Man Up

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 6.6  (2,680)

Man Up aired on ABC from 2011 to 2012, and starred Amanda Detmer. The show follows the lives of three buddies who struggle with their masculinity and the traditional expectations that come with it. The hunters, fixers, and protectors are out to prove that men can be sensitive, not just stoic. Along the way, they discover that being a man means embracing your vulnerability and accepting your flaws.

The show starts with Will (Mather Zickel) getting divorced and moving in with his best friends, Craig (Christopher Moynihan) and Kenny (Dan Fogler). The trio spends their days drinking beer, playing video games, and debating pop culture. But when Craig's wife, Donna (Teri Polo), gives him a hard time for not being macho enough, he starts to question his own manhood.

Kenny, on the other hand, is obsessed with proving his masculinity to his girlfriend, Bridgette (Amanda Detmer). He spends his days lifting weights, watching action movies, and refusing to read books or watch romantic comedies. But when Bridgette threatens to leave him, he starts to realize that there's more to being a man than just being tough.

Together, the three friends navigate the highs and lows of modern masculinity, confronting everything from gender stereotypes to fatherhood. They learn to embrace their weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and to lean on each other for support. Along the way, they discover that being a real man means being honest, open, and vulnerable.

Man Up was praised for its authentic depiction of male friendship and the struggles that men face in today's society. The show tackled issues like emotional expression, gender roles, and toxic masculinity with sensitivity and humor. The chemistry between the three main actors was also praised, with the banter between them feeling natural and effortless.

Despite its critical acclaim, Man Up struggled to find an audience, and was canceled after just eight episodes. Many fans were disappointed by the cancellation, and felt that the show deserved more recognition for its smart writing and strong performances.

Overall, Man Up was a unique and refreshing take on the sitcom genre, exploring issues that are rarely addressed in mainstream media. Its message of acceptance and vulnerability resonated with many viewers, and its impact can still be felt today. While the show may have been short-lived, it left a lasting impression on those who watched it.

Man Up is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on October 18, 2011.

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Be Who You're Not
13. Be Who You're Not
December 13, 2011
Will's boss Mr. Donahue overhears him telling a story and promotes him.
Letting Go
12. Letting Go
December 13, 2011
Will offers to fix Kenny's car.
Up All Night
11. Up All Night
December 13, 2011
The guys' plan for a video game tournament, but things don't turn out as expected.
10. Fear
December 13, 2011
Will put in a new security system that keeps tripping.
9. Camping
December 13, 2011
The guys decide to camp out all night at Price Best hoping to score the latest video game.
Men and Their Chickens
8. Men and Their Chickens
December 6, 2011
Will intends for the adoption of a baby chick for little Lucy to be a "teachable moment." But then all the guys decide they want to adopt chicks too. Craig dates an attractive doctor, but finds himself intimidated by her bully of a son.
Disciplining The Keens
7. Disciplining The Keens
November 29, 2011
The whole family goes on a gluten free diet when Nathan gets diagnosed with allergies.
High Road Is The Guy Road
6. High Road Is The Guy Road
November 22, 2011
Will tries to restrain himself when a kid at school starts bullying Nathan. But when he discovers the bully's father is Dennis Mayder, the same guy who bullied him and the gang, Will recruits his friends for help.
5. Acceptance
November 15, 2011
Will buys his son a cell phone; things don't go so well when Kenny meets Jane's parents; Theresa installs a tracking device on Will's phone.
4. Wingmen
November 8, 2011
The guys take Kenny out to the club to stimulate his love life which has been non-existent since his divorce from Brenda. For Will, it's a good deed that won't go unpunished.
Digging Deeper
3. Digging Deeper
November 1, 2011
After Craig and Kenny clash, Will encourages them to team up on a project together; Theresa asks Will to take an improv class with her; Brenda aches for time alone.
Finessing the Bromance
2. Finessing the Bromance
October 25, 2011
Kenny becomes envious of Will and Grant's "bromance."
1. Pilot
October 18, 2011
Meet Will, Craig, and Kenny, three modern men in search of their true identities.
Where to Watch Man Up
Man Up is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Man Up on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 18, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (2,680)