Men at Work
is a sitcom on TBS about four friends who try to help each other navigate the treacherous waters of relationships while working at a magazine.
Not to be confused with the band
or the film
(either of them).
This series provides examples of:
- Accidental Marriage: Milo and Tyler got married while drunk. It was annulled.
- And Starring: And James Lesure.
- Ascended Fanboy: Gibbs meeting and working for his hero during a photoshoot. It made Gibbs a Know-Nothing Know-It-All Insufferable Genius.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite everyone else in the world thinking she's too good for him, Amy is genuinely in love with Neal, and despite some of his moaning, Neal once turned down an offer from a woman all the other guys wanted to be with.
- Bi the Way: Milo and Gibbs, though they avoid each other purposely, have this with a girl.
- Badass Baritone: Gibbs
- Character Development: At the beginning of the show, Tyler had about as much interest in a long-term relationship as a salmon. As the show has continued on, he has started to appreciate relationships more, and has developed a bit of Ho Yay with Milo. Gibbs has also started yearning for a real relationship as well, albeit not as much as Tyler.
- Crazy Homeless Person: Milo meets a homeless man (played by Seth Green) at a subway station, and becomes his Arch-Enemy when he offers to buy him sandwiches, but not cigarettes and porn. His other arch enemies are Tom Hanks and Lite Brite.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Neal is actually more skilled than the others give him credit for. He actually could've trounced them at Coaster Frisbee, but he let Milo win to give him the inner-strength needed to turn down his ex.
- Deadpan Snarker: All four of them, really.
- Five-Man Band
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Milo is melancholic, Gibbs is choleric, Neal is phlegmatic and Tyler is sanguine.
- Freudian Trio: More like a quartet, but it still works: Gibbs and Tyler are the Ids, Milo is the Ego, and Neal is the Superego.
- It's Like I Always Say: Gibbs, lampshaded, as he's never said any of the things he's claimed that he's said. Tyler points this out.
- Last Name Basis: Gibbs
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Milo and Neal, mostly. Gibbs and Tyler are too, but you really have to dig for it.
- Laugh Track
- Mundane Made Awesome: Yogurt feels like this for the guys when they are bored at work or stuck in a rut.
- One of the Boys: Neal's girlfriend, Amy, sometimes hangs out with the main group. They all seem to enjoy something of a rapport with her, and she seems very familiar with their various quirks.
- Only One Name: Gibbs
- Only Sane Man: Milo and Neal seem to take turns with this at times.
- Really Gets Around: The main cast, particularly Gibbs, who is is implied had sex with a horse once.
- Stylistic Suck: Milo's inventions in one episode
- True Companions: The guys typically watch out for each other when they need backing up.
- Token Black: Gibbs
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Mostly Gibbs and Tyler, although they do have redeemable qualities.