Quick thoughts on last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I blow up a pumpkin...
Look, I'm easy to please sometimes. You give me an episode of a sitcom that features dudes crying as they watch "Rudy," and then has one of them acting out Andy Dufresne's escape from Shawshank, I'm going to be more or less in the tank for it.
But I think that while "Cougar Town" hasn't been nearly as good or as polished as "Modern Family" to date, an episode like this illustrates the same point I made in the previous post about last night's "MF." Sometimes, it's less about being wildly funny than it is about liking the characters on the show and being amused to spend some time with them. And I found, as Jules' secret barbecue grew and grew, that I actually quite like most of the people here - including crazy Jules herself(*).
(*) Courteney Cox is always going to play things big, I guess, so sometimes it's a matter of what you give her to play - or, in some cases, of giving her no one to play with. Seeing her freak out in the previous two episodes about her boy toy got grating in a hurry; seeing her struggle to entertain herself alone in the house all day was pretty funny. Maybe she just works better as a solo artist sometimes.
It's still a bit weird that the male characters are funnier and more well-rounded than the women(**), given the show's subject matter, but after being disinterested for the last few weeks, I found last night's episode to represent a show I would enjoy watching regularly.
(**) Or is this a gender identification thing? Ladies in the audience, what say you?
What did everybody else think?