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Overbrimming with non-jokes, hackneyed plots and paper-thin characters, ‘Men at Work’ is an exercise in comic mediocrity. With a laughter track consisting of audience members who are clearly unsure whether they’re supposed to be laughing or not, it’s as if nobody involved really knows where the jokes are. The first episode of season 2 sees Tyler helping frustrated singleton Milo meet the perfect lady using the website ‘Missed Connections’, while Gibbs attempts to make Neal more assertive when they embark on a trip to a family engagement.
It’s very formulaic stuff, and the hammy acting and exaggerated facial expressions are as jarring as the unengaging and stilted dialogue, which throws up gems such as, ‘Says the scruffy pot to the kettle’ (which is no funnier or less weird in context). There may be more offensively bad comedies in the world than ‘Men at Work’, but there are probably few more insipid or uninspiring ones.