Men of a Certain Age

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Men of a Certain Age
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There are highs and lows to every age, but three best friends know what it's like to be Men of a Certain Age. Ray Romano stars in an honest, emotional and funny drama about what it is like to be a middle aged man in the modern era. Romano plays Joe, a divorcee, father of two, and party store owner who has unfulfilled dreams of becoming a professional golfer. His best friends are Owen (Andre Braugher), an overworked family man who is employed at his dad's car dealership, and Terry (Scott Bakula), an outlandish and dashing struggling actor. Created for television by Romano and Mike Royce, this TNT original production is executive-produced by Romano, Royce, Cary Hoffman, and Everybody Loves Raymond's Rory Rosegarten.

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  • Reason for low ratings

    10
    Funny this show has a lot of low ratings because most of the people I know love this show and most of the people who reviewed the show here enjoys it as well. And the ratings on IMBD are not bad (7.7 as I write this)



    My theory is maybe a certain number of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fans were pissed at Romano's new show cause it wasn't a comedy and they decided to give very low ratings (probably 1 or 2) to every episode. If 15 person did this, it's easy to tank a global rating.



    That's the only explanation, but who cares, it's a great show and I still enjoy it.moreless
  • Ended Too Soon

    8.0
    While I can certainly understand why this show was cancelled, I am sad to see it go. I think the show moved a little too slowly for most audiences. I personally thought the show was great and moved at a proper pace, but most people want things to move more rapidly. The fact that certain issues from season one were still being dealt with was probably one of the things that lost viewers, but I think the show was aiming for a more realistic approach to the problems that people face. The problems we all have don't just get wrapped up in half a year. We humans have problems that last for years on end and we can't change overnight. Unfortunately, I think most audiences don't want to see that. They want immediate changes (or at least significant changes by the end of a season). In any case, this was a great show that was ended too soon and probably for the wrong reasons.moreless
  • For those that look for less is more in TV.

    9.0
    Romano. Braugher. Hell, even Bakula. These are TV giants. Bakula, the "worst" among them, still made this the best role he's been in, period. Braugher was looking for a stand-out performance after Homicide and this is it. And Romano... Oh man, love him or hate him, the man is unbelievable as a deadpan comic and his rhythm and timing is virtually unparalleled in the TV world.

    So why is it that after two seasons the show is no more?

    Demographics.

    US TV panders to 18-35s, with the accent being on under 30's. They feature shows with a) pretty people or b) exploding spy stuff or c) easily digestible family fun. That's 90% of the TV landscape.

    Men of Certain Age attempted to honestly, brutally and inconspicuously show us the lives of 40-somethings from 3 different, yet so familiar perspectives. They faced and re-faced their demons, changed their minds, kept being inspired and uninspired - as all of us actually would.

    But that's not what TV is (mostly) for. It is for "what could be" and "bigger and better" etc., so I really can't fault the company for letting it go.

    However, for me, it was the smartest, most honest thing on TV for two years and I'm just glad I had the chance to enjoy those two seasons.moreless
  • how could such a good show have such poor TV.com user reviews???

    10
    I think the show is great, I have watched it since Episode 1 & I give it a 10!!!



    I read some of the reviews and tv.com user scores and cannot beleive they think the show is so bad



    I will say i am a little biased because anything with Andre Braugher in it automatically gets a 10 :)



    the man is one of my favorite all time actors ever since Homicide: Life on the Street



    maybe because i am a 39 year old male i can relate to this type of show and I do find it hilarious for the most part



    Its very well written and permormed by the actors



    I hope this show is around many seasons to comemoreless
  • Intense, dark and depressing, "Men of A Certain Age" wasn't the quenching drink I had hoped for. Perhaps those looking for a trip into hopeless land will be able to appreciate the stable of magnificent actors that were assembled for this piece.moreless

    3.0
    With Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher and Ray Romano at the helm, this show should be a home run flying out of the park, but like many pilots I couldn't find the hook. To be fair, as a middle-aged female, a series about men's dysfunction might be too far off the mark for me to interpret. It was more than that. The very first episode was so full of hopelessness, I couldn't even get all the way through it.



    I remember when I heard David Duchovny would be starring in "Californication." I couldn't wait to see him back on the screen. When I got halfway through that pilot I also realized I was in the wrong waiting room. My enjoyment of David Duchovny's acting wasn't enough to embrace what he was representing, although I know plenty of women who swooned at his sexual prowess onscreen. I simply couldn't get past the drugs and senseless sex coming from someone who's character was also a dad. It didn't make any sense.



    I don't know what I was expecting from "Men of A Certain Age." My only reason for tuning in was Scott Bakula. I've loved everything I've seen him do. He is an amazing actor and knows how to pull at the audience's heart strings, but to be honest I've only seen him in good roles.



    Knowing Bakula's traditional roles were the good guy and that generally speaking in the world of fame he himself is also one of the good guys, I was shocked to see him personify a bad boy. It was more than that. Scott Bakula is a REALLY GOOD actor and as such, the one thing that drew me to the show repelled me as well. I probably wouldn't have been as offended by his character had I never seen him in any other role. He made an exquisite scum bag.



    On the other hand, I have never liked Ray Romano's work. I was surprised to find (after reading a TV.com staff writer's review) the piece was his brainchild as all the advertising I had seen was for Scott Bakula. I've never been a fan of New York "it doesn't really matter" style humor that "Seinfeld" or "Everybody Loves Raymond" embraced. I champion shows that contain hope at their core, not diatribes about how bad life is and how it will never get better.



    I also found Ray Romano's acting in this piece far from the quality of both Bakula and Braugher. It was painful watching two amazing drama actors and someone who looked like he was still trying to be a comedian without a line of comedy in the script. I don't know a lot about Andre Braugher, but he had the goods on screen. Both he and Bakula put much more value into what was written in the script with their performances than Romano. I would go even further to say even the supporting actors were of such intense quality, had the script been better constructed I would have continued to watch the series.



    I'm not against shows about men finding their way. One show I was incredibly disappointed to see go was "In Case of Emergency." Sure, not a lot of people watched it, but it was hysterically funny regarding the very same topic "Men of A Certain Age" addresses - what do middle-aged men who's lives haven't exactly turned out to be the American dream do? From the very beginning "In Case of Emergency's" characters hooked you. There was something about the way they were composed that evoked compassion and hope, which is a commodity far too scarce these days.



    "Men of A Certain Age's" characters seemed to be composed of two guys who don't deserve our compassion and Ray Romano's character who drowning in his own self-pity and lack of self-esteem we don't even want to be around. Even thinking about the group, I start to feel like this piece was written with such a desperate need for Ray Romano to be a star that he purposely made the other two characters (an egotistical actor who sleeps with one woman after another and a spoiled lazy son expecting to inherit his father's business) archetypes that would seal that deal. If that was the case, it failed miserably.



    "Men of A Certain Age" may attract those who like stewing in the darkness of the underbelly of self-pity, but I personally want that 30 minutes of my life back. I don't fault Scott Bakula for wanting to stretch his acting skills by portraying a darker character, but in the future it would be nice if those types of roles came with a surgeon general's warning for those of us that would follow him anywhere. ;Dmoreless
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    moral dilemmas, depression, making ends meet, mainstream america, observational humor