Is “Superstore” the New “Office”?

While in search for a new lunchtime comedy, we stumbled upon Superstore, and I’m really glad we did.

For some reason, after seeing ads for Superstore years ago, I dismissed it (without even trying it) as a generic paint-by-numbers comedy. Perhaps on a small level that isn’t totally inaccurate. The show is strikingly similar to another show. It just so happens that other show, The Office, is one of my favorite sitcoms of all time.

Superstore is the new Office.

The Office was a comedy about a workplace to which most people can relate, populated by a quirky boss, a hardnosed assistant, a will-they-won’t-they romantic couple, and a cast of other amusing characters.

Superstore could be described exactly the same way, except it takes place in a Walmart-like store instead of a small office. The setting adds lots of small moments of comedy thanks to the customers in the store.

Even though I won’t go as far as to say that Superstore is better than The Office, it does offer some fresh elements. One is Garrett, a character who cares passionately about not caring, and the other is continuity. Superstore’s writers are superb at building characters layer-by-layer over multiple episodes, rewarding loyal viewers for paying attention.

Also, as much as I enjoyed Michael Scott, I like the boss in Superstore (Glenn) even more. For all of his charm and good intentions, Michael was often unintentionally cruel, while Glenn always means well.

If you’re new to Superstore like me, the good news is that there’s a lot of content (nearly 100 episodes) to keep you occupied. And it’s done–the show apparently ended after 6 seasons. So you can check it out on Peacock and hopefully have just as much fun as we’re having for a few months.

What do you think of the show? Do you think it’s a good substitute for The Office?

3 thoughts on “Is “Superstore” the New “Office”?”

  1. 2 quick things:

    I also discovered the show only last year and I loved it! Unfortunately the last two seasons have kinda really dropped off in quality. Still doesn’t change the quality of the early seasons though!

    Also it’s not finished. This season has been kinda slow on episodes because of covid but there was a new one just this past week 🙂

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  2. I LOVE Superstore. I think it’s pretty different than the Office in terms of the feel of it – the Office felt like such a tight-knit community, even though there were specific storylines or cohorts among the gang. Superstore is obviously a way bigger staff and less cohesive working environment. But either way, we love the show!

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