Man Seeking Woman: The Complete Season 1
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Jay Baruchel stars in this hilarious, surreal show about the perils of dating based on a collection of short stories by Simon Rich. After his girlfriend Maggie (Maya Erskine) calls it quits, Josh (Baruchel) tries to move forward in romance, with help from his testosterone-fueled best bro (Eric Andre) and his confident sister (Britt Lower). Still haunted by Maggie’s memory, Josh grapples with not-so-cute meets, clubbing, time travel, bloody heartache and a whole lot of sex-crazed aliens. With its smart, envelope-pushing humor, imaginative fantasy sequences and spot-on cast, Man Seeking Woman is one of the freshest series ever to hit the small screen!
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For example, ep8 begins with Josh opening replies from women he's "applied" to date. All the envelopes have return address logos with the girls' names and an official-looking seal like you'd see for a college, and all but one of them have the same kind of boilerplate rejection notices, along the lines of: "Thank you for your interest in dating Kristen. Unfortunately, Kristen receives hundreds of applications a year and can only actually date two or three of those guys. But we wish you the best of luck in finding a girlfriend for the fall term." Josh's friend replies, "C'mon dude, that's okay. NOBODY gets into Kristen."
After MANY similar rejections there's one letter left on the ground, and it's an acceptance to become Rachel's boyfriend. In the envelope there's also a Rachel brochure that's designed to look EXACTLY like those college acceptance letter campus brochures, and it has photos of Rachel along with descriptions of her interests. Josh's friend starts reading it and his reaction is, "I dunno Josh. Book club, dinner parties? She just doesn't seem like a good match for you." If you can buy into the conceit that every time Josh approaches a woman it's like "applying" to date her, and that the process of getting to know each other a new couple goes through is not unlike the process of evaluating colleges ---both are potentially longterm and expensive commitments that won't be easy to get out of--- then it works for you and you'll be laughing all through the season! If not, then you'll hate this show.
In another episode Josh is trying to manage a text exchange with a woman he's just met, and goes into a "war room" with military staff and his sister to interpret the woman's text to him, compose the perfect reply, and wait for her response. Anyone who's been in this situation knows it can be a lot like that when you're very interested in the other person. It *feels* like a high pressure, war room situation. That's the kind of thing that makes this show such a riot!
In another episode, Josh gets into a murky moral/ethical area when his ex girlfriend comes over and he breaks a date with his new girlfriend to spend the evening with the ex; in this episode, Josh must literally defend his actions in court each time he makes a crossing-the-line decision that night. In another, Josh goes to a 'destination wedding from Hell,' and the wedding is literally in Hell.
Again, either you can buy into the conceit or you can't. It was a little off-putting in the first episode, because it's such an original idea and I've never seen a show like it. At first I wasn't sure what was going on. If you're on the fence after ep1, keep watching. The more you watch the more comfortable you'll get with the concept, and the funnier it becomes. This is some of the smartest and most side-splitting relationship satire I've ever seen. If the situations I've outlined here sound funny to you, you will LOVE this show!
Calling in a meeting in a war room with 5 star generals on what to text a girl you just got the number from? I'll take that any day over how really stupid and nerve-racking these situations can be in real life.