A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most of the characters have affairs, lie to their wives, sleep with prostitutes, and are generally obnoxious. Female characters fit very specific stereotypes of virtue and immorality.
Positive Role Models
Only one of the four main characters seems generally principled.
Violence & Scariness
Rare, but one man dies when hit by a golf cart.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scenes are sometimes quite graphic, despite the fact that there's no nudity. Women appear in bras and panties. Euphemistic references to oral sex and intercourse.
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Occasional "ass," "hell," etc.
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Products & Purchases
The main characters are all wealthy, and it shows.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent drinking, often in response to stress.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this drama paints life from a stereotypically masculine perspective. Women are largely absent, but when they're around, they're extreme examples of virtue and immorality. Sex scenes are common, and though no nudity occurs (aside from bra-and-panty shots), some scenes are quite explicit. One main character has an ongoing legal problem with a transvestite prostitute, while another is having an illicit affair with his wife's new best friend. The men also drink frequently, often in response to stressful situations.
Is It Any Good?
Is this really how men behave? If so, it's a sorry state of affairs. The men in this show are clearly unhappy with their lives and seem to hate women, yet they feel inexplicably drawn to the fairer sex as if doomed to live in perpetual torment.
For example, Brody Johns (Christopher Titus), a crisis management expert, nearly loses his mind trying to meet his wife's requests -- but instead of communicating with her in a real way, he constantly assures her that everything's OK ... while complaining about her to his friends. Meanwhile, Duncan Collinsworth (Dylan McDermott), the head of a cosmetics corporation, is a cocksure ladies' man who's bitter toward marriage after several divorces. He gets into trouble with a hooker, which could threaten his career. And Karl Mixworthy (Joshua Malina) struggles to balance his wife and his mistress, who are new best friends. Finally, there's James Walker (Michael Vartan), a newly minted CEO who's freshly single. He's the most authentic character in the group -- the one with heart -- who the others merely bounce off of for comic relief. It's his journey through a divorce, in a powerful new job, and with a possible love interest at the office, that guides the series on its manly path.
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