The End of an Era: Les Has-bines

It is a sad day today at HOTN central.

Today is the last episode of what is probably the longest running web series ever (to our knowledge): Les Has-bines. It is a French Canadian (or Québécois, depending on where you stand on the nationalist agenda), web series about two actors who where on top of the world as youth idols in their prime but now have a hard time landing any job and trying everything to recover some of their former glory. It ends today with its 94th episode...

Let that sink in. 94 episodes. That in itself is a feat.

What is more amazing however, is that despite an absolute lack of budget and several technical issues, most notably with sound and sometimes picture, they somehow managed to keep an incredible level of quality in the stories and performances throughout, something that even most professional TV shows can’t manage in 13 episodes, let alone 94... With a virtual Who’s who of Québecois celebrities, from both TV and the WEB guest-starring on the show, (including the now world famous Jon Lajoie), they brought another layer of credibility to what was an already brilliant premise. With sometimes surreal storylines and situations, one of our favourites being the Ukrainian daycare sharing the basement office of the desperately hopeless agent of the even more hopeless duo, they walked a very fine line between several forms of humour with flawless ease.

Using dark humour and a comedy approach based on the systematic humiliation and embarrassment of its main protagonists, the show has created a wealth of fans over the years. And we are some of them. So much so that we have asked the two Has-Bines, (pictured below: closest to camera, the one with hair and in a White Humeur Design T-shirt is Has-Bine Leduc and the bald one in a trademark New Felquists checkerboard jacket is Has-Bine Mongrain), to appear in Episode 19: Opération Roche & Roule, one of the most hilarious episode of the Heroes of the North series and definitely the most fun we EVER had shooting. For completists, the last New Felquist in the back is Eric Pfalzgraf from another hilarious Québécois TV show, Phylactère Cola.

So it is with great sadness that we have to see Les Has-Bines go. But it is with fond memories and the sincere hope that from the ashes of their show rises a new phoenix of opportunities for the hilarious duo, that we bid a fond farewell to les Has-Bines. It was a great run and they have probably made web series short history by longevity alone. May it rest in peace and inspire new groundbreaking work. So long and thanks for everything. You were definitely an inspiration for all of us here.


PS: Yes, the show is in French. But if you do understand French, watch it! It is worth every penny! Trust us!

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