Cougartown is a brand new show starring Courtney Cox as a newly-single over-40 mom ready to start dating a bunch of young guys!! … fast forward a few episodes Here’s the deal. The whole “cougar” idea really didn’t work for this show. They wanted a show about a hot 40-something dating young guys, and stumbled upon some genuinely likable characters ready for a sitcom. So while the title remains, the show is actually about the life and friends of Courtney’s character, Jules, as she struggles to rediscover herself when she thought she was past the age of new discoveries.
Just when you think the show is getting predictable, it pokes fun at itself. Once you get tired of Jules chugging wine every single episode, there’s a show about her trying to quit drinking. As soon as you get tired of her meddling in the affairs of her friends, there’s a show to see if she can go a day without prying. The show is very self-aware and unpretentious.
The characters are hilarious. Andy has the guy-love obsession with Jules’ ex husband. Grayson was a superficial jerk until we found out he worked better as a damaged, but ultimately likable guy with intimacy issues. Jules’ two best friends couldn’t be more different, and the conflict stays refreshing. The son is hilarious, and provides some great sarcasm and a constant reminder that this nut-case main character is still a mom who is trying to raise a teenage son.
The bottom line is this: The show is no longer about it’s title. I don’t care what you decide to call it, Cougar Town is relaxing, funny, and a flat out easy watch.