tvpartyckd27.jpgIf you are old enough to be paying the cable bill, you’re old enough to be saying, “Gosh, this year flew by.” Yep. It really did. Especially if you are anything like the Men of a Certain Age, airing Mondays on TNT. With a cast made up of Ray Romano (Oh, my God, Everybody Loves Raymond! – loved that show), Scott Bakula (Oh, my God, Quantum Leap! – loved that show) and Andre Braugher (insert cricket-chirping sounds), you know this show has got its finger on the pulse of age-spotted wrists. This series dances that fine line between funny and way too close to home. But when given the option, choose laughter; it’s the best medicine (for an enlarged prostate).

Setting the scene:
In a world filled with Zac Efrons and Justin Biebers, it doesn’t make sense to think of middle-aged men (like, ever), but for argument’s sake, let’s remember the glory years of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Montreal Canadiens and Farrah Fawcett: back before the prostate trouble, ED, Viagra, Rogaine, trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, Just for Men, Corvettes, reading glasses and alimony. We suggest you litter the room with as much of the aforementioned items as possible (brochures of the latest Corvettes, pamphlets on ED, reading glasses, hair coloring, and posters of Farrah and Princess Leia in her slave costume). Have samples of saw palmetto to support prostate health and Depend adult diapers to help them appreciate their relative youth and vitality. For fun, have Guitar Hero set up in the living room to help them recapture the garage bands of their adolescence.

Have replicas of Terry Bradshaw’s Steelers jerseys on hand, and let the guys throw around a football in the house. It’ll make them feel special.

On the menu:
Nothing too salty. Or spicy. (Basically, let’s leave the salt and pepper to your stylist.) And no coffee this late at night. And no sweets – remember, your metabolism isn’t what it used to be.

On the hi-fi:
You loved stadium rock, power ballads and the Boss. All good stuff. Getting Older by Oasis, Ooh La La by the Faces, Wouldn’t It Be Nice by the Beach Boys, Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin, As Good as I Once Was by Toby Keith, Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan.

The showstopper:
It’s a little-known fact that middle-aged men feel terrible about themselves. Why? Because they look awful. (Ironically, love handles are nature’s way of thinning the herd.) So order a Bowflex, and have the guys try it out for themselves.