Maybe it’s not a huge surprise, but it’s always a delight when a consistently great show is renewed for more episodes. Thankfully that’s the case with FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, which the FX offshoot just renewed for a 10-episode third season, alongside recent pickups of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and You’re the Worst.
If you haven’t watched the series, Man Seeking Woman follows the exploits of Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) as he navigates dating in a surprisingly real way for a show that leans heavily on the use of the surreal, and escalates normal situations visually and narratively to extreme heights that, frankly, better represent how they feel emotionally. The show also stars Eric Andre as Josh’s best friend, and Britt Lower as his older sister, Liz.
According to a press release, the viewing numbers for Man Seeking Woman are up from last year, which is a good sign (it also mostly rose thanks to DV-R views, which is typical for niche channels). And while the series could have ended after the Season 2 finale, which saw the conclusion of the Rosa arc, I’m very glad the series (based on Simon Rich‘s book) will have the opportunity to take on new explorations of dating and relationships, especially with its gender-reversed “Woman Seeking Man” episodes, which are always some of the best TV of the year.
You can read my glowing reviews of Season 1 and Season 2 for more details on the series, but suffice it to say that the show is smart, funny, perceptive, and often really bizarre and insane. Though I haven’t revisited You’re the Worst since my tepid initial impression of it, I’ve heard it’s becoming a similarly bold and unique show (just like how honestly, there’s no show quite like It’s Always Sunny anywhere, either). Comedy formats can get stale very easily, but it’s heartening to see what these series, and Man Seeking Woman in particular, have been able to do recently in raising the bar.
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