Mike & Molly

Common Sense Media says

Sitcom charms when the focus is on love, not fat.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's overall message is that love -- and change -- is possible for everyone, although there are bound to be some bumps along the way. The show also highlights real struggles along the road to weight loss and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Positive role models

Mike and Molly can be self-deprecating about their weight. But in the end, they're positive role models who are making an effort to make important changes in their lives, even if they don't always make the right choices. A few secondary characters exhibit negative behavior (like smoking pot and making fat jokes), but it's played for comedy.


Comedic violence can be gross (a cop falls and breaks his finger at an odd angle, etc.), but there's no blood involved. The cops carry guns, but it's rarely mentioned.


Sexual banter (including a discussion about testicles and jokes about impotence, references to a character's "johnson," and more).


Language includes words like "hell" and "ass," along with terms like "pothead," "jungle fever," "lesbo," "get laid," "johnson," etc.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some references to marijuana and drug dealers; a secondary character gets high on a regular basis, but not on camera.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romance-oriented sitcom is targeting adults with sexual banter (including some body part humor and jokes about sex), language (mostly words like "damn" and "ass"), and some thinly veiled references to marijuana (a secondary character smokes it regularly). Although some characters exhibit iffy behavior, both Mike and Molly are positive role models in that they're making an effort to make important changes in their lives, even if they don't always make the right choices. The show also highlights real struggles associated with losing weight and getting healthy.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After spying each other at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, MIKE & MOLLY (Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy) strike up a romance based on a shared sense of humor -- and a few extra pounds they'd like to lose. But while police officer Mike's biggest enemy is himself, grade-school teacher Molly's got her skinny mother (Swoosie Kurtz) and sister (Katy Mixon) to contend with. Reno Wilson co-stars as Mike's loyal partner, Carl, who tries to keep him from falling off the wagon.

Is it any good?


Like most other sitcoms, Mike & Molly is taking a gamble on a gimmick. But in this case, that gimmick is an ongoing romance between two plus-sized people who meet at Overeaters Anonymous. (Insert requisite "fat joke" here.) And while it's not necessarily done in poor taste, it's a shame that a show about two people who don't fit the traditional leading-role body types chooses to play the weight card so heavy-handedly.

As a result, you're sometimes left wondering whether you're laughing at Mike and Molly or with them -- and we'd like to think most viewers will choose the latter. Because if you strip away the fact that the leads are locked in a love affair with food, the show is really more about their romantic journey as two formerly lonely people and less about the fact that they're "fat." The real message is much bigger than that.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between body image and weight. Does the show reinforce or dispel negative stereotypes about overweight people? How realistic are the characters' struggles with food and exercise?

  • How does carrying extra weight affect men and women when it comes to romance? Is attractiveness measured in pounds -- and does the answer differ depending on gender?

  • How does this comedy compare to other shows or movies with overweight protagonists?

TV details

Cast:Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Swoosie Kurtz
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bygood guy November 4, 2010


wow its nice to see a show about big people and that it isnt that dirty is just another plus i watch every week its just so funny you cant help but watch it i love love love this show bye now .

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great role models
Kid, 0 years old April 24, 2011

i enjoy this series. i love the sister of molly. with her stupidness

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byWhere's the humour November 13, 2011

Too much sex, too little comedy.

It seems to be obsessed with sex, drugs, and drowning your problems in addictions of any kind. And I should know. I've been forced to watch every lame, sex-addicted episode.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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