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Jessica Jumps In: A Newbie's Guide To Men At Work
From the marketing, Men At Work seems like the kind of bromance comedy that may be tough for girls to find edge room in. Comedies that are male-centric or female-centric can be tough that way, oftentimes not offering a lot for the other gender to invest in. Does the Breckin Meyer comedy fall into that trap, or does it offer a little something for everyone?
While there are shows that are easier to invest in if they are watched from Day 1, luckily there are plenty of shows with the ease of plot or the writing finesse to help people to jump into any episode and get involved with a new series. To determine whether a show falls in to the former or latter camp, TV Blend writer Jessica Rawden has vowed to watch episodes of shows she’s never seen before and analyze those show in different areas to let you, the reader, know how quickly you could become a fan. This week Jessica is tackling Men At Work’s Season 2 Episode 1 “Missed Connections.”
1. Quality Of Story
Men at Work takes culturally relevant premises and creates clever plotlines out of them. This week’s episode split the guys for the majority of the timeslot. Milo (Danny Masterson) and Tyler (Michael Cassidy) busily hatched a scheme to create a fake missed connection and lure a girl on a date and Neal (Adam Busch) and Gibbs (James Lesure) went to a party to stand up to Neal’s parents. Not the most exciting or random plots, but there’s plenty of wiggle room to work in jokes.
While it is alluded to that the men all work together at a magazine during this week’s episode, there really isn’t much going on in the way of work. Workplace problems and a workplace setting could definitely open the door up for conflict or problem solving between the guys, as well as a variety of wacky premises. This week the guys were actually at work in one scene, but I’m assuming this setting is used more frequently during the show. I guess everyone deserves a weekend episode.
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