Men at Work

Common Sense Media says

Tired workplace comedy is racy and insulting to women.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages are very thin as the four male stars of the series crack constant sex jokes and make light of concepts like fidelity and responsibility.

Positive role models

The group of four buddies at the center of the show at least care about each other and are loyal friends. That said, they treat women like disposable tissues, seem to take their jobs very lightly, and do things like have sex with one of the fella's housekeeper, on his couch, while she's on the clock.

Violence

At least one episode features a near bar-fight that ends in the combatants ranking each other out instead of throwing punches.

Sex

Wall-to-wall references to sex, ranging from the sniggering ("I'm not gay" one friend says to another when describing his unwillingness to have sex with his girlfriend daily) to the comically lascivious (one woman calls her boyfriend "Doctor Nailgood" when asking him to talk dirty to her in bed). Women hop into bed with these men frequently and easily, and there are implied three-ways and references to bestiality. Couples are shown in bed kissing, but clothed.

Language

"Bitch," "ass," "a--hole," and the like, often used to playfully insult friends. Assorted salty talk, such as references to "balls."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of scenes take place in bars and characters refer to being drunk and high.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Men at Work is a pretty racy workplace comedy featuring a group of four single male friends who work together and apparently have raging sex lives with a variety of willowy twentysomething blondes. Women and their feelings are treated very casually, even cruelly by the men, but it's all played for laughs. Parents will find plenty to be concerned about here, particularly the way female characters respond positively to oafish behavior and leap into bed as casually as a real human being might brush her teeth. But if your teens must watch, we suggest you watch alongside, so you can talk about the rampant misogyny.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In the half-hour workplace/buddy sitcom MEN AT WORK, Milo (Danny Masterson), nebbishy Neal (Adam Busch), horndog Gibbs (James Lesure), and smooth Tyler (Michael Cassidy) are in New York and on the make. They trade quips and dirty stories about women while they work together on a magazine, and then even dirtier quips and stories at their special table in their favorite restaurant. In between they kill time by looking for (and landing) a series of women who usually disappear immediately afterwards. Milo is the show's main character, depicted as an average guy who wants to find lasting love but in the meantime wants to get laid, a lot.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the male characters on Men at Work, as a whole, are less conventionally attractive than the female characters. Do you notice this in other television shows or movies? What about in real life? What does it say about what we ask from women vs. what we expect of men?

  • The four main characters on Men at Work are all employed at a magazine. Do you know how much magazine writers make yearly? How much do you think the rent on Milo's apartment costs a month? Do you think he could live in this apartment without a roommate in real life?

  • The characters on Men at Work seem to take sex and love very lightly. How do you respond to that? Does the fact that the show is supposed to be a comedy affect your opinion?

TV details

Cast:Adam Busch, Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy
Network:TBS
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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Teen, 15 years old Written byprogress_lemon June 6, 2012
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14
QUALITY
 

Bland, lacks originality

I watched the first episode of "Men At Work" and I actually cringed at this awful attempt of a comedy. When I saw the promos on 24/7 on TBS I decided to give it a try. Seeing how much success "The Big Bang Theory" (which I love to watch) has received for being four nerdy guys and the hot girl next door with a smart, creative premise behind it, I assumed that TBS was hoping to strike a similar chord in their TBBT audience with "Men at Work". The problem is, MAW is terribly written, the plot is obvious and not original, the characters are not funny nor have any heart or soul put into them. The humor involves many sexual innuendos that are unrealistic and did not make me laugh. A waste of a good idea for a show.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byAbigail_Hope July 15, 2012
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15
QUALITY
 

Really Disappointing

I was really excited when the promos for this show aired because of Danny Masterson, who played Hyde on "That 70's Show." I kept hoping that "Men at Work" would get better after the pilot, but gave up after three or four episodes. None of the characters are likeable and the humor is tasteless. Women exist solely for the purpose of ogling and having sex. When characters aren't sitting around the office procrastinating or complaining they're at the bar or in bed with someone. This show is really not worth anyone's time.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old June 5, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Funny

Pretty good. Has words that aren't usually on tv. Lots of dirty talk.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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