Played By: Melissa McCarthy
Just watching a few minutes of Mike and Molly makes it clear why Melissa McCarthy is a star. Even talented performers on the show, like McCarthy's co-star Billy Gardel, get bogged down in the broad, shtick-heavy patter written for them. For her part, McCarthy looks as comfortable as she did playing Sookie on the far better written Gilmore Girls.
Despite the superficial writing, she manages to keep her character grounded yet effervescent. Even when she's put in the familiar scenario of the under-appreciated dinner-preparing wife, she finds real human emotions and stakes where lesser actors would hide behind the show's rudimentary style.