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Single Mom Visits 'Cougar Town'

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And she likes it.

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Single Mom Seeking: As a single mom who's out there dating, I didn't want to like "Cougar Town," which premiered last night on ABC.

I've watched the previews and thought: "How mindless." When I read the Los Angeles Times review -- "ick" -- I was prepared to be disappointed.

Jules Cobb, a 40-year-old recently divorced mother of a teenage son and real estate broker is tackling dating and aging. But this isn't just ANY recently divorced mother. She's the oh-so-hot Courteney Cox.

C'mon now. In real life, would that babe Courtney have any trouble getting a date? Uh, no. Bring me back to reality, please.

As I said, I was totally prepared NOT to like this sitcom. I didn't want to laugh. But here's the truth: I did.

Co-created by "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, the dialogue caught me off guard. Cox is not afraid to be a bit naughty -- and it's refreshing to see mainstream TV recognizing the fact that, yes, middle-aged women DO have sex.

But hello, does anyone say the word "coochie" anymore? Not around here. USA Today calls this a "family comedy," but I sure wouldn't watch this with my kid!

When I read later that Cox's belly and arm flab in the bathroom mirror -- which she reveals in an early scene -- is her real body, I thought, "Go girl." In real life, she's also married to a man seven years her junior: David Arquette.

Here's what bugged me, however: the show is so demeaning toward divorced women. Jules Cobb is self-deprecating to the max. Does she ever stop criticizing herself?

Moreover, in reality, most single moms do not go around trying to pick up teenage boys or taking embarrassing photos. I cringed during that scene in which she brings a boy back from the bar and offers him crackers with peanut butter. But then, it was so ridiculous that you had to laugh.

Hey, you might relate a bit. I sure did.

So, did you watch "Cougar Town" last night? What did you think?

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13 comments so far | Post a comment now
Josie September 24, 2009, 8:49 AM

Absolutely appalled. She gave a blow job on network TV! EWWWWWWWW This is network TV and before 9pm! A family comedy? You gotta be kidding. Hated it. Was to horrified to think it was funny.

DesperateDude September 24, 2009, 8:51 AM

Hey… give me a call ;-)

Kelli  September 24, 2009, 10:02 AM

I agree w.Josie. I just couldnt watch it past 10/15 mins. Normally I like that stuff but I think it was on too early for the kind of humor they used, on NETWORK TV. I will be surprised if it goes an entire season.

RamyS September 24, 2009, 10:09 AM

Ha! I loved it. I had no plans to watch it, I was just going to watch Modern Family. I hate the whole “cougar craze” thing. I think the term is a little stupid and demeaning, a woman or man can date whoever and I don’t have a problem with it, but I just hate that the media has to put a name on it. “cougar” it makes a woman sound desperate like she has to pounce and catch a guy. Anyway. I watched the 1st couple minutes planning to turn it off and ended up loving it. It totally cracked me up I could relate to her. I am a married Mom and I am 30 years old, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have the insecurities she had as well about my body etc. I loved when she said she got knifed as a teen, then admitted it was a c-section scar on her tummy. Too funny. I definitely do not think this is “family tv”. I was prepared to turn it off if my son came in the room, but have to say I really liked it and laughed a lot. I think Courtney Cox was perfect for this. Not sure I would have liked it otherwise…

Just Call Me COUGAR ;) September 24, 2009, 1:17 PM

I LOVED the show! I will definitely be watching it every Wednesday night!!!

Amber September 24, 2009, 1:23 PM

I dont relate to it at all but I watched it today and thought it was funny. I’ll likely watch it again.

Kristen September 24, 2009, 4:51 PM

I liked it. I’ll watch it faithfully.

Anonymous September 24, 2009, 6:38 PM

is it like funkytown?

Deanna Leigh September 30, 2009, 9:00 PM

It was just the kind of slapstick humor you need every once in a while to remind you being a ‘single parent’ is kind of ridiculous. My life will NEVER be like hers but it made me giggle out loud!

Logical December 11, 2009, 1:57 PM

If the genders were reversed, wouldn’t it be repugnant? Does this show try to get “even” by showing older women in sexual liberation, and if so, is this what we think of middle-aged men? Or does it get “even” by showing women just as capable of being “creepy” old people sleeping with the younger generation?

I’m not really sure which way to lean on this one.

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