Future Man (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||27–35 minutes|
|Original release||November 14, 2017 –|
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., Glenne Headly, and Haley Joel Osment 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 that premiered on January 11, 2019. In April 2019, Hulu renewed the series for a third and final season.
A janitor, Josh Futturman, successfully completes his favorite game (that was considered unbeatable), 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. Josh and his companions travel through time to change the future.
Cast and characters
- Josh Hutcherson as Josh Futturman, a research facility janitor and the first person to complete the video game Biotic Wars.
- Eliza Coupe as Tiger, a soldier from the distant future who travels back in time to recruit Josh into aiding their mission to prevent a deadly war from occurring. Coupe also portrays an alternate timeline version of Tiger known as Ty-anne in season two.
- Derek Wilson as Wolf, a fellow comrade of Tiger's from the distant future who joins her in attempting to recruit Josh. Wilson also portrays an alternate timeline version of Wolf known as Torque in season two.
- Ed Begley, Jr. as Gabe Futturman (season 1), Josh's father
- Glenne Headly as Diane Futturman (season 1), Josh's mother
- Haley Joel Osment as Doctor Stu Camillo (season 2; recurring season 1)
- Jason Scott Jenkins as Carl
- Robert Craighead as Detective Vincent Skarsgaard
- Keith David as Doctor Elias Kronish
- Britt Lower as Jeri Lang
- Kevin Caliber as Blaze
- Paul Scheer as Paul
- Awkwafina as Tracy
- Ricky Mabe as Pump (season 2)
- 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")
- Kristen Schaal ("Guess Who's Coming to Lunch")
- Seth Rogen as Susan ("Ultra-Max')
|1||13||November 14, 2017|
|2||13||January 11, 2019|
Season 1 (2017)
|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|
|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 as he tries to prevent Kronish contracting herpes to prevent his 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 comparatively minor changes to history (such as Kronish being less assertive and someone else founding the equivalent of Apple).|
|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 at the company, Tiger coming as his date and Wolf acting as the cook.|
|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, while Josh's parents have a party downstairs.|
|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 after learning that Cameron discovered the fuel, but are hampered by his house's A.I. system SIGORN-E.|
|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 after she is abducted by the 'police', leading to another confrontation with the police.|
|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 in 1985, his efforts are complicated when he discovers that Kronish's lover at this time is actually male, while Wolf retreats to enjoy life in the eighties as Tiger evaluates her role in life.|
|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 a visit to his own house results in him almost jeopardizing his own parents' relationship on the night they met, 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, with Josh abandoned in the present, Tiger finding herself acting as nanny to the infant Kronish in 1949, and Wolf acting as the head chef of an unconventional restaurant in the late 1980s.|
|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.|
Season 2 (2019)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Countdown to a Prologue"||Jonathan Watson||Dan Mirk||January 11, 2019|
|After experiencing what appears to be Tiger and Wolf's return to his life, Josh soon learns that he has actually been brought into a new future, with humanity now engaged in a civil war through the actions of Doctor Stu Camillo, Kronish's former business partner.|
|2||"The i of the Tiger"||Michael Weaver||Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir||January 11, 2019|
|Forced to abandon Wolf, Tiger travels to the village of the new 'biotics', and is horrified to learn that her brief interaction with Stu Camillo gave him everything he needed to create this new timeline.|
|3||"A Wolf in the Torque House"||Michael Weaver||Ben Karlin||January 11, 2019|
|Wolf realizes that he has been mistaken for his own counterpart, 'Torque', but his plans to get away are hindered as he finds himself bonding with his other selves' group spouses and daughter.|
|4||"Guess Who's Coming to Lunch"||Craig Zisk||Jane Becker||January 11, 2019|
|As Josh struggles to survive in the wastelands, Tiger is increasingly discomfited by her interaction with Ty-Anne, her own counterpart in this timeline.|
|5||"J1: Judgment Day"||Jonathan Watson||Joel Church-Cooper||January 11, 2019|
|Reunited, the trio attempt to break into Broken Circle headquarters to reclaim the TTD, during which Josh is horrified to learn the full extent of their plans for him.|
|6||"The Binx Ultimatum"||Craig Zisk||Nora Winslow||January 11, 2019|
|As Tiger searches for the TTD, Josh is remanded to a labour camp in the NAG while Wolf tries to suggest change to Supreme Overlord Vice.|
|7||"Homicide: Life in the Mons"||Kevin Bray||Allison Kiessling||January 11, 2019|
|Wolf brings Josh to his Clusternest while Tiger hits a dead end in her search for the TTD.|
|8||"The Last Horchata"||Tamra Davis||Dan Mirk||January 11, 2019|
|Tiger becomes won over by Stu's ideas when he draws her into his simulation.|
|9||"The Ballad of PUP-E Q. Barkington"||Kevin Bray||Joel Church-Cooper||January 11, 2019|
|Bloodshed ensues as Stu sends his forces to take Josh from the NAG while Josh and Wolf learn the identity of the leader of the Pointed Circle.|
|10||"Exes and OS"||Tamra Davis||Jane Becker & Nora Winslow||January 11, 2019|
|Ty-Anne reveals her full history while raised under Stu, including how she joined the resistance and met Torque.|
|11||"Dia de Los Robots"||Millicent Shelton||Ben Karlin, Kyle Hunter, & Ariel Shaffir||January 11, 2019|
|On the day of the MARS launch, Josh sneaks into Stu's brain uploader machine to try and shut him down while Tiger learns the full extent of Stu's megalomania.|
|12||"The Brain Job"||Millicent Shelton||Ben Karlin, Kyle Hunter, & Ariel Shaffir||January 11, 2019|
|With the TTD now in their possession, the trio attempt rapid jumps into the past to use the eleven-second window available to them to shut Stu down for good.|
|13||"Ultra-Max"||Wendey Stanzler||Ben Karlin, Kyle Hunter, & Ariel Shaffir||January 11, 2019|
|Having messed with time travel too many times, the trio are taken to jail in 3491 and find their loyalty to each other tested by their cruel and unusual jailer, Susan.|
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 October 1, 2018, it was announced that the second season would premiere on January 11, 2019. On April 9, 2019, it was reported that Hulu renewed the series for a third and final season.
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 with the need to rework the episodes she was due to feature in.
The series was met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 82% approval rating with an average rating of 7.08 out of 10 based on 38 reviews. The website'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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the first season a 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|
Future Man: Season One is available on both DVD and Blu-ray formats in Australia (Region B), released January 2, 2019 from Via Vision distribution. Future Man: Season Two was released on DVD and Blu-ray from Via Vision on August 8, 2019.
It is not yet known if or when the series will receive a DVD or Blu-ray release in the United States, United Kingdom, or any other country.
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