Comments on: Cougar Town: The Complete First Season http://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/ Independent Opinions on Comics of All Kinds Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:29:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 By: Argo Plummerhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-115603 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:17:26 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-115603 I loved this weeks episode too–the costumes were great, though I must admit I saw the “Prince” twist coming, it was still fun to see him dressed as Prince. I loved Ellie as Laurie and vica versa. Travis was a great “Andy” and the best line might have been in reference to Andy’s costume–“You’re Dom Deluise dressed as Burt Reynolds–genius!” It also was nice to have the emotional underpinnings–a Bill Lawrence special, plus the great Ken Jenkins as Jules’ Dad was wonderful–while not the best song on the series, I did enjoy his duet with Grayson on “Family Jules”.

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-115601 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:07:30 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-115601 I am loving that they are poking fun at the title! I also really enjoyed this week’s Halloween episode, from the costumes (especially Greyson’s “Prince”) to the emotional underpinnings. We usually get laughs from watching it, which is all I can ask from a sitcom.

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By: Argo Plummerhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-115598 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:30:57 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-115598 Johanna,

Have you been watching season two thus far? I think the ensemble has continued to gel and the humor is getting better after a misstep with the season premiere–I thought the Jennifer Aniston stunt casting was not very good, but then again, I can’t stand Jennifer Aniston, so it wasn’t a big draw for me. I am loving the way they are handling Travis’ transition to college and it give Dan Byrd some fun stuff to do.

While I wish Andy got some more screen time, I am still really enjoying the show and happy to see the numbers grow just a bit as the season has progressed, though some media outlets are attributing that to the Cox / Arquette break-up and subsequent Cox/ Hopkins hookup rumors, which whether they are true or not, and not to make light of a separation, especially with a child involved, but simply from an aesthetic standpoint, can you blame her trading David Arquette in for Josh Hopkins?

Anyway, I was mostly writing to see what you think of the opening title scene this year. If you haven’t been watching, each week they have replaced the “Welcome to” just above “Cougar Town” with a self deprecating reference to how terrible the title is. The first week it said “Still Cougar Town” followed each subsequent week with a new and funnier take, such as “No Cougar Cougar Town” or “Badly titled Cougar Town”. My favorite thus far was last weeks (I think) in which abouve “Cougar Town” is simply said “Titles are hard”. I love the fact that they not only stood by the title but also are able to acknowledge how inaccurate it is and that is wasn’t a good choice in the first place.

Still think it’s the best show ABC has on Wednesday nights!

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By: Easy A » DVDs Worth Watchinghttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114751 Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:47:00 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114751 […] surprising depth in the short time he’s given as the gay friend. (Byrd is also the son on Cougar Town.) Michalka, now starring in the surprisingly good cheerleader show Hellcats, is another odd role, […]

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By: Jeffhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114273 Sun, 29 Aug 2010 03:59:37 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114273 Mine DVDs have the last two episodes out of order,too! I found this site in my search to find someone else with this problem? Are they reprinting them? Are you taking it back?

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114225 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:32:00 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114225 I didn’t notice that! (I haven’t had the chance to rewatch all the episodes yet.) Interesting. I’ll have to check that out.

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By: Vievaramahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114217 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:27:02 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114217 Did anybody else notice that the last two episodes are out of order on the DVD? “Finding Out” was the finale but it plays before “Breakdown”, even though they are listed correctly inside the case. I watched this show so much on my DVR waiting for it to come out on DVD…love it!

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By: Argo Plummerhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114098 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:37:43 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114098 Johanna–I also forgot the wonderful Barry Bostwick who plays Busy Phillips’ characters’ boyfriend, Smith’s father (have fun conjugating that sentence, especially since I know my punctuation is way off). He was of course the mayor on Spin City and made a brilliant appearance in an episode of Scrubs (“My Dirty Secret” for anyone who cares).

James, I think you will find the second half of the season far superior to the first. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114083 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 10:35:07 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114083 Try past episode six or so to see how the show was changing. You still may not like it, but the later installments are different from the early ones.

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By: James Scheehttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114076 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 05:03:39 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114076 Interesting, I caught one of the early eps of this(had a crush on Cox since she was on Family Ties) and just found it excruciatingly bad. Maybe I’ll give it another look next time I sign up for Netflix.

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114045 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:05:14 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114045 ES, that was the point. :) Cougar Town has become a later-generation Friends, and I think that association is obvious to many. One of the official renaming suggestions, if I recall correctly, was “Friends and Neighbors”.

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By: El Santohttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114042 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 23:53:01 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114042 “Friends With Benefits” might be a little to close to “Friends,” which can get confusing when Courtney Cox being the star is factored in. I read on the AV Club that another proposed name was “Jules Neighborhooding,” which … which is baffling, to say the least.

But anything’s better than “Cougar Town.” Literally ANYTHING.

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-114000 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:11:03 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-114000 I really enjoy The Good Guys. It’s got a neat sense of humor, wonderful acting, and plenty of excitement. I’m planning to talk about it when it returns in September, since Fox has seen fit to bury it on Fridays.

Spuffyduds, I hope you enjoy it! Glad I could help.

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By: Argo Plummerhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-113996 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 02:48:46 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-113996 How is the Good Guys? The promos didn’t catch my interest, but when I learned it starred Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford and was set in my home town of Dallas, my interest was peaked. I haven’t caught up with it yet, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And Scott Foley is on my list of “man crushes” (along with Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, and Payton Manning) and I believe he makes anything he is in better. I am sad things didn’t work out between he and Jennifer Garner, but then those two together would be just too much raw awsomeness for any of us to handle…

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By: spuffydudshttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-113990 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:54:46 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-113990 This was not remotely on my List of Shows to Bother Checking Out, and now it is! Thank you!

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By: Johannahttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-113984 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:47:30 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-113984 Thanks for putting in Bill Lawrence’s name — I should have included that — and pointing out some more strong points. I did like Scott Foley’s arc as a potential boyfriend that doesn’t quite work out. (And yes, I miss Reaper, too, although I’m enjoying the girl demon who’s now a DA on The Good Guys.)

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By: Argo Plummerhttp://comicsworthreading.com/2010/08/19/cougar-town-the-complete-first-season/comment-page-1/#comment-113983 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:35:15 +0000 http://comicsworthreading.com/?p=14341#comment-113983 Wow Johanna! Something we can agree upon! Will wonders never cease?

(Actually, we seem to have similar taste in much of our TV viewing–I too love Leverage and if I remember correctly we both enjoyed Reaper, anyway…)

I hung with Cougar Town all season for two main reasons: 1) I have an affinity for Bill Lawrence and his shows–I love Spin City (the Michael J Fox years) and Scrubs is one of my all time favorite shows; and 2) as you aptly pointed out, the ensemble cast is so strong. I too was thrilled to see the show change it’s focus and become a much stronger show as the season went on. I know Modern Family gets a lot of love and the Middle has the always brilliant Neil Flynn, but Cougar Town was the only one that I had to watch each week by the seasons end.

Yes, the title has always been terrible and no longer is appropriate it, but I think that it would hurt the show to change it now. Of course, the show bled viewers as the season went on, so maybe a rebranding wouldn’t hurt, but as you said, the point is moot.

I too love Josh Hopkins’ Grayson (my youngest son’s name coincidentally–he’s almost two so we weren’t influenced by this Grayson) and his songs crack me up–I love “sex with your ex” and “confident in my sexuality”–I quote Jules when I say that might be my new favorite song. Dan Byrd is great too, but I think my favorite is Ian Gomez–I love his Andy as I see so much of myself in him, but he’s a whole lot funnier.

Courteney Cox is not as strong a lead as Michael J Fox or Zach Braff, but Bill Lawrence has a knack for assembling great ensemble casts and this one is very strong. I also love how he brings actors from each of his previous projects along–Scott Foley, Alan Ruck, and the creepy neighbor guy stalking Jules who was a creepy, sexually deviant doctor in Scrubs have all shown up this season alone. Even the actor whom I consider the weak link–Brian Van Holt as Jules’ ex Bobby–has contributed some stellar moments. I was watching the episode last night where he steals animals from the petting zoo and cooks them–his comment–“It’s like the soaps at a hotel, they expect you to take them.”–classic!

Great job highlighting this show that may be lost in the shuffle but deserves a wider audience!!!

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