Two Ways 'Mike & Molly' Has Improved ... And One Way It Hasn't

Even though the Chuck Lorre comedy factory has seemingly cranked out yet another hit in 'Mike & Molly,' the freshman CBS sitcom had a bit of a rough go of it out of the gate, at least with critics and others in the media.

While all of this was going on, though, the show had developed a solid core that would allow it to find its comedic legs more quickly than other rookie sitcoms have. Its fellow freshman classmate, '$#*! My Dad Says,' has struggled even to get to mediocre, for example. 'Mike & Molly' has been able to get to the point where, while not the funniest or edgiest comedy out there, it's been entertaining enough to keep me tuning in every week. Why?

First there were the scathing reviews of the pilot -- mine included -- that criticized how it leaned too much on jokes about the weight of leads Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell. Then a writer for Marie Claire posted a breezy blog entry about how she couldn't stand the sight of the two heavy actors making out, leading one of those typical Internet poopstorms that leaves the writer begging to be let into the Witness Protection Program.


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