The hipster in me loves finding new delights from across the pond. “It’s some show, you’ve probably never heard of it. It’s British.” Or even better, when the show inevitably gets adapted for American audiences, I can say, “The British version was better.” (See: Coupling, The Office, Sherlock, Da Ali G Show, Being Human, Trading Spaces, What Not to Wear, etc.). Of course, the Anglophile in me, also loves saying that last one.
Now, when the awfully funny Spy gets adapted for American TV, don’t you want to be a cool kid, too? Well, you can be because it’s on Hulu. In case, Hulu hasn’t already gotten you with their incessant self-promotion, let’s see if I can sway you.
Spy is about the unassuming Tim Elliot, a man who is always trying to impress his ambitious and genius son, Marcus. To up his game, Tim decides to get a better job and accidentally applies to be an MI-6 agent. The show becomes part workplace comedy, complete with the kooky boss and office crush, and part family comedy as Tim fights his ex-wife and her new boyfriend for custody of Marcus.
This show is so rife with hilarious characters that I have a hard time picking my favorite. Is it Marcus, who runs gambling rackets out of his bedroom or runs his student council with the kind of iron fist that would make Stalin cower? Or maybe it is Tim’s boss, known only as The Examiner, who eagerly awaits his next torture and opportunity to impress Tim? It could be Tim’s friend, Chris, who could be a lawyer but finds it easier to just hack bank accounts.
Just check out the first episode below already. Of course, I’m mourning the fact that the second season just ended and it will undoubtedly be another year before the third season starts. Crazy Brits and their weird TV programming schedules.