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like a lonely house ([personal profile] delacourtings) wrote in [community profile] tv_talk2017-05-01 02:19 am

Superstore Primer




WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

 

Superstore (NBC) is a single-camera sitcom that follows a group of employees working at “Cloud 9″, a fictional big-box store (i.e. Walmart) in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
 

 
WHY SHOULD I WATCH IT?

A - THE DIVERSITY
4/7 of the main cast are people of color.

One of the characters is disabled. (Though the actor is able bodied).

One of the main characters is gay.

+There are also gay and POC minor recurring characters as well.


B - THE CONTENT
The show deals with real-life issues such as abortion, religion, and the Black Lives Matter moment through a comedic lens.



C - THE CHARACTERS


America Ferrera plays Amy, the store's "intelligent and responsible"
aka takes no shit floor supervisor. I would die for her and you would too you just don't know it yet.






Ben Feldman plays Jonah, a business school drop out who is hired in the pilot. I like to (jokingly) refer to him as Woke White Bae. He's the kind of guy who talks about why he's thinking about leaving social media but we love him anyway.





Mark McKiney is Glenn, the store's kind and well-meaning but often confused and misguided store manager.





Lauren Ash plays Dina, the store's extremely intense assistant manager. She takes takes no bullshit to another level.




Colton Dunn is Garrett, the stores sardonic and indifferent intercom "voice of God." I live for his announcements the Cloud 9 shoppers. Plus, the looks he (and Amy) give Jonah when Jonah does something really white are amazing.





Nichole Bloom plays Cheyenne, a sweet and bubbly young employee at the store. She's so charming that she can take selfies outside of workplace disaster and it comes off as cute.




Nico Santos is Mateo, is a very ambitious associate who is hired in the pilot along with Jonah. He's been described as "a shady queen" and would rather die that insult Beyonce so like, relatable.

D - THE (RELATION)SHIPS

We all know this is what you're really here for. Is there anything to ship?


IDK


You


Tell


Me


???



The friendships between everyone are all pretty great too. If you're into that.



Okay. You convinced me.

WHERE CAN I WATCH?

Success! Season 2 is currently available on Hulu. But if you don't have access to Hulu you can find season one here and season two here.




MISC/FUN STUFF

Justin Spitzer is the showrunner and executive producer. He worked as a writer and producer on The Office for seven years.

America Ferrera is also a producer on the show.

I posted a thread on my Twitter of some of my favorite moments from the show in an attempt to get more people to watch it, so if you don't mind being minorly spoiled, you can find that here.

And here is my tag for the show on Tumblr if you're looking for some pretty gifs to reblog after marathoning the show.

HAPPY WATCHING

colls: (JONES Indy&Marion)

[personal profile] colls 2017-05-01 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd never even heard of this show! It does look rather adorable.
Thank you for sharing!
veritas_poet: (Kate - animated - what the)

[personal profile] veritas_poet 2017-05-01 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
A - THE DIVERSITY
4/7 of the main cast are people of color.


Good grief, who cares what color anyone is?! What on earth does that matter so much that it's the first thing posted here? The open, acceptable and even promoted racism these days is astounding!

Diversity used to just mean variety. Now it just means anything but white. And straight.

How about just having a well written, well acted show, without obsessing over this nonsense? Whatever happened to that?
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[personal profile] colls 2017-05-01 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
While it may not be the most important feature for all viewers, I think it's a way of saying that the show isn't particularly homogeneous. A 'white' and 'straight' show is, well.... kind of boring for a lot of viewers and with so many options being produced they can be more selective.

Having a varied cast and characters mean it's able to appeal to a wider audience. As part of a recruitment bid to entice people to watch the show, I think it's entirely appropriate.
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[personal profile] zaluzianskya 2017-05-17 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Every time someone like the above user complains about diversity in TV, I put the show in question on my watchlist. Thanks for the primer!