Randall Park leads the series as Timmy Yoon, an “analog dreamer living in a 5G world” per an official description, where he is operating the last remaining Blockbuster Video store in the country. Per the official synopsis, Timmy and his staff employees, including his long-time crush, Eliza (Melissa Fumero), then must fight to stay relevant. The only way to succeed is to remind their community that they provide something big corporations can’t: human connection.
The series also stars Tyler Alvarez, Madeleine Arthur, Olga Merediz, JB Smoove, and Kamaia Fairburn. “Blockbuster” premieres November 3 on Netflix.
“Superstore” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” producer Vanessa Ramos created the series with David Caspe (“Happy Endings”) and Jackie Clarke (“Superstore,” “Happy Endings”) also serving as writers and executive producers. John Davis and John Fox also executive produce for Davis Entertainment. “Blockbuster” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
The actual last Blockbuster store in the U.S. remains in Bend, Oregon as of 2019. While the Netflix series does not take place at the actual location, lead star Park noted that the 10-episode season is centered firmly in the four walls of the fictionalized store itself while the “company itself is starting to collapse.”
“Our little family who works in the store, together, we kind of gain the strength and resolve to keep it alive,” Park told Entertainment Weekly, noting that while leading “groundbreaking” AAPI ABC series “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Blockbuster” reflects a “diverse group of people” more akin to Park’s life offscreen.
“I grew up in a very diverse neighborhood, it was almost like my group of friends growing up was of every race,” Park said. “It was almost too perfect, it was like a commercial. And shows, I feel like, have always had a tough time capturing that reality. And I feel like ‘Fresh off the Boat’ is great, because it was groundbreaking to have an Asian-American family and that reflects a part of my life. But also a part of my life is this diverse group of people.”
Head of comedy at Netflix Tracey Pakosta dubbed the series as “ultimately the story of a dedicated group of co-workers, with a lot of heart.”
“Blockbuster” premieres November 3 on Netflix.
Check out the trailer below.