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Work It is a six-episode ABC sitcom from 2012 about two St. Louis guys (Lee and Angel) forced to dress as women in order to get jobs as pharmaceutical sales representatives. The reason for this is twofold:

  1. At least one of them legitimately needs the money. When the series begins, Lee had recently lost his job and medical insurance, the latter of which he wasn't aware of until he was suddenly $900 in the red after a recent medical appointment.
  2. Said pharmaceutical company only hires women because the doctors want to bang them.

...Except Lee gets hired because (s)he knows the products and is a decent sales(wo)man. Yeah. And the "fun" doesn't stop there.

Work It was scheduled to air a "tryout" first season (as a midseason replacement for the similarly-themed critical flop Man Up!) from January 3–31, but was massively panned before and during its brief run. The Futon Critic took one look and bashed it in pretty much every facet, while IGN awarded it its first "0" rating since 2005 and The A.V. Club gave it an "F" (Wikipedia has their comments and others here). Audiences clearly didn't like it, either - ABC removed it from the schedule after two episodes, but not before making excuses.


To say the show was a bomb from conception would inflict undue affront upon bomb makers.

This show provides examples of:

  • Broke the Rating Scale: IGN gave it a 0/10 score, only the third time the site had ever done so.
  • Disguised in Drag: Pretty much the entire raison d'être for the show was to have two guys dressed as women.
  • Idiot Ball: Nobody can tell the main characters are men in drag, despite the fact that they're obviously men in drag.