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Why the TBS Comedy “Men at Work” Works in our House…

Men at Work

A Review of the TBS Comedy “Men at Work” by Tiffany A. White

TBS, a channel we don’t usually watch in our house, launched a new sitcom a few years ago created by the great Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash). Men at Work follows four friends who all work together at the same magazine as writers, photographers, and reporters. It started with the friends as they help a buddy get back on the dating horse after a disastrous breakup. Now, it’s just all about their friendships and the hilarity that ensues.

The series stars: Danny Masterson (That ‘70s Show) as Milo, the friend at the beginning who was dumped and who is still single in season three; James Lesure (Las Vegas – we are big fans of Mike Cannon from Las Vegas in our house) as Gibbs, the sexual and sensual best friend; Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Neal, the only one of the four in a serious relationship, at least he was… with the boss’ daughter; and Michael Cassidy (The O.C.) as Tyler, the beautiful and stylish one.

Rarely do we see a comedy centered around all men, about men. Plus, Men at Work features four funny television character actors we’ve missed seeing around the TV screen for the past few years. Add the funny-man creator to this, and we couldn’t help but think Men at Work could potentially be worth a watch.

And it is—Men at Work is thirty minutes of fun. I’d say it puts the “fun” in “funny,” but that might sound a bit cliché. It’s nice having a comedy my guy and I both enjoy watching. Not only are the relationships between the friends enjoyable, but the foursome introduces hilarious and spot-on new terminology for everyone to throw into their daily conversations with phrases like:

Heterotexual – a modern man who pleases a woman with his thumbs
HotZone
– things that pose the risk of infection
TruthBomb
– boom goes the conversation dynamite, or saying truths your friends might not otherwise want to hear
CrazyHot Paradox
– a woman who is easy on the eyes, but insane in the brain

Honestly, these sayings remind me of “Barneyisms” from How I Met Your Mother, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them just the same.

Men at Work’s humor is a bit on the raunchy side, but then again almost anything sexual anymore is considered raunchy. Perhaps that’s why the new sitcom is on TBS and not the basic network channels, joining the ranks of FX (Archer), Showtime (Californication and Weeds), and Comedy Central (Workaholics).

And since TV ratings are all about the guest stars here lately, Men at Work has had ‘em lined up since the beginning: Amy Smart (Milo’s ex-girlfriend), Stacy Kiebler (a girl who likes threesomes), Kathy Najimy (a sex blogger), J.K. Simmons (the owner of the magazine and Neal’s girlfriend’s father), and fellow That ‘70s Show‘ers Wilmer Valderrama (Milo’s upstairs neighbor) and Laura Prepon to just name a few.

Oh, yeah… and the four friends like to have meals at a local diner. In every episode. Which kinda reminds me of the girls from Sex and the City

So how does Meyer’s baby rank? All in all, I’d say Men at Work is like that bag of potato chips that we know we should put away after a few bites, but can’t help going back for more. The crunch of the chip and the explosion of flavors (a.k.a. the laughter) is just what the doctor ordered to accompany an ice-cold beer after a long day at work.

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery “Football Sweetheart” series. She blogs at The Ooo Factor and is available for contact via Twitter at @Tiffany_A_White, Facebook at Tiffany A. White, or by email at tiffany@tiffanyawhite.com.

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