The series is currently streaming on Peacock
Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin follows the story of Bumper Allen (Adam DeVine) heading off to Germany to launch his solo music career. The first major opinion on him shared by music producer Thea (Lera Abova) is “backpfeifengesicht — a face that is deserving of a slap.” But Bumper is not dismayed and says it’s due to his round face, coupled with his entire personality. Indeed, those traits and his eventual growth was made us form a love-hate relationship with him. But how did his new venture go?
Bumper in Berlin Review
Not good. That’s the short definition for Bumper in Berlin. The six-episode comedy series has made sure to include all the things that led to the success of Pitch Perfect – groups of people pursuing the same goal, rivalries, and lots of singing. However, the show still failed to have the same effect as the movies. While the movies were women-oriented, the series is about men’s singing. Bumper is seen in Barden University, chasing his dream by performing alongside the Tonehangers.
However, Bumper receives a call from Pieter Krämer (Flula Borg), who was first seen in Pitch Perfect 2. Krämer lets him know that he is famous in Berlin thanks to his mashup of “99 Luftballons” and “Take on Me” becoming a TikTok sensation. He asks Bumper to come to Berlin, promising to be his manager and helping him become a superstar. The rest of the story follows them meeting new characters.
Why it didn’t succeed
The main problem is while Bumper has charm and charisma, he did not have a lot of depth to get a show of his own. Even his attempts to appear sentimental and serious fail due to this. Bumper in Berlin is mainly a comedy, but the jokes are worse than the heartfelt moments. However, some supporting characters Abova and Sarah Hyland, do their jobs well and make the show better. And finally, the music was not standout either. In conclusion, Bumper in Berlin just lacks inspiration in general and did not have to be made.