Parents' Guide to

Big Shots

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Clichéd alpha males juggle jobs, women, life.

TV ABC Drama 2007
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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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