REVIEW: LOST – SEASON 1

Starring

Naveen Andrews (The Brave One)
Emilie de Ravin (Operation: Endgame)
Matthew Fox (Alex Cross)
Jorge Garcia (How I Met Your Mother)
Maggie Grace (Taken)
Josh Holloway (Colony)
Yunjin Kim (Shiri)
Daniel Dae Kim (Insurgent)
Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man and The Wasp)
Dominic Monaghan (Flashforward)
Harold Perrineau (Constantine)
Malcolm David Kelley (Deriot)
Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Terry O’Quinn (The Rocketeer)

Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Dominic Monaghan, Terry O'Quinn, Harold Perrineau, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Malcolm David Kelley, and Evangeline Lilly in Lost (2004)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Fredric Lehne (Men In Black)
L. Scott Caldwell (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Kimberley Joseph (Hercules: TLJ)
Michelle Arthur (Mission: Impossible III)
Greg Grunberg (Heroes)
John Terry (Full Metal Jacket)
Veronica Hamel (Cannonball)
Neil Hopkins (D-Sides)
Michael DeLuise (Wayne’s World)
Kristin Richardson (Rock Star)
William Mapother (THe Mentalist)
Mira Furlan (Babylon 5)
Andrea Gabriel (2 Broke Girls)
Navid Negahban (Legion)
Nick Jameson (Frozen)
Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers)
Charles Mesure (V)
Tamara Taylor (Bones)
David Starzyk (Veronica Mars)
Jim Piddock (Mascots)
Robert Patrick (Termiantor 2)
Brittany Perrineau (Felon)
Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly)
Kevin Tighe (My Bloody Valentine)
Zack Ward (Transformers)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Mackenzie Astin (The Orville)
Beth Broderick (Sabrina: TTW)
Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination)
Skye McCole Bartusiak (Don’t Say A Word)
Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and The Furious)
M.C. Gainey (Breakdown)

 

Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly in Lost (2004)Lost Season 1 succeeds first and foremost in character development. Lost is about relationships and before we can understand the dynamic behind the various relationships that develop over the course of a season, we need to understand what motivates these characters. This shows approach of having an individual episode focus on a single character through flashback, while formulaic, is a brilliant decision.Jorge Garcia and Harold Perrineau in Lost (2004)

Episodes like “The Moth” (Charlie), “Confidence Man” (Sawyer) and “Walkabout” give us a wealth of information about the people we are being introduced to. These episodes and others are entertaining, exciting and contain pivotal character moments that are still important to the story even in season four and undoubtedly beyond. As I’ve said, this is the foundation for the whole universe that we are being presented and the team behind Lost nailed it right from the “Pilot”.With character being such an important focus of the first season, the major story and mysteries surrounding the island are deliberately underdeveloped. After the survivors’ first night and their encounter with the monster we know this island is anything but normal, but we are only given glimpses from that point on. Over the course of the season we discover that there are other people on the island but beyond that we really don’t learn anything.Josh Holloway in Lost (2004)The truth is that if the writers had tried to develop the story at the same pace as the characters it would have all been too much, too soon and the whole world they are trying to build would have come tumbling down like a deck of cards. Saying that the story is underdeveloped may sound like a complaint but I feel that it was the best decision. We are given a thin vertical slice of what is to come in later seasons and that is all we really need.Of course, there are a plethora of individual character stories that thrive over the course of the season.Naveen Andrews in Lost (2004)Jin and Sun’s tumultuous relationship and betrayal, Charlie’s battle with drug addiction, Claire copping with being a parent and the love triangle between Kate, Jack and Sawyer are just a small few of the intriguing storylines that take place. All of these work to strengthen our understanding of the survivors.Definitely of note is the story of John Locke and his relationship with the island. It’s a fascinating story to watch unfold over the course of the season and Locke’s journey is very different from the rest of the survivors. He starts perceiving the island as a living entity and develops an understanding of it that everyone else fails to understand and they fear him for it.Yunjin Kim and Evangeline Lilly in Lost (2004)Terry O’Quinn does an exceptional job of portraying Locke’s development over the course of the season. He brilliantly presents a troubled and destroyed man who has experienced a profound miracle and is now trying to make sense of what has happened to him.As long time fans have come to expect, Michael Giacchino’s score adds an extra amount of depth to the season. He stands out as one of the premiere composers on television and Lost would simply not be the same without him. Most of Lost’s twists and turns may not have the same impact the second time around but that doesn’t mean that their importance isn’t appreciated. This show’s opening season set the foundation for things to come over the course of the series.

REVIEW: HEROES – SEASON 4

Starring

Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
Robert Knepper (Izombie)
Jack Coleman (Spawn)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Masi Oka (Get Smart)
Greg Grunberg (Alias)
Cristine Rose (How I Met Your Mother)
Adrian Pasdar (Supergirl)
James Kyson Lee (Sleepy Hollow)
Ali Larter (Final Destination)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and The Beast)

Robert Knepper in Heroes (2006)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Dawn Olivieri (The Vampire Diaries)
Madeline Zima (Crazy Eyes)
Ray Park (G.I. Joe)
Deanne Bray (Universal Signs)
Elisabeth Röhm (Angel)
Ashley Crow (Minority Report)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Arrow)
Lisa Lackey (Planet of The Apes)
Rachel Melvin (Sleepy Hollow)
Saemi Nakamura (The Truman Show)
Zeljko Ivanek (The Event)
Louise Fletcher (Star Trek: DS9)
Rick Worthy (Duplicity)
Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly)
Tessa Thompson (Westworld)
Christine Adams (BLack Lightning)
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters)
Candice Patton (The Flash)
Jayma Mays (Paul Blart: Mall Cop)
Danielle Savre (Boogeyman 2)
Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies)
Danica Stewart (Passions)
Andrew Connolly (Patriot Games)
Ravi Kapoor (Bones)
Todd Stashwick (The Originals)
David H. Lawrence XVII (Lost)
Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica)
Tamlyn Tomita (The Eye)
David Anders (Izmbie)
Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars)
Eric Roberts (The Finder)
K Callan (Lois & Clark)

Deanne Bray in Heroes (2006)

The first season of Heroes remains a landmark moment in television. Taking Watchmen’s ‘if superheroes existed’ thesis to its natural conclusion, the show’s realisation of the ultimate nerd fantasy of ordinary people with extraordinary powers and subtle nods to comic book tropes was a revelation, producing one of TV’s all time great villains, the delightfully menacing Sylar. Then it all fell apart.Masi Oka in Heroes (2006)The fun, frenetic pace of the first season was almost completely absent from its follow-up. In a jarring and completely misjudged shift of tone, the show became more about the nefarious dealings of the mysterious ‘Company’ and less about character development and the simple joy of watching a cheerleader mend her own bloody and broken shinbone. (The season also introduced the worst superpower ever: the ability to kill by dilating your pupils.) Admittedly, this was partially as a result of the 07/08 US writers’ strike, but the show never recovered critically, haemorrhaging viewers at an alarming pace. In following this unmitigated disaster, Tim Kring and co attempted to return to the heart of what made the show such a blast in the first place and, a handful of ridiculous plot points aside, they have been reasonably successful. However, viewers had lost faith and THE show was officially axed by NBC.Robert Knepper in Heroes (2006)However, with the fourth and final season going back to basics, as well as injecting some much needed warmth and depth into several previously underdeveloped characters, Heroes definitely went out with a bang. Season four follows the characters attempts to return to normality following the tragic events of Nathan Petrelli’s death at the hands of Sylar. In an attempt to keep his death a secret, psychic ex-cop Matt Parkman enters an unconscious and powerless Sylar’s mind, convincing him he is Nathan. All does not go to plan, however, as Sylar’s subdued consciousness worms its way into Matt’s head, taunting him and attempting to force Parkman to restore his identity by any means necessary.Robert Knepper and Zachary Quinto in Heroes (2006)Hiro Nakamura, previously just a loveable, if highly one-dimensional, comic book nerd, is finally given some depth, after discovering he is terminally ill with a brain tumour. Following a mysterious encounter with shadowy carnival owner Samuel Sullivan (played to creepy perfection by Prison Break’s Robert Knepper), Hiro decides to use his time travelling powers to change tragic or regretful moments in his past, often to destructive effect. The majority of the plot revolves around the arrival of Samuel’s peculiar fair. As self-healing cheerleader-turned-fresher Claire Bennet soon discovers, it is much more than a travelling freak show. The carnival is a tight knit group of ‘heroes’ travelling under the radar. However, as Samuel tries to convince Claire to join his family, things may not be as they appear.Hayden Panettiere and Madeline Zima in Heroes (2006)With season four, the creators have finally realised what it is viewers loved about Heroes in the first place. Like all good comic books, the series is a rollercoaster ride, with an engaging (if a tad stupid) plot, and a plethora of dastardly villains. Characters are given conflict that, for a change, is genuinely thrilling. Hiro’s awful dilemma is particularly heartbreaking, bringing some essential empathy to what was previously the show’s increasingly tired comic relief. Although it may have proven too little, too late for casual viewers, the season is a worthy farewell to what deserves to be remembered as one TV’s most enjoyable shows.

 

REVIEW: HEROES – SEASON 3

Starring

Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Adrian Pasdar (Supergirl)
Jack Coleman (Spawn)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and The Beast)
Cristine Rose (How I Met Your Mother)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek)
Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
James Kyson Lee (Sleepy Hollow)
Masi Oka (Get Smart)
Greg Grunberg (Alias)
Ali Larter (Final Destination)
Dania Ramirez (Mojave)

Sendhil Ramamurthy in Heroes (2006)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Brea Grant (Halloween II)
Ashley Crow (Minority Report)
Željko Ivanek (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Jamie Hector (All Eyez on Me)
Ntare Mwine (Treme)
Blake Shields (The Hollow)
Robert Forster (Automata)
David H. Lawrence XVII (Lost)
Kristen Bell (The Good Place)
Randall Bentley (Upside)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Arrow)
Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange)
Alan Blumenfeld (Pathology)
George Takei (Star Trek: TOS)
Dan Byrd (28 Days)
Francis Capra (Veronica Mars)
Noah Gray-Cabey (My Wofe and Kids)
Demetrius Grosse (The Rookie)
Lisa Lackey (Planet of The Apes)
Eric Roberts (The Finder)
Adair Tishler (Dollhouse)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day)
Bruce Boxleitner (Supergirl)
Loren Lester (Red Eye)
Jessalyn Gilsig (Nip/Tuck)
David Anders (Izombie)
William Katt (Carrie)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Breckin Meyer (Garfield)
Taylor Cole (The Originals)
Aarti Mann (The BIg Bang Theory)
Justin Baldoni (Jane The Virgin)
John Glover (Smallville)
Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly)
Kevin Alejandro (Arrow)
Kenneth Choi (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Diana Scarwid (Psycho III)
Ravi Kapoor (Bones)
Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn)
Alexa Nikolas (Red State)
Cam Clarke (The Lion Guard)
Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors)
Clint Howard (Apollo 13)
Michael B. Silver (Jason Goes To Hell)
Michael Dorn (Star Trek: TNG)

Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia in Heroes (2006)I love the concept of a weekly show about people dealing with superpowers and an evil government agency coming to get them. I also really like that it doesn’t shy away from the violence, especially when it comes to the ruthless power collecting ultimate bad guy (who at times shows his good side) Sylar. What I don’t like is how scattered and uneven this show has become. I dare anyone to try and make sense out of the first half of the season titled “Villains”. The only crime committed was a lack of concern for a coherent plot. Luckily the second half of the season “Fugitives” got the show focused in and back on track. More after the jump…Masi Oka, James Kyson, and Brea Grant in Heroes (2006)The first half of the season “Villains” was advertised with big campaigns claiming that this season “Heroes will battle Villains.” I was super stoked because the way my mind pictured the structure of the show was switching the narrative focus over to the villains and showing the events through their perspective making all the good guys side characters. I realize this sounds a bit ambitious, but coming off of a lackluster sophomore season I thought the creators were pulling out all the stops. This is not what happened. Instead what came out of the first half was a jumbled, messy plot that had moments of brilliance mixed in with a heavy dose of confusion. I still was thoroughly entertained, but I’m an easy sell when it comes to anything comic book oriented.Zachary Quinto in Heroes (2006)The plot of “Villains” centers around the revelation that Arthur Petrelli is in fact alive and planning some dastardly things at Pinhearst, in his search for the catalyst (the nebulous source that gave all these characters powers). If Arthur can get his hands on the formula then he can create a whole slew of super humans to do his bidding. This is a pretty cool plot, especially when a ton of super baddies are released from Level 5 during a crisis leading to HRG and Sylar teaming up to round them up. Sylar has a lot of moral issues this season as he grapples with his true nature, is he a monster or was he programmed by the Company to be this way?Jack Coleman in Heroes (2006)There are some really fun things he gets to do this season, especially the buddy cop-esque episode where he and HRG are trying to stop a bank robbery being held up by super villains. The plot gets confusing when time travel keeps being thrown in and the actual source of the catalyst was jumbled for me. Is it Claire or Hiro’s mother or both or just a formula? I have no idea. There’s also a two-part episode where another eclipse happens and they all lose their powers. I understand why in the dramatic arc of the story this was put in, but it’s not fun to watch superheroes without powers and these two episodes dragged a bit. I liked the initial idea and towards the end the showdown with Arthur and the Petrelli boys is great, but this half loses steam here and there with just too many ideas on the table.Now comes the second half of the season “Fugitives,” which I thought was awesome! Nathan outs himself to the President as being a person with abilities and is then put in charge of rounding up all people like him in the interest of Homeland Security. Nathan’s motives are a bit sketchy, has he turned to the Dark Side or is this all a way to help Claire, or is it a way to work the system from the inside and eventually destroy it? I’m not telling, but there are a decent number of twists throughout. The reason this half of the season works so much better is because there is a clear through-line and the story is way more focused. Basically it’s the U.S. government versus everyone with abilities, as villains team with heroes and the lines of good and bad are blurred to fight a bigger enemy that threatens all their existence. It’s also a classic comic book plot that works well for a reason, because it seems realistic that this is how our government would react if living Weapons of Mass Destruction started popping up all over the country.Hayden Panettiere, James Kyson, and Brea Grant in Heroes (2006)“Fugitives” has a clear bad guy in the ruthless Agent Danko, who will stop at nothing to detain and sometimes simply destroy anyone with abilities. HRG and Angela start playing both sides and their characters have some great moments. Sylar takes a trip down memory lane to try and find out who his real parents are and some interesting new developments come up leading him down a darker path then before. And Sylar acquires his best power yet, when he kills a shape-shifter, could he be any more unstoppable? While Nathan grapples with the morals of the decisions he’s made and how to fix this manhunt he’s started. Not to mention a great deal is revealed when the gang of heroes goes to Coyote Sands to find out about a mysterious project called “Icarus” which turns out to be a concentration camp for people with abilities where some pretty bad stuff went down. Lots of action, suspense, twists, and a more focused plot makes “Fugitives” a bad ass return to form for a series that has had some ups and downs, but is still dear to my nerdcore heart.Hayden Panettiere, Masi Oka, and James Kyson in Heroes (2006)The first half of season three meandered a bit, but was still fun to watch. The second half reminded me why I started watching the show in the first place and gives a great deal of hope for season four, especially with the cliffhanger we were left with at the end of “Fugitives.” Let’s just say it won’t be politics as usual this coming season…

 

REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 5

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)
Louis Mustillo (One For The Money)
Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies)
David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Margo Martindale (Downsizing)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Cleo King (The Hangover)
Jenny O’Hara (Extract)
Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Peggy Miley (Life After Beth)
Sarah Baker (Tammy)
Lauri Johnson (The Cell)
Steve Valentine (The Walk)
Marianne Muellerleile (Charmed)
Joel Murray (Two and a Half Men)
Eric Allan Kramer (The Incredble Hulk Returns)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Spider-Man 2)
Edie McClurg (Carrie)
Jeff Doucette (Bedazzled)
Cheryl Hawker (My Name Is Earl)
Becky O’Donohue (Fast & Furious)
Stefanie Black (Wild Man)

The Book of MollyWhile attending the prestigious Iowa Writing Workshop, Molly sells her romance novel, but the excitement is short-lived as she now faces the pressures of meeting deadlines, taking notes from her opinionated publisher and dealing with her own insecurities as a writer. Aside from living under the same roof as his in-laws, Mike has to deal with his partner dating Molly’s sister, and supporting his wife while riding the roller coaster of being married to a published author. This Season not only shows off Melissa McCarthy’s acting talent more but aslo Rondi reed (peggy) who gets to help Molly write the book. it’s again another brilliant season and the Cliffhanger keeps you hanging ready for Season 6.Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Season 5 Highlights are

This Old Peggy

The Book of Molly

Molly returns from her writer’s workshop, much to Mike’s delight. Even better, a publisher liked Molly’s short story enough to give her a sizeable advance on her first book. Mike is relieved because the advance check will almost get him and Molly out of debt, but Molly ruins that when she buys a new car instead.105877_d0274b

Tis the Season to Be Molly

Mike (as Santa Claus) and Carl (as an elf) hand out toys to needy children, then get locked in the back of a truck while loading it. At home, Molly has the whole family on edge as she insists on every holiday preparation being done to her exact specifications. When it is revealed that Molly does this to honor her late father, Vince worries that Molly will never accept him as a member of the family.105242_wb_0071b

Gone Cheatin’

Mike, Carl, Samuel, Vince and Harry are preparing for their annual “guys weekend” fishing trip, when Carl irritates the group by announcing he has invited Victoria. This causes Mike to feel like he has to invite Molly, and Vince follows suit by inviting Joyce. As they get ready to leave, Victoria tells Molly she has cheated on Carl with an old boyfriend, leading to an awkward drive to the fishing site.105315_d01086b

Molly’s Neverending Story

The family is exasperated after Molly proclaims her book is finished, only to decide she wants to tweak the characters again or make it raunchier (as suggested by Peggy’s surprisingly filthy church friends). Mike says she should be confident in her work, then quickly emails the file to Molly’s publisher. After Molly becomes furious, Mike hires Harry to hack into the publisher’s computer.14

The Last Temptation of Mike

A rookie female cop named Stacey (Sarah Baker) playfully flirts with Mike at work, but things escalate when she surprises him with a kiss after hours. A guilt-ridden Mike decides to tell Molly, who then goes on the attack.Melissa McCarthy and Becky O'Donohue in Mike & Molly (2010)

Hack To The Future

Molly meets Xander (Steve Valentine), her publisher, for the first time. While he is praiseworthy, he feels the book could become a phenomenon if Molly works time travel into it. Expecting a big windfall upon hearing the news, Mike splurges on some new clothing. After several failed attempts at doing the publisher’s bidding, however, Molly ultimately tricks him into accepting her original draft.Swoosie Kurtz in Mike & Molly (2010)

Checkpoint Joyce

While Mike and Carl are working a drunk driving checkpoint, Joyce pulls up. Mike intends to let her through after she answers a few questions, but she is belligerent and insulting so he hauls her into the station. After a few members of the household suggest to Joyce that she cut back on her drinking, she lashes out and insists that they all give up their various vices.Mike & Molly

The World According to Peggy

Peggy announces that she is retiring, and Molly organizes a party for her. She goes to the school to invite some fellow lunch ladies, and learns that Peggy didn’t retire, she was fired. Mike insists they must have the party anyway and go along with Peggy’s lie, something he’s learned to do over the years.105817_d0050b

What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy?

While interviewing Peggy to get a back story for the next book, Molly comes across a corn husk doll that Peggy’s own mother made for her. Peggy clams up and won’t speak about her past anymore, then later shows up drunk at the Flynn house. Mike insists his family doesn’t talk about their feelings, but Molly persists and eventually gets to the root of Peggy’s misgivings. When Mike finds out from Molly, he leaves to go hug his mom.Mike-Molly-Mudlick-or-Bust-Season-5-Episode-17-03

Mudlick or Bust

Needing to get a better feel for Peggy’s home town to write her story, Molly decides the two must take a road trip to Mudlick, Missouri. Molly secretly arranges a reunion between Peggy and her estranged sister Rosemary (Margo Martindale), which turns out badly when it is clear that Rosemary still harbors a 50-year old grudge. At home, Vince gets Mike involved in betting on the NCAA Basketball Tournament games.Mike-Molly-5x17

No Kay Morale

Kay (Kathy Bates) returns, and Peggy and Molly fight for her attention as usual. Molly notices Kay has lost her joy and drive, and tries to help her find it again. Meanwhile, Mike and Carl deal with a protest downtown that Kay surprisingly becomes a part of.

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The Bitter Man and The Sea

It’s Mike and Molly’s third anniversary, and Mike makes plans to take Molly and the family on a cruise of Lake Michigan. However, bad blood is still lingering between Carl and Victoria, so Mike has to uninvite Carl even though Carl gave him the idea for the cruise. While Molly is thrilled with the cruise, the situation puts Mike’s relationship with his partner and best friend in jeopardy.Mike-Molly-5x22Season 5 was a great season though the network could of aired it better, the show remains a classic sitcom, the cliffhanger is once again great and makes you want to know what will happen in the final season to see the resolution.

REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 4

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)
Louis Mustillo (One For The Money)
Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies)
David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)

Melissa McCarthy and Brian Baumgartner in Mike & Molly (2010)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Cleo King (The Hangover)
Brian Baumgartner (Ghostbusters)
Diane Delano (Popular)
Christian Clemenson (Lois & Clark)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Spider-Man 2)
John Michael Higgins (Bad Teacher)
Gary Anthony Williams (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
Mather Zickel (Bones)

43479463After three seasons of watching the loveable Chicago couple find each other, find love and find a comfortable life for themselves, the fourth season finds Mike and Molly further exploring their relationship, their family and friends, and the crazy world around them. In the season premiere episode, “Molly Unleashed,” Molly abruptly gives up her job teaching elementary school to follow her dreams of becoming a writer. With the ever-present support of her beat-cop husband Mike and her family, Molly sets out to become the woman she was always meant to be. The fourth season of Mike & Molly is filled with surprises. From Molly tagging along with Mike in the squad car for “research” to her adventures in a funeral home under the influence with her sister Victoria, this is the season in which Mike and the rest of the world are given the chance to see what Molly unleashed can really do!Molly Unleashed

Season 4 Highlights

Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)

The First and Last Ride-Along

Molly decides writing a crime novel will be her new career, so she goes on a ride-along with Mike and Carl to research a book she wants to pen.Susan Sarandon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Careful What You Dig For

Molly meets her literary idol, J.C. Small (Susan Sarandon), a cynic who advises her to write about things in her life that she wouldn’t want people to know. Meanwhile, Mike invites his mother to dinner for Thanksgiving in an effort to cheer her up.Swoosie Kurtz, Melissa McCarthy, and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Poker in the Front, Looker in the Back

Molly believes her suspicious next-door neighbor, Mr. O’Donnell (Christian Clemenson), is up to no good and recruits Joyce to help her spy on him. Meanwhile, the guys get together for a poker game and end up sharing their dreams and aspirations.Melissa McCarthy and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Shoeless Molly Flynn

Molly needs to adjust her spending habits if she wants to maintain harmony in her marriage. But she can’t resist buying a pair of shoes on credit and it leads to a fight with Mike, making her decide to look for a job.Melissa McCarthy, Rondi Reed, and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

They Shoot Asses, Don’t They?

Mike decides he needs to live every day like it’s his last after being shot while thwarting a robbery. As a result, he tells Carl it’s time for him to quit the police force.Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Mike & Molly’s Excellent Adventure

Molly is determined to get Mike out of his routine and tells him to embrace doing anything they want in life.Three Girls And an Urn

Weekend at Peggy’s

Following a dramatic argument with Joyce over money, Mike and Molly move into Mike’s childhood room at Peggy’s.Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, and Stephen Mark Murphy in Mike & Molly (2010)

Dips & Salsa

Molly wants to get Mike out of the house and suggests a salsa dance class. When Mike isn’t thrilled with the activity, he asks Carl to replace him as Molly’s dance partner, but gets jealous when he realizes they’re having way too much fun.Mike & Molly

Three Girls and an Urn

Molly meets the best buddy of her dreams when Peggy’s childhood friend, Kay McKinnon (Kathy Bates), comes to town, but Peggy is not keen on sharing.Who's Afraid of J.C. Small?

Who’s Afraid of J.C. Small?

Mike and Carl arrest Molly’s literary hero, J.C. Small, for a DUI. After Molly repeatedly prevents J.C.’s self-destruction, the writer offers to pay Molly to be her assistant and help her complete her latest novel.Mike and Molly - Episode 4.19 - Who's Afraid of J.C. Small - Promotional Photos (4)_FULLSeason 4 brought Molly more to the forefront of the show with Melissa McCarthy now a worldwide star, each character still had there moments to shine too. Another great season of the hit show. A good cliffhanger too wetting your appetite for season 5.

 

REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 3

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)
David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in The Honeymoon Is Over (2012)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Matt Battaglia (Thor)
Holly Robinson Peete (21 Jump Street)
Reginald VelJohnson (Die Hard)
Lamont Thompson (Evan Almighty)
Cheryl Hawker (My Name Is Earl)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Spider-Man 2)
Marianne Muellerleile (Norbit)
LaMonica Garrett (The Last Ship)
Elizabeth Sung (Death Ring)
Jon Polito (The Last Shot)
Tim Conway (Two and a Half Men)
Jim Beaver (Deadwood)
Gerald McRaney (House of Cards)
Ava Gaudet (Ugly Betty)
Judith Shekoni (Heroes Reborn)
Nosheen Phoenix (The Brink)

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in The Honeymoon Is Over (2012)The third season starts in Paris, where Mike and Molly are getting ready to leave their honeymoon and embark on their journey as a married couple. Adjusting to their new lives at home won’t be easy, since they will be living with Molly’s overindulgent sister, Victoria, and her smart-talking mother, Joyce. Sharing the already crowded house will prove challenging for the newlyweds, especially when they decide to start trying for a baby. Join Mike and Molly in their hilarious journey as they discover the ups and downs of this next chapter of their lives as newlyweds.Swoosie Kurtz, Louis Mustillo, and Katy Mixon in The Honeymoon Is Over (2012)Season 3 was once a gain a great season, dealing with trying to have kids and the hilarious ways they try, obviously the original ending for season was Molly being pregnant (and it aired in canada with that ending) It was decided to edit the ending to make it so she wasn’t pregnant, this was done to showcase Molly more in season 4 and have her do more outrageous and fun stuff.Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in The Honeymoon Is Over (2012)

Season 3 Highlights are

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in The Honeymoon Is Over (2012)

The Honeymoon Is Over

After being initially against honeymooning in Paris, Mike has become so inspired by the city that he wants to change his life and travel the world. Meanwhile, Molly worries how the other members of her household fared while they were gone.

Reno Wilson and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Mike Likes Cake

Christina tells Carl that she’s trying to reconcile with her ex-husband for the sake of their son, leaving Carl devastated. Molly is frustrated while putting together her wedding album, as Mike appears to have his eyes closed or is eating something in every photo. Molly asks Harry to edit their wedding video, but the first cut has way too many shots of Victoria’s cleavage

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

Molly In The Middle

Mike and Molly decide they want to start trying to have a child. Carl is upset to learn that Molly still wants to be friends with Christina. Molly is unsure how to handle the situation, until Christina has some very unkind words to say regarding Carl, causing Molly to end their friendship.

Rondi Reed in Mike & Molly (2010)

Mikes Boss

Mike’s boss, Captain Murphy (Gerald McRaney), offers him courtside basketball tickets, but only if Mike will set him up on a date with Peggy.Thanksgiving is Cancelled – With Mike sick, Molly is happy she doesn’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. But Vince insists on a home cooked meal when he learns his brother will be attending, and Joyce becomes furious with Vince for not discussing a wedding date after they have been engaged for more than a year. Meanwhile, Carl and Samuel attend a “singles” Thanksgiving meal at Carl’s church in hopes of meeting available women.Gerald McRaney and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Karaoke Christmas

Dressed as Santa Claus and frustrated about Molly’s holiday spending, Mike cautions children about using credit cards to buy toys. Later, Molly’s family has their traditional Christmas at home, including fun with a karaoke machine, but Mike and Molly must spend Christmas Eve at church with his mother and boss.Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Molly’s Birthday

Mike plans to spoil Molly for her birthday, but soon after, Victoria’s drug dealer Tom arrives to stay at the Flynn’s house for a few days. This causes a rift between the sisters, especially after Mike eats some “special” gelato that Tom prepared.Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

The Princess and The Troll

Molly wants to set up a Valentine’s Day date between Victoria and a lonely Harry. Mike is skeptical but goes along with the plan, and is surprised when Victoria agrees. Meanwhile Carl takes Samuel to a laundromat to pick up women.Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

St. Patrick’s Day

Mike and Molly continue pregnancy attempts and almost miss Carl and Samuel’s St Patrick’s Day party. Also, Victoria kisses Harry after he helps her with a college assignment, but the kiss prompts a major announcement from Harry.Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)Season three was a great season, we got to see how they adjust to married life and there adventures in trying for a baby, although the season finale was originally intended to have Molly Pregnant at the end (in some countries it still aired that way), it’s still a nice episode just without that cliffhanger on the end.

REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 2

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)

The Wedding

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Holly Robinson Peete (21 Jump Street)
David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)
Reginald VelJohnson (Die Hard)
Francis Guinan (Speed 2)
William Sanderson (Blade Runner)
Steve Hytner (Roswell)
John Charles Meyer (Devil’s Couriers)
Marianne Muellerleile (Norbit)
Laura Coover (Agent Carter)
Cheryl Hawker (My Name Is Earl)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Spider-Man 2)
Sonya Eddy (Legit)
Howard Hesseman (Flight of The Navigator)
Larisa Oleynik (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Cerina Vincent (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
June Squibb (In & Out)
Lamont Thompson (Evan Almighty)

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)First comes love, then comes marriage… but there’s a whole lot in between, as this second season of the sitcom Mike & Molly gets the two plus-size lovebirds at the altar only after they run a gauntlet of issues between themselves and especially their meddling families. Schoolteacher Molly Flynn and Chicago cop Mike Biggs became engaged at the end of the show’s first season, and now they get down to the details, ranging from the liberated, educated Molly wondering if she should keep her own last name to finding a venue , writing their vows, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, the wedding rehearsal, and, of course, the big event, which happens at the end of the season. They have their disagreements, but these are two sweet, loving people who know how to work things out… which makes them the polar opposites of their families. Molly (and Mike, once they move into her family’s home) must deal with her potty-mouthed mother (Swoosie Kurtz), Mom’s Neanderthal fiancé (Louis Mustillo), and her goodhearted but startlingly dumb slut of a sister (Katy Mixon); Mike, meanwhile, continues to fight a mostly losing battle with his own mother (Rondi Reed), surely one of the most relentlessly poisonous characters ever portrayed on a screen.Swoosie Kurtz, Melissa McCarthy, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Season 2 Highlights are

Gone’ Fishin

After their engagement, trouble arises when Molly wants to start planning their wedding and Mike is not too keen on setting a date. Vince offers to walk Molly down the aisle. Mike decides to go fishing with the guys. On the way to the lake, Molly wants Mike to check out a wedding location near the lake and Mike calls it nonsense, which makes Molly mad. The fishing trip is a disaster because the boat sinks. Joyce takes Molly to yoga and send the pictures of Molly Stretching with the handsome instructor to Vince. Mike rushes home with news that he checked the reception hall and promises to help plan the wedding.

Rondi Reed in Mike & Molly (2010)Dennis’s Birthday

Molly is sick of everything that is wrong with Mike’s apartment and asks him to move in with her into her mother’s house. Mike talks it over with Carl who isn’t too happy with it. Peggy throws a birthday party for Dennis (William Sanderson), her boyfriend and Molly makes a cake. After the party Peggy decides to give him a “birthday gift” and confides in Molly. Peggy gets a surprise, when he drops dead in her bed. She drags him down, dresses him up and puts in front of Molly’s cake before calling Mike to help. Mike eventually finds the reason for Dennis’ death. Peggy spends the night at Molly’s, where she mourns his death. After seeing Dennis’ sad apartment, Mike decides to move in with Molly.Reno Wilson, Billy Gardell, and Nyambi Nyambi in Mike & Molly (2010)

57 Chevy Bel Air

Molly wants to save money for their wedding, but Mike is interested in buying Vince’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air. In spite of Molly’s objection, Mike buys it for $7800. Carl and Rosetta love the car. To convince Molly, he takes her for a ride, and she starts to like it. Mike finally tells her that he has already bought it. When the car starts to give trouble, Mike demands a refund, but Vince refuses. Finally, Joyce interferes and gets them $7250. Molly then reveals her bad financial status to Mike. Molly, Victoria and Joyce discuss wedding location.

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

Molly is interested in the Vice Principal position in her school and gets excited when she is invited to a Halloween party in her boss’s house. Mike is uninterested, but they go as Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. At the party, she is upset by the office politics, but Mike encourages her not to leave. Finally, her boss acknowledges that she would make a great Vice Principal. Vince has trouble with teenagers asking for candy without even dressing up. Carl and Samuel make a plan to get women by dressing up as Zorro and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Holly Robinson Peete, Reno Wilson, and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Carl Meets a Lady

Carl is partying non-stop & Rosetta is worried. She asks Mike to fix him up with a nice girl. At the dinner, Carl and Mike meet Christina (Holly Robinson Pete), who is an optometrist. Carl tries to ask her out & ends up insulting her. He then apologizes and they start going out. Molly is busy with the her work and has no time for Mike & he misses her

Melissa McCarthy and Laura Coover in Mike & Molly (2010)

Peggy Gets a Job

Mike makes dinner for the girls and Peggy drops by suddenly and guilt Molly, and she ends up inviting her for lunch in her school. Peggy shares her insecurities with Molly & then Mike goes to meet his mother. After a heart-to-heart with Mike, she becomes a lunch lady in Molly’s school. Though upset initially, Molly starts liking the situation when Peggy becomes source of gossip for her, especially about Rebecca, the other candidate for the Vice President’s job. Peggy convinces Molly to have a church wedding.

David Anthony Higgins in Mike & Molly (2010)Mike Cheats

Harry talks about not having a Thanksgiving plan in his OA meeting and after that, he finds Mike eating candy bars. He volunteers to be Mike’s sponsor and gets himself invited to Molly’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Mike tries to diet, so that he can have some stuffing and desert during Thanksgiving. His current clothes are getting tight, so he gets his bigger clothes from his mom’s place, where he ends up eating macaroni and cheese. Molly tries to make a healthy Thanksgiving Meal. Harry takes Mike to a gay OA to make sure that Molly does not find about his weight gain, but that does not help. Joyce & Victoria compares Mike’s behavior with their cat who used to eat outside and sneak home. Carl, Rosetta and Christina go to Molly’s place for Thanksgiving. Mike finally confesses to Molly & they go to a OA meeting.

Reno Wilson, Billy Gardell, Cole Sand, and Isabella Crovetti in Mike & Molly (2010)Christmas Break

Molly starts planning Christmas. At school, Rebecca finally reveals that she got the Vice Principal’s job as she is sleeping with the Principal. Molly then gets drunk with Peggy and all the lunch ladies. Mike is looking forward to a nice Christmas with Molly’s family. He also dresses up as Santa & Carl as an elf for charity, but is doesn’t go very well. At home, Molly is depressed and watches TV with Vince, when an old student turns up to thanks her for helping him get accepted to a art school. She finally comes out of depression and realizes the true value of her job.

Holly Robinson Peete and Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)

Valentine’s Piggyback

Carl plans a very romantic plans for Valentine’s Day with Christina. Molly asks Mike to keep it simple, so he makes no plans. When Carl points out that Molly didn’t really meant what she said, he tries to mooch off Carl’s plan. On the way to the date, Carl & Mike see a man about to jump and try to save him. In the process Carl falls & Mike saves him. The girls have a nice valentine without the guys & Molly finds out about Mike’s piggyback. Molly gets Mike a universal remote & asks Harry to set it up. He starts talking to Victoria & ends up becoming her Valentine.

Swoosie Kurtz and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Peggy Goes to Branson

Peggy goes to Branson on a church picnic & leaves Jim with Mike & Molly. She tells them that it would be a practice for when having children. When Mike says, “if they have children,” Molly thinks that Mike is not interested in having children and it leads to a argument. Baby talk becomes the hot topic in the house. Jim swallows a tampon & needs surgery. Peggy gives a guilt trip about it & Molly starts doubting her parenting ability, Mike assures her that they will be fine parents.

Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly (2010)The Dress

Molly goes for a wedding dress fitting and discovers that she needs to lose 6 more pounds to fit into her dress. She drives Mike & everyone else to the wall, when she tries to lose the extra weight. When she meets an old OA friend who is now thin, she runs out of the spinning class. She picks up a fight in the parking lot & gets arrested. Finally Mike tells her that she is perfect the way she is to calm her down.

Swoosie Kurtz, Holly Robinson Peete, T.J. Hoban, Melissa McCarthy, and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Bachelor/Bachelorette

Mike & Carl start planning the bachelor party & Mike’s Dad joins them. He tells them that his marriage is not doing well. He takes his father home. Molly asks him to take his dad to the bachelor party as his mom is coming to her bachelorette party at her place. When Peggy learns that her ex-husband is staying with Mike & Molly, she dresses up and arrives early to meet him, but Mike has already left with him. Peggy also gets Molly a stripper, which makes her very uncomfortable. Meanwhile, the guys ride around in a limo and everyone makes a toast. After Vince, Carl & Harry leave, Mike & his dad talk.

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

The wedding day has finally arrived. Mike is still in shock over his parents sleeping together. Carl comes up with a new plan (proposing marriage during best man toast) to get Christina to say, “I Love You” back. The Hair Salon messes up Molly’s hair and Victoria fixes her up. Molly gets dressed and is ready to go, but the limo that Victoria arranged is towed away. They take Victoria’s car, but it breaks down. While Mike is anxiously waiting for Molly, Carl ends up proposing and makes everything worse. Molly finally arrives and Mike is relieved. Mike & Molly finally get married.mandm_epk_051012_640x360_2233298051Season is like a second chapter of a book, getting Mike and Molly to the alter brought with it a lot of fun and memorable moments and a great ending to see these two much loved characters start married life together.