My Boys: The Complete First Season (2006)

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || NR - 488 minutes - $39.98 || June 10, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-05-31


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Betsy Thomas (created by)
Cast: Jordana Spiro, Kyle Howard, Reid Scott, Michael Bunin, Jamie Kaler, Jim Gaffigan, Kellee Stewart


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Life in the Press Box
  • Sports Quiz
  • Favorite Sport
  • P.J.'s Rules for Sports and Dating


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French

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.::THE FILM::.

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I remember when this show was first being plugged by TBS back in 2006. And how could one NOT see an advertisement for it? There was nowhere you could go to get away from one as it was advertised ad nauseum either on TBS with those annoying little pop-ups during your favorite program or even at the movie theater. You could not really get away from it. “My Boys” didn’t appeal much to me since even after watching the ads 100 times plus (no kidding); the jokes just didn’t make me laugh. However, I am not one to judge the book by its cover and chose to give the show a shot now that the first season has finally arrived on DVD (in time for the season two premiere on June 12, 2008). And I’ll be the first to say that I was wrong.

“My Boys” centers on P.J. -- played by the absolutely adorable Jordana Spiro -- a female sports reporter who covers the Chicago Cubs. P.J. is the appidamy of Tomboy. She has five guy friends who she hangs around with be it at their favorite bar or on Thursday poker night. Her friends comprise of: Bobby (Howard), the new guy at the beginning of the season to the gang; Brendan aka Brando (Scott), a good looking fella addicted to the long-term relationship even at his own detriment; Kenny (Bunin), the nice and shy guy of the group; Mike (Kaler), the self described alpha male; and Andy (Gaffigan), P.J.’s older and sardonic/sarcastic brother. Along with best girlfriend Stephanie (Stewart), P.J. steers through a complicated love life, a male dominated career and just the obstacles of life in general.

After a shaky start in the first few episodes -- I wasn’t really feeling the constant baseball metaphors --, “My Boys” found its groove by probably the fourth or fifth episodes as you got to know each character and begin to grasp the humor. This isn’t a “Friends” like comedy, even though many might want to compare this to the long-running NBC series. While the show does employ some cliché sitcom devices, there’s also a certain amount of humor you don’t see on network television (not to mention the occasional foul word).

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: the success or failure of any series lies with a solid main character and his/her supporting cast. And that’s why “My Boys” is such a good show. All seven of the main cast seem to work great with each other and through the sexy and gorgeous Jordana Spiro, whom I first noticed in a indie flick called Alone with Her, this is one series I very well may make a weekly viewing priority this summer (along with “Burn Notice”).

If you watched the first couple of episodes and still don’t quite get into the flow, give at least 8 episodes as the rest of the season is absolutely fantastic and very funny.

“The Complete First Season” includes all 22 episodes on 3 discs. Here are the episode breakdowns:

01. Pilot
02. Mixed Signals
03. Team Chemistry
04. The Slump
05. The Show
06. Clubhouse Cancer
07. Free Agent
08. Superstar Treatment
09. Managers
10. Take One for the Team
11. When Heroes Fall
12. Released
13. Baseball Myths
14. Promise of a New Season
15. Off Day
16. Ethics
17. Dirty Little Secrets
18. Second Chances
19. Douchebag in the City
20. The Estates of Hoffman
21. 110% Solution
22. Rome if You Want It



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Two deleted scenes (2:16) have been included in this set. They aren’t great, and probably were removed for good reason (other than just time constraints). The 3-disc set also has 5 featurettes (all in full frame): Life in the Press Box (16:15), a making-of where we are introduced to the cast and crew and discover how the show’s concept came to be; Sports Quiz (5:26) asks a series of sports questions to the cast (and creator Betsy Thomas); Favorite Sport (5:40) has the same participants tell what their favorite sport is and why; and last is P.J.’s Rules for Sports and Dating (8:38) which is merely a compilation of scenes from the first season with the characters in situations of the dos and don’ts of certain things in life.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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“My Boys” is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks decent, but since this is a comedy series, I’m not sure if it would help if it “popped” out at you or something. It looks certainly pretty good, if not somewhat soft at times.

The audio on the series is serviceable but, again, this is almost entirely dialogue driven so you don’t really need much. In case you’re wondering, it is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and offers French subtitles and English Closed Captioning.



.::OVERALL::.

While the DVD set may be disappointing, the show itself is not. “My Boys” is a fun series with funny characters but doesn’t rely on sitcom antics to propel storylines. This is one show I will probably stick with from now on, so hopefully it retains the same level of quality as the first season.