‘Reboot’ revolves around the reboot of an old sitcom titled ‘Step Right Up’ by the streaming platform Hulu. The series brings back the original cast after 15 years away.
Hannah Korman (Rachel Bloom) is a writer who pitches the idea to reboot a sitcom from the early 2000s but with a more edgy and grounded premise and the executives at Hulu agree to capitalize on the recent trend of milking the sense of nostalgia within people.
But while many real examples like ‘Fuller House’ and ‘iCarly’ are mentioned, is ‘Step Right Up’ also a real sitcom?
A semi-real premise
‘Step Right Up’ is not an actual sitcom that exists but within the realm of ‘Reboot’, it is based on the real-life experiences of one of the characters. The sitcom centres on a boy being raised by his mother, his father, and his new stepfather.
Reed Sterling (Keegan Michael-Key) plays Lawrence, the stepfather, Clay Barber (Johnny Knoxville) is Jake the father, Bree Marie Jensen (Judy Greer) plays Josie the mother and finally, Zack Jackson (Calum Worthy) plays Cody the young boy.
It was created by Gordon Gelman (Paul Reiser) who claims that the story and the lead character, Lawrence, is based on his own life and experiences.
The dark hidden truth
Hannah Korman wants to make ‘Step Right Up’ in he own image where the characters don’t always do the right thing, they make mistakes often just like real human beings do.
When Gordon gets back into the fold as co-showrunner because he still owns the rights to the series, Hannah walks out claiming that she cannot work with Gordon and his archaic ideas.
Reed and the other actors like Hannah’s new direction and insist that Gordon get her back but he says that it’s in her hands. They visit her at home and beg her to come back and that’s when they find out the truth.
Hannah is Gordon’s daughter and when she was a small child, Gordon left her and her mother and moved in with his new family and stepson. He put a positive spin on this story and turned it into a popular sitcom.
Hannah now wants a chance to tell her side of the story and make sure people realize it wasn’t just a happy story with good endings for everybody.