"How are we supposed to find someone to give us clean piss when everyone over the age of 12 smokes weed these days?"
—Adam in the pilot.
(left to right) Adam, Anders, and Blake.Comedy Central Work Com
following the exploits of three college graduates and extremely immature men, Adam, Anders, and Blake. The three all work at a telemarketing company, but they spend most of their time getting drunk, doing drugs, and pulling pranks.
The show was based on the Web Show 5thyear
and is generally described as a sort of Spiritual Successor
to Office Space
, but on drugs
. It premiered on Comedy Central
on April 6, 2011, to a mixed-to-positive critical response.
Not to be confused with a Workaholic
, which this show's main characters definitely aren't
Workaholics provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Adam, to Alice. While he's not ugly, she loathes his personality.
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: In one episode, Karl pronounces chaos as 'cha-hose'.
- Ambiguously Brown: Montez, the boys' co-worker. He has a Spanish surname, but acts stereotypically black. (Jive Turkey accent and all)
Blake: He's black?
Adam: There's no way to tell.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
Alice: I'm gonna eat your balls for breakfast tomorrow, with my Grape Nuts. Then I'm gonna murder you. Then I'm gonna fire you.
- Atomic F-Bomb: In the episode "Stop! Pajama Time", when Adam finds out he's going to be fired, he lets out a bleeped f-word that stretches into the end of that scene and the commercial break. When the show comes back from break, that's when he finishes yelling.
- Awesome McCoolname: Ders' father is named Thor. Adam and Blake freak out when they hear.
- Berserk Button: Anders hates having his name mispronounced.
Anders: It's Ahn-ders! I have an Ahn at the beginning of my name! I have a hard-ahn!
- Book Ends: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Roommates" starts and ends with the guys all arguing and yelling at each other at the same time, only to stop and share a few contented bites of food, at the beginning, it's pizza, then at the end, donuts.
- Brick Joke: A few.
- In "Straight Up Juggahos", the boys scheme to set Jillian up on a blind date with a man they found online, telling her he is a friend named Jake Heisenripbauer (a name they made up on the spot). At the very end of the episode, Jillian calls him by the said name, leaving us to assume that she's been calling him that the entire time and that she still doesn't know his real name.
- "Model Kombat" has Blake meeting a sports shop owner who lost nearly all his sight during the war when a piece of shrapnel hit him, but Blake mistakes his words for "pizza shrapnel." Later in the episode, Adam throws a pizza slice at Ders. Blake immediately yells at him, asking if they have any idea how many people go blind due to pizza shrapnel.
- In the cold open of "In the Line of Getting Fired", Adam says that he'd be willing to give head to a man for $900 (which he immediately recants). During the closing scene, Blake is being put into an ambulance after being shot and asks how much it will cost him since he doesn't have insurance. The paramedic says $900. Blake and Ders then tell Adam to put his money where his mouth is.
- Butt Monkey: Waymond-he's kind of the maligned sidekick to Montez, in the alternative trio of Montez, Waymond and Jetset.
- Really, all three of the main guys. They're shown to be woefully incompetent at almost everything they try.
- Catch Phrase: "Tight butthole/loose butthole" definitely comes to mind.
- Blake and calling people "dumb idiots."
- Adam and his "Oh I like that!"
- There are a lot of these that are shorter lived like 'let's get weird', and 'take it sleazy'. It fits the characters (especially Adam) by showing how desperate he is to say something other people want to say, to be cool.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Blake is often called out on looking like Paula Poundstone.
- In another episode, to mock Der's supposed hair loss, Adam calls him Michael Chiklis.
- Chekhov's Gun: In the episode "Real Time", while the guys are drinking on the roof in the beginning, Blake is playing with a laser pointer. He later uses it against the future chicks during the bike chase scene.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Blake and Adam's drug dealer and friend, Karl.
- Comically Missing the Point: In "The Meat Jerking Beef Boys" a realtor asks the gang not to be out drinking on their roof while she's giving an open house. Blake agrees promptly, saying "Weed only!"
- Confusing Multiple Negatives: "Alice Quits" gives us this example.
Ders: Coming in, Trav. We're here to tell you you're about to get a video chat call from the people at Earth Pets.
Blake: Yeah, I guess they got some surveillance video of a certain executive shooting birds.
Adam: Hmm, that'd be crazy. And I wouldn't say they didn't like it, cause they didn't not like it cause they loved hating it and not liking it at all.
- Continuity Nod: Jillian mentions her cat Brent Hoffman dying in the season two episode "Man Trip". In "Fat Cuz" she tells Adam's fellow cat-loving cousin that it is the anniversary of Brent Hoffman's death.
- Another Jillian related one-in "Old man Ders," she mentions that she was adopted by a "horrible Korean family." In "Real Time," she answers the phone by saying 'yoboseyo', which is a Korean greeting.
- Deadpan Snarker: The boys' boss, Alice.
- Delivery Guy: What the three chuckle-heads wind up as during "Orgazmo Birth".
- Depending on the Writer: The boys' level of immaturity, Jillian's intelligence, Alice's hostility, etc. often fluctuates between episodes.
- Don't Explain the Joke: When the boys pull a "Poop Dollar" prank on someone (they wrap a dollar around poop and then leave it on the ground for someone to pick up or step on), one of them shouts "See we poop in the dollar!" as the victim runs away. When it happens again, they all yell "POOP DOLLAR" as they drive away.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Blake was confused for Anders' wife by an older employee in "The Strike".
- Fanservice: Blake's striptease at the beginning of "Checkpoint Gnarly." Really, in any given episode there's a pretty good chance Blake will end up at least partially naked.
- Funny Background Event: Alice has a framed picture of Kate Gosselin on her desk.◊
- Gorn: The episode "Friendship Anniversary" gets surprisingly violent as the guys kill the rats infesting their house.
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: See Shout-Out, below. Adam quotes this line word for word during an airsoft battle.
- Informed Attribute: Ders has "tits", Adam is "fat", and Blake has a penis "the size of a lego man". All three actors are relatively fit young men, and it's highly doubtful the actor who portrays Blake is that small down there.
- In-Series Nickname: "Ders." Anders is hardly ever called by his full name. There are a lot of these, Montez calls himself Monteezy, Blake is called "Uncle Blazer", "Blazer", "Blaze", and "Blazerian". Adam gives himself a lot of nicknames, with fake nickname middle names like "Killzone" "Topgun" and more. For one episode, Ders is called Blonders because he's blond.
- Insistent Terminology: In one episode, the guys stop calling it weed and call it grass. Then by the end of the episode, when Carl also calls it grass, they say they're calling it dro now.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Alice is indeed a verbally abusive Mean Boss, and in the episode "Model Kombat" she outright tells Adam that she wouldn't care if he died. Later that episode, she saves him from choking to death, and afterwards even grudgingly lets him hug her for a second.
- Karma Houdini: The high school kids in "Heist School," who crash the boys' home and party, and decapitate their beloved dragon statue. In the commentary, the guys even state that this was by far the least popular ending of an episode to date.
- They encounter the high school kids again in "Fourth and Inches," and they somewhat get even, but even then it's pretty much a Pyrrhic Victory.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Adam pulls a Leeroy out of his shroom fueled haze in the first season episode "Office Campout", ruining Blake and Ders' ridiculously childish plan and running straight at who he thinks are burglars, but turn out to just be the tech guys coming into the office to do routine maintenance. He even shouts "Leeroy Jenkins!"
- Man Child: All of them, but mostly Blake.
- Mean Boss: Alice regularly insults her employees both passively and outright. She manages to avoid being a Bad Boss, since she cares about doing a good job and never fires anyone without cause—she's just a very angry person.
- No Sense of Personal Space: The drug tester gets reeeeally close to Adam when he's peeing into a cup.
- Non Indicative Name: The show is not about workaholics (though it does involve work and addictions).
- Only Sane Man: Anders, to some extent. He seems to take his job a bit more seriously than Adam and Blake, and doesn't take drugs as much. But he still does them.
- Precision F-Strike: Though there's plenty of cursing on the show, there aren't as many uses of the word fuck, but they do pop up from time to time. "Alice Quits" gives us two examples.
Travis: Don't cause a scene, Alice!
Alice: Oh, Fuck off Travis! And eat a dick. I quit!
Travis: Jessie, calm down.
Jet Set: Bitch, my name is Jet Motha-fuckin Set! But you can call me Patric Swayze, cause guess what? I'm ghost.
- Pretty in Mink: Blake's bear jacket. "BITCH BETTA HAVE MY HONEY!"
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, Alice, who has retained her staff (even Anders, Adam, and Blake) despite numerous emails from Corporate telling her to trim the dead weight.
- Re Cut: The boys watch an edited-for-TV version of Die Hard with Blake's drug dealer and note the amusing replacement of "fuck" with "cluck."
- Sarcastic Title: You can almost hear the title saying "Yeah, reeaal workaholics, those guys."
- Ship Tease: Seems to be heading this way with Blake and Jillian, especially after a very...non-traditional Will They or Won't They? plot in "Hungry Like the Wolfdog."
- A drug tester in The Pilot calls Blake "Strawberry Shortcake".
- The pilot also features several references to Die Hard, complete with Blake crawling through the vents while paraphrasing a line from the movie.
- Again from the pilot, the kid in the playground that the boys try to get clean pee from calls Blake "Hermione".
- In the episode 'Temp-tress', Blake gives an impassioned (and poorly delivered) version of the Kurt Russel Speech from Miracle, talking about Montez, including the line 'I am sick of tired of hearing about what a good salesman Montez is.'
- The episode "Stop! Pajama Time" has a reference to Rudy when the team lays down their pajamas in order to protest Jillian being fired. Alice tells Holmvik he's supposed to be the mature one, and Holmvik responds "I believe that I am."
- In "Real Time" when rollerblading while chugging beers (and already still drunk from the night before), Adam climbs his way over a fence shouting "Kung-Fu!...Hustle!" The episode also references Speed, with Adam shouting "There's a bomb on the bus! If we go below fifty miles an hour, or don't go directly to Tel Ameri Corp, we're gonna explode!" Also, the actor who plays the bus driver also played the bus driver in Speed.
- "Model Kombat" contains an homage to Bloodsport with Adam blinding Blake with cigarette ashes before their fight. Blake calls upon advice from a blind man earlier in the episode and throws a punch at Adam anyway, only to hit Jillian in the face and give her a bloody nose.
- In "Timechair", the guys exhange a number of video game shoutouts, comparing themselves to various Mario Kart racers (Blake says he's Yoshi, Adam says he's Bowser, then Wario and Ders is happy to be Luigi), and then Blake says he's a Diddy Kong Racer. Ders says if there's changing games, he's Pierce Brosnan, 007.
- Catherine Zeta Jones! She dips beneath lasers. Woooaaaooo.
- In "Temp-tress", Adam pretends to be a customer to cause Montez to avoid making more sales, the name he gives Terry Bollea and the fake voice he uses is also his wrestler voice, completing with punctuating sentences with 'brother'. This is a subtle shout out, as Terry Bollea is Hulk Hogan's real name.
- In "Good Mourning" after Homegirl's passing, Adam starts a "Her name is Roberta Paulson" chant. Of course, that wasn't her name.
- In that same episode, Adam talks about how great Homegirl was saying "Nice?! She was a KING... a king of the hill...She was a legend...of the fall...She was Malcolm ...when Malcolm was in the middle, she was an ultimate fighter til the end."
- "The Promotion" has Adam and Blake pranking Ders by loosening his door so that he yanks it out.
Adam: "Oh, what, are you gonna break on through to the other side? Jim Morrison? The Doors
- During an office airsoft gun battle in "Alice Quits", Adam quotes Predator in a macho voice, "I ain't got time to bleed.", prompting a confused Ders to say "Are you bleeding?" Adam says in his normal voice "No, because," before repeating the quote in his previous voice.
- In "Straight Up Juggahos" Blake says "I'm not gonna stand in the way of love. I'm not Billy Zane"
- Shown Their Work: It's unknown if there are any actual Insane Clown Posse fans on the production staff, but they go surprisingly in-depth into the Juggalo subculture for the episode "Straight Up Juggahos", right down to having one of the Juggalettes dub Adam "Sugar Bear" (the name of Shaggy 2 Dope's character in Big Money Hustlas) in one scene. Sure, they spend most of the episode mocking Juggalos, but at least they got the details right.
- The Slacker: Blake, Adam, (and Anders to a lesser extent).
- Smart Ball: The guys are depicted as being fairly unintelligent, but in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Roommates" they manage to get themselves out of being stuck in a sewer through teamwork, use of this trope, and Chekhov's Gun.
- Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: When officiating Karl's wedding, Blake calls for objections before raising one himself.
- Spiritual Successor: Some reviewers describe it as this to Office Space.
- The Stoner: Though all three of the guys do drugs, Blake is the Most Triumphant Example of this trope.
- In The Pilot, a list of over a dozen drugs that are regularly in Blake's system are read aloud; among them include marijuana, birth control, cocaine, meth, and both Dayquil and Nyquil ("Why would anyone take both?")
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Subverted. While The three main characters are basically the annoying frat boys that come to your party uninvited, get really drunk, and fuck up your couch, they manage to be so inneffectual and pathetic while still showing heart every now and then that they actually become sympathetic.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The three guys all love each other, but they also get really mad at each other very often. Sometimes they go back and forth quickly like in "Timechair" when Ders and Blake get ready to joust. Blake lists off a past grievance of Ders stealing a chick from him, but Ders can't hear him. Blake quickly shrugs it off, saying its in the past, and the two joust with an air of just having (dangerous and reckless, of course).
- The Voiceless: Waymond. Enforced-on an episode where Waymond was due to testify in court against the guys, they took action to push the court's affairs back a day, helping to ensure Waymond doesn't speak.
- Whole Episode Flashback: The episode "Flashback in the Day" takes place in 2007 and shows how the trio met in college.