Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher

Cheers to Men of a Certain Age for pitching a perfect episode.

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Tonight's installment of the acclaimed dramedy (10/9c on TNT), "A League of Their Owen," is nothing short of an instant classic. Cowritten by Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy-winner Tucker Cawley and up-and-coming playwright Itamar Moses, the story focuses on Owen Thoreau Jr. (Andre Braugher) stepping into the oversize shoes of his ex-jock dad (the great Richard Gant) to manage the family car dealership's softball team in their clash with crosstown rival Scarpullo Chevrolet. But it's about so much more than that: Terry (Major League 3 veteran Scott Bakula) finally realizes he needs to grow up and settle down, while Joe (Ray Romano) gets sucked back into his gambling addiction.

The climactic game sequence, brilliantly directed by big-screen cinematographer David Boyd (Get Low) and scored to Argent's '70s rock anthem "Hold Your Head Up," indelibly illustrates what makes Men of a Certain Age such a timeless gem. It allows these guys to achieve the kinds of small victories that make up the drama of everyday life. Trust me: You'll want to stand up and cheer.

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