This is a review based on a screening at New York Comic Con. Some spoilers follow for Future Man’s pilot. The series will premiere via Hulu on November 14, 2017.
Future Man knows its setup is derivative from the start – Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) references The Last Starfighter and Quantum Leap as a pair of time-traveling warriors call on his assistance in a battle far in the future. But while the premise of a boy who is unlucky in life but proficient in gaming pressed into fighting a war by traveling through time may sound familiar, Future Man’s approach is refreshingly fun – and lewd – thanks to producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
The team behind This Is the End, Sausage Party, and more outrageous comedies hold nothing back in their TV endeavors (see their adaptation of Preacher for a dramatic example), and Future Man is no exception. The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson plays Josh Futturman, a janitor for a research lab looking into cures for sexually transmitted diseases who still lives at home with his parents and uses an unbeatable game, The Biotic Wars, to escape from his life.