TV Review: Man Up!

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Paul Kalis

“Man Up!”

ABC

 

What does it really mean to be a guy anymore? That’s the question that best friends Will (Mather Zickel), Craig (Christopher Moynihan), and Kenny (Dan Fogler) ponder. Sensitivity is the reason why Mike’s wife, who is also Kenny’s sister, Theresa (Teri Polo), married him. Meanwhile, Kenny’s ex, Brenda (Amanda Detmer), who is friends with Theresa, has begun dating Grant (Henry Simmons). The men eventually attempt to put their differences aside and hang out with each other as they try to live up to the men who came before them.

It is chuckle-out-loud hilarious, as these friends search for their identities and try to prove that “real men” don’t have to be so tough. Kenny gets jealous when Will and Grant strike up an unlikely “bromance.” The guys attend a “Star Wars” screening that doesn’t go as planned. Craig lands a music gig, which backfires. Theresa then installs a tracking device on Will’s cell phone.

It’s great to see a show created by and starring Christopher Moynihan premiere alongside other shows. His previous sitcom, “100 Questions,” was scheduled as a midseason replacement last year. It aired after the season completed, signaling immediate cancellation.

“Man Up!” airs at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays following “Last Man Standing” on ABC.

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