My friend Lauren made a beautiful, magnificent late-night discovery on Netflix last week: Video Game High School. Rocket Jump Studios describes it as “a show about best friends, first loves, and finding that perfect head shot,” but I think they fail to do it justice with that tagline. What it is, you guys, is the funniest thing I have ever seen.
I really cannot praise it enough. VGHS is Arrested Development-level funny, the-episode-of-Parks & Rec-where-everyone-gets-trashed-on-Snake-Juice-and-Ron-Swanson-dances funny…for gamers. If you have some familiarity with online multiplayer games and the people who play them, if you’ve ever nailed a headshot or mashed buttons on a plastic guitar peripheral or challenged some punk to a Mortal Kombat duel, this show will kill you right dead. As Lauren pointed out when we began watching, we know these characters in our own lives. The writing is impeccable; almost every other sentence is a joke and nearly each one lands dead on target. We laughed so hard watching that we had to put the subtitles on to avoid missing dialogue, and still rewound repeatedly to catch particular turns of phrase. I haven’t been able to stop quoting it since.
And the acting… The acting is great all ’round, from the main characters to small cameo roles, but The Law (Brian Firenzi, one of the show’s writers, pictured in the sweet red sunglasses above) deserves special mention. I have never seen anyone embody the concept of “douchebag” with the skill and panache of this man. His performance is truly awe-inspiring—and gut-busting.
You can check out the trailer below, but like the show’s description, it can’t really do this masterpiece justice. Don’t Brian D your future, man; stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch VGHS. You can catch it in episodic form online here, or watch the first season as a feature-length movie on Netflix.