Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Anton Cropper, Michael Dowse, Nisha Ganatra, Michael Weaver, Wendy Stanzler, Brandon Trost
Writers: Kyle Hunter, Howard Overman, Ariel Shaffir, Ben Karlin, Dan Mirk, Henry Alonzo Meyer, Matthew Bass, Theodore Bressman, Jessica Conrad, Melody Derloshen, Jessica Winslow
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr., Glenne Headly, Haley Joe Osment, Keith David and more
Duration: 13 episodes, 30 Mins
Future Man is a collection of low humor, and potty mouth jokes apparently done for the sake of doing it, It’s lewd and crude and reminds me a lot of what might happen if a twelve-year-old was given a TV series and told to do his best to shock his parents. There is a narrative in between all the low humor and running gags that are summed up like this: Josh Futterman, a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity. It would be more accurate to say it’s a satire of that. Future Man is a satire of almost everything that unapologetically carries out its mission in the crudest manner possible.
To give you an idea of what I am talking about here, a good example is the main plot that hinges on one the main characters having herpes and his mission in life to find a cure, which backfires and creates a new lifeform that ends up nearly destroying humanity in the future. There are constant references to bodily fluids, poop, and a relentless stream of foul language and anything even marginally offensive to the mainstream ear.
The series is mostly not amusing, but even low humor is bound to get a giggle out of even the most easily offended person in the audience when supplied in a non-stop and relentless manner such as this. Pulling most of the duty to offend are the two visitors from the future Tiger (Eliza Coupe), and Wolf (Derek Wilson) whose fish-out-of-water way of seeing things is the mainstay of the series and worked to death. They come from a future where living in the sewer and eating rats is common and having sex has nothing to do with affection and is commonly done in front of others.
There’s a lot of references to Back To The Future both directly and indirectly, and the props used in the series are intentionally made to look like stuff from a B MovieFutterman’s parents are stereotypes right out of the fifties and sixties sitcoms and Futterman, himself is the voice of reason when trying to modify the plans of the two future maniacs to save humanity by doing things like killing babies to change history. He and they come up with alternate ways of achieving their goals which backfire every time even when they work.
I can’t give this series high marks except maybe to acknowledge that this series is a pretty impressive and monumental accomplishment as a collection of low humor and foul language, and the show’s creators talked someone to pay them to turn this pile of sewage out.