However, this isn’t the only embarrassing sitcom on the Netflix menu that begs the question of why the streaming service, which has built its appeal and reputation on premium content, is emulating old-time television and situation comedies would like to offer that would not be out of place on a broadcast network’s schedule in the 1980s or 1990s.
In May, “The Upshaws” with Mike Epps, Kim Fields and Wanda Sykes (who is also co-creator of the show) can be seen, a traditional sitcom format that is in bluer language with Epps as a mechanic with children of different ages.
In some ways, the streaming service’s appetite for sitcoms matches its efforts to accommodate diverse programming tastes and demographic segments while adding to its library of older series. In addition to the Fuller House revival, traditional-style sitcoms include Mr. Iglesias, Alexa & Katie, Family Reunion, and The Ranch.
Netflix executives have found that adding multi-camera comedies reflects a natural expansion in subscriber growth. Such comfort food shows also serve the zigzag goal when much of the television industry is shaken, with even large networks shifting to a single camera format in recent years, with the exception of CBS.
“Dad! Stop embarrassing me!” and “The Crew” both have a very special sales argument that depends heavily on star power and, above all, markets big names that are eligible for funding.
For actors like Foxx and James, producing and performing in a sitcom is a relatively under-demanded approach in terms of time, a benefit that can exceed the familiarity of the material. In Foxx’s case, “Dad, stop embarrassing me!” also has the benefit of being a family affair.
A better question is why such shows are viewed as a significant subscriber value, for the most part dishing out pale versions of a genre available across streaming, with viewers seeing reruns of staples like “Friends”, “The Office” and ” The “applaud the big bang theory” during the pandemic.
Since Netflix and its competitors rarely provide clear data for display, the program’s program menu can give the best indication that the strategy is working. As long as subscribers have an appetite for them, expect more old-fashioned sitcoms, “Embarrassed,” or otherwise.
“Dad! Stop Embarrassing Me” will premiere on April 14th on Netflix.