Blogs have not been super fun lately, life has not been super fun lately, but here on DOL we must keep moving forward. I'm sort of unique because I do not like being sad (despite what my musical choices may tell you). I'll be honest, I'm sad AF rn. I don't want to alarm anybody, but yeah it's tough to be souped rn. I know I'm not alone here. I believe absorbing something light/positive/funny/happy to bring you some sort of joy on a daily basis is significant for improving mental health during these uncertain times.
I am a big believer in the content pallet cleanser! What's that? Basically I never go to bed right after watching something that is scary/negative/bums you tf out; even if it's a show I love. Take 13 Reasons Why Season 4 which just came out for example! After I watched the first episode Sunday night I had to watch old Super Bowl highlights on Youtube for three hours to sleep that night.
Life around us is pretty sad right now, unless you're one of the billionaires profiting off of anguish and despair. If you fall in that camp you might as well leave right now because a show leaving Hulu doesn't concern you...but one of the funniest and most under-appreciated comedies of all time, Nathan For You is leaving Hulu in 10 days.
I'm talking regular days, not business. The clock is ticking.
Not to go full pretenious hipster here, but I too graduated with really good grades and was one of the (on average) 448,000 people who watched Nathan For You in the first season. I have been a fan from the jump and have tried to get people to check it out since 2013. Nathan For You certainly isn't for everybody, but if you enjoy some good ole fashion cringe comedy in a business casual setting, then this is the program for you. This man is a comedic genius.
With the hustle and bustle of life during a pandemic and social revolution; while 10 days is ample time to finish the series in its entirety, I'm not trying to pressure you. I'm simply here to let the readers know the clock is ticking.
To make things easier for you, as a man of the people I am going to give my personal recommendation of 10 episodes of Nathan For You you must/should watch before it's too late. Nathan For You lasted for four seasons from 2013-2017; with no season in 2016. There's 31 episodes and one special; so if you do enjoy, you're already 31.25% of the way there if you take heeded of my advice. I'm listing these episodes in chronological order; there's no 1-10 here.... because like a lot of bands I like...this list could change by the minute, but as of 6/9/20 these are the 10 I'm suggesting.
Season 1, Episode 1: Yogurt Shop/Pizzeria
You gotta watch the first episode to truly understand what this series is truly about; helping struggling businesses. Nathan's outside of the box approach usually drums up interest and hype around a product or company. In episode one he hits the ground running by introducing a 100% fecal-free poop flavoured (in honor of his Canadian citizenship) frozen yogurt and a free pizza giveaway.
Season 1, Episode 3: Clothing Store/Restaurant
Nathan suggests a marketing strategy that allows attractive people to shoplift from a clothing store. How does one determine "what is attractive?" tune in and find out.
His fedora and the beautiful shop owner should be enough to reel you in, but this is also the episode that we are introduced to Simon the Security Guard. I don't wanna spoil everything, but his interactions with the restaurant owner he helps in the second half of the episode are elite awkward comedy.
Season 1, Episode 4: Gas Station/Caricature Artist
Nathan offers a gas rebate to any customers willing to go through hell AND helps a struggling artist use shock and stereotypes to increase sales.
Season 1, Episode 5: Haunted House/The Hunk
IMO this is the best episode of the series. Both subplots are hilarious. We meet Anthony Napoli and Peter J Marx, Esq.
Are you a good guy?
Season 1, Episode 8: Private Investigator/Taxi Company
As someone who's driven for Uber I love the conversation idea, but the meat and potatoes of this episode is every single thing about Nathan and Brian Wolfe's relationship. Be sure to leave a review for DOL on Yelp after you finish this blog.
Season 2, Episode 5: Dumb Starbucks
This is the episode that taught me everything I know about Parody Law! Widely considered Nathan's best work by critics. We also get some more Peter J Marx, Esq. in this episode.
Season 2, Episode 7: Taxi Service/Hot Dog Stand
This episode Nathan suggests free rides to the pregnant will increase business after one gives birth in one of the taxis AND teaches a liar a lesson that they'll NEVER forget. The interaction with the taxi owner is one of the funniest of the entire series. This episode is all-time confrontation comedy.
Season 3, Episode 1: Electronics Store
His date alone earns this a spot on this vague ass list. I'd love to know what happens afterwards regarding two people in this episode.
Season 4, Episode 4: The Anecdote
(I couldn't find clips from the episode on Youtube, so here's the actual anecdote itself). This episode is a behind the scenes look at Nathan's formulation of the perfect talk show story.
Season 4, Episode 5: Shipping Logistics Company
Nathan attempts to rebrand Smoke Detectors as "Blues Smoke Detectors" so they can avoid tariffs. The detail in his outfits as a band manager alone warrants a watch. If I was power ranking episodes this is in my top 5.
There's so many other great episodes of this amazing show, but like I said; I understand time is of the essence. If you do finish the entire series in the next 10 days, more power to you. There's so many great ones that I didn't include. Most notably Season 3, Episode 2; this is the episode that introduces us to Summit Ice...perhaps the best thing to come out of the series. Few people on this planet have the comedic talents of Nathan Fielder. I don't know where Nathan For You is going after it leaves Hulu, but wherever it may end up I just hope everybody can find the time to appreciate this masterpiece.