Of all the current rebooting, reimagining, and generally digging out of a long-closed over well series that Netflix is currently in the middle of, there’s arguably none that are as keenly awaited as the Wet Hot American Summer reboot.
The series – based on the much beloved cult 2001 comedy film – is exciting for two main reasons: firstly, bucking the conveniently set-up reunion plotline established by the original film’s ending. And secondly for managing to re-assemble the entire original cast which, given its collective success in the years since, is no mean feat.
The series carries the extended title “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” – the film focused on the last day of camp – and brings back all your old favourites like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, AD Miles, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pearce, Michael Showalter, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, and Judah Friedlander, along with newcomers to the cast such as Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Jason Schwartzman, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Lake Bell, and Randall Park.
And if that beyond stacked cast alone isn’t enough to get you keen for the 8 episode season, this beautifully put-together, H. Jon Benjamin-narrated throwback to crappy 80s VHS camp advertisements will.
Seriously, if they’d thrown in a little “TRACKING” bar, I may well have burst into tears. Tears of joy.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp drops all at once on Netflix from July 31st. Prepare to fondle your sweaters.