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Work It (ABC) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review

Updated on January 8, 2013

On January 3, the new comedy series ‘Work It’ premiered on ABC, replacing the cancelled ‘Man Up!’ in the 8:30/7:30c timeslot.

The pilot starts off with two friends, Lee Standish (Ben Koldyke, 'Big Love') and Angel Ortiz (Amaury Nolasco, ‘Prison Break’), who have been unemployed for over a year now. According to their friend, it’s not a recession that is going on, but a ‘man-cession’. Lee learns that they are hiring sales reps at a pharmaceutical firm; female sales reps. Suddenly indebted 900 dollars to his doctor, he decides to go to the interview dressed in heels and a skirt and wearing a wig and make-up. Of course, although it is plain obvious that he is a man, he gets the job.

Seeing Angel miserable at his new job at some lousy fast food restaurant, Lee decides to tell Angel what he did and convince him to do the same. Angel doesn’t get hired at first, but then Jessica, the manager, has problems with her car and Angel repairs it for her. Apparently, repairing cars is an important skill for sales reps, because he gets hired after all.

When looking out for upcoming comedy series, I was quite negative about ‘Work It’. In fact, I called it “an offense, especially to cross-dressers and transgenders, but also to people who think that a comedy series should be funny”. On top of that, I finished with “it’d be best if this show would be canceled [..] before ever premiering”.

After watching the pilot, I would still say those things. However, it did surprise me in a positive way; some of the jokes were actually funny (and this isn’t me being sarcastic). Maybe that was because I expected absolutely nothing from this show. But for a comedy series to be successful or even watchable, it needs more than the occasional funny joke.

What do you think of 'Work It'?

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      Robin Oatley 6 years ago

      Hi MT, you're right that some of those one-liners are funny. Though where the stupidity works for you, it definitely doesn't for me. And apparently it doesn't for many other people, because the ratings aren't really good. Even while yesterday's ratings aren't even in yet, so only based on the premiere, cancellation rumors have already started buzzing around. So things aren't looking very good for 'Work It', and I'm guessing that the show won't be around for long.

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      MT 6 years ago

      I thought this show looked SO stupid in the previews and in writing and after watching it I've realized it honestly is. BUT I think it's hilarious! Part of what's so awesome about the show is that it's completely unrealistic and presents a comedic take on the economic situation in our country right now which is rather entertaining. Though cheesy, those one-liners are still hilarious! I'd like to see it complete at least one full season for sure!

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      Robin Oatley 6 years ago

      Rorshak, you're welcome!

      Alecia, I guess that is what they're trying to do. However, they should at least bring some humor into the show, or else it is not going to last very long, and 'Bosom Buddies' had only 2 seasons itself.

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm not sure I'll watch Robin, but you bring up valid points. I think they're trying to go for a new millennium "Bosom Buddies" it's just not anything that is intriguing to the viewer. ABC is doing quite well overall compared to NBC but I still think they should up the ante in terms of quality programming. Great hub!

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      rorshak sobchak 6 years ago

      I have never heard of this. Thanks for the recommendation.