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Men of a Certain Age
Genre Comedy-drama
Written by Mike Royce
Ray Romano
Directed by Scott Winant
Starring Ray Romano
Scott Bakula
Andre Braugher
Opening theme "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)"
Composer(s) The Beach Boys
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) Cary Hoffman
Ray Romano
Rory Rosegarten
Mike Royce
Scott Winant
Producer(s) Victor Hsu (line producer)
Editor(s) Kevin D. Ross
Running time 43 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Picture format 16:9
Original airing December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)
External links
Official website

Men of a Certain Age is an American comedy-drama television series, which premiered on TNT on December 7, 2009. The hour-long program stars Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher as three best friends in their late forties dealing with the realities of middle age. In Canada, Men of a Certain Age can be seen on Super Channel.

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Development

In March 2008, it was announced that TNT had ordered a pilot based on a script written by Ray Romano and Mike Royce.[1][2] Both men had previously worked together on Everybody Loves Raymond. Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula were announced in June and July, respectively, to star in the series.[3][4][5] In January 2009, TNT ordered 10 episodes of Men of a Certain Age.[6][7] It will be Bakula's first series as a regular cast member since Star Trek: Enterprise, Braugher's first regular role since Thief ended in 2006, and Romano's first series since Everybody Loves Raymond wrapped in May 2005. Men of a Certain Age premiered on TNT on December 7, 2009.[8] It was given a TV-MA-L rating due to strong language. On January 14th TNT renewed the show for a second season.[9]

Plot

The series follows the bonds of friendship between three college friends – Joe, Owen and Terry – who are now in their late 40s/early 50s. Joe (Ray Romano) is a slightly neurotic divorced father of two (Brittany Curran as Lucy, and Braeden Lemasters as Albert) who hoped to become a pro golfer but now owns a party store. Owen (Andre Braugher) is an overstressed, diabetic husband and father, who is a car salesman at his dad's dealership. Terry (Scott Bakula) is a struggling actor dating a much younger woman.

Cast

Episodes

# Title Directed by Written by Viewers Original airdate
1 "Pilot" Scott Winant Ray Romano & Mike Royce 5.43 million December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)
In the series premiere, we are introduced to Joe, Owen and Terry, who have been friends for years. Joe, who once had a dream of becoming a professional golfer, is now a party-store owner who is dealing with his recent separation from his wife. Owen works for his father as an auto-salesman in order to make ends meet and Terry is a part-time actor who is trying to recapture his past glory. The three of them support each other through their mid-life challenges during daily lunch meetings at a local diner and hikes in the hills of Los Angeles. 
2 "Let it Go" Scott Winant Ray Romano & Mike Royce 4.425 million December 14, 2009 (2009-12-14)
Joe, who has been living in a hotel room since separating from his wife, begins to think about renting an apartment. Owen uses an old dealership model as his new car, much to his wife's dismay and Terry sets out to find the rude driver who almost ran him down. 
3 "Mind's Eye" Phil Traill Rick Murirragui 3.696 million December 21, 2009 (2009-12-21)
Joe makes an attempt to bond with his son by teaching him the basics of golf, and winds up hearing about his son's personal issues. Meanwhile, Terry and an actress friend team up to pose as a married couple at an open-house, but Terry takes his role too seriously and Owen attempts to get his sales figures up but is stifled by a moral dilemma. 
4 "The New Guy" Phil Traill 3.123 million December 28, 2009 (2009-12-28)
Terry and Owen intend to go to the local school fund-raiser auction, as they do every year, but discover that for the first time, Joe isn't planning on going; this is because his ex-wife Sonia will be there with her new boyfriend Harold. Instead, Joe plans to stay home. However, he soon finds himself bored out of his mind, and ends up spending a wild night out with his bookie, Manfro. Meanwhile, at the auction, Melissa and Owen find themselves seated at the same table as Sonia and Harold, who accidentally let slip that they had started dating nearly a full year before Joe and Sonia had split up. Owen is furious and is unable to "make nice" as Melissa wants, and is shocked by Terry's laid-back attitude about the news that Sonia had been cheating on their friend. Terry, who is there as auctioneer, finds himself a hit with the ladies, but is at first unable to fully work his charms, thanks to unintended interference by a friendly but boorish old classmate. Terry eventually manages to arrange a rendezvous with a former lover, despite the fact that she is engaged. However, thoughts about the implications of Sonia cheating on Joe cause Terry to change his mind at the last minute, and he decides to skip the rendezvous. 
5 "Powerless" 3.096 million January 4, 2010 (2010-01-04)
Owen and his family must stay at his demanding father's house when their own home loses power. Adding to the headache: Construction on Owen's house halts because of a crooked contractor. Meanwhile, Joe suspects that his daughter is being stalked by her ex-flame. 
6 "Go with the Flow" 2.868 million January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)
Joe recounts the tale of the first date he’s gone on in 20 years with Dory (Sarah Clarke). The misadventures include a black eye, a potentially embarrassing encounter with one of his employees, an unfortunate piece of advice from Terry, an anxious Little Leaguer and a poorly placed lamp. 

Reception

The show has received generally favorable reviews, scoring a 79/100 on Metacritic.[10]

Notes

  1. ^ Becker, Anne (March 31, 2008). "TNT Orders Ray Romano Pilot Men of a Certain Age". Broadcasting & Cable. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/101667-TNT_Orders_Ray_Romano_Pilot_Men_of_a_Certain_Age.php. Retrieved 2009-03-29.  
  2. ^ "TNT Orders Pilot for Drama Series Men of a Certain Age, Starring Emmy Winner Ray Romano". April 1, 2008. http://www.rayromano.com/news/article.asp?id=95. Retrieved 2009-03-29.  
  3. ^ "Andre Braugher joins TNT pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. 2008-06-04. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i58f212ecd7895426474b4cd6940cc7da. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  
  4. ^ "Bakula back on TV in Romano pilot". New York Post. 2008-07-11. http://www.nypost.com/seven/07112008/tv/bakula_back_on_tv_in_romano_pilot_119313.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-20.  
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (July 10, 2008). "Scott Bakula joins TNT's 'Men'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117988734.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-03-29.  
  6. ^ Frankel, Daniel (January 12, 2009). "TNT greenlights Ray Romano series". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117998390.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-03-29.  
  7. ^ "TNT orders Ray Romano's 'Men' to series". The Hollywood Reporter. 2009-01-12. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i64ab5b30222e725f5d9a7d39b49381d8. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  
  8. ^ Lowry, Brian (December 4, 2009). "Men of a Certain Age". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117941729.html?categoryid=32&cs=1. Retrieved 8 December 2009.  
  9. ^ Men of a Certain Age renewed http://seriesandtv.com/cancelled-shows-2010-men-of-a-certain-age-renewed-for-a-second-season-by-tnt/
  10. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shows/menofacertainage

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