TV review: TBS's 'Men at Work' doesn't work

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:52 AM Written by 

men_at_workSometimes you watch a TV show and it just seems so, so ... unnecessary.

That's my reaction to TBS's "Men at Work" (10 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday), the network's effort to build an original bridge series between reruns of "The Big Bang Theory" reruns and "Conan." If it's a bridge, it's the oldest, ricketiest one I've seen in a long time.

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"Men at Work" is mostly an unfunny, uninteresting look at four work buddies -- get it, "Men at Work" -- who lean on one another through good times and bad. They're cooler and hipper than anyone in the real world and more clueless, too.

Milo (Danny Masterson, "The '70s Show") begins the show getting dumped by his girlfriend, leading him to mope around. Nerdy Neal (Adam Busch, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is the only coupled member of the quartet whose girlfriend (Meredith Hagner) wants him to talk dirty to her in bed. His best effort: "I'm gonna rip off your head and poop in the corner!"

The other two main characters are metrosexual Tyler (Michael Cassidy, "The O.C.") and ladies man Gibbs (James Lesure, "Las Vegas").

At one point the guys go trolling for a woman for Milo to sleep with. All they find is an overly tanned woman whose skin tone they dub "whorange."

The series was created by Breckin Meyer ("Franklin & Bash"), a diminutive actor I've always liked even though I haven't liked many of the show's he's been in. Turns out I'm not a fan of the show he created either.

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