Workaholics is an American sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. It’s most recent fifth season began airing in early 2015. Predominantly written by its stars, the show focuses around three recent college dropouts and their drug dealer. Although they’re dropouts, the three have trouble properly transitioning from a lifestyle of partying, drinking and pranking that’s typically associated with college, and into a lifestyle that’s more commonly associated with being an adult. The show was created after a Comedy Central executive saw a series of YouTube videos that group had produced.
Overall, the show is generally met with mixed reviews. Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe gave the first season an 80 overall on MetaCritic saying it was “witty, irreverent, and joyously juvenile.”
The show doesn’t take itself too seriously and the actors are pretty shameless, making the show great to watch and the actors had to dislike. Even the title of the show is ironic, a subtle nod to the lackluster work ethic and alcoholic tendencies of the three characters of the show.
Adam Devine, Blake Anderson and Anders Holm play Adam, Black and Anders respectively. They are three bros who’ve worked extremely hard at not working hard at all. They’ve accomplished their life-long goal of becoming the master at underachieving, a feat in itself. While their characters may be absolute slackers, the actors playing them are far from it, doing double shifts on the set of Workaholics in addition to have other acting jobs on other sets, such as Parks and Recreation and The Mindy Project, and filming sets such as The Interview and Pitch Perfect.
As the seasons progress, the characters drift away from their college bro lifestyle. They gain moments of introspective question and self-exploration, though it’s a temporary and fleeting moment if anything. The writing adds depths to the characters, while maintaining the slop-drunkenness that has come to be associated with the show. It’s very much like talking to a very emotional and very drunk person at the bar. There are moments of heartfelt emotion, sprinkled intermittently between drunken outrage and shenanigans. However, these brief moments hint that the writers wish to add an extra layer or two to their characters if nothing else, to add a bit more depth to the show.
In another episode, there are moments of sincere appreciation for one another, moments that are immediately countered by moments of extreme mockery. But that seems to be the winning formula for this show that takes itself only as seriously as is necessary.
As the show continues to gain popularity, it’s able t o expend not only its fan base, but also the different guest stars that appear on the show. Over the years, the show has matured, very similarly to its characters, gaining levels of depth and understanding. The writers have struggled with not having all of the fame and glory and praise that other shows had when starting out, but continued moving ahead, finally reaching the level of notoriety and fame they have today.
In an interview, Blake commented on the show’s continual growth, saying, “Two nights ago I watched an episode from season 1, and I’m proud of where we are today. We really have grown into a cool show that does whatever the hell it wants and it feels, I hope, slightly organic.” Look at AT&T U-verse Deals to find more television entertainment options.