Are you watching Man Seeking Woman? If not, you need to start now. The show, based on Simon Rich's collection of short stories called The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories, follows Josh (Jay Baruchel) through his journey of dating after his six-year relationship with his girlfriend comes to an end. Of course Josh isn't taking this journey alone, as his his sister, Liz (Britt Lower), and best friend, Mike (Eric Andre), are helping him along to meet Mrs. Right.
I can't even begin to explain how great this show is. The show has an identity and it's prevalent right off the bat. There's no 'just get through the first couple of episodes, then the show really takes off' moments. It's confident in its identity, and the show displays its unique concepts right out of the gate, and doesn't apologize for them.
Man Seeking Woman is a visualization of what it's like to date and how that effects not only you, but the people around you. For example, in the pilot episode titled 'Lizard,' Maggie breaks up with Josh and Josh's sister, Liz, is there to help him rebound with a blind date. Unfortunately for Josh, no woman could ever compare to the love of his life Maggie, so his blind date is a troll. It's not just a girl he doesn't find attractive, it's literally a troll. It's not just like a Family Guy cutaway bit, this is the basis of the episode. Man Seeking Woman is unique in its outlandishness, and doesn't back down from not fitting into the mold. It's basically like a sketch comedy show, but the sketch is the entire episode.
I've tried explaining this show to countless friends to try to get them to watch it, but I never feel like they're grasping how great this show is. It's a comedy show that explores the emotions of what it's like awkwardly trying to figure out what this thing called love is really all about. It's a show that works on many levels. It's funny, but it also allows us to put a visualization of how it feels during these varying moments of relationships. Another episode takes Josh and Mike to a destination wedding. Josh is struggling trying to find love, and seeing two people celebrate this moment is agonizing. So, where does Josh imagine this destination wedding being? Of course, the wedding is in hell.
If you're looking for a new show to watch, give Man Seeking Woman a try. It's probably the most honest show about relationships on television right now. You can check out the first season on Hulu, and the second season is currently airing on FXX Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m.