• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 7, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    Like its vague title, Men possesses a certain charm that's not always easy to characterize, but is, thankfully, easy to watch. And based on season two, the show, at least, is aging quite gracefully.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    The show still occasionally talks about this stuff more than real-life guys probably would. But mostly it lets the action speak for itself. Men of a Certain Age is aging well.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    They're not making evolutionary leaps but these men do show enough signs of progress that viewers who appreciated their struggles and triumphs in the first season will have renewed reason to cheer them on in season two.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    Bear in mind that if Men were any more low-key, it might evaporate in front of you. This seriocomic slice of life is best when we're at the diner or on a hike with these superbly acted smaller-than-life not-quite-heroes (Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula).
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    The plots are really secondary to the show's winning, easy-going style and its bittersweet tone. This isn't John Cassavetes, but there's something of the director's spaciously paced, slightly improvised technique about the way the men on the show interact as they take their regular hikes and breakfast at the diner.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Dec 7, 2010
    75
    There are small, recognizable crisis and equally life-sized solutions, all laced with dialogue that is funny enough to be entertaining without feeling forced.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 7, 2010
    100
    Funny, smart, entertaining, excellent acting and writing. What's not to like?
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 10, 2010
    88
    It's very entertaining in its low-key, waist-widening ways. [20 Dec 2010, p.44]
  9. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Dec 7, 2010
    90
    Even if you've never seen 'Terriers,' or indeed the first season of Men of a Certain Age, you're likely to find something to enjoy in the second season of MOACA, which expertly mines both comedy and drama from life's awkward transitional passages.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Dec 7, 2010
    90
    It's so small and spare and simple, and yet it can be incredibly effective at what it does. Nice to have it back.
  11. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Dec 7, 2010
    100
    The reason the show feels so real at every turn is that it is a perfect balance of dramatic realism and gentle humor.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Dec 7, 2010
    91
    This dark-tinged show is frequently very funny, never more so than when the pals gather for a diner meal, to whine and tease one another. The dialogue has a cutting crispness; the hour zips along, no matter how logy its antiheroes may become.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    I hope it's not an old-man thing to say, and that you don't have to be an old man to appreciate it, but the truth that Men understands is that just getting through the day is drama enough. Here's looking forward to another year.
  14. Reviewed by: Heather Havrilesky
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    But the utter lack of hipness of Men of a Certain Age, the total lack of concern for what's deemed cool and what isn't, the complete disregard for matching the breakneck pace, the action, the swooning romances, the spitty outbursts, the shiny thrills of other TV shows, is exactly what makes this drama so lovable.
  15. Reviewed by: Renee Scolaro Mora
    Dec 7, 2010
    90
    Its layered and nuanced analysis of male identity makes Men of a Certain Age worth watching.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Feb 21, 2011
    0
    Ray Romano sucks
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    10
    Thumbs up from Sweden!
    Even though i'm a woman who just turned 25 i can still appreciate this clever show and it's brilliant cast. Ray Romano
    has been making me laugh since the beginning of ELR, which in my opinion is the best sitcom ever made. I wish this show a lot of success for many years to come. Full Review »
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    9
    It is an excellent show and I was shocked when I read that TNT cancelled it. It's a witty, bitter-sweet comedy with an amazing cast. The camraderie between the three main characters is really believable. Scripting is first-class too. Overall, it's an intelligent show for an intelligent audience - it's not laugh-out-loud-sitcom funny, but it's funny AND touching at the same time. You really care about Joe, Owen and Terry and that's the highest praise. Full Review »