Several weeks ago a piece was posted to the Marie Claire website by a blogger by the name of Maura Kelly who made the comment, ” I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything”. She also felt that it was somewhat repulsive that a TV series could be based on two people who were obese.
The thing that gets me no one seem to complain when Ellen De Generis had her moment on he situation comedy several years back or how no one has made comments about the gay dads on “Modern Family” but she could come up and make such a comment about two obese people of the opposite sex being in love with each other. I feel that it’s odd seeing that over half of the people in America are obese or on the borderline and they have as much right as any other couple on TV.
The show itself I find somewhat funny, seeing the couple are grown and are trying to have a relationship and are acting like two teenagers on the first romantic liaison. What really makes it funny is the couples family and friends. Molly who is a 30ish year old teacher who lives at home with her Mother and adult sister, who have issues that are unbelievable when it comes to men and Mike who’s had one or two relationships with women his entire life. The couple meets at a weight lose program (Overeaters Anonymous) and hit it off.
I’ve watched every episode since its beginning and have found nothing that would be embarrassing. There are several scenes that remind me of some of the old “I Love Lucy” show like one episode where Molly and Mike have gotten together and Molly sleeps over. Mike has a problem with sleep apnea (snoring) and has an apparatus that aids him with his problem or the episode in which Molly invites Mike to spin the night at her place and Mom walks in on Mike in his skivvies and he is embarrassed by it, the next morning he dawns one of Molly’s robes.
The show itself reminds of two high school kids not two adults who have problems facing each other due to the obesity. I feel that it is nice that someone or some show is looking at addressing the problem of obesity and the hang-ups that most have in trying to build a relationship. Our society has focused on that “perfect look” and most women and men thing they have to look that certain way. It’s a shame that we don’t focus on a healthy look but that’s our mentality. We must look at the fact that people aren’t physically perfect and we must look at them for who they are and not their physical shape.
I find the show itself hilarious and wish there were more shows like this. The love scenes are no stronger than those that we have seen in the past. And they do promote the healthy values. The only bad thing is it doesn’t promote abstinence before marriage but the couple is in their thirties and they are committed to each other. And yes, Ms. Kelly did make an apology.
I would give this show a 9 1/2 rating out of a 10. My only issue is the way the major stations are playing the shows, every two weeks they show new episodes and then the third week they repeat one. This tends to get confusing seeing there are so many good shows on in the same time slots and with cable getting even better I’m going to have to buy another multi channel digital recorder. And some of Mike’s maneuvers remind me of Jackie Gleason on the “Honeymooner’s” a comedy classic.