There is a generation of people who never had the opportunity to feel the euphoria that is felt when the VHS or DVD of the latest film release is available for rental at your local video store. Nor will they ever feel the bliss of browsing shelves and shelves of film titles with your friends for a horror movie marathon for a Friday night sleepover.
Now, this generation void of video store culture can now experience it with the new Netflix series Blockbuster.
In the new comedy created by Vanessa Ramos (Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Randall Park plays Timmy Yoon, an analog dreamer in a 5G world. He’s spent his entire adult life dedicated to his first love, movies — a passion that’s kept him at his first and only job, managing his hometown Blockbuster Video.
Timmy is thrown for a loop when he learns that his store is officially the last Blockbuster in America.He now has no choice but to take action to stay open and keep his friends employed. Timmy and his staff quickly come to realize that being home to the last Blockbuster might actually be exactly what their community needs to rekindle the human connections they lost to the digital age. It also unexpectedly reunites him with his long-time crush Eliza (Melissa Fumero), who’s recently come back to work for him. Will this battle to preserve the past be the push Timmy needs to step into the present? His employees can only hope so.
Blockbuster also stars Tyler Alvarez, Madeleine Arthur, Olga Merediz, JB Smoove, and Kamaia Fairburn. Vanessa Ramos also serves as showrunner and writer. She executive produces alongside Jackie Clarke, David Caspe and John David & John Fox for Davis Entertainment.
Blockbuster drops on Netflix November 3.