10 Shows Like 'Blockbuster' to Watch Next

If you're looking for more workplace sitcoms featuring (even begrudgingly) tight-knit coworkers, here, Metacritic highlights 10 shows to binge after you've finished 'Blockbuster.'
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Melissa Fumero in 'Blockbuster'


It's quite a hook to set a series in the last surviving Blockbuster store, but that's exactly what Vanessa Ramos did with her aptly-titled Blockbuster for Netflix.

But, as much as the increase of reliance on digital media leading to the downfall of physical media and thus, such chain stores is a hot topic at key moments in the show, overall it is a workplace comedy that just happens to be set in the last surviving Blockbuster. What this means is that the stories, relationships, and yes, even the jokes come out of the characters more so than their setting.

Timmy Yoon (Randall Park) is the manager of the store and he is hopeful that he can create a feeling of extended family for his employees and a sense of community for those who still patronize the store. As such, he struggles to fire someone, even though he has more employees than customers during most days and he is struggling financially. He also has long-term feelings for one of his employees, Eliza (Melissa Fumero), which complicates his boss-employee interactions with her, and his best friend and landlord Percy (JB Smoove) is the father of another one of his employees, Kayla (Kamaia Fairburn). So, naturally, that is a complex dynamic, too.

Those who work in the store have very different reasons for doing so and different personalities, but they have a lot of time on their hands since work is never busy (well, at least not until a solar storm in the finale knocks out the internet for a spell and they actually find themselves overrun as people look for any piece of content with which to entertain themselves and their families). So, they do end up growing close and helping each other with important life moments, including going for their real dreams and grieving loved ones.

If you're looking for more workplace sitcoms featuring (even begrudgingly) tight-knit coworkers, here, Metacritic highlights 10 shows to binge after you've finished Blockbuster.


Shelley Long and Ted Danson in 'Cheers'

CBS Television Distribution


Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of relationship talk in a bottle setting
Where to watch: 

Seasons: 11

Timmy on Blockbuster wants to use his store to further a sense of community, and that is exactly what the bar on Cheers did. It was the place "where everybody knows your name," after all, proving it in every episode when beloved regular Norm (George Wendt) would walk in and they'd all yell out his name in greeting. Owned and operated by Sam Malone (Ted Danson), a former baseball player and, an interesting layer, alcoholic, the bar serves as the central setting to discuss everything from relationships to social issues. Sam is a ladies man who constantly dates beautiful but not too bright women, while he banters through sexual tension with Diane (Shelley Long) and later Rebecca (Kirstie Alley). His pursuit of these women is not quite the quiet pining of Timmy with Eliza, but it could be seen as a cautionary precursor for how to balance such personal dynamics in a place of work.

"With its witty dialogue, talented ensemble, and a premise reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies, Cheers was a welcome change of pace." — Stephen Tropiano, PopMatters



Paramount Television


Metascore: 77
Best for: Fans of dreamers and important themes talked about in a simple setting
Where to watch: 

Seasons: 4

This sitcom is set at a fictional cab company in New York City, letting the audience be a fly on the wall as the drivers and dispatcher sit around in the garage awaiting calls (and occasionally following them on those calls). All of the drivers except for Alex (Judd Hirsch) consider this only a temporary gig, with most of them hoping to someday make it big in the arts, even though every time they have a chance to move up, that chance falls apart. As they commiserate over their lives and their relationship with abusive boss Louie (Danny DeVito), they bond as a community and often delve into such deep topics as addiction, mental health, racism, war, harassment, and grief.

"Taxi is a joyride, a warm, breezy, character-oriented comedy in the tradition of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Barney Miller." — Noel Holston, Orlando Sentinel


From left to right: Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, and Donald Glover in 'Community'

Sony Television


Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of pop culture homages and people from different circumstances coming together as friends
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 6 (and soon to also have a movie)

Dan Harmon's college comedy admittedly starts more focused on some very special students, rather than the teachers and administrators (thought a couple of those come into important play, too), but as the series goes on and characters graduate, the core ones stick around to work at the school, spinning it more into a workplace sitcom. Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is a former lawyer who got disbarred and fired when his colleague narced that his degree was fake, so he enrolls in Greendale, the local community college, where his friend works to hopefully have an easy time with his coursework. In a bid to hang out with Britta (Gillian Jacobs), he invents a fake study group, only she tells Abed (Danny Pudi), and he tells others, and immediately the study group becomes real, and so, too, does their special community. Together, they sometimes study for Spanish 101 (and later classes including anthropology), but more often they get involved in pop-culture inspired escapades, including Pulp Fiction-themed birthday parties, playing a video game to earn an inheritance, building pillow and blanket forts, performing in a holiday glee club concert, and many, many paintball games.

"Community is mercilessly snarky and also surprisingly charming, which is not easy to pull off." — Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times


Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara in 'Schitt's Creek'

Pop TV

Schitt's Creek

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of dysfunctional families and fish-out-of-water comedies
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 6

Ironically Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) used to own a chain of video stores in the backstory of Schitt's Creek, but he and his wife, soap opera star Moira Rose (Catherine O'Hara), lost it all (well, almost everything) because their business manager defrauded them. What they have left are two spoiled adult children, David and Alexis (Dan Levy and Annie Murphy), and the small, titular town that Johnny bought David as a joke years before. They move into a motel in town and actually build their lives anew, becoming better people, forging new relationships, and even creating (and, in the case of Moira, reinvigorating) careers. For those who do want a little bit of the in-store workplace experience, David opens a shop with Patrick (Noah Reid), who he later marries.

"The show has a familiar fish-out-of-water conceit. ... But it's always a pleasure to see Levy and O'Hara play off each other." — Esther Zuckerman, Entertainment Weekly


Richard Ayonde in 'The IT Crowd'

Channel 4

The IT Crowd

Metascore: 67
Best for: Fans of technology humor and small casts
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 4

If you watched Blockbuster and thought the setting was pretty depressing but at least the characters had good wits about them, then the British version of The IT Crowd is likely going to be of interest to you. Taking place in the tech support department of a fictional London corporation, the regular characters are depressed by having to answer inane calls and usually ignore the phone or use the classic, "Have you tried turning [the computer] off and on again?" Chris O'Dowd and Richard Ayoade star as the two nerdy technicians whose work lives get shaken up first by the arrival of Jen (Katherine Parkinson), a new manager who doesn't know much about technology, and later the new boss Douglas (Matt Berry), who inherits the company when his father dies but also doesn't really know what he's doing.

"While writer-director Graham Linehan (working with The Office producer Ash Atalla) has created a vivid trio of oddball characters, his ingenuity doesn't extend to finding consistently amusing situations in which to put them." — Brian Lowry, Variety


From left to right: Steve Carell, John Krasinki (in back), and Rainn Wilson in 'The Office'


The Office

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of bumbling bosses and workplace romances
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 9

Based on the U.K. series of the same title, The Office follows the employees of a fictional paper sales company in Scranton, Pa. as they work in the (you guessed it) office (and warehouse), rather than a store. The conceit is that there is a documentary crew shadowing them in the office and in select outside situations of both the professional and personal nature, and if the joke was, "Who'd want to watch paper salesman work?" well, it turns out a lot of people. Running for nine seasons, The Office started with Michael Scott (Steve Carell) as the well-intentioned but short-tempered and often terribly misguided boss with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) has his soldier-style hopeful No. 2, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) as a young prankster who thought this was just a short-term gig, and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) as the quiet receptionist who Jim has a crush on, among others. As the years go on, Jim and Pam slowly circle each other romantically until they eventually, finally get married and start a family, while other relationships ebb and flow as well and they even get a couple of new bosses upon Michael's multiple exits. (The first is temporary, when he starts his own paper company, and the show follows his attempt to do so, but Carell does leave the series in Season 7.

"The Office speaks a new comic language of glum realism. ... it is a queasy portrait of corporate depression, characters who rarely smile, and bleak irony. It is funny, but slowly and painfully so. — Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe


'Bob's Burgers'

20th Television

Bob's Burgers

Metascore: 60
Best for: Fans of family sitcoms and animation
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 13 (so far) and a movie

The characters who work together in this animated comedy actually are family: the Belcher family. Patriarch Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and matriarch Linda (John Roberts) run a burger joint in a seaside town and live above it in an apartment. Their business remains open, even as the adjacent one turns over a new business in every episode, as visual commentary on the changing retail world, which is something Blockbuster talks about directly. The Belchers' three children also work in the restaurant while also getting up to antics at school or with other friends in town.

"There are nice rhythms and sharp asides and some other things to be said in its favor: It's a show about the working class — or perhaps better put, the barely surviving entrepreneurial class — that is actually about work." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times


From left to right: Colton Dunn, America Ferrera, and Ben Feldman in 'Superstore'



Metascore: 58
Best for: Fans of 
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 6

Set in a fictional big-box store in Middle America, Superstore follows the eclectic group of employees who clock in but don't always give 100-percent once they're there. Amy Sosa (America Ferrera) is an employee so disillusioned she wears a different name tag every day she's at work so not even the regular customers can get to know the real her, though she does make true connections with her co-workers and even climbs the ranks of the store to eventually join corporate. Meanwhile, Jonah Simms (Ben Feldman) is a business school dropout struggling to adjust to a minimum wage lifestyle; Mateo (Nico Santos) is undocumented; Nichole Bloom is a pregnant student who gives birth early in the series' run and then has to juggle new motherhood with her job; and Garret (Colton Dunn) is just disenchanted with his lot in life and copes with sarcasm. But then there's Dina (Lauren Ash), the overly zealous assistant manager and Glenn (Mark McKinney), the way too positive manager, balancing out the cynicism of the others.

"Superstore has its funny moments as it alternately mocks People of Wal-Mart types while trying to protect the dignity of the store's employees. It's difficult for the show to have it both ways. Superstore is at its funniest when it's also at its most ruthless and offensive, but those moments are few." — Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


'10 Items or Less'

Sony Television

10 Items or Less

Metascore: 42
Best for: Fans of improv
Where to watch: 

Seasons: 3

Not to be confused with the 2006 film of the same title, this supermarket-set sitcom centers on Leslie Pool (John Lehr), who fails at business in New York City, so he moves back to his Ohio hometown to run his family store. He, too, ends up working (sort of) alongside an old high school friend, Amy (Jennifer Elise Cox), who manages the competitor store in town, and his employees also have varied personalities and interests that can distract them from their daily gig. What sets this show apart from all of the others on this list, though, is that it is only loosely scripted, with the actors receiving outlines of where their characters need to go, allowing them to improvise dialogue, actions, and relationship dynamics.

"There are no deep belly laughs here but you can count on a steady stream of chuckles, more from the characters than the situations." — Barry Garron, The Hollywood Reporter


'Kim's Convenience'


Kim's Convenience

Metascore: N/A
Best for: Fans of complicated family dynamics
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 5

Don't let the lack of a Metascore turn you off, this Canadian comedy is the quintessential workplace series set in a store and full of colorful characters, only this time most of them have the added tension of being related to each other. The title of the show refers to the store Sang-il Kim, aka Appa (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), and Yong-mi Kim, aka Umma (Jean Yoon), own and run in Toronto. Their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang) works there, but she really wants to be an artist and is frustrated when her parents don't understand, let alone support that dream, and at the start of the series they are estranged from their son Jung (Simu Liu), who instead works at a car rental agency with his childhood friend Kimchee (Andrew Phung) and awkward boss Shannon (Nicole Power).