I can be very hit or miss with espionage shows and movies. Some I really enjoy, while others are so predictable while pretending to be unique that it makes me roll my eyes constantly (What? The spy was quadruple crossed by her/his partner/boss/trusted pal? No way!). I’ve never really been a Bond fan—even less so with the most recent films. Mission: Impossible doesn’t float my boat. I am even a little iffy on Harriet the Spy. However, there is one sub-genre of spy films that I absolutely adore—the funny ones.
I have seen The Man Who Knew Too Little more times than I can count and still find myself laughing at the silly film (question: “Who do you work for?” answer: “Blockbuster Video, Des Moines, Iowa.” response: “This man is good.”). I guess it’s not really a shocker that I decided to check out Spy (available on Hulu) when I saw an ad for it. Again, it’s probably worth noting that I am an ideal consumer and apparently highly suggestible;)
Spy is about Tim (Darren Boyd), a recently divorced man who has custody of his son, Marcus—a boy who is so preppy and annoying most characters on the show despise the little fella. Tim is kind of a loser. He’s worked at the same electronics store for seven years and hasn’t done much with his life. After listening to much nagging from Marcus, Tim decides to look for a new job. He goes to a government agency to take a test for a simple data entry job but somehow ends up taking (and acing) a test for secret agents. He is then offered a job, a gun, and training for this top-secret position. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues.
To an uneducated viewer (me) Spy sounds like it would be very similar to Chuck; and perhaps it is (I’ve just never seen Chuck * gasp *). Sure, it’s a far-fetched comedy of errors and miscommunication, but I grew to like it. The episodes are short at 22 minutes—which suits the fast pace and goofy nature of the show. In fact, my husband and I plowed through the entire first season last Sunday and still had time to watch The Amazing Race. I know, we are rock stars.
I found Darren Boyd likable as Tim. He is excellent at playing the person who doesn’t quite get what is going on around him and this obliviousness is what delivers a lot of the humor. Much of the cast is decent, though I found the therapist character to be very over-the-top for my taste (maybe it’s a British thing?).
Spy was a nice little gem tucked away on Hulu. While I didn’t find it to be a diamond (like Misfits), it is definitely at least emerald quality. I am looking forward to seeing subsequent seasons to see how they pan out.
Thanks for reading and have a doubly fantastic day (one for each of your identities)!