Hulu’s raunchy sci-fi comedy Future Man provided outrageous laughs by sending an unlikely trio to save humanity from extinction. Josh Hutcherson stars as unmotivated janitor Josh Futturman, who is recruited by mysterious warriors to defeat the Biotics after mastering a top-ranked video game.
Josh Futterman lives with parents who think he’s a deadbeat, spending days working as a janitor to fund an obsession with completing the futuristic console game that only he has ever beaten. His mastery of the infamous “Cybergeddon” game makes him the savior figure for resistance biologists Tiger and Wolf, who travel back from a disease-ravaged 2072.
Tiger and Wolf hail from the future but are unprepared for contemporary society. Their inexperience trying to mentor lazy, crass Josh creates constant comedic tension. High energy performances from Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson as Tiger and Wolf play off Hutcherson’s slacker persona.
Absurdist humor dominates as the mismatched trio navigates Josh’s era with hysterical futility. But smart sci-fi ideas emerge around time travel theories, with actions in the present changing a dire future timeline.
Showrunners Ariel Shaffir, Kyle Hunter and Howard Gould pack each episode with raunchy gags, video game references, social satire and cartoonish violence. Supporting characters like Josh’s parents provide additional laughs.
The Biotics’ deadly origins and ties to Josh’s gaming talent lead to surprisingly compelling overarching plots about saving humanity beneath the juvenile humor. Josh’s apathy transforms into heroic determination.
Future Man stood out for blending intellect and silly gross-out comedy in a nostalgic 1980s genre throwback vein. Its go-for-broke tone celebrated absurdity while voicing optimism about society’s capability for change.