The Middleman: Season 1 (2008)


Season 1
The Middleman

Critics Consensus

Wearing its comic book origins on its sleeve, The Middleman is the rare sci-fi comedy filled with blink-and-you'll-miss-it jokes and pop culture references.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 16, 2008
2
Air date: Jun 23, 2008
3
Air date: Jun 30, 2008
4
Air date: Jul 7, 2008
5
Air date: Jul 14, 2008
6
Air date: Jul 21, 2008
7
Air date: Jul 28, 2008
8
Air date: Aug 4, 2008
9
Air date: Aug 11, 2008
10
Air date: Aug 18, 2008
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Critic Reviews for The Middleman Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Adapted from a comic book by former Lost writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach... The Middleman is at once retro and post-modern, the sort of result you'd get if you threw The Tick and the '50s black-and-white Superman TV show into a blender.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a show, frankly, for people who love (and have probably watched too much) TV. By that standard, it's far from the middle, but rather rises straight to the top.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Saving the world is easy; making a world as complex and funny as this one is the real feat of [The] Middleman.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This is good summer entertainment, like a Saturday afternoon B-movie matinee transposed to Monday-night TV.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The creatures are essentially designed as bowling pins for our protagonists to knock over with a well-placed shot and a quip, and Keeslar and Morales' interaction is nothing if not playful and lively.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The special effects have wacky charm -- not surprising for a series based on graphic novels. Yet the dialogue is even more special. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the novels and the series, gives his characters witty, distinctive things to say.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

But what makes The Middleman more than just a frothy goof is the depth of the performances-especially Morales', which shifts easily from peppy to snide to heartbroken.

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

These references go by quickly, as if the writers are challenging the viewers to spot them. The people who can are probably the ones who will enjoy this show the most.

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In the later episodes, there are some surprisingly effective emotional beats, with these amusing characters also proving they are worth investing in. But first and foremost, The Middleman is simply fun as hell.

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's hard to find well-written SF on TV, let alone well-written comic SF. That's why this show is such a damn treasure.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The fast, witty dialogue elevates "The Middleman" above other shows of its ilk...

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Middleman: Season 1

  • Aug 07, 2019
    This was a good show that never took itself seriously despite providing great entertainment. It was witty, fun and truly endearing. All the characters were well written and the main cast was incredibly likeable. The dialogs were always a lot of fun and the plot sometimes quite smart but always funny. It'll remain as one of those shows that one wonders both how they were greenlit and also why they were cancelled. Of course, one cannot help but wonder how well the main cast would have made it in the industry if the show had run a few more seasons.
  • Dec 20, 2018
    A pearl amongst TV shows that ended way too early. It has everything. If you have not seen it, you have missed it.

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