It’s Entourage attitude with Kevin and Perry Go Large aftermath. Three guys enjoying an extended adolescence, supporting themselves with the twenty-something equivalent of chores money; just enough to provide them with the lifestyle catalysts to keep their 24/7 interesting.
Workaholics isn’t a show about forgotten youth, what should be or what could’ve been. It’s about three young men from the meaty party of the bell curve trying to survive their day-to-day. There are no real long term ambitions and the closest these characters ever get to a big-picture desire is never more than a two episode arc from fulfillment.
It takes a few episodes before you start to believe that the characters are actually morons embracing moronic behaviour and not just arseholes acting dumb to excuse their actions. Once that becomes clear, the show becomes a lot more enjoyable.
Workaholics might take a little longer than most series to completely gauge your interest; the humour tends to come in bursts and the inside jokes will take more than a couple of episodes to recognise. Part of the problem is that Workaholics doesn’t seem to entirely know what’s going on a lot of the time. It’s not a program that’s ever going to medal, but like Winter Olympians from Saharan nations, it’s enjoyable to watch them try.
Plot over narrative forever.
Comedy Central has already broadcast three series of Workaholics in the US and I would wager that the majority of its potential audience in the UK (students or those still behaving like students) have already seen all of them. Even if you’re not what Malcolm Gladwell called a Maven in the Tipping Point, you’ve probably already seen most of the best moments in YouTube clips. In 2011. This makes it difficult to project an audience in the UK. If you’re not in one of the aforementioned groups, it’s unlikely that you’ll find much worth persevering with.
Workaholics starts on Comedy Central UK on 29 November