I usually don’t pay a lot of attention to Hulu, but recently they’ve started coming up with some decent original programming and I might have to see what else they have. This time around, they brought us Future Man, a flat-out spoof of everything pop culture, especially 80s pop culture, created by Seth Rogen. It’s the first show he’s ever done that he hasn’t acted in. But the second I saw the trailer, I knew this was going to be something special and damn it, it was. So let’s hop into the future and see just what makes this such a great show.
Josh Futturman is a loser. He works as a janitor at a major bio-company trying to develop a cure for herpes. But he’s really good at video games and when he finally beats the game that has consumed his life for 3 years, two warriors from the future appear and tell him that he’s the savior of the planet. Sound familiar? Of course it is, it’s lifted straight out of The Last Starfighter, they even say so. But this is where the whole thing gets great, with pop culture references galore and they’re not even trying to hide it. Future Man revels in how blatantly it’s ripping absolutely everything off. And it’s great!
Fair warning, this is not a show for young kids, there is nudity and profanity galore, but young kids won’t give a damn about the 80s nostalgia anyhow so there’s no loss there. Let’s be honest, high-brow humor, this isn’t. It’s a bunch of dick jokes and low-class raunchy fare. And I’m fine with that. Because sometimes, that’s really all you want a show to be. Fun. Not smart. Not thought-provoking. Just something that caters to the lowest common denominator and leaves you laughing the whole way.
As far as the references are concerned, they’re blatant. Just the musical cues alone are amazing. They want you to know that they know you caught the reference. The second you start thinking “that looks like…” they’re already playing music from the movie or TV series. The whole thing is an unashamed rip-off, everything from Terminator to Super Mario, to cooking shows if you can believe it. They take no prisoners and they make no apologies. Who cares if it makes any sense? It’s just fun.
This show is everything I wanted it to be and more. It doesn’t take itself seriously, it is over-the-top pop culture aware and it’s downright fun all the time. There wasn’t a single episode that failed to entertain, unlike a lot of shows that have more episodes than plot, here the pacing was near perfect. I really want this show to come back.