This article appeared yesterday on The Lehrhaus. The first episode of Shababnikim may be viewed with subtitles here.
Israel has produced several fabulous television series in recent years, perhaps especially those which depict fictional lives of religious Jews. These include the iconic Srugim, which tracks the Friends-like relationships between a group of single friends navigating the South Jerusalem “national religious” dating scene. The entertaining, if somewhat melodramatic, Kathmandu follows the legitimately exciting lives of a Chabad couple living and working in Nepal. Shtisel, both hysterically funny and understated, set a new bar for subtlety and depth in exploring the dynamics of a rather dysfunctional but wholly endearing hasidic-haredi family in Jerusalem.
Shababnikim, one of the latest additions to the mix, is a slickly produced and fast-paced series that chronicles the adventures, both external and internal, of four twenty-something denizens of an elite haredi yeshiva in Jerusalem. The aesthetics, four studs sauntering off to some irrelevant destination with the backdrop of a throbbing rock soundtrack, recalls the HBO series Entourage. The substance spans the gamut from romantic comedy to profound observations about Judaism, the relationship between the religious and secular worlds, and what it means to be a man. In other words, it’s the kind of series that could only exist in present-day Israel, and it’s the invention of a talented religious graduate of the Ma’aleh film school named Eliran Malka.
For the full review see here
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Is it available on US television or only on You Tube? It appears that only the first episode is available on You Tube with English subtitles making the desire for it to appear on US television via Amazon or Netflix even greater. Amazon ran all three years of Srugim and it did well from what I understand, but, of course, Amazon doesn’t release viewership numbers.
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It’s viewable in Hebrew here but alas I have no idea when it will be released with English subtitles. http://zira.ninja/watch/3248-%D7%A9%D7%91%D7%90%D7%91%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%9D-shababnikim/season/1/episode/3