Blockbuster, Netflix, Now

Yesterday, Netflix released a scripted series about one its former competitors. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Blockbuster Video was a nationwide entertainment retail store chain, where you could rent movies and video games. In 2004, there were over 9000 stores.

With a changing entertainment landscape, including Netflix entering the marketplace in 1997 and gaining steam in the early 2000s, Blockbuster Video dealt with challenges that led to a reduction in stores, as the 2000s progressed. Today in 2022, there is one remaining location in Bend, Oregon.

The Netflix series Blockbuster is based on that last Blockbuster Video location. The series cast includes actors Randall Park, Olga Merediz and Tyler Alvarez.