Weighing In On Mike & Molly

By Steve Heisler

Sep 21, 2010

Somewhere deep beneath the Earth’s surface, CBS executives are standing in a circle so they can simultaneously give and receive pats on the back. After all, it’s been a banner year for CBS: A Twitter show! Lots of minorities in Hawaii! Only one CSI-ish series on Thursday nights (for now)! And, in the case of Mike & Molly, fat people! The network is an all-around beacon of progressiveness—and nowhere is this more evident than in the back-assward, stilted, and offensive new series about heavyweights who hook up.

The show (which debuted Monday) is the story of two overweight people who are overweight, finding love as two overweight people. (Can you believe it? Gone are the days where just the guy is the fat one.) The series premiere really hammered this point home. Mike, a cop, is chided about his weight by his best friend, and his attempts at dieting are laughable: While dining out, he orders a bland, calorie-free meal even though what he really wants is a hot dog. (It's the most refreshing take on dieting since every other take on dieting!) Molly, meanwhile, also gets made fun of about her weight and (hilarz!!!) attempts to work out for a few seconds before getting tired. (Also, her mother and sister tell her she will not find love until she loses a few pounds.) Mike and Molly meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, and they go on a date rife with (hilarz!!!) physical mishaps due to their size. It ends with them sneaking out to the car to eat some fatty food.

Every time Mike and/or Molly grace the screen—which, because they are the leads, occurs in every single scene—someone has to take a crack at their weight, or their eating habits, or their weight and eating habits. It’s constant. Never mind the concept that Mike and Molly could be happy with the way they look, or be told they are beautiful and handsome regardless of their size. Never mind the thought of them not attending Overeaters Anonymous, which is akin to adulterous celebrities attending sex-addiction clinics for bogus-yet-PR-spinning reasons. Never mind the idea that the show could portray being fat as anything more than a problem that must be solved, rather than as an obstacle to being truly happy.

The worst part of the whole mess is that the leads, Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, are charismatic, charming, and funny, both together and separately. They give the show's dumb dialogue a breezy casualness, spinning humor out of even the 400th fat joke. They unequivocally deserve better than this.

What did you think of the Mike & Molly premiere? Did anyone else find it offensive?

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  • txgirl75 Sep 21, 2010

    the pot head sister was pretty annoying. The black cop was pretty annoying. I don't know wouldn't be surprised if this show is cancelled by November. I give it another chance.

  • karlwolfe50 Sep 21, 2010

    it was pretty good. yes it had some fat jokes, but im not some middle aged cat lady who waits around to complain about something so she can get some attention so im not gonna complain.

  • provencrt Sep 21, 2010

    best comedy since the big bang theory. absolutely fat-tastic

  • Tdi7457 Sep 21, 2010

    Not only is it bad, but it's in a time-slot where a show is cancelled. (Worst Week, Accidentaly on Purpose). If you're gonna keep it, i suggest moving it to Thursdays and returning The Big Bang Theory at 10:30

  • Tdi7457 Sep 21, 2010

    cancel it. cancel it and never look back!

  • TerryPasley Sep 21, 2010

    We liked the first episode.
    I did not see them sneaking out to eat junk food at the end.
    The pot smoking sister was not needed. Why is she there? She doesn't add anything.

  • ncc82 Sep 21, 2010

    I thought this show was fantastic!!! I laughed so hard at one point I almost peed my pants. I really hope this show gets an honest chance, Mellissa McCarty is an amazing actress, and her comedic timing is flawless, and the energy she brings to any character she plays is sensational!!! I think this show has staying power, loved the Mother played by Swoosie Kurtz, and the sister played by Katy Mixon, hillarious. I really enjoyed the show, and has already made it into my permenate record list. Fan-Freakin-Tastic!!!!!

  • VickyBernadina Sep 21, 2010

    Saw the first episode and I liked it too!!!

  • Genzie Sep 21, 2010

    Saw the first episode and must say I liked it! First comedy since How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory which is worth watching! Love Melissa McCarty!