Happy Hump day BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! How are you? I’m good, thanks for asking. As it is just about every time this week, this is Pop Culture Wednesday. Today’s article is going to be a review critiquing and analyzing a wonderfully nerdy show that coincidently has its season two premier airing tonight. Today’s post is going to be all about the FXX program, Man Seeking Woman.
Man Seeking Woman is an American Sitcom created by Simon Rich that is loosely based on a book he wrote titled, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. The show usually follows Josh, a twenty something naïve and awkward young man, as he deals with surreal moments and situation as he tries to both find love and make sense of his life after ending a long term relationship. Along for the ride is Mike, Josh’s best friend who is able to date much more easily than Josh and is also far more interested in getting Josh laid than helping him find a relationship, and Liz, Josh’s older sister whom he goes to regularly for dating advice.
The best description I can give to this show, and perhaps the greatest compliment as well, is that it feels very much like an episodic Scott Pilgrim. The show’s over-the-top-ness and obvious love for nerd culture are apparent from the very first episode. This is where a majority of the show’s humor comes from. It takes situations and common dating experiences that most people are familiar with and hyperbolizes them or literalizes them. Have you ever been to a really unpleasant wedding that you desperately didn’t want to attend? In one episode Josh goes to a destination wedding that is literally in hell. Ever feel like your on the top of the world because you got an attractive person’s phone number? In the pilot Josh literally gets a call from Pres. Barak Obama congratulating him when he does that. Below is the trailer for season two, and I can admit, with only marginal embarrassment, that I can completely relate to the events at 1:01.
Man seeking woman’s biggest draw is also its biggest weakness, however. As the majority of the show’s humor revolves around each episode taking common experiences in dating and taking them to absurd levels, the jokes and each episode can kind of drag or have too much set up and not enough punch line. While each episode is consistently funny and relatable, I have only had a handful of laugh out loud moments in the entire first season. The joke that comes first to my mind when I think of the previous season is when Josh finds out that the guy his ex-girlfriend is dating is literally Hitler.
This show is definitely worth a look if you’re within its target demographic. That being twenty to thirty year olds who are at least slightly nerdy or pop culture savvy and have any amount of experience being single. I also believe that this show does a better job depicting what it’s like to be a single nerdy and awkward person than any other sitcom on television right now (*cough* Big Band Theory *cough*). Bottom line, if you’re the kind of person that even occasionally looks at this blog, I really think you would enjoy Man Seeking Woman.
That just about does it for this week’s installment of Pop Culture Wednesday. If you enjoyed it or have thoughts on Man Seeking Woman, please leave a like and a comment down below. As always, if you want to keep up to date with this blog, you can subscribe to it via email in the upper right tab. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great rest of the week and be sure to come back here on Saturday for the next installment of Game Grind.