Michael Scott would want you to move on.
Netflix comedy-bingers are being forced to diversify their comedy diets.
Despite the streaming platform's multi-million dollar deal to keep Friends, Netflix couldn't pull the same strings for the NBC classic The Office. Many fans took to Twitter to vent their dismay, while others praised the Lord, because maybe now people will stop basing their entire personalities on the show.
It's true; there are worthwhile shows other than The Office to fill the void of your empty, meaningless soul. Branch out and explore comedies old and the new! Find new friends through a fictional program! And finally, learn to let go when your imaginary friends outgrow you.
Mike Schur's Staples:
If you're truly an Office fan, then you will have checked out Mike Schur's other ingenious comedy projects. If not, then you're a fraud.
Parks and Recreation
This show is the obvious and safest choice to fill the The Office void in your life. With Parks and Rec, you won't miss the spectacular mockumentary format and the odd but lovable relationships that blossom in the workplace environment. Even better, the show is also set in the Middle of Nowhere, U.S.A. just like The Office!
Parks and Recreation: Chris Pratt Explains The Series In 30 Seconds | Entertainment Weekly www.youtube.com
Runtime: 125 episodes of approximately 22 minutes.
The Good Place
Mike Schur debuted without his writing partner, Greg Daniels, as the only showrunner for The Good Place. The original sitcom king, Ted Danson, flourishes as the "architect" of the version of heaven Ellen Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is accidentally placed in. Just when the show gets good, it gets better in ways one would never expect. Enjoy!
The Good Place Season 1 Trailer [HD] Kristen Bell, Tiya Sircar, D'Arcy Carden www.youtube.com
Runtime: 39 episodes of approximately 22 minutes. More episodes are coming.
An Oldie, But A Goodie:
Kids these days don't know about the Holy Grail of TV comedy. Ted Danson played the cultural phenomenon Sam Malone, a Red Sox relief pitcher who owned the bar, Cheers! This show practically founded the "will they, won't they" narrative with Sam's iconic on-and-off relationship with Diane (played by Shelley Long), a graduate psychology student turned barmaid. Cheers! became one of the first American sitcoms to explore love and loss while redefining the notion of family— it's simple and epic.
Cheers intro song www.youtube.com
Runtime: 275 episodes of 30 minutes.
You'll never have to worry about Netflix originals disappearing off the platform. Choose one of their many original comedies to enjoy, and then petition after Netflix cancels it.
Grace and Frankie
Imagine, your husband of over 40 years takes you out to dinner with his longtime law partner and his partner's wife. You and the wife are hopeful and confident your husbands are going to announce their retirement. Instead, they tell their wives they are leaving them, for each other.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin shine as Grace and Frankie, the two wives in their '70s who have no one in their lives who understand their situation except each other. It's an absurd and hilarious effort to showcase the trials of aging women in the modern era, changing family dynamics, and sisterhood.
Grace and Frankie | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com
Runtime: 65 episodes of a variation of 25-35 minutes. More episodes to come.
You know that American Doll puberty book you read when you were 12? No? Does that only apply to women? Well, try to imagine a puberty book that came to life as an animated show starring John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. Are you intrigued? Are you already invested? I thought so. Also, Maya Rudolph voices the Hormone Monstress—I probably should've started with that.
Big Mouth | official trailer (2017) www.youtube.com
Runtime: 21 episodes of a variation of 25-46 minutes. More episodes to come.
American Vandal took mockumentaries to a whole new level by deep diving into the world of high school investigative journalism. The show kicks off with the trial of Dylan Maxwell, a troubled high school senior, who is accused of vandalizing 27 vehicles with phallic images (dicks). The true crime satire showcases what it's really like to be a teen today, using social media to propel the story forward in a ridiculous fashion. Netflix may have cancelled the show after its second season, but American Vandal has already earned its cult status.
American Vandal | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com
Runtime: 16 episodes of a variation of 25-42 minutes.
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The real tragedy was right in front of us the whole time.
Netflix's original series, 13 Reasons Why, adapted from Jay Asher's novel of the same name (styled as Th1rteen R3asons Why), has been making the rounds on the internet for a variety of reasons. Parents think the content is inappropriate (it could be argued that there's really no content that's more appropriate for a teenager to watch these days). People are worried that this glamorizes suicidal ideation (I'll see your indignation and raise you a middle school reading of Romeo and Juliet). Basically what all the controversy boils down to is that the 13 part series (which makes rape, drugs, harassment and other commonplace high school events central to its story) is just too real.
Some Canadian schools have even banned discussing the series. Now that's seriously missing the point. If the subject matter is "too triggering" for high school kids, as the letters to the Canadian parents read, maybe the school systems should think about why that is. In the words of Clay, "I feel like, as a society, our priorities are all out of whack." Instead of worrying about what your kid is seeing on Netflix, maybe worry about what they're seeing in the hallways and on their phones every single day. You're disturbed? You damn well should be.
Regardless of whether or not you loved 13 Reasons Why or were too shocked to love it, odds are you missed the point of Hannah's story because, well, the story isn't really about Hannah (Katherine Langford) at all. Hannah's twisted tale is really a long and winding red herring for the true tragedy of the series. Alex Standall (Miles Heizer).
Alex is a one time friend of Hannah's who, according to her Butterfly Effect theory, sets in motion all the events that lead to her eventual suicide when he crafts a hot or not list of the girls in her class. Throughout the series the viewers are closely tied to the protagonist, good guy Clay (Dylan Minnette). We can see his suicidal thoughts front and center when he briefly considers what it would be like to jump off a cliff. For other potential suicides, viewers are easily drawn to characters like Skye (Sosie Bacon) (an obvious choice seeing as she is full of piercings and ennui, maintains a surly attitude and cuts herself), or Tyler (the stalker who is continually and publicly bullied), though he's a prime candidate for a school shooter rather than a suicide. These two cases are classic presentations of what to watch for and are therefore easy to identify.
But, it's Alex's subtle morose storyline drifting in and out of the background of the series that is the whole crux of the point of 13 Reasons Why. We are too distracted by piecing together Hannah's storyline to see what's right in front of us the whole time: Alex getting into a fight at school. Alex requesting punishment just so he can feel something. Alex claiming he no longer cares about anything. Alex letting himself fall into a pool, untethered to reality. Alex cleaning his room (as Hannah did, and as many other suicidal people do) before he takes his own life.
As the subject of the final tape, the school councilor (Derek Luke), ultimately fails Hannah in the worst way possible, Hannah says to him, "You don't want to talk about this, do you?" It's easy to plaster the walls with suicide prevention posters, and talk about characters like Skye and Tyler. But it's less so to talk about Hannah and Alex, the kids that are on the borderline. The surprising ones. Their lives don't seem tragic to outsiders, they aren't hurting themselves on a daily basis and they've got parents that love and support them. But sometimes these kids kill themselves too. This is why Alex's sad subplot is the in-retrospect-not-so-hidden hidden point of 13 Reasons Why.
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