The Middleman

2008 TV-14 1 season

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The Middleman

2008 TV-14 1 season
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Temp worker Wendy Watson's (Natalie Morales) life was falling apart -- that is, until she got recruited by the Middleman (Matt Keeslar), a straight-laced, milk-drinking superhero who's out to save the world. Now, Wendy must balance her day job, friends and family along with her crime-fighting night life as Middleman's sidekick, battling out-of-this-world creatures and living by their motto: "fighting evil so you don't have to."
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Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 3 discs

Temp worker Wendy Watson's (Natalie Morales) life was falling apart -- that is, until she got recruited by the Middleman (Matt Keeslar), a straight-laced, milk-drinking superhero who's out to save the world. Now, Wendy must balance her day job, friends and family along with her crime-fighting night life as Middleman's sidekick, battling out-of-this-world creatures and living by their motto: "fighting evil so you don't have to."
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
  • Matt Keeslar
  • Natalie Morales
  • Mary Pat Gleason
  • Britt Morgan
  • Jake Smollett
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this tongue-in-cheek adventure show is based on a series of graphic novels. It takes pains to bring that comic-book atmosphere to the screen, so expect lots of over-the-top situations, plenty of strange characters, action sequences played for laughs instead of thrills, frequent pop culture references, and a hero whose main strength seems to be his ability to accept the unbelievable without batting an eye. Aside from the cartoony violence (which includes weapon use) and a bit of innuendo (there's some speculation about the sexuality of one character's boyfriend), there's not much for parents to worry about here -- unless being required to suspend your disbelief much more than usual is an issue.

Sexual Content

No sex and only a little romance. Wendy has a boyfriend, but her new job fighting mysterious enemies prevents her from spending much time with him. Just about all of her friends openly wonder if he's actually gay; one refers to Wendy as his "beard" (i.e. a disguise for his true sexuality). Some or all of these references may go over kids' head.

Violence

Plenty of stylized violence (including weapon use), but little gore -- and the action scenes are so over the top that they seem more comical than thrilling.

Language

No swear words, but a few clever insults and derogatory comments.

Social Behavior

Like many comic book heroes, The Middleman works for a mysterious organization dedicated to fighting evil and righting wrongs. He and his new assistant Wendy operate outside standard law enforcement channels and generally take on missions that the everyday police won't handle or simply can't comprehend. As a result, they must actively hide their activities while trying to save the world.

Consumerism

Several references to well-known comic book titles, which is appropriate for a show based on a series of graphic novels that tries hard to transport its comic-like atmosphere to the screen. The script also includes frequent quotes from well-known movies, though these fleeting shout-outs don't credit their original sources.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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