With a cast like the one announced for The Afterparty, you’d think that you’re getting a great show. Think again.
The show’s premise is really not new: A high school reunion ends with a murder. Starring Tiffany Haddish as the detective investigating the murder, the show almost dedicates a full episode for each recollection of what happened that night. The twist? We get to see the night in different styles: Kid’s animation, film noir, suspense, sitcom, etc. To be honest, after the second episode, it got really boring.
We are treated to parodies of these genres as their mind movies play out with scenes from the investigation interspersed throughout. The storytelling nature helps it all flow as clues and motivations are revealed.
However, watching the show week after week, you barely know it’s happening to you, which is a good thing in our current perpetual state of crisis. Weightless distraction, with just enough happening onscreen so you can bear whatever else is going on in your life.
Finally, I just wish that the show was better paced. Episodes 5 to 7 were a real snooze. But then, Haddish steals the show once more in the final episode.
If AppleTV+ decides to renew the show, it really needs a new showrunner.
Should you watch it?
The Afterparty squanders the talents of its cast with a broad, derivative and annoyingly obnoxious screenplay. However, the weightless and brainless distraction is great for a rainy Sunday evening.