I thought that the Workaholics episode was at times in support of and at other times challenging the exclusivity of gay men from the privileges of hegemonic masculinity. Although the point of the three friends getting boners every time they touched each other was to make the silly/awkward suggestion that they were sexually attracted to one another, the point would not have been humorous had the men been gay. However, because they are explicitly displayed as heterosexual in their pursuit of “boning that lady” it is more funny than it is actually sexual. I found the jacuzzi situation pretty coincidental as well, as Becker references the elimination scene of Bromance being uncomfortable for the straight men sitting so close together but uncomfortable in a way that is different from the awkwardness that might ensue should one or both of them be gay. In Workaholics, that same discomfort is immediately recognized.
However, the last scene of Workaholics stood out to be as contradictory humor of to the pool-wrestling scene and almost challenges Becker’s claim about rigid gender norms. Right after Adam turns down the sexy older lady for his long-term bromantic relationships, the group hug results in widespread tent-pitching. This differs from the Always Sunny episode where it is not until the end that the men are lured to each other with the promise of “giant breasts”, which ultimately concludes the episode with the fact that the men are in fact heterosexual. In this way, I think that Workaholics actually leaves room for someone who doesn’t watch on a regular basis to wonder if the two men who didn’t have sexual relationships in this episode (Anders and Blake) are in fact straight or not. Because really none of these three boyish characters display “rigid gender norms”, it’s also hard to say whether or not they support Becker’s claim. Always Sunny, on the other hand, explicitly underlines things like male independence and obsession with large breasts to clarify intermittently that the men are engaged in an absolutely heterosexual “bromance”.