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From Schitt’s Creek to The Interview: Some of the best film and TV satires on OTT
Ryan Gomez
Sep 01, 2021
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Film and television have often been used as mediums for delivering socio-political messages throughout history. In fact, the very essence of storytelling from the Victorian era was born out of necessity to dissent against the rulers without facing persecution. Most playwrights and novelists such as John Marston, Thomas Middleton, and William Shakespeare used satire as tools for social commentary. Film and television have also adopted a similar approach even though the commercial viability has toned the ‘social commentary’ aspect in some ways. However, there are films and TV shows that have managed to become critical and commercial hits. The following is a list of some of the best satires available on streaming platforms.

1
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
7.7OTTplay Rating
Sacha Baron Cohen is the master when it comes to satire. The 2006 film written by him in which he stars as the titular character is a satire on antisemitism, xenophobia, and far-right nationalism. The film is a mockumentary about a Kazakh journalist and his team who visit America to create a documentary. A sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, was released in 2020 with Sacha Baron Cohen returning as Borat.
2
The Interview
6.7OTTplay Rating
The Interview is a political satire on the tyrannical rule of Kim Jong-Un in North Korea. The film stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as a TV journalist and producer respectively who are offered a chance to interview the dictator in North Korea, while the CIA plans to assassinate him in the process. The film directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen has plenty of humour and action.
3
Fight Club
9.1OTTplay Rating
This David Fincher masterpiece starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter was not a commercial success upon its theatrical release. However, the film has attained a cult status over the years and is now regarded as one of the finest films ever made. The film, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is a satire on hypermasculinity and consumer capitalism.
4
Hot Fuzz
7.9OTTplay Rating
The film is the second part of the trilogy from the Three Flavours Cornetto anthology films directed by Edgar Wright starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The first film Shaun of the Dead is a zombie parody and the third film, At the World’s End, is an alien invasion parody. Hot Fuzz is a parody of a buddy cop action film set in a quaint town in England. It is a satire on anti-immigration and xenophobia.
5
Wall-E
8.5OTTplay Rating
Disney Pixar’s Wall-E is an Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2009). The animated film was universally acclaimed and was directed by renowned director Andrew Stanton. The narrative is a satire on human civilisation and how it is turning planet Earth to an inhospitable planet.
6
Inglourious Basterds
8.4OTTplay Rating
Often regarded as Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus, the film is a satire on the glorification of war and the very idea of a war hero. The film is a masterclass in editing and has stellar performances from Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Mélanie Laurent, and Michael Fassbender. In fact, Waltz’s portrayal of the villainous SS Colonel Hans Landa earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
7
BoJack Horseman
9OTTplay Rating
The animated dark-comedy series is undoubtedly an underrated gem from Netflix's long list of original content. Will Arnett’s portrayal of the titular character is equal parts funny and depressing. The story is set in a universe where animals and humans coexist in society as equals or almost equals. The core theme of the show is a critique or a satire on the celebrity lifestyle in Los Angeles.
8
Schitt's Creek
8.7OTTplay Rating
Winner of nine Emmy awards, the comedy-drama was a sleeper hit. The TV series is now one of the most popular shows on Netflix after completing six successful seasons. Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, who served as executive producers, also starred as primary characters alongside Catherine O'Hara, and Annie Murphy. All four of the main cast won Emmy awards for their performances. The show is a satire on social classes and the modern-day influencer lifestyle.

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