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Cougar Town

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Boozy comedy is less about "cougars," more about friendship.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Friendship is a recurring theme, and so is looking out for family. Older women are presented as being independent and sexually powerful, although aging and getting older is usually portrayed in a pseudo-negative light.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters tend to say things seemingly without thinking (including, "Wow, you're really black" to an African American bouncer), and they occasionally make foolish sexual decisions. But they do care about each other, in spite of their flaws.


Some mild physical violence (pushing, shoving, hitting someone with a sign) that's meant to be funny.


Lots of discussion and jokes about sex. In the past, characters have had casual sex with younger men and women, and visuals have included bare male chests, lingerie, and implied sex acts (including oral sex and masturbation).


Words such as "hell," "damn," and "crap" are used frequently, as are phrases such as "hot as balls" and "you should hit that."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent social drinking (wine is a favorite), sometimes to the point of excess and cloudy judgment. A secondary character smokes cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that adult characters do a lot of social drinking, frequently swilling wine out of large, seemingly bottomless vessels -- and occasionally making cloudy decisions as a result. There's also some mild language (mostly of the "damn," "hell," and "whore" variety) and comical violence. Sex played an important role in the pilot (with implied sex acts, women in lingerie, and some flashes of skin), although it became less prominent in later episodes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byYazannatour October 5, 2010
love it to death
Parent of a 14 year old Written bypinkypinkpinkp May 28, 2010

Just enjoy it for crying out loud

I love love love this show. If you don't like your kids watching it then don't let them. Send them to go read or do homework or be productive and you... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 21, 2010

Not for kids

Okay, I've never really seen a whole show before. But the bits and pieces I've seen have the issues listed above.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySafemancam001 February 16, 2011

Alright for older teens

The show stinks. It's all about women and there sex lifes. My mom likes it. It must be a women's show.

What's the story?

COUGAR TOWN is a comedy centered on Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox), a middle-aged mom to son Travis (Dan Byrd), who's reentered the world of dating post-divorce and eventually found love with her divorced neighbor, Grayson (Josh Hopkins). When she's not running her Florida-based real estate business, Jules generally spends her time drinking with friends -- a boozy group that includes her assistant (Busy Phillips), her married neighbors (Christa Miller and Ian Gomez), and, occasionally, her immature ex (Brian Van Holt) -- and finding ways to keep life interesting.

Is it any good?

Cougar Town has strayed a long way from its initial premise, in which Cox cheerfully acted out the wince-worthy "cougar" stereotype by chugging martinis, picking up recent college grads, and blathering on about her "coochie cooch." And that’s a relief for those who were willing to cut Cox a break because they loved her in Friends -- because now they don’t have to work so hard to defend her taste in projects. In fact, the best part about Cougar Town's evolution is that it really has nothing to do with its original title (a title so bad that network execs even toyed with the idea of changing it).

Now it’s less about whom Jules is sleeping with -- or how old they are -- and more about the dynamic between Jules and her friends, which makes more room for hilarious plots involving The Usual Suspects, Enrique Iglesias, and a neti pot. Maybe you ruled this one out before, but it’s definitely worth a second look.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Cougar Town's take on drinking, particularly when it comes to adult friendships and social situations. Where's the line between liking to drink with your friends and having a drinking problem? How much is too much?

  • What's your take on Jules? What are her strengths and weaknesses professionally and personally? How does she compare as a role model?

  • How has Cougar Town changed since it first premiered in terms of its tone, plot, and characters? Was the show's evolution for better or for worse?

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