Cougar Town - Season 3

Starring: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bob Clendenin
Creator: Bill Lawrence, Kevin Biegel
Rating: *****

Air Date: 09/03/12, Sky Living - 8pm

Oh my days, it has been far to long since Cougar Town graced out screens, but finally they're here...The Cul-De-Sac Crew are back!!! When we left the gang, Jules and Grayson (Cox & Hopkins) had hit that moment in their relationship where they now had to decide where they were heading, and it looks like they have some big decisions to make this time around. Now, despite the name staying the same, and everybody, everywhere, being unhappy about it, everything about the show that I love is back, and with full force

We still have the jokes about wine, and now we even have neck contraptions that hold a backup glass of wine; Bobby and Andy (Van Holt & Gomez) are still the most loving couple on the show; Tom (Clendenin) is still being creepy in the background; and, saving the best for last, Penny Can is bigger and better! We are even treated to the slightly longer morning routine song.

I literally could go on and on about how amazingly funny this show is, but I mustn't. It's amazing that even after such a long time off the air, it feels like just yesterday that Cougar Town left our screens. Yet even with everything that has stayed the same, The Cul-De-Sac Crew pushes forward with characters that are ever evolving and ever funnier. While Jules is still lovably neurotic and predictable, she’s not the person we started with. Jules is much more open to showing vulnerability and sharing her dreams while still dreaming ludicrously big.

Ellie and Andy (Miller & Gomez) are now coming to the next big stages in their son, Stan's, life; it looks like he will be the one to finally break Ellie down. It’s kind of hilarious that Stan may end up being like Ellie's sworn frenemy, Laurie (Philipps). After the years of their bitter arguments, it looks like Ellie has been raising her very own mini male version of Laurie, the loose and bohemian girl she loves to hate, and hates to love.

Travis (Byrd) is rightly focusing on school after his rescue in Hawaii, and while Bobby’s slow-working brain is ready and prepared to love and accept Travis if he ever comes out, Travis still feels a little heartbroken and ashamed over what happened with his ex, Kirsten. Something else that has changed with Travis is his potential to be better integrated with the rest of the adults. His deadpan teenage moods provide the gang with plenty of opportunities to play up their wacky, made up scenarios. Plus, it looks like Travis and Laurie are set to move forward a little more, which may be weird, but don't act like you don't want it to happen. That will most definitely be funny/awkward/sweet to watch, and I can't wait to see Jules' reaction.

Still, even with all of that, Cougar Town continually shows us why it’s one the best comedies on television, filled with humour and heart in equal measures. The way the proposal was so seamlessly blended in with all of the laughter was absolutely touching. There are very few shows that can get away with such a long joke about toilet paper, “sharking” a car, Tasers, zip-lining, and still end with a proposal and make it work. But that’s just the way this program operates, and I genuinely wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cougar Town: Season 3 - Promo