Parents' Guide to

Men at Work

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tired workplace comedy is racy and insulting to women.

TV TBS Comedy 2012
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One can envision the pitch meeting for Men at Work: "It's like Sex in the City! Except with guys!" And like the much smarter sitcom Sex and the City, the four friends have bawdy adventures, then sit down at their special table at their favorite restaurant to talk about them. But whereas the foibles of Carrie et al. sound outrageous on paper yet were executed wittily and mostly realistically, on Men at Work when Milo (Danny Masterson) asks a woman if she will be his "rebound ass" she actually goes home with him. And then gives him a lecture on finding love before joining his roommate and a new friend in the bedroom. Meanwhile the laugh track haw-haws at all the goings-on, which only points up how unfunny most people will find this predictable and achingly dumb show.

There is a place in the world for shows about men being men. Think Entourage or Home Improvement. But while those shows are rarely cringeworthy, Men at Work is painfully so. Not only are these men unrealistically horny and oafish, they're unbelievably successful with impossibly hot women, who they then mock to their buddies. In between, dialogue like "We're going to take your new single penis out for a test drive" substitutes for affection, and "Did you or did you not bang my cleaning lady?" purports to be humor. Not so much.

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