My Boys

My Boys

Created by Betsy Thomas
Starring Jordana Spiro
Jim Gaffigan
Kyle Howard
Reid Scott
Michael Bunin
Jamie Kaler
Kellee Stewart
Composer(s) Ed Alton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 49 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Betsy Thomas
Gavin Polone
Jamie Tarses
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Pariah Television
Two Out Rally Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network TBS
Original release November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) – September 12, 2010 (2010-09-12)
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My Boys is an American television sitcom that debuted on November 28, 2006, on TBS. The show deals with a female sports columnist in Chicago, Illinois, played by Jordana Spiro, and the men in her life, including her brother and her best friend. The show was canceled by TBS on September 14, 2010 after four seasons.[1]


PJ Franklin (Jordana Spiro) is a professional sportswriter looking for love within her world, which is dominated by her group of male friends. Her "boys" are her family, which sometimes hinders PJ's dating life, as the men she tries to date don't know how to react to her unconventional interests and the all-important men in her life.

Her tomboyish, upfront approach to relationships tends to intimidate potential suitors, which leads her only female friend to advise her to dress and act more feminine. Being "one of the guys" can mean a lot of great things: poker games, pick-up softball games, watching sports or just hanging out at a favorite bar. But for PJ being a girl who’s one of the guys can be challenging.

During the first season, many of the episodes involved some of the characters going to, a sponsor of the show, that is often referenced in conversation on the show.[2] The first season seemed to end with a cliffhanger on December 28, 2006. The episode "The Promise of a New Season" aired July 30 and was originally billed as the beginning of the second season. The season had a mere 9 episodes. Later, the first 13 episodes which aired in 2006 were combined with these 9 episodes and the 22 episodes were together released as Season One on DVD. The show had been picked up for a second season with eight episodes,[3] but ended up having 9 episodes. Season 2 premiered on Thursday June 12, 2008. The second season, like the first, ended on a cliffhanger. The third season premiered on Tuesday March 31, 2009, with another set of 9 episodes. The second season cliffhanger is resolved, as Bobby and Elsa break off their engagement, and he admits to P.J. that he had feelings for her. The two date throughout the season, although they try to keep it a secret, to no avail. Meanwhile, Brendan opens the new club with John but quickly finds himself doing all of the work. After pointing out how valuable he is to John, he manages to negotiate a better salary and work schedule. He also realizes his pattern of dating mentally unstable women, such as the one in "Carpe Burritoem", has to stop; a point emphasized by the crazy "girlfriend" of Chicago Cubs player Mike Fontenot, who makes a cameo appearance in the season 3 finale. At the end of the season, it is revealed that not only did Kenny and Stephanie continue to secretly date after their night in Arizona, they are in love.

On October 7, 2008, TBS announced it would run a third season of the show. A new set of nine episodes premiered on March 31, 2009.[4] On September 11, 2009, it was confirmed on TV Guide's website that the show has been picked up for a fourth season, although it would only head back into production in January 2010, with the new season premiering on TBS July 25, 2010.[5] Among its many celebrity fans are Andrew Nye, Anastasia Vigo, Andrew Weiser and Valerie Bryant.

Main characters

Secondary characters



The series takes place in Chicago and makes references to many real-life Chicago locations, and even suburban areas and Northwest Indiana. These include Wrigley Field, Billy Goat Tavern, Metro, Churrascaria, and various bars and streets. Despite frequent second unit establishing shots of Chicago, almost all of the principal filming is done in Los Angeles. Three episodes, "Baseball Myths", "110% Solution", and "Rome, If You Want To", included scenes taking place in Chicago. Scenes took place in the Art Institute of Chicago, Northerly Island, the skydeck of the Sears Tower, and Wrigley Field. The last episode of season 3, called "Spring Training", was shot at the Chicago Cubs spring training facility and a nearby hotel in Mesa, Arizona.[6]

DVD releases

DVD nameRelease dateEp #Additional information
The Complete First SeasonJune 10, 200822 Behind the Scenes featurette, Sports Quiz, Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes.
The Complete Second and Third SeasonsJuly 20, 201018 Subtitles in French.
The Complete Fourth and Final SeasonApril 3, 20129


  1. Ausiello, Michael; Patrick, Andy (September 14, 2010). "Scoop: TBS cancels 'My Boys'". The Ausiello Files. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  2. Elliott, Stewart (2006-11-28). "Old-School Sponsorship From a Digital-Era Company". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  3. (2007-09-11). "TBS renews 'My Boys'". Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  4. (2008-10-07). "TBS renews 'My Boys'". Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  5. (2009-09-11). "Exclusive: My Boys Picked Up For Fourth Season". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
  6. Elfman, Doug (2007-11-19). "Oh, 'Boys'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
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