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Based on Simon Rich’s book ‘The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories’, ‘Man Seeking Woman’ takes the sublimely surreal short stories and centres them on Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel), a man in his mid-twenties attempting to find love. With the help of his more successful older sister Liz (Britt Lower) as well as best friend Mike (Eric Andre), Josh faces dates with trolls, Japanese penis monsters, weddings in hell, surgical conjoining and time-travel, and that’s just the first season.
While initially very episodic, with many of Josh’s girlfriend’s (a car included) only featuring once, as the show progresses more sustainable plots are introduced, the current season focusing on the issues and pitfalls of Josh’s ongoing relationship with Lucy (Katie Findlay), while still retaining the fantastical elements that make ‘Man Seeking Woman’ so enjoyable.
With guests stars that include Bill Hader (Hitler), Jorma Taccone (Cupid), Sarah Silverman (Josh’s right hand), Matt Lucas (a hunched-back assistant) and an uncredited cameo from Robin Williams (drunk hobo), the supporting cast offer further credibility to one of the most unusual shows around. No more so than Eric Andre, who’s desire to maintain the friendship with his ‘bro’ is explored and exploited ingeniously.
Despite some truly bizarre plots and settings, ‘Man Seeking Woman’ manages to create a relatable and often satirical romcom for the modern age. Scenes leave me thinking “I’ve been there”, (although ‘there’ for me doesn’t usually include anything quite so strange), and should hopefully have the same effect for most viewers. Try it for a few episodes at the very least, although if you aren’t hooked by episode one then chances are this isn’t the show for you.