Joe Pera is a middle school choir teacher who appears to be 30-something but has the posture and energy of an 80-something. he would like to talk to you about some of his favorite things. That includes iron, winter sports, hiking and choosing the right breakfast. His talks are almost always interrupted by life and flashbacks, but that’s okay. Interruptions is what life is made of.
There is little on the air like Joe Pera talks with You. It is a gentle show that averages about eleven minutes in length. Despite being on Adult Swim, it is a show that revels in calmness and beauty. Technically it is a comedy but the jokes wouldn’t exist outside of the kind and gentle world the show takes place in. Every episode has a small piece of drama, but the overall destination is one of safety. Over the course of a season, we see Joe fall in love, meet new neighbors and find joy in discovering a new-to-him band called The Who.
What I love most about this show is that Joe is a nice guy with a few quirks, but this not a show that makes fun of him. There is no irony to be found here. This show celebrates kindness and being a little different in a way that feels inclusive. There is the occasional asshole character to be found, but they are often to be pitied, not emulated.
I wish I knew this show was on the air during the pandemic. Discovering it right before the holiday season works just as well. Watching this show is like snuggling on the couch with a sleeping pet as you watch the snow fall.
Oh wait, I just described Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep, a stand alone animated special.