Picks and Pans Review: Men

UPDATED 03/27/1989 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/27/1989 at 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sat., March 25, 10 P.M. ET)

D+

Think of this as thirtysomething on testosterone. Yes, if you take all those unbearable male-bonding scenes from thirty-something and add many manly clichés—playing poker, smoking cigars, shooting baskets, drinking, fighting, arm wrestling, wearing silly hats, pretending to be vulnerable and reminiscing about the good old glory days on the gridiron—then you have the essence of ABC's new series Men. It's a show about real guys. Saul Rubinek plays the divorced guy, a newspaper columnist; Ving (Native Son) Rhames plays the family man, a lawyer; Ted (Soap) Wass plays the bachelor, a doctor—they were all high school buddies—and Tom (Call to Glory) O'Brien plays the kid in the clique, a cop. In weeks to come, these buddies will fret and sweat together and succeed in making the entire hairy half of humanity sound whiney, loutish and dull. As a man, I protest. We're not all this boring.

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