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Cougar Town: Season 1
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Here's your chance to bring home the hottest single mom in town! Golden Globe nominee* Courteney Cox (Friends) stars in the hilariously sexy hit comedy Cougar Town: The Complete First Season.
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.
Created by Kevin Biegel and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), Cougar Town is packed with laugh-out-loud moments and features a cast of television's brightest comedic stars. Cougar Town: The Complete First Season struts its stuff in this DVD collection, along with exclusive bonus features and one or two special surprises. Cougar Town - it's more than a place, it's a state of mind.
Though Courteney Cox followed Friends with FX's deeply cynical Dirt, she returns to her comedy roots with ABC's far sunnier Cougar Town. Created by Kevin Biegel and Bill Lawrence of Scrubs, the sitcom centers on 41-year-old Jules Cobb, a divorced real estate agent who lives in the Florida suburbs with her 18-year-old son Travis (Dan Byrd, from CW's underrated Aliens in America), who finds his excitable parents embarrassing. With her form-fitting dresses and sassy gal pals, party girl Laurie (Busy Philipps, Dawson's Creek) and bossy mom Ellie (Christa Miller, playing a variation on her Scrubs harpy), Jules is more Desperate Housewife than Friend, and even starts the show by having a fling with a young hottie, though she's just as much of a perfectionist as Monica. If Cougar Town revolves around women (and wine), the men--Cobb's lovable loser ex Bobby (Brian Van Holt), Ellie's goofball husband Andy (Ian Gomez, The Drew Carey Show), and bar owner Grayson (Ally McBeal's Josh Hopkins, the Mike to her Susan)--get plenty of face time.
The series proved a bigger hit than Dirt, but it gets off to a bumpy start with shrill acting, lines that skew more crude than clever, and an unhealthy relation to body image, like the way Jules licks chocolates before throwing them away. Fortunately, the writing improves, the actors settle down, and chemistry of the "cul-de-sac crew" gels as the year unfurls. Renewed for a second season, the first features Lisa Kudrow as a catty dermatologist, Sheryl Crow as Grayson's age-appropriate girlfriend, and scene-stealing General Hospital vet Carolyn Hennesy as Barb. Don't let the title fool you, this is one sex comedy that prizes community building over bed hopping. As Lawrence states in the featurette, "No one's ever said the word cougar on Cougar Town." --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Unlike some sitcoms, this show does have a continuous story line along with each episode's own problem and situation that usually gets solved with in the episode. So it was really nice for watching it for the first time to be able to watch them all in order and all at once.
Cougar Town is about a 40 something recently divorced woman, Jules, who is played by Courtney Cox (Friends), who is discovering how to get through life after her divorce and getting back into the dating world. Jules is a real estate agent who has a younger girl working for her named Laurie (played by Busy Phillips- Dawson's Creek). Jules is not just Laurie's boss but also her really good friend and wants to show Jules how to have fun. Jules's best friend Ellie (played by Christa Miller- The Drew Carey Show, Scrubs) lives next door with her husband Andy (Ian Gomez- The Drew Carey Show) and their newborn son. Ellie's personality is just fantastic and she is absolutely hilarious and fun to watch. Laurie and Ellie have a very amusing budding relationship where they find each other quite annoying but have to learn to tolerate each other for the sake of Jules. Jules also has a son Travis (Dan Byrd- A Cinderella Story) who is going through his senior year in high school with is parents embarrassing him as much as they possibly can in a very fun way. Travis's father which is also Jules's ex husband is Bobby (Brian Van Holt) which is another fun character that is also having to deal with the aftermath of his divorce. Jules and Bobbie throughout Season 1 are trying to find themselves and learning how to be friends with one another. Then we are introduced to Grayson (Josh Hopkins) who is another man who lives on the culdesac with Jules and Ellie. Grayson is also going through a recent divorce and owns a bar and is kinda known to always be bringing home some new young girl every night.
Throughout the first season all the characters are getting to know each other better, are forming new relationships, and are finding themselves after life events such as getting divorced or having a baby. I think my favorite part from this season was watching the relationship form between Jules and Grayson. You can see the tension building between them, you know they like each other, and you just can't wait until they do something about it! I think this is one of the main things that kept making me click "next episode" each time because I just couldn't wait and wanted to see what happens next.