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Reboot Review – Not as clever as it thinks it is

by Sean P. Aune | September 19, 2022September 19, 2022 2:56 pm EDT

Reboot season 1 is here, but is it worth your valuable watching time? Find out in our Reboot season 1 review!


In short: No. It is not worth your valuable time. And it’s not worth the time of the talented cast either.

‘Hulu’ has decided to revive – not ‘reboot,’ even the title doesn’t make sense – 1990s hit sitcom Step On Up. The original cast is back, as they’ve all had less than stellar careers since the series ended. The cast is made up of Bree (Judy Greer) who married royalty, Clay (Johnny Knoxville) who is a controversial standup, Reed (Keegan-Michael Kay) who left the series for a movie career, and Zack (Callum Worthy), the former child star that none of the rest of the cast can seem to remember.

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Hannah (Rachel Bloom) is the new showrunner and has some ideas on how to freshen up the concept. But when Gordon (Paul Reiser), the original creator, steps back in, all he wants is to go back to the status quo.

As they re-assemble for this new take on the series, old cast issues arise, the now co-showrunners clash, and… nothing of importance happens.

The series only takes a few episodes to fall into standard sitcom fare that doesn’t feel remotely original. The few times where it seems to focus on the basic concept seriously, it feels like a poor man’s version of HBO’s The Comeback which did this worlds better years ago.

Not one of the issues of this series falls at the feet of the cast. They are all fantastic in their roles, it’s just that they are not given anything remotely interesting to do. Plots feel plucked from other sitcoms, which could be taken as the series being meta, but then they all just resolve as they would on any other series.

There is a good show hiding inside of this bog standard one. Just as the old cast returns to the new series to discover nothing much will change, you wonder if the same thing happened to the real cast when they signed on to this project. Were they promised something biting? Something edgy? They sadly ended up with about as basic a sitcom as you could ever find.

It’s not the worst show we’ve ever seen, but it feels like so much wasted potential that it simply isn’t worth your time.

Disclaimer: Hulu provided The Nerdy with eight episodes of Reboot season 1 for this review. We watched all of the episodes in their entirety before beginning this review.


Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing