REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 1

MAIN CAST

Billy Gardell (Young Sheldon)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Reno Wilson (Transformers)
Katy Mixon (American Housewife)
Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight)
Rondi Reed (The Astronaught’s Wife)
Cleo King (The Hangover)
Louis Mustillo (One For The Money)
Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies)

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)
Reginald VelJohnson (Die Hard)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Evan Almighty)
Lamont Thompson (The Brink)
Rebecca Field (Horrible Bosses)
Robert Gant (Supergirl)
Keone Young (Crank)
William Sanderson (Blade Runner)
David Mazouz (Gotham)
Hana Mae Lee (The Babysitter)

Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)The series focuses on the title characters Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting in Chicago, Illinois. After Molly, a primary-school teacher, invites police officer Mike to give a talk to her class, they begin dating. Molly lives at home with her mother Joyce (Swoosie Kurtz), and sister Victoria (Katy Mixon). Joyce is in an on-off relationship with widower Vince Moranto (Louis Mustillo), who is often seen at the house. Mike lives alone in an apartment but is regularly kept company by his best friend and partner in the police force Carl McMillan (Reno Wilson). Other prominent characters in the series include Carl’s grandmother Rosetta (Cleo King); Mike’s mother Peggy (Rondi Reed) and cafe worker Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi).Swoosie Kurtz and Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)I bought this as I’m a fan of Melissa McCarthy having seen her in several very funny films. I was not disappointed. All the characters are very strong and I have found watching the series completely addictive, just wanting to know how the relationships progress. There are lots of one-liners that literally make me laugh out loud. There is nothing offensive even though sex drugs and alcohol are referred to and represented, it’s not at all smutty.

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)
Season One Highlights include

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Pilot

Mike struggles with his new diet. At an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, Molly sympathizes with Mike and invites him to come speak to her fourth grade class. Later, he appears at her home after a robbery and asks her out on a date. She says yes.

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

First Date

Molly gets a head cold before her first date with Mike. Her mother and sister accidentally both give her medicine and Molly adds wine at dinner. The night ends up being a disaster. Meanwhile, Mike gets fashion advice from Carl and his cousin who own a “Big & Tall” store.

Mikes Not Ready

Molly misunderstands Mike’s reasoning for not wanting to come inside her house after a date and breaks-up with him. After getting drunk in a bar, Mike reveals that he’s ashamed of his own body, and that’s the reason why he had been taking things too slow with Molly. After leaving the bar, Mike, Carl, Samuel and the taxi driver, Undugu, go to Molly’s house where Mike decides to serenade Molly. When he reaches her window, he tells her why he wasn’t ready to take the next step, and that he wants the first time to be very special. However, he passes out while on the ladder and the gang is forced to spend the night at Molly’s house.

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

After The Lovin’

 

After spending the weekend together, Mike and Molly are ecstatic. To avoid getting too clingy, Molly tries to slow down, but it doesn’t help when Mike visits her in the school with a Teddy Bear.

Melissa McCarthy and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Mikes New Boots

Molly gets mad when a blonde woman flirts with Mike at their Overeaters Anonymous meeting, and Mike introduces Molly to her as his “friend”. After a long talk with Carl’s grandma, Mike realizes that he is in love with Molly. On the other hand, Molly gets drunk with Victoria and realizes that she is in love with Mike. Joyce starts dating Vince .

Swoosie Kurtz and Louis Mustillo in Mike & Molly (2010)

First Christmas

Mike has no idea what to get Molly for their first Christmas as a couple. He runs a lot of ideas through Joyce & Carl, but they reject it all. He is also unable to take the hints Molly gives him. Finally he ends up buying her expensive jewellery. Molly gets Mike a leather jacket, but has to exchange it for a video game when Mike ends up buying a jacket himself.

Robert Gant and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

First Valentine’s Day

Mike orders a special cake for Valentine’s day and ends up meeting the baker, who turns out to be Molly’s ex-fiancé, Kyle (Robert Gant). He gets very upset because Molly never mentioned being engaged, but later discovers that Kyle is gay. Vince & Joyce go to a adult motel for their first Valentine’s Day.

Peggy's New Beau

Peggy’s New Beau

Mike & Molly meet Peggy’s new “friend from church”, Dennis (William Sanderson). They instantly like him, but when he brings up wedding bells, they feel a bit pressured. After a talk with Carl’s grandma, Mike decides to propose to Molly. She says yes.MIKE-MOLLYSeason one is very much about first’s, finding new love and the ups and downs of a relationship.