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"I've come to realize that almost everything in dating and relationships has a parallel to sports, especially baseball. Though that's probably because that's what I do: I'm a sportswriter for the Chicago Sun-Times. I cover the Cubs."
In 2004, TBS rebranded itself with the tagline "Very Funny." To prove it, they turned prime time over to blocks of popular sitcoms, and Hollywood comedies. In recent years, the network has started supplementing the Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond reruns with a steadily growing slate of original programming. Not all of it is good. In fact, a lot of it's awful (for evidence, see recent reviews of House of Payne: Volume One and The Bill Engvall Show: Complete First Season). But somewhere among the basic cable crap, TBS got it right—with a genuinely fun, funny, and touching show about city-dwelling friends I'd actually want to hang out with.
The beers 'n' baseball comedy My Boys kicked off TBS's move into scripted comedy way back in November of 2006. The erratic first year's seven month, mid-season break meant fans had to wait until July for the last nine episodes. Those same fans have had to wait nearly a year for the release of My Boys: The Complete First Season on DVD, followed two days later by the June 12th season two premiere. Was it worth the wait?
Facts of the Case
Like the show it's trying hard not to be, My Boys is narrated by its female lead. But unlike its fluffy pink predecessor, P.J. tells her story in baseball terms. Thomas is a huge baseball fan, and makes no apologies for wrapping the series around her beloved Cubs.
In an ensemble show there are always stand out performances. In My Boys, the honors go to Jordana Spiro and Jim Gaffigan. P.J.'s struggle to balance the love life she wants with the "beer and poker" lifestyle she loves is at the heart of the show's story. Spiro effortlessly moves between being "one of the guys" and being a beautiful, compelling, vulnerable female lead anyone can relate to, no matter which side of the couch you're sitting on.
Spiro will likely be new to most viewers. Stand up comic Gaffigan, on the other hand—thanks to countless TV and movie bit parts and guest appearances—is probably the show's most recognizable face. He gets off some of the best one-liners as married guy Andy, who (when he's not busy avoiding his wife's phone calls) tries to prove he still has what it takes to hang with the party-hearty singles and avoid ending up in "suburban hell."
And even though he's not a regular, Johnny Galecki (who played David on Roseanne and is now one of the leads on CBS's The Big Bang Theory) deserves special mention for his hilarious turn as the show's requisite "wacky neighbor": the overly generous, slang-spewing, completely annoying, hanger-on "Trouty." He only appears in three episodes (with at least that many explanations as to how he got his nickname), but I dug him so much I could have sworn he was in more. I'll keep watching the show even if they don't bring him back in season two, but if they don't…well, let's just say I hope we never have to find out what would happen.
Seventh Inning Stretch
The Rebuttal Witnesses
My Boys: The Complete First Season gets the game ball and a pat on the back. Sony, on the other hand, needs to take a lap and think about taking less than nine months to release the next DVD set.
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