Ray Romano

Between shows like Community, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, Louie and Futurama, the current world of television comedy sees zany, hyper-reality shows reigning supreme. But every extreme needs a counter-weight. Something that provides a different style and perspective. And this summer, that counter-balance is called Men of A Certain Age. The Ray Romano/Andre Braugher/Scott Bakula dramedy may receive similar critical praise to the aforementioned series, but the show doesn’t have nearly the same sized audience. And that’s a shame since the show is arguably one of the most wholesome, down-to-earth programs on television at the moment. Currently in the tail end of its second season, Men of A Certain Age focuses on three men in their forties trying to cope with the fact that there is now more time behind them than in front. Joe (Romano) is a gambling addicted, divorced, party-store owner who has recently befriended his former bookie. Owen (Braugher) is a car salesman turned dealership manager when his father passes the torch to him with an attached price. And Terry (Bakula), a former actor turned car salesman who can’t seem to maintain a stable relationship. Now that we got the introductions out of the way, let’s get to the reason why you should be watching the series.

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Culture Warrior

Episodes and seasons and weeks after its inspiration and its humor have peaked, I still continue to watch new episodes of The Office week in and week out. I don’t know why – I never do this with dramatic shows, only with comedies – but I tend to stick with comedy shows whose legacy I appreciate even if their time has passed, either out of respect, blind hope, or simply the desire to have some noise in the room while I take a break to eat a meal or fold laundry. While The Office certainly isn’t what it used to be, even before Steve Carell left, it’s still an inoffensive and enjoyable way to pass some time. I can’t deny that the affinity I developed for the show’s characters early on in the series has carried me through a lot of its creative droughts (in other words, I hardly watch it only for its comedy) even as more recent network sitcoms like Modern Family, Community, and (especially) Parks and Recreation have made me LOL significantly more often. But in the bizarre cameos leading up to a strange and dry seventh season finale, The Office seems to have encountered much greater problems than a rudimentary lack of inspiration typical for the (possibly cyclical) lifespan of a long-running television show. The Office seems to have rejected the defining characteristics that made it unique in the first place.

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Fox just gave us a reason to look forward to the end of the world in 2012.

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I don’t know how to make this story not sound at least a little dirty, despite the fact that it’s all about a damn kids movie.

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Ice Age 3

Remember that first Ice Age movie that was so cool? Remember that second one that was so crappy? They’re making a third! And here’s a trailer!

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Inglorious Bastards

Congratulations, Mr. Tarantino! We officially think this whole Inglorious Bastards thing is one big prank. Call us when you cast Larry the Cable Guy as Luftwaffe Commander #9.

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