February 20, 2012 12:00 PM

Cougar Town

ABC, Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m. ET |


Returning to ABC’s schedule for its third season, the Courteney Cox sitcom about a group of happily flakey friends plays like a rumpled Happy Endings-in part because Cougar Town has kids in it, and with them come some wear and tear. The first episode is a likable jumble of gags; among them a car toilet-papered to look like a shark, college students who put up a special-effects green screen in their living room, a musical montage about Cox’s morning routine, lanyards designed to hold wine glasses and, finally, a nice romantic surprise. The humor is so lighthearted, the show practically skips.

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