Does CBS’ We Are Men Man Up?


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.

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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.

That’s what we think, but what’s your take? Grade We Are Men via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!

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  1. EPIC FAIL. The title says it all but I hate to be the bearer of bad news so I’m going to give my grade of We Are Men an F. :-(

  2. MJ says:

    I actually liked it. I love Tony Shaloub, Jerry O’Connell and Kal Penn.

  3. Timothy says:

    Its actually much better than alot of comedies on the air. The cast is amazing!

  4. greysfan says:

    Disaster. Enough said

  5. TVfan says:

    Not bad. It’s not going to win any awards, but it’s a fun a lighthearted comedy. I’ll give it a few more weeks.

  6. Zach says:

    The cast makes up for the bland premise. It’s Adrian Monk for Christ’s sake!

  7. Vlada says:

    Did somebody say that “Dads” is the worst comedy? No, you were wrong. This is it! Bravo CBS, you cant do much worse than this.

  8. Yasin says:

    I’m actually sad for this cast. There’s a lot of talent in this cast, yet the writing is bland. It was available on GlobalTv app and I couldn’t even finish the episode the first time I watched it. It was just too painful.

  9. Bay says:

    This is pretty sad, over the hill bachelors mentoring a younger kid that just got dumped. Yak, it’s really pathetic.

  10. Kenny says:

    Tony S. Was the best part of the show, but overall i think this show is obviously targeted to men.

    But honestly given the feedback, i don’t think any gender will like it.

  11. David says:

    Great actors horrible show. It was on demand a couple of weeks ago and I was happy to know not to waste my time recording it. Too bad all these great actors are wasted on it.

  12. edlow says:

    My husband actually laughed out loud. The premier wasn’t the best but it had to set up the series. We liked it better than “mom” which is full of underage sex and drug refrences

  13. bobbie says:

    I like it! It was fun and watchable. Lovable characters (Tony Shaloub!) Get out of here you grumpy bumps!

  14. starship says:

    Hopefully cancelled by Christmas. It was ok, but nothing to brag about.

  15. Bob Smith says:

    Rules of Engagement was far more entertaining than this. What does that say about this show???

    • Bob says:

      Rules of Engagement was mediocre compared to this show. I don’t know how it lasted for seven seasons (mostly unnoticed).

  16. Daphne says:

    I liked it. It’s not the best out there, but it was fun and light. I hope the network gives it a chance to find its viewers.

  17. iamkessuki23tw says:

    It does seem it’s aimed at men. Which explains why I thought the pilot was ok – so I will continue tuning in.

  18. Jill says:

    Didn’t get past the 1st 5 minutes, and for me, that’s saying something. It didn’t hook me in.

  19. Rodg says:

    It wa okayi,but it is better than quite a few new comedies out there

  20. MB says:

    It has been done to death. And it has Jerry O in it. It’s toast!

  21. njartist says:

    The show was awful-forced-stupid and a waste of time.It will pull down CBS on Monday.
    It tries to be smart & fails. Tony Shalhoub went from Monk to this? Who thought of this show- a bunch of idiots? Apparently so.