Kim's Convenience
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Kim’s Convenience, the recently-concluded show streaming on Netflix, left us feeling an array of emotions. Based on Ins Choi’s play of the same name, the show revolved around the life and times of a Korean Canadian family – Mr. and Mrs. Kim, aka Appa and Umma, and their children, Jung and Janet – and their convenience store.

The five-season series suffered an abrupt ending after the makers announced a few months back that the show would not be renewed for Season 6. Not only did this leave its viewers with a desire of wanting more for the characters they had grown to love, but also a feeling of loss – of unadulterated charm, relatable arguments and agreements, and ultimately a sense of community packed with humour – leaving behind a warm and fuzzy aftertaste. If you are on the lookout for what to watch next, here are a few recommendations.

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, Amy Poehler anchors this workplace family — employees of Parks And Recreation Department of the fictional town of Pawnee, all government employees. You have the slacker, the indifferent, the enthu-cutlet, the cool-cucumber, and the klutz. They come together with the reluctant gravity of a family dinner, padding each other’s losses with love and victories with wine.

One Day At A Time (2017-2020)

Streaming on: Netflix

If there is one show that screams wholesome from the moment its opening credits start rolling, it is this. A re-imagination of the 1975 series of the same name, the series follows the life of a Cuban-American family as they evolve in a constantly changing world. They tackle issues surrounding mental health, societal conditioning, gender and race, while complementing them with a hearty dose of humour and mutual love. While the series got cancelled after four seasons due to Covid-19, there’s no reason why the existing episodes shouldn’t be cherished.

Insecure (2016-Present)

Streaming on: DisneyPlus Hotstar

Two best friends, Issa and Molly, have been best friends since college. Belonging to similar social backgrounds, they touch upon relationships, friendships, social and racial issues, from the lens of a modern-day African-American woman. P.S. Dan Levy, in one of his acceptance speeches for Schitt’s Creek at the Emmys in 2020, lauded creator and protagonist Issa Rae and the writers of Insecure for creating ‘some of the funniest, most heartfelt television of the year.’

Community (2009-2015)

Streaming on: SonyLIV

Dan Harmon’s Community College is bitchy, irritable, quirky, but once galvanized around a closely-knit friend group, indispensable. There are the deeper friendships embedded within it, like that of Troy and Abed, whisperings of love, sage advice from sage advisors, and the back-slapping, finger wagging quality of friends who stand up to but also stand by you when necessary.

Life In Pieces (2015-2019)

Streaming on: DisneyPlus Hotstar

A humorous and relatable sitcom created by Justin Adler, this series revolves around a family spanning three generations. With that come different stories, circumstances and clashes, all of which, are eventually inter-connected. Told through narratives from their own, unique point of views, the Short family – irrespective of their eccentricities – remain a bunch that ultimately shares their joys, sorrows, and everything in between, together.

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