'Men of a Certain Age' on TNT - LA Times Review

Having been recently subjected to FX's The League, I approached TNT's new Men of a Certain Age with a fair amount of wariness. According to the press notes, the show "explores the unique bonds of male friendship," a description that could apply to Pinter or Steinbeck and yet so often these days seems to involve jokes about Viagra and genital grooming.

With Ray Romano starring and producing, the term "vanity vehicle" also raised its ugly head. Was he, after being made rich and famous for Everybody Loves Raymond, now going gritty, chasing Bryan Cranston, another former comedic dad who's now pulled down two Emmys for his work in "Breaking Bad"?

See, that's what happens when you watch too much television. You get cynical. Because "Men of a Certain Age" is none of those things; it is instead a miraculously good show about a stage of life that is too often either ignored or overplayed. Addressing middle age with humor and insight, Romano and co-creator Mike Royce refuse to be coy, juvenile, sentimental or self-satisfied, which makes their show as revolutionary for our time as "thirtysomething" was 20 years ago. (Its director, Scott Winant, is a veteran of that series.)

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