Why You Need to Add Hulu’s ‘Reboot’ to Your Watch List Right Now (No, Seriously)

Hulu's 'Reboot' cast members.

Every time we turn around, there seems to be a new reboot or revival of a beloved television show or movie in the works. We’ve already gotten a reboot for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, iCarly, Pretty Little Liars, The Proud FamilyThat ‘70s Show and that’s not even half of it. Did we mention there are Working Girl and Party Down revivals coming soon? (Umm, yay?)

With this influx of remakes and spinoffs, it’s come to a point where it’s just becoming too much. So, imagine our excitement when Hulu announced it was coming out with a new comedy series making fun of that very trend.

Created by Steven Levitan (who is the co-creator of the beloved sitcom Modern Family), Reboot revolves around a fictional early 2000s sitcom called Step Right Up getting a modern-day remake. 

The revival features the original cast members from the sitcom, including Reed Sterling (Keegan-Michael Key), Clay Barber (Johnny Knoxville), Bree Marie Jensen (Judy Greer) and Zack (Calum Worthy). Sounds ripe for comedy to us. Keep reading for a full review of Reboot.

Before going any further, we should reveal what will soon become obvious to you as well: Reboot is an absolute must-watch. Fortunately for fans of shows like The OfficeParks and Recreation or Abbott Elementary, the show uses the same mockumentary film style and has a similar feel to it.

The fictional sitcom, Step Right Up, pays homage to the classic ‘80s and ‘90s sitcoms we’ve come to know and love, lending nostalgic vibes to the whole show. From the wacky punchlines to the theme song giving off major Full House vibes, it’s truly reminiscent of the television shows we watched growing up.

The fictional cast from 'Step Right Up' in the Hulu series 'Reboot.'
Michael Desmond/Hulu

This might be a bold statement (and we do not use the word “perfect” often, if ever), but the casting is pretty close to perfect. Keegan Michael-Key (who also starred in Key and Peele and the action film Keanu) brings his signature comedic flair to the show. His line delivery? Spot on. His timing? Never misses. And the same goes for his fellow cast members. Whenever Knoxville, Greer or Worthy are on-screen together (or even separately), the laughs really are aplenty.

Keegan Michael Key Reboot Series CAT

Overall, Reboot is a fun and feel-good show. The jokes and puns are genuinely funny. There is a particularly great running gag about how the main cast doesn’t know who Zack is since he was a kid when they filmed the show. (Like, how do you not recognize someone you’ve worked with for years?! Gold.) And that’s just a small taste of the solid comedy.

PureWow Rating: 5 out of 5

Hulu’s Reboot is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a good laugh. From the star-studded cast to the funny jokes, this show understood the assignment. The first episode is now on Hulu. The remaining episodes will be released every week, until the season finale debuts on November 1, 2022.

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Karelle McKay is the Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment at PureWow. Before she started writing about all things pop culture, she was a literal couch potato who loved...