Hulu’s “Reservation Dogs” – from creators Sterlin Harjo and “What We Do in the Shadows” mastermind Taika Waititi – is completely fresh. This is a tight-knit group of four native teenagers from rural Oklahoma, which sets them apart right away; Native American characters and shows set in sleepy, unoriginal small towns are both rarities on the small screen. But “Reservation Dogs” is also a very relevant sitcom to people of many walks of life, because it so perfectly and in a fun way captures the lack of purpose and the boredom of being a teenager – dawn of life life. adulthood and feeling ready to leave the house, but also not quite sure what to do next.
Bear, Elora, Willie Jack and Cheese are motivated by the need to do something, whatever, as well as the collective dream of earning or spending enough money to take off for the fantastic dreamland of California. Stealing a delivery truck sets many of their plans in motion, while brief but revealing flashbacks show how these kids got to the present day without revealing too much about their personal lives (but a lot about their family histories). The humor isn’t bursting with laughter, but calm, emotionless, and situational, except for times like Bear hallucinating a judging warrior figure.
With an overwhelmingly positive score for Rotten Tomatoes, “Reservation Dogs” is one of the most critically acclaimed shows of 2021. Rolling Stone’s Alan Sepinwall calls it “very good, even though his heroes are bad to be bad” .