The first season of the television comedy series Mike & Molly aired between September 20, 2010 and May 16, 2011, on CBS in the United States. The season was produced by Chuck Lorre Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with series creator Mark Roberts serving as executive producer along with Chuck Lorre, James Burrows and Don Foster.
The series focuses on the title characters Mike Biggs and Molly Flynn, a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting in Chicago, Illinois. After Molly, a primary-school teacher, invites police officer Mike to give a talk to her class, they begin dating. Molly lives at home with her mother Joyce, and sister Victoria. Joyce is in an on-off relationship with widower Vince Moranto, who is often seen at the house. Mike lives alone in an apartment but is regularly kept company by his best friend and partner in the police force Carl McMillan. Other prominent characters in the series include Carl's grandmother Rosetta; Mike's mother Peggy and cafe worker Samuel. Season one of Mike & Molly consisted of 24 episodes and aired Mondays in the United States at 9.30 p.m. until April 11, 2011, with the final three episodes airing at 9.00 p.m.
Mike, a Chicago police officer, discusses his how he's struggling with a new diet with his partner, Carl. Meanwhile Molly, works hard exercising, but gets frustrated when her mother and sister eat chocolate cake in front of her. They meet an Overeater's Anonymous meeting and while clearly there's an attraction, Mike doesn't ask Molly out. Instead, she asks him to speak to her class about being a policeman. After several attempts to ask out Molly, Mike finally gets his chance when he and Carl respond to a burglary call at Molly’s house. Though not the best timing, he asks her on a date and she says yes.
While Mike goes shopping with Carl for his first date with Molly, Molly is worried because she's getting a cold. She doesn't want to cancel so her mother gives her some cough syrup. Unfortunately, after downing a large dose, she tells Molly that it has codeine in it. Molly passes out while getting dressed, and her sister slips a diet pill down her throat, allowing Molly to rally a little. However, during the date, Molly is both dozy and wired and ends up passed out in the toilet. Ever-chivalrous, Mike takes her home and suggests they have a "do-over" for their first date. When Carl presses Mike, he tells him that the date was a disaster but he’s going to marry her.
Mike takes Molly bowling on their date because it's where he really shines. Unfortunately, despite not being a bowler, Molly beats him, and then makes him uncomfortable because she speaks German and recites poetry with Sammy in the diner. Mike drops her off and quickly heads out, showing up at Carl's house. Carl's grandmother tells Mike he shouldn't be afraid of dating a smart woman and Mike realizes he's been a jerk. Meanwhile, Molly is at home, upset with everyone because she knows her date didn't go well and her sister is getting all the attention. When Mike shows up to apologize, he walks into the middle of a crisis with Victoria, who's just been dumped by her married boyfriend and wants to go hurt him. Mike defuses the situation and asks Molly out again. This time, when she beats him at bowling, Mike decided to kiss Molly in an effort to "turn things around".
Molly takes it personally when Mike won’t come inside to say goodnight. She makes excuses to Mike when he asks her out again and when she unexpectedly sees him at an OA meeting, she bolts out of the building and runs away. When Mike finally catches up with her, she tells him she doesn't want to see him again. Feeling rejected, Mike joins Samuel and Carl at the bar. The three get drunk and take a cab to strip club, however along the way, Mike realizes that Carl was right -- he was nervous about Molly seeing him naked. Mike, Carl, Samuel and Ndugo the cab driver, go to Molly's to help Mike win Molly back. Since Molly won't see Mike, they find a ladder and he climbs up to her bedroom window serenading her. Unfortunately, when he climbs in, he gets stuck. The boys help Mike get through the window and since they're too drunk to do anything more, they end up sleeping on Molly's floor.
Carl starts to get jealous because Mike is so smitten with Molly that it’s all he talks about, but the final straw for him is when Molly joins them for lunch. Mike suggests to Molly that they find someone for Carl, so they can double date, but the only person they can think of is Victoria. Mike goes to Carl's to invite him, but he's a little reluctant, until his grandmother goads him into joining. The date is going really well and Victoria and Carl seem to be hitting it off, until they see Michael Jordan (we don't see him). Mike drops off Molly and is going to take Carl home to console him because Victoria disappeared, but Molly says if he comes back, he'll get lucky. Mike drops off Carl and returns to Molly; however Joyce conks him on the head, having mistaken him for a burglar.
With Carl and Samuel's help, Mike plans his first romantic evening for himself and Molly at his apartment. Meanwhile Victoria and her mother help Molly prepare for the evening, including updating her on the latest trends in waxing. Though a little awkward at first, with the possibility of them sleeping with each other for the first time, Mike and Molly start to get past that, when Mike's mother calls. She then fakes heart failure, prompting Mike to drop everything and race to his mother's side. Molly joins him and it's not a great introduction. It's clear to Molly that Mike's mother is trying to get rid of Molly, but Mike doesn't see it. Finally they return to Mike's apartment and start to get cozy when Mike's mother calls again. As his mother complains on the answering machine, Molly gives Mike a choice: pick up the phone or come to bed. Mike makes the right choice and heads for the bedroom. They wake up the next morning having had a wonderful night together.
Mike and Molly have spent the rest of the weekend together and neither one of them wants it to end, but Molly, trying to be grounded decides its time to go home. Mike stops off at Carl’s, over the moon with the weekend he had, and gets conflicting dating advice from Carl and his grandmother. The next day, he shows up at Molly’s school with balloons and a stuffed animal and while Molly is polite, she’s at work and he needs to leave. Mike worries to Carl & Samuel that he’s coming on too strong. Meanwhile, Molly talks to her OA group about how she’s being aloof because she doesn’t want to blow it; she’s gone too fast in the past and worries that she will again this time. Mike then has dinner with his unsupportive mother, who talks about all of Mike’s dating disasters in the past. Feeling discouraged, Mike heads home and lights up again when he sees Molly waiting for him.
It’s a couple of weeks later, Mike & Molly have been spending every other night with each other, but Molly has been doing all the sacrificing, because she’s always over at Mike’s. The show opens with a scene of Molly trying to get ready in Mike’s bathroom and she’s forgotten her hair dryer. Molly is getting tired of the situation for numerous reasons, and frustrated because Joyce and Victoria have been letting things slide with Molly not there (it’s a little messy, bills aren’t being paid, etc). Molly discusses with Mike, saying his mattress is lumpy, she’s living out of a suitcase, etc. so Mike decides to go mattress shopping with Carl. This upsets Molly further because she wasn’t upset about the mattress as much as she was about the rest of the situation and Mike didn’t seem to hear her; plus he bought the mattress with Carl and not with her. They decide that Mike will now spend the night at Molly’s. Just as they’re settling in, the power goes out because the electric bill hasn’t been paid. The episode will end with a scene parallel to the opening of Mike trying to get ready amongst the lady’s accoutrement.
Molly buys Mike a new pair of cowboy boots and he's thrilled. Buoyed with confidence, he's particularly charming during his "share" at an OA meeting and an attractive woman flirts with him. Then Mike introduces Molly as his “friend”. Molly’s not very happy, and for the first time, they decide to not spend Friday night together. Instead, Mike hangs out with Nana and Carl; Molly spends the night with her sister and ends up doing things she might not otherwise do. Mike tells Nana that he’s in love with Molly and Molly tells sister the same. Mike goes to Molly’s house but unfortunately neither can say those words to each other. Left unsaid, they manage to say it to each other in other ways.
Mike and Molly go to Mike’s mom’s house for Sunday dinner. Molly doesn’t want to go in because she knows his mom doesn’t like her. When they finally go in, dinner is going as you’d expect, though Peggy gives Molly an ugly hat and invites them for Thanksgiving dinner. Mike doesn’t want to so he says he’s spending Thanksgiving with Molly’s family. Molly’s family doesn’t do Thanksgiving, so she’s taken aback by this, and ends up inviting Peggy. It’s Mike and Molly’s first time having to plan something together and there’s complications to everything, e.g., Joyce had planned to go to an Indian casino with Vince, but now has to cancel their plans; Mike invites Carl and Nana, then Samuel and his five roommates. It’s a large table and Peggy ends up saving the day in the preparations with Molly. They have a little bonding moment that ends abruptly when Nana shows up wearing the hat she gave Molly. Tag is seeing the Thanksgiving dinner from under the table as Jim goes from person to person for food.
Mike and Molly come home from dinner at Medieval Times, open the door and find Carl has brought a woman to Mike’s apartment (Mike gave him an extra key years ago). Molly doesn’t like that Mike did this, so they end up going to Molly’s where they find Joyce, upset because she thinks Vince is breaking up with her. Molly has papers to grade so Mike ends up getting embroiled in the drama of house, but out of this, he ends up bonding with Joyce and Victoria and becoming a true part of the household. When Mike sees Carl again, Carl tells him that he’s going to break up with the woman he’s been fooling around with. Strangely, Mike doesn’t like what Carl says and lectures him on treating women with respect – it’s clear Mike is becoming feminized by Molly’s family. In the end, Mike ends up intervening with Joyce and Vince and tyring to help Victoria, fully embracing his new role in the family.
Mike and Molly are both looking the perfect gift for each other for their first Christmas together. Molly is a great gift-giver and has deftly picked up the hint that Mike wants a bomber jacket so that's what she buys him. Mike, on the other hand, is clueless, and seems incapable of hearing any of Molly's hints. Furthermore, he doesn't want to send the wrong message (e.g., jewelry sets the bar too high). Despite Carl's help, Mike can't find the right gift and ends up buying a bomber jacket for himself. Now Molly has to buy him a new gift at the last minute and she's very stressed. Mike, on the other hand, has no idea what to get Molly until he talks to Samuel. Samuel reassures Mike that his love for Molly is the greatest gift he can give. At Mike's mother's house, they exchange gifts -- Molly got Mike an X-box, which he loves and Mike got Molly an expensive diamond bracelet. Molly loves the bracelet but knows Mike can't afford it. As they fight about taking it back, they both end up saying "I love you" for the first time. It really is the best gift of all.
Mike is starting to feel ill, but he has plans to take Molly to the opera so won't admit it. At intermission, however, his fever has spiked, so Molly insists on taking him home. He doesn't want Molly to see him feeling gross so he insists he's fine. Instead, Carl calls Mike’s mother to come over and look after him and we see all of Peggy’s home remedies in action. Molly stops by after work to check in on Mike, but it’s a showdown between Peggy and Molly. Peggy decides to let Molly take over but sends her to the drugstore to pick up supplies. It was a ruse and when Molly leaves, she puts Mike in her car to take him home. Molly figures it out and shows up at Peggy’s house. Molly decides to make nice with Peggy, only to then take Mike home with her. And so on...
Molly worries that her relationship with Mike has gotten a little too comfortable as he'd rather eat her homemade soup and watch TV than go out. Molly also worries about Joyce’s relationship with Vince – it seems to be hotter than ever and she doesn’t want her mother to get hurt. Vince tries to get on Molly’s good side by offering Mike two courtside Bulls tickets. Mike is desperate to go, and wants to cancels plans he made with Molly. Carl initially supports Molly’s position with Mike, until he finds out there’s an extra ticket. In the end, Vince, Mike and Carl go to the game in a limo and have a fabulous time. Vince asks Mike to put in a good word for him and Mike tells Vince Molly’s concerned that Vince’s intentions aren’t honorable. While they’re at the game, Joyce tells Molly to not be worried about her and Vince; they’re having fun together and Molly should be happy about that. When the boys return home, Mike and Molly apologize to each other and Vince gets down on his knee to propose to Joyce. Joyce accepts.
Peggy is going in for gallbladder surgery and is putting her affairs in order. Surprisingly, she asks Molly to take care of Jim. She then tells Mike that should things go wrong, she has a burial plot, and there’s a space for Mike beside her for when he passes. Mike says that he doesn’t know if he’ll need that since his intention is to be buried next to Molly. This throws Molly for a loop because she doesn’t think they’re ready to be talking about being buried together (they barely have keys to each other’s places). Mike interprets Molly’s reaction as cold feet. In the end, Peggy takes Molly’s side and reassures her son that Molly is great, but her hesitation in talking about being buried together isn’t a bad sign.
Mike is so excited about having someone to celebrate Valentine's Day with; he's going overboard with the planning. His plan is: a nice dinner at her favorite restaurant, a carriage ride around the lake and her favorite cake from her favorite bakery. When he goes to the bakery, he meets the handsome owner/baker who tells Mike he used to be engaged to Molly. This upsets Mike because he didn't know she'd been engaged; its seems like a pretty big piece of her history she didn't tell him. Carl's grandmother tells Mike he's being ridiculous and he needs to make up with Molly. Turns out, the engagement got cancelled because the baker realized he was gay and Molly was embarrassed to tell Mike.
Molly's frustration with the fact that she and Mike never go out gets amplified when Vince says to Joyce on their way out for a date that M&M are like an "old married couple". Since Mike doesn't take the initiative to make a date, Molly decides to go out with Victoria. Based on Carl's advice, Mike shows up at Molly's house with take out food, in an effort to "wine and dine" her without leaving the house. Unfortunately, Molly's out and Mike catches Vince and Joyce having sex on the stairs. He then goes to Carl's where he learns Carl is out and his grandmother is enjoying the private company of Brother Haywood. He ends up at Peggy's house where Peggy tells him how she and her husband never got up off the couch and it hits Mike that if he doesn't want to turn into his parents, he has to put in more effort. He finds Molly and Victoria dancing at a gay club; he apologizes to her and they enjoy a night on the town.
Mike and Carl are exhausted and starting to get on each other’s nerves after pulling a number of double shifts helping out because of all the snow Chicago has been getting. Aware of Mike’s frustration, Molly suggests a little one-night getaway where the two of them spend the night at the Drake Hotel. Mike agrees but this causes a big fight with Carl—Carl wants the shifts because he’s saving for Fantasy Baseball Camp and he can’t do them if Mike won’t. Even at the beautiful Drake hotel, all Mike does is complain about Carl so Molly decides to leave and go over to Grandma's house. The two women share some private jokes about Mike and Carl and ultimately, Carl leaves to confront Mike for sending over his girlfriend to fight his battles. Carl and Mike resolve their differences and when Molly returns to the hotel, Carl and Mike are in bed watching TV.
Mike and Molly are at Peggy's house for dinner and Molly doesn’t understand why Peggy is being extra nice to her. She gets really nervous when Peggy invites Molly to lunch the next day. At the lunch, Molly learns that Peggy has a date for the first time since Mike's dad left. Peggy doesn’t have a lot of lady friends to discuss this with and needs help getting ready; she's also not sure how Mike will take it. Molly tells Mike about the date and at first he's happy for his mom. Then, he talks to Samuel and Carl and they tell him stories about how Viagra has changed the dating world for older women and Mike isn't so sure he wants his mom to be dating. Peggy goes to Molly's house to get ready where Joyce and Victoria also help out. Just as Peggy's about to leave for the date, Peggy freaks out. Molly reassures her and Peggy decides to go out. Mike and the boys stake out Peggy's house until she's home safe and sound, however, Mike freaks a little when a second car pulls in her driveway.
Mike confesses to his OA meeting that while he's been doing pretty well, he's got a big food challenge coming up – Cubbies opening day. Plus, it's tradition that he and Carl go every year, but this year he kind of wants to bring Molly. He talks to Molly about it, and she's very understanding and tells him to have a good time. She gets it because her dad used to take her to baseball games every year and it was always really special. Because of this, Mike decides he has to bring her, but he can only get an extra seat in the bleachers, so they have to take turns. During the game, they each have a little epiphany on the issue they're dealing with: Molly and the loss of her father; Carl and his father; and Mike with his eating. There's even a guy in the bleachers who ends up at an OA meeting because of our gang.
Carl and Mike are at Abe's where they overhear Samuel fighting with Abe. One of Samuel's roommates moved out and they can't afford their apartment if Samuel doesn't get a raise. Abe has a hot young wife and says he can't afford to give Samuel a raise. When Samuel loses his place, Mike offers to let him stay at his place since he's always at Molly's. Samuel moves in and sleeps on the couch, but Molly suggests Mike let him sleep on the bed. Mike can't wrap his head around the idea because it means taking away his emergency escape hatch. Small relationship disagreement where Mike says he's not ready to give up his place, but Molly counters with not being ready either. Meanwhile, Samuel has redecorated Mike's place which pushes Mike even further. Finally, Mike pays Abe $20/week under the table so Abe can give Samuel a raise so he can get another apartment.
Joyce is going to her high school reunion and is excited to have her "younger man" fiancé, Vince, on her arm. The idea of going to a reunion for an academic institution has Vince nervous; he confides to Mike that he never graduated from high school and he's insecure about it. Mike along with Carl and Samuel, agree to help Vince study for his GED, and Mike promises to keep this a secret from Molly so Joyce doesn't find out. With Vince being gone all the time, Molly starts to suspect that he's cheating on her mother, and when she confronts Mike, he tells her what's really going on. In the end, the guys are terrible tutors and Molly helps Vince get his GED.
Mike & Molly are on a diet, but as they're trying to diet, but end up getting caught up in Victoria's life – Victoria is panicked because she's about to turn 30 and is having an existential crisis (wait til she turns 40). One by one, they each go to try and talk Victoria out of her room, but each person ends up making it worse. Finally Victoria decides that maybe she needs to get religion, so Carl invites her to his church. The show ends with a big gospel number with Carl and Grandma singing and Victoria joining in.
Mike and Molly are having dinner with Peggy and her new boyfriend. He asks Mike and Molly if there are wedding bells in their future and Mike surprises Molly when he says they're not ready for that kind of question. Molly's confused by his response because clearly they aren't on the same page. They respectively seek solace in their friends and family and Mike realizes he is ready. The show ends the season with Mike proposing.