So last week, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” was described as that show that all your friends are insisting you should see, with good reason.
“Haters, Back Off” is more like that show that Netflix itself keeps recommending, for no good reason.
Yet you still have to click it and give it a try.
Overall: 4/10 (The secondary characters make it bearable, in parts.)
Binge-ability: 1/10 (It was truly difficult to binge this show. And that is coming from a Master Marathoner)
Characters: 7/10 (Again, the secondary characters are all pretty fabulous.)
Quote-ability: 2/10 (Uhh…the show’s title gets said a few times?)
Animal cameos: 0/10 (This is an important scale, and the only animals they had were fish that were not exactly alive.)
“Haters Back Off” is trying to be the “Napoleon Dynamite” of the YouTube generation. But there are a few differences: “Dynamite” knew when to hold back a bit. They knew when their quirky characters were a bit TOO much, and they needed more ‘normal’ characters to balance them out. What also helped is that movie ran all of an hour and a half – by the time you were getting a little sick of the characters, it was over. “Haters” runs closer to 4 and a half hours, once you’ve watched all the episodes.
And believe me, that is about 3 hours too long.
But let’s start by giving you some context I didn’t have going in – the show is actually based off a comedic YouTube channel, created by “Haters” star and producer, Colleen Ballinger.
You likely had one of two reactions if you clicked that video:
“THIS IS HILARIOUS!”
“Nope. Nooope. Nope, nope, nope. Why. Why did someone make that”
Your reaction to that video will determine how you will feel about “Haters Back Off.” It is basically about that character trying to get famous by going viral on YouTube, with the help of her Uncle, the boy who likes her (but she doesn’t really take notice of), and her mother.
The main character, Miranda, is narcissistic, inconsiderate, and doesn’t REALLY get a satisfactory reality check until the end of the season.
All in all, I definitely see what they’re going for – and some people are going to LOVE this show.
I am just not one of them. However, I will say that now that I have the context of the YouTube channel, it does make a bit more sense. So, the recommendation here: watch a couple of the YouTube videos, and if you like them, definitely check out “Haters Back off.”
If not? Maybe take a hard pass on this one.
“‘Flixperts” reviews Netflix exclusives and specials. It was conceived by Eilish after an ill-fated Netflix binge. As ‘Haters’ proved, not everything can go viral and make it big, so she is sorting through the lesser known shows to make sure you spend your binge-ing time best. She is also currently regretting this decision. You can follow her on Twitter, and Instagram.