25 Inimitable Men 24/25
Jonah Simm (Superstore)
I wish I worked with Jonah Simms who made it his objective to present me with a moment of beauty on his first day of work. What a gem, right? I’ve always been fond of Ben Feldman’s roles, but never once did I care for a character as quickly as Superstore’s newest employee, Jonah Simms. And that says a great deal about not only how fantastic the show is, but how incredible the writing of his character has been from the start. There’s not a single character on Superstore that isn’t ridiculously intriguing, but what we’re able to see through Jonah is unmatched. We are who we are as a reflection of how we introduce ourselves, and yes, perhaps we’ve all had moments where we weren’t the most pleasant version of ourselves when we met someone, but when given the chance to redeem ourselves we’ve done so. Jonah Simms isn’t always great at making first impressions, but in him we can find someone who undoubtedly cares about being someone whose presence is worthwhile. Through his ridiculous sense of humor, inherent kindness, and steadfast loyalty — Jonah should be employee of the month … every month.
(I’ll be honest about something, it was ridiculously hard for me to choose between this precious soul and Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Jake Peralta because they’re both the currently airing comedic kings. But if you do care to read about how much I love Jake Peralta, he’s no stranger in #100DaysofFanFavorites as we’ve talked about his precious relationship with Amy (Santiago) and the 99th Precinct as a whole.)
Now that, Jonah Simms. Jonah is the definition of a character who’s constantly challenging himself and here at MGcircles, we’re always fond of the figures that find new ways to set bars or become better versions of themselves But in the case of Jonah, for two seasons now, he’s mainly found new ways to make retail entertaining. Sometimes it’s making he ceiling look like the sky other times it’s finding not so smart ways to organize soda cans to make them form the shape of a smile. And that easily makes him an entertaining character, but it’s Jonah’s friendliness towards the entire staff that make him an admirable character. And though every thing he says or does is masked with humor, it’s thankfully, never offensive and that’s the key to making him so special on this show.
Jonah’s kindness was the first thing I was taken aback by when I first began watching Superstore — it’s there so boldly in the first episode that it’s almost hard to imagine how he could continue bettering himself, but alas, he does so. When Mateo wasn’t always nice to him, he was willing to help him out in whatever way need be so he didn’t face deportation. When someone like Marcus deserved to be fired, he made sure to talk Amy against it by giving her a new perspective to look at it. And most importantly, what Jonah’s done for Amy is the best of them all — as someone who very seldom does things for herself, Jonah’s prioritized her happiness. When he found the money in the cargo shorts, he was persistent that she chooses to do whatever it is she wants without listening to the requests anyone else has. He’s chosen to ceaselessly do or say whatever he possibly can in order to ensure that she finds the happiness and escape that she deserves. He’s made it his priority to remind her to take breaks, choose for herself, and listen to the voice inside of her even when she didn’t want it. His selflessness towards her has made him out to be the healthiest friend she could ever have, and if someday that turns into something more, then everything will be beautiful. And without getting into the two of them as a couple because that’s not what this post is about, I can’t help but appreciate the fact that Jonah never over steps his boundaries with Amy — minus the whole “sexy” thing that he tried to cover up, all he’s essentially done is tried to make her life a little easier after learning that she’s clearly someone who’s always putting others before herself.
Jonah’s loyalty to his friends and his morals are everything that’s needed to exhibit the vast adoration within his heart. Cloud 9 employees mean a great deal to him and even if he doesn’t agree with all of them along with their beliefs, it doesn’t change the fact that if any of them ever needed him, he’d be there. He’d be there in a heartbeat and do everything in his power to find the best solution to whatever dilemma they’re facing. And sometimes, loyalty is helping out a little girl whose mother is incredibly busy by buying all the pads for her (literally) because she just started her period for the first time. 90% of men would run in the opposite direction if something like this ever happened to them, but Jonah’s choice to understand that he’s the only one who could be somewhat useful right now and doing everything in his power to give her anything she could potentially need was the perfect showcase of his loyalty. There’s nothing Jonah wouldn’t do for his friends and without complaining.
Superstore is the show everyone needs to be watching and Jonah Simms is just one of the reasons why it’s such a fantastic display of heart, humor, and life. We don’t always have heavenly days, but when surrounded by incredible people, life can be pretty great. And people as kind as Jonah are the reason such days are even possible. Jonah sees people as they are and as they could be — accepting the best and worst parts of them without hesitation hoping that his presence serves to benefit them for the better. It’s characters like Jonah Simms that deserve greatness, but they choose to shower the rest of the world with it instead. We don’t know too much about him yet, (Except the fact that he hates guns and he deserves an award just for that.) but I’m certain that the more we get to know him, the more we’ll learn that his heart is bigger than his hair. And a kudos to Ben Feldman’s inimitable portrayal of the character layering his masterfully week after week.