After a long hiatus, Bill Lawrence's little show that could returned to ABC Tuesday night. The title sequence made it clear that they're not altogether happy it's still called "Cougar Town" (Tue., 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC), but the title is the only thing that wasn't really working. By the end of its second season, "Cougar Town" had settled into a great comedic rhythm, and the long hiatus doesn't appear to have slowed them down at all.
At its heart, this is a show about friends hanging out, only they're not the usual young people in their 20s and 30s. With the exception of Laurie, this gang is in their 40s and 50s. And while early episodes saw Courteney Cox's Jules trying to hook up with younger guys, she's been in a committed relationship with her age appropriate neighbor Grayson for a while now. And in this premiere, they put the final nail in the coffin of that show title.
In an effort to surprise her and give her an unexpected proposal that still lived up to her own high expectations, Grayson egged her into tee-peeing some teen hoodlum's house. In reality, it was a vacant house Jules was selling and the toilet paper was to create a memorable backdrop for his unexpected marriage proposal.
The creators are just happy to be back on the air, and looking forward to the challenges of their new time slot. HuffPost TV critic Mo Ryan is also excited to have the show back, urging people on the fence to give it a shot. Maybe watch it with a glass of wine to feel like a part of the Cul De Sac Crew.
The third season of "Cougar Town" continues Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC.
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