We've always been fans of Melissa McCarthy, especially for her role of Sookie on Gilmore Girls, so we were excited to see her move up from supporting character to a leading role... but then... we watched Mike & Molly. McCarthy plays Molly Flynn, a 4th grade teacher who meets Mike Biggs, a police officer, at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.
The entire show is basically one long, unfunny fat joke. Sookie may have been the sidekick, but her storylines didn't revolve around being fat, she was just Sookie. McCarthy finally gets her own show and it's this crap?
We watched a few parts of the premiere episode - we had to shut it off occasionally because the fat jokes were too much to take. But then we started thinking about it. That was a LOT of fat jokes for a show that's allegedly not about weight according to creator Chuck Lorre.
"This isn't a show about weight," he said "It's a show about people trying to make their lives better and find someone they can have a committed relationship with. It may be odd for television, but hopefully it's reflective of some kind of reality."That sounds like a great premise for a show... but that wasn't the show we watched.
Lilith: So I'm about 2 minutes in to Mike & Molly and I hate it already.
Jezebel: That's the 'fat people show', right?
Lilith: Apparently. I didn't know that's what it was. I thought it was just a show about two people. But apparently it's the 'fat people show'. Like, okay! We get it! She's fat! He's fat too! Let's laugh at how fat they are... enough already. Blah blah fat blah!
Jezebel: I've heard some stuff about it. That's one of those shows that could be good in theory... but you know will be fucked up in the execution.
Lilith: It's annoying too that there are, what, like two people on the entire channel ever that are not model-tiny but aren't just the 'fat sidekick' and then the show revolves around how fat they are. Why not a show starring fat people that's just a show?
Jezebel: Exactly. It could've be a case of 'Hey a realistic couple! She's pretty but she's not the stick thin gorgeous unrealistic wife that sitcoms usually have' but instead it will be 'Let's beat the same three fat jokes into the ground every week'.
Jezebel: I just put it on for like ten seconds. I decided I'd watch until a fat joke. I'm off already.
Lilith: I can't wait for the episode when they start making 'fat people having sex' jokes. God, at least if the fat jokes were FUNNY. But they're not!
Lilith: Did you notice that the guy's last name is Biggs? Like why not just name him 'Big Fat Cop'?
Jezebel: Oh god, yeah just go all the way and call him Fatty McFat. And she can be Chubbie Chubster or something. Tonight on CBS, a new episode of Big Fat Cop and Big Fat Teacher! On tonight's episode, everybody makes jokes at Fat and Chubbie's expense and it's hilarious! Because they're FAT! Get it? Oh CBS.
Lilith: And of course, his partner is the sassy black guy and her sister is the stupid slutty pothead. So it's like, awesome, we have everyone!
Jezebel: Yeah, it's the Stereotypical One Note Characters Show. Fantastic. Okay let me test again.
Jezebel: Yeah that took like, three seconds for me this time.
Lilith: Let me turn it back on... and... yeah. Fuck this show. It's just one fat joke too many. I'm over it.
Later, we got curious about just how many fat jokes were there really? So we went to cbs.com and re-watched the show and (painfully) counted every single fat joke. How did it add up? Let's just say if this was a drinking game, we be dead. Here are some of the results:
"I would shoot you right now, but I don't have enough chalk to outline your body."
"Why don't you take her to one of those lesbo clubs. They seem to like the beefy gals."
"You lost 3 1/2 pounds."
"Oh big deal, my farts weigh 3 1/2 pounds."
"You don't have to tell me, I ride in the car with you every day."
"Maybe you could move to Japan. A big man's like a god over there ... Seriously, yank your underwear up into your crack and get you some sumo-groupies."has said:
"The great thing about this love story is [that] this is a show people can look at and go, 'You know what? I'm like that' or, 'I look better than that', instead of looking at the show and going, 'God, I'm never going to look like that'."He's right. A lot of people can watch this show and think 'I look like that'. And then they can watch 39 jokes poking fun at the way they look. How are they going to feel then? What's worse? Having only people with unrealistic bodies on television or having people with real bodies and then trashing the hell out of them for a half hour?