The Bottom Line
- Showcases different kinds of characters for TV
- Cast includes several talented performers
- One-note jokes about weight
- Otherwise overloaded with obvious sitcom devices
- Boxed in by narrow focus
- Premiere airs September 20, 2010, at 9:30 p.m. EST on CBS
- Stars Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon, Swoosie Kurtz, Nyambi Nyambi
- Created by Mark Roberts
Guide Review - 'Mike & Molly' Premiere Episode
Stars Billy Gardell (as Mike) and Melissa McCarthy (as Molly) are generally likable, and have done good work on shows in which their weight was not their defining trait. Gardell had an entertaining recurring role on My Name Is Earl as twin-brother cops, and McCarthy did warm, understated work as a supporting player on Gilmore Girls and Samantha Who? So there’s hope that their talents could shine through the hacky writing and bring some heart to the show over time. Swoosie Kurtz and Katy Mixon as Molly’s mom and sister are also fairly charming, and have done entertaining work on other shows in the past. Eventually Lorre, Roberts and the rest of the writing staff are going to run out of fat jokes (one hopes), and the cast will be what they have to fall back on.
At this point, though, Gardell and McCarthy also have very little chemistry, which is sort of crucial on a show about a burgeoning romantic relationship. That’s also something that can develop over time, and one thing Lorre does have an eye for is casting. Clearly there are fairly low standards for success in the CBS sitcom lineup, and at this point Mike & Molly just barely meets them. For people looking for anything more than that, it isn’t enough.