Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

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Men of a Certain Age

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Witty, insightful, and poignant, Men of a Certain Age is a second-act triumph for stars Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, and Ray Romano.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2009

The three best buds try to pass through midlife challenges while hiking and dining together. While party-store owner Joe deals with his crumbled marriage, part-time actor Terry woos a coffee worker, and family man Owen tangles with his demanding dad.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2009

Joe, living in a hotel since his separation from his wife (Penelope Ann Miller), finally contemplates moving into an apartment. Meanwhile, car-salesman Owen is given an unflattering dealer's model, much to his wife's chagrin; and Terry becomes obsessed with finding the rude driver who almost ran him over.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2009

TNT Presents: "Mind's Eye" Joe, who has become unusually obsessed with the size of his nose, tries to connect better with his son, Albert, by teaching him golf.

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Air date: Dec 28, 2009

The Thoreaus join Joe's ex-wife (Penelope Ann Miller) and her new boyfriend for a school charity event---where none other than Terry serves as the auctioneer. While there, Terry encounters a former ladylove. Joe opts to dine with his bookie instead of attending the function.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2010

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.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2010

Joe provides a vivid report on his first date in 20 years, recalling misadventures involving a black eye, poor advice from Terry, a nerve-jangled Little Leaguer and the unfortunate placement of a lamp.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2010

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. Elsewhere, Terry is rejected for a youth-mentoring program, sending him on an obsessive quest to find out why he was denied.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2010

Joe's bookie discovers Joe is an erstwhile golf professional, so he exploits his golfing skills in a scam. Meanwhile, Owen's weight gain worries his family. And Terry moves into a new apartment, but he must also take on the overwhelming duties of apartment manager.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2010

TNT Presents: "How to Be an All-Star" Joe is desperate to buy a house after his son's anxiety issues worsen. Terry must face the dire condition of his acting career when he meets a successful buddy from his past.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2010

TNT Presents: "Back in the S#!t" Feeling guilty about his rapid downward spiral, which includes treating his son poorly and having to cut back on staff at his store, Joe decides to stop gambling.

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Three longtime male friends experience midlife transitions and challenges in this comedy-drama. Season 1 introduces the threesome, who have been best buds since college and are now in their late forties. They include Joe Tranelli (Ray Romano), a kindly but somewhat maladjusted party-store owner; Terry Elliot (Scott Bakula), an easygoing part-time actor whose glory days seem to be behind him; and Owen Thoreau Jr. (Andre Braugher), a pressured family man who works at his oppressive father's car dealership.

Critic Reviews for Men of a Certain Age Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (22)

Ray Romano brings a second lightning strike after the success of his hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, assembling a compelling take on male friendship.

Nov 21, 2019 | Full Review…

You'll have to decide for yourself if Men of a Certain Age is fun, but it's certainly better than the many shows these days that make a job interview seem like a fine old time.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

[T]he writing for Joe and Owen only seems to get better, no doubt in part because the characters have been given connections that go well beyond one another.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Men of a Certain Age shows terrific promise on a network whose two other male-dominated series -- Leverage and Dark Blue -- are mostly about springing into action and random wisecracking.

Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Men don't talk about that stuff. We just don't.

Dec 7, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Men of a Certain Age' does settle into a groove, and it's a good one.

Dec 7, 2009 | Full Review…

[A] miraculously good show about a stage of life that is too often either ignored or overplayed.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

With expert writing and implementation, the show deserves to be a hit.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The acting makes these average-Joe men come to life.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though it poses problems far more relevant and relatable than all those high-concept shows, it's clear the men behind it don't have the first clue about how to fix them.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's fun to see these actors step into new but easy-to-accept roles.

Dec 7, 2009 | Full Review…

As one might expect from Romano, a fast moving mix of physical comedy and wry dialogue articulate this friendship, revealing its complexity and its depth.

Dec 7, 2009 | Full Review…

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