Andre Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula star in “Men of a Certain Age”. The show explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life.
By Barry Lewis
Created by Ray Romano and “Everybody Loves Raymond” Emmy winner Mike Royce, “Men of a Certain Age” captivated viewers and critics last winter with its funny yet dramatic story of three middle aged men going through life, taking on its unexpected troubles and tribulations.
The three main characters, Joe played by Ray Romano, Terry played by Scott Bakula of “Quantum Leap” and Owen played by Andre Braugher of “Homicide: Life on the Street” all have things going on in their lives in the beginning of the new season that the majority of middle aged men have.
This season does not seem to have a different plot than that of the last season since it still showcases these men in their journeys through midlife.
All three men face a number of roadblocks on their continuing journeys through midlife, but they know they can always rely on their friends to see them through. Joe (Ray Romano) is a divorced, slightly neurotic father of two who runs a party store and recently overcame a gambling problem. After some early missteps, he is getting more into the swing of the dating scene and has now decided to rekindle his dream of becoming a professional golfer, training for a spot on the senior tour.
Owen, the only married man of the trio (Andre Braugher) is devoted to his wife and family. Having spent much of his adult life working under the thumb of his domineering father, Owen is finally starting to assert himself more.
Terry (Scott Bakula) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life (and women). But following disastrous attempts at managing an apartment complex and trying to resuscitate his acting career, Terry is searching for stability and now sells cars at Owen's family dealership
It was apparent, however, that this is not a show for all age groups. Since this show deals with middle aged men, many of the issues presented in this show are not things that younger viewers have been through. Most of the problems and situations in the new season of Men of a Certain Age are geared towards viewers in their middle age.
This will not take away from the overall experience of the show, however. The acting is very realistic and believable. If somebody cannot relate to what is being discussed on the TV screen, they will be drawn into the storyline because the acting is that good.
The show is also very dynamic with the types of characters they have on the show. All three of the main characters are dealing or have dealt with a variety of issues that many middle aged people have dealt with.
This is an entertaining and believable show that should have no problem entertaining viewers and critics alike.
This article was originally printed at www.blackflix.com and in the January 2 - January 15, 2011 edition.