Cougar Town is cursed with the worst name in the history of television. In fact, its name is so awful that ABC debated changing it after its first season. But Cougar Town has managed to overcome that curse and transform itself into one of the funniest sitcoms on television. Shedding its original premise of a recent divorcée dating younger men, the show has become a sort of single-camera Friends fast-forwarded 10 years into the future. And speaking of the number 10, here are 10 good reasons that you should be watching Cougar Town.

10. The pedigree
Cougar Town was conceived by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. That means that Cougar Town is infused with a lot of the silliness that pervaded Lawrence’s medical comedy-drama. If you liked the humour of Scrubs, then you’ll certainly love Cougar Town. If, like me, you weren’t big a Scrubs fan, then you should know that Lawrence hasn’t transferred the problems of his previous show over to this one. The melodrama and dropped plotlines are gone, replaced by jokes and heart.

9. Courteney Cox
Cox has never been better than here, as the central character, Jules Cobb. She’s a competent leading lady, willing to poke fun at herself, but also very capable of delivering humour and drama with poise. She can push herself to the forefront or let her co-stars carry the jokes, all the while making her craft seem effortless. Those who weren’t fans of Monica on the later seasons of Friends should be warned that some of that character’s shrill nature has worked itself into Cox’s performance. However, it fits much better here and turns into an endearing personality trait.

8. An excellent supporting cast
Jules’ two best friends, Laurie and Ellie, are played by Busy Phillips and Christa Miller, respectively. You might recognize Phillips as Kim Kelly from Freaks and Geeks, and you might recognize Miller as Jordan Cox from Scrubs. Phillips’ Laurie is a scene-stealer, delivering crazy lines as if they were the most normal things in the world. Ellie’s husband, Andy, is played by Ian Gomez, whom you might recognize from Norm. Rounding out the cast are: Jules’ ex-husband, Bobby, played by Brian van Holt; Jules’ neighbour, Grayson, played by Josh Hopkins; and Jules’ son, Travis, played by Dan Byrd. van Holt and Byrd give especially memorable performances.

7. Barb
Played by Carolyn Hennesy, she appears at the most inopportune times to make inappropriate sexual comments. Every time you see her, you’ll cringe and laugh simultaneously. Take a look at this collection of clips. (The first one doesn’t have much Barb, but the subsequent ones do.)

6. Great score and soundtrack
The show is well-scored, giving the show a sense of fun and merriment. For the bigger emotional moments, the show turns to indie rock, but it never feels manipulative. (I’m looking at you, Bones.) The first season’s finale features an amazing montage set to Leona Naess’ “Leave Your Boyfriends Behind.” I don’t want to spoil it for you, but trust me: it’s great.

5. It can be gross
Cougar Town doesn’t shy away from gross-out humour. The Parents Television Council hates it. As someone who abhors censorship, that’s a plus in my books.

4. Nonstop hilarity
The number of jokes packed into a single episode of Cougar Town is astounding. This is the kind of show that you’ll want to DVR and rewind in order to catch every bit of humour.

3. Heart
By the middle of the debut season, the main characters coalesce into a quasi-family of sorts. Their friendships give viewers a wonderful, warm, fuzzy feeling. Andy and Bobby have a great bromance. Jules and Bobby love their son. Ellie and Laurie are amazing friends to Jules. The characters care, so we care too.

2. Absurdity
Often, Cougar Town is totally ridiculous. Gigantic bathrooms, spontaneous sing-a-longs, and dance remixes of recorded conversations are the norm. Check out these clips of the Confidence Dance:

1. Quality
The show never fails to be entertaining. Though it’s not nearly as consistent as Community, there wasn’t a single dud episode in the show’s debut season. If the show maintains that level of quality, then it’s going to be an unstoppable comedy juggernaut.

Don’t let the name fool you. Cougar Town is one of the most entertaining shows on television. Season 2 starts on Wednesday, September 22nd at 9:30 PM on ABC. Seriously, don’t miss it.

Well, that does it for my “Why You Should Watch…” series of posts. I hope that the shows that I’ve lauded have gained at least a few new fans. Right now, I’m rewatching Cougar Town (mainly out of boredom). Once I’m done with the rewatch, I’m going to try to overcome my usual indifference to romance and post an article about the roles that it played in Community and Cougar Town. Also coming up: an article about the shows on which I gave up last season – How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Bones, and Modern Family – and why I gave up on them. Finally, stay tuned for my Chuck rewatch, which I’ll be starting in a couple of weeks.

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