'Significant Mother' Series Premiere

Significant Mother: Did the New Cougar Comedy Leave You Hot or Bothered?

Josh Zuckerman tells TVLine that he’s completely dropped cucumbers from his diet, and if you tuned into Monday’s premiere of the new CW comedy Significant Mother, there’s a good chance you’re also planning to knock the vegetable off your personal food pyramid.

After all, it’s that very same vegetable Zuckerman’s Nate finds in his couch, shortly after returning home and discovering that his mom (The LA Complex‘s Krista Allen) and best friend/roommate (The OriginalsNathaniel Buzolic) have been getting physical in his absence. (I’ll let you connect the dots as to how the cucumber was employed, but I think we’re all on the same page here.)

What transpires is a hilariously awkward journey of understanding and acceptance from all sides; truthfully, Lydia and Jimmy (Allen and Buzolic) can’t seem to make any more sense of their relationship than Nate — not that he’s trying to make sense of it.

Jimmy attempts to reach his best friend through a game of Hop-and-Scotch — Zuckerman says he’s “pretty sure they made the game as they were filming” and that he’s “never met anyone who’s actually played it” — but it isn’t until a heart-to-heart with his crush, Sam (played by Emma Fitzpatrick), that Nate finally begins to accept his mom’s new relationship.

In the coming weeks, fans can look forward to a cougar-riffic appearance by Denise Richards (“Just another day at the office,” Zuckerman recalls), a lot more shirtlessness from Buzolic (“I got so used to walking around without clothes,” he tells TVLine, “that I’d go around set having deep conversations with people, not realizing I was in my underwear”) and the possibility of Nate coming around to his mom’s new romance (“He starts to accept this as his new normal, but there’s always going to be something new he has to learn how to handle,” adds Zuckerman).

But will you make the show your new normal? Grade the Significant Mother premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    I give it an F. Called it “significant cancellation”.

  2. Jackie says:

    I won’t ever dis something until I’ve watched it and from what I saw not much substance…did like the hopscotch part and the lady who called it at the end part…give her a contract …great comedic timing there!

  3. Roger says:

    I wanted to like this show…really, I did. But I was so disappointed with it. If you think such lines as; “Now hear this, from now on the veal better keep it’s dirty hands off the beef.”, are funny, then this show is for you! Otherwise, don’t bother. This show is BAD! B, A, D, BAD! There is one hot guy that, I think, is supposed to keep our interest, but he doesn’t. The so called “hot” guy is having an affair with his best friends Mom. Great premise, right. And original too. The execution of this show it very poor. Try to stay awake for the “hop-scotch” scene. It’s worse than bad.

  4. cadycakes says:

    I really love Nathaniel Buzolic, but I do think he needs to stick with drama. But it’s also not his fault that the direction and jokes/writing were so bad.

  5. ScottJ says:

    Funniest American comedy I’ve seen since Man Seeking Woman. And I loved all the outdoor scenes. I’m sick of boring sound-stage sitcoms that are practically identical every week.

  6. AddieM says:

    The mother is very unlikable, same with Jimmy… Nate is ok but the best character was the dad. His scenes were hilarious. I really wanted to like this show but I was very bored. Will give it another try

    • DJR says:

      I thought the exact opposite…the scenes with the dad were the worst part of the entire episode. To each his own…

  7. c-mo says:

    The show is all kinds of wrong and icky but it’s silly funny and not snooty funny…it’s a typical CW show. Since after next week I won’t have anything that conflicts with it, I’ll probably watch until it’s over.

  8. tallsy says:

    I have no idea whether the cast is any good. The writing is so terrible. Only Silverman elevates the material. I don’t like to judge pilots too harshly but it would take a miracle for this to get much better.

    • Tracey says:

      The writing is terrible but unfortunately the cast is also terrible. I’ve seen Nathaniel Buzolic (the guy who plays Jimmy) in other things and his acting is certainly not any better in those.

    • cadycakes says:

      I agree. Silverman brings some charm. I actually like Nathaniel as Kol on Vampire Diaries/The Originals (he plays the dark/creepy/playful/confident type well actually.) But I think he’s the weakest link in this show. He feels like a miscast, but the writing in Significant Mother is terrible and the jokes are forced. Both him and Krista are really overacting.

  9. JP says:

    This is a good summer watch. Think people are being picky. It’s not for everyone, you have to enjoy awkward off color adult comedy, but if you do, this definitely is good enough to try and will likely make you laugh.

  10. 5654funny says:

    This show is good I love it I already dvr it if you do not like this show watch something else I give it A Amazing

  11. MeL says:

    oh. Suddenly, ‘love’ is no longer a ‘winner’ in this type of relationship? Ok. ;D

  12. Kris says:

    I thought it was ok. Will tive the second ep another shot… But has Krista Allen’s voice always been like that?? I only remember her from her guest role on Smallville.

  13. tayslick says:

    I disagree with a lot of negative reactions of the show with
    I enjoyed it and thought it was cool.

  14. Feinx says:

    the only funny guy in this show to me is the father. Nate is ok, and i kinda like that farmer guy, sorry i’m not sure his name. i do like that vampire dude, because he’s the eye candy for the show, but his acting might be the worst. And hey that girl can sing, i kinda like her scene with nate, that farmer guy and the baloon hat stuff. so cute. overall, i like the show.

  15. Ashley says:

    Considering Krista Allens talent as a pornstar, this isn’t that much of a stretch for her.