Men in Trees is an American romantic dramedy television series created by Jenny Bicks which revolves around relationship coach Marin Frist's misadventures upon relocation to the fictional town of Elmo, Alaska.
The series aired in the USA on ABC from 12 September, 2006 to 11 June, 2008. There are 36 hour-long episodes in two seasons.
Men in Trees originally aired in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel from 15 March, 2007 to 23 July, 2008. It later aired on DStv's Hallmark (which later became Universal) channel.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Finding a good man in today's world isn't as difficult as some women think. You just have to watch out for the signs. You wouldn't drive with a blindfold on, but for some reason, women continue to date with one on.
Relationship coach Marin Frist knows what to look for, what to avoid and what will make her happy. As the many fans of her two best-selling books could tell you, we're all in charge of our own happiness.
Marin's personal happiness included the upcoming wedding to her perfect man. But like many people full of advice, she failed to apply it to herself.
On her way to a speaking engagement in remote Elmo, Alaska, she learns that her fiancé has cheated on her. The wedding plans are instantly over.
Slapped in the face with personal failure, Marin is now stuck in a small town full of the one thing she really doesn't need: available men. She comes to the conclusion that her next step should be to stay in Elmo for a while and start a new book, which will be about a topic on which she needs enlightenment - men!
As she meets the men in Elmo, where the ratio of males to females is ten to one, Marin realises that she'll have plenty of research material. Like her, they feel stuck somewhere between the past and the future, and they too have experienced ups and downs in their quests for love and fulfilment.
The men that give Marin the material to tell the male side of relationships include Buzz, the pilot of the only airplane that flies in and out of Elmo, and Ben, the bartender whose secret past would shock his customers.
Affable Patrick, an avid Marin Frist fan, runs the town's only inn and radio station. And Alaskan native Jack is a man of few words who is interested in protecting the environment and who, as events unfold, tries to protect Marin from herself.
There are not many women for Marin to befriend in Elmo, which is why her editor, Jane, tries to lend long-distance support but finds herself making an occasional trip to Elmo.
At a book party in New York, Marin had given dating advice to a young woman named Annie; little did Marin know that the girl would seek her out in Alaska once she heard of Marin's breakup woes.
Former rock musician Theresa is having an on-again, off-again relationship with Ben the bartender. And then there's the town's working girl, Sara, who is also a single mom.
Marin learns that she has been living with her eyes closed for too long. Now that they're finally open, she sees the amazingly beautiful world around her and for the first time she'll have the chance to stop and breathe.
Now if she could just get the raccoon out of her hotel room, this place might be perfect.
Note: in the USA the first season had 17 episodes and there were 19 in the second. In syndication this became a 23-episode first season and a 13-episode second season.
Season 1 (23 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 15 Mar 2007 | Finale: 16 Aug 2007 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: Hallmark | Premiere: 4 Feb 2010 | Finale: 15 Apr 2010 | Thursdays, 21h00
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 30 Jan 2008 | Finale: 23 Jul 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: Universal | Premiere: 29 Jul 2010 | Finale: 2 Sep 2010 | Thursdays, 21h00