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The Middleman 

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A struggling artist is recruited by a secret agency to fight against evil forces. Based on the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine.
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Matt Keeslar ...  The Middleman 12 episodes, 2008
Natalie Morales ...  Wendy Watson 12 episodes, 2008
Brit Morgan ...  Lacey Thornfield 12 episodes, 2008
Mary Pat Gleason ...  Ida 12 episodes, 2008
Jake Smollett Jake Smollett ...  Noser 12 episodes, 2008
Cindy Robinson 6 episodes, 2008
Brendan Hines ...  Tyler Ford 5 episodes, 2008
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A struggling artist is recruited by a secret agency to fight against evil forces. Based on the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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ABC Family [United States]

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English

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16 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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The episodes are full of pop culture references from comics, graphic novels, Doctor Who, movies, TV shows, sports, even historical and current events. It's hard to catch all of them, but everyone will be able to find some that touch home. See more »

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Short but sweet
30 July 2009 | by JayArfurSee all my reviews

If there is one thing that makes me want to kick a cat it's when I find out a TV show that I've fallen in love with has been cancelled in its first year. Lucky for me and the cat I don't own any pets. Animal cruelty aside, it is very frustrating when a TV network cuts short something as wonderfully odd and brilliant as The Middleman.

Based on the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach it's the story of Wendy Watson, played by Natalie Morales, a young attractive artist who finds herself working for The Middleman (Matt Keeslar) a square-jawed all-American hero who saves the world on a daily basis from supernatural forces while not even uttering a curse word.

Taking in elements of Men in Black, The X-Files and a host of other past sci-fi classics, it manages to be a light-hearted entertaining comedy drama. While clearly a low budget show – most of the set pieces are played off camera; it rarely feels cheap and if anything, that's part of the joke.

There is great re-watch value too, with each episode filled with in-jokes, nods to other sci-fi references and the obligatory Wilhelm scream. In the current climate of TV channels that are filled with near identical crime or medical dramas with Brits playing Americans, spending most of their 43 minutes sarcastically mouthing off to a group of near identical supporting cast members, it seems crazy to let something as original as The Middleman join the likes of Firefly, Wonderfalls, Odyssey 5 and American Gothic as one season gems. We should however at least be grateful for the few fine episodes made.


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