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Men Behaving Badly aired from September 1996 until December 1997 on NBC.
" Men are dogs...They just are" was the slogan displayed at the beginning of this gross sitcom, set in Indianapolis. Exhibit #1 was unemployed photographer Jamie ( Rob Schneider), a weasley, sexist slob who couldn't understand why he had no luck with women. His roommate Kevin ( Ron Eldard), a manager at a security systems company, was only slightly smarter when it came to the opposite sex. Together they sat around guzzling beer, wolfing down dry cereal and debating the merits of continued lovemaking if your girlfriend has fallen asleep. Sarah ( Justine Bateman) was a sensible nurse who loved Kevin despite his quirks and Cherie ( Julia Campbell) the sexy next-door neighbor and target of many of the boys' pranks. NBC started tinkering with the show almost as soon as it premiered. About 2 months into the run Kevin and Sarah's last names were changed for no apparant reason. At the beginning of the second season, Kevin married Sarah and moved to Chicago; Cherie was also gone. Jamie's new roommate was Steve ( Ken Marino), who was coming off a long relationship and needed to get in touch with his hormones. His girlfriend Katie ( Jenica Bergere) was a young art teacher with an unexpected wild streak , while Nurse Brenda ( Dina Spybey), who had been seen occasionally during the previous season, was the boys' new target.
Based on the British sitcom of the same name.
Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner were the Executive Producers.
A Review from The New York Times
Men Will Be Boys, And Slobs and Dogs
By CARYN JAMES
Published: September 18, 1996
With a title as juicy as ''Men Behaving Badly,'' you almost don't need a show to go with it. Fortunately, the series behind the title is a blithely funny and sharp, though often impolite, battle-of-the-sexes comedy.
Like so many new series, this one begins with a pair of roommates. Ron Eldard (Shep from ''E.R.'') plays Kevin, the one with the job and the girlfriend. He is marginally the more mature roommate, which is a lot like saying Moe is the smartest Stooge.
Rob Schneider (the copy-room guy from ''Saturday Night Live'') is an unemployed photographer named Jamie, who in his more enlightened moments realizes he is a loser and tries to turn that to his advantage with women, whining and pleading when necessary.
Though the first episode of ''Men Behaving Badly'' will be shown tonight, it will seem familiar to anyone who watched the Olympics. NBC relentlessly showed scenes from this episode, including one in which Jamie runs out of coffee filters and substitutes his undershorts.
But the series works better as a whole. There is a neat balance between the characters, so the show is not all about crude uses for underwear. Mr. Eldard's well-meaning Kevin might actually grow up one of these years. Mr. Schneider's Jamie will always be brushing his teeth in the car and rinsing with coffee on his way to a job interview. Far from being mean-spirited, the series seems fond of these big babies, deftly played by actors who make their behavior unnervingly natural.
And equal sympathy is extended to women. Justine Bateman plays Sarah, Kevin's longtime and, needless to say, long-suffering girlfriend. In tonight's episode they wonder whether to have a child. ''It's not like I don't love her,'' Kevin tells Jamie in a serious man-to-man talk. ''But fatherhood? That's, like, a 10-year commitment!''
The best clue to the bemused tone of ''Men Behaving Badly'' comes in its stylish opening credit sequence, the most cathartic in recent memory. In a black-and-white montage from a century of movies, women slap men's faces with gloved hands, fists and purses, while Marshall Crenshaw sings the Beatles' ''Bad Boy'' (''Now, Junior, behave yourself'').
In fact, the series' secret appeal may be that it offers vicarious thrills for everyone: the men act any way they want and the women bluntly tell them off about it. Tonight, in one of the mock-sociological voice-overs that crop up between scenes, a woman's professorial voice explains everything. ''Amid the chaos, one constant remains,'' she says. ''Men are dogs; they just are.'' That might as well be taken as a compliment. It also turns out to be a pretty good assumption on which to build a sitcom.
A Review from Entertainment Weekly
BOOS TO 'MEN'
'BEHAVING' SUFFERS FROM A CASE OF MALE-PATTERN BADNESS
The dicey appeal of MEN BEHAVING BADLY (NBC, Wednesdays, 9:30-10 p.m.) can be summed up by quoting one of the men, Kevin (Ron Eldard), who says women are ''like cats: moody, demanding, aloof, and they act like they're doing you a favor when you want sex.'' Sexist sentiments exploded by the stupidity of the guy expressing them is what this show's about.
Based on the hit British comedy of the same name, Men stars Eldard, soft-eyed puppy dog Shep from ER (you know, Julianna Margulies' sweetie, who had the bad-temper breakdown), and -- as his pal and roommate, Jamie -- Rob Schneider (you know, the one who was funny for a couple of weeks on Saturday Night Live as the copy-machine guy). Kevin and Jamie are supposed to be men's men -- perpetually hungry (they snack on beer and Fudgsicles), perpetually horny, perpetually adolescent. Penetrating their hormonal haze is Kevin's girlfriend, Sarah (Justine Bateman), a nurse who behaves pretty badly herself. She says of her patients, ''Sometimes I wish they'd all die so I could sleep in.''
Combine the jokes I've quoted with the fact that when Jamie runs out of coffee filters, he uses dirty underpants, and you get a pretty good idea of just how low Men will go. But, as overseen by creator Matthew Carlson, this bad-taste extravaganza isn't tawdry like, say, Married...With Children. The lines are a little sharper. The main problem is that Men's male-piggy premise leads to too many obvious jokes. When Kevin says he envies babies because they get to breast-feed, you wonder how many times you've heard that one before. Similarly, Schneider tends to mug like Seinfeld's Kramer and go all slack-jawed a la every dumb-cluck character on TV since Gomer Pyle.
But Eldard and Bateman are likable; if Men can transcend its cliches, it might prove fun watching them misbehave. C+
An Article from the New York Daily News
20 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT MEN BEHAVING BADLY FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT TV'S MOST POLITICALLY INCORRECT SITCOM THE SHOW'S CREATOR WAS OUT BOOZING WITH HIS BUDDIES WHEN HIS WIFE WENT INTO LABOR & HE WAS TOO DRUNK TO ATTEND THE BIRTH OF HIS CHILD
By KEVIN O'SULLIVAN
| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
Oct 13, 1996 | 12:00 AM
IT'S the new sitcom that has millions of viewers wondering: "Are men really that bad?
" In NBC's "Men Behaving Badly" former "Saturday Night Live" star Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard play a couple of gonzo slobs who confirm every woman's worst suspicions about the male of the species. Wading through the empty beer cans and discarded takeout food containers that litter their Indianapolis apartment, our two heroes live out their lives in a world of six-packs and sexual fantasy. Jamie Coleman (Schneider) and Kevin Murphy (Eldard) think P.
C. stands for pretty chicks. Here are 20 things you should know about "Men Behaving Badly" and its stars if you're going to get involved with these guys. 1. Schneider says his new comedy has it down just right. "Guys will try to get away with as much as they can until they get busted. Jamie is totally out for himself. This is a real-life kind of a guy.
" 2. Whatever you think of Eldard's opinion don't argue with him! Before becoming an actor, he was a promising boxer. In 1988, just weeks after taking up the sport, he reached the light heavyweight final in the Daily News Golden Gloves Competition at Madison Square Garden, only to be narrowly beaten for the title by Floyd Patterson's adopted son. 3. When Eldard was chosen to play has-been boxer Terry Molloy in last year's big Broadway adaptation of "On the Waterfront," he refused to get into the ring to prepare for his role. The play closed after just 12 performances. 4. New Yorker Eldard's showbiz career got off to an even shakier start when he landed a major Broadway role in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" only to have the playwright ax him just as he was about to hit the stage. The actor recalls: "The Playbills were printed, my family and friends bought tickets and suddenly I wasn't in it anymore.
" 5. Eldard's first big TV break in 1992 fared only slightly better. He starred in the Fox series "Bakersfield P.
D.," but before viewers had the chance to take to his character, Officer Wade Preston, the show was axed. 6. Schneider, 31, is the youngest of five children, and grew up in San Francisco. He says: "My mom's Filipino and my dad's Jewish. Her family had better food than dad's but worse jokes.
" 7. Schneider launched his movie career playing a bellhop in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
" When he landed the role of Sylvester Stallone's comic sidekick in Judge Dredd he revealed: "Sly got over $10 million and I was offered .
03% of that!
"Men Behaving Badly" was brought to America from Britain, where it has been the most watched TV comedy since it premiered four years ago. 9. Despite its immense popularity in England, the sitcom has been accused of spawning a generation of `thugs whose only interests in life are sex and booze. One British politician even brought the question up in the House of Commons, calling the show "a depressing depiction of men and an insult to the nation.
" 10. British critics have already dubbed the U.
S. translation as "Men Behaving Well.
" They say American TV has sanitized the formula and over here the guys always end up doing the decent thing. 11. Kevin's long-suffering girlfriend is played by Justine Bateman. It's her first TV series since "Family Ties" in which she played Mallory and was twice nominated for an Emmy ended its seven-year run in 1989. 12. The 29-year-old actress suffered the nightmare of being stalked by a crazed fan while appearing in "Family Ties.
" On the opening night of a play she was doing in Berkeley, Calif., her besotted admirer, John Smetek, sat down outside the theater, pointing a .
22-caliber pistol at his heart. 13. When Smetek finally surrended to cops after a three-hour standoff, the Texas drifter held up photographs of Bateman and declared: "I just wanted to make sure she knew how much I still cared about her.
" 14. Bateman made her TV debut as a child, lisping in a Wheaties commercial, "Before I swim in the school swim meeties, I get the eaties for my Wheaties.
" But in real-life she has fought a long battle against the eating disorder bulimia, which she now says she overcame with the "help of God.
" 15. Simon Nye, who created "Men Behaving Badly," insists he is no unfeeling oaf and dotes on his wife and the couple's two children. But he admits he wasn't around when she had their firstborn. He was out boozing with his buddies and only found out she was in labor when he staggered home drunk. 16. Schneider tied the knot with model London King in 1988 after a whirlwind romance. Two years later the marriage ended in divorce. But he still dotes on their 6-year-old daughter, whom he sees as often as possible. 17. At least one member of the British version's cast has managed to live up to the show's name. In August Neil Morrissey was convicted of driving without insurance. A U.
K. court found him guilty in his absence after he failed to turn up for his hearing for the 13th time. 18. Although Schneider has been offered millions to play his SNL character Richard "The Richmeister," Laymer in a movie, he refuses to do so. He says: " You couldn't sustain the Rich Laymer joke for 90 minutes.
" 19. Next week Eldard can be seen starring opposite Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro in the movie "Sleepers.
" Not bad for a guy who was last seen on screen playing a cop who pulls over the blind Al Pacino while he's driving in "Scent of a Woman.
" 20. Despite the fact its most recent Nielsen chart position was only 43d, NBC bosses plan to slot the show into their audience-grabbing "Must-See TV" Thursday night comedy lineup. Maybe they heard that, according to a recent magazine survey, the show rates No. 1 with the nation's couch potatoes.
To watch clips of Men Behaving Badly go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Men+Behaving+Badly+%28US%29+tv+series
For Rob Schneider's Official Website go to http://www.robschneider.com/
For a Review of the British Version of Men Behaving Badly go to http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/shows_me_to_mi.htm#men_behaving_badly
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