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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 (87 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Mary Pat Gleason, Brit Morgan, Jake Smollett
  • Format: 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 (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XW7ICW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,462 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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105 of 105 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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41 of 41 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 2 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 4 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.
Published 4 months ago by someone
5.0 out of 5 stars Stumbled on this online
Loved it so much I ordered it! Tons of in jokes and sci-fi homages. So many you probably will not even get them all first time through.
Published 5 months ago by D. ABIGT
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, and too short lived.
The best way I can describe The Middleman is Torchwood meets Scott Pilgrim. There is SO MUCH geek reference to be found in this fun little series that you'll find yourself... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good
There are so many geek references done in a fun engaging way it's worth re-watching multiple times to see what you missed.
Published 7 months ago by Ian S. Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this series
I shake my fist at ABC Family for picking up and then dumping this show. It's not a kid's show! Where did they get that idea? Read more
Published 7 months ago by JamieCG
5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting Evil So You Don't Have To
This is one of the funniest & most entertaining TV series I've ever seen. I wasn't aware of its existence during its brief run in 2008 - thank goodness for DVDs! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Albert Bowie
3.0 out of 5 stars Goofy but fun
This fills a hole in DVD science fiction collections and is decently done in terms of image and sound quality.
Published 10 months ago by Old Timer Too
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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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