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The Cleanists is written and directed by Tristam Baumber, who, despite his country of origin, seems most inspired by American sitcoms. In an interview with Splitsider, Baumber references Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show and Seinfeld.
The series that The Cleanists most resembles, however, is The Office. The four leads are basically Dwight, Michael, Jim, and Pam in yellow t-shirts, and the show derives its humor from the power struggles between them. The series also employs the same documentary-style camerawork, which is pulled off exceptionally well, resulting in a comedy that looks and sounds great.
By the second episode, multiple plots twist have come out of each house visit, with ten installments representing the series’ complete run. Ultimately, there are few web comedies of higher quality; The Cleanists‘ execution is fittingly tidy.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT:
- BFA. The title here stands for ‘Baltimore. Friends. Artists.’ That establishes both the setting and the professions of the lead characters.
- Olanzapine. This series is spun off from a short film shot in two days and is inspired by campy superhero TV shows.
- Jack & Emma. After failing to make it in LA, a pair of showbiz types return to their small hometown.
- Caledonia. This Scottish thriller quickly veers into a supernatural world filled with creatures from folk tales.
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