“Love Monkey,” which has its premiere tonight, centers on the dating rituals of a hip downtown bachelor who works in A&R for a record company and plays basketball with two other bachelors and one married friend, Mike (Jason Priestley), who is married to his sister. Tom is funny and self-aware, and viewers are supposed to be amused by his endearing foibles, which include self-absorption, wanting what he cannot have and an inability to commit. “Love Monkey,” in other words, is yet another attempt to create a male version of “Sex and the City.” Unfortunately, the humor and pathos of that series are not transferable.
In New York City, single men have an unfair advantage over women, particularly women in their 30’s. “For a woman, now is the future,” Tom’s platonic friend Brandy (Judy Greer) tells him. “Too late is just around the corner.”
Not that successful single men don’t have problems of their own. It’s just that focusing on the romantic woes of Manhattan bachelors is a little like exploring the hurt feelings of Red Army troops occupying Poland after World War II: it’s hard to muster a lot of sympathy.