I am genuinely angry with myself that I did not know of this show until I got it on DVD.  It is surprising that it was on ABC Family, a channel more given to entertainment that’s equivalent to The CW, just more wholesome.  But it is based off of the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach who wrote some of my favorite episodes of Lost.  Not to mention, it is as nerd friendly as it comes and is completely laden with references from one side of culture to the other.  Now you can bring it home today on DVD and see exactly what I’m talking about today!

Starting this July 28th, now available on DVD from Shout Factory and ABC Family Studios comes the complete series of one of the most exciting and nerd friendly television shows of all time.  The Middleman – The Complete Series is ready to squirm right out of your television screen, bringing along a whole unimaginable spectrum of exotic problems and delightfully obscure cultural references.  Bring home this fantastic modern television classic today!

Wendy Watson (known to her friends as Dub Dub) is a struggling artist buried under debt with a hot roommate in an illegal sublet and she’s temping until her art career takes off.  Then she is invited to become a Middleman, a secret agent of sorts who solves exotic problems.  She gets to work with the Middleman and his robot sidekick, Ida.  Now she deals with aliens, terra cotta warriors, genetic experiments, smart monkeys, problems with her art, her boss and her roommate falling in love, zombies and so much more.  How can she keep her job secret and her life sane?  This show stars Matt Kesslar, Natalie Morales, Mary Pat Gleason, Brit Morgan and Jake Smollett and is based off of the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine.

The special features included in this DVD boxed set are optional audio commentaries from the cast and crew of the show, deleted scenes, some great web featurettes, a hilarious gag reel, the original audition footage, a great gallery of photographs, a complete table read of one of the episodes and so much more that you’ll have to buy it to believe it.

You owe it to yourself to watch this show.  Natalie Morales is such a treat, Matt Kesslar is hilarious and Brit Morgan is the stuff hope is made out of.  The problems that Wendy and Middleman face are inventive and, best of all, those of us in the audience are treated like we’re smart enough to understand what’s really going on.  The characters are great and the plots are magnificent, but it’s really the references hidden in each show that are so worth it.  One episode revolves around Dr. Who, another strongly references both a specific Star Trek TOS episode and Escape From New York.  I caught the Escape references after the first one, the Duke of New York Toy Company.  The interplay from the characters is so great that you will grow to think of these actors solely as these roles, which is why it was so strange for me to see Matt Kesslar play a psycho in an episode of Dollhouse.  Pick this boxed set up today and learn exactly what I mean.

There’s no Middle here – you’ll love this show!

This DVD boxed set is available at Amazon.com.

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