'My Boys': Let's toast the canceled series.

My-BoysImage Credit: Danny Feld/TBSWell, send me straight to Crowley’s, PopWatchers, because I need a drink. Why? Because not only am I lamenting my decision to tape the VMAs over the My Boys season finale Sunday (curse you, ever-addictive time-slot competitor Mad Men!), but now my grief has been amplified upon finding out it was a series finale I missed. Yep, TBS has decided to cancel its charming laugher My Boys.

Like a baseball metaphor from PJ (Jordana Spiro), however, we saw it coming. TBS buried My Boys by airing it in the competitive 10 p.m. Sunday slot. It’s a shame, especially considering how season 4 truly hit it out of the park. (Sorry.) Talk about a swing and a miss, TBS! (Sorry. Yet again.)

Unlike many sitcoms whose glory days occurred in the first few seasons on air (Friends, How I Met Your Mother, etc.), My Boys took a while to mature — but then did it beautifully. In 2006, very few of us watched as an awkward, offbeat 30 minutes of comedy premiered on TBS, inspiring a love-it-or-hate-it attitude from TV watchers. But, in the four years since, My Boys had truly blossomed into a laugh-out-loud comedy on par with the best and highest-rated sitcoms on television. It was funnier than Two and a Half Men. More relatable than Sex and the City. And, somehow, even sweeter than The Big Bang Theory. Heck, most devotees even felt a personal connection to PJ, Mike, Andy, Brando, Stephanie, Kenny, and Bobby. (All of us tomboys have friends who are douche-y, sarcastic, emo, perky, romantic, and just downright sweet. My Boys characters — they’re just like us!) Sadly, the show couldn’t bag CBS-esque ratings, even though I tried to to convince you all to tune in. For the love of Mike Fontenot, I tried, PopWatchers!

But, for now, I’ll have to simply thank My Boys for the memories. Thanks, PJ, for representing us women who aren’t all about shoes, babies, and pratfalls. Thanks, Kenny (Michael Bunin), for inspiring me to clean out my closet and throw away my ugly Christmas sweater. And thanks, Bobby (Kyle Howard), for convincing us that there are men out there who are funny, smart, and successful — with dimples. (We hope!)

Of course, the show’s cancellation does free up our favorite My Boys stars to move onto other projects. So, please, Hollywood, give Bunin a secondary role in an A-list rom-com, Jamie Kaler his own It’s Always Sunny-esque FX comedy, Reid Scott a role in a prominent ABC drama, Kellee Stewart a part on Community, and Kyle Howard a role alongside fellow sweet-guy Zachary Levi on Chuck. And please allow star Spiro a second chance to find out that Love Bites. (As for Jim Gaffigan — well, he’s as hot as a hot pocket in Hollywood, so I’d say he’ll be fine.)

TBS, you might be able to yank the series off the air, but, sorry, nothing you can say can tear me away from My Boys. At least not the DVDs.

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  • Teri

    I’m bummed! I liked this show!

  • Mark

    Funnier than “Two and a Half Men”? Please, let’s pick the bar up from off the ground and set it a little higher than that, shall we?

    • jones

      Good one. I cannot understand why people think Two and a Half Men is funny.

    • ellen

      word

    • llevinso

      I’m assuming/hoping Ward just threw that in there because that piece of dreck continues to get really high ratings and stay on the air year after year while little gems like My Boys are hardly noticed.

    • David

      Uh, yeah, “Two and a Half men” is funny? I wasn’t aware. “My Boys” worst episodes were vastly superior.

    • Andrew

      Did Kate Ward just get hit with a “Truth Bomb”? Yes, I think so.

    • steph

      I know! I read that and was like…that doesn’t take much.

  • timelord

    i liked this show a lot. but at no point during its 4 seasons was it “laugh out loud ” funny. it IS not funnier than 2.5men. its not sweeter than BBT. yet i liked it.

    • Allison

      I was actually laughing out loud last night during what I didn’t realize was the series finale (and the preceding episode in the repeat time slot).

    • karen

      Once Jim Gaffigan left the magic seemed to die.

  • Sydney

    This show will be missed by me. It has been the summer show that I have always looked forward to and while some seasons may have been off, I have found humor in every single episode. My favorite episode still has to be Douchebag in the City where you get a cameo (that no one ever mentions!) from Ryan Reynolds! In short…My Boys, I am so sad to see you go. You will alway be remembered.

    • melissa

      Loved that episode!

  • textumbleweed

    Bummer! I think it had really had things going this summer, even though I’d been watching it since it started. At least the last show did kinda wrap things up.
    Good Luck to all the cast.

  • The Jackal

    9 episodes constitute a season nowadays. Sad.

  • Karen

    For the love of Mexican Freddy, I’m so sad. You’re right. It was a tough timeslot. I had to do some DVR magic to make sure I could even tape it this season! The characters were so great. Not too many tomboy women show up on TV and I loved how PJ’s character could be both feminine and drink beer with her male buds. I could only wish I were as cool as she. So sad. Brando, I’ll do my best to keep Crowley’s cool, if only in my heart.

    • California Lady

      @Karen – (raising my glass…) Well said!

  • The Jackal

    Well obviously all of you hailing this is great a show wasn’t watching enough. Just think, now EW can include it in one of their list of unappreciated shows that never caught on.

  • Mary

    I was actually (pleasantly) surprised to see it come back for it’s fourth season. After all the hub-bub with Spiro and Howard getting network shows (then subsequently, not), it looked like the handwriting was on the wall. But this last season was awesome and the finale seemed to put a bow on the series run with all of the character’s lives and story arcs coming to a happy conclusion. I’ll miss My Boys.

    • Mary

      Oh…and I LOVED the casting of Rachel Harris. She is hilarious!!

      • beth

        agreed! that was great casting, she fit right in with everyone.

  • Too Obsessive

    Your description of the show’s evolution was quite accurate (starting awkwardly, but blossoming in season two) and it’s what I hope for the current Cougar Town (misleading title, terrible initial premise, but producers smart enough to see their mistakes and know how to fix them). I hope CT is another “come into its own” in season two show, and shouldn’t have the same time slot problems that doomed “My Boys”.

    • Mr. Holloway

      I see what you’re saying, but I don’t think we have to wait until season 2 for “Cougar Town” producers to see their mistakes and fix them (ala “Parks and Recreation”)…I think they did that on the fly in the second half of season one.

      • Too Obsessive

        You have a fondness for season two-blossoming shows, don’t you Mr. Holloway? Would you consider “The Office” one of those, too?

      • Mr. Holloway

        I sure would, but to a slightly lesser extent. (Season 1’s “Diversity Day” was an instant classic.)

        Still, I don’t think you’ll find too many people who’ll tell you that season 2 of “The Office” wasn’t better (and probably the show’s best).

  • The Jackal

    Just think, now EW can include this show in one of their lists of shows that we loved but got cancelled too soon, or something like that.

  • The Jackal

    So by my calculations, a show like the Simpsons has been on for 51 seasons

    • Chris

      and hopefully another 51 to come.

  • Lindsay

    My sister and roommate began watching My Boys from the beginning…No matter what we did (moving out of state, marriage etc..) we ALWAYS watched the show and discussed how much we LOVED PJ, Kenny and the Gang (even Mike!)

  • ST

    Now I have Jim Gaffigan’s whisper-y voice saying “Hot Pocket” in my head! Watched this show from the beginning and loved every minute of it. It did get progressively better in Season 2 but it’s always been good. I will definitely miss this. Does anyone know if its available on DVD?

    • Sydney

      It is! All of the episodes up until this most recent batch of episodes are available on DVD.

  • DomeFoam

    ST – I own the first two seasons on DVD, so yes it’s definitely available.

    • Nicole

      Speaking of the dvds, I just remembered that I saw one of the My Boys gag reels online (don’t have the dvds) and it was one of the funniest reel’s I’ve seen. I’m excited to see the special features on the S4 set whenever it gets released.

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