A low-key comedy that captures the life of the reservations youth. Reservation Dogs shines in no small part thanks to its impressive central crew.
Aimless afternoons yield absurd delights, and sadness in Reservation Dogs. The show is like nothing else I’ve seen on TV now. It is at times melancholy, and at times deeply irreverent. But whatever mood it’s going for at any given moment, it’s some of the most unique, enjoyable, and artistically satisfying television available to watch.
Let’s be clear, I’m in no-way an expert on indigenous life or how life is in Indian reservations across north America. But with my extremely limited knowledge about First Nations in Canada, I can see the power of this show. From the not-so subtle hints at land grabs, to what we consider basic human rights: Food, Shelter, Water, and Healthcare. The show doesn’t shy away from representing what First Nation individuals are facing every day.
Created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, each tightly scripted half-hour episode packs in throwaway observational humor, satire, surrealism, and moments of drama that are no less powerful for being understated… Luckily, there’s another season on the way.
Should you watch it?
The show is subtle, eccentric, and imbued with a silly sweetness about indigenous American life, friendship, and small-town desperation. It’s damn funny too.