the talk cast 'The Talk': Let's talk ... what did you think?“The Talk” debuted Monday (Oct. 18) on CBS. It features a round-table of women who seem to be differentiating themselves (at least initially) from “The View” by focusing on being mothers and providing support for mothers across the country.

Executive Producer Sara Gilbert says this of the show’s concept, “I went to this second-time moms group … we started talking about parenting and then eventually we started talking about everything in the world and one day I just thought people across the country need this, this kind of support system.”

That’s all well and good, but the first episode got off to a bit of a shaky start.

]]>Christie Brinkley was the first guest and while she’s a lovely woman, she got put on the spot to give advice to moms and talk about cyber bullying and she seemed unprepared to actually talk about something serious on a talk show. The show moved on to discussing when it is appropriate to talk to your children about sex. Holly Robinson Peete was the lone voice of reason (Julie Chen seemed to abstain), but the rest of the ladies were proclaiming that using the proper names for sexual organs (“penis” and “vagina”) was “gross” and “disgusting.” Nevermind that a licensed sex therapist advised that parents do this so as to take away the stigma surrounding the body parts. The women were also acting like you shouldn’t even talk to your kids about sex — “they’ll hear about it from their friends.” Yes. That seems like excellent advice. That won’t lead to unplanned pregnancy or STDs at all. Kids should definitely get all their information from their friends. At the end, after much shouting on the part of Leah Remini about how “disgusting” everything is, Julie Chen suggests that they let schools teach the basics and then the parents can fill in the gaps. We think that was a cop-out, Chen-bot. Parents need to be involved. Frankly, we can’t believe this segment made it to air. It was uninformed yelling by people purporting themselves to be a “support group” for moms. Overall, we enjoyed Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert. But Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur were a bit grating — too loud, too ridiculous. We mean, can we please be adults about having the sex talk with our kids? If the four former women were the entire panel (plus various guests), we think the show would be much stronger. What did you think? Did you enjoy “The Talk”?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."