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Parents' Guide to

The Middleman

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Comic book-based action series is quirky and fun.

TV Freeform Comedy 2008
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Sexualized insult comedy

There are many sexual references in the constant banter. They use "lesbian" and "homosexual" as if they are slurs. Most of the banter is insult comedy. Trying very hard to be hip and impress... who? No positive role models in the 5-10 minutes before we got disgusted and binned it.
age 10+

Kids under 11 should NOT watch this show

I have a hard time thinking of an age group for which this show would be appropriate. Adults are above the cheesy outfits and content, and there's too many sexual references for me to justify subjecting my 8 and 9-year-olds to it. In the first episode alone, there was the unnecessary use of the words 'homosexual' and 'lesbian' (there's no need for that in a TV show for kids. There was also a "strip club" featured in it (not ACTUAL stripping was going on in the show, but the dancer was highly suggestive, if not raunchy). In my role as a parent, I have to be the one suggesting shows for my kids to watch, and nothing in this first episode makes me want to affirm this show to my kids. There is nothing "family" about this show except fot the name of the TV station (i.e. ABC Family). Sorry.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This action show intentionally skirts the line between quirky and silly, setting up one crazy situation after another. If it feels a lot like a comic book, that's no coincidence -- executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach created the Middleman character in a series of popular graphic novels. On the spectrum of action heroes, this show falls much closer to the wacky tone of Men in Black (also based on a comic book) than the thrills of Superman; it goes more for laughs than excitement.

The Middleman seems self-consciously aware of its position in the pop-culture pantheon; the character is deliberately trying to be a very different kind of hero, and the show often quotes well-known lines from well-known films likeThe Godfather and Independence Day. These references go by quickly, as if the writers are challenging the viewers to spot them. The people who can are probably the ones who will enjoy this show the most.

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