Netflix’s Newest Comedy Is Set In The Last Blockbuster, And People Think The Irony Is Hilarious

Netflix's newest sitcom offering is Blockbuster, and yes, you read that correctly.

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Netflix — the streaming company that started as a movie rental service — has made a show about Blockbuster, the nearly defunct movie rental company.

It's a workplace comedy in the vein of Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Office that follows the staff of a Blockbuster who find out the company is going under. The ensemble cast is led by Randall Park and Melissa Fumero, which sounds like a match made in TV heaven to me.

It's a workplace comedy in the vein of Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Office that follows the staff of a Blockbuster who find out the company is going under. The ensemble cast is led by Randall Park and Melissa Fumero, which sounds like a match made in TV heaven to me.

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No, the sitcom isn't set in the past during Blockbuster's heyday. It's set in present day and takes place at the last Blockbuster store in the country.

The interior of a Blockbuster store

The actual last Blockbuster store is in Bend, Oregon.

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People have definitely noticed the irony of the situation:

Before you get too offended on Blockbuster's behalf, this probably isn't a case of Netflix purposefully rubbing salt in the wound. No beating of dead horses here.

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Turns out, the show was developed by Vanessa Ramos with Universal Television at NBC. When NBC passed on the show, Universal tried to find a new distributor, and that's when Netflix stepped in.

Ramos confirmed herself during an interview that the connection is unintentional. 

Ramos confirmed herself during an interview that the connection is unintentional.

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Not quite the tale of petty scandal you might have expected, but the irony abounds nonetheless.

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