While I can’t claim that I hold a deep love for Comedy Central’s Workaholics, I can’t deny that every now and then the series hits enough of the right notes that I laugh out loud. At the same time, there are just as many episodes in a given season that leave me disappointed and remind me why I don’t tune in on a regular basis. Workaholics clearly has talent in its main trio of Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm, but it’s unevenly applied from one episode to the next, and consequently we get seasons of Workaholics that have you laughing until it hurts one second and then wondering where the sharp writing went the next. When Workaholics is on-target, however, it’s dead-on, and so moments like an absurdly bloody rat hunt or an over-the-top frat guy actually succeed in making you wince even as you bust a gut.
The ridiculous adventures of Workaholics continue in the fourth season with Blake, Anders, and Adam pulling a snack heist, temporarily breaking up, throwing a baby shower rave, attempting a penis transplant, becoming party clowns, and stealing beer in a Jacuzzi. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, or, more accurately, about half of it, but it also gives a fair look at both episodes that do and don’t really work. On the extreme ends of the spectrum, you have an episode that ends in a fish fight in a pool that doesn’t really flow and instead just plays out like the writers had a bunch of ideas and then tied them loosely together just to make the 22-minute runtime for an episode. The story doesn’t flow at all, and the comedy smacks of desperation. The same can be said of episodes where the guys try to get the attention of a scam exposing TV show and where they open the taco/weed restaurant. But then you have “Brociopath” which so perfectly nails the stereotypical frat boy mentality or “We Be Clownin’” where the guys get into the kids’ birthday party racket only to get carried away.
As long as you can take the good with the bad and accept that there are just episodes of Workaholics that don’t really work (like with all sitcoms), then the fourth season is largely enjoyable. Just be prepared that when the show’s jokes don’t work, they land with a really loud thud.
Blu-ray Bonus Features
Outtakes and deleted and alternate scenes are the only extras.
"Workaholics: Season Four" is on sale June 3, 2014 and is not rated. Comedy. Directed by Kyle Newacheck. Written by Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Kyle Newacheck, Connor Pritchard, Dominic Russo. Starring Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson.