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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2000
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Sabrina Lloyd, Roy Dotrice, Grant Shaud
  • Summary: "International film star Gabriel Byrne (End
    of Days, The Usual Suspects) comes to television in a new comedy from Golden Globe Award-winning writer Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City), which examines the lives of three generations of men making their way through the dating world."

    "Byrne
    stars as Benjamin Madigan, a handsome, successful and charismatic architect in New York City. He is single, adorable and available and should be making out like a bandit with the ladies. But Benjamin is recently divorced, and after 20 years of being a dutiful husband and provider, he just hasn't got a clue about dating. He is a member of a rare breed of men -- the sexy man completely oblivious to his own sexiness. While his co-workers shove him into the dating world, he is full of the most rudimentary questions, like how soon to call a woman after she gives you her number. For the answers to these and many other questions, Ben can turn to his 16-year-old son, Luke (John Hensley), for whom juggling a series of girlfriends couldn't come more naturally. In addition, Ben's recently widowed father, Seamus (Roy Dotrice, TV's Beauty and the Beast), has just moved in. Seamus is ornery and speaks his mind, and with Luke's help, they might just be able to teach Benjamin a thing or two about dating and women in the 21st century." (ABC press release)

    "You took me by the hand
    You made me understand
    You taught me who I am
    And how to be a man
    For better or for worse
    A bless and not a curse
    But just a father's verse
    To tell you that you're first
    To tell you that you're mad"

    Theme song
    "Father's Son"
    written by Keith Roberts - Randy Woolford
    performed by The Young Dubliners

    Madigan Men is produced by Chupack Productions / Touchstone Television, in association with Artists Television Group

    Broadcast History
    Oct 2000-Dec 2000, Fri 9:30-10:00
    First telecast: October 6, 2000
    Last telecast: December 22, 2000
    Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom
    Number of episodes: 12
    Media: 35mm film
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 14, 2013
    90
    Delightful. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  2. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 14, 2013
    70
    Mainly it's sort of gentle and nice...Do viewers want gentle and nice? That's to be determined. In any case, call "Madigan Men" promising. [6 Oct 2000, p.F28]
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Maurstad
    Jun 13, 2013
    67
    Madigan Men has a talented core of actors, and the topic of how men do (or don't) get along has plenty of storytelling potential. But in the premiere, the writing falls flat and, thanks to that laugh track, you can't help but notice how many of the "jokes" aren't funny. [6 Oct 2000, p.4C]
  4. Reviewed by: John Allemang
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    Gabriel Byrne is easy to watch in his sitcom debut, but there's far too much sensitive maleness on display and too few laughs from the conflicted Madigan men. [6 Oct 2000, p.R2]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    As for Byrne, maybe he shouldn't have done a sitcom so soon after doing Eugene O'Neill on Broadway. You can tell he's trying to make the lines funny, but he seems to be grimly and completely out of sync with everyone around him. [6 Oct 2000, p.11E]
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    It's a premise that has been tried many times, but snagging big-screen heartthrob Byrne gives it some cachet. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Jun 14, 2013
    0
    That's basically the plot, folks, and just in case you were wondering, you don't have to laugh. This show too comes with torrents of hysterical laughter already provided. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]

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