ABC | WED 9:30 p.m.
With the plethora of television shows returning and starting up this season, each network is working hard to find that unique show which will draw in the most viewers. Unfortunately, networks can go a bit too far. ABC’s new comedy “Cougar Town,” is one of those shows that has crossed the line.
“Cougar Town” delves into the world of cougars, women in their 30s and 40s who prefer to sleep with younger (college-aged) men, and revolves around Courtney Cox as Jules Cobb, a 40-year-old single mother. Imagine if your mom was dating that guy who sits in front of you during your 10 a.m. Marketing class. Disturbed yet? I am. While Jules is hitting up the nightclubs and “prowling” for young men, her friends put up posters of her around town which young boys proceed to steal and plaster on their bedroom walls. Concurrently, her son, Travis, the most relatable character on the show, has to deal with the embarrassment that comes with his mother dating a guy his age (not to mention the posters).
I understand that Jules just wants to feel young again, but plastic surgery (another popular fix-all used in the show) and sleeping with college kids probably isn’t the best solution, no matter how universal that quest for youth may be. “Cougar Town” is just another show where the producers attempt to explore another one of society’s strange practices. While there were several comedic moments, the majority of the show was unsettling at best. There’s certainly something better than this to watch on a Wednesday night even if it’s the wall.