Mike and Molly - Season 2

Starring: Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Nyambi Nyambi, Katy Mixon, Louis Mustillo, Cleo King, Rondi Reed, Swoosie Kurtz
Rating: ****

Air Date: Weekdays, 7:30pm, Comedy Central UK

Mike and Molly is back, the charming, sweet and hilarious comedy about a plus sized couple trying to juggle their diets, family and relationship. I'm going to be honest and say that I am a new comer to Mike and Molly, but I have watched every episode now and have instantly fallen in love. Season 2 is all about their wedding planning and the pressure's of living together, and thanks to the perfect casting and chemistry it is an absolute hit.

There have been many people that have slated the show because of it's use of fat jokes and it's "promotion" of obesity, to that I say jog on. For a start it is a program about big people, so you have to expect fat jokes, plus the actors clearly have no problem with it, so why should the audience. As for the whole promotion of obesity, people need to realise that it exists, and some people aren't skinny, it's not promoting it, not everyone on TV can be skinny and "perfect". Plus, Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy are a lot funnier than most of the comedy actors/comedians out there, so they are clearly doing their job right.

Mike (Gardell), a Chicago cop, has always been a lover of food, but when it starts to get out of hand he decides to join an over eater's anonymous group. It's here he meets Molly (McCarthy), a caring, funny and friendly teacher who is looking to lose a few pounds herself.. There relationship is like a whirlwind, and they soon realise they want to spend the rest of their lives together. Their relationship doesn't come without it's hitches, like any relationship, but they're love for each other always prevails.

Around them they have their friends and family who are there to support them through their ups and downs and eating issues. Mike's best friend and partner is Carlton (Wilson), a wisecracking and sarcastic guy, who doesn't exactly give the best advice about relationships. They tend to meet up at their favourite diner before work, here they receive grief from the hilariously bitter waiter, Samuel (Nyambi).

Molly is slightly more unlucky with a drunk, sex mad mother (Kurtz), a stoned sister (Mixon) and a pervy "step"dad (Mustillo). Her family basically do what ever they can to make both her and Mike feel uncomfortable, and with them all under one roof things aren't exactly smooth. They also receive added pressure from Mike's overly protective and angry mother Peggy (Reed), she basically insults Molly at any given chance, and now she is working as a dinnerlady at Molly's school, something Molly is ecstatic about clearly.

The show is filled with zany and outlandish characters, but thankfully the two stars are grounded, easygoing and manage to balance everything out perfectly. The writing is superb and has me laughing throughout, also this series they are taking advantage of the powerhouse that is Melissa McCarthy and she is funnier than ever. I can't wait to see where the characters go next, and I especially can't wait for the wedding, because let's face it, it isn't going to go smoothly.

Mike and Molly - Promo