To us women, men can sometimes be utterly predictable or annoyingly mysterious.

Either way, like men who find us indecipherable, so do we of them but thank god, in my experience, as men age, they seem more like women. 🙂

They seem more open about their flaws, they lie straight to your face and yes, they even can get quite emotional.

Older men just don’t seem to have much to hide than their younger peers and that’s what this new, refreshing show on US cable TV does.

Besides starring one of my fav comedians, Ray Romano, the series entitled “Men of a Certain Age” deals with the coming of age of men who are past their mid-life crisis and are going into the beginning of what I’d like to call the pre-twilight years.

The show is a refreshing take on how men between 45 and 50 see the world as they live out their mundane, ordinary lives.

It’s the time when men begin to look back and take stock of their lives as they wonder if they’re still cool and attractive to the ladies or if they’re professionally valuable in the job market. It’s also a time when they are most burdened by family responsibilities, health issues or even slapped on with divorce and living the single life.

As life presents new challenges to these men, the show documents how the three main characters rein in their problems in order to solve or overcome them – pretty much the same way real life does us all as we get older.

Ray’s character, Joe, a divorced, gambling addict with 2 kids is nicely paired up with Owen, played by Andre Braugher, a car salesman whose management use-by date on his father’s dealership fast approaches, and Terry, played by Scott Bakula, a still-struggling part-time actor who finds time to still womanise.

While we ladies had “The Golden Girls”, the men now have their equal in “Men of a Certain Age” as the show plots in each episode how Joe, Owen and Terry react in typical emo-male fashion to life’s issues – especially of guys their age.

Delightfully ordinary, with sprinklings of humour and lots of melodramatic moments, I highly recommend this show as the alternative to all the wanna-be CSI shows out there in TV land.

Andre Braugher, who plays the burdened Owen, in the show even got nominated for an Emmy this year for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and I believe there will be more award nods for this show in the seasons to come.


About thejellyfarm

In real life, I am a television writer and producer...er no...scratch...a television director....noo, scratch....a media loser.....wait, that doesn't sound quite insulting enough....... OK, ahem. In real life, I'm an idiot box expert with a penchant for the creative. In short, I'm a loser with no focus or direction in life. I just go where the creative flow takes me. Mostly it takes me to clogged up drains and stinky oceans but it's going.......going.....somewhere. And this blog is an expression of that mindblowing roadblock. Creative frustration is a great motivator and here is a result of that.

Posted on December 26, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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