We Watched It For You: Work It

I'd call ABC's Work It a bad show, but then I'd be scared that other bad shows would come to my house to beat me up for insulting them. I'm guessing you're still deciding whether or not to tune into this gem, and by now you've read countless "reviews" that use words like "vomit," "apocalyptic," and "asinine." Well, duh. It's not that good. But rather than pile onto this soccer match that's using a dead horse for a ball, we thought we'd show you what you missed out on so your curiosity doesn't lead you down the path of having to watch this atrocity.

Normally, "We'll Watch it For You" is reserved for Syfy, Lifetime, and anything starring Debbie Gibson, but it turns out the format also works with particularly choice network turds. So put on some rouge and let's catch you up on ABC's new cross-dressing comedy, Work It!

The show is set in St. Louis, the home of Budweiser and the only city polite enough to allow such an awful program to portray it in such a horrible light. Work It has just crushed any leftover World Series excitement the town had. First baseball god Albert Pujols moved out, then sexist and unfunny Work It moved in. I hear you can buy a house in St. Louis for a bag of Funyuns now.

Look, it's main character Lee! Played by comedy legend Benjamin Koldyke. Do you think he told his friends he got the part?

Lee is so unemployed he has to steal ketchup from job interviews. That's like Detroit poor! But his ungrateful wife isn't impressed with individually packaged sweetened tomato paste. Here, we see her doing some expert-level nagging-smiling. Hey lady, it's 2012! Why don't YOU support the family?! [Spoiler Alert: In Season 2, she dresses like a man to get a job at a vacuum repair shop.]

Lee has a standard TV-cutout precocious teen daughter who I hope has a heart attack when she eventually finds dad rummaging through her underwear drawer looking for something to wear to work. But seriously, the daughter is the best actor on this show. She should win the Emmy for Actor We're Most Sorry For; she'd just edge out Rhys Darby from How To Be a Gentleman and any extra from I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

Here, Lee is drinking with his jobless buddies because it makes financial sense and one can get a lot of job-searching done in a dingy dive bar. He has a friend who even Larry the Cable Guy doesn't think is funny, and the jokester pretty much says women are causing the recession. But he says it's a "mancession" (more like a "joke recession" apparently), and blames vagina-havers for squeezing dudes out of the workforce. It's misogyny in setup-setup-punchline form. If you're a woman, this is the point where you'd have thrown your high heels, nail polish remover, and apron at the television in anger. Ha ha, kidding ladies. Who has time to cook these days now that Oprah has her own network?

Lee had to get his butthole poked by a man we assume is a doctor, which means by now you should really be having your suspicions about him. Considering that this is a show about a man dressing up as a woman, is it stupid to point out obvious homosexual undertones? Yes. But I'm doing it anyway.

Having overheard that an unnamed pharmaceutical company is hiring women, an amazing premise for a sitcom is born: Lee could dress up as a woman and sell some drugs, just like your great grandfather did during the Great Depression. He aced the interview by keeping his dong out of sight and talking about the company's clinical trials. Yes, the writers threw in a Lindsey Lohan joke.

He nailed it and got the job! Let that be a lesson to all you unemployed people out there. Getting a job requires initiative. Time to tell the ungrateful wife! But it's probably a good sitcom idea to leave out the part where you wear her clothes. She'll obviously be overjoyed because she was concerned about her husband stealing condiments from corporations with huge legal teams.

First day on the job! There was some girl talk about book clubs, handbags, and waxing (seriously), and Charlotte from Lost was there. Did I ever tell you about the time I literally swooned while interviewing Rebecca Mader? True story. Anyhow, I'm assuming it was all downhill for her after I interviewed her, because now she's on this show. I feel partly responsible. Not cool, ABC. She gave you Charlotte Lewis and you've repayed her with this crap role? ABC = Another Bad Castingchoice.

The man-as-woman humor really hit its stride when Lee and his new work peeps settled down to eat lunch. The women all had dainty salads, and Lee whipped out a giant hoagie like it was his shlong and thumped it on the table. The laughtrack went on for about four minutes, and finally Lee nibbled on a piece of lettuce from his sandwich and threw the rest away. Now this show is wasting food? Good lord, Work It! You're really pushing boundaries. Will Lee molest a golden retriever puppy in the next scene?

Meanwhile...

Famished from chucking his eight-pound lunch into the bin, Lee In Drag went taco-hunting at Astro Taco and ran into his best friend Angel, who works there. Angel didn't recognize him! This was a perfectly believable show until this point. Now things are getting unrealistic, Work It.

Lee eventually fessed up and told Angel the truth: that he got a job by posing as a woman. But he left out the truth part, about how he's always secretly fantasizing about wearing women's underwear and how he took extra long showers after football practice even though he was already clean. There was a montage set to the Black Eyed Peas' timeless woman's rights classic, "My Humps" as he recalled dressing up in his wife's clothes that somehow manage to fit him. It's a miracle, really. It's also a miracle that Fergie is famous and that no one has said anything about her actually being a man. Possible future guest star, ABC? Can't you just see Lee getting jealous of Fergie because he thinks she's doing the same thing, except it turns out she's actually a woman?

Angel quickly agreed to give the woman thing a shot because the pacing really needed to pick up and the episode was wasting too much time keeping Amaury Nolasco in men's clothes. Then we were given the indelible image of the series:

Angel is Puerto Rican, so obviously the show will be milking stereotypes and making jokes about him being a drug dealer and a horny dude. He interviewed with Lee's boss, and had trouble keeping his boner in check because she's so hot. To be fair, she is kinda hot.

Angel bombed his interview, but wouldn't you know it? The boss's car broke down and her gynecologist appointment was in jeopardy! Angel to the rescue! He fixed the car and got hired, so it was time to celebrate at St. Louis's ramshacklest club! If you guessed this pilot would end with a dance party, congratulations.

Eventually, Lee realized he was neglecting his nagging wife, and made up for all the lost romance by re-gifting her a purse.

Romance re-blossomed, and Lee's secrets remained secret. The end!


What did you think of Work It? In case you couldn't tell, I thought it was... not good.


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Hey, at least this piece of s*** spawned a "We watched it for you". These things are hilarious and you totally deserve an award for actually sitting through the entire episode, good job..
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I can not take anymore of this RecessionTV. The absolute arrogance of Network executives who make fodder of real- life desperate situations is horrible. What's next? A sit-com about homeless people? Here's an idea: A serial killer who only targets network execs with bad shows...Now I would watch that!
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being from st. louis this show absolutely offends me. I watched a total of 2 minutes of it and it is only because they showed the STL skyline in the first 5 seconds. Also note to the write, people in STL are not saddened by the loss of Albert Pujols. He was an arrogant piece and I am not the only one who is glad that he his gone.
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I'm not going to watch this show.

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Who is the BMIC(big man in charge) that green lit this thing!!!

I can do a better job of picking winners!!!!!
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"He has a friend who even Larry The Cable Guy doesn't think is funny..."



That's John Caparulo from Chelsea Lately, and I'm afraid I'd have to agree.
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I watched the show, and it's an extremely poor replica of "Bosom Buddies"; which I used to watch on TV when I was a kid in the '80s...!
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I'm betting this show will be resting in peace in TV heaven (along with Pan Am, The Playboy Club, Free Agents, How To Be A Gentleman, Man Up) by the end of Jan. or the middle of Feb. (IF ----very BIG if-----the show lasts THAT long!) Looks like all the good ideas have already been taken or thought of.
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All the good ideas that spineless TV execs are willing to take a chance on, that is.
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Tim, you have my greatest sympathies for having to sit through this drivel and then relive the nightmare by writing the review. Seriously, I feel like I should give you a basket of cookies.
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i saw a preview for this a yr ago and new it was going to be horrible. no surprise.
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Tim, why do you subject yourself to such drivel by forcing yourself to do this segment? Evereything that's ever been reviewed under this segment is best left unwatched and set alight so as to be never seen again.
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Thanks for watching for me. I knew it would be dumb and this review proved it.
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Watched the first five minutes and couldn't stomach it so I turned the channel. Worst new show I've ever seen.
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Hi Tim. I dont agree with you, I found it very funny... Maybe it is because I am from different culture (Argentina) or because I have different humor sense. I like it.

.If I would have read your review probably I woundnt watch it. Big mistake. I see many people here that wrote about it and not even watched it. I am glad we had tv shows for everybody! cheers,Marina
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Here's another one! Burn the witch!

Seriously, you have appalling taste.
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hmmm, i didnt think it was bad at all...laughed a couple times...

only one i didn't like was Brian...he should go...

but Rochelle Aytes alone is reason enough to keep watching...

and the dude who plays Lee isn't bad at all...
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I don't understand how two manly men with obvious 5 o'clock shadow pass for women. At least get less manly men. Women aren't that stupid. Well, I haven't been to St. Louis. Maybe the women there are manly. Then only way I could see the men passing for women, is if all the women cast in the show were men playing women, and then it would be okay. And maybe funnier.
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Check out the movie Girls Will Be Girls if you want to see a comedy where all the women are played by men, some very convincingly. It's camp gold... and they're making a sequel.
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That would be epic. As a rule, I don't watch anything with a laugh track, but an all transgender/cross-dressing cast? I'm so there.
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Aw man, if I knew Rochelle Aytes was in the cast, I would've definitely tuned in. Such a babe... she really needs her own show.



By the way, you spent way too much time on this, Tim. (Well done.)
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OOOOpppps, forgot Tootsie, and Mrs.Doubtfire, my apologies. Two wonderful, unforgettable movies.
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I am old enough to remember Bosom Buddies which was great and I never missed an episode as an early 20's female. Their make-up was well done and from memory they did not look like men dressed as women... well not as badly as the still from this show depict. They make very ugly women! We've had 'Some like it hot' in 1959, 'Bosom Buddies' with Tom Hanks in 1980, 'To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything,Julie Newmar' with Patrick Swayze in 1995 and I will never forget how great Beau Bridges was, in an episode of 'The Closer' in 2009 as a cross dressing, gender changing ex policeman Detective Gorge Andrews/Georgette which was fabulous. Even Beau looked more feminine than the 'ugly sisters' in Work IT!
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I'm surprised this isn't starring Adam Sandler.
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Recap much more amusing than the show.
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If only I could've been a fly on the wall when this show was pitched. I just imagine that there was at least one guy who tried his hardest to tell everyone else that this was a horrible idea and he was ignored. That guy is now laughing hysterically, not because the show is funny, but because it really is horrible.
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So, what's next, are they gonna dust off another idea from sitcom history, maybe The Odd Couple or All In the Family? This concept was done years ago. It was called Bosom Buddies. Launched the career of Tom Hanks and ALMOST launched a career for that other guy (oh, yeah, Peter Scolari). It was actually a hit for a couple years till they ran out of jokes and fish-out-of-water situations for the guys. At least there were hot single girls in that show. As soon as I saw the preview for this show, I knew it would be a stinker.
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I don't think I can physically watch this show. It hurts to even look at the photos.
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Agreed. It doesn't just ask you to suspend your disbelief, but all of your functioning brain cells and taste, as well.
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Knowing the people who review and post on this site, of course you don't like this show. You like dull, unfunny stuff like New Girl (which I no longer bother with), Community, Happy Endings, etc....(yawn). As for me, I'll watch shows that actually make me laugh, and there are very few of them and I don't care how many people hate them. That's not important. If it makes me laugh, I don't give a damn what others think. Work It was actually funny, and I'm going to keep watching. You're right, it probably won't last, but I'll watch as long as it's on. I enjoy coming to tv.com and hearing about all the new comedies you all hate. That means I'll like them, so thanks everyone.
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I have to agree that New Girls and Happy Endings are seriously overrated at this site (though I actually watch both though neither tend to make me laugh), but Community!? That is the best comedy ever created!



But you're right, to each their own. I couldn't find one funny moment in this show, but I'll give it a few more episodes before I completely toss it aside.
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I agree. You most certainly have the right to have appalling taste.
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That's cool. Comedies should make you laugh, as that is what they're made for. What works for one may not work for another. I personally can't see how this one works for anyone. But really what do I know? I can't sit through an episode Louie. I enjoy Whitney, but I do recognize that is a pretty bad show. It makes me laugh... and cringe. Often at the same time. The shows you mentioned just happened to be some of my favorite comedies though. You're in the minority there. Nothin wrong with that.
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great recap. it made me laugh, but i'm not really hard to impress. however, leave debbie gibson alone because she is awesome!
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I thought I would watch the first episode to see what all the fuss was about. I won't tune in for the second episode. It was actually painful to watch. The only show that I think will be worse is ! Rob !. I change the channel when the commercials come on for this piece of garbage. Hope it gets cancelled quickly.
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I didn't watch the episode, so it'd be unreasonable and unfair for me to say the show sucks. But I think reason and fairness can be brushed aside for Work It: this show sucks.
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"Cougar Town": Excellent. This show: Needs a new word for enormous pile of dung.
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I give it 3 episodes.
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I actually watched this show. I think i need to go scrub my eyes now.
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I'm glad I didn't bother to watch it! I hope it does off quickly so that Cougar Town can come back.
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Wow, I thought I was the only one that found Fergie man like!!



I'm embarrassed for these actors! Is Amaury still with Jennifer Morrison? Must be hard with her having a good show and his sucking!!
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Well, the pilot wasn't great, but it's certainly funnier than this review of it. I don't expect it to last more than 4-5 episodes, but I'll watch them. I wasn't anticipating this show at all, but it's pretty funny in an absurd way.
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Admit it, you loved the show! Burn the witch!
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Our country is swarming with gorgeous drag queens--and these two Brawny paper towel lumberjacks are the best they could come up with? Now THAT--attractive drag queens--has potential. HBO, are you reading this?,
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They're not supposed to be drag queens. They're men dressing as women to keep their jobs.
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Word. Who was that guy on Harry's Law. Gorgeous, absolutely passes as a chick.
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I hope it lasts another 2 or 3 episodes, but only if you promise to keep making WWIFYs of it.
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The whole idea of men dressing up in drag is so not original and what they do with it here sounds really tasteless! Is there anyone in Hollywood with an original thought, AT ALL?
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Poor Sucre. I forced myself to watch it, because I like watching all pilot episodes. Pretty much the worse half hour I've seen on tv. I can suspend belief only to such an extent. This is asking WAY too much. My thinking went something like this:



"Is he really going to fit into his wives clothes?? Nope, guess not, maybe he bought some with spare drinking money that he obviously has hidden away somewhere. Oh, never mind. Those are definitely his wife's clothes. She must keep a spare 'in case I gain a hundred pounds' outfit just in case. So no one can tell he's a man?? Maybe they think he's just a drag queen and doesn't wanna discriminate. Oh wait, that chick specifically said that the company was sexist. Why am I watching this show again??"

Also it wasn't funny whatsoever
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I just can't get past the fact that they think he'd fit his wife's clothes. His friend actually makes for a fine woman ;)



I'm so glad I never intended to watch this. At least with the review I had some laughs out of it. But I'm guessing that as a woman, I'm not the audience for this show anyway :D
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Ugh. So glad I didn't watch this. Thanks for jumping on the grenade Tim!
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I'd be surprised if the atrocity goes beyond 2 episodes.

The two dudes are giant, lantern jawed macho men. The show is obviously saying women are REALLY stupid to accept these 2 as their own.

There's no place for this show to go. They burned through so many pathetically easy jokes in the first episode there's nothing else for them to do.



This has to be a "burner" show. The creator must have had a contractual obligation to produce something and came up with this garbage, knowing it'll get canned after a couple of episodes.
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I have to be honest. I haven't watched it. I will never watch it and I can't believe it was even made. What astonishes me is that ABC can bring forth great shows like Happy Endings and this year Suburgatory and then in my opinion take a huge step backward with this. I would prefer Man Up over this. Hell I would prefer How to Be a Gentlemen over this. I might even prefer Whit.... Nope can't go that far. Whitney is just beyond awful. But that leads me to another point ABC. We expect crap like this from NBC there new shows this year in Up All Night, Whitney, and now Are you There Chelsea. are just bad. Up All Night is the best of the three but it is still the second worst show on NBC, soon to be third after Are You There Chelsea premiers because just from the previews that looks like it could potentially be worse than Whitney. But ABC you have taken great steps with your comedies and have done well. I don't understand this huge step back. Not just for your network, but for tv comedies in general. I don't even see how this made it pass the idea table.



I can't believe Rebbeca Mader and John Caperello are on this show. She is an extremely talented actress and he is a hilarious comedian. I don't see how they could sign on to this show. If anything it tarnishes their brand. They can do much better.
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This show gave a whole new meaning to the word bad. It actually expanded my understanding of the word. I now have a more nuanced, complex and deep view of low quality. I promise never to complain about my life any more. After all, it could be worse. I could be part of the cast of this show.



I hadn't looked into the show before it aired, I had only seen a few pictures. I knew close to nothing about the plot, format or anything else. I did of course expect it to be bad (based on the pictures), but at the same time I thought it would make a fair attempt at some clever banter like in The League. I thought the show would be at least somewhat realistic, in the sense that everyone would be able to tell that they are men, but that they would get work because of some minority quota for transvestites. I simply thought they would have some kind of clever take on men dressing like women.



But I can't remember when I have been more surprised about how bad a show is. (Maybe after the pilot of Whitney. And I'm expecting to be quite disappointed after the upcoming pilot of Are You There, Chelsea? too.) This show was absolutely horrible! It's just an f-ing regular sit-com backed with a laugh track, trying to squeeze something funny out of characters who everyone can see are men. I guess I get what the creators were going for. They thought it would be funny to have men enter the "female world" and learn what women actually think. And with this new found knowledge they would become some kind of women whisperers. But why did they have to do it like this? This is insanely unrealistic. The little hope this show has is completely destroyed by the fact that everyone can see that these guys are not women. I've heard of stories where wolves dress as sheep, but they are fairy tales for five-year-olds! And the humour on this show was so bad that it made me squirm. The show is full of horrible cliches and tired jokes. I predict this show will go very quickly down the drain. I have noticed that people like to watch bad shows, evident by some of the shows renewed during Autumn, but viewers will surely have enough self-respect not to watch this show. How could you possibly look at yourself in the mirror knowing that you watch a show like this?
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this looked so horrible I can't even bring myself to read past the St. Louis reputation screencap...
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Moronic, brainless, imbecilic, cringeworthy, doltish, dopey, half-baked, idiotic, inane, ludicrous, mindless, dimwitted, nonsensical, senseless.

In case you need more adjectives for this show.
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I once saw a porn that was exactly like this show but better writing.
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I wasn't going to watch this pilot, but I asked the very helpful TV.com staff if any of them would be reviewing it, and jtrolio informed me that Tim Surette had the honors. I told myself "if Tim can do it, so can I " - I regretted this choice about 2 minutes in. Apparently, the "mancession" is so bad, some ABC execs thought this would be a good premise for a show (they should be fired/murdered along with the daughters agent). I did laugh a few times, but I was laughing at the stupidity of it all. This is what you get St. Louisans(?) for your team postponing the mid-season finale of Fringe. I think it's safe to say I won't be coming back for the second episode.
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Told you so, masochist; sry, Mr. Arch.Angel88 :P
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One word: TOOTSIE - been there, done that. And it was done right. Carbon copies 20 years too late don't cut it. CAN this show (because it can't).
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the sad part it tootsie was good.. this is bad, really bad..
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Better words - Bosom Buddies(1980). Now we're talking 30+ years too late....
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Thank you, Tim. Thank you for saving my eyeballs and my head-meat from having to watch this show. As much as I love Amaury Nolasco and Ben Koldyke, this just isn't the vehicle for them. Screw the whole PC/trans slander issue, if something isn't funny, especially when it's labeled as a comedy... That's just all BAD news. At least if the show had been topical and relevant to social and gender issues, while piling on the laughs, it might have had a future. Now all I can hope is the network realizes the 6.1 in the ratings was a fluke, with people tuning in just to see how awful Work It really is and that they send it to an early grave.
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Tim, I have to be honest, this show does not look very good!!
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