REVIEW: SUPERSTORE – SEASON 5

Starring

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Ben Feldman (As Above So Below)
Lauren Ash (The Disaster Artist)
Colton Dunn (Bad Internet)
Nico Santos (2 Broke Girls)
Nichole Bloom (Project X)
Kaliko Kauahi (Hall Pass)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

Danny Gura, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Kaliko Kauahi, and Nichole Bloom in Superstore (2015)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Jon Barinholtz (The Oath)
Kelly Schumann (Hot In Cleveland)
Irene White (Work/Friends)
Carla Renata (Living Biblically)
Amir M. Korangy (Batman)
Michael Bunin (The Soloist)
Jerry Minor (Anchorman)
Chris Grace (Broad City)
Heidi Gardner (Bratz)
Isabella Day (Cristela)
Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men)
Justina Machado (One Day At a Time)
Cosme Flores (Power Rangers Beast Morphers)
Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn)
Fred Armisen (Easy A)
Ian Gomez (Supergirl)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
Linda Porter (Dude, Where’s My Car?)
Scott MacArthur (The Mick)
Nancy Lenehan (Sex Tape)
Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!)
Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Meagen Fay (That’s My Boy)
Fred Melamed (Casual)
Patty Guggenheim (Florida Girls)
Jason Ritter (Freddy vs Jason)

Ben Feldman and Lauren Ash in Testimonials (2019)I was actually surprised by how funny this show turned out to be. I was late in the game watching it but I watched the previous  seasons in two weeks and I was really happy when I learnt it was renewed for season 5.Mark McKinney and Nichole Bloom in Forced Hire (2019)I  really enjoy Amy (Ferrera) and I sympathize with her struggle having to choose between bettering your personal life and giving into the pressure of the ongoing demands from retail jobs. I’ve worked in retail for 2 years now and as someone similar to Amy, hardworking, organized, etc.. you become very valuable to the company and they try to suck you in until before you know it you’re there for 20 years.

Mall Closing (2019)So I thought it was awesome how the show touched on that. I think the cast is great, they remind me of very exaggerated versions of people I’ve met and worked with in a store. I think the portrayal of the customers is also very funny and honestly, not that far fetch.America Ferrera in Mall Closing (2019)I’ve come across some crazy whackjob customers in my very few 3 years. It would be awesome to see more customer encounters in the next season because without a doubt they can be one of the most irritating things about working a retail job. Garret is crazy talented and just hilarious, hes probably my favorite part about the show.Mark McKinney, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Kelly Schumann, and Nichole Bloom in Trick-or-Treat (2019)But overall I think Superstore has a great series and season 5 just continues to bring laugh  after laugh from a great talented cast, It will be interested to see what happens next season with the departure of Amy (Ferrera), she will be missed and it will be even more interesting to see how the characters/cast deal with the situation. This series goes from strength to strength is a must see for comedy fans.

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SUPERSTORE: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES

Mark McKinney, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Kaliko Kauahi, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)

Starring

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Ben Feldman (As Above So Below)
Lauren Ash (She-Ra and The Princesses of Power)
Colton Dunn (Bad Internet)
Nico Santos (2 Broke Girls)
Nichole Bloom (Project X)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

Mark McKinney and Donovan Scott in Superstore (2015)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Kaliko Kauahi (Hall Pass)
Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief)
Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men)
Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn)
Kerri Kenney (Santa Clarita Diet)
Michael Bunin (The Soloist)

Mark McKinney and Ben Feldman in Superstore (2015)

SEASONAL HELP

 

It’s the holiday season at Cloud 9 and Glenn and Dina hire a bunch of seasonal workers, including Adam, Amy’s husband. Meanwhile, Garrett and Dina reveal to Jonah that they make an annual wager on which seasonal employee will quit or be fired first, which stokes Jonah’s old gambling addiction. Jonah bands all the employees together for a pool and pushes his choice to quit, but it backfires when he learns the employees are all from a “last chance” program at Glenn’s church. Multiple employees hint that Amy and Adam’s marriage might be in trouble, which leads Amy to prove otherwise. Also, Glenn conducts interviews to hire the perfect store Santa, but ends up hiring Cody.

BLACK FRIDAY

 

The Cloud 9 crew deals with the rush of the Black Friday sale. Amy begins to feel sick and suspects that she might be pregnant, causing her to re-evaluate her marriage to Adam. Her sickness turns out to be food poisoning, which spreads throughout the employees. Jonah uses a video camera to document his first Black Friday sale as an employee. Meanwhile, Garrett begins to get annoyed with Dina suggesting he work harder, although she later kisses him. Also, Glenn takes his wife’s muscle relaxers to deal with the stress of Black Friday and gets hooked. Mateo and Cheyenne take bribes from customers who want sought-after gift items.

Danny Gura, Mark McKinney, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Jon Barinholtz, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)

CHRISTMAS EVE

Amy, trying to prove that she is not just a stick in the mud and can be fun and crazy, gets the staff drunk on Christmas Eve. After calling Adam to back her up on a story she is telling, Amy hears the voice of Adam’s new girlfriend, the mother of one of Emma’s classmates. Too drunk to drive, Amy, Dina and Cheyenne take scooter carts to confront Adam, and awkwardness ensues. Meanwhile, Jonah and Garrett’s roommate issues boil over and they fight it out as Santa and elf, ending with Jonah storming off. When Kelly goes to see if Jonah is okay, they strike up a conversation, and later leave together. Elsewhere, Glenn tries to convince Mateo that Christmas is not just “fine”. At the end of the episode, Sandra finds out her boyfriend Jerry is finally out of his coma, and takes a scooter cart to the hospital.

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BABY SHOWER

Jonah helps Amy get creative to stock up on supplies for her new baby, while Glenn and Jerusha take maternity pictures that inspire Dina to have her own photo shoot – art-directed by Mateo. When word gets around that Amy is having a baby shower, Glenn asks that the party also be celebrated for Jerusha, and for Cheyenne, who is upset she never had a baby shower when she had been pregnant.

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MANAGERS CONFERENCE

Amy and Jonah use Glenn’s passes to travel to Chicago for a Cloud 9 managers conference. They soon realize that the higher ups have very little regard for the floor workers. Meanwhile, Mateo makes the ultimate sacrifice and reveals his undocumented immigrant status. When Glenn finds out, he decides to not report Mateo. Also, Garrett is put in charge of the gift wrapping station and asks Dina for assistance.

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NEGOTIATIONS

Jonah and Sandra travel to Chicago to negotiate a contract with corporate. Meanwhile, while waiting for the news, Amy, Dina and Cheyenne chop down a pine tree outside the store to use for a Christmas display. Also, Mateo, Glenn and Garrett try to get customers to buy products that are 80% off price. The episode ends corporate accepting their deal, however, Amy receives news that the Cloud 9 company has been sold and their contract is no good.

UntitledSuperstore is an hilarious sitcom and these highlights of festive fun show some of the best Superstore has to offer and are deffo worth checking out this holiday season.

REVIEW: SUPERSTORE – SEASON 4

Mark McKinney, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)

Starring

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Ben Feldman (As Above So Below)
Lauren Ash (She-Ra and The Princesses of Power)
Colton Dunn (Bad Internet)
Nico Santos (2 Broke Girls)
Nichole Bloom (Project X)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

Mark McKinney and America Ferrera in Superstore (2015)Recurring / Notable GUest Cast

Kaliko Kauahi (Hall Pass)
Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men)
Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn)
Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!)
Carla Renata (Living Bibilically)
Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief)
Vernee Watson (The Big Bang Theory)
Orson Bean (Innerspace)
Fred Melamed (In A Word…)
Meagen Fay (That’s My Boy)
Sean O’Bryan (Vantage Point)
Ernie Reyes Jr.(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II)
Ellen D. Williams (How I Met Your Mother)
Jennifer Irwin (Exit Wounds)
Isabella Day (The Escort)
Chris Reid (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)
Tony Plana (Ugly Betty)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty)
Kelly Schumann (Bones)

Lauren Ash in Superstore (2015)Superstore is a delightful workplace comedy about a megastore in middle America and the lovable weirdos in it. Now in its fourth season, Superstore is as brilliant as ever, and it’s finally able to lean in to the charming romance it’s been building up for years. It may seem blasphemous to declare Superstore’s prominence in such hallowed company, but TV romance has come a long way in the decade-plus since The Office. There was Ben and Leslie on Parks and Recreation and Jake and Amy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Superstore feels like a natural followup because of how it makes you feel. Like The Office, Superstore began with Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) having just enough chemistry for us to be equally titillated and worried. She was married and he was interested and we’ve been down this road before.Kerri Kenney, Mark McKinney, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Kelly Schumann, Kaliko Kauahi, and Nichole Bloom in Superstore (2015)But week to week, Superstore makes us feel warm and fuzzy. Like The Office and its ilk, this is an ensemble comedy with enough hilarious performances and wild B plots to wholly distract from Amy and Jonah when it wants to — or to let them be friends without any agenda when it serves the plot. Parks didn’t waste too much time on tension once Ben and Leslie got together. Nor did Brooklyn Nine-Nine, instead subjecting its central couple to the very real struggles they’d experience as working detectives and opposites in attraction. Similarly, Superstore thrives equally on stretches of agonizing tension juxtaposed with bursts of bliss that are the hallmark of a good crush and TV romance.Irene White and Kaliko Kauahi in Superstore (2015)Superstore began with a situation that ostensibly doomed Jonah to years of Halpert-esque waiting. But in 2018, Halpert-ing isn’t as romantic as it once was. Listening to some of Jim’s romantic overtures years later — and seeing the real-life copycats it inspired and sometimes misled — does lead us back to some toxic ideas for young men, even if Jim and Pam’s love was true. Superstore borrows the best of the Jim-and-Pam model, then updates it with subtlety and precision. Superstore borrows the best of the Jim-and-Pam model: the chemistry, friendship, and support that laid the foundation for their successful romance, and the emphasis on timing, which can make or break a relationship.Danny Gura, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)Then Superstore updates it, refines it, with genius subtlety and precision. Amy’s husband Adam (Ryan Gaul) is far less obvious a villain than Roy on The Office. A furtive kiss at the end of Season 2 (remember “Casino Night?”) leads to awkwardness and confusion, but not to a clean break; while Jim had the luxury of transferring offices to get space from Pam, Amy and Jonah do not. There’s no question of them not being friends even when one or the other wants more. Season 3 ended with as fresh a start as this two could have. They had sex, and Season 4 (spoiler alert!) even pulled a classic Jim-and-Pam fakeout on us as they turned out to be dating in secret — while Amy was pregnant with Adam’s baby. It’s messy and complicated in a way that The Office wasn’t, in a way that TV has naturally embraced over the past decade, which only makes it realer and more worthy an emotional investment. America Ferrera and Ben Feldman in Superstore (2015)In a year when we all consistently turn to The Office for comfort and sanity, Superstore’s central romance is a perfect companion. It’s soothing and simple when little else is, and being reminded of the great TV ships that sailed before it only adds to the enjoyment. Jonah, Amy, Jim, Pam – you’re all in good company.

REVIEW: SUPERSTORE – SEASON 3

Mark McKinney, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)

Starring

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Ben Feldman (As Above So Below)
Lauren Ash (She-Ra and The Princesses of Power)
Colton Dunn (Bad Internet)
Nico Santos (2 Broke Girls)
Nichole Bloom (Project X)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

Howie Mandel and Mark McKinney in Superstore (2015)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Wolé Parks (The Vampire Diaries)
Kelly Schumann (Bones)
Howie Mandel (Gremlins)
Kaliko Kauahi (Hall Pass)
Michael Bunin (My Boys)
Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men)
Isabella Day (The Escort)
Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief)
Carla Renata (Living Bibilically)
Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn)
Phil LaMarr (Supergirl)
Jolene Purdy (Donnie Darko)
Robert Pine (Red Eye)
Jennifer Irwin (Exit Wounds)
Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!)

Mark McKinney, Linda Porter, Irene White, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Kaliko Kauahi, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)If you want to see a pitch-perfect, beautifully executed sitcom episode, look no further than “Gender Reveal,” the 20th episode of Superstore’s third season. That episode of the NBC sitcom ends with a moment you always knew the show would get to — a big, big kiss — but what comes before is such a roller coaster that by the time the moment actually happens, it’s about the fourth or fifth thing on your mind. In its third season, especially, Superstore has been so cognizant of all the sitcoms before it that it could be compared to; it would be easy for the show to constantly subvert our expectations based on those earlier reference points.Linda Porter, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, and Jon Barinholtz in Superstore (2015)Love in the time of late capitalism: how Superstore revived will-they/won’t-they romance Instead, it does something different. It gives viewers what they want, but in a way where they’re no longer sure they want it. It understands the tension between expectations and results better than almost any comedy on television, and it also understands how that tension is baked into the grinding nature of a retail job, where even the slightest variance in routine can feel like a huge deal. The momentum from “Gender Reveal” continues through the season’s final two episodes, including season finale “Town Hall,” which aired Thursday, May 3, and reveals just how many of the season’s seemingly tossed-off plot points were specifically set up for what happens in the finale (my favorite kind of serialization). Superstore is a show that dabbles in political and social issues, yes, but it’s also a show about maintaining your dignity in the face of a system that sees you as just another piece of a corporate puzzle. That makes it one of the best shows of the year, and it also makes watching season three, newly available in full on Hulu, a must. Spoilers for the season follow.Kerri Kenney, Mark McKinney, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Kaliko Kauahi, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)I’ve written plenty of times before about how Superstore, with its big-box department store setting and willingness to talk about issues pertaining to the American working class, is one of TV’s most sneakily thoughtful comedies. It lures you in with its ace ensemble of actors, its tart sense of humor, and its surprisingly playful visual sense — never more evident than in the little one-second vignettes of customers shopping that play between longer scenes — then hits you with storytelling about what it means to live on the edge of poverty.America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and Lauren Ash in Superstore (2015)This made “Town Hall” something of a thesis statement for the entire show. The characters discover that Cloud 9 (the titular superstore) presented fraudulent reasons to fire elderly employees, resulting in the dismissal of Myrtle, a supporting character, earlier in the third season. Myrtle was older, and she wasn’t the best Cloud 9 employee, but she also didn’t deserve to be fired for a bunch of made-up accusations (which included “wearing gang colors to work”). So her former co-workers hatch an elaborate plan to interrupt a town hall meeting with Cloud 9’s CEO, which is being held at their store, in celebration of its recovery from being struck by a tornado (in the season two finale).America Ferrera in Superstore (2015)What unfolds from there wraps in story points from the season both big — the unexpected pregnancy of series lead Amy (America Ferrera) — and small (the existence of a tunnel in the store’s crawlspaces). With its interest in the ways corporations exploit and thoughtlessly throw out their employees, it feels like both a singular episode of the show and a culmination of the season en totale. The effort to save Myrtle’s job fails, as the CEO quickly realizes what’s happening and essentially buys off the only person with real, hard proof of what happened before any evidence can be revealed. Just another day in corporate America. So even when the episode ends with Amy finally having sex with love interest Jonah (Ben Feldman) — while accidentally and unknowingly being broadcast by a camera feed that beams footage of their hookup to the entire corporation — that, too, feels like a thesis statement for a show that’s never met a dull workplace moment it couldn’t spice up with a hint of romance.Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, and Kaliko Kauahi in Superstore (2015)And yet this isn’t held up as a “finally!” moment entirely. Amy, after all, is pregnant with her ex-husband’s baby, and Jonah both knows that and isn’t quite sure what to do with it. (The big kiss between the two at the end of “Gender Reveal” is followed by Amy telling Jonah she’s just learned she’s pregnant.) Superstore has never met a sweet moment it couldn’t lace with uncertainty or melancholy. Yes, there were less successful episodes in season three (in particular an episode centered on a visit to Target that played like the grossest forms of product placement), but the construction of the season on both macro and micro levels was so precise that it became one of the few shows I made sure to watch live every week when it aired, instead of after the fact on Hulu. It’s rare to find a comedy that’s funny and meaningful and exquisitely made, but Superstore understands that all three of these qualities feed into one another. Good storytelling and thoughtful considerations of the world we live in will make the jokes funnier, while having funny jokes will make the political stuff slide by more easily. And so on.Mark McKinney, Linda Porter, America Ferrera, Felipe Esparza, and Kaliko Kauahi in Superstore (2015)My favorite moments of “Town Hall” often featured quick cutaways to other Cloud 9 stores around the world, watching the town hall meeting over the internet. Each of these stores, in Beijing or Mumbai or Vancouver, must have its own stories, even if the stories we’re privy to are the ones at the Cloud 9 in suburban St. Louis we check in on every week. In the world as realized by Superstore, we might be from different countries. We might believe different things. We might have wildly different life circumstances. But goodness, do we all hate our jobs.

 

REVIEW: SUPERSTORE – SEASON 2

 

Mark McKinney, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)

Starring

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Ben Feldman (As Above So Below)
Lauren Ash (She-Ra and The Princesses of Power)
Colton Dunn (Bad Internet)
Nico Santos (2 Broke Girls)
Nichole Bloom (Project X)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and Colton Dunn in Superstore (2015)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn)
Kaliko Kauahi (Hall Pass)
Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief)
Josh Lawson (Anchorman 2)
Cecily Strong (The Boss)
Tara Lipinski (Kidding)
McKayla Maroney (Bones)
Sarah Dumont (Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse)
Carla Renata (Living Bibilically)
Michael Bunin (My Boys)
Nate Torrence (Get Smart)
Kelly Schumann (Bones)
Brooke Dillman (Superbad)
Azie Tesfai (Supergirl)
Ravi Patel (American Housewife)
Jeremy Howard (Breaking Bad)
Artemis Pebdani (Son of Zorn)
Isabella Day (The Escort)
Tony Plana (Ugly Betty)
E.J. Callahan (Bubble Boy)
Brenda Song (Dollface)
Chloe Coleman (My Spy)

America Ferrera and Ben Feldman in Superstore (2015)Superstore, the NBC sitcom began as a pretty ho-hum network comedy. Created by The Office writer Justin Spitzer, Superstore updates that show’s small-town, regional paper company to a fictional big-box chain store called Cloud 9 in St. Louis, Missouri — the kind of place where the employees of a small-town regional paper company might find themselves working when they’re inevitably laid off.By the end of Superstore’s first season, the show had deepened its critique of the soul-crushing nature of retail work: The season ended with the store’s employees — led by Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) — walking out in solidarity with Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom), a pregnant, 17-year-old worker who was denied maternity leave. Consequently, its second season has been more urgent and focused than the first, even as the show’s universe has expanded to include minor characters who were essentially background players at the series’ start.Mark McKinney in Superstore (2015)In one episode midway through the current season, “Ladies’ Lunch,” Cloud 9’s hardboiled assistant store manager, Dina (Superstore MVP Lauren Ash), takes a group of female employees out for lunch after the whole store discovers that Amy and her husband are in marriage counselling. There, the timid Sandra (Kaliko Kauahi) — a character who, up until then, was notable mostly for getting herself stuck on a high shelf without a ladder when the employees accidentally lock themselves in for the night — takes advantage of a rumor that district manager Jeff (Michael Bunin) is dating someone in the store. A misunderstanding leads the Cloud 9 employees to assume that Sandra is the culprit, and when the women ask her what it’s like to date Jeff, she gets a far-off look in her eyes and goes into a little too much detail describing her fantasy relationship.America Ferrera and Ben Feldman in Superstore (2015)It’s a moment that forces the viewer to look closely at a character we probably hadn’t really noticed before. The writers did this a lot throughout the second season, subtly widening the show’s scope to include minor characters in major plotlines. Despite the traditional, situation-of-the-week format, several through lines began to surface over the course of the second season: Glenn (Mark McKinney), the softie store manager, makes multiple references to the family hardware store — his nirvana — he used to run, before Cloud 9 bought them out; warehouse manager Marcus (Jon Barinholtz, Ike’s brother) is constantly asking co-workers to socialize after hours, an offer no one seems to want to take him up on; casual remarks about the store’s vulnerability to tornadoes (it’s the Midwest, don’t forget) aboundAmerica Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Carla Renata, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)Those remarks finally take their toll in the finale, “Tornado,” in which the store gets hit by a tornado. One of the show’s dominant themes — the lack of control Cloud 9’s workers have over the conditions of their labor — is writ large when the impending storm traps everyone in the store, powerless to do anything but wait.Mark McKinney, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)On top of everything, in the finale, Glenn must choose six associates to lay off, as per corporate’s instructions — a task that paralyzes the boss and sends his employees into an anxiety spiral. The nature of Cloud 9’s corporate hierarchy means even Glenn has little influence over the store he manages: In a previous episode, the store’s heating system breaks down, but since it’s controlled by corporate, there’s nothing he can do; feeling depressed and obsolete, he admits he doesn’t even need to be there to unlock and lock the doors each day, since that’s all done by a computer somewhere far away.America Ferrera and Ben Feldman in Superstore (2015)Glenn learns what the rest of his employees have already figured out, namely, that they can only control their relationships with each other. That’s a bittersweet realization. A job is only as good as the people you work with, but the people you work with can’t give you paid maternity leave, or a living wage, or the guarantee of a safe work space. But there’s one thing they can provide that the Cloud 9 corporate overlords sure won’t: The dignity of being treated like a human being.

 

REVIEW: SUPERSTORE – SEASON 1

Mark McKinney, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Kaliko Kauahi, Nichole Bloom, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)

Starring

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Ben Feldman (As Above So Below)
Lauren Ash (She-Ra and The Princesses of Power)
Colton Dunn (Bad Internet)
Nico Santos (2 Broke Girls)
Nichole Bloom (Project X)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, and Nichole Bloom in Superstore (2015)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn)
Eliza Coupe (Future Man)
Sean Whalen (Twister)
Kaliko Kauahi (Hall Pass)
Natasha Leggero (Let’s Be Cops)
Isabella Day (The Escort)
Sean Gunn (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief)
Josh Lawson (Anchorman 2)
Dan Bucatinsky (The Post)

ABC continues to show an affinity for ensemble workplace comedies with the new sitcom “Superstore.” Like the paper-pushers at “The Office,” the creative misfits of “30 Rock,” the small-town government employees of “Parks and Recreation,” and the Nerd Herders of “Chuck,” “Superstore” offers up a retail island of misfit toys in a big-box behemoth.America Ferrera and Nichole Bloom in Superstore (2015)Clearly based on Walmart, Cloud 9 is far from heaven for floor supervisor Amy (the winsome America Ferrera, of “Ugly Betty”). She recognizes the daily drudgeries and absurdities of selling off-brand products and cubic-zirconia knockoffs. Into the store comes new employee Jonah (Ben Feldman, last seen inducing swoons on the underrated “A to Z”). He thinks himself a little too fancy for an environment where artfully stacking soda cans is one of the few means of workplace self-expression. Nichole Bloom and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)The ensemble is rounded out by familiar types who are given small, but crucial, fresh twists. The best of them are rapaciously ambitious new associate Mateo (Nico Santos) and slacker jokester Glenn (Colton Dunn). Created by Justin Spitzer, who wrote some excellent episodes of “The Office,” “Superstore” veers from silly to sophisticated to sour notes as quickly as you can go at Cloud 9 from housewares to toys to guns.America Ferrera in Superstore (2015)The finest line the show has to walk is drawn in its opening moments when Jonah mistakes Amy for a customer and comes off like a snob. With recurring sight gags focused on the store’s less savory customers — a child test drives a potty, an adult test drives an actual toilet — that toggle between absurd and acidic, “Superstore” needs to heed its own advice about avoiding condescension.Danny Gura, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and Colton Dunn in Superstore (2015)Ferrera and Feldman have a nice chemistry, but a serious obstacle to potential romance thrown in at the end of the pilot also means that the writers will need to be very careful with the pair’s work flirtation. Like the type of operation it represents, “Superstore” has a little bit of everything.