Dear Cougar Town, It's Time to Start Acting Your Age

Two weeks into Cougar Town's run, we're left with one question: How long can the show run one joke into the ground? The older-woman-trying-to-recapture-her-youth gag was predictably played up in the pilot episode and recycled in the second, with tiring results. If Cougar Town wants to live on, it needs to -- ironically -- grow up.

The backstory: Cougar Town stars Courteney Cox as Jules Cobb, a divorcee with a teenage son in a fictional Floridian suburb where even ladies with walkers are showing off their boob jobs. As older, upper-middle-class, single women are wont to do, Jules decides to get back in the game and recapture the youth she spent caring for her baby -- by partying at clubs where the patrons are half her age and banging boys she probably babysat a few decades ago.

And so far, that's pretty much all we've seen. Anatomical jokes, drunken shenanigans, and head games with younger men (things we expect from a Jenny McCarthy, not Cox) have added up to a pair of unrewarding episodes that've pushed the once-promising show toward the bottom of our care-about list.

For one thing, we don't care about Jules. At all. A good comedic main character is either someone we would welcome into our circle of friends (say, Chuck Bartowski in Chuck) or someone who's so despicable that we can't wait to see what they do next (Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm). Jules is neither. She's neurotic to the nth degree, she treats her long-time friend as a doormat, and I have a feeling she may be bi-polar... possibly even tri-polar. Seriously, she's insane. No amount of cleavage is going to draw attention away from those red flags.

There's a scene in the second episode where her male-cougar neighbor and nemesis (and no doubt soon to be romantic interest) pleads to Jules: "Just do me a favor and stop trying to drag me into your little 'where did all the years go?' nervous breakdown thing you seem to be going through, okay?"

My sentiments exactly.

Cougar Town, which has done well in the ratings and helped revived ABC's comedy chops (along with the much funnier Modern Family), really needs to knock one out of the park tonight. This is the third date, and if the show doesn't put out, we won't be calling back.

Cougar Town airs Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm on ABC.

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I have to admit. I want to like Cougar Town. I want to see one of the old friends in a good comedy but it's just not funny and who want to spend time with this woman! oh, my. It's seems they're going in all the wrong direction! too bad. I've watch all the episodes so far but unless they rethink the whole thing... I'm gone.
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i like it very much!!!!
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I'm beginning to think Tim Surette has some shares in Modern Family and is trying to rig the market. Hmm, maybe a secret Best Boy Grip job lined up, or the coveted Assistant to the Assistant of the Assistant that assists Assistants. Dude, Modern Family is not that funny. I laughed more at Cougar Town. And I'm not your average comedy-loving slob. I've watched No Heroics, man, No Heroics.
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This show, having seen 2 eps so far is pretty good, way better then modern family wich doesnt even make me smile once.



Again tv.com ure hitting the ball wrong.
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Agree with the review, not a good show at all.
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I LOVE this show! I know it's only (now) 3 weeks old, but it makes me laugh out loud, the way sit coms used to do. We don't need any more drama on TV, and we sure don't need any more reality shows. This is just fun entertainment. Come on----- just sit back and enjoy it! Dont look for a deep plot or an ending that makes you think! Just laugh at what's funny. And COUGAR TOWN is funny!
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I think i'll give this show a bit more time to settle in before giving judgement.
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I enjoy Cougar Town even though the stories are repetitive.
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i like it. It knows what it is, a comedy. It's not trying to be anything more than that. It does not apologize for being what it is. It shows Cox as a hot woman trying to have fun. So just go along for the ride. Stop trying to make the show anything else. Sure, eventually the show will bring more drama and relationships into the story, but for now just let it be funny.
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It a great show funny crazy. Who wants to watch serious people.
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i like the show :B and i like jules >.
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Its a comedy people they need to be funny



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Jesus, very bitter review. Sometimes comedy is just comedy with childish jokes and banter. I have enjoyed the first 2 episodes, you can easily just settle back and vegetate for half an hour. Lighten up Tim!!!
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CT is possibly trying to bring the 'Monica Effect' into Cox's character here. The same paranoid, constantly talking, sugar-high reactions and gestures is very evidently used here. The problem is Cox, though a good actor cant pull it off cos the writing is sloppy, and whats on paper doesn't translate into a funny scene when caught on camera. The ratings are high, so I don't foresee a cancellation anytime soon.
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