One would hope that a new series from the creator of "SCRUBS," would be as funny and last as long. It isn't. It won't! While Courtney Cox gives a decent performance in her role as Jules, a 40 year old divorced mom and successful realtor. Unfortunately, it's the character that's a problem. Living with her son, Jules is trying to date again, and its her ill-fated luck that is supposed to be the center of the show's humor. In reality, the funniest jokes are virtually all due to the actor playing her ex, a former golf-pro, Bobby(Brian Van Holt). He steals the show, and it's a shame that more time isn't focused on him. Jules' relationship with her son, Travis, is unsettling at times, but also poignant when least expected. An underlying but serious problem with the first season lies in its main character. Jules' drinking and relationships with her friends aren't just "un-funny," they leave the viewer scratching their head.
The dialogue between Jules and her friends tends to be mean-spirited and her constant wine-drinking is disturbing, not funny! And, Jules finding comfort in her son's misfortune in romance, all to feel wanted, is also quite disturbing and serves to make her character that much more unlikeable. Let's hope the writers tone down the drinking and mean-spirited "humor" and focus much more on Bobby, moving into the 2nd season.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release. The series has a vibrant production design. In fact, it's hard not to want to change one's own living environment to emulate the colorful, warm atmosphere on hand in each episode. So, it's refreshing to find the image is as well complimented as it is here. The colors are extremely vivid without ever becoming oversaturated. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks, preserving the fine detail in darker scenes. A really good looking transfer!
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While most of the separation is front focused, ambient effects kick in occasionally and the environment is more immersive than what's typically found on a comedy mix. Music is particularly key to the series' environment and it is presented with terrific fidelity.
Deleted scenes are made up of the kinds of moments, viewers will be pleased to find were left out! The bloopers reel is extremely short and unremarkable. A featurette with the Bobby character is the only really worthwhile extra offered.