The Big Show Show

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The Big Show Show
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GenreSitcom
Created byJosh Bycel and Jason Berger
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Josh Bycel
  • Jason Berger
  • Susan Levison
  • Richard Lowell
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time25-28 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)

The Big Show Show is an American sitcom streaming television series created by Josh Bycel and Jason Berger, that premiered on Netflix on April 6, 2020. The series stars WWE wrestler Big Show, Allison Munn, Reylynn Caster, Lily Brooks O’Briant, and Juliet Donenfeld. In August 2020, the series was canceled after one season, but will end the series with a Christmas special that is set to be released in December 2020.[1]

Premise[edit]

The show features Big Show as a fictional version of himself. The premise features his teenage daughter moving in with him, his wife, and an additional two daughters.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Paul Wight / Big Show as himself, a pro wrestler who is adjusting to both retirement and his oldest daughter moving in with him and his family.
  • Allison Munn as Cassy Wight, Show's supportive wife and mother of Mandy and J.J. She works as a real estate agent.
  • Reylynn Caster as Lola Wight, Show's oldest daughter from his first marriage. She moves from Minnesota to Florida after her mother gets transferred to Brussels. She loves her father even though they can be competitive with each other.
  • Lily Brooks O’Briant as Mandy Wight, Show's middle daughter. She admires women leaders such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Leslie Knope. In the series, she is running for student body president.
  • Juliet Donenfeld as Jennifer Jane "J.J." Wight, Show's youngest daughter. She is a precocious child that likes to hack into things.

Recurring[edit]

  • Jaleel White as Terence "Terry" Malick III, Show's best friend. He runs a fitness center. He likes to invent things.
  • Ben Giroux as Coach Leslie Fener, Lola's ice hockey coach.
  • Jaime Moyer as Miss Riggi, J.J.'s teacher.
  • Asif Ali, as Bennett Patel, Cassy's co-worker and apprentice at the real estate company. He is the son of the neglectful company head (who later fired him because he touched him).
  • Dallas Dupree Young as Taylor Swift, an easy-going classmate of Mandy's who runs against her for class president. His real given name is Cliff.
  • Tessa Espinola as Monica B., Mandy's classmate who is a big influencer at school. She hosts livestreams on the latest gossip.
  • Jolie Hoang-Rappaport as Kennedy, Mandy's airheaded friend.
  • Emma Loewen as Olivia, Mandy's friend.

Guests for the sitcom have included Mick Foley, Mark Henry, Rikishi, and Tan France.[2]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
1"Prototype"Phill Lewis[3]Josh Bycel & Jason BergerApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
Lola moves to Tampa where she will live with her father Big Show, her stepmother and half-sisters, and has a hard time fitting in. Show convinces the coach to have Lola try out for the school's ice hockey team. Meanwhile, Mandy hosts a sit-in at her bedroom that attracts a lot of visitors.
2"The Big Punisher"Phill LewisDanielle UhlarikApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
After attending JJ's career day, Big Show ponders what to do for his next career, and tries tagging along as a real estate agent to Cassy who is trying to show an old house. Lola and Mandy try becoming roommates but problems arise.
3"The Big Brain"Bob KoherrJosh Bycel & Jason BergerApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
JJ's teacher wants to recommend JJ to the gifted class. Mandy is running for class president until her classmate Taylor Swift decides to run. After going to visit to the nail salon, Lola is getting along with Cassy as friends. But after attending a music event together, Lola wants to get a tattoo.
4"The Big Sinkhole"Phill LewisJoanna QuraishiApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
A sinkhole near the girls' school causes the school to be closed. The girls have to hang out with the parents for the day. Big Show is going to do a cooking segment on television with Lola, while Cassy takes JJ to her real estate agency. Mandy tries to strategize how to get ahead on her class president campaign, but ends up in a relationship with Taylor.
5"The Big Process"Bob KoherrBrian D. BradleyApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
JJ and Mandy try to help Cassy deal with being unemployed. When Lola's new boyfriend invites Big Show to do an escape room with them, Big Show gets along with him too well. Tan France of Queer Eye guest stars.
6"The Big Party"Kelly ParkPaul O'Toole & Andy St. ClairApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
For their anniversary, Big Show takes Cassy to a weekend on a cruise ship. But although he has some romantic activities planned with her, Cassy finally gets an offer to buy that house she was trying to sell, and Big Show ends up sharing his amenities with some of his WWE wrestler friends (Mark Henry, Mick Foley and Rikishi). Lola volunteers to babysit her sisters, but hosts a big party for Mandy so that she can become popular.
7"The Big Surprise"Leonard R. Garner, Jr.Danielle UhlarikApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
Lola's friend Alex visits from Minnesota. Terry hosts a promotional event where Big Show wrestles with people at Terry's gym. Mandy has to debate Taylor at a school debate. JJ senses that Lola might want to return to Minnesota to be with her friends, so she has Cassy help her make a video to convince her to stay. Mandy and Taylor agree to have a friendly debate where they don't bring up anything disagreeable until Taylor comes up with an idea that Mandy has to disagree with, which costs them their relationship. Following another wrestling demo at Terry's, Big Show announces he wants to return to the WWE.
8"The Big Decision"Eric Dean SeatonBrian D. BradleyApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)
Big Show tries to set up his family situation so he can return to wrestling with the WWE. Cassy ends up hiring Bennett; JJ tries to take in a pet dog despite knowing that her dad has allergies. Lola feels more stressed out as she takes her driving test.

Production[edit]

The show is produced by WWE Studios and is broadcast on Netflix.[4] Josh Bycel and Jason Berger are executive producers and showrunners, with Susan Levison and Richard Lowell serving as executive producers for WWE Studios.[5] In September 2019, Big Show announced on Steve Austin's podcast that the show has filmed three episodes and would premiere around the time of WrestleMania 36.[6] Later, it was announced that all 8 episodes would premiere on April 6, 2020 on Netflix.[7] On August 31, 2020, Netflix opted not to order a second season for the series, but will end the series with a Christmas special that is set to be released in December 2020.[1]

Reception[edit]

Joel Keller of Decider wrote that the sitcom is "okay to stream." Berger and Bycel "and their comedy pedigrees help make the show a tiny bit better than your average TGIF/Nick/Disney family sitcom. That doesn’t mean that it’s a good show, but at least it’s not terrible." Keller adds that Big Show can do physical comedy "very well," while praising Munn for "handl[ing] it like a pro" and describing the daughter characters as the "usual mix of overly-verbal and super-precocious kids".[8] Matt Fowler of IGN described the show as having "the potential to be either wholly terrible or fully great. The truth, overall, lies somewhere in between as Big Show proves himself to be an amiable, glowing, towering 'family man' capable of carrying multi-cam sitcom shenanigans."[9] Randall Colbum of The A.V. Club also likened the sitcom to the TGIF sitcoms of the 1990s, and wrote: "As tends to happen in these sorts of stories, the very act of a man so large demonstrating vulnerability is all the punchline an audience needs."[2] Common Sense Media gave the show three out of five stars, describing it as "a little rough, but mostly sweet."[10]

A comedic recap and review podcast about the show, The Big Show Show Show, was launched in May 2020.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2020). "Netflix's 'Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love' & 'The Big Show Show' To End Runs With Christmas Specials". Deadline. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Watch a trailer for The Big Show's TGIF-style Netflix sitcom". News.
  3. ^ a b "The Big Show Show – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (2019-07-30). "WWE Star Big Show To Headline Netflix Live-Action Family Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  5. ^ ""The Big Show Show" set for Netflix-WWE Studios partnership". WWE. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  6. ^ Steve Austin (September 10, 2019). "The Big Show Has A Loud Bird". PodcastOne (Podcast). The Steve Austin Show. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  7. ^ McGeorge, Alistair. "WWE legend Big Show's Netflix comedy gets trailer and release date". Metro. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  8. ^ Keller, Joel (April 7, 2020). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'The Big Show Show' On Netflix, Where The WWE Superstar Headlines A Family Sitcom". Decider. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Fowler, Matt (April 7, 2020). "Netflix's The Big Show Show: Season 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "The Big Show Show - TV Review". Common Sense Media. April 6, 2020.
  11. ^ "The Big Show Show Show on RadioPublic". RadioPublic. Retrieved 20 August 2020.

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