We Are Men

We Are Men
Genre Sitcom
Created by Rob Greenberg
Composer(s) John Swihart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (9 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Rob Greenberg
  • Eric Tannenbaum
  • Kim Tannenbaum
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) The Tannenbaum Company
Roughhouse Productions
CBS Television Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format 480i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 30 – October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)
External links
Official website

We Are Men is an American sitcom series created by Rob Greenberg starring Christopher Nicholas Smith, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn, and Rebecca Breeds. The series aired on CBS as part of the 2013–14 American television season, and premiered on September 30, 2013.[1][2][3] After the airing of two episodes, which performed poorly, CBS announced that the series had been canceled on October 9, 2013.[4][5]


After Carter is left at the altar by his bride, he moves into a short-term rental complex, where he forms a friendship with three divorced older men.


The show's cast members

Development and production

On July 10, 2012, it was announced that CBS had picked up Rob Greenberg's single-camera comedy, then called Ex-Men, as the first pilot order of the 2013–14 season.[6] The show, which is written, directed and executively produced by Greenberg, centers on a young man "learning the ways of the world from the older and more experienced men in his short-term rental complex."[6] Dominic Patten from Deadline.com reported that We Are Men had been around for a few years, before it was picked up.[6]

Chris Smith was cast as Carter Thomas, the young man who befriends a group of divorced men, while Kal Penn was cast as Gil Bartis.[7] On August 15, 2012, it was announced that Tony Shalhoub would play Frank, who is "a four-time divorcé who still fancies himself a ladies man".[7] Shortly after, Australian actress Rebecca Breeds joined the cast as Frank's daughter.[8] Filming of the pilot episode was pushed back to January 2013, after casting of the fourth male lead stalled. The role of Stuart was eventually filled by Jerry O'Connell.[9]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Rob GreenbergRob GreenbergSeptember 30, 2013 (2013-09-30)6.61[10]
2"We Are Dognappers"Adam ArkinBob DailyOctober 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)5.41[11]
3"We Are One Night Stands"TBATBAUNAIREDTBD
4"We Are Learning to Swim"TBATBAUNAIREDTBD
9"We Are Franksgiving"TBATBAUNAIREDTBD
10"We Are Stuart's Anniversary"TBATBAUNAIREDTBD
11"We Are for the Tots"TBATBAUNAIREDTBD

Critical reception

We Are Men was panned by critics. Metacritic gave the show an aggregate rating of 33/100; similarly Rotten Tomatoes currently has a rating of 4% (rotten) for the program.[12] Melissa Maers of Entertainment Weekly said that the show was "The male version of Sex and the City with more shirtless scenes (courtesy of Jerry O'Connell) and way less wit",[13] while The Hollywood Reporter was much more harsh, saying “‘We Are Men’ is about four single guys you wouldn't ever want to be around or be related to in any way … [it] made me feel stupid almost immediately and then bitter that I'd wasted the time.”[14] The show failed to catch an audience and actually adversely affected other programming, especially the program 2 Broke Girls. The show got the lowest rating of any premiere on CBS and was axed after just two episodes.[15]


  1. "CBS Announces 2013-2014 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 15, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  2. Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (May 10, 2013). "CBS Orders Chuck Lorre's 'Mom,' Robin Williams' 'Crazy Ones,' Will Arnett Comedy, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  3. Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2013). "Fall TV Scoop: CBS Picks Up Six Series, Including Sarah Michelle Gellar's Crazy Comedy, Josh Holloway's Intelligence and Chuck Lorre's Mom". TVLine. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  4. Weisman, Jon (October 9, 2013). "CBS Cancels 'We Are Men,' with 'Mike and Molly' Returning". Variety.
  5. Seidman, Robert (October 9, 2013). "'We Are Men' Cancelled By CBS After 2 Episodes; 'Mike & Molly' To Return In November". TV by the Numbers.
  6. 1 2 3 Patten, Dominic (July 10, 2012). "CBS Snags Rob Greenberg Pilot As First Order Of 2013-14 Season". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  7. 1 2 Ausiello, Michael; Masters, Megan (August 15, 2012). "Exclusive Pilot Scoop: Emmy Winner Tony Shalhoub Joins CBS' Rob Greenberg Comedy". TV Line. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  8. Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2012). "Australian Rebecca Breeds To Co-Star In CBS' Rob Greenberg Comedy Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (January 2, 2013). "Jerry O'Connell Set As A Lead In CBS' Rob Greenberg Comedy Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  10. Bibel, Sara (October 1, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; 'The Blacklist' & 'iHeartRadio Music Festival' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  11. Kondolojy, Amanda (October 8, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Mom', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Bones', '2 Broke Girls' Adjusted Up; 'The Blacklist', 'Dancing With the Stars', 'Beauty and the Beast'& 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  12. "We Are Men". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  13. "Critic Reviews for We Are Men Season 1 - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  14. Goodman, Tim (23 September 2013). "We Are Men/Mom: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. Nellie Andreeva. "'We Are Men' Cancelled By CBS - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
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