Sometimes a new show comes out that completely surprises us with how good it is, and it’s often these rarely have as much fanfare as other big bets for each new TV season. Hulu’s ‘Future Man’ just released and it’s one of the funniest TV shows of the Fall 2017 TV cycle for those willing to tolerate its shortcomings.
While ‘Future Man’ has absolutely no chance at winning an Emmy, not everything needs to be a work of art, right?
The series is ridiculous and crass, but is clever, with plenty of originality as well as tips to source material in other sci-fi universes. ‘Future Man’ follows Josh Futterman (har har), a janitor at a medical research facility, not particularly good at his job, but a very successful gamer. When he succeeds at beating at what is considered an unbeatable video game, he is visited by two time travelers who need his help in protecting the future. Traveling back in time to put an end to the founder of Kronish Labs to protect the world turns into a ridiculous trip.
The show is produced by some pretty big names in comedy including Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg.
‘Future Man’ scratches that sci-fi comedy itch, maybe what we were hoping for out of ‘The Orville’ this year. While we still enjoy Seth McFarlane’s show, ‘Future Man’ gives us that ridiculousness that we were looking for.
Of note as well, the show is trending positively among critics, which for a show like this could help push commercial success for Hulu, a service that is riding high tide off of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ success earlier in the year. While ‘Future Man’ has absolutely no chance at winning an Emmy, not everything needs to be a work of art, right? Sometimes we just want to laugh at ridiculous characters in ridiculous situations, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get here.
No word yet on a second season for ‘Future Man’ but we’re definitely hoping it comes back for more.
Rest in peace to Glenne Headly, who passed away mid-filming.