Campus Ladies (01×01)

Campus Ladies is different, I’ll give it that, and the show is funny in an outlandish sort of way. Focusing on two middle-aged women, once recently lost her husband, the other recently caught hers with a women who “fulfils his needs” they set out to go back to college at the fictional Mid-West University.

The style of the series is modeled after the classic fish-out-of-water genre where the women learn the finer points of attending college including keggers, keg-stands, and Jell-O shots. Their adventures don’t end with alcohol though, as they are roped into a rather humorous contest to see who can use their condom first. They are up against their new found friends who manage to run out of luck and show how inept they are with women.

The highlight of both episodes that I was able to view was Barri (behind closed doors) getting it on with Anthony Anderson while Will Forte (of SNL fame) attempts to make a move on Joan, who’s looking for a nice guy.

Being billed as an improv-comedy makes an impact on the show, not always good though. There are times when I belted out laughing and others where the jokes fell pretty flat.

The show itself is interesting to watch because of the characters, who we’ve all seen here and there from past college films, including the annoying, whiny roommate who you just want to kill after about the first 30 seconds on screen.

The show seems to have the knack for brining in guest stars to fill out the cast at opportune times (the pilot features an appearance by Jane Kaczmarek), and the comedy is there, although so far only in bit-sized doses. Maybe a guy working at an entertainment website may not be the best to review a comedy aimed at women, but there’s nothing harmful in sitting down and watching a few episodes to see what the other half finds entertaining.

Written by Erich Becker
Thirty-something with a love of everything we cover here, and a few things we don't. Erich has run Entertainmentopia since the site's inception in 1999, countless redesigns, a few crashes, and a lot of media later, here you have it!