The Big Show Show premieres on Netflix April 6th, and it brings back memories of shows like Just the Ten of Us and Step by Step. That’s not necessarily a knock against the show; it’s just this new series starring former WWE star Paul Wight is shooting for a specific demographic. It’s hard to imagine any kid born in the last ten years will actively be seeking this show. It seems the show is geared towards dads who love WWE and long for late 80’s style programming. Hell, they even cast Urkel in the series. Was Mr. Finney or Mr. Belding not available?
The Big Show Show is loosely based on the life of WWE star Paul Wight. Wight is trying to find his footing after retiring from wrestling. He’s outnumbered in his house by three daughters and a business-minded wife (played by Allison Munn). If the number of tropes in a show measured quality, then this would be considered one of the greatest shows ever created.
This series seems out of place on Netflix. While I understand the streaming giant is playing to a specific demographic, most Netflix series attempt to break some new ground. There’s nothing original about the show. Oh, wait! He’s a former wrestler that’s the twist! How silly of me to ignore Wight’s fictional portrayal of himself being a larger life goofy father as not being the epitome of entertainment.
The casting was predictable. Each one of his daughters represented a specific 80‘s level trope not seen since Just the Ten of Us. We, of course, have the popular one Lola (Reylynn Carter), the worldly one Mandy (Lily Brooks O’Briant), and of course, J.J. (Juliet Donenfeld), who is the sneaky one. Allison Munn plays Wight’s wife Cassy and can’t even sell that on screen. I’m not saying they have to be all over one another, but at least Hariette made us believe she was into Carl Winslow. Wight’s performance is hard to evaluate because it’s just him playing a fictional version of himself.
Overall, while The Big Show Show is hard to get through, it’s okay if anyone is struggling for something to watch during this age of quarantine. Just don’t expect too much laughter or for it to hold anyone’s attention for very long.