The male midlife crisis is hardly a groundbreaking subject, but Men of a Certain Age doesn’t need novelty to augment the poignant and hilarious truth it deals in. The new TNT series “proves a powerful yet mercifully amusing experience—bittersweet, poignant, and wise," Tom Shales writes. "It's not just a series, but something of a tonic.” And the performances by its leads are fantastic.
Ray Romano “proves himself genuinely an actor, not just a comic who's stretching in a sitcom,” Shales writes in the Washington Post. Scott Bakula is “in the best series role of his life,” and Andre Braugher “finds himself in a worthy successor” to Homicide. The story of three men dealing with middle age, Shales writes, “has the courage and perhaps hubris to add to voluminous literature on its subject.” And succeed.