My Boys
GenreSitcom
Created byBetsy Thomas
Starring
ComposerEd Alton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes49 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production companies
Original release
NetworkTBS
ReleaseNovember 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) –
September 12, 2010 (2010-09-12)

My Boys is an American television sitcom that debuted on November 28, 2006, on TBS. The show deals with a sports columnist in Chicago, Illinois, played by Jordana Spiro, and the men in her life, including her brother and her best friend. The show was canceled by TBS on September 14, 2010 after four seasons.[1]

Overview

PJ Franklin (Jordana Spiro) is a professional sportswriter looking for love within her world, which is dominated by her group of male friends. Her "boys" are her family, which sometimes hinders PJ's dating life, as the men she tries to date do not know how to react to her unconventional interests and the all-important men in her life.

Her tomboyish, upfront approach to relationships tends to intimidate potential suitors, which leads her only female friend to advise her to dress and act more feminine. Being "one of the guys" can mean a lot of great things: poker games, pick-up softball games, watching sports or just hanging out at a favorite bar. But for PJ being a girl who's one of the guys can be challenging.

During the first season, many of the episodes involved some of the characters going to match.com, a sponsor of the show, that is often referenced in conversation on the show.[2]

Cast and characters

Main

Supporting

Episodes

Main article: List of My Boys episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28)September 10, 2007 (2007-09-10)
29June 12, 2008 (2008-06-12)August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
39March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)May 26, 2009 (2009-05-26)
49July 25, 2010 (2010-07-25)September 12, 2010 (2010-09-12)

Location

The series takes place in Chicago and makes references to many real-life Chicago locations, and even suburban areas and Northwest Indiana. These include Wrigley Field, Billy Goat Tavern, Metro, Churrascaria, and various bars and streets. Despite frequent second unit establishing shots of Chicago, almost all of the principal filming is done in Los Angeles. Three episodes, "Baseball Myths", "110% Solution", and "Rome, If You Want To", included scenes taking place in Chicago. Scenes took place in the Art Institute of Chicago, Northerly Island, the skydeck of the Sears Tower, and Wrigley Field. The last episode of season 3, called "Spring Training", was shot at the Chicago Cubs spring training facility and a nearby hotel in Mesa, Arizona.[3][4]

Production and broadcast

The first season seemed to end with a cliffhanger on December 28, 2006. The episode "The Promise of a New Season" aired July 30 and was originally billed as the beginning of the second season. The season had a mere 9 episodes. Later, the first 13 episodes which aired in 2006 were combined with these 9 episodes and the 22 episodes were together released as Season One on DVD. The show had been picked up for a second season with eight episodes,[5] but ended up having 9 episodes. Season 2 premiered on Thursday June 12, 2008. The second season, like the first, ended on a cliffhanger. The third season premiered on Tuesday March 31, 2009, with another set of 9 episodes. The second-season cliffhanger is resolved, as Bobby and Elsa break off their engagement, and he admits to P.J. that he had feelings for her. The two date throughout the season, although they try to keep it a secret, to no avail. Meanwhile, Brendan opens the new club with John but quickly finds himself doing all of the work. After pointing out how valuable he is to John, he manages to negotiate a better salary and work schedule. He also realizes his pattern of dating mentally unstable women, such as the one in "Carpe Burritoem", has to stop; a point emphasized by the crazy "girlfriend" of Chicago Cubs player Mike Fontenot, who makes a cameo appearance in the season 3 finale. At the end of the season, it is revealed that not only did Kenny and Stephanie continue to secretly date after their night in Arizona, they are in love.

On October 7, 2008, TBS announced it would run a third season of the show. A new set of nine episodes premiered on March 31, 2009.[6] On September 11, 2009, it was confirmed that the show has been picked up for a fourth season,[7] although it would only head back into production in January 2010, with the new season premiering on TBS on July 25, 2010.

Home media

DVD name Release date Ep # Additional information
The Complete First Season June 10, 2008 22 Behind the Scenes featurette, Sports Quiz, Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes.
The Complete Second and Third Seasons July 20, 2010 18 Subtitles in French.
The Complete Fourth and Final Season April 3, 2012 9

References

  1. ^ Ausiello, Michael; Patrick, Andy (September 14, 2010). "Scoop: TBS cancels 'My Boys'". The Ausiello Files. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  2. ^ Elliott, Stewart (28 November 2006). "Old-School Sponsorship From a Digital-Era Company". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 18, 2023. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  3. ^ Ihnat, Gwen. "The underrated sitcom My Boys made relationship games fun". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  4. ^ Soll, Lindsay. "Jordana Spiro: Catching up with My Boys gal". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  5. ^ Zeitchik, Steven. "TBS renews 'My Boys'". Variety. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  6. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (October 7, 2008). "'My Boys' picked up for a third season". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2023-03-19. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 11, 2009). "Exclusive: My Boys Picked Up For Fourth Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Archived from the original on March 19, 2023. Retrieved 2023-03-19.