‘Documentary Now!’ and 5 other parodies you shouldn’t miss

Parody is one of the most complicated genres because of how easy it is to become ridiculous and not work well. The balance between homage, satire and comedy is very difficult to achieve, but both ‘Documentary Now!’ as the other five series achieve it.

For Ignacio Parron – 29 Dec 2022

How complicated it is to do a parody well. Taking the tropes, basic structures and clichés of a particular genre or story and twisting them to create something new that reinvents or satirises it. Doing it is easy, the difficult thing is not to fall into the absurd. A good example of this is Documentary Now!the series in which Bill Hader (Barry) Y Fred Armisen (Wednesday) parody the documentary genre. The two met at the Saturday night Live, cradle of great comedians and mecca of parodic sketches. It was after one of these scenes that they began to develop the idea for this series. Documentary Now! it is highly recommended, but we have another 5 great parody series that are also worth watching.

5 great parody series

Murderville

In 'Murderville', the guests improvise because they don't have a script
In ‘Murderville’, the guests improvise because they don’t have a script

Available in Netflix

One of the most original comedies of the moment. Will Arnett (Arrested Development) plays the tough detective Terry Seattle. In each episode he solves a murder accompanied by a guest star, following the canons of a good procedural. The grace is that the famous does not have a script and does not know what he is facing. How does he react? This is where you can see how the archetypes of the genre have permeated us. It is curious to see conan oh brian, Sharon Stone (ratched) either ken jeong (Community) improvise while trying to find the culprit without really knowing what is going on.

What we do in the shadows

'What we do in the shadows' is a mockumentary about three vampires
‘What we do in the shadows’ is a mockumentary about three vampires / HBO Max

Available in HBO Max

A double parody. What we do in the shadows reinvents the mockumentary genre with a series in which a team records the day-to-day life of a group of vampires on Staten Island. The trio of bloodsuckers face the problems of everyday life and the beings of the underworld. Taika Waititi’s film adaptation pays equal parts laughs and homage to the horror genre and the supernatural in one of the best comedies of the last decade.

Our flag means death

'Our flag means death' parodies the pirate genre
‘Our flag means death’ parodies the pirate genre / HBO Max

Available on HBO Max

Taika Waititi repeats on this list, but changes vampirism for pirates. Our flag means death talks about everything that is not usually told about sea bandits. And he does it by parodying the true story of the Knight Pirate and the fearsome Blackbeard. An LGTBi love story with which he addresses issues such as homosexuality, the figure of the pirate woman and questions the preconceived ideas of the films that, although it did not happen that way, could well have been true. Parody at the service of the claim.

Chapter 0

Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla parody different genres in 'Chapter 0'
Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla parody different genres in ‘Chapter 0’ / Movistar Plus+

Available in Movistar Plus+

Ernesto Sevilla and Joaquín Reyes show their love for cinema in this comedy series. Each episode parodies one of the most popular genres of fiction, passing it through the filter chanante. Sevilla displays all of his cinematographic knowledge at the controls behind the cameras of this series in the most “serious” work of both in which they embrace the purest fiction, far from the sketches to which we were accustomed. Only one season of five episodes that fell short.

The Orvilles

'The Orville' parodies 'Star Trek'
‘The Orville’ parodies ‘Star Trek’ / Disney+

Available in Disney+

Seth McFarlane is one of the masters of this genre with his animated series like Family Guy either Father made in the USA. However, in this series he changes the drawings for real action with a parody of star trek. Via The Orvilles, not only twists the science fiction genre, but uses it as an excuse to talk about religion, the media, transsexuality, the advancement of technology and its influence on today’s society. Few seasons for which it deserves.

‘Documentary Now!’ and 5 other parodies you shouldn’t miss