BLOCKBUSTER: SEASON ONE
Starring: Randall Park, Melissa Fumero, Olga Merediz, Madeleine Arthur, J.B.Smoove, Tyler Alvarez, Kamaia Fairburn, and Leonard Robinson
Creator: Vanessa Ramos
Although I had hope for this Netflix offering, this series puts the "bust" in Blockbuster. It’s supposed to be a comedy, yet the laughs are few and far between (and mainly provided by J.B. Smoove) thanks to its lackluster writing and underwhelming cast. Randall Park has given us some entertaining side characters in the past, but he wears on you in a lead role, while Melissa Fumero lacks the charm she showed in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This one is just a misfire, and as for the "Blockbuster" aspect…if you're looking to satisfy your nostalgia for video stores, check out I Like Movies when it's released.
At times, Blockbuster is an okay show, while at others, it most certainly is not. When it’s good, it serves as noise to put on in the background, with chuckles coming often enough that you laugh a little louder than expected. When it’s forcing you to finish a hard-to-watch episode, it’s wasting a cast full of extremely likable actors (Olga Merediz deserves her own damn show). There’s potential to the gimmick of the last video store on earth, but the visible heart of the cast isn’t enough to make this lackluster show anything more than another one-season bust.