Men of a Certain Age (2009– )

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A group of college buddies in the throes of middle age keep their friendship going long after they've graduated.

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 Joe Tranelli (22 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Terry Elliott (22 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Owen Thoreau Jr. (22 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Melissa (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Lawrence (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Owen Thoreau Sr. (18 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Albert (17 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Marcus (16 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Carlos (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Jamie Thoreau / ... (14 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 DaShaun / ... (13 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Manfro (13 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Lucy (13 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Maria (12 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Michael Thoreau (11 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Bruce (10 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Erin Riley (9 episodes, 2010-2011)
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 Sonia Tranelli (9 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Carl (9 episodes, 2010-2011)
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A group of college buddies in the throes of middle age keep their friendship going long after they've graduated.

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The role of Owen was written for Wendell Pierce. But he turned it down to work on Treme (2010) instead. See more »

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Heading into the Classic Vault
15 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not since the 70's classics, such as All in the Family, The Waltons, Barney Miller, and M*A*S*H, has there been a ensemble cast with such a depth of characters and circumstantial and contextual realism as Men of a Certain age. This series strikes me as a straight drama with various flavors of comedy, from raucous to bittersweet, sprinkled in. As a 47-year-old male I can relate to it completely, but not that relating matters, since I enjoyed M*A*S*H and All in the Family equally when I was in my teens.

When truth is poignantly portrayed through writing, acting, and production you can't miss it. It's the magic coming together of the whole and celestial alignment that happens when courage and genius are found on both sides of the lens. This show shines and is the first I would be willing to watch in SD on my HDTV since the aforementioned series of the 70's. Nothing is overdone: no melodrama, no ego trips, no pretense, no glamor, nothing special - just wonderful, richly textured exposures of characters made compelling by the final link in the chain

  • the actors.




As a fan, I sincerely hope they stick to the formula and don't pull a Mork and Mindy - a highly successful piece of fluff, until Mork's character was "expanded" out of its established zone.

It's an easy, deserving, lone 10 in an ocean of "reality T.V." and other vomitous, puerile, formulaic, Hollywood, corporate morass.


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