In the world of Internet streaming, Hulu's original programming is something of a little brother to Netflix, which, in the past year, gained both a solid reputation for original programming (and a Primetime Emmy Award). But with The Wrong Mans, Hulu deserves credit for bringing completely enjoyable oddball British comedies to our TV or, well, computer screens.
Earlier this year, we fell in love with Moone Boy, Hulu's sweetly simple import from the UK's Sky 1, and on Monday, Hulu launched The Wrong Mans, which they co-produced with the BBC. The Wrong Mans stars co-creators Mathew Baynton and James Corden as a couple of regular guys who get caught up in a conspiracy they have nothing to do with when Baynton's character picks up a phone on the side of the road after witnessing a car crash. The premise of some hapless idiots getting in way over their heads is fairly familiar, but it's the performances from Baynton and Corden that make it worth a watch. Corden, in particular, is an actor possessed with the gift of perfect timing, the type of person who opens his mouth and something funny comes out. His character is a 31-year-old "mail distribution assistant" living with his mother, who sees his sort-of friend's misfortune as an opportunity for adventure. The character is bizarre and blustering, though not so much so that he becomes alienating.