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Netflix show about franchise it put out of business is being called 'trash'

Shola Lee

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Netflix show about franchise it put out of business is being called 'trash'

Netflix's latest series is racking up some pretty mixed reviews and it's about the very company the streamer put out of business.


Ah, who could forget the days of Blockbuster, when the only way to binge a new series or film franchise was to rent DVDs one at a time?

It wasn't the most foolproof business model, as the chain soon found when they were put out of business by the streaming service - with only one store currently remaining open in Bend, Oregon.

And the ultimate kick in the teeth? That same streaming service created a sitcom about its predecessor.

The only silver lining for Blockbuster is that people don't seem to be loving the series.

Have you seen the new series yet? Credit: Netflix
Have you seen the new series yet? Credit: Netflix

For anyone not familiar, Blockbuster dropped on the platform today (3 November).

It's a series of how 'friendship - and maybe more - flourishes in the aisles of Blockbuster'.

That sounds like a pretty good starting point for a sitcom, right?

It even stars the hilarious Melissa Fumero and Randall Park, so what's not to love?

Well, according to people on Twitter, the series fell a little flat.

One person took to the social media site to say: "So Blockbuster is trash. Used to love that store but the @netflix show is HORRIBLE."

The series has some pretty mixed reviews. Credit: Netflix
The series has some pretty mixed reviews. Credit: Netflix

A second said that they gave the show a fair shot but didn't fancy it: "2 episodes into Netflix’s new Blockbuster comedy and… I’m trying so hard to like it but… it’s rough."

While a third simply said: "Wow that Netflix Blockbuster show is really boring. Such a cool concept too."

And it's not just the general public who are finding the show hard to get into, it scored only 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which is defiantly not certified fresh.

Ben Travers wrote for IndieWire: "It’s as awkward a marriage of studio and subject matter as audiences likely imagined going in, and even its charming veteran comedians can’t summon enough magic to make Blockbuster worth sitting through."

Paste Magazine's Rory Doherty said: "Nostalgia has never been more diseased as it is in Blockbuster, as it attempts to wring fuzzy feelings out of its audiences for a false history of how warm, inviting and soulful the franchised business was."

While YouTuber Austin Burke said the show felt like a missed opportunity, adding: "Blockbuster relies on unfunny jokes and ridiculous scenarios to carry viewers through the season. That being said, there is potential within the movie references and characters for future seasons to build off of."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, News, Viral, Netflix, US News

Shola Lee
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