The Cougar

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season
  • 2.3  (153)

The Cougar is a reality dating show that aired on TV Land in 2009. The show starred actress Vivica A. Fox as the titular 'cougar', a mature woman who was looking to date younger men. She was assisted in her quest by two matchmakers, Jimmy Heck and Stacey Anderson.

Each episode featured Fox going on dates with several younger men, all vying for her affection. The men were selected by the matchmakers based on their compatibility with Fox, as well as their personalities and interests. Throughout the show, viewers got an inside look into Fox's dating life as she tried to navigate the ups and downs of finding love.

The Cougar went beyond the typical dating show formula by taking a closer look at the cultural norms and biases that surround relationships between older women and younger men. The show tackled issues such as ageism, sexism, and double standards head-on, showcasing the ways in which societal expectations often hold women back from pursuing the relationships they desire.

The Cougar was also notable for its positive portrayal of older women, who are often overlooked or maligned in popular media. Fox, who was in her early 40s at the time, was portrayed as confident, intelligent, and desirable – all traits that are too often associated with younger women. The show celebrated Fox's beauty and charisma, proving that women can be just as alluring in their 40s as they were in their 20s.

Despite its progressive approach, The Cougar was not without controversy. Some critics felt that the show perpetuated negative stereotypes about older women and reduced their value to their sexual desirability. Others argued that the show was exploitative, using Fox's celebrity status to draw in viewers while subjecting her to public scrutiny and judgment.

Despite these criticisms, The Cougar was a popular show for TV Land, drawing in a devoted audience and generating buzz online. It was ultimately cancelled after just one season, but its impact on the cultural conversation around age, gender, and relationships cannot be ignored. The Cougar challenged viewers to rethink their assumptions about what makes a successful romantic connection, and paved the way for other shows to follow in its footsteps.

Overall, The Cougar was a groundbreaking show that tackled important issues in a fresh and innovative way. By giving older women a platform to showcase their desirability and sensuality, the show challenged long-held stereotypes and opened up new possibilities for people of all ages and genders. With its mix of drama, humor, and romance, The Cougar was a must-watch show for anyone interested in the changing landscape of love and relationships in the 21st century.

The Cougar is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on April 15, 2009.

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The Last Kiss?
8. The Last Kiss?
June 3, 2009
The two finalists meet Stacey's kids and win them over. After romantic final dates, Stacey sends one guy home in tears. The last man standing then drops to his knees to propose. Will Stacey accept, or will the pressure prove too great for the Cougar?
Vegas Nights
7. Vegas Nights
May 27, 2009
The finalists head to Las Vegas with Stacey for a series of exciting and intimate dates.
Meet the Families
6. Meet the Families
May 20, 2009
The show nears it's end and Stacy feels it's time she meets the remaining boy's families. But are they ready for the Cougar?
The Claws Come Out
5. The Claws Come Out
May 13, 2009
Each guy must give Stacey a kiss on the lips. Stacey then has to determine who is the best kisser out of the group.
Truth and Consequences
4. Truth and Consequences
May 6, 2009
The boys have to reveal their deepest, darkest secrets to Stacey.
Men Versus Boys
3. Men Versus Boys
April 29, 2009
The guys compete in a talent contest, where the winners will receive a date with Stacey. Next, each will be required to buy her an evening gown and the one she chooses will be the winner of a one-on-one date with Stacey.
40 Years Young
2. 40 Years Young
April 22, 2009
Stacey makes the move into the mansion with the remaining boys, who are challenged to create an exercise routine for her. Later, the guys each try to pick out an ideal birthday gift for Stacey, which the winner will receive a one-on-one date with her to help her celebrate.
Meet the Cougar
1. Meet the Cougar
April 15, 2009
A group of 20 men under the age of 30 vie for the affection of a 40-year old mother of 4 from Arizona.
Where to Watch The Cougar
The Cougar is available for streaming on the TV Land website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Cougar on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 15, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    2.3  (153)