Series: Mike And Molly

A 2010 CBS sitcom starring Melissa McCarthy, Billy Gardell and Swoosie Kurtz. Mike and Molly meet at an Overeaters' Anonymous meeting and hit it off.

This show provides examples of the following:

  • Aborted Arc: Mike & Molly's attempts to conceive a kid. The season finale that included the plotline was pulled off the air because the episode featured a tornado...just when real tornados devastated parts of the Midwestern U.S. When the next season began, Molly for some reason quits her job & becomes a writer. Aside from frustration over failing to conceive, Mike and Molly pretty much never brought it up again.
  • Aerosol Flamethrower: Victoria plans to use a can of hairspray and a lighter on an ex-boyfriend in one episode. Mike manages to talk her down and take the can and lighter away from her.
  • Basement-Dweller:
    • Carl lives with his grandmother, who frequently henpecks him, and is portrayed as something of a loser because of this. She finally kicks him out in the third season.
    • There's a bit of a Double Standard here at work as both Molly and her sister still live at home as well, but Molly at least is treated as responsible and practical. Victoria probably wouldn't make it on her own. The Double Standard is later demolished when it's revealed that Molly is bad with money, is in debt up to her eyeballs, and probably wouldn't make it any further than Victoria on her own.
    • For a time, Mike & Molly cleaned up the basement at Molly's house & moved there from the second floor. They then return upstairs later on.
  • Black Best Friend: Mike's partner, Carl, is both black and Mike's best friend.
  • Book Dumb: Victoria claims to be "not so much book smart as magazine smart."
  • Bride Zilla: Molly turns into one three weeks before the wedding.
  • The Cast Showoff: Katy Mixon has a beautiful singing voice and puts it to good use often.
  • Chicago
  • Christmas Episode
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Victoria, though mostly because she's a pothead.
  • Cool Car: One episode has Mike buy a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, only to have Informed Flaws no one could have missed pop up, and Molly forcing him to sell it and get back his money.
    • Season Five sees Molly spending the advance from her publisher on a muscle car, despite her ongoing problems with debt.
  • Cool Old Lady: Carl's grandmother.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: The reason Molly's mother made so much banana bread three years after her husband died.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Samuel
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Victoria: Dead people are just like us. Except they're dead.
  • Dirty Old Man: Vince.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Both Mike and Molly's families. And they both wonder why they have weight issues...
  • Fan Disservice: "Vince Takes a Bath." You will never un-see anything that appeared on screen in this episode. Ever.
    Molly: (holding up the towel on Vince's lap while Mike walks in) Look at it! Look at it! LOOK AT IT!!!
    • "This Old Peggy." Mike, Carl, & Samuel get an unwanted peep show from Mike's mom when Peggy forgetfully (the episode's issue at hand) walks into the living room naked as the three are repairing the house. There are no better descriptions other than "all white" & "PTSDD."
  • Going Commando: In one episode Joyce is wearing a Little Black Dress to go out to dinner with an ex-boyfriend of hers. Vince says that he doesn't want her coming home with her panties in her purse. Joyce tells him not to be stupid, as she never wears panties with this dress.
  • Halloween Episode
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mike and Carl.
  • Hidden Depths: Most of the time, Victoria is just a goofy stoner, but in the episode "Victoria Can't Drive", she spouts out some very surprising insight about her views on the afterlife, and convinces Mike's mom to come to his wedding, not taking any credit for it.
  • Homemade Sweater From Hell: Mike buys a repugnant green sweater from his partner's cousin.
  • I Am Big Boned: Molly's mom calls her that.
    Molly: Bones don't jiggle, ma!
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Not completely consistent, but the large majority of episodes begin with a character's name, followed by an action relevant to the episode. (i.e. "Mike _____", "Carl's _____", etc.)
  • Intoxication Ensues: Mike eats gelato, not knowing that it was "specially" made by Victoria's pot dealer, and ends up wandering the streets, groaning and acting like Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Molly's sister Victoria is ... unlucky in love to say the least. Molly and Joyce had to physically stop her from going after her married boyfriend.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Carl and Mike are mistaken for this "at least three times a week." In the season 3 premiere, Carl gets a temporary partner while Mike is on his honeymoon, and on their last day together the partner kisses Carl full on the lips, resulting in a Heroic BSOD.
  • Most Writers Are Writers : The fourth and fifth seasons deal with Molly becoming a writer. In particular, she suffers from Writer's Block.
  • Motor Mouth: Carl
  • My Beloved Smother: Mike's mom, who fakes a heart attack as soon as she finds out Mike is on a date with Molly.
    • Another episode has Mike getting very sick and being taken care of Molly at his place. His mother shows up and steals him back to her place and them stealing him back & forth. Eventually, she gets him last and alludes to possibly hiding him in his uncle's ice cabin to keep her away.
  • Name and Name
  • Pittsburgh: Billy Gardell, who portrays Mike, hasn't forgotten where he came from and makes regular appearances on Pittsburgh radio station WDVE's morning show.
    • In one episode, they go to a baseball game between the Cubs and Gardell's favorite team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Don't think that wasn't done on purpose.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "I See Love" by Keb' Mo'.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After Mike's mom dumps the police chief, he gets even with Mike by assigning him and Carl to guard the port-a-potties at a Renaissance fair.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Carl's grandma.
  • The Stoner: Victoria.
    Molly: You're high?
    Victoria: You're not?
  • Straw Loser: No matter what kind of trouble Mike is having in his life, it's loads better compared to Carl's life.
  • Two Decades Behind: Occaisional references to Mike carrying a service revolver. Almost all North American police departments switched over to semi-automatic pistols in the early '90s. Chicago Police Department does permit senior officers to elect to carry a revolver, however, Mike is shown using a Glock 17.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Averted, in fact it's the entire point of the series.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Every conversation between Molly's mother and Victoria ends up dissolving into this.
  • Wham Episode: McMillan and Mom. Carl finds out his mother is still alive and that his grandmother lied to him his whole life about it, and sets off on a road trip with Mike and Samuel in tow. Unfortunately, she dies before he gets to see her. The episode ends with Carl and his grandmother singing at a piano and comforting each other. For a (mostly) lighthearted comedy series as this, the entire episode was a massive punch to the gut.
  • Wham Line:
    Victoria: Harry? What are you doing down there?
    Harry: I'm sorry that I ran out on you the way I did.
    I just panicked.
    Victoria: No, I'm sorry.
    I shouldn't have kissed you.
    I was just so excited about my grade and you have been so lovely to me.
    Harry: Don't apologize.
    That kiss changed my life.
    Victoria: Oh, Harry.
    Harry: Don't speak hear me out.
    I've been mustering the courage to say this, and if I don't do it now, I never will.
    Victoria: I'm listening.
    I'm sure whatever you're feeling, I'm feeling the same.
    Harry: I'm gay.
  • Wrong Insult Offence: In "Fish for Breakfast", Carl's latest girlfriend (who thought she was going to a party) calls Mike and Vince (Mike's mother-in-law's fiance) as "two gay guys eating a banana split". Mike protests that he hasn't had a bite of the banana split.