A Look at FXX’s New Comedy ‘Man Seeking Woman’ Starring Jay Baruchel


Cole Clay // Film Critic

MAN SEEKING WOMAN - Key ArtFXX has made a name for itself by featuring ground-breaking comedies like It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League. So, of course, I jumped at the chance to cover their upcoming comedy Man Seeking Woman starring Jay Baruchel from the Judd Apatow crew and the insane Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show). This show caught me by so much surprise with its innovative techniques and dark (almost horror like) sense of humor that I wanted to write a few words on the episodes I’ve seen before the January 14th premiere.

Man Seeking Woman is about a twenty-something down on his luck man named Josh Greenberg (Baruchel) who is trying to navigate his way through the world of dating. He seeks the help of his friend Mike (Andre) and sister Liz (Maya Erskine) to help him handle trivial situations such as the dreaded first text.

I have seen three episodes of the show so far and they have each separated themselves from one another with relatable plot-lines and fantastic character building. The show is in good hands with the fresh directing style of Jonathan Krisel, who has helmed several Portlandia episodes of the years.

MAN SEEKING WOMAN -- Episode 1: "Lizard" (Airs Wednesday, January 14, 10:30 PM e/p). Pictured: (L-R) Jay Baruchel as Josh, Eric Andre as Mike. CR: Michael Gibson/FXX

MAN SEEKING WOMAN — Episode 1: “Lizard” (Airs Wednesday, January 14, 10:30 PM e/p). Pictured: (L-R) Jay Baruchel as Josh, Eric Andre as Mike. CR: Michael Gibson/FXX

The sweet and sour approach to the world of dating is a winsome combination of great acting and the eclectic writing style of Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live) that should continue to improve over the course of the ten episode season, which premieres on January 14th.

We have already scheduled an interview (which will post next week) with the Baruchel to talk about this project. We’re also covering Man Seeking Woman at TCA; be sure to check our updates on Twitter at @FreshFiction and @FreshFictionTV.

Take a quick look below at a few of the clips below to catch a glimpse at the tonal aspects of the show. It’s a certainly a weird show, but I think it will find an audience.

Official Trailer – Love

Force Field – Has a girl ever told you to respect her boundaries?

Blind Date – What happens when the troll your dating is actually … a troll?

Man Seeking Woman premieres Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 p.m. e/p only on FXX.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.