If you’re not watching HBO Max’s new series The Rehearsal, you’re missing out. This new “reality” show from Nathan Fielder (Nathan For You) punches holes in the veil between the actual and the fictional by creating extremely realistic simulations of people’s lives so they can rehearse real upcoming events before they happen.
The show is hard to describe, and truly unique, but there are lots of movies and TV shows that no doubt provided artistic inspiration. Here are 13 other movies and TV shows that blur the lines between documentary and narrative filmmaking in interesting and unexpected ways.
If you like The Rehearsal, you need to see Nathan Fielder’s original weird, reality-bending comedy show. Nathan for You is more crass and jokey than The Rehearsal, but it features the same deadpan Fielder anti-comedy style, and his elaborate absurdist operations, although they’re played for laughs here instead of the more complex reactions Fielder is going for wit The Rehearsal.