Superstore (TV series)

Genre Sitcom
Created by Justin Spitzer
Composer(s) Mateo Messina
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • America Ferrera
  • Harry J. Lange Jr.
  • Eric Ledgin
  • Sierra Teller Ornelas
  • Damián Acevedo (pilot)
  • Jay Hunter
  • Mark Sadlek (pilot)
  • Steven Lang
  • James Renfroe
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) – present
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Superstore is an American single-camera sitcom television series that premiered on NBC on November 30, 2015.[1] The series was created by Justin Spitzer, who also serves as an executive producer.[2] Starring America Ferrera (who also serves as a producer) and Ben Feldman, Superstore follows a group of employees working at Cloud 9, a fictional big-box store in St. Louis, Missouri. The ensemble and supporting cast features Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom and Mark McKinney.

On February 23, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season by NBC.[3] On May 15, 2016, NBC announced that Superstore is expected to lead off its Thursday night primetime programming in the 2016–17 season. The second season premiered on September 22, 2016,[4] with a 22-episode order for the second season that was announced on September 23, 2016.[5] A special Olympics-themed episode aired on August 19, 2016 during the network's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.[6][7]

Cast and characters




SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30)February 22, 2016 (2016-02-22)
SpecialAugust 19, 2016 (2016-08-19)
222[8]September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)TBA


Development and filming

The series was one of three pilots picked up by NBC on January 14, 2015, along with the sitcom Crowded; both were green lighted to series status the same day (May 7, 2015).[9] The series was the first project for Ruben Fleischer's newly formed company The District as part of a two-year deal with Universal, as he directed the pilot episode.[10] Superstore was officially picked up as a series on May 7, 2015, by NBC.[11] The first season consisted of eleven episodes, after the episode order was reduced from thirteen on October 19, 2015.[12] It was announced on November 2, 2015, that the show would air the premiere on January 4, 2016, but would be airing two back-to-back episodes on November 30, 2015, following The Voice.[13]

The full cast in front of the Cloud 9 Superstore


It was announced on February 20, 2015, that Lauren Ash had been cast as a series regular, and would be playing Dina, the store’s assistant manager.[14] On March 2, 2015, Deadline reported that Superstore had added three other cast members, which was Colton Dunn, Mark McKinney and Nico Santos. The website reported that Dunn would be playing Garret, the often-sarcastic narrator of the piece, McKinney would be playing Glenn, the intense store manager, and Santos would be playing Mateo, another new employee and a brown-noser from an impoverished background.[15] On March 12, 2015, Nichole Bloom was announced to have joined the show as Cheyenne, a very pregnant teenage employee.[16][17]

Deadline announced on March 13, 2015, that Ben Feldman had landed the male lead in Superstore, as Jonah, a new employee in the superstore Cloud 9.[18] Three days later, TVLine announced on March 16, 2015, that America Ferrera had landed the female lead as the floor supervisor Amy in the Cloud 9 store. It was also reported that Ferrera was also a producer for the show.[19]

The Mindy Project crossover

The series is implied to take place in the same fictional universe as Hulu's The Mindy Project, another series also produced by NBCUniversal Television. The episode "Under the Texan Sun" has Mindy Lahiri and Peter Prentice shopping at an Austin, Texas Cloud 9 location.



The series debuted as a "preview" on November 30, 2015 following an episode of The Voice with 7 million viewers making the second highest new comedy behind Life in Pieces.[20] The series then moved to its regular Monday at 8:00 pm timeslot on January 4, 2016 with more than 6 million viewers making the highest rated comedy that did not have The Voice as a lead-in since The Michael J. Fox Show back in September 2013.[1][21]

Season Time slot (ET/PT) Episodes Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 Monday 10:00 pm (Episode 1)
Monday 10:30 pm (Episode 2)
Monday 9:00 pm (Episode 3)
Monday 8:00 pm (Episodes 4-11)
11 November 30, 2015 7.21[20] February 22, 2016 4.68[22] 2015–16 #66 6.58[23]
2 Thursday 8:00 pm 22[24] September 22, 2016 5.45[25] 2016–17 TBA TBA

Critical reception

Early reviews for the series were mixed. According to Metacritic, the first season of Superstore holds a score of 58 out of 100, indicating "mixed to average reviews" based on 21 critics.[26] On another review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 54% with a "Rotten" rating, based on 24 critics, with an average rating of 4.4/10. The general consensus is: "Superstore's talented cast and obvious potential are slightly overshadowed by a tonally jumbled presentation and thin, formulaic writing."[27] As the first season went along, however, reviews started to become more positive. Following the finale "Labor", the Los Angeles Times called it one of TV's best new comedies."[28] Pilot Viruet of The A.V. Club wrote that the "first season ... got better and more confident as it moved on", and that the first season finale "is a nice little cap to a nice little sitcom that could’ve used a little more attention."[29] After the series aired its Olympics special, Variety wrote that the show was "a funny, pointed and essential workplace comedy", and that "there are no weak links in [the] ensemble".[30]


Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 Imagen Foundation Awards[31] Best Actress - Television America Ferrera Nominated


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  20. 1 2 Porter, Rick (December 2, 2015). "Monday final ratings: 'Superstore' adjusts down but still solid, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' adjusts down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  21. "'Superstore' Premiere Ratings for NBC; ABC's 'Bachelor' Strong". Variety. January 5, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  22. Porter, Rick (February 23, 2016). "Monday final ratings: 'Bachelor' adjusts up, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' adjusts down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
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  25. Porter, Rick (September 23, 2016). "Thursday final ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Superstore' and 'Good Place' adjust up, 'Notorious' adjusts down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
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  27. "Superstore - Season Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
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  29. Viruet, Pilot (February 22, 2016). "'Labor'". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
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  31. "Nominations Announced for the 31st Annual Imagen Awards". Retrieved July 21, 2016.

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