1. The Middleman. The milk-swilling superman (whose real name is as yet unknown) is a hero from another era – an era when “What the monkey?” counted as profanity. In between teaching protégé Wendy Watson the finer points of world-saving, he dispenses homespun advice like, “The next time we trap a rampaging pig-insect hybrid from another galaxy that accidentally gets loose in custody, you should shoot after it gets out of the car.” (Helpful advice, by the way.) As the Middleman, Matt Keeslar deftly establishes the tone of the show – right along the line between being the butt of the joke and being in on it. He inhabits the character so fully that it’s hard to imagine he’s not actually the Middleman, and in a show overrun with flying zombie trout, such verisimilitude can be hard to come by.
4. Technical support. Whether it’s Ida the irascible android assistant, Lacey the activist roommate, Pip the landlord’s insufferable poseur son, or Roxy Wasserman the ex-succubus fashionista, there’s never a dull character in Wendy’s life. Though Mary Pat Gleason and Brit Morgan give the slyest performances, knocking every line reading out of the park, there’s enough awesome floating around any given B-plot to make a steaming hot cauldron of awesome soup. (What? Awesome soup is delicious!) Often the show’s best world-building is done in these B-plots; while The Middleman and Wendy are wrestling zombie trout, Lacey is navigating the rough waters of Art Crawl and trying to keep Pip from delivering his hour-long performance piece “Hey Mr. God.” Warning: his performance scene will induce acid flashbacks in anyone who endured art school.
6. The Middleman and Wendy. In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The Middleman and Wendy have quickly formed one of sci-fi’s best adventure teams, on par with Scully and Mulder (presuming Mulder ever exclaimed “My little pony!” when times got tough). Their partnership is based on mutual respect and genuine friendship, and though they’re more buddy-cops than longing-gazes, their chemistry effortlessly sells the show every week.