Future Man (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||27–35 minutes|
|Original release||November 14, 2017– present|
Future Man is an American comedy web television series created by Howard Overman, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir that premiered on November 14, 2017 on Hulu. The series follows an underachieving janitor who is called upon to save the world. It stars Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley, Jr. and Glenne Headly and is executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. On January 8, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season consisting of thirteen episodes.
A janitor, Josh Futturman, successfully completes his favorite game, Biotic Wars, when suddenly the game's two main characters, Tiger and Wolf, appear and recruit Josh to save the world from the real Biotic Wars.
Cast and characters
- Jason Scott Jenkins as Carl
- Robert Craighead as Detective Vincent Skarsgaard
- Keith David as Doctor Elias Kronish
- Haley Joel Osment as Doctor Stu Camillo
- Britt Lower as Jeri Lang
- Kevin Caliber as Blaze
- Paul Scheer as Man at Video Game Store
- Awkwafina as Woman at Video Game Store
- Shaun Brown as Hatchet (season 2)
- Sara Amini as Thimble (season 2)
- Rati Gupta as Rake (season 2)
- Tim Johnson Jr. as Jimmy (season 2)
- Jade Catta-Preta as Level (season 2)
- Timothy Hornor as Lathe (season 2)
- Ron Funches as Ray ("Pilot")
- Martin Starr as Lyle Karofsky ("A Fuel's Errand")
- David Koechner as Barry Futturman ("A Blowjob Before Dying")
- Carolyn Hennesy as Wanda ("A Blowjob Before Dying")
- Megan Hayes as the voice of SIGORN-E ("Pandora's Mailbox")
- Charlie McDermott as young Barry Futturman ("Operation: Natal Attraction")
- Diona Reasonover as Estelle Kronish ("Beyond the TruffleDome")
- Corey Hart as himself ("Prelude to an Apocalypse")
- Carla Gallo as Dingo ("A Date with Destiny")
- Jon Daly as Owl ("A Date with Destiny")
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Pilot"||Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg||Story by : Howard Overman and Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir |
Teleplay by : Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir
|November 14, 2017|
|Janitor Josh Futterman's entire life is thrown when he discovers that his favourite video game, Biotic Wars, is actually a training manual sent back from the future to prevent the timeline depicted.|
|2||"Herpe: Fully Loaded"||Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg||Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir||November 14, 2017|
|Having jumped back to 1969 with Wolf and Tiger, Josh must convince his new allies to pursue a non-violent approach in their efforts to prevent Doctor Kronish's research.|
|3||"A Riphole In Time"||Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg||Henry Alonso Myers||November 14, 2017|
|Back in the present, Josh swiftly realizes that their trip to the past has not altered Doctor Kronish's research, but has made various seemingly minor changes to history.|
|4||"A Fuel's Errand"||Anton Cropper||Dan Mirk||November 14, 2017|
|With Josh having interrupted Tiger and Wolf's assassination attempt on Doctor Kronish, they must pursue other options when they realize that their time travel device is almost out of fuel.|
|5||"Justice Desserts"||Anton Cropper||Melody Derloshon||November 14, 2017|
|Having learned that biotics are active in the present, Josh arranges for Tiger and Wolf to infiltrate a company Christmas party to try and identify the biotics.|
|6||"A Blowjob Before Dying"||Nisha Ganatra||Ben Karlin||November 14, 2017|
|Having captured a biotic, the team have just 27 minutes to interrogate her for information before the micro-charge in her head goes off.|
|7||"Pandora's Mailbox"||Brandon Trost||Jessica Conrad||November 14, 2017|
|Josh, Tiger and Wolf take a quick jump to 2023 to try and retrieve more fuel from James Cameron's house.|
|8||"Girth, Wind & Fire"||Nisha Ganatra||Matthew Bass & Theodore Bressman||November 14, 2017|
|Tiger and Wolf's plans for a final jump are interrupted when Josh insists that they help him save his mother.|
|9||"Operation: Fatal Attraction"||Michael Weaver||Story by : Dan Mirk & Henry Alonso Myers |
Teleplay by : Dan Mirk
|November 14, 2017|
|After Josh proposes a daring plan to stop Doctor Kronish, the team are split up across time.|
|10||"Operation: Natal Attraction"||Michael Weaver||Story by : Dan Mirk & Henry Alonso Myers |
Teleplay by : Dan Mirk
|November 14, 2017|
|Josh's plan to stop Doctor Kronish is complicated as he tries to avoid changing his own history, while Tiger and Wolf find themselves in conflict over their dedication to the mission.|
|11||"Beyond the TruffleDome"||Wendey Stanzler||Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir||November 14, 2017|
|Tiger and Wolf analyse their dedication as the team are split across history.|
|12||"Prelude to an Apocalypse"||Michael Dowse||Ben Karlin||November 14, 2017|
|Josh discovers that his life has been greatly changed by his actions in the past.|
|13||"A Date with Destiny"||Michael Dowse||Story by : Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir |
Teleplay by : Ben Karlin & Nora Winslow
|November 14, 2017|
|With history much worse, Josh, Tiger and Wolf make a desperate attempt to complete the mission for good.|
On September 9, 2016, it was announced that Hulu had ordered the production to series after reviewing the recently produced pilot. The series order was reported to be for a first season consisting of thirteen episodes. The pilot was written by Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter from a story by the duo and Howard Overman and was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The series' executive producers include Shaffir, Hunter, Rogen, Goldberg, and James Weaver. On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Hulu had renewed the series for a second season consisting of thirteen episodes.
On February 17, 2016, it was announced that Josh Hutcherson had been cast in the television pilot's lead role. A week later, it was reported that Eliza Coupe had also been cast in a main role. On March 7, 2016, it was announced that Glenne Headly and Ed Begley Jr. had joined the main cast as Hutcherson's character's parents. On May 2, 2016, Derek Wilson joined the production in a main role. In April 2017, it was reported that Patrick Carlyle and Robert Craighead had been cast in recurring roles.
On June 28, 2018, it was announced that Shaun Brown had joined the cast in a recurring capacity. On July 17, 2018, it was reported that Sara Amini and Rati Gupta had been cast in recurring roles. In August 2018, it was announced that Tim Johnson Jr., Jade Catta-Preta, and Timothy Hornor had also been cast in recurring roles.
On June 8, 2017, cast member Glenne Headly died after she filmed five episodes of the planned 13 episode season order. Producers stated that she would not be recast and that the episodes she filmed will air, leaving the writers the need to rework the episodes she was due to feature in.
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 77% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 7.04/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Future Man's nostalgia-driven premise is elevated by the cast's compelling chemistry and a sense of humor just dumb enough to lighten the sci-fi load." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the series has a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
|2018||44th Saturn Awards||Best New Media Superhero Series||Future Man||Nominated|||
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