A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Superstore is a workplace comedy about employees of a big-box store. On the good side, the cast boasts extensive diversity and the show takes pains to make points about class and race; on the bad side, there's some strong sexual innuendo. There's some language (including the occasional bleeped curse word), brands are frequently visible on store shelves where employees work, and there's some cartoon-like comic violence, including a few stunts cross the line (like a fake hold up).
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What's the story?
Created by one of the producer of The Office, SUPERSTORE is a workplace comedy about the employees at a big-box store. They're all doing time in blue vests: naive new hire Jonah (Ben Feldman of Mad Men), jaded veteran Amy (America Ferrera), clueless supervisor Glenn (Mark McKinney), and overeager manager Dina (Laura Ash). The customers may be cranky and weird, the store policies inexplicable, the many trainings nap-inducing. But when all's said and done, the superstore is like a kind of home and the people who work in it a reluctant kind of family -- or as annoying and ever-present as family, anyway.
Is it any good?
The clichéd, but mildly funny, character-driven series is full of great actors and mediocre writing. The The Office-type humor, right down to the meeting scenes attended by dead-eyed employees and presided over by a quixotic manager, feels tired and misplaced. As a result, what could be laughable moments sometimes falls flat.
Superstore isn't always fresh enough to be funny, and some of the characters aren't real and relatable enough for us to enjoy watching them placed in absurd situations. But performances by folks like Ben Feldman and America Ferrara manage to generate some smiles, even if you don't find yourself laughing out loud.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why workplace comedies are such a staple on television. What is it that's funny about a group of people who must be together for hours a day but wouldn't otherwise be friends?
Superstore was created by a producer of NBC comedy The Office. How is it like that show? How is it different?
How are viewers supposed to feel about the characters on Superstore? Are some supposed to be relatable and some absurd? Which characters are which, and how can you tell?
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