Men of a Certain Age

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Men of a Certain Age
Created by
Opening theme"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" by The Beach Boys
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerVictor Hsu (line producer)
EditorKevin D. Ross
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
  • Snowpants Productions
  • Papa Al Productions
  • TNT Original Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkTNT
Picture format16:9
Original releaseDecember 7, 2009 (2009-12-07) –
July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)
External links

Men of a Certain Age is an American comedy-drama television series created by Ray Romano and Mike Royce, that ran on TNT from December 7, 2009 to July 6, 2011. The hour-long program stars Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula as three best friends in their late forties dealing with the realities of being middle aged. It won a Peabody Award in 2010.[1] On July 15, 2011, TNT cancelled the series after two seasons spanning 22 episodes.


The series follows the adventures of Joe, Owen, and Terry, three men in their late 40s who have been friends since college. Joe (Ray Romano) is a timid, separated (later divorced) father of two (Brittany Curran as Lucy, and Braeden Lemasters as Albert) who had dreamed of becoming a pro golfer but now owns a party supply store, and has a gambling addiction. Owen (Andre Braugher) is an anxiety-stricken, diabetic husband and father, who works at a job he hates, selling cars at a dealership owned and managed by his father, former NBA player Owen Thoreau, Sr. (Richard Gant). Terry (Scott Bakula) is an apartment building manager and semi-retired actor desperate to relive his past glory. He has never married, and usually dates much younger women.

In the second season, Owen's father has retired and left Owen in charge of the dealership, where Owen hires Terry as a salesman. Joe, now officially divorced, turns 50 and attempts to qualify for the PGA Senior Tour.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Ray Romano as Joe Tranelli, the protagonist. An aspiring golfer who never reached the professional level, Joe now owns a party store. He is separated from his wife and has two children.
  • Scott Bakula as Terry Elliot, an apartment building manager and former actor struggling to relive his glory days. He has never married.
  • Andre Braugher as Owen Thoreau, Jr., an anxiety-suffering, overweight, diabetic car salesman working for his father. He is married and has three children.
  • LisaGay Hamilton as Melissa Thoreau, Owen's wife.
  • Richard Gant as Owen Thoreau, Sr, Owen's father, the owner of a Chevrolet car dealership and former NBA player.
  • Brian J. White as Marcus, a car salesman who works with Owen.
  • Melinda McGraw as Erin Riley (season 2 only)
  • Lil' JJ as Dashaun (season 1 only, recurring season 2), a party store employee
  • Kwesi Boakye as Jamie Thoreau
  • Brittany Curran as Lucy Tranelli
  • Braeden Lemasters as Albert Tranelli
  • Isaiah Montgomery as Michael Thoreau

Recurring cast[edit]


In March 2008, TNT announced that it had ordered a pilot based on a script written by Ray Romano and Mike Royce.[2][3] Both men had previously worked together on Everybody Loves Raymond. Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula were announced in June and July, respectively, to also star in the series with Romano.[4][5][6] In January 2009, TNT ordered 10 episodes of Men of a Certain Age.[7][8] It is Bakula's first series as a regular cast member since Star Trek: Enterprise, Braugher's first regular role since Thief ended in 2006, and Romano's first series since Everybody Loves Raymond wrapped in May 2005. Men of a Certain Age premiered on TNT on December 7, 2009.[9] It was given a TV-MA-L rating because of strong language. On January 14, 2010 TNT renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on December 6, 2010. The second season was aired in two batches of six episodes each.

On July 15, 2011, TNT announced that they would not be renewing Men of a Certain Age for a third season.[10]


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
212December 6, 2010 (2010-12-06)July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)

Season 1 (2009–10)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Scott WinantRay Romano & Mike RoyceDecember 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)5.4
In the series premiere, we are introduced to Joe, Owen and Terry, who have been friends for years. Joe, who once had a dream of becoming a professional golfer, is now a party-store owner who is dealing with his recent separation from his wife. Owen is a married father of three working for his father as a car salesman in order to make ends meet and Terry is a former actor who is trying to recapture his past glory. The three of them support each other through their mid-life challenges during daily lunch meetings at a local diner and hikes in the hills of Los Angeles. Owen collapses due to low blood sugar during a hike and is hospitalized. Afterwards, he has a falling out with his father over his sales figures, while Joe meets a bookmaker named Manfro and Terry auditions for a role but finds the odds are against him.
22"Let It Go"Scott WinantRay Romano & Mike RoyceDecember 14, 2009 (2009-12-14)4.4
Joe, who has been living in a hotel room since separating from his wife, begins to think about renting an apartment. Owen uses an old dealership model as his new car, much to his wife's dismay and Terry sets out to find the rude driver who almost ran him down.
33"Mind's Eye"Phil TraillRick MuirraguiDecember 21, 2009 (2009-12-21)3.7
Joe makes an attempt to bond with his son by teaching him the basics of golf, and winds up hearing about his son's personal issues. Meanwhile, Terry and an actress friend team up to pose as a married couple at an open-house, but Terry takes his role too seriously and Owen attempts to get his sales figures up but is stifled by a moral dilemma.
44"The New Guy"Ed BianchiBridget BedardDecember 28, 2009 (2009-12-28)3.1
Terry and Owen intend to go to the local school fund-raiser auction, as they do every year, but discover that for the first time, Joe isn't planning on going; this is because his ex-wife Sonia will be there with her new boyfriend Harold. Instead, Joe plans to stay home. However, he soon finds himself bored out of his mind, and ends up spending a wild night out with his bookie, Manfro. Meanwhile, at the auction, Melissa and Owen find themselves seated at the same table as Sonia and Harold, who accidentally let slip that they had started dating nearly a full year before Joe and Sonia had split up. Owen is furious and is unable to "make nice" as Melissa wants, and is shocked by Terry's laid-back attitude about the news that Sonia had been cheating on their friend. Terry, who is there as auctioneer, finds himself a hit with the ladies, but is at first unable to fully work his charms, thanks to unintended interference by a friendly but boorish coworker. Terry eventually manages to arrange a rendezvous with a former lover, despite the fact that she is engaged. However, thoughts about the implications of Sonia cheating on Joe cause Terry to change his mind at the last minute, and he decides to skip the rendezvous.
55"Powerless"David PaymerMark StegemannJanuary 4, 2010 (2010-01-04)3.1
Owen and his family must stay at his demanding father's house when their own home loses power. Adding to the headache: Construction on Owen's house halts because of a crooked contractor. Meanwhile, Joe suspects that his daughter is being stalked by her ex-flame.
66"Go with the Flow"Millicent SheltonJack OrmanJanuary 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)2.9
Joe recounts the tale of the first date he’s gone on in 20 years with Dory (Sarah Clarke). The misadventures include a black eye, a potentially embarrassing encounter with one of his employees, an unfortunate piece of advice from Terry, an anxious Little Leaguer and a poorly placed lamp.
77"Father's Fraternity"Ed BianchiWarren HutchersonJanuary 25, 2010 (2010-01-25)2.3
Daddy issues plague both Joe and Owen, as Joe pays a visit to his curmudgeonly retired father (Robert Loggia) and Owen's dad produces an auto-dealership commercial that suggests Owen isn't his son—but Owen's coworker is. Meanwhile, Terry is applying to volunteer as a Big Brother.
88"You Gonna Do That the Rest of Your Life?"David BoydLew SchneiderFebruary 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)2.3
Joe's bookie finds out that Joe is an excellent golfer and exploits his skills in a scam. Meanwhile, Owen's weight gain is worrying his family and Terry moves into a new apartment building and becomes the apartment manager.
99"How to Be an All-Star"Phil TraillBridget BedardFebruary 15, 2010 (2010-02-15)2.1
When his son's anxiety level rises because of the poor family situation, Joe decides that it is time to buy a house. In order to get some of the money, he places a $25,000 bet on a basketball game. Meanwhile at the dealership, Owen must deal with an irritable, disrespectful customer and Terry reunites with a former friend who has gone on to become a famous actor.
1010"Back in the S#!t"David BoydStory by : Lew Schneider & Mark Stegemann
Teleplay by : Ray Romano & Mike Royce
February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)2.6
Feeling guilty about his rapid downward spiral, which includes out of control gambling and having to cut back on staff at his store, Joe decides to stop gambling. Owen finds a new sense of purpose when he goes to work for a rival auto dealership following his father's decision to turn management over to Marcus. And Terry's life spins out of control when his gig on a movie results in disasters at the apartment complex he manages.

Season 2 (2010–11)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
111"If I Could, I Surely Would"Ed BianchiRay Romano & Mike RoyceDecember 6, 2010 (2010-12-06)2.4
Joe is determined to get himself back in good shape on the golf course, but having to get up at the crack of dawn to practice is starting to wear on him. Plus, his new house just happens to be in the same neighborhood as his former bookie. Owen is now manager of his father's auto dealership, but his decision to hire Terry is starting to look like a bad move. It turns out Terry's acting skills aren't helping him succeed in selling any cars. He's also not exactly cut out for a 9-to-5 job.
122"Same as the Old Boss"Jennifer GetzingerMark StegemannDecember 13, 2010 (2010-12-13)2.2
Joe attempts to stick to a schedule that will allow him time to practice his golf game, but it's a fruitless endeavor. Owen tries to assert some authority over the car dealership's service department, but being the manager is starting to have a negative impact on his life, especially his marriage. Terry becomes the butt of his coworker's pranks when they discover a video of one of his old commercials online.
133"Cold Calls"Ed BianchiItamar MosesDecember 20, 2010 (2010-12-20)2.3
Joe finds himself dating two women at the same time, but he's not quite sure how to handle the situation. Terry agrees to a bet with a fellow car salesman over who can unload the most cars by the end of the week. Owen pushes his father to stop undermining his authority at the dealership.
144"The Bad Guy"Millicent SheltonSiân HederDecember 27, 2010 (2010-12-27)2.3
In the midst of finalizing his divorce, Joe makes a surprising discovery about his teenage daughter. Owen goes to a car convention, where he gets some important and unexpected news from his father. And Terry is approached about a television commercial he did many years ago. Penelope Ann Miller guest-stars.
155"And Then the Bill Comes"David BoydBridget BedardJanuary 3, 2011 (2011-01-03)2.1
Joe feels conflicted after finding out some news about his former bookie, Manfro (guest star Jon Manfrellotti). Terry begins to embrace the benefits of having a 9-to-5 job. Owen takes a huge step towards resolving the tension between sales and service.
166"Let the Sunshine In"David BoydTucker CawleyJanuary 10, 2011 (2011-01-10)3.3
When Terry announces he's going to get a colonoscopy for his 50th birthday, the guys all decide to get one, making a weekend out of it in Palm Springs. While there, Joe deals with his "mind" bets, Terry can't stop thinking about Erin and Owen opens up about his dad and the dealership.
177"The Great Escape"Millicent SheltonLew SchneiderJune 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)1.8
Joe decides to spend some time with his former bookie Manfro (guest star Jon Manfrellotti), who is preparing to undergo a difficult medical treatment. Terry and Erin take a bold new step in their relationship. And Owen receives an intriguing offer from a rival dealership. Penelope Ann Miller also guest-stars.
188"The Pickup"Phil TraillKen BlanksteinJune 8, 2011 (2011-06-08)1.3
Joe does a favor for Manfro (guest star Jon Manfrellotti) that could have a lasting effect. Terry struggles to deal with the latest development in his love life. And Owen tries to keep things on the lot from getting out of control as a feud develops between his top salesmen. Penelope Ann Miller also guest stars.
199"A League of Their Owen"David BoydTucker Cawley & Itamar MosesJune 15, 2011 (2011-06-15)1.4
Owen is handed the reins to the Thoreau Chevrolet softball team right before the season opener against a rival dealership. Joe's dad (guest star Robert Loggia) comes to visit and brings along his new girlfriend to meet the family. And Terry's relationship troubles come to a head. Patrick Gallagher and Alanna Ubach also guest-star.
2010"Can't Let That Slide"Mike RoyceSiân Heder & Lew SchneiderJune 22, 2011 (2011-06-22)1.5
Joe’s friendship with Manfro becomes more complicated. (Guest star Jon Manfrellotti). Owen observes the sales guys in action after installing hidden cameras at the dealership. And Terry’s date night goes awry. Alanna Ubach also guest-stars.
2111"Whatever Gets You Through the Night"Geoff HaleyBridget Bedard & Mike RoyceJune 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)1.5
Owen and Terry team up on a new commercial for the dealership. Joe tries to get his store and his life back on track but old relationships complicate matters. Jon Manfrellotti and Sarah Clarke guest-star.
2212"Hold Your Finish"David BoydBridget Bedard & Mark StegemannJuly 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)1.7
Joe’s big day – the senior tour pre-qualifier – has finally arrived. Terry realizes a new dream and passion. And Owen discusses the future of the auto dealership with his father.

Critical reception[edit]

Scott Bakula, Rory Rosegarten, Ray Romano, Mike Royce, Andre Braugher, and Cary Hoffman of Men of a Certain Age at the 70th Annual Peabody Awards

Season one was met with positive reviews. According to aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an 89% approval rating based on 18 reviews. The sites consensus reads: "Witty, insightful, and poignant, Men of a Certain Age is a second-act triumph for stars Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, and Ray Romano."[11] It holds a Metacritic score of 78 out of 100, based on 24 collected reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

Season two was met with equally positive reviews. It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews. The sites consensus reads: "Sharply written and deftly acted, Men of a Certain Age continues to be an observational sitcom of rare insight and depth."[13] It holds a Metacritic score of 86 out of 100, based on 15 collected reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."[14]

Home media[edit]

Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
Men of a Certain Age: The Complete First Season November 9, 2010 N/A N/A 2
Men of a Certain Age: The Complete Second and Final Season December 4, 2012 N/A N/A 3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category / Recipient Results Ref
2010 Humanitas Prize Awards 60 Minute Category (for episode "Father's Fraternity")
(writer) Hutcherson
Peabody Awards Men of a Certain Age Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for episode "Powerless") / Andre Braugher Nominated [15]
2011 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Music Supervisor for Television / Gary Calamar Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series / Millicent Shelton Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series / Andre Braugher Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series / Andre Braugher Nominated [16]
Peabody Awards Men of a Certain Age / TNT (production company) Won
Braeden Lemasters Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for episode "Let the Sunshine In") / Andre Braugher Nominated [15]
Writers Guild of America New Series / Men of a Certain Age
(writer) Bridget Bedard
(writer) Tucker Cawley
(writer) Warren Hutcherson
(writer) Rick Muirragui
(writer) Jack Orman
(writer) Ray Romano
(writer) Mike Royce
(writer) Lew Schneider
(writer) Mark Stegemann
Young Artists Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) — Supporting Young Actor / Braedon Lemasters Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) — Supporting Young Actress / Brittany Curran Nominated
2012 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Music Supervision for Television / Gary Calamar Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series / Andre Braugher Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance — Drama / Andre Braugher Won
Best Performance — Drama / LisaGay Hamilton Nominated



In Canada, Men of a Certain Age can be seen on Super Channel. In Latin America, Men of a Certain Age premiered on July 13, 2010 on the prime time block of Warner Channel.


Men of a Certain Age is available to stream for two seasons on WarnerMedia's HBO Max, which launched on May 27, 2020.


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