Man Up! Takes One Giant Backwards Leap for Mankind

What if Modern Family wasn't as funny, and was more about three shlubs stuck in this season's pointless trend of fighting for their own masculinity? Man Up!, that's what! The newest addition to ABC's comedy lineup debuted last night as part of the network's testosterone restoration project (it's paired with Tim Allen's Last Man Standing), and it's not horrible, but it certainly isn't good.

The Modern Family comparisons are inevitable, especially since lead couple Will and Brenda (pictured above) are basically Silly Putty transfers of Phil and Claire Dunphy... except they're much more mild, and in comedy that's not a plus. Will's big conundrum last night was that he was trying to figure out what to buy his 13-year-old son for his birthday, a welcoming gift to manhood. But Brenda beat him to the punch by getting him a cool video game, and then someone else got him a shaving kit, because that's exactly what 13-year-olds want, I guess.

The other two main men on the show are Kenny, who was married to Brenda's sister Theresa, and Craig, whose love of his life is marrying another man. Like Will, they're trying to put hair on their chests, and most of the situations in the situational comedy's debut involved the three dudes feeling threatened by stereotypical MANLY MEN—who apparently all have big muscles and close-cropped hair and wear tight T-shirts. This show is confusing, man! I think I'm supposed to identify with the three main guys, but how can I support someone who crashes a wedding ceremony with an acoustic rendition of "Brown Eyed Girl," the wussiest song of all time? Or a guy who can't shop for a 13-year-old? Wasn't he a 13-year-old at one point? Or someone who screams a lot? My biggest issue with Man Up! is that these three shlubs are shlubs for a reason, and they deserve the adult equivalent of being stuffed in lockers (might I suggest "hogtied and thrown in an alligator-filled lake"?).

As for the women, they're relegated to making snide comments about their husbands being fruity and their boyfriends being meat. The guys aren't any good, but the ladies may be worse.

Still, we're only one episode in, so let's see what good we can pull out of the pilot. For all his screaming, Dan Fogler's Kenny has the potential to be funny, and Theresa's new boy toy Grant, a buff centerfold-type with a sensitive side, is the show's only memorable character. Beyond that, I heard a lot of crickets.

The idea of a gender gap that’s pervading television right now has gotten completely out of control. And you can do your part to stop it by completely ignoring Man Up!.


What did you think of the premiere?


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I have no idea where these negative comments come from. It's a hilarious show and now that I've watched all 8 that have aired to date, I love it even more. Fantastic character development has taken place since the pilot. If this show is cancelled, then I give up on tv. All the best shows get cancelled yet you can find Jersey Shore and retarded reality shows on every channel. it will be sorely missed in my home,
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I was a little bit worried that it would be watchable but to my enjoyment it sucked through and through. Go for cancellation and lets bring home some points to daddys deadpool list for 2011.



- Yes you can be cancelled, yes you can.
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I watched the pilot, and to be honest....It stunk about as bad as a freshly squeezed skunk. I don't forsee this show last long unless it finds a good comedy writer ASAP!!! Stick a fork in it ABC.....It's done. Bury it fast and put us all out of the misery that you call Man Up!
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Man up and once upon a time is on my dead pool list.. ABC is failing this season.
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this show is not going to work at all.....
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MAHI-MAHI!
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I think any comedy pilot should make you laugh out loud at least once. This one didn't even make me chuckle.
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It wasn't bad but it wasn't good also. It remind me of "Traffic Lights" only less funny
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I liked it.
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wow, didnt know that was a bad word!!! just the new PC!
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this is as retarded as New girl, which I think is very retarded
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This one's on my dead-pool list, so there's still hope for me yet (not to come close to first place, but to get out of the bottom).
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I couldn't get througt the first ten minutes.
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just by the previews I knew the show was going to be stupid so I didn't even watch. so no surprise if the show gets canceled after next week. Boy they are running out of shows so they may end up keeping it lol who knows.
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"The other two main men on the show are Kenny, who was married to Brenda's sister Theresa, and Craig..." Just a point of information... Isn't Brenda sister to Kenny? And Brenda and Theresa are best friends ... since they were nine years old ... Just one of those details things that gets stuck in my head and I couldn't just let it go ... Even though the show's not bad.. not great either ... but there you have it ...
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Yeah, no surprises on this one. They are wasting some good comedic actors with some horrible shows these days. Same with the majority of the Modern Family cast... they do a great job with very average writers. If the show had lesser actors it would be so forgettable.
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"they deserve the adult equivalent of being stuffed in lockers"...i know it's just a tv show and this is just a review of the show, but it's that type of thinking that leads to bullying, and that's really sad and not cool...just sayin'
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Glad it made my deadpool!!

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It kinda reminded me of sitcom NBC would air.It might air for the full season but most liekly get cancelled in the summer
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boring show , i shuffled to see something funny about it , there was none !
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I agree. It was funny. It's supposed to be a show about dumb guys who make us laugh. this isn't supposed to be a social commentary of "whatever" on "blah" ....... Just relax everyone. It's a really funny show. I'm tuning in next week!
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Who says Modern Family is funny?!
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I just watched it for Dan Fogler, he was ok, screamed alot. The rest of the characters bored the hell out of me
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This show is funny.
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You misspelled Dan FOGLER. But anyway, I like Dan Fogler and probably the reason why I watched the pilot. I personally liked it, but I was kinda disturbed with the man stereotypes. I know the show is satirizing those stereotypes but in the same time, they kinda showcase them to in the show, which I believe alienates a lot of viewers.



I like the show and I want it to continue but according the ratings, I doubt it will survive. I blame it on how the show is only targeted to a male audience. I believe that if tv show doesn't appeal to both gender types, then it is unlikely it will get the ratings, except of course if the show is in the Spike channel or W channel.
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fixed! sorry about that!
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i didn't like it either.. i expected more
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I didn't dislike it, but it didn't make me laugh, or even smile, once. I might give it another chance if I don't find anything better to do, but if it doesn't step up the funny in the second episode, that's it.
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