New Supermarket Sweep

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Supermarket Sweep (2020)

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Leslie Jones hosts the revival of this classic game show that first started in the 1960s, returned in the mid-1990s, and came back one more time in the early 2000s. Three teams of two ultimate shoppers compete in a variety of brand name trivia and puzzles before racing around a perfectly polished and organized grocery store for the most fast-paced shopping spree you’ve ever seen. The grand prize? A whopping $100,000.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Look, things are getting bad out there. We just hit over 250,000 deaths because of the coronavirus pandemic, North Dakota has the worst COVID-19 death rate in the entire world, and coronavirus numbers are on the rise all across the United States. It’s only going to get worse as people ignore warnings in favor of gathering for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But if you’re smart, you’ll find a way to distract yourself and stay at home as much as you can, and the new Supermarket Sweep is the perfect way to do that, especially if you’re only having your groceries delivered to your house at this point. Live vicariously through the grocery game show! Read More »

supermarket sweep reboot

Supermarket Sweep is having a bit of a moment. The 1990s series where contestants in hideous sweaters run up and down the aisles of a fictional supermarket when they’re not answering trivia questions about brands has become a kind of comfort-food watch for audiences now that it’s been added to Netflix. There’s also a new reboot on the way – something that was in the process even before Netflix made the old episodes available to stream. Ahead of an October premiere, Supermarket Sweep reboot teaser has arrived, along with details about the show.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Supermarket Sweep

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Supermarket Sweep is a game show from the world of RoboCop that somehow escaped into our reality, where contestants show off their knowledge of food brands, solve puzzles involving those food brands, and then run through a fake supermarket to spend as much money as possible, focusing on brands brands brands! It’s a nightmare and I can’t stop watching it. Help.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Living in isolation in the age of COVID-19 has give me an opportunity to challenge myself and dig into art I have been putting off. Did you know I started reading War and Peace a few weeks ago? It’s true! I say this because I need you to not judge me too harshly for watching episodes of Supermarket Sweep from the early ’90s on Netflix, a TV series that feels like less of a fun romp and more like another tragic side effect of American consumerism. But goodness, it’s hard to watch just one episode. You’ll let Netflix auto-play one episode after another, hopelessly addicted to this nonsense. I can’t wait until I run out of episodes in the special “collection” currently streaming. Then I will be free.

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