I must say that hulu.com is coming up with some pretty original programming the last couple of years. I was very sad when Endgame didn’t get renewed, but very happy that Spy did.
For those of you not familiar with the show (which is probably everyone), Spy is the story of Tim, the divorced father of Marcus, a 9 year old genius. When the show starts, Tim quits his job at a computer “best buy” type store because he feels Marcus doesn’t respect him; which he doesn’t. So he goes down to the job center and they send him on an interview for a data entry job only he accidentally ends up in an exam for MI5 and does so well on the test that he gets offered a job, even after they find out it was a mistake.
It’s both the characters and the stories in this series that keeps me coming back for more. Tim is so earnest and sweet and determined to give Marcus a life with a loving parent even though Marcus wants nothing to do with a father he thinks is a failure.
Marcus is like a tiny little Sherlock Holmes on excessively proper English acid. He’s the ultimate comedic straight man and honest to god, I don’t know how the entire set isn’t in hysterics so much that the show just can’t get filmed.
Tim also can’t keep a secret to save his life so his best friend Chris, a ne’er-do-well who has more in common with an anarchist criminal than a salesman (although come to think of it, maybe that’s not such a stretch of a connection) ends up coming along for Tim’s misadventures of life as an MI5 agent in training.
And then there’s The Examiner, played by Robert Lindsay, who is a wealth of inappropriate sexual harassment and innuendo with everyone, but especially Tim. He’s a kind of 70’s relic in the modern world and comes off both creepy and awesome.
Tim’s ex, Judith, is excessively proper and shakes Marcus’ hand rather than give him hugs, plus offers digs at Tim with every opportunity. It would be mean, but she clearly loves Marcus and just has no way to show it aside from making sure he has every possible advantage, which means getting rid of Tim.
Judith is dating Marcus’ headmaster, Phillip, who is also a wealth of sexual inappropriateness towards Tim in a hilarious and yet often uncomfortable fashion.
Caitlin looks like the girl-next-door with her sunny personality, smarts, and cute blondness, but she’s been dying to be an agent for forever and is both a little jealous of Tim’s easy advancement and attracted to him, though she refuses to admit it.
Basically, the world revolves around Tim’s accidental adorkableness and in this show, that comes out in wit, sarcasm, and outright cringe-worthy humor. If you’re looking for a show that will make you giggle constantly even as you shake your head in dismay and sympathy for the poor protaginist, this is the one to watch! It’s in season two, and both seasons are still available to watch on hulu.com.