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April 22, 2019 2:04 PM   Subscribe

Josh Futturman is Future Man. A janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night is tasked with preventing the extinction of humanity after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.

Sound familiar? It’s supposed to.

Future Man is a science fiction spoof/tribute series produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, now renewed for a third and final season on Hulu. Starring Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson, the cast includes Rogen as..., well, you’ll have to see it for yourself. Same for Haley Joel Osment.
posted by No Robots (20 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
Well, this FPP was enough to get me to download/stream/whatever-the-legal-sounding-verb is the first season.

It's weird how there's so much TV going on right now, I literally can't keep track of it. I feel like if this were released 5 years ago, I wouldn't have been able to avoid it if I tried. Nowadays, this is the first time I'd even heard of it.
posted by Telf at 2:33 PM on April 22


Enjoyed the first two seasons. They’re quite funny! (But beware: they are also quite naughty.)

Glad it’s renewed for a third!
posted by darkstar at 2:35 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


this is the first time I'd even heard of it.

The Haaretz review delves into this problem: 'Future Man': How Did We Miss This Can't-miss Show? I posted for just this reason.
posted by No Robots at 2:39 PM on April 22


That article is paywalled.
posted by Literaryhero at 2:43 PM on April 22


The first season is pretty much non-stop retro-future extreme violence and penis gags... very well done if you like that kind of thing. The second season is very different tonally, and focuses more on story... it takes more effort to get into it, IMO. Both seasons are very good, though.
posted by Huck500 at 2:49 PM on April 22 [4 favorites]


Did you see that ludicrous display last night ?
posted by humboldt32 at 2:50 PM on April 22 [2 favorites]


Yeah this was a surprise hit for me a couple months ago, i binged season 1+2.

I can't imagine where they'll take this concept for a 3rd season, but I AM HERE FOR IT!
posted by some loser at 2:57 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


Also, I liked how Wolf was the most one dimensional character at the start, but by the end of S2 (even S1 i guess) he is probably the most interesting character with the most development of any other in the show.
posted by some loser at 2:59 PM on April 22 [7 favorites]


^That's the NAG for ya.
posted by No Robots at 3:01 PM on April 22 [3 favorites]


I am grateful to Future Man for adding Cock Pirate and Rathole-to-Rathole to my vocabulary.
posted by misterpatrick at 4:35 PM on April 22 [3 favorites]


Wolf is the best character in this show, period. Don’t let the early episodes convince you otherwise.
posted by tommasz at 5:49 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


"Nowadays, this is the first time I'd even heard of it."

They carpet-bombed my neighborhood with ads for it — bus stops, billboards, etc. But it looked horrible. They did such a great job aping the gravel-voiced scifi action messiah bullshit that I didn't know it was actually a comedy until Hulu caught me out of the room and started playing it after something else had ended. It was great, I got hooked, and I've been evangelizing it to whomever would listen ever since.

"The second season is very different tonally, and focuses more on story... it takes more effort to get into it, IMO. Both seasons are very good, though."

I'd argue that the second season focuses almost zero on story, and almost entirely on character. It could have used a better balance of coherent narrative and a more concrete sense of purpose for more of the season. But both Wolf and Tiger get pretty great character arcs, even if Futterman is kinda an afterthought on his eponymous show for most of the second season.

"I am grateful to Future Man for adding Cock Pirate and Rathole-to-Rathole to my vocabulary."

I giggle over Blapple on the reg.
posted by klangklangston at 6:14 PM on April 22


Oh yes, Future Man is prime Hulu watching. It's... silly.

You've got The Good Place, Legion, Atlanta, Future Man and some others to binge from there.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 12:52 AM on April 23


This feels a tad pepsi-blue. Not much meat to the post besides promotion. Maybe this should be on fanfair?
posted by es_de_bah at 6:51 AM on April 23


^Yep. I didn't know about fanfare. Thanks for the tip.
posted by No Robots at 7:38 AM on April 23


While it's not highly discussed, several of us love the show in FanFare. We're also voracious media consumers, so if there's a new show you like, chances are we might have discussions of it there and you just need to search for it.
posted by numaner at 12:39 PM on April 23


Just found out Hulu is included with Spotify Premium.
posted by gottabefunky at 1:47 PM on April 23


^Another great tip. I think Jr Robots has a Spotify account I can hit. FXX has been bleeping, which significantly lowers the laugh quotient.
posted by No Robots at 2:30 PM on April 23


How I described it to a friend: "This is supremely stupid, but also incredibly clever."

I loved this show. It pretty much copies my view on time travel stories (physically) almost exactly (in spirit).
posted by porpoise at 10:56 PM on April 23


Future Man will always be Bela Fleck's percussionist to me.
posted by davelog at 12:07 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


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