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Just what we need: another sitcom about a group of single guys trying to get laid....
Sony / 212 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: March 26, 2013
The setup is almost naggingly familiar: Milo (Danny Masterson) breaks up with his long-term girlfriend at the beginning of this Men at Work: The Complete First Season set, and he turns to his hip, swinging buddies to help him return to the dating pool. Michael Cassidy, Adam Busch, and James Lesure play the other titular dudes here, and each has a uniquely slanted view of women, culture, and sex – it’s going to be a rocky road for ol’ Milo.
Television comedy can successfully exist with only a modicum of dramatic syntax, but as charming as these Men at Work fellows can sometimes be, there just isn’t enough on-screen chemistry or oomph to catapult it along. This is a low-rent comedy with navel-gazing interests: it’s just another show about horny guys trying to get women to give them the time of day, only unlike reliably hilarious series like The Big Bang Theory that follow that same narrative thread, there’s no juice to Men at Work.
But the show has found an audience for itself – at least enough to merit a new season that kicks in next month – so perhaps this harsh response to The Complete First Season is overstated. In any case, while there are glimmers of fun, youthful zeal on display here, Men at Work is so dutifully dedicated to its simplistic style that it hardly gets a chance to create an identity for itself. There should be more to it.