Men at Work: The Complete First Season DVD Review
In the midst of sitcoms and broadcast comedy newcomers, there might be one new series that has a chance of—not particularly standing out—but winning over our hearts with its light but candid humor. The only enticement you’ll need to watch it, which is what sold me immediately, is that Breckin Meyer was involved in the creation of it. I’m talking about TBS’s Men at Work.
Men at Work is, without stating too much the obvious, a guys’ show. The fun thing about it is that you don’t have to be a guy to fully enjoy it as it gives just enough slacks with its humor to be seen by a much bigger demographic that it was perhaps designed for. The show revolves around four friends who work at guys’ centric magazine, all assisting each other’s misadventures in relationships, sex, work and life in general. Each of the guys is a blunt satire of a certain category; Milo (Danny Masterson) is the dumped-on struggling writer, Tyler (Michael Cassidy) is the fashionable and somewhat smart pretty boy, Neal (Adam Busch) is the geek in a serious relationship and Gibbs (James Lesure) is the over-confident ladies’ man. The characters have a wonderful chemistry together and their roles just make sense. Plus, it’s been while we haven’t seen Danny Masterson in something that seems to be right up his alley since he starred for numerous years in That 70’s Show.
The show was created by Breckin Meyer, famously known for writing many Robot Chicken episodes with his pal Seth Green. You can tell that Men at Work is one of those buddy-collaborations that flourishes because the friendship card is involved, given all the cool cameos the show popped in such as Amy Smart, Christopher Masterson and Laura Prepon. All know faces if you’re familiar with anything the actors and writers have worked on.
Its all-male cast is a fresh alteration at what we have on TV right now although it could be easily compared with Happy Endings or Big Bang Theory, except the show embraces a certain truth and guys’ wisdom in the mix of its comicality. It’s not as extravagant and crazy as a lot of the Happy Endings episodes but the jokes and characters work well enough to keep following it and give it a try. This is one of the summer slot sitcoms and since the show is kept very light without any heavy recurrent plot lines, it’s the perfect show to just wind down to at the end of the day and relish on the absurdity of it. The funny one-liners and smart remarks on how guys think and interact with each other is a hoot to watch, so it doesn’t need to fall under the category of the “meaningful shows.”
Being a summer sitcom, it’s a bit shorter than any winter/fall concurrent. The Complete First Season DVD set, released by Sony Pictures, is already available for purchase and includes all 10 episodes, all 22 minutes each, distributed on 2 discs. It offers 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with an English 5.1 Dolby Digital track. It also includes the options for English, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles for those interested. Video and audio is what is expected from any comedy set, without any extravagant variations.
The only thing that might be lackluster for any Special Features enthusiasts are the Special Features themselves. It only includes a few outtakes, which are only OK—but since the show is already funny, the outtakes don’t add much—and only two deleted scenes. I, for one, don’t even mind that the set lacks such content as I always end up forgetting to watch any special features on any DVD I buy, therefore making it completely superfluous. I feel the show is enough entertainment by just sticking with watching the episodes over and over again. The only downside to that is that it retails for—around—24.99$ which might seem slightly steep for only 10 episodes without any extra meat.
Men at Work is not perfect but it has much potential. It gives laughs and unexpected references that will make you want to watch more and more. I hope the show keeps growing so it can stick around for a while, but I’m set to say that it is off to solid start. This is definitely a show I recommend following and we should all add to our favorite TV Show app to keep track of it from now on.
Men at Work Season 2 airs now on TBS every Thursday at 10 P.M.
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
Run Time: 212 minutes
8 – The Show
8 – The Video
9 – The Audio
5 – The Extras