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Q&A Interview with actor Dan Byrd, “Cougar Town” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

October 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With the third season of “Cougar Town” airing on ABC and with the recent release of “Cougar Town – The Complete Second Series” on DVD, J!-ENT will be featuring Q&A media interviews with a few cast members from the series.

For this latest interview, we feature actor Dan Byrd, an actor who has been working since he was a child back in 1999.  From roles on TV series such as “Clubhouse”, “Aliens in America” and “Heroes”, Byrd has also appeared in the film “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Easy A”.  But now, he is known as playing Travis Cobb in the hit ABC comedy series “Cougar Town”.

In the series, Byrd plays Travis, the son of Jules (played by Courteney Cox) and Bobby Cobb (played by Brian Van Holt), a couple who are trying to move on in their 40’s after divorcing.

For Travis, he is a mama’s boy, and pretty much does a lot of things with his mother.  But in season two, he is starting to become more independent, hanging out with girlfriends and getting prepared for college.  But yet, his mother still finds it difficult not having Travis around and considers meeting up with him in college.

But being the overprotective mother, she also has a problem with Travis’ new girlfriend.  Will Travis be able to survive his first year at college without mom?

To promote the new season and also the recently released second season DVD, Dan Byrd reflects on the second season of “Cougar Town” in the following media Q&A interview:

Do you like the way your character, Travis Cobb, has evolved in Cougar Town?

DAN:  I love Travis’ evolution and I think it’s great the way that he is constantly changing. In general, I feel that characters get pretty static in TV shows. The kids usually stay kids for years and years – but Cougar Town keeps it fresh. Even though we’ve only been doing this show for two seasons, I think each character has grown and evolved in their own way, and they’re going to continue to let that happen. It’s really exciting.

 

What would you like to see happen to Travis in Season Two?

DAN:  I’d like Travis to get more muscles! No, I’m joking. To be honest, I like the direction they’ve been taking Travis in Season Two. Travis is a kid compared to the rest of the characters in the show and he’s somewhat removed from the group in some ways. My fear was that he was going to become too removed from the group – but that hasn’t happened. As long as Travis stays in the mix then I’m happy.

 

Travis constantly fights against his overprotective mother, Jules [played by Courteney Cox]. He loves her, but he feels suffocated – and now he’s heading off to college in Season Two. How do you think Travis is going to cope?

DAN:  Going to college for Travis is one of those “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” scenarios, but it’s cool that the writers have let Travis go on his own journey in the show. He’s growing up a little bit and he’s evolving, but I’m very happy that he’s still very much a part of the cul-de-sac crew dynamic.

 

Do we get to see Travis at college in Season Two?

DAN:  Sure. We’ve had a few storylines that take place in the college – but mostly it’s just me with the rest of the gang at home, which is understandable because Cougar Town is not about Travis going to college. Though that could be the spin-off!

Is Travis going to have any storylines where he becomes the opposite of a cougar this year? Perhaps he could become cougar bait?

DAN:  Well, he does get an older girlfriend in Season Two – but she’s not old enough to qualify as cougar status. I don’t think so anyway! Apparently, the relationship sends Travis down a whole different type of trajectory. It’s a trajectory that mimics what his father, Bobby, went through earlier in life so that should be interesting.

 

What causes the trajectory, and where does it take him?

DAN:  What triggers the initial spiral is that his girlfriend is going to move away because she’s got a job offer in Chicago. In order to make her stay, Travis borrows the family heirloom – a ring — and he asks her to marry him, but she says no. He doesn’t know how to handle or cope with that information, and he ends up perpetuating what his dad did earlier in life.

 

Jules and Travis have a really strong connection in the show, but how do you think Travis perceives his father?

DAN: Travis and Bobby are pretty much polar opposites when it comes to their personalities, but Travis can see and feel the love from Bobby. Travis feels the love from both parents, but he can also see certain vulnerabilities in Bobby that just make him more endearing and more lovable in certain ways. It’s really fun because he’s super tight with both parents, but both dynamics are different and they rely on each other for different reasons.

 

There’s been a lot of talk about changing the show’s title. Do you think they should alter it?

DAN: The favorite alternative title that I heard recently was Family Jules. How great is that! In fact, all the good titles that I heard either had something to do with Friends or something to do with “family.” Since we’re right after a show called Modern Family and since Friends is obviously something you don’t want to draw into the picture, it’s made it really difficult to think up anything else. I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I’m fine with it. I just hope the fans stick by us whatever we’re called.

 

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” is now available on DVD

Images courtesy of ABC

Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

An enjoyable, fun, adult-humored sitcom from the writer of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”. “Cougar Town” is a fresh comedy featuring a colorful cast of characters and the more you watch it, the more the series starts to grow on you. The second season of “Cougar Town” is hilarious, over-the-top and highly enjoyable.  Definitely recommended!

Images courtesy of © ABC Studios. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2010-2011

DURATION:22 Episodes (467 minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

COMPANY: ABC Studios

Released Dated: August 30, 2011

Created by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence

Directed by Michael McDonald, John Putch, Gail Mancuso, Chris Koch, Bill Lawrence, Michael Spiller

Written by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence, Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh, Linda Videtti Figueiredo, Mary Fitzgerald, Ryan Koh, Sam Laybourne, Sanjay Shah, Mara Brock Akil, Kate Purdy, Peter Saji

Executive Producer: Courtney Cox, Bill Lawrence

Co-Executive Producer: Kevin Biegel, Linda Videtti Figueiredo

Produced by Thea Mann, Randall Winston

Co-Produced by Danny Rose, Mark J. Greenberg, Sanjay Shah

Supervising Producer: Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh

Associate Producer: Abraham Park

Consulting Producer: Mara Brock Akil

Music by Waz, Will Golden, Al Sgro

Cinematography by Andrew Rawson

Edited by John Michel, Roger Bondelli

Casting by Debby Romano, Brett Brenner, Blyth Nailing

Production Design by Cabot McMullen

Art Direction by Gary Warshaw

Set Decoration: Archie D’Amico

Costume Design by Kimberly A. Tillman

Starring:

Courtney Cox as Jules Cobb

Christa Miller as Ellie Torres

Busy Philipps as Laurie Keller

Dan Byrd as Travis Cobb

Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis

Ian Gomez as Andy Torres

Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb

Carolyn Hennesy as Barbara “Barb” Coman

Spencer Locke as Kyle

Ryan Devlin as Smith

Nick Zano as Josh

Scott Foley as Jeff

Sheryl Crow as Sara

Bob Clendenin as Tom

TV’s funniest mom (And the cul-de-sac crew) return for more laughs in their not-so-quiet Florida neighborhood.  Courteney Cox leads an all-star cast in the hilarious second season of ABC’s hot hit comedy, Cougar Town.

It’s a new year of uproarious changes as Travis prepares to leave for college, Jules and Grayson’s relationship reaches another level and Bobby tries to stand on his own.  Meanwhile, Andy and Ellie find clever new ways to keep their marriage lively and Laurie ramps up her search for love – in her own unique way.

Relive all 22 episodes and every laugh-out-loud moment of ABC’s Cougar Town: The Complete Second Season, with never-before-seen bonus features, in the sensational 3-disc box set.

In 2009, Bill Lawrence (co-creator of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”) and Kevin Biegel thought about a TV series that revolved around single people in their 40’s getting back on the dating scene and for Lawrence, said he was also inspired by his wife, actress Christa Miller (who also stars on the show “Cougar town”, “Scrubs” and “The Drew Carry Show”) and her life when she walked out of the shower, went in front of the mirror and flashed it. By that action alone plus their ideas of featuring a 40-year-old trying to get back into the dating scene, the idea of “Cougar Town” was born.

“Cougar Town” is a sexual comedy sitcom which revolves around Jules Cobb (played by Courteney Cox, “Friends”, “Dirt”, “Scrubs”), a 40-year-old divorcee who is a single mother raising her teenage son Travis (played by Dan Byrd, “Aliens in America”, “Heroes”) and also is successfully business owner who owns her own estate business. Having been divorced for eight months, Jules now wants to have fun and enjoy life like a single woman would. No strings tied, no relationships, just to have fun and most of all, having some sexual freedom in her life.

But of course, she’s learning quickly that entering in the dating game (and not wanting a relationship) at age 40 is not too easy, especially if your eyes are in younger men.

Fortunately for Jules, she has a support system which includes her next door neighbor and best friend Ellie Torres (played by Christa Miller). Ellie inspires Jules because she is married and has managed to make her marriage work. Ellis is also a voice of reason and a friend she grew up with and since both Jules and Ellie tend to do everything together. Ellie is married to Andy (played by Ian Gomez, “Rita Rocks”), who is a man that loves to eat, tries to be a good husband but also has lazy tendencies as well. Together both Ellie and Andy are new parents and raising a baby and do all they can to keep their marriage happy and functioning.

When Jules is not hanging out with Ellie, she hangs out with her young, promiscuous (and not-so-smart) assistant named Laurie (played by Busy Phillips, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Made of Honor”). Laurie is all about hooking up with men, having fun and despite not being a great assistant, Jules enjoys her company because she is part of the young single scene and hopes her assistant can take her to areas where she can meet younger men.

And because Jules has friendships with both Ellie and Laurie and both woman are quite the opposite from each other, these ladies don’t really get along but for Jules sake, they manage to hang out together for their good friend.

Meanwhile, Jules is still close with her ex-husband Bobby (played by Brian Van Holt, “John from Cincinnati”, “Threshold”) who loves to party, drink beer, play golf, and is a custodian at his son’s school and lives on a boat parked in a driveway. Despite Bobby knowing why the reason he got divorced with his wife is because of his issues with infidelity, he does care for his ex-wife and wants to have some sort of relationship with Travis.

Another man in Jules life is a man named Grayson Ellis (played by Josh Hopkins, “Private Practice”), a 40-something bar owner, who lives across the street. Grayson irks Jules because young women constantly come out of his home (and Jules is jealous that its easier for older men to get back into the dating game compared to herself, an older woman). But both because of their initial rivalry, Jules wants to be friends with Grayson and encourage him to join the neighborhood activities within the neighbors living in the cul-de-sac.

For the second season of “Cougar Town”, big changes are in store for Jules and friends.  Travis is leaving home to go to college (albeit 20 minutes away), Jules and Grayson’s relationship is becoming stronger, the friends try to come up with new games to enlighten the cul-de-sac crew and also new characters plus a tie-in with NBC’s comedy show “Community”.

Here is a summary of each episode featured on “Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” (a total of 22 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

DVD 1:

  • EPISODE 25 – All Mixed Up – Jules sees a shrink named Glenn (played by Jennifer Aniston), who tells her to give Grayson his own free time without her.
  • EPISODE 26 – Let Yourself Go – Jules is having a hard time dealing with Travis moving away and going to college.
  • EPISODE 27 – Makin’ Some Noise – With Travis going to college, Grayson worries that she will focus all attention on him.
  • EPISODE 28 – The Damage You’ve Done – Grayson and Laurie tells Jules the truth, that the two slept together.
  • EPISODE 29 – Keeping Me Alive – Bobby stops receiving alimony form Jules but will Jules celebrate the occasion?
  • EPISODE 30 – You Don’t Know How It Feels – Jules comes to town for a visit during Halloween.
  • EPISODE 31 – Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It) –  Laurie teams up with Grayson to sabotage Ellie for Jule’s birthday gift contest.
  • EPISODE 32 – Little Girls Blues – Travis brings home his new girlfriend Kirsten (played by Collette Wolfe), but will Jules like her?

DVD 2:

  • EPISODE 33 – When the Time Comes – It’s Thanksgiving and Jules and Grayson’s relationship is becoming stronger.
  • EPISODE 34 – The Same Old You – Bobby is offered to play on the PGA, will he do it?
  • EPISODE 35 – No Reason to Cry – Jules questions her relationship with Grayson.
  • EPISODE 36 – A Thing About You – What happens when Laurie becomes Jules new houseguest.
  • EPISODE 37 – Lost Children – Jules creates a new game of hide-and-seek.
  • EPISODE 38 – Cry To Me – It’s Valentine’s Day and Jules wants Grayson to communicate his feelings towards her.
  • EPISODE 39 – Walls – Jules continues to disrupt Travis’ young adult life and Ellie tells her that she needs to back off.
  • EPISODE 40 – Baby’s a Rock ‘N’ Roller - Jules wants to prove to Ellie that having a baby in her twenties is difficult.

DVD 3:

  • EPISODE 41 – You’re Gonna Get It – Jules wants to do something for charity.
  • EPISODE 42 – Lonesome Sundown – Grayson tries to be interested in Travis’ life and the Jules and friends form a council.
  • EPISODE 43 – Damaged By Love – Travis gets his heart broken!
  • EPISODE 44 – Free Fallin’ – Travis drops out of college…how will Jules react?
  • EPISODE 45 – Something Good Coming – Part 1 –  Jules and friends go to Hawaii in order to bring Travis back home.
  • EPISODE 46 – Something Good Coming – Part 2 – Part 2 of Jules and friends trying to bring Travis back home and enjoying a vacation in Hawaii.

VIDEO:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions. For a DVD series, picture quality is good and with a lot of the series shot outdoors and inside with a lot of lighting, the series looks pretty good on DVD.   It’s actually a vibrant series, especially for this second season.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven. I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue is crystal clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” comes with the following special features:

  • (Still Called) Cougar Town: Season 2 – (8:32) Interview with the series creator and producers about the title cards and their dislike of the title of the series.  Also, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast.
  • Andy’s Dreams – A total of five scenes featuring the cast of “Cougar Town” in fun movie parodies as part of Andy’s dreams (Movie Mash Up, Gulfhaven Vice, The Hair Up There and Sports).  Also, featuring an introduction from Ian Gomez (who plays Andy) and also behind-the-scenes of the making of the dream sequences.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of six deleted scenes.
  • Bloopers – (2:01) Featuring outtakes from “Cougar Town”.

EXTRAS:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” comes with a slip cover case.

With the first season of “Cougar Town”, it took a while for me to warm up to it, but once the series became a more ensemble series versus a series focused on 40-year-old woman dating young men, “Cougar Town” became one of my favorite comedy series.

For this second season, the series focused on Jules and her relationship with her son, her boyfriend and her friends.  But also the friendship between the cul-de-sac crew between the ladies and also the men.

With Jules and Travis, it’s about Travis going out in the real world, leaving her mother behind and getting used to the college life but at the same time, getting involved in a major relationship which seems a bit one-sided.

As for Jules and Grayson, she wants more from him (emotionally) and for Grayson, it’s more of taking things day-by-day but also showing an interest of wanting to have his own child, which at 40-years-old, it’s something that Jules definitely does not want.

And then there is the friendship dynamic which was a big part of this season and the writers actually integrating the characters much more this season over the last.  The Torres family which comprises of Ellie and Andy was absolutely hilarious.  Ellie with her blunt wisecracks, Andy being the upbeat friend to everyone and then of course, Jules ex-husband Bobby who actually is starting to grow up more as a business owner and taking on more responsibilities but yet not being portrayed too much like a redneck.

And although not part of the cul-de-sac crew but more of Jules frienemy Barbara, also makes her appearance in several episodes.

This second season also showcases a few newer characters such as Tom (played by Bob Clendenin) as the creep neighbor who wants to be part of the cul-de-sac crew and Travis’ football roommate Kevin (played by Lamarcus Tinker).

But these episodes were hilarious and fun to watch and also loved how the writers (who have grown to hate the name of the show) would mess around with the title cards when the opening theme would start playing.  If anything, “Cougar Town” has grown to become an upbeat comedy series that I just love!  And very different from any other 30-minute comedy series on television.

It’s also important to mention of the guest starring roles by Jennifer Aniston but also to see the network crossover between ABC’s “Cougar Town” and NBC’s “Community”. Typically, you see crossovers with shows from the same network but not opposing networks.  So, that was a blast to see!  (Note: If you want to see the “Cougar Town” crossover on “Community”, then definitely also check out “Community – The Complete Second Season”.)

And the writers also have done a great job with character development but also made the series quite easy for anyone who has never watched the show before, to jump in and enjoy.  It’s a pretty easy series to follow, although the latter episodes of this second season does deal with a continuing storyline that centers around Travis.

Overall, “Cougar Town” is a wonderful series which the writers have done one heck of a job from improving from the last.

If you are looking for a comedy series that is fun, hilarious and over-the-top, definitely check out “Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” and don’t be surprised by the end of the series if you find your self yelling “Penny can!”.

Highly recommended!

Cougar Town – The Complete First Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

An enjoyable, fun, adult-humored sitcom from the writer of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”.   “Cougar Town” is a fresh comedy featuring a colorful cast of characters and the more you watch it, the more the series starts to grow on you.  Definitely an entertaining series worth watching!

Images courtesy of © ABC Studios. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Cougar Town – The Complete First Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2009-2010

DURATION: 24 Episodes (520 minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

COMPANY: ABC Studios

Released Dated: August 17, 2010

Created by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence

Directed by Michael McDonald, John Putch, Gail Mancuso, Chris Koch, Bill Lawrence, Michael Spiller

Written by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence, Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh, Linda Videtti Figueiredo, Mary Fitzgerald, Ryan Koh, Sam Laybourne, Sanjay Shah, Mara Brock Akil, Kate Purdy, Peter Saji

Executive Producer: Courtney Cox, Bill Lawrence

Co-Executive Producer: Kevin Biegel, Linda Videtti Figueiredo

Produced by Thea Mann, Randall Winston

Co-Produced by Danny Rose, Mark J. Greenberg, Sanjay Shah

Supervising Producer: Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh

Associate Producer: Abraham Park

Consulting Producer: Mara Brock Akil

Music by Waz, Will Golden, Al Sgro

Cinematography by Andrew Rawson

Edited by John Michel, Roger Bondelli

Casting by Debby Romano, Brett Brenner, Blyth Nailing

Production Design by Cabot McMullen

Art Direction by Gary Warshaw

Set Decoration: Archie D’Amico

Costume Design by Kimberly A. Tillman

Starring:

Courtney Cox as Jules Cobb

Christa Miller as Ellie Torres

Busy Philipps as Laurie Keller

Dan Byrd as Travis Cobb

Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis

Ian Gomez as Andy Torres

Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb

Carolyn Hennesy as Barbara “Barb” Coman

Spencer Locke as Kyle

Ryan Devlin as Smith

Nick Zano as Josh

Scott Foley as Jeff

Sheryl Crow as Sara

Bob Clendenin as Tom

Golden Globe® nominee* Courteney Cox (Friends) stars in the hilarious hit comedy Cougar Town: The Complete First Season. After spending the last seventeen years as a wife and mother, recently divorced Jules (Cox) has reluctantly waded back into the dating pool and quickly finds herself in over her head. Now forty-something and single, Jules tackles real-life issues – dating, parenting and friendship. It doesn’t help Jules that her two best friends can hardly stand each other, her ex-husband is hanging around more now than he did during their marriage…and there’s that handsome divorced neighbor that Jules can’t quite get out of her head. Packed with laugh-out-loud moments and featuring a cast of television’s brightest comedic stars, Cougar Town struts its stuff in this DVD collection, along with exclusive bonus features and one or two special surprises. Cougar Town – it’s more than a place, it’s a state of mind.

In 2009, Bill Lawrence (co-creator of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”) and Kevin Biegel thought about a TV series that revolved around single people in their 40’s getting back on the dating scene and for Lawrence, said he was also inspired by his wife, actress Christa Miller (who also stars on the show “Cougar town”, “Scrubs” and “The Drew Carry Show”) and her life when she walked out of the shower, went in front of the mirror and flashed it.  By that action alone plus their ideas of featuring a 40-year-old trying to get back into the dating scene, the idea of “Cougar Town” was born.

“Cougar Town” is a sexual comedy sitcom which revolves around Jules Cobb (played by Courteney Cox, “Friends”, “Dirt”, “Scrubs”), a 40-year-old divorcee who is a single mother raising her teenage son Travis (played by Dan Byrd, “Aliens in America”, “Heroes”) and also is successfully business owner who owns her own estate business.  Having been divorced for eight months, Jules now wants to have fun and enjoy life like a single woman would.  No strings tied, no relationships, just to have fun and most of all, having some sexual freedom in her life.

But of course, she’s learning quickly that entering in the dating game (and not wanting a relationship) at age 40 is not too easy, especially if your eyes are in younger men.

Fortunately for Jules, she has a support system which includes her next door neighbor and best friend Ellie Torres (played by Christa Miller).  Ellie inspires Jules because she is married and has managed to make her marriage work.  Ellis is also a voice of reason and a friend she grew up with and since both Jules and Ellie tend to do everything together.  Ellie is married to Andy (played by Ian Gomez, “Rita Rocks”), who is a man that loves to eat, tries to be a good husband but also has lazy tendencies as well.  Together both Ellie and Andy are new parents and raising a baby and do all they can to keep their marriage happy and functioning.

When Jules is not hanging out with Ellie, she hangs out with her young, promiscuous (and not-so-smart) assistant named Laurie (played by Busy Phillips, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Made of Honor”).  Laurie is all about hooking up with men, having fun and despite not being a great assistant, Jules enjoys her company because she is part of the young single scene and hopes her assistant can take her to areas where she can meet younger men.

And because Jules has friendships with both Ellie and Laurie and both woman are quite the opposite from each other, these ladies don’t really get along but for Jules sake, they manage to hang out together for their good friend.

Meanwhile, Jules is still close with her ex-husband Bobby (played by Brian Van Holt, “John from Cincinnati”, “Threshold”) who loves to party, drink beer, play golf, and is a custodian at his son’s school and lives on a boat parked in a driveway.  Despite Bobby knowing why the reason he got divorced with his wife is because of his issues with infidelity, he does care for his ex-wife and wants to have some sort of relationship with Travis.

Another man in Jules life is a man named Grayson Ellis (played by Josh Hopkins, “Private Practice”), a 40-something bar owner, who lives across the street.  Grayson irks Jules because young women constantly come out of his home (and Jules is jealous that its easier for older men to get back into the dating game compared to herself, an older woman).  But both because of their initial rivalry, Jules wants to be friends with Grayson and encourage him to join the neighborhood activities within the neighbors living in the cul-de-sac.

Throughout the season, we get to see each of these people who are close to Jules, end up being close friends and are there for each other in times of need.

Here is a summary of each episode featured on “Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” (a total of 24 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

DVD 1:

  • EPISODE 1 – PILOT – Jules at 40 now tries to take on the dating scene.
  • EPISODE 2- Into the Great Wide Open – Jules tries to party like she’s in her twenties thanks to her friendship with Laurie and against her best friend Ellie’s advice.
  • EPISODE 3 – Don’t Do Me Like That – Jules and her new young boyfriend wait until their 10th date to have sex.  But when they do have sex… what will happen after?
  • EPISODE 4 – I Won’t Back Down – Jules tries to uncover Grayson’s weakness.
  • EPISODE 5 – You Wreck Me – Jules finds it strange that her ex-husband Bobby and Grayson become friends.
  • EPISODE 6 – A Woman in Love (It’s not Me) – Jules wants to breakup with Josh (because she’s not ready for a serious relationship) but is not sure how she can do it.
  • EPISODE 7 – Don’t Come Around Here No More – Jules goes out on a date with an older man.
  • EPISODE 8 – Two Gunslingers – Jules doesn’t know how to get her two friends (Ellie and Laurie) to get along.

DVD 2:

  • EPISODE 9 – Here Comes My Girl – It’s Thanksgiving and Travis wants to introduce everyone to his new girlfriend Kylie.
  • EPISODE 10 – Mystery Men – Jules meets Jeff, a home buyer interested in buying one of Jules expensive homes.
  • EPISODE 11 – Rhino Skin – Jules is upset that her mean dermatologist is dating her ex-husband Bobby.
  • EPISODE 12 – Scare Easy – Jules and Jeff are doing great with each other but when the relationship starts to heat up, Jules is afraid that she may be getting into a relationship.
  • EPISODE 13 – Stop Dragging My Heart Around – After her breakup, Jules goes to Bobby for support and the two end up having sex.
  • EPISODE 14 – All the Wrong Reasons – Ellie loves being around her hot tennis instructor but what happens when Jules starts to get tennis lessons as well.
  • EPISODE 15 – When a Kid Goes Bad – Travis wants to go to a party but Bobby and her are not sure if they want him to.
  • EPISODE 16 – What are you Doing in My Life? – Laurie needs a co-signer for her first condo…but who wants to help her?

DVD 3:

  • EPISODE 17 – Counting On You – Travis and Bobby spend some father and son time “noodling”.
  • EPISODE 18 – Turn This Car Around – A wine rep named Sara (played by Sheryl Crow) starts to win Grayson’s affections and Jules tries to not drink for a month.
  • EPISODE 19 – Everything Man – Grayson introduces Sara to Jules and friends.
  • EPISODE 20 – Wake Up Time – Jules is saddened by Travis’s breakup with Kylie, now Jules wants to fix things between the two.
  • EPISODE 21 – Letting You Go – Travis has been accepted to two colleges but will he choose the one 20-minutes away or the one in California?
  • EPISODE 22 – Feel a Whole Lot Better – Jules and Grayson become “FWB” (Friends with Benefits).
  • EPISODE 23 – Breakdown – It’s Travis’ big graduation day and he hopes his mother and friends don’t embarrass him.
  • EPISODE 24 – Finding Out – Jules and Grayson are officially dating but they realize that everyone knows except Bobby.  How will they break it to him?

VIDEO:

“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions.  For a DVD series, picture quality is good and with a lot of the series shot outdoors and inside with a lot of lighting, the series looks pretty good on DVD.  There are compression artifacts as expected from a DVD release but it’s not that bad.  So far, “Cougar Town – The Complete Series” is a good looking TV series on DVD and fans of the show should be happy with its picture quality on DVD.

It’s important to note that Amazon has a listing for a “Cougar Town” Blu-ray release and if that is the case, I can imagine that this series would look fantastic on Blu, especially since the series has a lot of outdoor scenes.  Definitely a series that has the potential to show off quite a bit of detail and vibrant colors on HD.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.  The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven.  I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue is clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Bloopers – (1:40) Bloopers from the first season of “Cougar Town”.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of 15 deleted scenes from the first season.
  • Taming Cougar Town – (4:47) Discover How Cougar Town Has Evolved From Its Initial Comedy Pilot Into Today’s More Subtly Sexy ABC Hit.  Interviews with the creators on how the series began and behind-the-scenes footage for the series.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Saber-Tooth Tiger Town – (1:59) Jimmy Kimmel talks about his spin-off on ABC’s “Cougar Town” titled “Saber-Tooth Tiger Town” featuring Cloris Leachman and Shirley Jones playing senior women going after younger men.
  • “My Sexuality” Music Video – (1:03) Featuring clips from the series to the music of “My Sexuality”.
  • Ask Barb – The Ultimate Cougar Barbara “Barb” Coman (played by Carolyn Hennesy) answers questions in regards to being a cougar.  Featuring nine two-minute segments.
  • ‘Stroking it with Bobby Cobb’ series – Featuring four one-minute segments with Bobby Cobb (played by Brian Van Holt) as he is playing golf and the various things that come out of his mouth.

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“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” comes with a slip cover case.

When I first started watching “Cougar Town”, I admit that I thought the first initial episodes turned me off.  To watch these cougars fawning over high school boys and watching Jules, a 40-year-old woman going to nightclubs where younger people frolic and then hanging out with students and playing beer pong was something I just had no interest in.  But I stuck with the series and sure enough, things got better.

As the first few episodes did focus on the “cougar” aspect of older women going after young men, the series began to be more about relationships and friendships.  The series literally became much more fun to watch and easily a series that will appeal to both men and women.  I enjoyed how the series started to include more storylines that revolve around the people closer to her.  For example, her son Travis is constantly being embarrassed by Jules and his father Bobby and friends.   But he’s a graduating teen who wants to lose his virginity and it’s interesting to see how he goes about that and also tries to take advice from his father, his neighbor Andy and Laurie.

Meanwhile, the Torres family are hilarious to watch.  Ellie and Andy have a fun relationship, especially how they plan their daily lives with each other.  May it be taking care of a child to planning their sexual nights.  But of course, as Ellie is a big support for Jules, Andy on the other hand is like the comedic character as he tries to be the confident man who knows about women in front of Travis and also becomes the follower when it comes to him hanging out with Bobby and Grayson.

Meanwhile Grayson is the guy who loves to be with younger women but suddenly finds himself interested in Jules and Bobby, the ex-husband who is loud and obnoxious but also starting to noticed the woman he lost because of his infidelity problem.

And then you have Laurie, your stereotypical blonde floozy who is just a promiscuous woman who just doesn’t care.  She just loves to have fun and there’s no stopping her.

Also, this is role that suits Courteney Cox quite well.  As she was an actress that absolutely shined on “Friends”, it’s great to see her in a sitcom that is just fun to watch and also to see her character evolve. It’s quite hilarious and you just have to love the hand “guns” and her “bing” chest bumps.  And as I enjoyed watching Courteney Cox, it was also great to see Christa Miller (who I absolutely enjoyed on “The Drew Carey Show” and “Scrubs”) in the supportive role as Jules best friend.  Both Cox and Miller have great chemistry (as best friends) and to see both sitcom veterans together on one show is pretty awesome!

Another element that I enjoyed with “Cougar Town” is the guest appearances.  It was cool to see Sheryl Crow play the wine client Sara who starts dating Grayson and also to see “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow playing the mean doctor and dating Jules ex-husband Bobby.  And now, hopefully we will see an appearance by another “Friends” alum on the show… Jennifer Aniston anyone?  Or even one of the male “Friends” characters.

Overall, “Cougar Town” is a series with a colorful cast and I found myself enjoying the episodes more when they focused on everyone as a collective rather than always focusing on Jules.  And the fact that you have series creator and writer Bill Lawrence involved in the series, you do get that “Scrubs” adult humor type of feel when watching “Cougar Town”.  Also, I liked how the series is contained within 30-minute episodes, it’s easier to follow and much more easier to take in.

The DVD release for “Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” is definitely enjoyable DVD release and you get all 24-episodes and a good number of special features.  So, fans of the series should not be disappointed.

I admit that “Cougar Town” was much better than I expected and it’s a comedy series that definitely caught my attention and will more than likely star watching it when the second season comes back on air.  For now, if you are curious about this series or are looking for a fun and hilarious adult-humored series on DVD, definitely give “Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” a try!

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