When it comes to catching up on shows that I haven’t seen before I have a list, a fairly long list, but a list nonetheless. I, rarely, if ever, deviate from the order of the list, but Superstore was my disruptor.
I didn’t plan to watch the store-based comedy that particular night, but a rash decision and a America Ferrara craving is what lead me down the rabbit hole which I did not leave until I had completed the series.
The tone of Superstore resembles Parks and Recreation and Community, quirky but universally funny, the humour is clever but still relatable and it is also completely underrated.
The characters are unlike anything you have seen before. I remember the first time I met Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation and I was wowed at how unlike she was to my preconceived biases of what the character should be. She was an ambitious woman working in a male-dominated workplace – surely she should be cut-throat, she should be competitive, she should rebuke traditional femininity – but she was an absolute sweetheart, actively supporting everyone around her, seeing the best in everyone, starting Galentines Day etc. I have the same sort of feelings about the characters in Superstore – they are so original and different, that they bring a new sort of energy and characterisation to the sitcom genre.
Another firm favourite of mine is a good ole ‘will they/won’t they’ romance from Sam and Diane in Cheers to Tony and Angela in Who’s the Boss and Danny and Mindy in The Mindy Project, Superstore has exactly that with Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman). And the push and pull keeps you hooked, and even though you enjoy all the characters, there is something about the chemistry between these two that makes you coming back for more each episode.
Even though the characters in Superstore are not necessarily what we are used to in sitcoms, they are definitely characters (perhaps more pronounced) that most of us have worked with if we have worked in retail. From the eager beaver, to those that coast along by doing the bare minimum, to the one that is a stickler for the rules. It’s even the little moments that is universally familiar to retail workers – such as completely incompetent and unnecessary customers.
Superstore is a hilarious comedy that will constantly keep you entertained and engaged, it is extremely underrated and worth a watch, because I bet you would fall in love with the world of Cloud 9 too.
Watch Superstore now on Showmax