As time goes by, so will the memory of the beloved video rental store, Blockbuster. Once upon a time, this was the place families flocked to every weekend to secure a copy of the flavor of the week. This was also a place where you would integrate. If the titles you were looking for weren’t available, you’d venture out and pick something else that might not have been on your radar.
But alas, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The rise of streaming services, specifically Netflix, brought about the demise of Blockbuster. Now, in an ironic twist, Netflix brings us a new series, Blockbuster. This series is brought to us by creator, executive producer, writer and showrunner Vanessa Ramos. She has worked on such successful shows as Hypermarket Y brooklyn nine nine.
The series will launch this fall on the streaming service. To start teasing us, Netflix has released a synopsis, character descriptions, and first look photos. You can see them below!
Here’s the synopsis for Netflix’s Blockbuster:
Timmy Yoon (Randall Park) is an analog dreamer living in a 5G world. And after learning he’s running the latest Blockbuster Video in America, Timmy and his staff (including his longtime crush Eliza (Melissa Fumero)) struggle to stay relevant. The only way to be successful is to remind the community of him that they provide something. big corporations can’t: human connection.
These are the descriptions of the Blockbuster characters:
Randall Park as TIMMY: A big dreamer whose love of movies makes it easy for him to recommend exactly what his regular customers need, even when they don’t know they need it. He has worked at Blockbuster since he was a teenager and honestly wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Melissa Fumero as ELIZA: A dedicated mother whose marriage to her high school sweetheart is in crisis. She dropped out of Harvard after one semester to start a family and now works at Blockbuster alongside Timmy (Randall Park) as her trusted number two…and maybe more.
Olga Merediz as CONNIE: She works at Blockbuster to make friends, not money. She is the unintentionally outspoken mother figure not only to the employees, but to many of the Blockbuster regulars as well.
Tyler Alvarez as CARLOS: As the son of first-generation immigrants, he learned English by watching movies, and they quickly became his love language. He dreams of being a filmmaker, but he can’t help but feel that he owes it to his parents to live the American life they planned for him.
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Madeleine Arthur as HANNAH: She is genuinely sweet, a little naive, but undeniably charming. She lost her mother at a young age, but she is surrounded by family at Blockbuster. Financially savvy, her staff is helping her learn the importance of her self-care.
Recurring Blockbuster Guest Stars:
Kamaia Fairburn as KAYLA: Kayla is Percy’s smart and sometimes scary teenage daughter. She is not very open to the idea of taking orders from anyone, which can complicate her job at Blockbuster for Timmy.
JB Smoove as PERCY: As the owner of the mall and party store, Percy sees himself as “the man with the plan”. He’s the fast-talking, stylish, and overconfident half of the best friend duo of Timmy and Percy, who can’t seem to stay away from Blockbuster, especially with his daughter working there.