Review: With ‘Teacup,’ ‘Man Seeking Woman’ Changes Perspective

GameStop, Inc.

man-seek-9-2

Up until this point, Man Seeking Woman has remained focused on the trials and tribulations of Josh Greenberg’s love life. But this week Man Seeking Woman took a welcomed departure from its normal routine. Instead of maintaining Josh, played by Jay Baruchel, as the central focus, this week’s episode, Teacup, places its focus entirely on Josh’s sister Liz, played by Britt Lower. Liz’s story in this episode is very much a mirror to Josh’s story in the series’ first episode Lizard.

Despite making substantial progress in her professional life, Liz’s personal life is about to take a turn for the worst when she breaks up with her long-time boyfriend Leo. After doing her best to hold herself together, a solitary cloud of rain follows her, like it did for Josh, as her former love drives away. Liz tries to keep herself occupied, spending time with a friend who is hosting a birthday party for her young daughter. When Liz goes out to talk with the children, she is appalled to learn that all but one of the young girls are already married. They give her a lengthy talk about meeting the right man and getting settled down before getting too old. Haunted by the conversation, Liz accompanies a couple of coworkers as they head out for a night on the town. Of all the single men at the bar, Liz is able to find each of their flaws – which range from the Paleo Diet to saying “San Fran.” Realizing that her criteria for a man is near-impossible, Liz decides to make her own perfect man. Her hair now emblazoned with a lone white streak ala the Bride of Frankenstein, Liz pieces together her perfect creation with the help of Igor (Matt Lucas). But Liz’s creation isn’t exactly perfect for her – he’s gay. Dejected from failure, Liz agrees to go on a date with Chip, the son of a childhood neighbor who just happens to be a robot. Though Liz thinks the date went well, after a very brief sexual encounter, Chip leaves immediately, spewing every possible excuse to get out there as fast as possible.

Aside from two very brief scenes, series star Jay Baruchel is barely in this episode. And that’s perfectly fine – which, by the way, is not meant as a snide remark about Baruchel, who does immense work in holding the show together. It’s nice that creator Simon Rich along with writer Sofia Alvarez and director Tim Kirkby aren’t afraid to change things around and switch up the perspective. Until Teacup, Liz has been a force of stability, using her well-balanced personal and professional life as a means to demean Josh’s many failings. Now we’ve been introduced to another side of Liz, one where she’s worried about the future and dealing with uncertainty. Britt Lower brings to the show a wonderful balance in portraying a successful, confident woman at work who struggles with finding that same success in love.

Teacup isn’t necessarily among the funniest of Man Seeking Woman’s episodes, but it opens up a new realm of possibilities for its characters moving forward. It’s a step away from being a show that is dominated by the male perspective, and trying a departure like this early in the show’s life is very encouraging. This is a series that has been unpredictable since its first episode, and by making Liz a much more prominent character with her own set of strengths and weaknesses they’ve greatly expanded the canvas their working on.

Man Seeking Woman is on FXX Wednesdays at 10:30pm and is streaming through the FX Now app.

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

FanboyNation
Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Lim Kay Siu Talks About His Role as Gyatso in Netflix’s ‘Avatar’

International Star, Lim Kay Siu talks about his role as Gyatso...

Ernie Hudson Talks ‘Quantum Leap’ Season Two – Interview

Legendary Actor, Ernie Hudson Talks ‘Quantum Leap‘ Season Two, 2-Hour Season...

Morgan Jon Fox Talks About his Card Collecting Documentary ‘The Hobby’

Morgan Jon Fox Talks About his Card Collecting Documentary ‘The Hobby‘...

Event News Event Reviews
Aiden Sinclair and Michael Rangel Talks ’57 Ghosts’ Aboard the Queen Mary Séance

Aiden Sinclair and Apparitionist, Michael Rangel Discuss their new Theatrical Séance...

Luke and Madison Rhoades Open ‘Slashers Axe Throwing’ – Interview

Luke and Madison Rhoades Open Orange County’s first ever horror themed...

Charity Hill and Steve Sheldon, EPIC Ent. Host Immersive Christmas Experiences Across the U.S.

Charity Hill and Steve Sheldon, EPIC Entertainment Group Host Immersive Christmas...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Paralympian Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger On The Road to Paris

Team USA Paralympian Swimmer, Ahalya Lettenberger is On The Road to...

Ultimate Women of Wrestling Comes to the Globe Theatre – Interview

Ultimate Women of Wrestling Comes to the Globe Theatre on Sunday,...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Saga! Back to the story!

Alright you monkeys, back to work!

Fantoy Comics Presents: Valentine’s Special 2024: pt 2

Happy Valentines day, Sugar Beet!

Cultural Junkdrawer: I’m not a Swifty, but…

CULTURAL JUNKDRAWER I‘M not a Taylor Swift fan but…     This...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus
MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Roye Okupe Brings Authentic African Representation to HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Nigerian-American, Roye Okupe brings authentic African representation to HBO Max and...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...