Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Men At Work?

You've seen the trailers for TBS's Men At Work, and they've looked really bad! But we got to see the WHOLE pilot in advance, lucky us, and we're here to advise you on whether or not to watch it. (Hint: Don't bother.)


When does the show grace TV with its presence?

Men At Work debuts Thursday, May 24 with back-to-back episodes at 10pm on TBS.


Which fine thespians perform in this wonder?

This is the grand return to television for DJ Danny Masterson, who played Hyde on That '70s Show. It also stars James Lesure, who we supposedly last saw in the short-lived Mr. Sunshine, but we actually last saw in Las Vegas. Adam Busch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Warren, also stars. Rounding out the foursome of dudes is Michael Cassidy (The O.C., Smallville).


Whose creative brain did this show spring from?

Remember that guy who played the stoner skateboarder in Clueless and who now plays Franklin on Franklin & Bash? Yes! Breckin Meyer! Well, he created Men At Work. Former ABC entertainment chief Jamie Tarses is also credited as an executive producer.


What fantastic subject matter does Men At Work cover?

Milo, Gibbs, Tyler, and Neal are four twenty-something or thirty-something guys who work for a Maxim-esque men's magazine. After Milo is dumped by his girlfriend, his buddies help him get back into the dating scene. But really, this is just a dude buddy comedy. Milo is the everyman, Gibbs is the cool black guy, Neal is the cool white guy, and Tyler is the nerdy white guy. Look out, ladies.


Who was this show made for?

Bros, dude! Except it's so toothless with its laugh track that it comes off more as an old person's take on what young guys are like. Imagine if the editors of Rich Guy's Quarterly took over for the staff of Douchebags Magazine for an issue. Men at Work is the show that beats up the guys from The Big Bang Theory, but it doesn't have the charm the nerds do.


What are the show's redeeming qualities?

I'm still trying to figure that out. Oh! Amy Smart and Ethan Suplee make cameos in the first two episodes, so there's that.


Is there anything particularly bad about it?

Oh, just everything. Seriously, this show is not funny. At all. Okay, there was one crack about girls who tan too much, but I'm pretty sure it was stolen from somewhere else. Other than that, it's four guys acting like jerks while a laugh track overcompensates.


How about a final verdict? Should I watch or not?

Stay away from this at all costs, and please, keep it as far from your children as possible. One day Men at Work will be watched by aliens as justification for their decision to wipe us off of the face of the planet.


Can I sample the show in advance via trailer or something?

Proceed at your own risk.


Is there anything I should bring to my personal viewing party?

Bleach. For your eyeballs! And very sharp icepicks for your ears. And if you have a smell-o-vision set, just shove some cat poop in your nostrils; it'll smell better.


Men At Work, coming to TBS May 24 at 10pm!

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The characters are two dimensional. We don't know enough about them (through the writing) to care or not care about them or what will eventually happen to them...
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i liked it! If you people can like 2 Broke Girls, which in my opinion sucks and is definately NOT original, you can like this. This is most certainly funnier!
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The bombardment of commercials telling me that I will love this show that certainly appears to the contrary have been enough to keep me away from it. I look forward to its seemingly inevitable demise, and thus the end of the aggressive campaign on its behalf.
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Terrible. Terrible, terrible, terrible. I don't even know where to start... The so called "funny" stuff is nothing but awful old jokes from like ten years ago, this is something only immature people could find funny. "UR MOM" type jokes. Every "joke" was stupid and old. like the oompa loompa thing, I used to hear that when I was in MIDDLE SCHOOL and I am a college student now. I dont even know what to say lol I'm just so shocked that such a god-awful show is being promoted. Tbs has had some decent shows over the years and this is just TOTAL CRAP. If you want to watch 4 ugly guys act like total d bags and are looking for a frustratingly suicide inducing show, this is the trash for you! It definitely won't last! Pathetic.
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U know those shows U watch for 5 min and U know there going to be awful? Well if this show gets a little better it will be like that. Its all around bad. Phony emotion, fake humor about things that R not funny etc.. TBS try something else! this stinks!



@Notsoyko Ya Modern Family the biggest ratings show in network comedy is bad and this crap Men at Work is a hit.... U don't get outside much do U? PS Maybe your little girl will turn U in 4 child abuse 4 making her watch this crap!
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Men at Work is great. You must have watched a different show because I loved it and so did my girl. Man Up! and Work It! were good shows too but everyone wants shows like modern family now, which is the worst show on tv.
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It is just not a very good TV show to me...it's not funny...it's dumb...but in a pathetic way.
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"This is a very modern kind of comedy", and you sir are a very modern kind of douchebag :-).
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So true! Everything about this show screams "dooouuuuche!!"
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is it just me or is the group of guys on this show just the same group of guys from the film the hangover
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Similar archetypes (dork, cool guy, etc) and "Hyde" is sporting a beard similar to Zach G. Other than that, nope.



But it's not uncommon for a "guy" show to mix in the same archetypes. If all of the cast is the same then it's pretty boring.
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With all the different commercials they've run, I feel like I've already seen the pilot... and it looks bad. Really, really bad.
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I think Tim is the tv.com resident BAD COP!..



You give BAD news in GOOD way Tim!...kudos!
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The only reason I MIGHT watch the pilot is because Hyde was my favorite character on That '70s Show. But I feel sorry for Danny Masterson now, by the trailers it looks like it will suck.
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hmmm this seems like the type of show teenaged boys would be into.... so i prob wont watch it.

"its a very modern type of comedy, its a clasic style of telling a story but the dialogue and the characters are extremly right now and i dont think theres anything else like that on tv" there's something wrong with that statement. dont sitcoms now use old story lines but with more modern character? what?
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I'll give it a shot next Thursday. Watching the Awake finale (which shouldn't be a series finale but whatever) and it's on the same time as the first episode of this show so.... what I'm saying is: Awake > Men At Work
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I was planning on pessimistically watching the premiere episode... now I'm not so sure that I'd rather not be napping.
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What a pleasant review, I'll be sure to tune in!
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I ain't too happy about how it look but I'm gonna give this show a chance anyways. You should give something a try before you judge it. If you like/love it then that's great and you can continue watching it. If you hate it, then you can stop watching it and just tell yourself "Well, at least I gave it a try". I'm not gonna let this review or opinion of this show stop me though. I'm gonna go by my own opinion and how I view the show so I'm gonna see if I like it or not. Also, it has Danny Masterson and other actors in this show so it's doesn't look that bad. Hope this show is funny or at least decent. :)
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well said tigerdude22. I do believe in giving everything a shot but I think this just kinda took the cake with how "awesome" it was trying to be. Maybe it's the whole fill in the gap that entourage left? still if they offer it for free on itunes or something I won't not watch it.
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I'm glad you agree with my statement :) The show isn't that good but it's alright I guess. Not a show I can stay tuned for unless I'm bored.
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Men At Work?? Looks like 'Man up!' & 'Work It' had a one night stand.
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The more someone tells me how funny it is, the more I know its not. True humor will stand on its own and dudeeee wtf was that? If this is really "modern" and the voice of our generation, I weep bitterly and vow never to date. Ever.
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Hahahahaha, that trailer looks like some parody trailer from south park, complete with the horrid laugh track. Wondering why this isn't already a huge hit on CBS, seems to fit in with all the other bs comedy they spew out
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Now i have to watch it, just to see how bad it is. I have never seen a show advertised this much. During every damn NBA playoff game, the announcers mention it.
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Adam Busch:



"It's a very modern kind of comedy. It's a classic style of telling a story, but the dialogue and the characters are all extremely 'right now', and I don't think there's anything else like that on TV."



Does he actually believe this bullshit he's selling? Well, I guess he's right about one thing, there isn't anything else like this on TV. And thank god for that.
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I don't know what's worse, the fact he said it or that someone decided to advertise it.
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Wow, that show is full of itself. You should not watch Men at Work, but you should listen to Men at Work. Going to get me a vegemite sandwich



What's with the sad Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd impersonators?
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"there was one crack about girls who tan too much, but I'm pretty sure it was stolen from somewhere else"



Oh, you mean that "joke" that they put in every single commercial for this show? That they play during every commercial break on TBS? Yeah, this show looks flat-out terrible. The ads ain't doing them any favors, either.
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Thanks for not asking if we're watching this so I didn't have to say no.
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This means less Big Bang Theory re-runs. Which makes me hate this show already without watching a single ep. Good luck.
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Amen to that. Love Big Bang Theory because it has the charm that so many shows lack. And somehow, on BBT, the laugh track is actually a good element, rather than something annoying. Can't really explain it.
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Thanks for watching this so I won't have to. My gut said "no way", but I like half the cast and was nearly fooled into disbelieving my instincts just on the "well, nothing TBS has done so far has been great, maybe the odds are with them this time!" anti-logic.
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