Unless you follow the Streamy or Teen Choice Awards as closely as you follow the Emmys and Grammys, you may not have heard of YouTube sensation Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger). So when Netflix announced the half-hour comedy series “Haters Back Off” based on Miranda it might have flown under your radar. Well haters, we’re here to highlight why the show is worth your binge with the 10 best moments from “Haters Back Off” (scroll through the gallery above).
With an exaggerated amount of red lipstick, a homegrown diva attitude, and the singing voice of an angel who suffers from permanent nasal congestion, Colleen Ballinger (who in real life has an excellent singing voice) transforms herself into the Miranda character, who has over seven million YouTube subscribers and over a billion views on her channel. This is the set-up for “Haters Back Off,” which is a prequel of sorts, following Miranda from her first uploaded video through her quest for super stardom with the help of her manager Uncle Jim (Steve Little).
Aside from Miranda and her Uncle Jim, “Haters Back Off” also introduces Miranda’s very normal sister Emily (Francesca Reale), their mother Bethany (Angela Kinsey) and neighbor/love interest Patrick (Erik Stocklin). The actors delivers some of the best individual comedic performances of any series on TV, expecially Ballinger’s turn in the finale (“I’m Famous”), Stocklin in the sixth episode (“Becuming a Magichin”) and Kinsey who really owns this show and is outstanding throughout — particularly in the second episode (“Preeching 2 the Chior”) and the finale. Kinsey being ignored come Emmy time would be a crime.
You’d think critics might dismiss a series based on a social media star, but Robert Lloyd (Los Angeles Times) gave it a glowing review, saying, “It faces the challenge of shaping a funny idea into a semblance of life, and succeeds,” while James Poniewozik (New York Times) declared, “In ‘Haters Back Off’ a cringe-worthy star is born.” And that may be the best way to describe it: cringe-watch worthy. So after you check out our 10 best moments from “Haters Back Off” above be sure to cringe for yourself.