Thursday, September 10, 2009
What Sucks…Cougar Town
Man has come up with some pretty bad ideas over the course of the history of the world- napalm, the guillotine, putting Keith Olbermann on Sunday Night Football, Mormonism, etc. so for a TV show to be amongst the worst ideas he’s ever come up with, it has to be pretty f-ing bad. “Cougar Town”, just might be that kind of bad. By the way, I say this as someone who has never seen an episode of the show and did not make it all the way through the above clip.
I’m not sure who this is aimed at- do “torture porn addicts” or “women 40-50, with horrible self esteem” make up a large part of the television viewing audience, because, if so, I can begin to understand how this was made. I won’t burden you with what I have learned the show to be about, suffice to say Cougar Town seems to tell the story of a whore, with no sense of self, who has to prove who she is to her “friends” (some would say enemies) by trying to ball young men. As a post modern-ironic take on Kafka’s Metamorphosis, sure it’s brilliant, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going for.
I mean…I don’t think they’re going for that. Courtney Cox (who has not been this convincing in a role since Bruce’s “Dancing In the Dark” video) plays the lead in the show, a woman named Jules Cobb. Hmm, Jules Cobb. The initials “JC”…is she a Christ figure? I hereby reserve the right to call this show brilliant in case it’s all done in irony.
Incidentally, why are “Cougar-esque” things still being forced down our throats? I usually think of myself as someone pretty tuned into the zeitgeist, but am I missing the meetings where we are all agreeing that we’re supposed to be into f-ing old women now?
And Cougar Town sounds like the worst name ever for a PORN movie, much less a TV show. Yeesh. A town inhabited entirely by Cougars? I’d rather be in a town inhabited entirely by actual cougars.
Cougar Town is on ABC Wednesday nights at 9:30!
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