“If you’re afraid that the new season of Community won’t have enough pop references, try The Middleman on iTunes.
This criminally underrated series from 2008 follows Wendy “Dubdub” Watson (Natalie Morales), who gets recruited to work for a secret agency that battles monsters and demons. It’s based on a comic book, so there are superhero allusions aplenty, but there are also constant sci-fi mentions, eighties B-movie Easter eggs, Doctor Who jokes, James Bond nods. Plus, it’s funny and charming and there is, gasp, a capable young woman. Over its twelve-episode run,Middleman establishes itself in the Buffy vein of smart, quippy heroines, a sort of Veronica Mars for the Area 51 scene, or a Wonderfalls with action instead of self-reflection. But where those shows were often dark and moody, Middlemanstayed bright and ebullient, with the kind of fun, cheeky style that dooms shows to near-immediate cancellation.”