As we move into the holidays, that entertainment dead zone starting just before Christmas and ending just after New Years, there is going to be a lot of time for folks to catch up on shows they haven’t had a chance to see. And while some of you have DVR’s full of network shows you’ve been itching to get to or a Netflix queue overflowing with Marvel and Stranger Things, some of you may need some new shows to watch while wrapping gifts or hiding from in-laws in the “game” room.
Today we’re going to look at some Hulu original series that may not be getting the attention they deserve. Starting off with Future Man. I had to very different people point out how good this series is and tell me I had to watch it. It’s a comedy that will remind some folks of The Last Starfighter. The premise is Josh Futturman, a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity. Like I said, very much The Last Starfighter. But they recognize the fact and call it out. It comes from the producing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the guys behind Preacher and the upcoming adaptation of The Boys.
The series stars Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr. and Glenne Headly. Though Headly passed away after filming five of the planned 13 episodes. Her character was not recast though, the producers worked around her Death.
The synopsis for the series reads:
Janitor Josh Futturman leads a pretty boring life, spending much of his time playing video games when he’s not working. Things change, though, when he beats a video game that the rest of the world has given up on, thinking it was unbeatable. After he defeats the game, mysterious visitors from the future appear. They put the world in danger, and Josh is the only person who can save it. He assembles a team to assist him as he travels through time, completing various missions as he does whatever he can to try to save Earth from the extraterrestrial visitors.
Future Man season 1 is streaming now on Hulu.