BearSleuth Opinion Piece: You need to watch Harmontown!

I assume if you’re reading this you are able to access Netflix. If you don’t have an account grab a free trial or something because there’s something I want to share with you. Harmontown. Harmontown is a documentary about Dan Harmon, who is responsible for some of the pretty awesome stuff out in the world of television at the moment. He is also a little bit of jackass. If you have ever watched Rick and Morty or Community you are probably a fan of Dan’s work on some level. But you probably don’t know Dan’s history as a creator.

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Dan is a genius. There is no debate over that. However Dan, like many other creators, is notoriously difficult to work with. A few years back he got fired from Community and decided that the best way to process being kicked off a show that he created was to tour America performing live podcasts. The podcasts are brutally honest and the documentary is savage in the way it examines Harmon and his ethics as a creator. If you are at all interested in creating in any medium this documentary is something you need to see. But be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart.

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There are a few things you need to keep in mind when watching Harmontown:

  • First of all, though Harmon may be a great creator. Liking his stuff doesn’t mean you have to like him. I call this the Max Landis dichotomy and it’s a problem that most people have with a lot of creators. We seem to believe that a great creator has to be a great person but that’s simply not the case. If Harmon town teaches you anything, it’s that great creators are just like the rest of us.
  • Everything turns out okay. The majority of Harmontown follows Dan through a descent in both his relationships and his career. The film starts by tell you that it all turns out fairly well but there are points where the documentary becomes almost painful to watch. Stick with it, the payoff is worth it.
  • Though people have negative opinions of Dan no one dislike him. The greatest thing you can learn from the documentary is how to be a bit of mess while still maintaining professionalism and continuing to work as a creator. I have been through a lot emotionally over the last year and the Harmontown documentary taught me a lot about how to act, and not act, while in a compromised state.
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I’ve never been a huge fan of documentaries so take this as the highest recommendation. Go watch Harmontown. If you enjoy it and think there are other documentaries like it in then drop me a line in the comments section and I’ll try to talk about your suggestions over the coming weeks.

…That was this week’s BearSleuth Opinion Piece! Check back on Friday for another BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle!

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