Voltron, Born In St. Louis, Returns To Netflix

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Voltron Legendary Defender Is Now Streaming On Netflix

Need something to stream on Netflix, Amazon or Hulu? ReaLifeSTL has a new suggestion for you each Friday. This week, we suggest you check on Voltron Legendary Defender on Netflix.

Voltron Legendary Defender
Voltron Legendary Defender is now streaming on Netflix

Netflix saw success earlier this year with Fuller House. It may have even seen massive success with the series based on the hit 90s comedy Full House. The streaming service will surely see great numbers again later this year when Melissa McCarthy, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel reunite for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

In between these we have Voltron Legendary Defender‘s streaming arrival today. The show is a reboot of the 1980s classic Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which was the #1-rated children’s show in 1984 and 1985 and is a classic for children of that generation. The show is a collaboration between Netflix and Dreamworks TV.

The Voltron we know and love, the five separate robots that come together to defend the universe, actually got its start in St. Louis. St. Louisan Ted Koplar and his World Events Productions company took several Japanese animated shows and edited them for the U.S. market. The new show quickly saw massive success in the states. Koplar tested the show first on his son, Bob, before airing it on his station, KPLR 11.

The debut of Netflix’s Voltron is being marked in St. Louis with a statue going up in the city’s Central West End neighborhood. It was in a Central West End office that a phone call to Japan set the stage for Voltron. An employee of the company called Japan to order tapes of three different television series. He meant to order a series called Daltanious but apparently described and received one named Beast King GoLion instead. It was that show, that the company never intended to order in the first place, that would form the backbone of animated U.S. series. Nicholas Phillips wrote a great cover story for The Riverfront Times back in 2011 about Voltron’s St. Louis roots.

Netflix’s Voltron Legendary Defender has been getting solid early reviews. The Los Angeles Times calls this reboot “more colorful and still cheesy” when comparing it to the original. Gamespot appreciatively wrote about the time the creators of the new series appear to have spent of the show’s plot development.

All 11 episodes of the series are now streaming with the first episode serving as a Voltron origin story. So, whether you are looking to connect with your childhood or introduce a younger generation to one of your old favorites, check this series out on Netflix.

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Ryan is a weird dude. He doesn't cook, yet owns a plethora of kitchen gadgets. He rationalized buying a SodaStream while unemployed. He counts Step Up 2: The Streets as one of his favorite movies along with Footloose, Rent, Grease and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He loves Mizzou but only wants them in the SEC so he can tailgate in Nashville. He owns a ShakeWeight and AbLounger, but still loves him some John Donut and Billie's Fine Foods. You can get more of Ryan at iLoveSoulard.com or just check the stool on the far end of the bar at iTap in Soulard.

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