Superstore Season 5: Premiere Date, Cast, Trailer, Recap, News

‘Superstore’ is an American single-camera sitcom comedy television series that airs on NBC. The series premiered for the first time on November 30, 2015. Spitzer Holding Company, The District, and Universal Television are the production companies backing the show. America Ferrera, Harry J. Lange Jr., Eric Ledgin, and Sierra Teller Ornelas serve as producers, while Justin Spitzer, Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Gabe Miller, and Jonathan Green are on board as executive producers. Justin Spitzer is also the creator of this series.

The series basically follows a group of employees who work at ‘Cloud 9’, store number 1217, which is a fictional big-box store in St. Louis, Missouri. There have been different stores under the Cloud 9 cluster, in shows produced by NBCUniversal Television, which include Hulu‘s ‘The Mindy Project’, and NBC‘s ‘I Feel Bad’ and ‘Good Girls’. ‘Superstore’ has had crossovers with all these shows. Understandably, being part of crossovers must indicate that the show already enjoys a degree of popularity among fans. However, that is not all, since critics too have lauded it, with Variety saying, “It’s a sharp yet warm workplace comedy, and it manages to be both nimble and incisive about an array of issues a lot of comedies artfully avoid.”

‘Superstore’ has had a four successful seasons so far. Here’s everything we know about its upcoming season.

Superstore Cast: Who is in it?

The main cast of ‘Superstore’ includes America Ferrera will continue in the role of  Amelia “Amy” Dubanowski. Ben Feldman will remain in the role of Jonah Simms. Colton Dunn and Nico Santos play the roles of Garrett McNeil and Mateo Fernando Aquino Liwanag. We also see Nicole Bloom play the role of Cheyenne Thompson. Mark McKinney and Lauren Ash appear in the roles of the positive manager of the store Glenn Sturgis and the no-nonsense assistant manager Dina Fox. This is bolstered by the presence of a solid supporting cast, and recurring characters.

Hopefully, in the upcoming season, we will see all the main cast members return, since they have almost become a lovable ensemble, and maybe new characters will be thrown into the mix, who will make things more interesting at the store and might even go on to become series regulars.

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Superstore Plot: What is it about?

‘Superstore’ simply takes a look at the lives of employees at a big box store, but as it will be immediately evident to viewers, the series goes way beyond that. Like most comedies, the show does not shy away from political topics, but instead of being didactic and preachy, thus losing audience interest, ‘Superstore’ manages to retain its humor. With an amusing and artfully absurd approach, it tackles issues that affect the everyday lives of Americans, like income inequality, and the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots of society.

While a few other shows have tried to portray the financial struggles of modern-day America, most notably, ‘Jane the Virgin‘, they often transition to aspirational narratives, where we see the characters eventually progress to comfortable lives. However, ‘Superstore’ refrains from doing that, firmly placing its characters on the shakier and lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.

Through the characters, it explores various issues like race, gender, class, sexuality, while also showing the full range of emotions and aspirations including crushes, ambitions and even shopping cart tricks. What stands out in the show is how the ensemble cast uses razor sharp and reliable humor throughout, to get their message across to the audience. Over the seasons, we see the show gradually but steadily begin to dismantle the idea of the American dream. However, there is no anger behind this dismantling, nor any quiet desperation as was captured so brilliantly by Arthur Miller in ‘Death of a Salesman’. Instead, ‘Superstore’ opts to go with a brand of corporate indifference that is often noted in organizational structures. It demonstrates how the dissatisfaction and solidarity among employees can be more comic and satisfying, taking a leaf from ‘The Office’, when the employees are lower in the pecking order. This is unsurprising since Spitzer worked for quite a while on ‘The Office’.

Coming to Cloud 9 itself, it is a fictional hypermarket which sells typical products found in these places, but also sells guns and liquor. The store also has a pharmacy. From what it can be understood, the Cloud 9 upper management is rather exploitative and untrusting of their employees. Thus, the locks and lights, temperature controls, are all handled remotely by upper management. Moreover, employees are allowed only one bathroom break per shift and have only 15 minutes allocated for lunch. To top it off, the corporation does not offer maternity leaves, health insurance or overtime pay to their employees. The fact that they still retain employees despite the harsh working conditions goes on to show the state of employment in the US, and how big corporations are exploiting that. However, what stands out here is how the employees exercise solidarity, the more the corporation tries to alienate them within the workspace. In fact, the close bond between the employees is almost revolutionary since corporations usually encourage only limited interactions within the workspace. The bonds between the employees also push the plot forward, as we see love and friendship bloom over the seasons of the show.

Hopefully, in the upcoming season, the series will deal with more prevalent social and political topics, already having dealt with things like the morning after pill. Hopefully, the issue of a worker’s union will also be pursued, and seeing the brazen content ‘Superstore’ is already putting out, there is no reason to believe otherwise. The characters too should see some development and considering the issue of minorities and a lot of other liberal topics have come under fire due to the current political regime, it will be really fascinating to see what the future season cooks up for its fans.

Superstore Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Superstore’ Season 4 premiered on October 4, 2018. After nine episodes the show went on hiatus and returned back on March 7, 2019. The good news for the fans is that the new season has already been greenlit on March 4, 2019, by NBC, and is expected to air this year itself. Our best guess is the ‘Superstore’ season 5 is expected to release sometime in October. 2019.

Superstore Trailer:

‘Superstore’ Season 5 does not have an official trailer yet. You can check out this trailer of Season 4 of the show to better understand what the upcoming season might hold in store and what the series is about.

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1 comment

  • I am loving Superstore so much that I have re watched the last 4 seasons all over again and I have never done this with any sitcom.
    I am waiting on the edge of seat for when Season 5 will be released.
    Any idea when this will be?

    Natalie – Australia