‘Rules of Engagement’ is an Underrated New York City Sitcom Not Meant to Be Overlooked

From 2007-2013, Rules of Engagement aired for seven incredible seasons on CBS. The series starring David Spade, Oliver Hudson, Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price and Bianca Kajlich is funny, relatable and consistent throughout its run. The show differs from other shows set in New York City like Friends and Gossip Girl because the characters are well-established in their careers and in committed relationships as opposed to being young and unsettled.

Rules of Engagement follows a group of friends consisting of married couple Jeff and Audrey Bingham, engaged couple Adam and Jennifer and middle aged bachelor Russell Dunbar. Then in season three, Russell’s sharp and proper assistant Timmy Patel (Adhir Kalyan) joins the mix — further increasing the quality of the show.

Each of the six main characters brings something entirely fresh and unique to the show. First off, Jeff is a grouchy alpha male who only lives for beer and football and his wife Audrey an upbeat and organized magazine editor. Then there is Adam, the not-so-intelligent son of two hippies and Jen, a retired party girl. Next, Russell is the apathetic one who runs his millionaire father’s office and uses his trust fund to sleep with women far out of his league. Lastly there is Timmy, Russell’s better half, best friend and…husband?

Each episode of Rules of Engagement brings a subtle yet exciting adventure for this group of friends. From training for the New York City marathon to attending broadway shows and football games, the gang certainly makes the most out of their lives in the big apple — even if Jeff hates leaving his couch.

Rules of Engagement is a clever, witty and lighthearted show that is airtight. I guarantee that you will fall in love with these perfectly curated characters and their totally average lives just as much as I did. If you haven’t seen it, start enjoying it today — and if you have, why not binge it again? 

Rules of Engagement is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

By Blair Krassen @blairlyawake

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