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Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: In this adaptation of the Viper Comics graphic novel, Wendy Watson is a temp who finds herself recruited by a man called The Middleman to help stop creatures and criminals.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Fantasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 80
    The special effects have wacky charm--not surprising for a series based on graphic novels. Yet the dialogue is even more special. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the novels and the series, gives his characters witty, distinctive things to say.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Bright and breezy, The Middleman manages the increasingly rare feat of being knowing but not snide. It's a show, frankly, for people who love (and have probably watched too much) TV. By that standard, it's far from the middle, but rather rises straight to the top.
  3. Reviewed by: Susan Stewart
    80
    Middleman skillfully incorporates real-life details into its fantastic scenarios. Its characters aren’t just Manichaean warriors; they also live the kinds of lives that people read comic books to escape from.
  4. The plot of tonight's premiere is silly and campy, but because The Middleman is based on a comic book, that's not altogether out of place. Whether this tone wears well over time remains to be seen, but in its first outing The Middleman rises above the middle-of-the-pack of scripted cable shows.
  5. This is good summer entertainment, like a Saturday afternoon B-movie matinee transposed to Monday-night TV.
  6. The Middleman is at once retro and post-modern, the sort of result you'd get if you threw "The Tick" and the '50s black-and-white "Superman" TV show into a blender. And it's quite a lot of fun.
  7. The creatures are essentially designed as bowling pins for our protagonists to knock over with a well-placed shot and a quip, and Keeslar and Morales’ interaction is nothing if not playful and lively. But you’re left not really knowing if you want to come return and spend a whole lot more time with this quarrelsome twosome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. KennethS.
    Jun 30, 2008
    10
    I had this Graphic Novel when it first came out, and it's even better on tv. I'm glad it's not on FOX...they'd just I had this Graphic Novel when it first came out, and it's even better on tv. I'm glad it's not on FOX...they'd just cancel it...cause it's great. Please don't shaft a great show. Expand
  2. AndyR.
    Jun 30, 2008
    10
    How did this awesome show get on the air?
  3. GuidoG.
    Jan 11, 2009
    10
    This show is great, specially if you are on the geek side of things.
  4. JohnW.
    Jul 11, 2008
    10
    There are times when this show brushes gently up against perfection but is too humble to admit it.
  5. WillM.
    Sep 9, 2008
    10
    It's the weekly highlight of television for my entire family. Finally a show I'm more than content to watch with my children.
  6. KenA.
    Nov 2, 2008
    10
    Awesome show, which gets progressively better over the first season. Don't dismiss it based on the slightly clunky pilot.
  7. ShannonS.
    Jun 24, 2008
    9
    Awesome show. Funny and campy.

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