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Men of a Certain Age: Season 1

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Men of a Certain Age explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life. They have been best friends since college but now, in their 40s, are navigating through the second act of their lives. Joe (Romano) is a friendly, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer. Now he owns and runs a party store. Terry (Bakula) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life (and women). Lately, he’s spending more time working as a temp than as an actor. And Owen (Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father of three who endures constant criticism from his father, for whom he works as a car salesman.

Men of a Certain Age is actor-comedian Ray Romano's exceptional second TV act, a bracingly honest comedy-drama about the joys and pitfalls of middle age. Created by Romano and Mike Royce, an Emmy®-winning writer and producer on Everybody Loves Raymond, the series follows three college friends as they wade into the deep end of their 40s--recent divorcé Romano, who pines for his lost marriage and missed life opportunities; car salesman Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street), who chafes under the command of his boss, who's also his father; and actor Scott Bakula (Enterprise), who clings to a Lothario lifestyle while facing a faltering career. Although the show addresses many of the expected issues associated with men in their middle years, from impotence and workplace relevance to maturing children, the tone is respectful and bittersweet, and mines the material for its human qualities instead of sitcom gags. Emmy winner Braugher and Golden Globe recipient Bakula handle both sides of the show with typical skill, but it's Romano who offers the greatest surprise; his performance--light-years from the hapless Ray Barone--sketches a man struggling to carve out a new identity in subtle, carefully balanced tones. Fans of Raymond may not find an abundance of laugh-out-loud moments here, but the interplay between the leads generates many wry moments, and the supporting cast, in particular Jon Manfrellotti as Romano's Runyon-esque bookie, shoulder much of the humor with ease. Given the time to develop its already appealing characters over the course of several seasons, Men of a Certain Age could become a top television drama, one that could stand comfortably next to Romano's achievements in comedy.

The two-disc set of Men's first season offers a handful of entertainment extras, most notably a pair of very funny commentaries by Romano, Royce, Braugher, and Bakula for the pilot and season finale. In between good-natured digs at Braugher's Julliard education, the show runners discuss changes made to the pilot and the origin of several story elements (in particular, the pilot's seemingly indestructible possum). The deleted scenes offer the material cut from the pilot, as well as from subsequent episodes; all contain intriguing bits of character development and dialogue instead of the usual extraneous throwaways. Gag reels are usually painful experiences, but Romano's comic skills make this a highlight, as does a jaw-dropping barrage of improvisations by Manfrellotti during the Chinese restaurant scene from "The New Guy." A brace of short, network-provided interviews with the leads, as well as a series overview, closes out the set. --Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 432 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZCY81S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2010
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Update: I just watched the season finale, episode 10. This series remained top notch from first to last. I really hope there is another season. I can't recommend the series highly enough. Below is the original review:

I am five episodes into this series and am absolutely knocked out. The acting on this new series is absolutely superb and is equalled by the scripts. I could never get into Ray Romano in his EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND show despite its being an enormous hit. Unlike that show, this is NOT a comedy although it has wryly comic moments. The premise is three guys in their late 40s who grew up together and have stayed together as friends their entire lives. Two of them are white and one is black. I grew up in a family business so the black character, spending his life in his father's car business, is the best story for me. The actor does a superb job with the tensions inherent in working for your father, a former pro sports hero. He is also the only one who can hold down a marriage. Ray Romano plays the one soon to be divorced primarily because of his gambling addiction. He owns a party store with lots of games, fittingly enough. This gambling addiction takes a fascinating script detour when he spends an entire evening in the company of his bookie as his friend for the night while his wife is out on a date. The third guy is the ladies man, a never made it actor who now tries out other occupations like some people try out new ties. I like him the least of the three but that may be the point of including him. You are going to want to see this show, every episode. I can hardly wait for episode six.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Irishman65 on January 30, 2010
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Men of a Certain Age is a show I expected to like but not love, since I hadn't enjoyed Ray Romano in Everybody Loves Ray. WOW - was this show ever a surprise. Andre Brauger is completely different from his character on Homicide and equally interesting to watch - as is Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap and Enterprise (where I didn't like his character) fame. Both men bring nuances to the characters that keep you wanting to sit down with them and get to know them better. However, Ray Romano is simply amazing and surprising here. I didn't know he had this level of acting ability! The other surprise for me is how much my wife and teenagers love this show - you'd think from the title it is a show for middle aged men but the reality is, it is fascinating viewing for anyone with a brain. These characters are complex shades of gray - no easy answers and not just easy ground covered.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AKTF on April 17, 2010
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This show is as funny, sad, and realistic as TV gets. It is smart and the dialogue is well written.
I liked Ray in Everybody loves Raymond, and it took me a bit to redefine him in a different role, but this role is much better. All the characters are fun and interesting.

Being a man in my late 30's, I find myself drawn to this show and thinking about my life in many ways. Seeing myself and many of my friends in the different characters and wondering what will happen to them next. Not sure if this show will stretch genders, but my wife liked the 15 mins she watched.

Anyway, support this show - it is a good one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pullman on July 20, 2010
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I starting watching Men of a Certain Age because I'll watch anything with Andre Braugher. I didn't care much for Everybody Loves Raymond, and so wasn't interested in Ray Romano. I've always been a fan of Scott Bakula. Well, was I ever surprised at Ray Romano who has some real acting chops. The show, about 3 best life-long friends, each a unique personality and character. Ray Romano as Joe is divorced and owns a party store and has a gambling problem. Terry is a failed actor and somewhat of a Peter Pan - he's never really grown up and taken on the responsibility of a mature adult. Owen (Braugher) works at his father's car dealership. His dad was once a famous basketball player, and Owen doesn't have the drive to go out on his own. Sounds pretty dull, but these 3 guys are among the most interesting and complex people you'll see on TV. Each has strengths and weaknesses just like the rest of us. The show is a drama but has a great deal of humor. I'm a woman older than the guys on the show and absolutely adore Men of a Certain Age. The characters are real, not GQ skinny model types, but real human beings dealing with real life issues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. A Bowen on December 16, 2010
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Joe Tranelli (Ray Romano), Terry Elliott (Scott Bakula), and Owen Thoreau, Jr. (Andre Braugher) have been friends forever -- or at least since college. Now in their late forties, pushing fifty, all three find themselves in places they never thought they would be. Sweet, funny Joe, a family man at heart, finds himself unexpectedly divorced after a gambling addiction rears its ugly head. Terry, a struggling actor with some real talent, is still single, unable resist the lure of the audition as well as the siren call. Owen, with a sweet wife (Lisa Gay Hamilton), three adorable kids, and an impossibly successful, arrogant ex-athlete father, wakes up each morning in a C-pap mask. He is an overweight diabetic, trying to live up to Daddy's achievements, and haunted at every turn by the thought that he might just be an imposter.

These three friends meet several times a week for a hike (good for the blood sugar and weight) and breakfast (a la "Sex and the City", but thankfully we leave sex in the bedroom where it belongs, most of the time). There, with the help of a witty and believable screenplay, they hash out their weeks' problems. They make fun of each other (male humor), encourage each other (because at heart they are really nice guys), and sometimes solve each other's problems.

It is wonderful to see the great Andre Braugher in a venue finally befitting his talents. He was the rivetting star on "Homicide: Life on the Streets" -- the one you just couldn't take your eyes off of. He does not disappoint in this series, where his humor, honesty, and integrity as an actor can shine. Bakula, always intriguing, does an admirable job as Terry. He brings a humanity and self-mockery to this role of the man-child, and you can't help rooting for him.
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