Wednesday, July 30, 2008


It used to be that summer was a dry spell as far as TV went. There was little or nothing of interest on between May and September. A few years I went through withdrawls, but in recent years, I've used the time to get some of my TV on DVD sets watched. Now, ironically, as I have started buying more sets than ever, there are more cool new shows on TV during the summer, making it harder and harder to play catch up.

And, to make matters worse, I've started watching two new shows this summer. In Plain Sight is okay but hasn't fully captured me yet.

However, I love The Middleman.

The shows follows the adventures of Wendy Watson. She's an artist who takes temp jobs to support herself. At one such job, an accident creates a monster. Just before she is attacked, The Middleman shows up and saves her. Impressed with her calm under pressure, he offers her a job.

Seems that monsters and aliens are a real part of life. And The Middleman and his secret organization (so secret he doesn't even know where stuff and money come from) fight against it and keep it hidden from the rest of the world.

The adventures are wacky and out there. And they are plenty of fun.

But it's the humor that wins me over. The show is wacky and out there. The dialogue is fast and furious, so you have to be paying attention to catch everything. The Middleman never swears, and some of his lines are outstanding as a result.

Then there's the issue of time. Every time they do a major scene change, they update us on the time. Sometimes, they play this straight. But sometimes they make it into a joke. There was one where the time was always in some random time zone. Then there was the one where we got such times as Breakfast Time, Snack Time, Nap Time, Prime Time, Commute Time....

The show mocks just about everything, making it an acquired taste. It takes itself seriously enough but not so seriously it ruins the fun.

It's on ABC Family on Monday nights. If you haven't yet, check it out.

This is my post for Watercooler Wednesday.


Marina Berryman said...

Sounds like a fun show. I've been wanting something new to watch that isn't reality TV. Thanks for the positive review!

Leslie said...

Yeah, I watched about 20 minutes of it one night - its not my taste, but I can see how some people would like it. I think its ne of those shows that I have to be in a certain mood to enjoy.

Mark Baker said...

Marina, I hope you enjoy.

Leslie, I certainly agree that it is for a certain taste and mood. I would have guessed you would have enjoyed it, however. Guess I don't have your tastes 100% down yet. Of course, my tastes aren't always predictable either.