The Middleman was perhaps my favorite show of all time. As someone who watches A LOT of television, I don’t make that statement lightly. People (including myself) lament the loss of Firefly (though really, that show was going to get ruined somewhere along the line eventually) but the fact that this show isn’t equally lamented is a travesty. I wish it were even just a bigger cult hit. I feel physical pain every time I look at my DVD copy of this series knowing that there will never be any more visits to the wacky world of The Middleman. I love this show so much that if I were to run into anyone else that also was a fan of this show, I would immediately love them forever, no questions asked.
Quick summary: Wendy’s a struggling artist and when a tentacle beast destroys the lab she’s temping for, she runs into The Middleman. She eventually gets recruited by his super secret agency and together they fight all sorts of classic (and not so classic) sci fi villains.
The show was basically a love letter to comic books and sci fi. Every nook and cranny of it was filled with pop culture references and homages to the art the creators loved. It’s whip smart and ridiculously fun. There were also lots of lovely emotional scenes as well and the characters and their relationships were very well developed. The two main characters’ chemistry doesn’t rely on sexual tension. The two female leads have a supportive relationship and aren’t constantly talking about men and shopping. The world they created was unique and unexpected and there were no limits to where the adventures might take them. Some topics the show covered - zombie fish, mud monsters, cryogenically frozen spies, boy bands, vampire puppets, and Mexican wrestlers.
Look, if you’re a nerd, if you like pop culture, if you even just have a quirky sense of humor, I’d recommend giving it a shot.
Natalie Morales as Wendy Watson. Dubbie is basically my perfect woman.
I might have to agree with you there, sir or madam. She’s snarky as hell, kicks butt after the tutelage of Sensei Ping, likes zombie movies and video games, reads comic books, paints, and looks damn good in a suit.