Man Up!

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Man Up!
Man Up promo.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Christopher Moynihan
Written by Christopher Moynihan
Composer(s) John Kimbrough
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Christopher Moynihan
Beth McCarthy-Miller
Kelly Kulchak
Ron West
Victor Fresco
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Garfield Grove
Bicycle Path Productions
Tagline Television
ABC Studios
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release October 18 – December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)

Man Up! is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from October 18 to December 6, 2011. On December 8, ABC announced the series had been cancelled due to low ratings.[1][2] Only 8 episodes were aired on television, though all 13 episodes were available online.[3] The episodes remained online through the end of January 2012, when they were removed from ABC's website. The episodes are available to stream on Hulu as of March 2014.[4]


The series revolves around the lives of three modern men who try to get in touch with their inner "tough guys" and redefine what it means to be a "real man". According to an on-screen graphic at the start of the pilot, the show is set in Gahanna, Ohio.



Production notes[edit]

The series was poised to be one of the four breakout hits for the 2011-12 television season (along with CBS's 2 Broke Girls, A Gifted Man, and How to Be a Gentleman) according to advertisers who had seen the pilot.[5] Of the four shows, only 2 Broke Girls was renewed for a second season.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The series received mixed to average reviews from viewers and mixed to negative reviews from critics.

  • The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman noted that the actors were saddled in a sitcom world of limited potential, asking "How long can they play this joke?" He concluded that "Isn't it really time to let go of stereotypes and clichés and maybe write a sitcom that has more to joke about than one thing over and over again?"[7]
  • JAM! gave the series a "Thumbs Down", noting that "...if you're pining for the next great male sitcom, this isn't it."[8]
  • Variety's Brian Lowry noted that "'ll take more than sociology to pump up this stale sitcom."[9]
  • The Oregonian's Kristi Turnquist called the show "Unfunny" in her short review.[10]
  • Fantriad's Matt Peterson found that among a mixed gender group of 25- to 34-year-olds, Man Up! ranked among the top 5 of weekly watched television series. The group described the show as, "a fresh take on comedy" and "laugh out loud funny," during online polls and questionnaires. Among other shows listed highly by this group were Last Man Standing and Grimm.[11]
  • TV Guide's Matt Roush called the series, "An insult to all genders".[12]


The debut episode had a modest start averaging a 2.4/6 among 18-49s, with 7.80 million viewers tuning in.[13] However, it took a hit in its second week, averaging a 2.0/5 among 18-49 with 6.78 million viewers tuning in, a drop of 21% from the first episode.[14] It also found itself among the shows that could become candidates for cancellation according to the TV by the Numbers Renew/Cancel Index based on the show's ratings.[15]

On November 18, 2011, ABC pulled Man Up! from its midseason lineup, despite a statement that it was considered a candidate for a second season pickup.[16] However, TV by the Numbers had the series listed as "de facto canceled" as ABC had not ordered any more episodes, and eleven of the thirteen had already been produced at the time the announcement was made.[3]

On December 8, 2011, ABC pulled Man Up! from the schedule and replaced it with Work It on January 3, 2012, leaving five episodes unaired and effectively cancelling the series altogether.[17] (Work It would fare even worse in the Man Up! time slot, being cancelled after airing just two episodes.)[18] ABC posted the five unaired episodes of Man Up! on the show's website as online exclusive episodes on December 13, 2011; they were removed from the website a month later.

No. Episode Air date 18-49 Rating Viewers
1 "Pilot" October 18, 2011 (2011-10-18) 2.5 7.80
2 "Finessing the Bromance" October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25) 2.0 6.78
3 "Digging Deeper" November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01) 1.8 6.36
4 "Wingmen" November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08) 1.7 6.22
5 "Acceptance" November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15) 1.7 6.27
6 "High Road Is the Guy Road" November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22) 1.9 6.29
7 "Disciplining the Keens" November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29) 1.7 6.59
8 "Men and Their Chickens" December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06) 1.6 4.82
9 "Camping" (online-only) N/A N/A
10 "Fear"
11 "Up All Night"
12 "Letting Go"
13 "Be Who You're Not"

International broadcast[edit]

The series was picked up in the following countries:


  1. ^ "ABC's 2011-2012 Schedule: Tim Allen Is Back" from (May 17, 2011)
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert. "ABC Announces Fall Series Premiere Dates: Late Starts for "Once Upon a Time", "Man Up"". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "ABC: Even With 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Man Up!,' & 'Pan Am' Canceled, 'Body Of Proof' Is Unlikely To Survive Another Season" from TV By The Numbers (November 22, 2011)
  4. ^ "Man Up!". Hulu. 
  5. ^ Upfronts: Advertisers Like 'Man Up' And '2 Broke Girls' But Slam ABC's Presentation from (May 19, 2011)
  6. ^ List of Canceled and Renewed Scripted Shows for the 2011-12 Season from TV By The Numbers (May 14, 2012)
  7. ^ "Man Up!: TV Review" by Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter (October 11, 2011)
  8. ^ "'Man Up!' gets thumbs down" from JAM! TV (October 14, 2011)
  9. ^ "Man Up!" by Brian Lowry, Variety (October 16, 2011)
  10. ^ "TV This Week: 'The Walking Dead' returns, 'Man Up!' and 'Boss' debut" by Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian (October 15, 2011)
  11. ^ "Fantriad Television Viewer Poll 2011 Edition" by The Peterson Group, Fantriad (November 7, 2011)
  12. ^ TV Guide September 12-18, 2011. pg. 30. 
  13. ^ "TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Unforgettable' Rises; 'NCIS,' 'X Factor' Lead Night; 'Man Up' Premieres Modestly" from TV By The Numbers (October 19, 2011)
  14. ^ "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'X Factor,' 'NCIS,' 'Biggest Loser,' 'Dancing,' 'Man Up!' Adjusted Up; 'Body Of Proof' Adjusted Down" from TV By The Numbers (October 26, 2011)
  15. ^ "ABC: 'Man Up!' Needs To Move Its Ratings Up, Or Be Canceled" from TV By The Numbers (November 1, 2011)
  16. ^ "ABC Unveils Midseason Sked" from Variety (November 18, 2011)
  17. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 8, 2011). "'Man Up!' Pulled From ABC's Schedule, Replaced By 'Last Man Standing' Repeats". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (January 14, 2012). "ABC yanks 'Work It' after two airings". Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  19. ^ "from Channel Canada". 
  20. ^ "Your first glimpse at what is new to Australian TV in 2012" from The Courier-Mail (September 3, 2011)
  21. ^ "Man Up". 

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