'Men in Trees' does not, in fact, suck

85942__trees_lIf you, like many, left Men in Trees after the second episode featured Anne Heche (pictured) being stalked by a stray raccoon, come back! Turns out this show, which I obviously DVR and watch at a time that’s not Friday at 9 p.m., does not suck at all when it’s not trying to be overly quirky. (ABC has even ordered four more scripts of the series — along with The Nine and Help Me Help You, btw.)

Why am I hooked on Men? Because it actually managed to surprise me by having jilted romance expert Marin (Heche) and "burly" Jack (James Tupper) get it on in Episode 5. I thought for sure it was going to be a dream sequence, but no, they did it. Twice. And unlike some shows that have to ship a guy off to a new town if he kisses his love interest early in the series’ run, Men has allowed Elmo, Alaska to be big enough for both Marin and Jack — which keeps the sexual tension alive and well and oddly satisfying. (Neither Marin nor Jack is ready for a relationship after being burned in the love department, so they’re trying to be friends. Which is working well, save that steamy kiss in the closet at her birthday party last week.)

Are you willing to give Men in Trees another chance? There’s an avalanche on tonight’s episode, people. Who doesn’t want to see how a show that only does action in the bedroom handles that?

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  • Bertie

    I’m so glad you said something!! I really, really like this show. I know that it has it’s faults, but what new show doesn’t?? I think it just needs some fine tuning. I DVR it and watch it on Saturday. The characters are very loveable I think too. I really hope they don’t cancel this either :( The new shows that I hope do not get cancelled are “Men in Trees”, “Friday Night Lights” and “The Class”. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t cancel these shows!! :)

  • Melissa

    I like Men in Trees a lot more than I thought I would. I’ve been watching it since it started and it reminds me of “Northern Exposure” – lots of quirky characters that you just can’t help but love! I hope it sticks around! Maybe others will give it a try now that you’ve mentioned it.

  • Aron

    I watch this show as well and I really enjoy it. I was afraid it would get canceled after the first episode tried so hard. But now I think its found its groove and as long as they keep showing it I would like to keep watching. I think its better then anything else on that night.

  • Josh

    Maybe if I didn’t have a broken timer so could set the VCR to record that then BSG at ten, but instead I just leave the tape recording Sci-Fi that night. So maybe if it was in a different time period.

  • Jimmy

    You think Heche is quirky in Men in Trees? You should have seen her wandering around rural Fresno county on the run from aliens. Now that’s quirky!

  • MattR

    I’ve only caught the bachelor auction episode, but it was nice seeing Abraham Benrubi with a more substantial role.

  • fredric

    How about some more support for Friday Night Lights? Men in Trees was okay, but as much coverage given to 30 Rock and Studio 60, etc., how about backing this one up, too?

  • Ed

    I’m up to here with dramahs on ABC, DH, Greys and Ugly Betty are enough to keep me busy on DVR SAT afternoon. NO MORE!

  • Cara

    I love Men in Trees, I love the characters I love the whole darn thing! It is smart, whitty and honest.

  • Dana

    I love this quirky shows, but even I who spends most of my work day here on E.W. have something to do on Friday Nights. But, if they were to put this show on Mondays at 10pm… I will finally have an alternative to Studio 60… which I can’t believe I’m still watching, since I abhor every hour, (but it does allow me to have something to trash on tuesday mornings.)

  • Shannon Paugh

    I love this show — it’s one of my favorites of the new season. Week after week I enjoy it, which can’t always be said about the other new series.

  • kinglouieXVIII

    Overall, I enjoy this show. My biggest problem with it is Anne Heche. The lady just creeps me out.
    How good would it have been to have someone like…oh I don’t know… Aisha Tyler as the lead? Sorry, I just can’t drop this.

  • Kerry

    Men in Trees has replaced The Ghost Whisperer as my guilty Friday night TV pleasure. I really like this show, too, and hope it sticks around.

  • Mary Ann

    I really like this show but I have to admit that I wouldn’t give it a second look if it weren’t for my faithful DVR (cable’s answer to TIVO). I definitley would pick it over Vegas which returns tonight but “Close to Home” is better this year now that we have our JAG guy playing yet another attorney (but wow isn’t he fun to look at). So, since I’m fortunate enough to have “TIVO”, I faithfully watch this show. It reminds me a lot of “Northern Exposure”. What’s with people in Alaska? Also, the new plot line about the Police Chief’s husband (is he dead or not and who is her son’s real father) is a great angle. Hopefully, ABC will give this show a chance. Something has to be be in the bottom. Why don’t they let some of these shows grow? I love “the Nine” too. Fortunately NBC is letting us finish “Kidnapped” which I thought was one of the best new shows of the season. Where are the days where shows were given a chance – remember “Cheers” and “Seinfeld” – they were in the 60’s when they came out of the gate. Thankfully for “Fox”, they stuck with “House”. Listen to the viewers ABC – we have TIVO and we are there!! Also, I love the girl from “Taken” (the son’s girlfriend with the snoring problem). She is so cute and I can relate to her future-mother-in-law not liking her.

  • Deborah

    I also love this show. I’ve been afraid they would cancel it, but then I read that week by week it seems to be picking up an audience!
    It’s quirky, fun, romantic, dramatic and just a nice Friday evening treat after a strenuous work week!

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