Superstore – TV Series (Season 1)
Running Time: 30 minutes
Created by: Justin Spitzer
Starring: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Mark McKinney, Nichole Bloom
Superstore is a sitcom set in a fictional big-box store, Cloud 9 in St, Louis, Missouri. The show starts with Jonah (Feldman), a well-to-do, ex-business student, starting his first day at Cloud 9 as the newest associate. There he meets, the by-the-book assistant store manager, Dina (Ash), Amy (Ferrera) the floor supervisor, Glenn (McKinney) the socially awkward yet perpetually optimistic store manager, Garrett (Dunn) a fellow associate and prankster, Mateo (Santos) the ambitious associate, and Cheyenne (Bloom), another associate at Cloud 9 who happens to be a pregnant teen. The show follows the quirky staff as their day unfolds working in Cloud 9.
The show started off strong with its comedic cast and a meaningful moment but stumbled as it progresses over a few episodes, only to find its momentum by about the fifth episode onwards. You can definitely see the writers of the show got better and more confident as the show goes on. It’s been a while since NBC churned out a worthy sitcom, so when I came across Superstore, I was truly surprised by the hilarity and quirkiness. One thing that truly stands out about this show is its diverse cast. I utterly fell in love with this group of misfits that made the show what it is. Each of the actors bring their own personality and strengths to the show which makes it great. A few of my favourites – McKinney, a SNL alum with his high-pitched voice as Glenn and cheerful attitude, Ash as the awkward, tomboyish assistant store manager, and Dunn with his one-liners that are always on fleek.
The show also doesn’t shy away from making stereotype jokes and references to what we see daily. Another great thing about the show is its random cuts to the customers in the store going about their shopping. So, all in all, I’m glad Superstore is renewed for another season. We definitely need more diversity on screen and more on-point sitcoms such as this show. Highly recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a new sitcom!
Rating: 8 out of 10