmother named Clara, titled "Depression Era Cooking."

I enjoy youtube cooking shows, they help me relax (and give me ideas for fun weekend projects).

I spend a lot of time on YouTube watching what I call “educational channels” on topics ranging from science to geopolitics to philosophy. Here's a list of a bunch of them.


I'm using YT for entertainment. Once in a month I might find myself watching a LiveOverflow video.

I watch Ice poseidon et al. daily. Many of the team members were on Twitch and got banned from it. I used to follow Greek God and Sodapoppin though I no longer care as the YT equivalent is much more fun.

I also like to watch videos from FearsomeFire and Matthias.

Kenji Lopez-Alt, Serious Eats, and Bon Appetite are great recipe inspirations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqJQ_cXSat0KIAVfIfKkVA https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6S5a3MQtr_PSWZxysXkOCg https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbpMy0Fg74eXXkvxJrtEn3w

apetor has goofy videos of him ice skating and swimming that can be soothing in an odd way: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnK83dqyPvFo6GX0rCwn8A

I'm in to DOS and 8-bit micro era computing, so in that category:

LGR (aka Lazy Game Reviews)

The 8-Bit Guy

Nostalgia Nerd


I'm specifically in love with the techniques used by games in that era, and GameHut has some interesting explanations of how he and other developers pulled off some of the tricks they did on the Genesis and Saturn. I really wish there were more channels doing things like that.

Ben Eater has an interesting series on building a computer from ICs.

ScottManley plays a whole lot of Kerbal Space Program and talks about rocket science.

I also watch a few LPers: ChipCheezumLPs, StrawHatNo, MenDrinkinCoffee. They're just interesting and/or funny. I'd dig an informative and exclusively DOS/8-bit micro era LPer I'd think.

Is it just me, or is Youtube completely terrible about discoverability and recommendations? It only seems to recommend me things I've already watched or people who yell a lot.

No one mentioned This Old Tony yet?

Great explanations and tutorials for those like me aspiring to be a machinist while learning a variety of metalworking techniques and with good humour.


Tom Murphy 7 has the most original content ever: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3azLjQuz9s5qk76KEXaTvA

Summoning Salt - I'm hooked on his video game speed-run world record progressions. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtUbO6rBht0daVIOGML3c8w

Retro Game Mechanics Explained https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwRqWnW5ZkVaP_lZF7caZ-g

"numberphile" and "smarter every day", my children put me on to both of them.

How the hell do you have time to watch all that __regularly__ ?

I usually just leave it on in the background while I program/study.

I also might have a tiny problem......

I don't know about other people, but I have a home gym and catch up on my youtube watch later during workouts.

So that's about 4 hours of youtube a week.

That's a great strat. I run, so I only go audiobooks :)

My favorites:

* Every Frame a Painting[1] - film essays (No longer making videos)

* Good Blood[2] - game design and music

* Hodges U[3] - mini-docs on various subjects

* kaptainkristian[4] - "visual love letters" for comics, films, musics, animations and more

* Lessons From the Screenplay[5] - film's script/story

* Game Maker's Toolkit[6] - game design

* WAVEFORM[7] - sound design (focus on sound design in games)

* noclip[8] - video game documentaries

* Will Schoder[9] - philosophy and other things

1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjFqcJQXGZ6T6sxyFB-5i6A

2. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC55OV4HSSKJEthG4ulsKkyw

3. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcfU0Kuv8niOazZohyetZg

4. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuPgdqQKpq4T4zeqmTelnFg

5. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCErSSa3CaP_GJxmFpdjG9Jw

6. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqJ-Xo29CKyLTjn6z2XwYAw

7. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIoNgwHpavUi2UnC68cKgbw

8. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0fDG3byEcMtbOqPMymDNbw

9. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcRdUHUuBqU9uCsEuG39Nmg

Most of what I regularly watch has already been mentioned except for one: Tips from a Shipwright (https://www.youtube.com/user/TipsfromaShipWright). From their website, "Tips from a Shipwright was started ... with the purpose of creating a high quality video content resource for wooden boat builders, sailing enthusiasts and fellow lovers of wooden boats."

Louis Sauzedde's personality is great. His experience as a master shipwright is obvious, and I'm always amazed by the tips, tricks, and techniques that he employs while designing, building, and maintaining boats. He has a bunch of different videos, but a good starting point is probably "Season 1: Building the TotalBoat - How to build a work skiff" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C22Crc7XHoI&list=PLzlN3A2DLg...).

Binging with Babish - good cooking basics and some really entertaining dishes from tv / movies

Alex French Guy Cooking - deeper dives into the technology and chemistry of cooking

Primitive Technology - what it says on the tin

AvE - Really informative and entertaining tear downs of equipment and shop talk

SV Seeker - fascinating vlog of someone building a big steel boat with the help of the internet

- Most channels by IDW (Intelectual Dark Web) people, though when you know all the arguments, due to overwatching, it can get a bit tiring.

- Tom Scott, igsquared, JunsKitchen, Alex French Cooking Guy, New York Times, Great Big Story, Strange Parts, TED, and a few philosophy ones from Brazil.

Some examples:

JunsKitchen (Japanese cooking), homemade tofu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdNqWcUdm6I

Lateral (Tom Scott's new game show) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xS-BIcu4ew

igsquared (Brave New World vs 1984) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31CcclqEiZw

If anyone knows any good Italian channels I might like, based on the above, let me know please. Grazie.

Red Letter Media, 3Blue1Brown, Jocko Podcast, Robbaz and The Ben Heck Show.

All entertaining fare of different genres.

School of Life, Vox make some great explainer videos, PBS Space Time and NPR TinyDesk Concerts.

A few of my favorites:

Mr. Sunday Movies (comic books, movies, tv shows, etc) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkDSAQ_5-yx5hmuvUcsJL7A

Recording Revolution (recording, mixing, mastering music) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjRzsiP_aDWWLHV4-2LKBtg

Woody's Piano Shack (synthesizers) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27jRFKGzztB9u9T5GkPH_g

Learn Quick, by Mike Boyd https://www.youtube.com/user/microboyd

He makes videos of himself learning things, like wheeling a bike, throwing cards, etc...

Very charismatic youtuber

Crashcourse https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q. I support them on paetron.

Also James May the reassembler is great.

serpentza, ADVChina - expats vlogging China the way they see it

Louis Rossmann - livestreams component-level MacBook board repairs, strangely compelling

CppCon, BoostCon - the good, bad and ugly of C++

EEVblog - electronics engineering rants and teardowns from an Aussie design engineer

Four Eyes (amazing furniture builds), I like to make stuff, make something, April Wilkerson, Seth’s bike hacks, single track sampler, skills with Phil, BKXC, Alan Thrall, Buff Dudes

Basically a mix of wood working, mountain biking and weight lifting

Cinefx, Red Letter Media, Wisecrack, What Da Math, Kurzgesagt & Scott Manley

I watch a lot, but these are consistently good:

- You Suck at Cooking. For some reason this might be my favourite channel on YouTube. It's just incredibly funny and unique.

- CGPgrey. Extremely interesting videos, even if he posts only once in a blue moon.

- Half as Interesting. Consistently interesting and entertaining short videos.

- Scishow psych. Well done videos about psychology. See also crash course psychology.

- primitive technology. Many people have mentioned this.

- Simone Giertz. "The queen of shitty robots"

- Adam Neely. Interesting and unique videos about music.

Impact Theory hosted by Tom Bilyeu - "An interview series that explores the mindsets of the world's highest achievers to learn their secrets of success."

My favorites are:

- Kurzegast in a nutshell, this is videos are incredible.

- Coding Tech, for some tech conference

- Infographics Show, similiar to Kurzegast.

- Nerdwriter1, Lesson from the Screenplay, Screen Prism (All of this)

- Crash Course

- Ted and Ted-ed

I'm a Rachel Maddow addict. They dont show it in my part of the world, so every morning (Tuesday to Sat) I jump on at 9am and watch it live on youtube... some very kind souls all hijack it and stream it live for free. The streamers change periodically as they get shut down, but its pretty reliably easy to jump on and search for LIVE "rachel maddow"

For those interested in video game narrative analysis I quite recommend Errant Signal and The Game Professor

Fun Fun Function

Swedish developer at Spotify (who studied film and theatre in uni) talks about (mostly) JavaScript stuff.

Fun fun function has helped me to find the joy in programming javascript. Kudos to him!

Come work on the same monstrosity that I am working with, that will help it disappear again.

Binging With Babish has gotten me cooking more than at any other time in my life.

And Primitive Technology is mesmerizing.

I run across 'Binging with babish' but word 'binging' always turned me off, so I would skip it. What got my wife and I to try some different cooking was chef John with foodwishes.com

I'm genuinely surprised that there isn't any love for Jimmy Diresta on here yet... https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCiEk4xHBbz0hZNIBBpowdYQ

Every non-gaming pewdiepie video (which is the majority for the last couple years). He is #1 and lampoons the platform daily, it’s beautiful.

Sugar Pine 7 - they figured out how to take comedy vlogging to the next level.

Gus Johnson - mostly short videos, intensely funny and generally highly unexpected.

Been watching this guy recently, kiwami japan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg3qsVzHeUt5_cPpcRtoaJQ

LiveOverflow is pretty awesome. Very easy to follow after working day.


Joe Rogan Experience (and occasionally other stand up comic podcasts like Your mom's house, Bill Burr etc) , Boxing Legends, Computer/Number-phile, umm sometimes I will watch TED and technology related talks.

Level1techs for hardware, and linux content : https://www.youtube.com/user/teksyndicate

Some random ones I can remember:

DerSchmu - c64 game longplays.

Motortrend - roadkill (sadly, new stuff is now on a separate site).

Scott Manley - space, rockets, space related games.

Colin furze - a reminder not to take things too seriously.

Mighty Car Mods.

PennyArcadeTV - Acquistions Incorporated Dnd.

JustForFunc - Go.

- Be Inspired (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaKZDEMDdQc8t6GzFj1_TDw)

- sentdex

- Siraj Raval

Siraj Raval is a hack. Often times, his code is incomplete, unrunnable, undocumented, in dangerously improper syntactical form, and sometimes downright stolen from others (without given proper credit.)

Fun Fun Function, TechLinked, Linus Tech Tips, MobileTechReview

Forgotten Weapons and InRangeTV, both for firearms stuff.

Seconded for Gun Jesus' channels.

But for those unfamiliar with Forgotten Weapons, it's not a rah-rah-fight-the-Man channel. It is a history channel that specialises in firearms. The episode about the OSS Liberator pistol would be a great starter, a mix of political and military history. Is it ethical to encourage an occupied people to try to shoot their occupiers with a flimsy, unreliable, inaccurate weapon?

Second for Forgotten Weapons. The tone is just right - it's about design questions with a touch of history thrown in. I'm interested in both those things so it's fun for me even though I've never owned a gun and haven't fired one in 20 years. I'll be honest though - watching it makes me really tempted to go out to a range some day.

hickok45, FPSRussia

Mark Brown/Game Makers Toolkit

He analyses games and specific game mechanics. It's pretty awesome if you are into gaming.

Kara and Nate - Travel vloggers

Pailin's Kitchen - Breaks Down Thai Recipes into easy to follow steps

Team CoCo - Remotes are hilarious

Hydraulic Press Channel is good for a laugh. CGP Grey, although he hasn't done anything for a while

The Dark Den. A guy that lives in a tiny apartment and keeps pretty much every species of spider.

Kurzgesagt, PBS Space Time are really good, though they are not updated super frequently

Many a True Nerd The 8 bit Guy

The Great War, Strange Parts and many others that have been mentioned already.

Coding Train, Sentdex and prouduct school if you interest in PM

Since the latest purge, very few.

Noncontroversial youtube channels that I do enjoy:

- Lock-Picking Lawyer


- Regular Car Reviews

ContraPoints: https://www.youtube.com/user/ContraPoints (left-wing politics and culture, from an north American perspective)


I used to never watch Youtube and then I got a samsung 5k smartTV with the youtube app built in and I fell in love. There are such great content creators there once you get through the mess. The first thing I do when I get home from work to decompress is load up the youtube app on my TV and check the releases on the channels I follow.

--- Informative ---

PBS Eons https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzR-rom72PHN9Zg7RML9EbA

The British Museum https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvpQ-l09fCVxJd3urZbxzHg

Simone Giertz (great female maker) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3KEoMzNz8eYnwBC34RaKCQ

Primitive Technology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA

Nerdwriter1 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJkMlOu7faDgqh4PfzbpLdg

DogumentaryTV - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpejL4mTlUJ_hfQY1PiCW6Q

CrashCourse https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q

Engineer Guy - crazy informative https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2bkHVIDjXS7sgrgjFtzOXQ

--- D&D ---

Saturday Morning D&D show https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgK09rx0qzZ8GPPFOltlFTg

Matthew Coville https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkVdb9Yr8fc05_VbAVfskCA

WebDM https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7XFmdssWgaPzGyGbKk8GaQ

Jorphdan - Lore/History https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0GmsDkaPerh1VdAfpWaaKA

Monarchs Factory https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChSBq3h26QNYGBmi2yQPHKA

--- Food ---

The Food Ranger - Canadian Expat living in China https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiAq_SU0ED1C6vWFMnw8Ekg

Tasty - Wife loves this channel, quick recipe videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFp8uSYCjXOMnkUyb3CQ3Q

Binging with Babish https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJHA_jMfCvEnv-3kRjTCQXw

--- Fun ---

First We Feast - Hot Ones is the best streaming interview show https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPD_bxCRGpmmeQcbe2kpPaA

Daily Dose of Internet - He has never posted a bad video. all very short https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdC0An4ZPNr_YiFiYoVbwaw

Pet Collective - Everyone needs to follow a funny animal clip channel. I recommend this one. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPIvT-zcQl2H0vabdXJGcpg

n-o-d-e, old defcon vids, nurdrage, codyslab, nilered, kreosan english

Primitive Technology

vihartvihart was a lost weekend of firehosing for me.

anonymoose - cleanses my techno fugues with laughter.

Layout Land


A long list but all channels I watch most every video that comes out.


CGP Grey

Channel Super Fun

Cody's Lab




Half as Interesting

Jaiden Animations

Like Tesla

Linus Tech Tips





Real Engineering

Scott Manley

Smarter Every Day

The Credit Shifu

The Game/Film Theorist

The Science ELf


Tom Scott


I recommend


Crash Course

Minute Physics

Sailor J.



In English :

Lots of history / battles channels * Kings and Generals : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMmaBzfCCwZ2KqaBJjkj0fw

* Simple history : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC510QYlOlKNyhy_zdQxnGYw

* The great war : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcyEsEjhPEDf69RRVhRh4A

* Invicta : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwO-UgquohXwoe7f0e6lMnw

* Baz Battles - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx-dJoP9hFCBloY9qodykvw

* Historia Civilis - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_vLHiWVBh_FR9vbeuiY-A

* Primitive Technology

* And obviously, how to basic - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4s1DE9J4DHzZYXMltSMAg :)

I love learning about how battles are won and lost, and how history evolved and countries got to be. Normans were Vikings, English nobles come from the French, . . .

In French:

* Astronogeek - Astronomy vulgarization

* Defekator - My hero. Debunk videos on fakes, such as flat earth, vaccination doesn't work , etc https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU0FhLr6fr7U9GOn6OiQHpQ

* Question d Histoire : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGRtSqLfljpX9mzCYDsQIg

* Axolot - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2_OG1L8DLTzQ7UrZVOk7OA

* Confessions d'histoire -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzj9-ZfpJ74vYv1RZzAWTVg History told by the people that made it (with humor)

I can watch any topic, I just wanna hear it from passionate people !

Matthias Wandel is my favourite YouTuber. Woodworking mixed with engineering.

The rest is mostly music or woodworking like bandstand, Chris Salomone.

The channel Is named wintergarten and it’s fantastic.

A bunch now a days. One of my favorites is Siraj Raval. He does them on AI or ML specifically.

Then a bunch others in the technology space including several from Google are very good. Usually also watch most of the Google I/O videos for sessions was not able to attend.

But then I also watch Josh Lloyd during the NBA basketball season.

There is this balance between the person doing the video and then the content. I find myself more and more needing a decent person doing the video unless it is super compelling content.

How It Should Have Ended

This may be an unpopular opinion, but none.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t really used YouTube much, but there seem to be very few content producers that deliver content which is based on any form of scientific methodology or even any form of real journalism.

I can quickly find a ton of “documentaries” on Ancient Rome for instance, and I have watched quite a few. I happen to have made the rare mix of CS and history when I took my original candidate degree at the university of Aarhus, and I specialized in Ancient Rome. I’ve yet to see anything on YouTube on Ancient Rome, that wasn’t amateurish at best unless it came from somewhere else, like the BBC.

I think that is the best way to put it. YouTube just doesn’t seem like a good place for production of knowledge, and as much as I enjoy watching a guy build a clay cabin from the ground up with his bare hands, I’d frankly rather read a book.

I think that your analogy could be extended to the internet as a whole. Just because there is a lot of crap there, doesn't mean you can't find good stuff as well.

I love that Primitive Technology is enjoyed by the non-Youtube crowd.

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