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Mike and Molly: The Complete First Season - Blu-ray / comedy television series DVD / sitcom DVD review
MIKE AND MOLLY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon, Nyambi Nyambi, Swoosie Kurtz
Creator: Mark Roberts Distributor: Warner
DVD release: 20 September 2011 Runtime: 528 min.
(2 discs)
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p High Definition, Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (English - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Subtitles (Spanish, French, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English SDH), Falling in Love With Mike & Molly, Mike & Molly Play Acts (Never-before aired scenes), An interview with Jim (the dog), Gag reel

*Mike and Molly: The Complete First Season* Chuck Lorre scores big (joking) with his newest sitcom, Mike & Molly. Not only has the series benefitted by its slot right after Lorre's other hit show, Two and a Half Men, but it's already got an Emmy winner in Melissa McCarthy, (the Molly half of the titular couple).

*Mike and Molly: The Complete First Season* Billy Gardell plays Mike, and the rest of the characters include Mike's wise-cracking partner, Carl McMillan (Reno Wilson), who lives with his grandma, and Molly's ditzy sister, Victoria (Katy Mixon). At the diner where Mike and Carl eat, an immigrant worker named Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi) always serves them and delivers some great humor.

*Mike and Molly: The Complete First Season* Mike's mother, Peggy (Rondi Reed), shows up a half-dozen episodes into the season with her dog, Jim. Louis Mustillo (as Vince) becomes a regular as he goes from being set up with Molly to dating her mother, Joyce (TV veteran Swoosie Kurtz). And we can't forget Carl's grandma, "Nana"(Cleo King).

The two-disc set contains all twenty-four episodes of the first season.
  • Disc 1: Pilot, First Date, First Kiss, Mike's Not Ready, Carl is Jealous, Mike's Apartment, After The Lovin', Mike Snores, Mike's New Boots, Molly Gets a Hat, Carl Gets a Girl, First Christmas.

    Special Features:
    Falling in Love with Mike & Molly, Mike & Molly play acts.
  • Disc 2: Mike Goes to the Opera, Molly Makes Soup, Jim Won't Eat, First Valentine's Day, Joyce & Vince and Peaches & Herb, Mike's Feet, Peggy Shaves Her Legs, Opening Day, Samuel Gets Fired, Cigar Talk, Victoria's Birthday, Peggy's New Beau.

    Special Features:
    More Mike & Molly Play Acts, Gag Reel, interview with Jim the Dog.
It's refreshing to the general TV audience to have a show featuring people of all different shapes and sizes, and the good chemistry between the characters of Mike and Molly has helped it keep an audience. It's the first season so there is a lot of character establishment, but there's a lot of good, well-written comedy. Of course, Mike and Molly are the centerpiece, but my two other favorite characters are Molly's sister, Victoria, and Mike's partner, Carl.

What doesn't work for me are the mothers. Both of them seem like forced clichés and don't come off real well. But it's only the first season, so hopefully the show will grow some more as the comedy becomes less about the main characters being overeaters and more about them as funny characters with a little less emphasis on food, weight, or flatulence jokes. It's got a solid start.

The Blu-ray doesn't add much visually, but it does make it easier to watch as one disc can hold half a season. Let's see where the show goes now that it has a following.
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reviewed by Bobby Blades
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