Focusing on a female sports reporter and her posse of best friends--all but one of them male--My Boys
takes a fresh approach to the buddy concept. P. J. Franklin (Jordana Spiro, Must Love Dogs
) loves sports and likes to use sports analogies in both her newspaper column and when referencing her dismal love life. "I've come to realize that almost everything in dating and relationships has a parallel to sports," she says. "I'm a sportswriter for the Chicago Sun-Times. I cover the Cubs." At times it appears that her dating streak will be as dismal as the Cubs' attempts to win the World Series. But the most important relationship is the one she shares with her friends. Dressed down to look as much like a tomboyish print reporter as possible, Spiro has a freshly scrubbed appeal that makes her attractive to men without being threatening to women. The cast of Friends
had their coffee shop as the place to meet. The My Boys
gang has P.J.'s apartment, where they regularly gather for poker nights and gabfests. Yes, the boys are gabbers, whether they're talking about their confusing relationships, unfufilling careers or sports in general. Like the protagonist in Sex and the City
, P. J. has a penchant for talking directly to the camera. Though it grows old at times, Spiro is likable enough that we forgive the tired conceit. The affable cast includes comic Jim Gaffigan as P.J.'s befuddled older brother Andy and Kellee Stewart as Stephanie, who definitely isn't one of the boys. Johnny Galecki (Roseanne
) is so good in his three guest appearances as a deliciously annoying neighbor that it'd be a shame if the writers didn't bring him back in the second season. The DVD set includes all 22 episodes, which originally aired during 2006-2007. There's a nice little cliffhanger involving P.J., a trip to Italy, and the man who travels with her. Could this be her newest boy? --Jae-Ha Kim
A comedy/drama centering on PJ Franklin a twenty-something female sports writer for the Chigaco Sun-Times, whose 'family' consists of a bunch of lovable guys who share all her favorite pastimes - sports, poker and beer, but finding a boyfriend and making a future for herself can be tricky for a girl with so many men in her life! Starring hot new talent Jordana Spiro (Must Love Dogs).