I posed a question about TNT’s show Men of a Certain Age on the Facebook page for this blog and a reader, Juli, responded that her husband never misses an episode. I’ve never seen it, but it looks pretty interesting. It airs tonight (Monday) at 9 in the central time zone. It’s a comedy-drama starring two Baby Boomers (Ray Romano and Scott Bakula) and one Gen Xer (Andre Braugher). They all play Gen Xers in the late 40s.
The series follows the bonds of friendship among the three life-long friends – Joe, Owen and Terry. Joe (Romano) is a slightly neurotic separated father of two who had hoped to become a pro golfer, but now owns a party supply store. He has a gambling addiction. Owen (Braugher) is an overstressed, diabetic husband and father, who works as a car salesman at the dealership owned by his father, a former NBA player. Terry (Bakula) is a struggling actor, working temp jobs to make ends meet and usually dating much younger women. The friends are aware of each others’ life struggles. The show highlights typical male reactions to life issues.
Why is male friendship such a touchy subject?