The pilot episode of The Middleman made the A.V Club’s “The best TV episodes of the decade (from shows not on any of our other lists)” list.
For a time, it seemed like all TV genre shows were cursed to be dark, brooding reflections on the cost of living in a society where death waits around every corner. While not perfect—or even the series’ best episode—the Middleman pilot got rid of those notions as quickly as possible, returning to the wacky tone of a ’50s serial, packed with shoddy special effects, stupid monsters, and pop-culture references galore. The series only lasted one season on a network (ABC Family) clearly wrong for it, but stars Matt Keeslar and Natalie Morales gave all they had to characters who felt, respectively, like an average Joe from the ’50s and a modern, directionless college girl. The Middleman wasn’t particularly deep, but it was super-fun.
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