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TV Series Review

Stuff. We love it.

Well, perhaps not all of us love stuff. If you make dinner rolls from self-ground wheat and bake them in a river-rock oven heated with dried cow patties, you clearly do not love stuff as much as the rest of us, and I sincerely apologize for my overgeneralization. (But you really should return whatever computerized device you're reading this on to its rightful owner immediately.)

As for the rest of us, we love our smartphones, our hula-hoops, our self-wringing mops, our bottles of fresh-squeezed water, our curiously strong mints. And where do we buy this stuff? Well, Amazon, sure. But before that, where did we buy it? At massive multipurpose stores. Walmart. Kmart. Some other marts that I just can't remember anymore.

Or, perhaps, if we're fictional stuff-lovers on a new NBC sitcom, we might go to the Cloud 9 superstore.

Attention, Shoppers!

Alas, our love of even fictional stuff takes a fictional toll on Cloud 9's fictional employees. Jonah, the newbie, is still learning how to best fill our carts full of merchandise and help us fulfill our petty daily wishes while still holding on to his sanity—easier said than done in the go-go world of this biggest of big-box stores.

At times, his clueless naiveté rankles his fellow retailers—particularly Amy, who's worked at Cloud 9 for more than a decade now. She has seen us all come and go—buying our jars of cheese dip and our electronic singing fish—and she views our rampant consumerism with a gentle-if-jaded eye.

But while she's a decent employee and grateful for the job, she's no Cloud 9 acolyte—unlike, of course, Glenn, the store's cheerful (if cult-minded) manager; Dina, Glenn's no-nonsense second-in-command; or Mateo, Cloud 9's resident apple polisher.

These sale-minded souls have become a strange, dysfunctional family of sorts. Albeit a family that always wears matching blue vests.

Cleanup on Cloud 9

Superstore is NBC's attempt to bring The Office into the world of Walmart. Its blue-vest language sometimes wanders into foul territory. A few rude jokes are told at shoppers' expence. And we see a occasional child deciding to defecate in the aisleway (on a kiddie potty). Still, there seems to be a real effort to shoehorn Superstore into a display bin that a family might enjoy browsing through together.

Granted, what our culture considers appropriate for the whole family has changed about as much as the price of milk. So anytime you walk into this Superstore you may walk out with something you neither wanted nor needed. Some episodes seem to mock Glenn's proud-and-out-there faith. A bit of cross-counter flirting gets a tad sexual from time to time. And while individual episodes may want to make a point or two, you're not going to find many obvious morals mopping up the floors at night. Yes, we love our stuff. And Superstore, like Cloud 9 itself, is full of it. Some of it is fun. An occasional item might even be worthwhile. But there's a whole lotta stuff here that's just … stuff. So it might be worthwhile to ask yourself whether you really need the extra clutter.

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Superstore - Nov. 30, 2015 "Shots and Salsa"

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America Ferrera as Amy; Ben Feldman as Jonah; Lauren Ash as Dina; Mark McKinney as Glenn; Colton Dunn as Garrett; Nico Santos as Mateo

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NBC

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Paul Asay

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