Mike & Molly is an American sitcom created by Mark Roberts which aired on CBS from September 20, 2010 to May 16, 2016, for a total of six seasons and 127 episodes. The series stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as the eponymous Mike and Molly, a couple who meet in a Chicago Overeaters Anonymous group and fall in love.
The 13-episode sixth season began airing on January 6, 2016. On January 12, 2016, CBS announced that it will ended the series of Mike & Molly after the sixth season concludes, electing not to renew its licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Television, which ended after this season. The series finale aired May 16, 2016.
Mike (Bill Gardell), a Chicago police officer, meets fourth-grade teacher Molly (Melissa McCarthy) one day when he speaks at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and they fall in love, thanks in part to their mutual love of pie and the desire to resist it. Both face challenges in their quest to lose weight -- Molly from her slender sister and mother and Mike at the diner where he frequently eats. But having found each other, they will support each other as they try to achieve their goals, be it weight loss or Molly's decision to quit teaching and pursue her dream as a writer.
Cast and Characters Edit
- Billy Gardell as Michael Biggs
- Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
- Katy Mixon as Victoria Flynn
- Swoosie Kurtz as Joyce Flynn
- Reno Wilson as Carl McMillan
- Nyambi Nyambi as Samuel
- Main article: List of Mike & Molly episodes
|Season||Episodes||Network||First air date||Last air date|
|Season 1||24||CBS||September 20, 2010||May 16, 2011|
|Season 2||25||September 26, 2011||May 14, 2012|
|Season 3||25||September 24, 2012||May 30, 2013|
|Season 4||24||November 4, 2013||May 19, 2014|
|Season 5||22||December 8, 2014||May 18, 2015|
|Season 6||13||January 16, 2016||May 16, 2016|
In December 2009, CBS placed a pilot order for Mike & Molly. Mark Roberts wrote the pilot, which was directed by James Burrows, with both Roberts and Burrows serving as executive producers alongside Chuck Lorre, Don Foster and the production companies Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.
On May 13, 2010, CBS placed a series order on Mike and Molly. On May 15, 2011, Mike and Molly was renewed for a second season. On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed Mike & Molly for a third season, which premiered on September 24, 2012. CBS pulled the third season finale, titled "Windy City", from its show of May 20, 2013. The episode featured a tornado descending on Chicago, and would have been broadcast the same day as the 2013 Moore tornado. The episode was rescheduled for May 30, 2013.
On March 27, 2013, CBS announced that Mike & Molly would return for a fourth season during the 2013–2014 television season. On May 17, 2013, Mark Roberts stepped down from showrunner duties to focus on other projects. Al Higgins replaced him for Season 4. The series received a 22-episode order from CBS for its 4th season. The show's fourth season premiere took place on November 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT, in the time slot vacated by 2 Broke Girls when it moved to 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT, replacing the short-lived sitcom, We Are Men. Following the breakout feature film success of McCarthy (Identity Thief, The Heat), Lorre intends for the show to more prominently feature Molly in season 4. In promos leading up to the season 4 premiere, CBS billed the series as "the new Mike & Molly." Though the cast and setting remains essentially the same, the "new" refers to Molly quitting her teaching job and pursuing a career as a writer.
On March 13, 2014, CBS announced the fifth season renewal of Mike & Molly. CBS did not place the show in a timeslot when it unveiled its initial 2014-15 schedule. The fifth season began airing December 8, 2014. On March 12, 2015, CBS announced the sixth season renewal of Mike & Molly.
On January 9, 2016, CBS stated that though Mike & Molly doesn't have a season seven renewal in place, the show would most likely be back next year (possibly for the final season if it were to be cancelled) due to him being a "big believer in giving fans a very satisfactory conclusion" for a long-running show. However, on January 12, 2016, CBS announced that they cancelled series of Mike & Molly would end its run after six seasons and 127 episodes.
Casting announcements began in February 2010, with Katy Mixon and Reno Wilson being the first actors cast in the series. Mixon portrays the role of Victoria, Molly's sister, while Wilson portrays Carl, Mike's partner. Billy Gardell was the next actor cast in the series, as the titular Mike. Swoosie Kurtz then joined the series as Molly's mother, Joyce. Following Kurtz, Nyambi Nyambi boarded the series as Samuel, a regular waiter at Abe's Hot Beef, where Mike and Carl frequent. Melissa McCarthy completed the cast when she signed on to play the role of the eponymous Molly.
Critical reception Edit
Mike & Molly has received moderately positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 77% with an average rating of 6/10, based on 22 reviews. The consensus reads: "Mike & Molly is a conventional sitcom that's able to mine some big laughs, thanks to the immensely appealing central performers". It achieved a score of 62 out of 100 on the review aggregator site Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Critic Randee Dawn gave the show a negative review, stating the cast is likable, but the jokes are old and bland.
The off-network rights to Mike & Molly have been sold to FX, which began airing the series in 2014.
DVD Release Edit
In the United States, the first season of Mike and Molly was released on both DVD and Blu-ray. All subsequent seasons have only received a DVD release. On October 11, 2016, the sixth and final season was released, as well as a complete series collection. In Australia, the first four seasons have been released on DVD, and in the United Kingdom, only seasons one and two have been released.