I’m sure you all noticed, I didn’t write about Cougar Town last week. And there’s a reason for that: I didn’t finish it.
I couldn’t make it through and entire 30 minutes of a premiere of a TV show. It was almost like when I tried to watch The Middle last night, except with Cougar Town, there are people that I like involved in it.
But you know, I’m someone who gives second chances, and I did sit down to watch last night’s episode. And yes, it was better. But not good enough for me to keep watching.
I’m actually disappointed. It’s not that I’m a huge Courteney Cox fan, but I don’t mind her in things. I watched Friends. I thought she was funny (well, until the end when they all became caricatures of themselves and they were all not funny). So the fact that she was in another series didn’t bother me. And since she was in some episodes of Scrubs and was funny in those, I put some faith in the series, what with Bill Lawrence being the brains behind both Scrubs and Cougar Town.
And honestly, that was the real appeal: Bill Lawrence. He’s done some great stuff, and the quirky nature of Scrubs has kept me coming back season after season. I was almost looking forward to the new show.
Despite the fact that the premise bothered me. You know, I realize that “cougars” are big nowadays, but I really don’t care much to see a bunch of older women hitting on younger men. That’s what I figured I’d get with the show.
And surprisingly enough, I was wrong. It’s just another divorcee (who unrealistically spends way too much time with her ex) who’s trying to be young again. The bad part is, Courteney Cox really doesn’t look that old right now. Nor does she look like a mom for her teenage son.
She does, however, spend time with a younger woman (one who has no hesitation to change her underwear in an office), so that she can be the influence to make Courteney Cox’s character look like a moron most of the time. But you know what? It’s really not all that funny.
And I like funny. In fact, that’s generally what I look for in my half-hour sitcoms. But what this show seems to lean on is crass. That’s probably why I can’t see Cox’s character as a mother. She’s terrible! Somehow her son has grown up to be self-sufficient and smart, yet she seems to be the one that needs to be taken care of the most!
Probably the person I like best in the series is played by Christa Miller, who is the married, older best friend. Also a veteran of Scrubs, she’s the one I could see actually playing the cougar, not the stable best friend. My only hope for her is that this show gets canceled so she can return to Scrubs.
Anyway, I’m sorry, Cougar Town, but you’re not my cup of tea. I feel disloyal somehow, making sure that I don’t even flip by it on Wednesday nights anymore (sorry, Bill), but man, I don’t think I can take it.