Netflix to launch new Saudi comedy drama next month
Netflix, an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming platform, is set to launch a new Saudi comedy drama in September. The Saudi comedy series entitled “Tahir’s House” will be launched on 6 September. The series is about a dysfunctional family living in Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea. The family is struggling with their business in Saudi Arabia. They try to turn their failing fish shop in Jeddah into a successful business.
Sultan Al-Abdulmohsen, an experienced film director and producer from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has made the comedy series. He reportedly told Arab News, “Creating ‘Tahir’s House’ was a journey to blur the lines between reality and fiction.” Sultan Al-Abdulmohsen previously directed “Bashar Shorts,” a dystopian series for Netflix that tells stories of people living in a technologically immersed world. The series was released on Netflix in 2021.
The new series of Sultan Al-Abdulmohsen aims to introduce global audiences to Saudi talent. Tahir’s House cast includes Naimah Ahmad, Mohammed Bakhash, Alhashimi Alfaisal and Joud Alsufyani. Al-Abdulmohsen lauded the collaborations between directors and cast to make the comedy series. He said that the cast and crew members of the series feature multiple generations of Saudis.
Saudi Arabia has been making headlines for its series and films. Last month, it was announced that Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Almuzaini and Malik Nejer, Saudi Arabia’s famous animators, would release their first live action Netflix original film, “Head to Head.” The Saudi film “Head to Head” was released on Netflix on August 3, 2023.
In July, Abdulaziz al-Shlahei, a popular director from Saudi Arabia, said that he wanted to shoot a feature film called ‘Hobal’ in NEOM. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the shooting for the film will start in September. Wayne Borg, the Managing Director of Media Industries, Entertainment, and Culture at NEOM, expressed happiness after hearing the news.