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The Middleman: The Complete Series (2008)

Matt Keeslar , Natalie Morales  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Mary Pat Gleason, Brit Morgan, Jake Smollett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XW7ICW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the series of graphic novels by acclaimed writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) and artist Les McClaine, The Middleman focuses on the titular superhero and his new protege, an aspiring artist named Wendy Watson. Together they defend the Earth against exotic problems such as animated Terra Cotta Warriors, evil lucha libre wrestlers, extraterrestrials, trout-eating zombies and much, much more! Both smart and exciting for fans of all ages, The Middleman scored big with critics when it debuted in June of 2008. Now the complete series is available in one collectible 4-disc box set that is chock-full of action, suspense,
wit and bonus features brought straight to you by the cast and creators of The Middleman themselves!

Bonus Features:

* Commentaries With the Cast and Crew

* Deleted and Extended Scenes

* Web Featurettes

* Gag Reel

* Audition Footage

* The Complete The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome Table Read

* A Gallery of Middleman Photography by Ralph King

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108 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Shows of This -- or Any Decade!! March 20, 2009
By Jait
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Precis of the show: An art major working as a temp on the reception desk of a genetics lab is caught up in a mishap that leads to her being recruited as an agent-in-training by a uniformed man (no, not officially uniformed like a cop or a mountie, and not spandexed and/or masked like Batman or the Lone Ranger; think 1950's Army knock-off, starting with the Eisenhower jacket) who introduces himself as "The Middleman", a secret agent working for a secret agency with a secret agenda to save the world and to fight evil no matter where it is found (so that we "don't have to").

Before she knows it, our temp receptionist, Wendy Watson, is in the middle of the adventure of a life-time, fighting evil right along-side the Middleman (aka MM). And what adventures they are: fighting aliens from space disguised as the members of a boy band, collaborating -- or not -- with vampires who run a fashion company, entering Hades to prevent world destruction, dealing with evil alter-egos in an alternative universe, etc, etc, etc... and many of these adventures are handled before breakfast. Figuratively speaking, that is.

"The Middleman" is a loving parody/spoof of just about every genre any fan has ever been deeply, madly, eternally in love with... and I should know, 'cause I'm that way about all of them: most obviously, of course, is the general SF category -- but within this genre there are also the "robots are our friends -- or are they?" genre, the "invaders from space walk amongst us" genre, the "secret masters of the universe" genre, the "alternate universe" genre, the "Batman&Robin" genre, the... but why go on? If you're an SF fan, chances are you'll immediately recognize one or more of your favorite "what ifs" in every episode of "The Middleman.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated March 20, 2009
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This show aired on ABC Family, so it didn't get many viewers. It started out at 8 but then moved to 10 because the subject matter, I guess. I didn't know what to expect from the show when it started but I grew to love it and can't wait to get the dvds. I want to watch it again. The creator of the show said that the show is not 100% canceled. They're in a holding pattern to see how this dvd set sells. So, I'm buying it as soon as it comes out. I can't wait. Please buy this!

Also, I'm very excited that this show is being released by Shout! Factory who has put some the best dvd sets out, including Freaks and Geeks and My So Called Life. I know that they will do this show right.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest shows you've never seen March 21, 2009
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I have seen every episode of the Middleman numerous amounts of times and have been waiting on this DVD set since about the second episode in. Its a TV show that had a lot of things going against it, primarily its network. Who really watches shows on ABC Family? But despite that the show was a truly funny show whose crisp dialogue ( a phrase that can't be used enough when speaking of this show) sparkled with wit, pop culture, and the best of the geek references in a subtle yet well played way. It's Alias but funny. Its Buffy without the melodrama (BTVS forever though :). Its Chuck without the same people getting kidnapped every week. Its all those shows and more and you will not regret buying it. Typically I'd say netflix it but not this one. You'll want the extra features this dvd set offers and once you finish this show then you'll kick yourself for not having caught it while it was on air. Its that good of a show. This show deserves a family guy type resurrection stat!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fans of the 1960s spy series "The Avengers" -- or breezy, witty, feather-light entertainment -- will particularly love "The Middleman." Adapted by Javier Grillo-Marxuach from the comic book he co-created with Les McLaine, the series delights in great throwaway lines, wacky concepts, and truckloads of wry pop culture references. Despite a frequently threadbare budget, the show is consistently entertaining, often hilarious, and occasionally surprisingly touching.

Jaded artist-turned-temp Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales) gets her life swiftly upended when she's recruited by The Middleman (Matt Keeslar), an enigmatic yet preposterously wholesome hero, in his fight against evil. Amusingly, a love of hardcore zombie movies, science fiction, and Xbox shoot-em-ups has left Wendy only too well-prepared for her strange new lifestyle. Together, they'll battle villainous luchadores, fish-craving zombies, mafioso gorillas, and other delightfully gonzo menaces.

Morales' snarky cool sometimes comes across as flat and whiny, but Keeslar's a square-jawed hoot, delivering the most cornball lines with mellifluous earnestness. His sweetly old-fashioned not-quite-relationship with Wendy's roommate Lacey (the astoundingly cute Brit Morgan) becomes the show's secret weapon, providing real and surprising poignancy amid an otherwise goofy show. The snappy dialogue flies fast and furious (with surprising detours into genially risque territory) and all the characters are given admirable depth and charm throughout the series' run.

Badly underbudgeted and mismatched to its teen-targeting network, "The Middleman" never really stood a chance. On the SciFi Channel, it might have become a perennial; here, at least, you'll get a satisfying story told in 12 clever, entertaining episodes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy it now!
This is a great show that is only available on these DVD's. The series is witty and clever. I highly recommend it.
Published 11 days ago by him_that_be
5.0 out of 5 stars It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
Why did ABC cancel this show?

Q: Is ABC insane?
A: You bet your sweet Brioni, they are!
Published 14 days ago by Elizabeth Prouty, Richard Due
5.0 out of 5 stars MIDDLEMAN
I loved this show when it was on. perfect blend of comedy and mock seriousness, and the cast is great
Published 22 days ago by nancy c
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Copy Because Of How Awesome It Is
This is one of my favorite one season wonders. I was very disappointed when it was cancelled. I've been turning my friends on to it for years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
I love The Middleman it's just honest good natured uncomplicated comedy of the type you only see very rarely on television. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Loman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I could watch this series over and over! Cracks me up every time! I wish the TV had never been cancelled. *sad face*
Published 3 months ago by parrotgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the show
This is one of my favorite shows. So glad I got this. I can always relive the show when I miss it.
Published 5 months ago by Miguel Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best TV series ever
Maybe the best TV series ever ! ! ! Spoofs every genre of sci-fi and fantasy! Natalie Morales is great!
Published 7 months ago by kw
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
I only wish the Middleman wasn't cancelled. I was a fan of the comic book and the TV show was just as good. This is a great, quirky, fun show.
Published 8 months ago by Melanie A
5.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
This is a great show with wacky humor and crazy plots. It is very creative and fun, I wish they had made more episodes, alas it was cancelled abruptly.
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Aug 12, 2009 by Matthew Aggen |  See all 4 posts
Any chance of this being picked again
There was one at one time, but I'm not sure if the campaign is still ongoing. Sadly, the series creator doesn't seem to be putting the push behind it that say, Joss Whedon did for Firefly/Serenity.

We didn't know about it either. Sounds like we discovered the series at about the same time. ...
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