Some of you may know Joel McHale from The Soup, a show on E! that recapped major entertainment and sports news on a week-to-week basis. But if you’re like me, you know him from Community, a self-aware sit-com that made fun of the genre’s tropes every time they used them, where he starred as Jeff Winger. But whether you know him from his sit-com or E! days, chances are you’re going to enjoy his latest endeavor: The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale.
The first episode was released on Netflix early Sunday morning, and it’s exactly what you might expect. McHale pokes fun at anything and everything related to entertainment, and not just in the U.S. One segment features a montage of footage gathered from South Korean soap operas where people, apparently, get hit by cars A LOT. Seriously. It’s unbelievable how often it happens.
The segments are hilarious, even when they’re ridiculous, and yes, there’s definitely a fair amount of offensive humor. But this comes as no surprise, it’s exactly what the show was advertised as. McHale doesn’t hold back, and the best thing? Netflix doesn’t try to stop him. This show is full of digs at their own network, but whenever the word “Netflix” is said, their little intro sound plays loudly over McHale’s voice.
In between making fun of pop culture and reality TV shows, the show contains many nods to McHale’s past work along with other Netflix shows. McHale runs into former costars Alison Brie and Jim Rash, both of which are a part of the Netflix family now. Brie played Annie Edison on Community and now stars on her own show, GLOW, while Rash, AKA Dean Pelton, hosted the popular and adorable Beyond Stranger Things. McHale even runs into Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter, where he stands outside of the Netflix headquarters offering to open jars for people. What a magical place.
This show isn’t afraid to laugh at everything, including itself, and that’s what makes it so refreshing. Any fan of Joel McHale should add this show to their Sunday morning routine ASAP.
PS. Watch the credits. You won’t regret it.
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale Is Now Streaming On Netflix.