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Can Breckin Meyer’s New
TBS Sitcom MEN AT WORK
Be As Bad As It Looks??

Published at: May 24, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST by hercules

A sitcom written by writer (“Robot Chicken”) and TBS star (“Franklin & Bash”) Breckin Meyer, “Men at Work” follows the love lives of four fellows who work at a Manhattan men’s magazine. It stars Danny Masterson (“That ‘70s Show”), James Lesure (“Las Vegas”), Michael Cassidy (“The OC,” “Smallville”) and Adam Busch (Warren on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

TBS, never shy about forwarding screeners did not forward me a screener for this one, which pleases me. TBS’ promos make it look awful.

HitFix says:

... None of "Men at Work" is funny, but the greater sin is how uninspired it feels. …

The New York Times says:

... manages to make even those not very smart shows sound intellectual. … the writing often seems desperate. One episode, for instance, centers on Milo’s efforts to learn text messaging. Yeah, text messaging. That thing even your grandpa has been doing for several years now. …

The Los Angeles Times says:

... rays of charm do break through the haze of the ordinary and obvious, even if just for a line or a line reading. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... Fans of "Sex and the City" have finally gotten their wish: Their beloved sex-focused sitcom is back on the air ... sort of. The four women have become four men, of course, and the writing isn't as good. Oh, and the laugh track so annoying, it's offensive. And did I mention that the costumes would be considered fashionable if you were holding a yard sale? …

The Washington Post says:

... This woefully flat riff on modern manhood might be cleverly sprinkled with derogatory references to Dane Cook, fake-tan “whorange” skin color and other assorted modern afflictions, but you’d swear it had been discovered in a box of old VHS cassettes marked “miscellaneous.” …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... If it's a bridge, it's the oldest, ricketiest one I've seen in a long time. … mostly an unfunny, uninteresting look at four work buddies …

Variety says:

... even with a game, mostly appealing cast, the pilot provides scant incentive to invest in a weekly subscription. …

10 p.m. Thursday. TBS.

 

 

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