Mike and Molly is a sweet natured comedy about two obese people who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group and become an unlikely pair. I wasn’t sure if I would like this show, but I wanted to give Chuck Lorre (Big Band Theory, Two and a Half Men) the benefit of the doubt.
It stars Billy Gardell (My Name is Earl, King of Queens) as Officer Mike Biggs and Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls) as Molly Flynn the school teacher. Gardell and McCarthy have very nice chemistry together, and I did enjoy the self deprecating humor during their OA meetings. Reno Wilson (The Cosby Show) portrays Mike’s fast-talking partner Officer Carl McMillan.
I was afraid that much of the humor would revolve around crass and overused fat jokes, but the dialog is actually much more light hearted in nature. All of the jokes come from the OA meetings as they tell their personal stories to the other attendees, and actually has an air of care towards their condition and their desire to change themselves.
The show itself has a Becker feel to it, and I’ll continue to watch this show for now as I think it’s enjoyable enough for now despite not having too much depth.