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Man Up! TV Review – ABC

20 October 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

We've entered that time of year that is a sort of television black hole, and I can hardly imagine something that better showcases this idea than ABC's Man Up!, a show that gives the impression that the writers are running out of material before the pilot ends. A kind of shtick series (think the pilot of Cougar Town), which one imagines will be forced to "level out" before, Man Up! centers around three men who have some serious questions about their inclusion in that particular category.

Will Keen (Mather Zickel) plays Call of Duty with his friends Craig (Jake Johnson) and Kenny (Dan Fogler), and something about that fact (and his penchant for hazelnut creamer) doesn't quite translate into "man," especially when he considers that his father and grandfather both fought in wars. Well, there's also the fact, though the show won't mention it exactly, that he's rather whipped by »

- Marc Eastman

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TV Review: ABC’s Abysmal ‘Man Up’ Inspires Hatred of Mankind

18 October 2011 5:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – What can be said about “Man Up” that wasn’t already said about “Last Man Standing”? Neither show has the slightest shred of insight into the mind of modern man. They appear to have been conceived by network executives who hate men with a fiery passion. How else to explain the thoroughly insulting, utterly asinine portraits of masculine arrested development?

Whereas “Standing” cast Tim Allen as an aggressively ignorant family man yearning for a less enlightened yet more testosterone-fueled era, “Man Up” assembles three pathetic schlubs who represent the man-children who Allen reviles. As bad as Allen’s show is, with its stale banter and laugh track that guffaws at every single line, “Man Up” has achieved the unthinkable: it’s even worse. In fact, it’s flat out torturous.

Television Rating: 1.0/5.0

What in the world did writer/creator/co-star Christopher Moynihan think he was making? Did he see »

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