By: Lori Kapes [Special Guest Contributor]
File this under Better-Late-Than-Never [like Britney Spears’ menstruation period, yeah I went there].
The TBS show MY BOYS may have ended its second season this past Thursday, but that shouldn’t stop you from tuning in to reruns in the meantime. This TBS original sitcom is the first critically acclaimed cable network show since the debut of USA’s MONK. Ok, maybe not.
I know you’ve recently been preoccupied with figuring out how singer Katy Perry gets away with such a salaciously catchy song like “I Kissed a Girl” [admit it you like it] or maybe you’re fascinated by how Michael Phelps manages to keep that little Speedo on. Well I’m here to give you a short little run down on MY BOYS and why you should watch.
The series started in November of 2006 with the introduction of a group of friends consisting primarily of testosterone and not so much estrogen that meet to play poker or talk over drinks at a local bar. One of the two ovary-baring individuals is PJ Franklin, the main character, she’s got the girl next-door looks with a “one of the boys” attitude which is bolstered by the fact that she is a sports journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her homies are comprised of an ex-boyfriend (Michael Bunin), her older brother [played by comedian Jim Gaffigan!], a college fling/friend (Reid Scott), a co-worker (Jamie Kaler), a fellow sports journalist/potential lover (Kyle Howard), and her only female friend (Kelle Stewart).
Yes, there are no big name stars or familiar faces besides Gaffigan’s, but trust me you should take this in to account while watching. The unfamiliarity is key here because this is a group of actors who flow together with the shows kick-you-while-your-down dialogue and quick/witty one liners. The first season mostly revolved around PJ while she did insightful voice-overs that teetered on sounding like sports announcements with all the baseball jargon thrown around. This season the show focuses more on the guys outside of the bar and PJ wasn’t jumping from guy to guy.
This half hour sitcom comes complete with the occasional awkward moment and just enough guy humor coupled with female sensibilities. It’s perfection for a lazy summer night. In the midst of a block of reruns you can catch a rerun of this week’s episode this Tuesday night (Aug. 12th) at 11pm.