1 9 9 5 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived comedy from the new United Paramount Network (UPN) featured five male slobs sharing a two-bedroom apartment (5-C) in Manhattan which had been inherited by bartender and budding writer Randy Fitzgerald (Brian McNamara).
Innocent first-year medical student Joe Dantley (Sean O’Bryan) was a farmboy from Iowa, while not-very-good-songwriter PJ Morris (Timothy Fall) sponged off his rich family who had made millions in the tobacco industry.
The other roomies were handsome assistant district attorney Johnny Barzano (Matt Borlenghi) – who was terrified of marriage – and loud, crude advertising man Cal Evans (David Arnott channelling his inner John Belushi) – who was pathologically proud of his gutter ethics and poor hygiene.
Randy had a crush on the sexy, opinionated building super Tess Galaway (Liz Vassey) and deliberately broke things in the apartment as an excuse to see her.
Tess was an aspiring actress whose latest role was playing a corpse on NYPD Blue (“It’s not a speaking part . . . I lie nude in a dumpster while Dennis Franz dusts my buns for fingerprints”).
Joe ‘Iowa’ Dantley