Men of a Certain Age
|Men of a Certain Age|
|Created by||Mike Royce
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Brian J. White
|Opening theme||"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" by The Beach Boys|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||22 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Cary Hoffman
|Producer(s)||Victor Hsu (line producer)|
|Editor(s)||Kevin D. Ross|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Snowpants Productions
Papa Al Productions
TNT Original Productions
|Original release||December 7, 2009– July 6, 2011|
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, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula as three best friends in their late forties dealing with the realities of being middle aged. It won a Peabody Award in 2010.
On July 15, 2011, TNT cancelled the series after two seasons.
The series follows the bonds of friendship among three lifelong friends – Joe, Owen, and Terry – who are now in their late 40s. (The Joe and Terry characters turn 50 in Season 2.) Joe (Ray Romano) is a slightly neurotic separated father of two (Brittany Curran as Lucy, and Braeden Lemasters as Albert) who had hoped to become a pro golfer but now owns a party supply store, and has a gambling addiction. Owen (Andre Braugher) is an overstressed, diabetic husband and father, who works at a job he hates, at a car dealership owned and managed by his father, Owen, sr. (Richard Gant), a former NBA player. Terry (Scott Bakula) is a struggling actor desperate to relive his past glory. He has never married, and usually dates much younger women.
In the second season, Owen's father has retired and left Owen in charge of the dealership, where Terry now works as a salesman, and Joe is now completely divorced.
Cast and characters
- Ray Romano as Joe Tranelli
- Scott Bakula as Terry Elliot
- Andre Braugher as Owen Thoreau, Jr.
- Lisa Gay Hamilton as Melissa Thoreau
- Richard Gant as Owen Thoreau, Sr.
- Brian J. White as Marcus
- Melinda McGraw as Erin Riley (season 2 only)
- Lil' JJ as Dashaun (season 1 only, recurring season 2)
- Kwesi Boakye as Jamie Thoreau
- Brittany Curran as Lucy Tranelli
- Braeden Lemasters as Albert Tranelli
- Isaiah Montgomery as Michael Thoreau
- Emily Rios as Maria
- Eddie Shin as Carl
- Carla Gallo as Annie
- Matt Price as Lawrence
- Michael Hitchcock as Dave
- Albert Hall as Bruce
- Patricia de Leon as Joe's Fantasy Woman
- Jon Manfrellotti as Manfro
- Penelope Ann Miller as Joe's ex-wife, Sonia Tranelli
- Robert Loggia as Joe's father, Artie
In March 2008, TNT announced that it had ordered a pilot based on a script written by Ray Romano and Mike Royce. Both men had previously worked together on Everybody Loves Raymond. Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula were announced in June and July, respectively, to also star in the series with Romano. In January 2009, TNT ordered 10 episodes of Men of a Certain Age. It is 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. It was given a TV-MA-L rating because of strong language. On January 14, 2010 TNT renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on December 6, 2010. The second season was aired in two batches of six episodes each.
On July 15, 2011, TNT announced that they would not be renewing Men of a Certain Age for a third season.
Season 1 (2009–10)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"Pilot"||Scott Winant||Ray Romano & Mike Royce||December 7, 2009||5.4|
|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||2||"Let It Go"||Scott Winant||Ray Romano & Mike Royce||December 14, 2009||4.4|
|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||3||"Mind's Eye"||Phil Traill||Rick Muirragui||December 21, 2009||3.7|
|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||4||"The New Guy"||Ed Bianchi||Bridget Bedard||December 28, 2009||3.1|
|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 coworker. 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||5||"Powerless"||David Paymer||Mark Stegemann||January 4, 2010||3.1|
|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||6||"Go with the Flow"||Millicent Shelton||Jack Orman||January 11, 2010||2.9|
|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.|
|7||7||"Father's Fraternity"||Ed Bianchi||Warren Hutcherson||January 25, 2010||2.3|
|Daddy issues plague both Joe and Owen, as Joe pays a visit to his curmudgeonly retired father (Robert Loggia) and Owen's dad produces an auto-dealership commercial that suggests Owen isn't his son—but Owen's coworker is. Meanwhile, Terry is applying to volunteer as a Big Brother.|
|8||8||"You Gonna Do That the Rest of Your Life?"||David Boyd||Lew Schneider||February 1, 2010||2.3|
|Joe's bookie finds out that Joe is an excellent golfer and exploits his skills in a scam. Meanwhile, Owen's weight gain is worrying his family and Terry moves into a new apartment building and becomes the apartment manager.|
|9||9||"How to Be an All-Star"||Phil Traill||Bridget Bedard||February 15, 2010||2.1|
|When his son's anxiety level rises because of the poor family situation, Joe decides that it is time to buy a house. In order to get some of the money, he places a $25,000 bet on a basketball game. Meanwhile at the dealership, Owen must deal with an irritable, disrespectful customer and Terry reunites with a former friend who has gone on to become a famous actor.|
|10||10||"Back in the S#!t"||David Boyd||Lew Schneider & Mark Stegemann (Story)
Ray Romano & Mike Royce (Teleplay)
|February 23, 2010||2.6|
|Season Finale. Feeling guilty about his rapid downward spiral, which includes out of control gambling and having to cut back on staff at his store, Joe decides to stop gambling. Owen finds a new sense of purpose when he goes to work for a rival auto dealership following his father's decision to turn management over to Marcus. And Terry's life spins out of control when his gig on a movie results in disasters at the apartment complex he manages.|
Season 2 (2010–11)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|11||1||"If I Could, I Surely Would"||Ed Bianchi||Ray Romano & Mike Royce||December 6, 2010||2.4|
|Joe is determined to get himself back in good shape on the golf course, but having to get up at the crack of dawn to practice is starting to wear on him. Plus, his new house just happens to be in the same neighborhood as his former bookie. Owen is now manager of his father's auto dealership, but his decision to hire Terry is starting to look like a bad move. It turns out Terry's acting skills aren't helping him succeed in selling any cars. He's also not exactly cut out for a 9-to-5 job.|
|12||2||"Same as the Old Boss"||Jennifer Getzinger||Mark Stegemann||December 13, 2010||2.2|
|Joe attempts to stick to a schedule that will allow him time to practice his golf game, but it's a fruitless endeavor. Owen tries to assert some authority over the car dealership's service department, but being the manager is starting to have a negative impact on his life, especially his marriage. Terry becomes the butt of his coworker's pranks when they discover a video of one of his old commercials online.|
|13||3||"Cold Calls"||Ed Bianchi||Itamar Moses||December 20, 2010||2.3|
|Joe finds himself dating two women at the same time, but he's not quite sure how to handle the situation. Terry agrees to a bet with a fellow car salesman over who can unload the most cars by the end of the week. Owen pushes his father to stop undermining his authority at the dealership.|
|14||4||"The Bad Guy"||Millicent Shelton||Siân Heder||December 27, 2010||2.3|
|In the midst of finalizing his divorce, Joe makes a surprising discovery about his teenage daughter. Owen goes to a car convention, where he gets some important and unexpected news from his father. And Terry is approached about a television commercial he did many years ago. Penelope Ann Miller guest-stars.|
|15||5||"And Then the Bill Comes"||David Boyd||Bridget Bedard||January 3, 2011||2.1|
|Joe feels conflicted after finding out some news about his former bookie, Manfro (guest star Jon Manfrellotti). Terry begins to embrace the benefits of having a 9-to-5 job. Owen takes a huge step towards resolving the tension between sales and service.|
|16||6||"Let the Sunshine In"||David Boyd||Tucker Cawley||January 10, 2011||3.3|
|When Terry announces he's going to get a colonoscopy for his 50th birthday, the guys all decide to get one, making a weekend out of it in Palm Springs. While there, Joe deals with his "mind" bets, Terry can't stop thinking about Erin and Owen opens up about his dad and the dealership.|
|17||7||"The Great Escape"||Millicent Shelton||Lew Schneider||June 1, 2011||1.8|
|Joe decides to spend some time with his former bookie Manfro (guest star Jon Manfrellotti), who is preparing to undergo a difficult medical treatment. Terry and Erin take a bold new step in their relationship. And Owen receives an intriguing offer from a rival dealership. Penelope Ann Miller also guest-stars.|
|18||8||"The Pickup"||Phil Traill||Ken Blankstein||June 8, 2011||1.3|
|Joe does a favor for Manfro (guest star Jon Manfrellotti) that could have a lasting effect. Terry struggles to deal with the latest development in his love life. And Owen tries to keep things on the lot from getting out of control as a feud develops between his top salesmen. Penelope Ann Miller also guest stars.|
|19||9||"A League of Their Owen"||David Boyd||Tucker Cawley & Itamar Moses||June 15, 2011||1.4|
|Owen is handed the reins to the Thoreau Chevrolet softball team right before the season opener against a rival dealership. Joe's dad (guest star Robert Loggia) comes to visit and brings along his new girlfriend to meet the family. And Terry's relationship troubles come to a head. Patrick Gallagher and Alanna Ubach also guest-star.|
|20||10||"Can't Let That Slide"||Mike Royce||Siân Heder & Lew Schneider||June 22, 2011||1.5|
|Joe’s friendship with Manfro becomes more complicated. (Guest star Jon Manfrellotti). Owen observes the sales guys in action after installing hidden cameras at the dealership. And Terry’s date night goes awry. Alanna Ubach also guest-stars.|
|21||11||"Whatever Gets You Through the Night"||Geoff Haley||Bridget Bedard & Mike Royce||June 29, 2011||1.5|
|Owen and Terry team up on a new commercial for the dealership. Joe tries to get his store and his life back on track but old relationships complicate matters. Jon Manfrellotti and Sarah Clarke guest-star.|
|22||12||"Hold Your Finish"||David Boyd||Bridget Bedard & Mark Stegemann||July 6, 2011||1.7|
|Joe’s big day – the senior tour pre-qualifier – has finally arrived. Terry realizes a new dream and passion. And Owen discusses the future of the auto dealership with his father.|
Season one was met with positive reviews. According to aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an 89% approval rating based on 18 reviews. The sites consensus reads: "Witty, insightful, and poignant, Men of a Certain Age is a second-act triumph for stars Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, and Ray Romano." It holds a Metacritic score of 79 out of 100, based on 24 collected reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Season two was met with equally positive reviews. It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten tomatoes based on 14 reviews. The sites consensus reads: "Sharply written and deftly acted, Men of a Certain Age continues to be an observational sitcom of rare insight and depth." It holds a Metacritic score of 86 out of 100, based on 15 collected reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."
Awards and Nominations
- Andre Braugher nominated in 2010 for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- Andre Braugher nominated in 2011 for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- 2010 Peabody Award Winner
- 70th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2011.
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