Watcher Entertainment

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Name(s): Watcher Entertainment, Watcher
Date(s): 2019 - Present
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Watcher Entertainment is a production company founded by former Buzzfeed producers Ryan Bergara, Steven Lim, and Shane Madej. It produces a variety of unscripted webseries that are hosted on the YouTube channel Watcher.

The company was founded sometime in 2019, announced on December 9th, 2019, and formally launched on January 10, 2020. As of July 2022, the channel has over 1.9 million subscribers.


Watcher Entertainment has produced several series over the years. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Puppet History, an edutainment game show created by Shane Madej, hosted by Madej and Ryan Bergara
  • Are You Scared?, a horror anthology show created by Ryan Bergara, hosted by Bergara and Shane Madej
  • Dish Granted, a cooking challenge show created and hosted by Steven Lim
  • Too Many Spirits, a show created by Katie LeBlanc and hosted by the three co-founders
  • Social Distancing and Dungeons and Dragons (SD&D&D), an actual play D&D show hosted by the three co-founders and Katie LeBlanc


As of July 2022, there are over 1300 works on Archive of Our Own with the Watcher Entertainment RPF fandom tag. Most of them are cross-tagged in the BuzzFeed Unsolved fandom. A significant portion of Watcher's fandom come directly from the BuzzFeed Unsolved fandom, meaning that tropes and pairings common to that fandom are also frequently found in Watcher fanworks.

The most popular ship in the fandom is Ryan Bergara/Shane Madej, or "Shyan", with over 1100 works in the tag (and over 4000 works across AO3 overall).

While less popular, fanworks featuring Ryan Bergara/Steven Lim or Steven Lim/Shane Madej ("Styan" and "Limadej", respectively) do exist, as do works with the OT3 of Ryan Bergara/Steven Lim/Shane Madej ("Steshyan").

One of the most popular Watcher series, Puppet History, has its own mini-fandom, and characters such as The Professor (a history-teaching puppet played by Shane Madej) have become popular in their own right.

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