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Into its second season, MIKE & MOLLY remains an utter delight. A sweet and genuinely funny sitcom that offers viewers a love story about ordinary looking folks (of the plus sized variety), which is both genuinely funny and completely winning. Season one of MIKE & MOLLY introduced viewers to Chicago police officer Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and fourth-grade teacher Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), who meet at a session of Overeaters Anonymous. There is a definite chemistry between the two, but the road to romance proves to be a bit rocky, as the two have to deal with their oddball assortment of family and friends, not to mention Mike’s total cluelessness in regards to romance and the male/female interpersonal dynamic. Season two is less reliant on easy fat jokes than season one, and offers far more character driven humor as the burgeoning romance between the title characters moves to the next level, with the duo getting engaged, moving in together and planning their wedding.

The cast of MIKE & MOLLY also features Swoosie Kurtz as Molly's overly open and far too honest mother Joyce; Katy Mixon as Molly's dimwitted, stoner sister Victoria; Reno Wilson as Mike’s partner Officer Carl McMillan, who lives with his grandmother Rosetta (Cleo King); Rondi Reed as Mike's cranky, controlling mother Peggy, who still resents Mike’s father for leaving her and running away with a prostitute; Nyambi Nyambi as Samuel, the sarcastic waiter from the restaurant where Mike and Carl eat, Louis Mustillo as Joyce's unpolished boyfriend Vince and Holly Robinson Peete as Christina, Carl's new love interest. The entire cast of MIKE & MOLLY are fun, but Swoosie Kurtz is an utter joy, her performance is hysterical and she really produces some of the show biggest laughs.

MIKE & MOLLY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($45) comes to DVD in a three-disc set that features the following twenty-three episodes that were aired during year two: Goin’ Fishin’, Dennis’s Birthday, Mike In The House, ’57 Chevy Bel Air, Victoria Runs Away, Happy Halloween, Carl Meets A Lady, Peggy Gets A Job, Mike Cheats, Molly Needs A Number, Christmas Break, Carl Has Issues, Victoria Can’t Drive, Joyce’s Choices, Valentine Piggyback, Surprise, Mike Likes Lasagna, Peggy Goes To Branson, Molly Can’t Lie, The Dress, Bachelor/Bachelorette, The Rehearsal and The Wedding.

Warner Home Video has made all twenty-three episodes from MIKE & MOLLY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in a 1.78:1 widescreen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. After watching the first season of MIKE & MOLLY on Blu-ray, having season two as a DVD only release seems like an awful step backwards, with the standard definition image appearing a bit dreary by comparison. Overall, the image seems fine for standard definition, but for some reason the picture comes across as somewhat dim and mushy for what should be a brightly lit sitcom. But then again... maybe it's just that my eyes have become spoiled by watching so much high definition. Sharpness and detail are pretty much what one should expect from SD. Colors are generally strongly saturated, but don't pop the way they did in HD. Flesh tones look nice enough. Blacks are deep, while the whites appear crisp. Contrast is good for standard definition. The visual elements are free from defects. Digital compression artifacts maintain a fairly low profile.

All of the episodes that constitute MIKE & MOLLY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. While the lossless tracks associated with the season one Blu-ray did have an edge, it isn't as pronounced as comparing the visual quality of HD to SD. The soundtracks presented here do get the job done, since the series relies on unimaginative sitcom sound, almost everything is mixed front and center. There are occasional channel separations, but they don’t really enliven things. Fidelity is fine for a television production; the music sounds nice and sound effects get by without problems. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included, but English, French and Spanish subtitles are provided.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Mike & Molly's Wedding Video and a Gag Reel.

MIKE & MOLLY is cute, sweet and very funny. The cast is great, especially Swoosie Kurtz. The lack of a Blu-ray release is a disappointment, but the DVD quality is fine for SD.


Mike & Molly: The Complete Second Season



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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