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Does Superstore get any better?
« on: April 01, 2021, 03:22:37 PM »

Superstore landed on Netflix fairly recently. I liked the premise of the show (apart from Tripper's/Slinger's Day, has there been any other sitcoms set in a fictional supermarket?), so I made a start but I'm currently halfway through episode five and there's not a great deal to like.

Cookie-cutter comedy characters, too many sarcastic quips and not enough jokes. I'm glad they didn't opt for the Parks & Rec/The Office mockumentary style, with direct to camera interviews.

The first seasons of both Parks & Rec and The Office weren't that great but, by seasons three or four, they both became classics, so I know these types of shows need time to grow but the 7.8 rating on IMDB isn't looking promising.

Anyone else seen it? Does it get better?


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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2021, 03:35:59 PM »
I knew the premise and I watched a few episodes from later series (airing recently on ITV3 or E4) purely because I chanced across them in the middle of the night and Mark McKinney from Kids In The Hall is in it, but I wasn't that enamoured. I don't know the characters or what's happened in previous series though so I might be being unfair. 

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2021, 04:10:01 PM »
Dipped into it occasionally on TV, it's just fine, an average workplace sitcom. What seem to be the main characters (America Ferrera and Ben Feldman, both producers) aren't amazing, side chars have more scope.

A previous thread:
https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=57794.0

Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2021, 04:23:02 PM »
Superstore landed on Netflix fairly recently. I liked the premise of the show (apart from Tripper's/Slinger's Day, has there been any other sitcoms set in a fictional supermarket?)

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2021, 05:19:57 PM »
It's fine. Not bad. Not great.

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2021, 05:23:21 PM »
I really like it - the best part of each episode for me are the "staff meetings" where the characters play off each other.

I can't rememver exactly when in the series it starts, but it starts to touch on employment rights/unionisation quite a bit which was when it started to get really interesting for me.

Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2021, 05:51:59 PM »
Yep, Superstore is really good writing



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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2021, 07:03:08 PM »
Beyond the premise, there are enough similarities in characters to make me think it's a rip from Trollied.

Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2021, 07:04:52 PM »
Trollied on Sky One a few years ago.

Which, btw, is fairly transparently the inspiration for Superstore.

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2021, 07:34:53 PM »
Insert obvious joke about the Five Star live phone-in here.

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2021, 07:49:28 PM »
It's fine. Not bad. Not great.

Grand for sticking on in the background while you're doing something else.

Yeah, it's fine. It's one of those sort of 'nothing' shows like The Office and Parks and Rec. It's there, and it keeps going, and the characters are all sort of the same.

Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2021, 10:26:00 PM »
I was interested in this because Johnny Pemberton's in it but the yawns far outweighed the go ons. McKinney's turn was a bit of a cringe. I didn't make it through the first season.

Yeah, it's fine. It's one of those sort of 'nothing' shows like The Office and Parks and Rec. It's there, and it keeps going, and the characters are all sort of the same.

The first nine episodes of both of those shows made me laugh a lot more than the first nine episodes of Superstore did, and compelled me to stick with them.

Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2021, 03:44:21 PM »
has there been any other sitcoms set in a fictional supermarket?

OF COURSE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqRVIAfIhMQ

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2021, 11:02:45 AM »
Just wait till Matt Bianco are guests.

Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2021, 01:33:06 PM »
The first season is introducing you to the setting/characters and is a bit bland.
But it does pick up after that.

The Dina Character just gets better and better, doesn't surprise me that she is an award winning comic actress. She delivers her lines with perfect panfaced timing.

I've boxed it off as a bit of comedy (that l haven't seen before) and watch a few before bed, to flush out the madness that we've all been going through lately.
Not something l'd revist in the future but does the job for now, kinda.

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2021, 01:55:02 PM »
I will never ever forget watching this episode


Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2021, 07:16:34 PM »
It hasn't made me laugh yet but it's also not actively annoying.

Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2021, 11:22:34 PM »
It's fine. Not bad. Not great.

Grand for sticking on in the background while you're doing something else.

It hasn't made me laugh yet but it's also not actively annoying.

Cheers for the replies, everyone. I'll probably continue to stick with it as something to watch with lunch.

Absolutely can not get over that picture of the character of Dina posted by Mr. Simnock.

Probably one for 020210us Th1ngs, but I only just twigged that it's Ugly Betty playing Amy.




Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2021, 11:15:13 AM »
I really like it - the best part of each episode for me are the "staff meetings" where the characters play off each other.

I can't rememver exactly when in the series it starts, but it starts to touch on employment rights/unionisation quite a bit which was when it started to get really interesting for me.

Yeah I like the staff meetings where the right-on characters try to educate the others and it all goes tits and they end up putting across the opposite message, like the men's rights episode

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2021, 10:05:29 PM »
Due to the lockdown, I've watched the first season on Prime Video. The unionization gets to the front during the finale, when Cheyenne has her kid.

So far, it's been mostly a lesser version of The Office (Justin Spitzer was a writer for the show), compared to its golden years, with interesting variations.
Jonah is a mixture between Ryan and Jim (when Ryan was just the new guy and the audience surrogate, before they realized they hadn't found anything to do with him and sent him to corporate for a change).
Dina, as the tomboy, is very reminiscent of the tougher side of Dwight.
Mateo is overly competitive like Dwight, but also shares a lot with Oscar and even Kelly.
Garrett, as the sarcastic voice of reason, shares a lot with Darryl and Jim.
And Glenn, as the boss, is a less irritating take on Michael Scott, with some Angela added in the mix.
But it's not uncommon to have shows where there's a lot of shared DNA. At its beginning, Brooklyn Nine-Nine looked a lot like Parks and Recreation set in a precinct, for instance. But the shows developed into something different.

That's also a major difference with the US version of The Office. Almost every character here turns out to be a decent fellow, and the show doesn't rely as much on the cringe factor for comedy. Glenn can be played for laughs, but he's not the boss from hell, he's mostly quirky, with an annoying voice and a lot of insecurities that can get embarrassing, but also competent and considerate.

So it will be interesting to see how it changes during the next three seasons (Prime Video still hasn't added series 5 and 6).

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2021, 10:24:50 PM »
I like the show. It's nothing amazing but easy to watch with likeable characters, and some really funny bits mixed in with standard sitcom tropes. It just has a nice vibe I think, not overly dark or edgy or anything....

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2021, 08:52:47 AM »
I find the bits that make me laugh most,are the short cut scenes of the cusomers doing something insane in the aisles!

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Re: Does Superstore get any better?
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2021, 11:03:51 AM »
I find the bits that make me laugh most,are the short cut scenes of the cusomers doing something insane in the aisles!

I love these too, I do wonder if most of them are actually what staff writers have seen IRL or they have snaffled them from wallmart (and it's ilk) workers forums\facebook etc.

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