Skip to main content

Grab your marshmallows: Wet, Hot, American Summer makes a triumphant return on Netflix

netflix wet hot american summer all original cast red
Image used with permission by copyright holder
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 14 years since the cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer graced the screens. And naturally, who better to bring it back then Netflix?

The subscription video streaming service has begun filming an 8-episode limited series based on the popular film, reports Deadline. Back in 2001, the cast included an ensemble of now A (and some B) listers, from comedy queens Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler to heartthrobs Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd; along with other big names like Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, and Molly Shannon. Other “Wet Hot” alumni such as cult-comedian pioneers Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio have also landed their own high-profile network series as of late.

The original movie was written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and both have reportedly returned to work behind the camera, directing and executive producing for the series.

Wet, Hot American Summer is one of those rare gems that bombed horribly at the box office, then somehow over time picked up a cult following and became a hit. The most likely reason behind this particular flick is the later popularity of many of the actors who were in it – the cast reads like a cast list from Saturday Night Live, and every popular comedy flick made ever since. (Seriously, what hasn’t Elizabeth Banks been in?)

So what’s it about? Set in 1981, it follows a group of counselors on the last day of a fictional Jewish summer camp in Maine, Camp Firewood. Naturally, hilarity ensues as the summer comes to a close and the plot attempts to skewer nearly every cliche in the camp movie handbook. From hookup attempts to talent shows, to a pack of nerds preventing a dangerous piece of NASA Skylab from falling onto the camp, it’s not difficult to see why the film bombed — or why it gained such an avid fan base after said bombing.

And with almost all of the old cast returning for the reboot, according to Gizmodo, this one is poised to do well – no box office even needed.

Christine Persaud
Christine has decades of experience in trade and consumer journalism. While she started her career writing exclusively about…
3 sci-fi movies on Peacock you need to watch in May
Vin Diesel and Karl Urban in Riddick.

Peacock does many things well, but its sci-fi section is sorely lacking. The science fiction films on Peacock are almost entirely comprised of knockoff blockbusters or embarrassingly bad B-movies. And instead of having a permanent library of Universal Pictures' sci-fi hits like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Back to the Future, Peacock's best science fiction movies tend to come and go inside of a month.

So for this month, when we say that these are the three sci-fi movies on Peacock that you need to watch in May, it's because they probably won't be around in June! Our first two picks fall into the realm of sci-fi action, while the third stands as a tribute to the late B-movie king Roger Corman.
Riddick (2013)

Read more
Where to watch the 2024 Preakness Stakes live stream
Horse on the track trot in front of the Preakness Stakes sign.

The Triple Crown has reached its next stop. After the 150th Kentucky Derby, horse racing heads to Maryland for the 149th Preakness Stakes. This is the second race in the Triple Crown, with the third being the Belmont Stakes. The 2024 Preakness Stakes is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Mystik Dan opened as the morning line favorite at 5-2. Mystik Dan ran a magical race at Churchill Downs, narrowly beating Sierra Leone to win the 2024 Kentucky Derby. No horse has won the Triple Crown since 2018's Justify. Mystik Dan's toughest competition will be Catching Freedom and Imagination, both at 6-1.
Watch the 2024 Preakness Stakes live stream on NBC

Read more
If you have to watch one Tubi movie this May 2024, stream this one
Two people stand in a mountain valley in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

More than almost any other streaming service, the past lives on at Tubi. Some of that is by necessity, since the bigger streamers sweep up most of the contemporary box office hits, and almost every major studio in Hollywood has its own streaming service. While there are some modern films and TV shows on Tubi, it also has a robust lineup of movies and series that pretend like cinematic and television history began in the '80s. These older titles need a home, and Tubi has given it to them.

However, our pick for the one Tubi movie that you have to watch in May isn't that old, relatively speaking. Director Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon caused a cultural sensation in 2000, not unlike the way Everything Everywhere All at Once did in 2022 on its way to earning Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress honors for Michelle Yeoh. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon also features Yeoh in a leading role during an earlier period of her career, and the film was also an Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score. It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, but came up short there.

Read more