The comedy web series The Cable Company offers a quick little humorous look featuring employees working at, you guessed it, a cable company. All four mini-episodes are available to view for free on YouTube.
I was provided with early access to The Cable Company for free. The opinions I have shared are my own.
I’m all for indie stuff that offers something new. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think we have had a workplace sitcom about a cable company before, right? So, major points to creator writer and producer Willaim Scott Hunter for developing one.
In a sense, the entire thing is quite timely (and I’m surprised no major studio has taken a shot at such content). While a number of people are cutting the cord due to the popularity of streaming, we’re still beholden to cable companies when it comes to internet access, phone services, etc. And we all know what a hassle it can be to figure out payment plans, weak signals, unresponsive customer service, and such. Major cable companies are playing a huge role in the geek and non-geek media we consume. Like, seriously, I need a major production studio to sit down with Hunter and plan out a bigger workplace sitcom about the cable company world.
“My first job out of college was at my local cable company. It was a torturous string of mergers, layoffs, and commutes to bizarre office buildings, all while ruthlessly enacting rate increases on customers,” shared Hunter. He clearly knows his stuff and it shows in the four mini-episodes (each being a couple of minutes long).
The cast includes Elitia Daniels as Nicole (she also directed the episodes), Danny Ross as Mark, Julia Tilden as Alison, and Alex Pike as Timothy. All four characters basically showcase someone you likely know from the workplace (maybe you might be one of the characters?).
Nicole wants a big change in her life. Alison’s weirdly ambitious. Danny’s not the most competent boss. And Timothy, well, he’s just trying to figure out what’s going on around him and doing as he’s told. I found Timothy to be quite charming. Though Alison might have a different opinion about him after the coffee incident.
Over the course of the four short episodes, Hunter touches on a lot of stuff. We have certain characters being uninterested in stacks of customer complaints. There’s an argument involving whether or not you should have an academic degree and if having a degree guarantees better pay. Nepotism. The workplace not having the best infrastructure. And what should you do when you aren’t into a particular career decision anymore.
Even though these themes are framed within the cable company-centric setting, I do feel they can be applied to a range of professions and how employees feel as a whole. The cast does an impressive job of acting everything out in a manner that’s exaggerated but still coming across as relatable. I also liked how all of the characters already have some sort of a relationship with each other, allowing Hunter to explore different dynamics. Having Danny not be a boss who kept to himself was a nice touch.
I watched all four episodes in a single sitting and was entertained. The experience left me wanting more. Here’s hoping The Cable Company continues and we get to learn more about the main cast, other situations they find themselves in at work, etc.
And, as always, fingers crossed for some good queer representation, too.
Released on May 25, 2021, all four episodes feature closed captions.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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