Alan Arkin has the Midas touch. Everything he's in turns to gold and this show is no exception.
Both he and Michael Douglas are hilarious together in this series. Sure it's got a Grumpy Old Men vibe, but the writing is sharp and there's some well placed cameos. Worth the watch.
What at first looks like a mash up of Grumpy Old Men and Two and Half Men is really a very funny take on friendship and the refusal of of today's "seniors" to take a back seat and stop living. Michael Douglas plays Sandy, who's a better acting teacher than actor; Alan Arkin plays Norman, a semi-retired agent who recently lost his wife to cancer. Together, they're trying to weather prostate problems (somewhat TMI but hilarious), girlfriends, and relationships with adult children without giving in to stereotypes of old age. Created by Chuck Lorre, who also created Two and a Half Men and the Big Bang Theory.
It was hard to get into this series. Some parts of it were good, but it is quite slow.
All the comments below are all accurate except the one about not needing any more shows about 'old' white dudes. Ummm, have I missed this plethora of senior comedy- dramas this person is referring to?
A series starring the BRILLIANT Allan Arkan, 85 and Douglas, 75, is one that is worth trying. It is the 'Golden Girls' of this modern age.
Yes, I dislike how swearing has become a 'required' staple on the screen as much as the next person... or maybe more, but prostate jokes? I can sit through the vulgar and sometimes over-done moments to absorb this inspired take on modern times and the aging process that takes place during this time of quickly evolving culture. The men in my world have alluded to some of the trials surrounding such age-related issues, but as a blonde female, I have to admit it was fresh and refreshing to not be the target of the jokes for once. My husband loved the humour aspect too, he could relate, and it was not offensive to him.
There are many 'digs' on modern culture. It is a smart and even complex show that examines many issues such as cancer, loss of spouse, failure, friendship, need for love, etc. The characters are getting old and others are taking our places and doing that in a Millennial way that makes no sense to them.
I would say that if you are 50+ that you should try this one and see if you can ignore the pimples and see it's soul.
Found this ribald Netflix series comedic, because I can relate to its "old-man" sensibilities. Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas play very well off each other, and Danny DeVito has a hilarious role as a urologist. Sure it's lowbrow humor, but I found it fun. Cameos by Patti LaBelle, Eddie Money, and Jay Leno add to the mix.
Showing on Netflix right now. Short 20- 25 minutes episodes filled with “seasoned-age” humour and situations. It’s not something that I go for, but It worked for me....Give it a try.
The lives of these characters may bear little resemblance to the average person's, but many people can find one or more circumstances relatable in this poignant comedy.
Thought I would be surprised, that this might be rather good, but I am not into vulgarities and ended the watch right as the fading of the opening act into the program title hit the screen. Not worth the watch for any humor if one has to swim through vulgar. Get enough of that from the neighbors.
Why does this keep getting nominated for Golden Globes??? Do we need more shows about old white dudes???
Vulgarity abounds, but so does some very rich humor. We liked this a lot.
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