‘Superstore’ Is A Big Box Of Joy, Laughter And Inevitable Romance

by Stephen Thompson and Ronald Young Jr.

SUPERSTORE — “Essential” Episode 601 — Pictured: (l-r) Mark McKinney as Glenn, Lauren Ash as Dina, America Ferrera as Amy — (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

For six seasons, the NBC comedy Superstore has told the story of a fictional big-box store in St. Louis. Until the last handful of episodes, the show starred America Ferrera, and found humor in serious topics like income inequality, health insurance, unionization, and corporate greed. Its final season is airing now, with storylines about COVID-19 and racial justice. Superstore is also a big, broad, goodhearted workplace comedy in the spirit of The Office, full of wacky oddballs — played by Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Nico Santos, Nicole Sakura and Colton Dunn, and more — and slow-burning romantic intrigue.

The audio was produced by Mike Katzif and edited by Jessica Reedy.