Miracle Workers

Miracle Workers

Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi have fun in this eccentric comedy anthology that’s full of heart

7.3

TV Show

United States of America
English
Comedy, Drama
2019
Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Jon Bass
23 min

TLDR

Whoever decided to cast Radcliffe and Buscemi together… Thank you.

What it's about

Across four different stories, worlds, and time periods, two people, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe and Geraldine Viswanathan, meet and resolve to make a change somehow.

The take

What does corporate heaven, the Dark Ages, the Oregon Trail, and a post-apocalyptic world have in common? Nothing, except that they are all settings for each season of Miracle Workers. The eccentric comedy anthology series plays out somewhat like a set of extended Saturday Night Live skits, with one of its youngest writers Simon Rich running the show, but the absurd humor works as Rich juxtaposes today’s modern behavior in these novel settings each season. It’s quirky and light on its feet, focusing on silly situations, but through these short episodes, Miracle Workers do create miracles in the way Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, and Geraldine Viswanathan’s characters resolve to make a meaningful change, despite terrible circumstances. It’s not as in-depth and profound as The Good Place, but it’s funny and surprisingly witty, dealing with ideas about what’s good and how to get the will to do it.

What stands out

The cast. Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, and Geraldine Viswanathan are a surprising combination, but they all work well together, and mesh well with the bizarre material.

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