TV Club: Man Seeking Woman: “Lizard”

Man Seeking Woman starts simply enough: In one of the least eventful or fraught television breakups in a while, Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) shakes the hand of his now ex-girlfriend of four years, Maggie (Maya Erskine), and leaves her apartment carrying his belongings and his pet lizard, Isaac Newton. Josh is clearly the harder hit of the two, but he puts on a brave face until the series betrays his mood by introducing its first touch of fantasy, a The Truman Show-style individual rain storm that beats down on Josh and sends pigeons to their doom. Using flights of fancy or daydreams to express a character’s emotional state is not a particularly new idea, but what sets this series apart is its commitment to the concept, expanding it beyond one creative protagonist’s imagination to create a full world of walking, talking metaphors.

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