Thursday, May 31, 2012

REVIEW: Men at Work

TBS - Don't even bother looking for day or time

Men at Work, TBS's newest attempt to put on a funny show, fails miserably in so many categories.  It's commercials weren't funny, its writing isn't funny, and its attempts to steal a name from both a movie and a band aren't funny.

1.  Does it entertain me?
I think I saw a funny commercial for Conan while watching.  That's about it.  The world seems obsessed with making Breckin Meyer a star, and now that he's responsible for writing this atrocity, that's one more thing that we can cross off the list that he has no skill in.

The jokes fall flat, the timing is off, the show isn't clever, and there's nothing new to offer.

2.  Is it realistic?
There are unfunny people in the world and every day they do unfunny things.  Men at Work does an excellent job of recreating this fact.  The difference is that when the unfunny people in your office do something, they don't make people stand around and watch.

3.  Are immoral actions defended?
Half the jokes rely on the hilariousness of casual sexual encounters, and how anyone not having them is both uncool and doomed for a life of boringness.  The other half of the jokes aren't even considered jokes.

It's a shame that a show still needs to rely on sexual jokes as its go-to audience grabber, especially when all the best comedies on television rarely rely on this.  But Men at Work won't be on television long enough to wash the writers' of those shows felt pens.

4.  Are traditional family values upheld?
Absolutely not.  Offensive in every way to the concept of family.
Don't watch this show.  Don't give it ratings, don't talk about how bad it is, don't even read this review.  I spent more time writing this review than the writers of this show spent crafting the pilot episode.
Grade: F

1 comment:

  1. It's a constant search to find anything to watch that doesn't insult our sensibilities about sex. We just gave up on The Big C after 4 episodes, and we like Laura Linney and Oliver Platt.