'The Cougar' on TV Land: Did you watch?

Being a (wannabe) cougar myself, I should begin this mini-TV watch on TV Land’s The Cougar by saying I have no interest in holding court with 20 men under 30 who go by names like Bodie and dream up cornball lines like "How will you taste me if I’m not on your plate?" Nope, can’t even say I’ve fantasized about ridiculous situations like this. Still, TV Land’s redux on The Bachelor franchise (both are from executive producer Mike Fleiss) still piqued my interest, if only to see if turnabout was fair play when it came to May-December romances. I’m here to tell you it’s not —  though I congratulate fellow sisters like Stacy Anderson of Arizona (a.k.a. the show’s first cougar), who have stretched their cute years well into their 40s (though I guess she’s only 40). But I got no pleasure in watching this commercial Realtor (with four kids of her own!) "kiss off" a bunch of immature schlubs so she could still hold court with 15 other immature schlubs. Seriously, what was so appealing about Ryan, the 29-year-old crow-eating sap from the military who made the mistake of saying she was "too old to be a cougar"? And really, did I miss something about Officer Nick, the 27-year-old meathead whose idea of a pickup line was to say, "You’re under arrest, for stealing my heart…you have the right to remain delicious"? And she kissed those guys, to boot! Even the bachelorettes on the ABC mothership didn’t have to smooch their picks on the first date. Yuck!

Still, I tried valiantly to play along. I gave a thumbs up to the 23-year-old martial arts instructor named Johnny for stripping down to his blue skivvies in a not-so-obvious attempt to show off his ripped bod. (And by God, it worked: Homeboy didn’t get the kiss off!) And I also was entranced by the adorable, blond Travis, even though the sight of him kissing the cougar on his 21st birthday made me want to wash my eye sockets out with soap (and seek absolution from my priest).

What did you think of the show? Did you cringe — or clap — when Stacy kissed off the losers? Do you think she’ll find true love? Or are you secretly hoping that host Vivica A. Fox reveals herself to be the real (and well deserved) cougar of TV Land?   


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  • Karyn Ben Singer

    I think Jon, the guy with the real job and the real house, has a shot. He seems stable enough to be long term, but young enough to keep her interested.
    I also wondered if the twin brother who ducked out ever planned to stick with the show or if they just convinced him to sign on for the opening episode to keep it “interesting.”

  • Alicia

    That was the most horrible thing I ever saw (and mostly I was watching “Millionaire,” during that hour, anyway). I can’t believe she was so mean as to tell the 2nd twin (who bowed out in apparent solidarity with his brother who had been rejected minutes before) “That’s okay, I was going to give you my cheek anyway.” Was that really necessary? “The cheek” is too much.

  • A-Go Go

    Did I watch? Frak no, I was watching and rewatching Susan Boyle on Youtube. She’s far more talented and charming than a whole pit full of Botoxed cougars.

  • I am a cougar , hear me growl

    So – now that Rock of Love BUS has finished up its season.. I decided to watch the COUGAR show tonight. wow !
    First of all, the young guys are for the most part, fantastic looking – and the woman that is the Cougar seems nice enough. She has a tough job , choosing from all the guys.
    I found it a bit creepy, that a few of the dudes are so young -that she could be their Mother..eeewww !But, as light entertainment/Reality TV , I thought it was FUN. A friend of mine watched it with me – she is also over 45 – and we liked the show ….

  • Reg

    Ryan the ex-marine was so hot and is cockiness only made him way sexier than the others. The exception may be that total stud johnny who is tastefuly funny and still very hot. Why the “homeboy” comment about Johnny? The think that the best Cougar prey of the first episode would have to be Johnny, Ryan and Nick.

  • Duy

    I so wanted Vivica Fox to get a real chance at a substantial acting career after Kill Bill. This is so beneath her, but I suppose the woman has to earn a living somehow.

  • Snarf

    Viv is the queen B on this show. All the other Cougs pale in her wake.
    Did that guy really say that? Yuck.

  • Scoop

    Pathetic show. As if a successful commercial reator would heve much in commom with an unemployed 23-year old. As for the hotness factor; less than 50% of those guys had it – the others are dorks and from the way a couple of them acted, dubious if they’ve been on a date before and having to kiss all of them! Please. Great example for your daughters, Stacy!!!

  • Michelle

    I thought it was fun to watch all these guys making total fools out of themselves for her-the ex-Marine seemed a little scary after a few drinks picking a fight with the guitar guy but Nick was super hot! Im definitely watching this one.

  • Michelle

    I thought it was fun to watch all these guys making total fools out of themselves for her-the ex-Marine seemed a little scary after a few drinks picking a fight with the guitar guy but Nick was super hot! Im definitely watching this one.

  • Kim Lawerance

    I can’t believe they didn’t keep the twins together!!! The kiss-off was the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. Good for him for leaving.

  • Kim Lawerance

    I can’t believe they didn’t keep the twins together!!! The kiss-off was the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. Good for him for leaving.

  • kayjay

    everytime the word cougar is uttered, drink, and you will be hammered in 15 minutes flat…

  • Cheylynn

    I absolutely love this show! Only because of Stacy. I could have done without the awkard “kissing” however I give them credit for attempting to do something different than a rose. I have nothing but respect for this woman and I hope it empowers women all over the world to embrace what our ancestors have worked so hard for us to be able to have. “sexual empowerment, independence and a right to turn the tables on the men (or boys in this case) I think there are a couple of ‘men’ on the show that have potential. The rest are waaaay too young…I am excited to see what develops and if Stacy reads this I want to say ” YOU GO GIRL!” :)

  • TINA

    I LOVED THE SHOW! FINALLY, A SHOW THAT SHOWS HOW SEXY OLDER WOMEN ARE! AS A COUGAR MYSELF I GET TONS OF ATTENTION FROM YOUNGER MEN. I THOUGHT EVEN THE MEN WERE A GOOD MIX OF THE REAL THING.

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