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The women of Cougar Town are obsessed with sex

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 24th 2009 11:01AM
Courteney_Cox_Cougar_TownSome of you may think that TV Squad is filled with cheerleaders, that we all love TV so much that we rarely pull out our swords and skewer a show. Well, this should change your mind. I tuned in to Cougar Town last night and, I have to say, I was appalled. I thought I had seen what is likely the worst sitcom of the season -- Accidentally on Purpose -- but Cougar Town has surpassed it in badness.

Let me preface the rest of this criticism by saying that I was a loyal viewer of Friends. I liked Bruce Springsteen's video Dancing in the Dark. Scream was a hoot! I've been following Courteney Cox's career for years and I think she's terrific. She's funny and pretty and self-deprecating. I went into Cougar Town with high hopes. In other words, I have good will for Courteney Cox, like Jenna Elfman.

However, Cougar Town was an insult to comedy, not to mention women. Not that I'm going off on a femme-rant here, but the women on Cougar Town, at least in the pilot, were all obsessed with sex to the exclusion of anything else.

Um...no. That's not how we all think when there's so much else to worry about. Jules is a real estate agent in Florida in a market that's crashed. You would never know that in the pilot. But that's just details. As a woman, as a human being, where was Jules' self-confidence and self-worth. If the character is not better than that, I don't want to know her. Cox is better than this character. and so it Cox.

In Joel's review, he was willing to stick with Cougar Town for a few more episodes to see if Bill Lawrence could fix the flaws. I'm not so sure it's worth the bother.

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Diana

I am shocked at all the jealousy of women these days!
I guess I shouldn't be,be it's outrageous!!!
Women should support women,but jealousy always rules
really insecure females who don't have a life or feel good
about themself! Guys,you know the ones! The girl at any
age who feels bad cause she's fat,ect....
I love Courtney,& she did great! I love this new comedy
and want to watch every chance I get! The world watches
porn and nobody bats an eye,but insecure men & women
are bad news & depressing for anyone to be around!
I hate jealousy,especially from other women. Get to a
Gym all of you who are insecure & learn to love yourself!
Go do your crying elsewhere! Many,many 20 year olds
would kill just to look like Courtney Cox or be born with
great features,so grow up little people!!!

October 10 2009 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

I came to echo that it was just ok, but I'll keep watching to see if it gets better. I was also going to question your crazy views, but I see that this has been taken care of.

September 29 2009 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marm

I have to say I respectfully disagree with you. I watched "Accidentally on Purpose" and "Cougartown" and very much enjoyed both of them. I will happily continue watching.

September 27 2009 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

I made the mistake of watching Cougar Town because, until her performance in Cougar Town, I enjoyed Courteney Cox. But this show is a pathetic attempt at humor by degrading women and promoting pedophilia. It's "entertainment" like this that perpetuates the downward spiral of morality in this country. Cougar Town should be cancelled and the writers, producers, and actors should be sent for psychological evaluations.

September 25 2009 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kai

I started watching thinking that the show was going to be rubbish and ended up liking it quite a lot (and I laughed several times - I'll definitely be watching it again)

Insulting to women? WTF? The show is about a woman in her late 30's (It was 30's wasn't it?) who's witty, smart and attractive. She's had enough of living by what society thinks is right for her (and being lonely) and decides to take things into her own hands and do what SHE wants.. In what universe is that insulting to women?

September 24 2009 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amanda

I loved the show. I thought it was really funny. Courtney's comedic timing was awesome as always. Good show, I will definitely continue watching!

September 24 2009 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

It was the first episode. Pilots/first episodes rarely set the tone for a season or a show.

Besides, I liked Courtney Cox doing her best interpretation of Sarah Chalk's Elliott Reed in her 40s.

And when was being obsessed with sex a bad thing? This country has gotten too puritanical. It's got to stop.

September 24 2009 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
driftwood

In the back of my head, I've been rooting for this show to fail based on the name alone.

I didn't realize till the interview here that it was a Bill Lawrence thing, and I love everything he does.

So now I have no idea what to think or feel!?

September 24 2009 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

Watching it right now, halfway through and if it weren't for Courteney Cox in her underwear I would have quit already. Not funny at all and boring as hell. So it will be a huge success and win an Emmy next year.

September 24 2009 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wulfn1

Funny, all the shows I think are dumb seem to become "the most popular show" when they're on.
Guess I'll stick to watching history,or discovery channel.
Doesn't seem to be anyone out there who can write a comedy anymore.

September 24 2009 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

I thought it had some funny scenes, but by the end I was thinking, 'Why did I just watch that?' to see my reasons, read this.
http://www.orble.com/teevee-cougar-town-ep1/

September 24 2009 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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