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Man Up!: Season 1 (2011)

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 21

An uninspired battle-of-the-sexes sitcom, Man Up! is boorish, predictable, and largely bereft of laughs.

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 15

An uninspired battle-of-the-sexes sitcom, Man Up! is boorish, predictable, and largely bereft of laughs.

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Season Info

ABC's situation comedy "Man-Up!" follows the adventures of three male buddies in their late 30s and early 40s - Craig Griffith (Christopher Moynihan), Grant (Henry Simmons) and Will Keen (Mather Zickel). Suffering from a shared bout of arrested adolescence, they collectively decide that it's high time to lose their youthful indiscretions and act like grown men. Invariably, this leads to a host of humorous complications. Their adventures include Will's attempts to find the ideal birthday gift for

Genre: Comedy

Network: ABC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 18, 2011

Pilot

What does it really mean to be a guy these days?

2
Air date: Oct 25, 2011

Finessing the Bromance

Kenny gets jealous when Will and Grant strike up an unlikely bromance.

3
Air date: Nov 1, 2011

Digging Deeper

When roommates Kenny and Craig clash, Will suggests they try doing a project together, but that simple suggestion turns into the pair trying to dig their own swimming pool.

4
Air date: Nov 8, 2011

Wingmen

When Kenny admits he hasn't had a date since his divorce from Brenda and that Brenda is the only woman he has ever slept with the guys take him clubbing to jump start his love life.

5
Air date: Nov 15, 2011

Acceptance

Kenny meets his girlfriend's parents, and Will fears a tracking device on his cell phone will jeopardize his secret dad's club.

6
Air date: Nov 22, 2011

High Road is the Guy Road

Will struggles to take the high road after a kid at school starts bullying Nathan, especially after Theresa tells him the kid's mom is on the school board, which Theresa is lobbying for funding for the science club.

7
Air date: Nov 29, 2011

Disciplining the Keens

After finding out Nathan's allergic, the whole family goes on a gluten free diet, which leads to a weird competition between Will and Theresa.

8
Air date: Dec 6, 2011

Men and Their Chickens

Will hopes that adopting a baby chick for little Lucy will be a teachable moment about where food comes from, but things get out of hand when all of the guys decide they want to adopt chicks too.

9
Air date: Dec 13, 2011

Camping

When the guys camp out all night outside a discount store to be first in line for a hot video game, other gamers notice Grant's strange resemblance to the game's hero. Meanwhile, Will discovers that Nathan has also sneaked out to the parking lot.

10
Air date: Dec 13, 2011

Fear

Will's new home-security system goes awry; Craig reconnects with Lisa (Chryssie Whitehead), whose wedding he broke up; and Kenny plays a "trust the universe" GPS game and ends up meeting his "Star Wars" hero, Billy Dee Williams (playing himself).

11
Air date: Dec 13, 2011

Up All Night

The guys' plan for a video-game tournament goes awry when Nathan and Lucy come down with the flu, and Theresa experiences strange side effects from insomnia medication that Will had given her.

12
Air date: Dec 13, 2011

Letting Go

Will sets out to repair Kenny's car, but his good deed goes awry.

13
Air date: Dec 13, 2011

Be Who You're Not

Will must show his boss (Geoff Pierson) that he's tough enough to be "management material." Meanwhile, Theresa, Kenny and Brenda enjoy the perks of Will's new membership in the executive club. And they don't do it silently.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (21)

It's all about their attitudes, and on that front, Man Up! is a downer.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

A charmless buddy comedy where three tiresome stooges question their embattled masculinity while we ponder why ABC would pair this with the similarly themed Last Man Standing.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

It tends to be more noise than wit.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Subtlety is not this show's strong suit.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At this stage, Man Up! is a show with forgettable characters, jokes that don't land and a shaky grasp at best on its own premise.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

This sitcom could just develop into a watchable half-hour if the show decides to stop being a Statement About Men and just tries to be a sitcom about some guys.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

The real deficiency, the one that matters, is in the writing of comedy, the capacity to imagine characters--a lack impossible to overcome, and this case is no exception.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

At its core, it's really just another show about mismatched friends who are different stages in their lives hanging out together and giving each other bad advice, but it made me laugh.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club

Man Up! has potential.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

The show never once figures out whether being a man's man is something worth aspiring to or something to make fun of.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club

I feel slightly disarmed by my enjoyment of Man Up!, because at its core, I really dislike the show.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Ironically, the women are the only characters that make Man Up barely tolerable.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Just don't expect to your sides to split.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The setup could be mildly amusing if it weren't more common than Starbucks.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Neither (Man Up! or Last Man Standing) cuts the spicy beer mustard.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate

It wants to be The Hangover, but it's more like the short-lived Carpool.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The new ABC sitcom is a very distant relation of 'Modern Family' crossed with 'Two and a Half Men.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Isn't it really time to let go of stereotypes and cliches and maybe write a sitcom that has more to joke about than one thing over and over again?

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Another tardy, tepid entry into the suburban battle of the sexes - with neither side coming off very well and nobody laughing.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

The three guys conclude they've lost touch with their masculinity and decide it is high time they man up. They don't quite make it. End of story.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The problem with this trio isn't that they're unmanly; it's that they're morons.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

The whole enterprise seems way too wobbly to walk upright under its own power.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

What an ugly excuse for a sitcom.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

It's presented in such a familiar single-camera manner it would be easy to mistakenly assume Man Up! is a rerun of recent sitcoms past.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

No show in the history of television has more relentlessly defamed the male gender as ABC's Man Up!

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

Perhaps accordingly, there is a faint whiff of hostility mixed in with some of the laughter.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The show has definitely got potential.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

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