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Man Seeking Woman

the-series-philosopher-man-seeking-woman-wikiMan Seeking Woman is an American television sitcom that premiered on FXX on January 14, 2015. Man Seeking Woman is about a naïve and soft-spoken man in his 20s named Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel), who finds himself in several surreal and awkward circumstances while trying to find love.

The series is based on a book of short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, by Simon Rich, who is also the series creator, executive producer, and showrunner. Jonathan Krisel, Andrew Singer, and Lorne Michaels (30 Rock) are also executive producers, with Broadway Video and FX Productions as production companies.

Most episode plots are based on relatable conflicts and struggles of entering/maintaining a relationship, however, these conflicts are taken to absurd and literal extremes. The show centers on Josh Greenberg, who struggles finding love, after a break-up with his long term girlfriend Maggie. His mature and successful older sister Liz often tries to help him enter into a serious relationship, and his sex-crazed best friend Mike often tries to help him with solely having sex. Josh’s efforts often times lead him into surreal and awkward circumstances such as going on a date with an actual Troll, physically misplacing his penis, or meeting a Japanese monster composed of human penises. Sometimes Josh is successful in finding a girlfriend, however, these relationships usually only survive for one episode.
The main cast includes:

  • Jay Baruchel (Undeclared) as Josh Greenberg: a naïve and soft-spoken 27 year old man working a temp job. He struggles to find love, following a break-up from a long relationship. He is sometimes used as a straight man when absurd and surreal things happen.
  • Eric André (2 Broke Girls, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) as Mike: Josh’s laid-back best friend who has an easier time with girls than Josh. He often attempts to help Josh, however, he is more interested in helping him have sex as opposed to entering into a serious relationship.
  • Britt Lower (Unforgettable) as Liz Greenberg: Josh’s protective and caring older sister who also tries to help Josh. Her methods of helping are more rational and down-to-earth than Mike’s; they are more driven to getting Josh into a serious relationship. She has a condescending view of Mike, who in turn doesn’t seem to have an opinion of her.
  • Maya Erskine (Betas) as Maggie: Josh’s ex-girlfriend, who breaks up with him in the first episode. She goes on to date Adolf Hitler before meeting Graham

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