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'Workaholics' Premiere Episodes

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The Bottom Line

Workaholics is another vulgar and dumb Comedy Central show with only a slightly higher level of humor and cleverness than its peers.

Pros

  • Has a certain goofy charm
  • Willing to go far for a joke

Cons

  • Wallows in gross-out humor
  • Main characters essentially interchangeable
  • Little creativity in plotting

Description

  • Premieres April 6, 2011, at 10:30 p.m. EST on Comedy Central
  • Stars Adam Devine, Blake Anderson, Anders Holm
  • Created by Adam Devine, Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Kyle Newacheck, Dominic Russo, Connor Pritchard

Guide Review - 'Workaholics' Premiere Episodes

Comedy Central has such a dismal track record when it comes to scripted comedies that I pretty much expect nothing from any of the network’s new shows (animation and talk shows are another matter). Workaholics isn’t as mind-bogglingly awful as Secret Girlfriend or as inane as Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, but it’s still pretty weak, another recycling of the bro-comedy that Comedy Central seems to require to balance out the more sophisticated likes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Adam Devine, Blake Anderson and Anders Holm of the Mail Order Comedy troupe star as a trio of slackers who work together at some generic corporation and spend most of their time slacking off, drinking, getting stoned and chasing women. The characters (all named after the actors themselves) are a combination of Judd Apatow-style slackers and the same kind of stunted man-children that Adam Sandler has played for years and seems to have bequeathed lately to Nick Swardson. There’s virtually no differentiation among the characters; they might as well be three versions of the same person. Adam Devine and Anders Holm even have the same haircut.

The plots take fairly basic sitcom scenarios and add extra bodily fluids and drug use to them, to minimal effect. The three stars have a nice sense of being game for anything, but they also overplay too many of the gags so that the bits turn from endearing to annoying. And Workaholics is yet another show that relies on pop-culture nostalgia (one episode features a whole subplot about classic Nickelodeon game-show host Marc Summers) in place of actual jokes. Given the low standard of Comedy Central programming, Workaholics is a bit of a pleasant surprise, but that doesn’t mean that it’s actually any good.

Disclosure: A review screener was provided by the network. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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