Workaholics

A sketch-like series dichotomously about *anything* but work – from party/bear-jacketed hijinx in the youth-infused suburbs of L.A. to post-college 9-5’s used as jumping-off points for (admittedly-juvenile/lowbrow) gags by its DeVine-led cast. 5.2/10.

Plot Synopsis: Late nights and lazy days are a thing of the past for three college friends who enter the workforce together. Well, maybe not! For Blake, Adam, and Anders, making the transition from slacker students to telemarketers isn’t a smooth one – considering dress codes, deadlines, and actually using an alarm clock are foreign concepts to this trio looking to spend their days avoiding doing any real work before looking for a good time at night.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

CLC’s Best #Workaholics Episodes: 1. Brociopath, 2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Roommates, 3. Office Campout, 4. Piss & Sh**t, 5. A Telamericorp Horror Story, 6. Heist School, 7. We Be Ballin’, 8. Checkpoint Gnarly, 9. The Promotion, 10. Beer Heist, 11. Fry Guys, 12. The One Where The Guys Play Basketball, 13. Snackers, 14. The Orgazmo, 15. Flashback in The Day, 16. The Future Is Gnar, 17. We Be Clownin’, 18. Model Kombat, 19., 20.

Season-By-Season Reviews: S1 – 7.1/10 / S2 – 7.9/10 / S3 – 4/10 / S4 – 8.7/10 / S5 – 5/10 / S6 – 2/10

Review

Post-College Life

For Some, A Harder Adjustment Than Others

Life after college. Depending on your major and career goals, that transition might have been a sour or sweet one. For these three underachieving frat bros though, their nightmare is just beginning – trading in condoms for alarm clocks, red solo cups for coffee mugs, and 9PM-5AM’s for 9AM-5PM’s. A sketch-like series dichotomously about *anything* but work – from party/bear-jacketed hijinx in the youth-infused suburbs of L.A. to post-college 9-5’s used as jumping-off points for fizzy-but-juvenile gags by its DeVine-led trio, Workaholics is passable (albeit unsubstantive) Comendy Central diversion.

A Parade Of Low-Browedness & Party Shenanigans

The comedy in Workaholics is overall-good. Hilarious quirks like bear-jackets, small-scale gags in 9-5’s and a central trio almost anyone who’s ever gone to college can relate to coming out, and hip-hop obsession down to its theme song give the series a comedic bouyancy/fizziness. A sharp knowledge of its fanbase/core demographic’s tastes and topics, fan servicing-bloopers/outtakes in end credits sequences, serviceable side characters, and tons of diverse episode ideas (our favorites being the home alone-ish Office Campout, (Tel)-American Horror Story, sci-fi/horror meld ‘The Future Is Gnar’, crime-thriller Snackers, EDM-rager Orgazmo Birth, & Flashback In The Day giving us a firm look at the unbridled douchiness and naivete of the trio in college) only add to that zest for a series that finds its sweet spot/niche in the 20’s-college crowd of brash low-browedness.

The Trio

The central trio of Workaholics is arguably what gave it life enough to even subsist 7+ seasons (not exactly breathtakingly-intelligent comedy). A troupe of relatable, unassuming, still-wet-behind-the-ears college kids struggling to make that transition into society and the real world wanting nothing more but to keep partying without responsibilities or adulting, the triple threat is tangible, fleshed-out, and engrossing enough to carry the series. Adam DeVine is clearly the leader of the pack – with a phenomenal star-powered comedic presence that’s early-Jonah Hill or Seth Rogan-like (hopefully skyrocketing to similar heights hereafter) and quintessential douchey frat bro-ish in absolute glory for a combo that’s easily the funniest part of the show. Blake He(An)derson is equally intriguing in a (legendarily-hairstyled) traumatic, innocent presence whose light energy and airiness light up the screen. Ders – while the weakest of the trio by FAR & a character we don’t like very much by Anders Holm’s stiff, pretentious performance – is a serious and parental palette-balance to the group for an overall-strong lead trio of characters good enough to take the lion’s share of responsibility in making the show work.

The Side Characters, Cameos, & Dramatic Improvement In S4->Beyond

The series’ cameos are of mega-stardom A-list pedigree, including the likes of Jack Black, Dolph Lundgren, Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson, Seth Rogan, & Zac Efron. Side characters like other comedian Erik Griffin’s raunchy Montez, Kyle Newachek’s directorial-cameo drug dealer Karl, Jillian Bel’s subservient Jillian (not exactly imaginative with the character names, I guess), Maribeth Monroe’s hardass boss Alice, brociopath Stan Halen, and Waymond Lee’s soft-spoken Waymond also add a fine canvas of support characterization to Workaholics’ main trio’s debauchery/shenanigans. The series dramatically-improves in Season 4 and beyond adding wowing party and spectacularly-shot (+ majestically-soundtracked) music-choreographed experimental sequences that play up the frat/rager fun nature of the series brilliantly – with the addition of better VFX, more refined structure, better acting, and more boundary-pushing for what feels like a completely different (and exponentially-better) series finding its (literal) groove.

Flaws

Not Exactly Intellectual Brilliance… When Low-Brow TV Becomes Too Low-Brow

Flaws in Workaholics are that the comedy is admittedly.. pretty stupid. Often, after watching several episodes in a row, I’ll physically feel like I’ve lost brain cells – needing some intelligent cinematic antidote to counter the effects of the exploitative lowbrow gags blasted on screen rapid-fire. There are tons of cringey puns/one-liners that feel amateurishly-written, most of the acting is anything but Emmy-worthy (especially Hom, Belk, & Newachek sometimes bordering on painful-to-watch), & idea itself unoriginal mashing up ideas from countless shows before it: most notably an exact knockoff of early-It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia down to the trio of white male 20’s leads, savage youth-infused gags, and debauchery-penchant in gags/premise x The Office (both of which had half-decade+ head-start and blow this out of the water comedically). Some of the episodes can be downright unspeakable in idiocy – like the lobotomy-worthy Juggahos, pajama time, feminist boobillows, and fart-translate app episodes. This, as mentioned before, is mostly-sequestered within the first three (shaky) seasons the series flips a switch on in S4 like something out of a sci-fi movie – getting better in almost every conceivable way to at least end decently.

Conclusion

Expoitative & Low-Substance, Yet Strangely-Endearing, Youth-Relatable, & Fizzy

Overall, Workaholics is exploitative juvenile comedy that’s low on substance, intellect, acting pedigree, and originality, but there’s something strangely transfixing about it. Certainly relatable for anyone in or having just-graduated from college entering the workforce, lighthearted and fizzy in tone, some diverse episode arcs/ideas, and a trio of main characters whose chemistry and interplay work, the series buoys just under the passibility line. A sketch-like series dichotomously about *anything* but work – from party/bear-jacketed hijinx in the youth-infused suburbs of L.A. to post-college 9-5’s used as jumping-off points for fizzy-but-juvenile gags by its DeVine-led trio, Workaholics is mild diversion that will tentatively service a comedy fix – if nothing better’s on.

Official CLC Score: 5.2/10