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Men in Trees

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Smart, sassy dramedy is fine for teens.

TV ABC Drama 2006
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Well-acted by a cast that includes Derek Richardson as Patrick, a sweet and devoted fan of Marin's books; Abraham Benrubi as Ben, the sophisticated local bartender; James Tupper as Jack, the handsome environmentalist who regularly and playfully spars with Marin; and Seana Kofoed as Jane, Marin's editor who comes for the occasional visit, Men in Trees (the title refers to the signs found all over bucolic Elmo that warn pedestrians of the workers strapped to branches above) is full of cute scenes sure to have veterans of the dating scene smiling.

Executive produced by Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks, the show doesn't really break any truly new creative ground (not only has the Alaska angle been done before, but so has the navel-gazing, lovelorn gal). But it's a clever, engaging series that explores the search for love and tackles the question on the minds of many modern singles: What am I doing wrong? And the subject matter is given a light touch thanks to witty writing, making Men in Trees fine fare for older teens looking for intelligent programming.

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