Four bona fide bachelors living the single life in a short-term apartment complex: Sounds like a reality show, but it’s actually the premise of CBS’ We Are Men, which debuted Monday at 8:30/7:30c.
The comedy series stars Christopher Nicholas Smith (Mayne Street) as Carter Thomas, an average Joe who moves into the complex after his fianceé leaves him at the altar. There, he meets three experienced lotharios who’ve gone through their fair share of bad romance: Frank (Monk’s Tony Shalhoub), a four-time ex-husband who now has an affinity for younger women; Gil (House’s Kal Penn), a separated small-business owner who futilely hopes to reconnect with his wife after she caught him having the “World’s Worst Affair”; and Stuart (Crossing Jordan’s Jerry O’Connell), an OB/GYN with anger-management issues who’s in the throes of his second divorce.
Together, the wannabe Casanovas show Carter the single-guy life he’s been missing, complete with late-night fast-food runs, an impromptu Catholic school trespassing session and, of course, countless available women.
The Don Juan lifestyle isn’t exactly the right fit for Carter at first. A few short weeks in, he wins back his ex-fiancée, and their wedding is rescheduled as if nothing ever happened – he even rents the same tux a second time. But in true “band of brothers” fashion, Carter’s newfound friends interrupt the ceremony and convince him of the many ways married life is a total drag. And this time, Carter knows they’re right – after all, weekly trips to the farmer’s market with his betrothed aren’t exactly the height of masculinity.
As Carter gleefully runs out of the church flanked by his three wingmen, the heart of We Are Men becomes clear: The comedy, while heavy on the debauchery, has an uplifting knack for revealing the importance of friendship.
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