Are We Finished With Cougars?


Google, Bill Lawrence and health problems could spell the end of the cougar era.

Dammit all to Van Hellsing! The day of the cougar had just arrived, and already it's on shaky legs… or at least undergoing an evolution (if you believe in that stuff). As you likely know, a cougar is a woman approaching her middle years who dates a man at least ten years her junior. Many people have found the term "cougar" offensive, and have cited an immensely unfair double standard as older dudes (with money) seem to have their pick of the litter when it comes to mates.

The cougar—also known as the puma, mountain lion, panther or catamount—is the fiercest mammal in the state of Florida. The state of Florida, once my home, is an oddball collection of warmth-seeking dotagers, alligator farms, topless sunbathing foreigners, tax-weary millionaires, Disney-loving nutjobs and more middle-aged women wearing leopard print than you can shake a stick at. Did Florida's proud panther tradition beget the cougar phenomenon? Who knows, but the ABC sitcom Cougar Town does take place in the Sunshine State.

Though perhaps not for long.

Bill Lawrence, the creator of Cougar Town, tells the New York Post that the program will likely change titles as "they find too many instances of people saying they would never watch a show called Cougar Town—'I don't want to see some show about a 40-year-old woman nailing younger guys'…" He goes on to say that, on the flip side, people are interested in seeing a show with Courtney Cox, two other women, three dudes and their kooky love lives. So stay tuned for MILF Bay, Florida this fall.