• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 7, 2009
Season #: 1, 2

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    Let me tell you how much I like TNT's new drama series, Men of a Certain Age. The cable channel sent me five hours worth of screeners, and I watched all five back-to-back Saturday--and would have watched another five hours of the series if they had sent them.
  2. The creative team did not find the right chemistry until the second episode. But Men of a Certain Age does settle into a groove, and it’s a good one.
  3. 100
    Men of a Certain Age is strung together by small moments of triumph that make life worth living--and this show worth watching.
  4. It's a midlife triumph, a series that takes a well-worn theme and makes it unpredictable, freshly funny, and sometimes moving.
  5. Although Romano is the keystone of the group, it is very much an ensemble drama buoyed by writing that protects the characters from the perils of self-pity and self-indulgence with quick and gentle humor and plot points that capture the forces a middle-aged, middle-class man might actually battle.
  6. 100
    I just finished watching screener episodes of Romano's new show, Men Of A Certain Age, which he created with "Everybody Loves Raymond" writer Mike Royce, and I'm blown away.
  7. While at times it feels like a bleak HerskoZwick drama--"Fortysomething Going on Fiftysomething"--the stories are leavened with humor, and the chemistry between the leads, and their fine performances.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    At turns it's sad, poignant, bitter and funny (yes, more than enough turns in that direction).
  9. Like its characters, Men of a Certain Age isn't perfect, and maybe not everyone who loved "Raymond" is going to love it. But this show about men who are, as TNT puts it, in "the second act of their lives," isn't a bad second act at all for Romano.
  10. It might take you three or four episodes to decide if you want to keep up with these guys. I do. And the fact that the show is on cable means everybody will at least have the chance to get hooked.
  11. They're all skilled enough to play both the drama and comedy of the situations their characters confront, and, what's more, viewers are prepared to know and like them.
  12. 90
    A fast moving mix of physical comedy and wry dialogue articulate this friendship, revealing its complexity and its depth.
  13. There's some spot-on and sharp humor throughout, but it never gets too light and breezy.
  14. 75
    There are still some forced situations (Joe gets hit on by a drunk businesswoman and panics) and forced dialogue (the friends compare the number of medicinal creams they each use), but there are also more throwaway scenes with shoot-the-shit dialogue that do more to flesh out the men's lives than anything in the overwritten pilot.
  15. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Those who gravitate to this engaging show will be rewarded with the kind of substantial, thoughtful fare more often reserved for theater audiences. Plus, there are outstanding performances.
  16. It is a believable, sharply observed portrait of ordinary men who, through all-too-common bad breaks and missteps, feel that they are backsliding.
  17. 80
    Men of a Certain Age is bound to attract attention, because its co-creator, and one of its co-stars, is Ray Romano; what shouldn’t be overlooked, however, is the fact that the show is also good. Surprisingly good.
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    It's an insightful, easy-to-like, low-stakes character dramedy about men coming to terms with their limits. A story for an era of lower expectations, Men of a Certain Age meets its own diminished ones, and surpasses them.
  19. 88
    There are big moments, but much of the joy comes from small exchanges and throwaway jokes.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Men isn't a great series yet, but it has the assets to grow into one. And in the interim, watching it certainly isn't a Sisyphean task.
  21. Divorce, father issues, an aging Peter Pan—we've seen these things before. Not like this, though, with no false notes, and reactions, from pain to optimism, that feel honest and not manufactured.
  22. 80
    Men of a Certain Age proves a powerful yet mercifully amusing experience--bittersweet, poignant and wise. It's not just a series, but something of a tonic.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 128 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 128
  1. Apr 12, 2014
    As a man in my late 20s I can still relate to a show about men in their late 40s. This is a quality dramedy that feels very sincere everyAs a man in my late 20s I can still relate to a show about men in their late 40s. This is a quality dramedy that feels very sincere every episode. The characters are very well acted and I enjoyed it until the end. Full Review »
  2. May 19, 2011
    Have just watched most of the 2nd season episodes. I liked the first season and the 2nd season is better. They've improved the dramaticHave just watched most of the 2nd season episodes. I liked the first season and the 2nd season is better. They've improved the dramatic pacing. But it's Ray Romano's acting which makes this show a must see. I can't think of another actor who realizes their role in such a natural, "non-actor-ly" way. I suspect that Romano never thought of himself as an actor until his sitcom, and in the best of ways, this is the result. I'm familiar with the world of recovering gambling addicts, and Romano's Joe feels as real to me as anyone I've met. He is just terrific and deserving of the highest accolades (which I'm sure he'll never get.) Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    Ray Romano is a ****