The latest trend in network sitcoms, what Time Entertainment critic James Poniewozik, calls "manxiety sitcoms," plays up male characters' worries about losing contact with their masculinity. CBS’s How to Be a Gentleman, for example, premiered this season, but it's already been canceled. A new comedy on ABC called Man Up! premiered Tuesday, but its popular premise is wearing thin on TV critics.

Man Up!, which stars show creator Christopher Moynihan, Mather Zickel and Dan Fogler as video game-playing dudes struggling with adult life, received a 39 out of 100, according to Metacritic, a site that aggregates ratings and reviews. Most critics gave it a failing grade, citing that it was just not funny enough to transcend its tired subject matter.

Watch the trailer for Man Up! here:


  • A Grinshpan
    A Grinshpan on

    So not going to last

  • Matthew Zingg
    Matthew Zingg on

    All these "man-child" premises are overdone.

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