Cougar Town Season 1, Episode 3: 'Don't Do Me Like That' Review - Featured

From (S01E03) Interesting trend with this show: The episode titles have so far been titles of Tom Petty songs.

Take a look at the names of the upcoming episodes and the pattern continues for the forseeable future. Wonder how long they can hold on to this convention, especially as linking the episode to a title of Petty song they haven't used before gets harder.

That's the best thing I can say about this episode, to be honest. This one was less funny than last week's episode, which was less funny than the pilot. At least last week's episode had some heartfelt emotion behind it, so the lack of laughs could be excused. But this episode didn't even have that, which made most of what was supposed to be funny fall flat.

Jules is 40. We get it. Things don't come to her as easily as it does someone in her twenties. But this week it felt like she had a big neon sign over her head that said "I'm 40!!!" Maybe it's because I'm the wrong gender, but jokes about mani-pedi-waxing combo sessions don't really play well with me. A woman who's supposed to be at her sexual peak and knows exactly what she wants shouldn't need to be so wound up and insecure in bed that she has to ask her idiot ex if he thought she was a good lover (at least she got the point later on and gave her boy toy some marching orders).

It all felt very sitcommy, a word I use quite a bit and not in a positive sense. I expect more from my sitcoms, so to fall back on old standard sitcom conventions -- "You mean I stink in bed?" -- makes a show feel like it's a relic from the days of Three's Company rather than something fresh and funny. Hopefully, in future episodes, Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel will turn that neon sign over Courteney Cox's head off and just let her play a woman who's just looking to have fun and find something meaningful.

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Oct 8, 2009 4:29PM EDT

Agree with the assertion that this one was weaker than last week's, which was weaker than the pilot. I am about ready to call shenanigans on this one...

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Oct 12, 2009 5:48PM EDT

True. I agree with you RachelL.I thought Pilot was the best, afterwards everything started fading.
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