'Cougar Town: The Complete First Season'
(Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / ABC Studios)
Overview: After spending the last seventeen years as a wife and mother, recently divorced Jules (Cox) has reluctantly waded back into the dating pool and quickly finds herself in over her head. Now forty-something and single, Jules tackles real-life issues - dating, parenting and friendship. It doesn't help Jules that her two best friends can hardly stand each other, her ex-husband is hanging around more now than he did during their marriage...and there's that handsome divorced neighbor that Jules can't quite get out of her head.
DVD: Firstly, did you know that 'Cougar Town' is filmed on an identical set to 'Weeds'? No, nor did I until I saw this DVD and watched the special features, but it makes a lot of sense now: especially as I love BOTH shows! Anyhoo, 'Cougar Town' is a (very) sun-kissed American suburbia story located in a quaint cul-de-sac.
Following Cox's HIGHLY under-rated turn as a hard-nosed bitch of a celebrity mag editor in the (again, I have to stress this) criminally under-rated 'Dirt,' here Cox reverts back to more familiar sitcom territory.
Indeed, Cox shines as Jules Cobb. Jules is a recently divorced woman in her 40's who is getting pushed into the dating scene by her much younger assistant. Jules wants companionship but like many of us realizes that there aren't many dating opportunities if you stick with men your own age, especially since they often prefer barely legal hotties. So, she gets pushed into dating younger men.
The writers did a great job setting up the silliness of how difficult women make dating younger men while older men feel right at home dating younger women. It's funny because it pokes fun at the truth. The show isn't just about this though. It grows into having some underlying themes of what we want and settling. I think some of the funniest moments are the trials that Jules and her ex put their child through!
Sure 'Cougar Town' has claws, for it's tale of an uptight 40-year-old woman belatedly getting in touch with her inner slut taking a catty swipe at sexual double standards! That said, it's bloody funny too! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Taming Cougar Town - Discover how Cougar Town has evolved from its initial comedy pilot into today's more subtly sexy ABC hit
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Saber-Tooth Tiger Town
Ask Barb - The ultimate cougar answers your questions
Stroking It With Bobby Cobb