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I think we’ve already said most of what needs to be said about Hypermarket over six seasons, about how this is one of the nicest sitcoms on TV, how she tackles many social issues discovered elsewhere, and how remarkable she is for the way she represents diverse racial and socio-economic characters. , and also how it deserved better than its silent cancellation in the midst of a pandemic.

I’m not sure there is anything else I can add after its delightfully satisfying and extremely smooth finish except to say I really like it. Hypermarket. I can’t believe it has stayed so under the radar for six years and, I’m so glad it has been under the radar for six seasons. It was like Office, except he’s never been plagued by pop culture machinations, put to death, and dissected within an inch of his life by Reddit. It’s the kind of series that has done just well enough to survive six seasons, but not so well that the network has tried to tinker with it. It was the kind of show that was most often allowed to be what it wanted to be. Critics loved it but weren’t obsessed with it every week, so it was given the freedom to have the occasional bad episode without us complaining that the show jumped the shark.

But above all, I want to say how much I liked these characters. Jonah and Amy were the nominal leaders, but I never got tired of them, in part because they never eclipsed the set. They also rarely overplayed their romance, and I’ve never stopped wanting the two to end up together. It was Jim and Pam, but without the big romantic gestures. They didn’t need it. I have always been rooted for them. I loved how they complemented each other, how they helped each other broaden their perspective. Love that Jonah never stopped supporting her, even when he found himself on the other side of the union / management dynamic. I also love that Amy never stopped supporting workers, even when she was raised to management.

I love Matteo, and I love that they never gave him an easy victory – he remained an undocumented worker struggling to maintain his life in the United States until the very end, though he was also remained as fiery and determined as ever. I love Glenn, even though he had an annoying voice and was a terrible manager, because of his loyalty to his people and because he made the most of a shitty job. I love Cheyenne for figuring out his shit without ever losing his identity. I adore Dina for being brash, full of self-control and totally true to herself. I love Sandra because she was a wonderful mother, wife and friend, but she could stir something too. Carol and Marcus were also great characters (although I didn’t like either of them), and they were always great movies. But Garrett? It was my favorite. Garrett was the voice of reason. He was also the heart of the show, but he buried that heart five feet deep. He rarely went out, but when he did, he would beat like a marching band playing a pink hymn at halftime. I adore this man.

I love Hypermarket, too, and after six years losing it is like losing another weekly hug at a time when hugs are already scarce. It’s not as inspiring as Ted Lasso or as sincere as Ruisseau Schitt or as funny as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but it sounds like a close runner-up in all of these categories, the show we’ve never talked about with friends, but our DVRs and watchlists that we’ve always watched first.

Adieu, Hypermarket. May your second streaming life be stronger than the first.

Sharon Osbourne is at “The Talk” |

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly television podcast, Podjiba.

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