Not just one, but two fantastic NBC programmes were cancelled in 2021 when the network cancelled both “Good Girls” and “Superstore.” In the former, three women from Michigan who are struggling financially are followed, while in the latter, a group of employees at a fictitious Cloud 9 big-box shop in Missouri are the focus of the story. The two shows appear to have little in common at first glance. The two haven’t really crossed over because one is a dramedy and the other is a sitcom. Although “Good Girls” creator Jenna Bans and “Superstore” showrunner Justin Spitzer are married, thanks to a significant crossover, both series seem to exist in the same universe. Even though none of the characters from either show have interacted, Cloud 9 connects them.
Yes, Beth, Annie, and Ruby have shopped at the same chain that Jonah, Amy, and Dina do. It’s tough to imagine any of these characters in the same room together because the programmes have such different tones, but that didn’t stop fans from wishing. All hope is lost now that both shows have been cancelled, but at least we have a total of 10 seasons of fantastic television to keep us occupied.
So, how and how far back does the relationship between “Good Girls” and “Superstore” go?
Everyone shops at Cloud 9
Jenna Bans responded to Variety’s inquiry on the frequency of their note-exchanges as follows:
“All of the time! It’s the best thing about being married to a writer. But we really need to set a limit on how much we talk shop because we’re both doing shows this year. As you can imagine, it takes up a lot of dinner table conversation when we’re home for dinner. But yeah, we run storylines past each other. We actually have a Cloud 9 appearance later in the season. The women end up robbing well, it’s not exactly robbing but end up using Cloud 9 as a way to get what they want. We don’t really talk about it it’s just kind of there. I don’t know if there will be much crossover audience, but if there is, they’re in for a treat because Cloud 9 has a pretty strong presence. We built Cloud 9 [on our set] in Atlanta and Retta, who’s close with [‘Superstore’ stars] America Ferrera and Ben Feldman sent them a picture of herself in Cloud 9. They were like, ‘What’s going on? Where are you? What set are you on?’ I don’t think Justin ever told them. So they were just completely shocked by it.”
In the first season of “Good Girls,” when Beth, Ruby, and Annie needed to figure out how to clean up their money, Cloud 9 played a significant role. The solution looked straightforward: use the fictitious money to purchase a number of pricey items from Cloud 9, return them all, and then receive a full refund in real money. But that wasn’t even the only appearance or mention of the comedic store; characters have frequented it, and keen-eyed viewers have spotted bags bearing the Cloud 9 name. Lucky are Beth and company Dina would have definitely caught them if she had been present throughout their mischief!