(A Review of Episode 06×15: “All Sales Final”)
Superstore has always been a show that I could relate to, as a former Wal-Mart cashier. The show’s depiction of the workspace, the diversity, and the handling of that “difference” actually mirrors my own experience. And, I am not alone. Millions of viewers tuned in week after week over the last six years to see what Jonah (Ben Feldman), Amy (America Ferrera), Dina (Laura Ash), Garrett (Colton Dunn), Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom), and the rest of the crew were up to.
An Exploration of “Difference”
Although creators and showrunners (Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green) exaggerated the situations in many of the most memorable scenes—like the finale mystery of the severed feet—the realness of each character and episode still stood out. Superstore is the closest I have seen to working-class realness from network television. (Sorry Roseanne fans.) This element is what fuels that show’s legacy of humanizing marginalized people and educating the audiences on these lives while also serving up the drama and laughs.
The Hidden Lesson Every Week
For example, Amy and Jonah were a romantic couple throughout the show, but they came from two very different classes and ethnic backgrounds. This was always very apparent with Amy pointing it out or Jonah stumbling onto the realization of his privilege after a series of mishaps. Other times, coworkers like Mateo (Nico Santos) or Garrett would use their dry, lowkey insulting way of speaking to inform the couple that they are very far apart in several ways. However, Amy and Jonah often learned valuable lessons that audiences could also use in their daily interactions.
In this way, Superstore took millions of people to class every week.
Humanizing the People
One of the most important storylines of the show is Mateo’s immigration battle. Superstore boldly depicted the struggles of undocumented people using one of the most beloved characters in the show. Mateo was not the stereotypical “alien” that the American President at the time wanted the people to fear. He was the person that we all wanted as our friend. In fact, Cheyenne and Mateo were the “Cool Kids” of the workplace.
So, his status and the subsequent struggle became an important exploration. The show humanized America’s immigration problems, giving it Mateo’s face. Mateo continued through the process through the final episode, where he was left struggling to find a job in order to remain in compliance with the immigration policies. This meant doing unmentionable errands for one of the most hated workers as a means to get her to employ him. Mateo opened up many eyes and educated me even more.
An Iconic Show and Important Legacy
Superstore left so many similar lessons, messages, and humanizing stories for the American public to explore. And, it did so while making us laugh and keeping us enthralled by the drama. This is why the legacy of the show is so important and will have everyone calling it an iconic depiction of the American working class at a pivotal time in history.
Take a look at these clips of the cast describing some of their favorite moments behind the scenes. They truly were a family—one that we all will miss visiting each week.
Superstore streams on The Peacock app.
Rating 4.5 of 5
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