Ah, spring. The time of year most people would rather be lazing around by the pool all day than working. However, it seems writers Brian Keith Etheridge and David King have been working their spring days away to create the raunchy comedy featured in the new show, Workaholics.
The premiere episode opens on a pool party where people are playing beer pong. A typical college activity, yes. However, our main characters are in the working world, and it seems odd they’d be celebrating “Sunday Funday” when they have to go back to the real world early the next morning.
Even with the idea of being young professionals, our trio, who appear to remain nameless throughout the episode, talks as if they are still livin’ life up in the frat house. Discussing “sexting” and comparing who was the drunkest the night before, is plain — albeit — crude language. However, it is simple enough that audiences won’t be questioning the humor, but they might question the maturity level of the main characters.
Continuing with the raunchy, sexual jokes throughout, the episode seems like it was created for an audience of 13-year-old boys: the trio continuously cracks crude jokes thinking they’re the coolest kids on the block. Also, the excessive drinking and continuous weed-smoking leads the audience to believe the trio is still living in the glory days of college life. However, this lingering theme of jokes creates lots of laughs — especially for the college set. Find me one frat bro who wouldn’t laugh at three guys drinking beer on their roof discussing how funny it is to have “sexted” one of their penises — to everyone in his phone book and anxiously hoping someone will come along and pick up their “poop dollar” (really needs no explanation) they left on the street.
Go ahead, I’ll wait.
I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the humor of the show, though. I just believe it isn’t a show I’ll be bringing home for mom and dad to enjoy anytime soon.
The only main problem I had with this episode of Workaholics is there seemed to be more conversation going on than action. The trio continuously talks about working on a plan to save their jobs, but I felt the plan was never fully carried out. When the trio is in danger of losing all their jobs, our frizzy-haired friend, “Hermione” as he was referred to on the show, calls up a coworker, Jillian and works out a plan with her. Not until about another 2 minutes later, do we see this plan unfold. Maybe the writers could work into the next season some more action-y episodes that don’t make me feel like I’m watching a Quentin Tarantino flick: 20 percent action, 80 percent conversation.
Workaholics is sort of a hybrid of The Office and Office Space. The way Workaholics was filmed, made me feel like I was watching the “documentary” style The Office is set up. I felt like we were mainly following the trio around without really having the feel of a television set being prominent. The Office Space element comes in when it’s quite obvious that our trio hates the jobs they have, and will do almost anything to liven up the workplace.
Although it’s full of vulgar humor, Workaholics has a definite niche audience of young adults. Most college kids won’t be considering themselves your typical workaholic anytime soon; they’ll want to live everyday as “Sunday Funday”. If you run into on of these workaholics, though, be sure to watch out for those poop dollars.