Mike and Molly : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    There's enough comedy content in this first seating to warrant keeping Mike & Molly on the TiVo menu, even if it's not quite love at first bite.
  2. The new sitcom Mike & Molly won't change your life, but it will make 30 minutes of it happier and more fun.
  3. Mike & Molly has more of the crude humor of "Men" than "Big Bang" had at the start, but it's offset by a sweetness in the lead characters that makes this sitcom a welcome addition to CBS's Monday night laughter lineup.
  4. 60
    The show almost lost me early on with a clumsy gag when Molly's workout routine is upstaged by mom and sis eating chocolate cake right in front of her. (Who would do that?) But it gets better from there, although the whole enterprise seems like a lot of empty (for now) calories.
  5. 75
    While many of the weight jokes are very funny, there are a few too many of them. Still, what matters most for the show's future health is that it does not define Mike and Molly as "fat." They're nice, normal, relatable people who eat too much and want to eat less.
  6. There are a lot of fat jokes in Mike & Molly. Unfortunately, all of them are easy, most of them are stupid and worse than anything is that they are spewed in what is being spun as a sympathetic look at people with eating problems.
  7. Mike & Molly, a romantic comedy about two people (Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy) who meet at Overeaters Anonymous, is, like most Lorre shows, a conventional-looking sitcom that manages to be very funny in a format that's been around for more than 50 years.
  8. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell star in a sweet, old-fashioned sitcom. [Sep 27 2010, p.55]
  9. Many of those gags are mechanical and flat, although they are delivered as though they were not. But when the leads are focused on each other, size no longer matters and the show flickers to life.
  10. 40
    There's something blandly nutrition-less and sugary about Mike & Molly, CBS's new Hostess Twinkie of a Monday night sitcom.
  11. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    The show seems sympathetic to them as far as it goes, but the fat humor is just predictable and lame.
  12. 40
    Mike & Molly unquestionably has a lot of funny moments. But realizing you've just been laughing at 22 consecutive minutes of socially unredeemed fat jokes may leave you feeling as if you've just eaten a 36-inch anchovy-and-pineapple pizza: bloated and yucky.
  13. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Gardell and McCarthy are two of the more realistic-feeling, instantly appealing sitcom personalities in ages. They're enough to make it worth drudging through the sludge tonight's pilot considers comedy writing.
  14. It's much sweeter and funnier than it sounds.
  15. Mike & Molly may not at first seem to offer much (other, that is, than streams of fat jokes), but it boasts a cast with distinctive looks and a capacity to deliver quick comedic jabs that can make you howl. That these come unexpectedly in the midst of endless gross clatter is one of those mysteries of the creative process best not to dwell upon.
  16. The sane and well-meaning series Mike & Molly (executive produced by Chuck Lorre, a creator of "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory") begins on CBS on Monday. A comedy about life lived not in the low triple digits of the bathroom scale, this is network television of the old school.
  17. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    If you walk away from the Mike & Molly pilot and tell me that you hate it, because the only version you remember is the grating, pratfall-laden "laughing at" version, I can't say you're wrong. I can try to point you to the better parts of the pilot, like Mike's "share" to the Overeaters Anonymous group or his very different "share" to Molly's class of students, but as Chris Farley could have told you, those things don't get cheers like the "fat guy falls down" hijinks.
  18. 67
    Underneath the crude humor, there's a sweetness and an honesty to the show. The duo's struggle with weight is believable.
  19. Here, the mix of schadenfreude and reductionism coming from the writers makes Mike & Molly cold and calculating, despite its likable leads and cast.
  20. It's Kurtz and Mixon that really elevate Mike & Molly from most couple-centric comedies.
  21. 60
    Frankly, the premiere's funniest don't focus on weight (these are also the lines featured most frequently in trailers, suggesting that someone is aware of the line the fat jokes are walking). Let's hope for a time-soon-when Mike & Molly runs out of fat jokes and moves on to explore the dynamics of two people falling in love while working to overcome personal demons.
  22. As a Chicago cop and a fourth-grade teacher falling in love despite their own insecurities, they make a sweet, relatable team.
  23. 60
    The potential for cringeworthiness is high, and the pilot sometimes falls on the wrong side of the line between self-deprecatingly comic and just plain mean. But there's a real sweetness to the tentative romance brewing between Mike, the beat cop played by comic Billy Gardell, and Molly, an elementary school teacher (Melissa McCarthy).
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 10 out of 27
  1. Sep 21, 2010
    I thought the show was great and has potential to be a big hit if they stick with it. I'm not sure if the other reviewer even watched theI thought the show was great and has potential to be a big hit if they stick with it. I'm not sure if the other reviewer even watched the show, it just sounds like he has issues with fat people and only saw promos for it. If he actually watched it, he would have seen that the show is about 2 large people who acknowledge that they have weight issues and are actively trying to change their lifestyle for the better. I don't see the problem in that as that is probably many peoples reality. The character chemistry seems genuine for the most part, though Molly's sister & mother are kind of simple and predictable, but the show is young so there's always room to improve. The writing is pretty quick and amusing and since the show starts with them just getting to know each other, there is plenty of story to be told throughout the shows life span. Overall I thought it was a charming & funny show with big (hah) potential. Full Review »
  2. Nov 27, 2010
    As a follower of CBS' Monday Night Line up, I was pleased to catch this show. I think that characters have several directions to go. TheAs a follower of CBS' Monday Night Line up, I was pleased to catch this show. I think that characters have several directions to go. The one-liners are great and even the supporting cast have a great presence. I am looking forward to more episodes to watch them grow. Full Review »
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    I have only seen two episodes and I am DRAWN to this magnetic show. Melissa McCarthy's talent is highlighted beautifully and luckilyI have only seen two episodes and I am DRAWN to this magnetic show. Melissa McCarthy's talent is highlighted beautifully and luckily accompanied by a costar and cast that ISN'T in her shadow, like most sitcoms tend to do by pulling all attention to 1 "star", but also great, genuine characters. The two title characters are adorable! They are believable as they acknowledge they have weight issues and have fun of it. I discovered this show when it appeared after another of my favorite shows "How I Met Your Mother" which is also fabulous and has similar comedic writing, and though I at first saw it as yet another sitcom, I couldn't stop watching. Full Review »