123 Mike & Molly

Mike & Molly

Mike & Molly

Timeslot (Premiere date in parenthesis)

Tuesdays @ 10:00 pm on CTV Two Toronto
Wednesdays @ 10:00 pm on CTV Two Toronto
Thursdays @ 10:00 pm on CTV Two Toronto
Fridays @ 10:00 pm on CTV Two Toronto
Saturdays @ 10:00 pm on CTV Two Toronto
Sundays @ 10:00 pm on CTV Two Toronto


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Police officer Mike Biggs knows his way around the Streets—and the donut shop. As a cop, Mike’s not scared of anything—except dating, so he’s joined Overeaters Anonymous® to lose those extra pounds and gain some Much-needed confidence. When he meets Molly at a meeting, the attraction is immediate, and suddenly Mike is excited about the prospect of a new life. But now he must find the willpower to give up his beloved junk food for the apple of his eye.




Please note that these reviews may contain spoilers.
Gordon McDougall's Take
The creators say it’s not about fat jokes. They’re getting out in front of that first impression people will likely have about this show. Chuck Lorre, who’s behind other CBS hits such as Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, draws a comparison to another show he used to work on: Roseanne. He says Roseanne and Dan Connor were both overweight, but the show was never about that. In the same way, Lorre says Mike and Molly is not about the weight. They just happen to meet an an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

So, after getting past the notion that Mike and Molly is not going to focus on ridiculing the leads for their weight issues on a weekly basis, I can see some potential in this show. I’m not convinced it can be the runaway smash that Men and Big Bang are. Based on the pilot, it’s closer to Lorre’s failed sitcom from last season, Jenna Elfman’s Accidentally On Purpose.

Billy Gardell isn’t as well-known to audiences as his co-star Melissa McCarthy. He previously played a cop (as he does in this show) on My Name Is Earl. She was “the friend” on Samantha Who? and Gilmore Girls. Both seem more than capable of taking the lead in a sitcom. Both are likeable, and I can picture viewers rooting for them to come together.

I probably shouldn’t compare a new sitcom to established hits Men and Big Bang, but it’s hard to avoid. So far, Mike and Molly hasn’t given me the big belly laughs (sorry) that I routinely get from Lorre’s other two shows, but it’s a charming romantic comedy that made me chuckle a few times. And then there’s that one scene where Mike’s weight causes a table to collapse, and he gets up with a severely dislocated finger. (I don’t think I’m spoiling the surprise, since that moment has appeared repeatedly in promos for the show.) It probably would have been funnier if I hadn’t seen it so many times already.

If I would compare Mike and Molly to anything, it would be Accidentally On Purpose. It was another charming sitcom that I watched every week until it ended, but not enough viewers stuck with it, and it was cancelled. Therefore, there’s only one rating I can give this show, even though I will likely watch it every week:
Rating: Limited success (Might survive a full season)
About Gordon McDougall
TVGord is a radio host at 580 CFRA in Ottawa. He does a weekly segment about TV every friday which you can hear in MP3 in the '580 CFRA Interviews' section of their website, www.cfra.com
Steve Hatton's Take
I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch the pilot of Mike and Molly. I had never heard of the actors before and I knew very little about what this sitcom was about. Now that I’ve seen the pilot, I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

The show is about two plus size single people, a cop named Mike and an elementary school teacher named Molly who happen to meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. There’s an immediate attraction between the two and the plot of the pilot is about whether or not Mike will find the courage to ask Molly out. The episode also looks at how Molly isn’t getting much support at home, diet-wise, from her sister and her mother.

The characters are likable and quirky. There is nothing cheesy about them. They also seem like real people, the type who could easily be your next door neighbour. Some viewers may find it a refreshing change from the unrealistic, over the top, self-obsessed characters on shows like 90210.

Co-created by Chuck Lorre, who has a pretty solid track record when it comes to sitcoms, Mike and Molly will no doubt pull at viewers heartstrings. However, don’t expect it to be as funny as some of the other hits he has brought us, such as Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. None of the jokes had punch lines that were gut wrenchingly, side-splittingly funny, but that is the only drawback that I can think of.

Besides, given how everybody believes that the television sitcom is dead, the expression “less is more” might apply here. Mike and Molly may be a sitcom, but its charm lies in how simple the concept is and how it doesn’t need to try too hard, because it is about ordinary everyday people. Plus, the comedy is still funny in a way that is consistent throughout the entire episode. There’s isn’t a single moment where I didn’t have a smile on my face.

It is scheduled for Monday nights at 9:30 on CBS and /A\, which normally isn’t a bad time slot, except that it will be on against Dancing with the Stars. Other shows competing in the same time slot include NBC’s new drama The Event, which also looks pretty good, and Fox’s Lone Star.

In spite of all this, Mike and Molly may still do well enough to last the season. I wouldn’t expect killer ratings for it but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. I would definitely recommend that viewers give it a try.
Rating: Limited success (Might survive a full season)
About Steve Hatton
Steve Hatton is a Montreal-based freelance writer and journalist who covers the television industry, including TV show reviews and media analysis. Steve has a blog called Brave New TV.