Mama's Boys of the Bronx: Meet the grown-up men who still live at home and let their mothers do EVERYTHING for them
22:53 GMT, 27 March 2012
A new television show titled Mama's Boys of the Bronx tells the story of how growing up means never having to leave your mother.
The lives of five employed Italian-American men in their thirties who are unapologetically proud they still live at home are chronicled in the new eight-part TLC series.
Having their rooms cleaned,
underwear ironed, medicine cabinets stocked with their favorite
hair gels, and most importantly, their dinner cooked mama-style, the
show gives a glimpse into this Italian-American culture in The Bronx, and in particular on their street Arthur Avenue.
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Mommy's boys: Arthur Avenue is the place where growing up means never having to leave your mama on TLC's new show, following five men in their thirties who still live at home
The five friends live in, what some would consider domestic heaven, with their mothers. Although two
of the regulars, Giovanni and Peter, live with their Aunt
Gina and father Gus, respectively.
While the mothers would love to see
their sons married off to 'good Italian girls', they are more than happy
to have their boys at home until that day arrives.
show follows the escapades of these men at work, at home or enjoying
New York's nightlife before they come home to their doting moms, who
spend their days trying to keep tabs on the partying, dreaming and
scheming of their sons.
At home and proud: Italian-American men in their thirties unapologetically still live with their mothers, as shown on the new show Mama's Boy of the Bronx with Gina (left) and Giovanni, 38 (right)
who dropped out of school in the 7th grade, recently gave up his
position of manager of a car dealership to pursue his dream of producing
a cartoon about the guys he grew up with, titled Da Neighborhood.
Raised by his single mother, Patti, in the Bronx, Anthony is constantly on the prowl, however much to his mother's disdain, he is struggling to meet a nice girl.
He goes tanning regularly, obsesses over his hair and is always on the lookout for new clothes.
Happy just hangin': Obsessed with their looks and on the hunt for girlfriends, the show chronicles the escapades of these paisans in their thirties while they live with their mothers
Frankie, 38, grew up as a street kid and become a construction worker, like the other men in his family.
A hopeless romantic, he wants to find a girl just like his Italian mother, Gina, to marry and start a family with.
Chip, 36, has bulging biceps and is portrayed as charming one second, snappy the next.
He grew up poor but worked hard to open his own business: a small gym where he is the personal trainer, with a goal to conquer the fitness world.
Working men: The five men are all employed, with Frankie (left) working in construction and Anthony (right) a car dealer turned cartoon creator, proving living at home isn't just for the out-of-work
Giovanni, 38, is known as Johnny Margarita, an aspiring fashion designer.
nickname was given to him by the 'feds', because his father's bar,
where all the mobsters hung out, was called Caf Margarita.
Peter, 28, wants to be an actor, but currently works as a math teacher. He has been dating his girlfriend Grazia since high school, with the pressure to marry her mounting.
With the percentage of men age 25 to 34 living with their parents
rising from 14 per cent in 2005 to 19 per cent in 2011, according to the
United States Census Bureau, this seems to be a growing phenomenon.
There might be a stereotype that if you’re living at home with your parents you’re stuck there, but it seems like these men are more than happy to stay being their Mama's Boys of the Bronx.
Mama's Boys of the Bronx premieres on TLC on April 9th.
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