Starring: Edgar Ramírez, Anthony LaPaglia, Abbey Lee, Otmara Marrero, Lex Scott Davis, Emory Cohen, and Clark Gregg
Creator: Donald Todd
On paper, Florida Man has a lot going for it: a twisty crime comedy starring beautiful people and a mountain of hilarity to mine from the popular Florida Man memes. However, in execution, the series feels hollow and forced, almost like AI wrote it. Nothing feels organic, from the character chemistry to the non-linear storytelling. It’s like the series is trying too hard to be a vibe instead of a show, but in a “how do you do, fellow kids?” way. Admittedly, Clark Gregg’s subplot is great, but the poor pacing, subpar writing, and breezy fluff of the main tale makes it hard to stay invested.
Florida Man feels like it was pitched as a joke, but then was accidentally picked up. The cold openings of most episodes, which are based on Florida Man memes, only fuel this theory further for me. Sadly, this comedic neo-noir has very little comedy or mystery. It’s a shame, too, because despite the underwhelming story, the characters are well written and the cast is quite engaging. The last few episodes almost save the show, but they also highlight the weaknesses in the writing. Florida Man needed a tighter story and a clearer vision to stand out, but even with some strengths, it’s forgettable.