Review: Modern Men

Show: Modern Men (WB)
Episode: Series Premiere
Originally Aired: Friday, March 17th 2006
Rating: 2 out of 4 stars

Quick Synopsis: Three twenty something guys seek help from a life coach.

Long Synopsis: Three twenty something guys, one who was just dumped, one who is divorced and wants to get back with his ex and one who is a womanizer, end up visiting a life coach played by Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman). They each have different problems with women and relationships. They hang out at the Tughouse, which one of them owns with his father who is played by George Wendt (Cheers) and his sister works there and is played by Marla Sokoloff (The Practice). The sister is the one who offers up the life coach idea to her brother after he once again doesn’t understand why his latest girlfriend has dumped him.

Review: Take the male half of Friends and send them to a life coach and there you have it, basically. I mean you have the lady’s man or Joey, the guy who just wants to be married or Ross and the guy who just wants to have a good relationship with a woman or Chandler. They mixed the personalities up a bit but this comparison was the first thing that came to mind.

Since it is really hard to come up with something new, taking something old and giving it a twist is the next best thing. This is what they have done here. Even though the first show didn’t leave me laughing much you could see the potential with the life coach angle for humor. They set a decent foundation and we shall see if they can build something good upon it.

Modern Men is definitely better than the show it replaces on Friday night, Twins, as well as the similar NBC offering Four Kings, which could probably use a life coach. As usual though that isn’t really saying much. If you are looking for comedy on Friday night then the WB is your only option as of now and this is a solid addition to a pretty good traditional sitcom lineup.

Did you watch the series premiere of Modern Men? What did you think about it? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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