Is this show any good? Was channel surfing and stumbled upon a special episode highlighting the coming season. The clips are pretty funny. As a whole, is the show any good, or it just so-so with some funny moments scattered throughout?
Hot in Cleveland
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/29/2014|
It's very good - better than most network sitcoms.
3 superb comediennes: the brilliant Wendie Malick, the clever Jane Leeves, and Betty White (who's a little slower than we remember her, but she is 88), and Valerie Bertinelli doesn't embarrass herself too much.
And lots of hot guys as guests, incl. John Schneider and Robert Gant.
Definitely worth watching, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||12/27/2010|
Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves, respectively, play fat and old.%0D %0D Wendie Malick is brilliant, and Betty White is adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||12/27/2010|
Who wants to watch four old broads hanging around?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||12/27/2010|
It's a very old-school, 80s-style sitcom. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but not appointment TV either. Imagine the "Sex and the City" girls transplanted to the midwest with "The Golden Girls" Sophia thrown into the mix.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||12/27/2010|
And it's getting better. Most successful sitcoms of the past have taken a while to find their groove. Seinfeld, Raymond all teetered on the verge of cancellation until they hit their stride.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||12/27/2010|
Malick is hilarious as the aging soap star. She really makes the show.
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|by Anonymous||reply 8||12/27/2010|
It's really coming into its own now. The writing and characterizations have started to gel beautifully. And I disagree with the aforementioned negative comments about Bertinelli. She's a wonderful straightwoman and the glue with which the show is held together. And White was just nominated for a SAG award. I predict it will be huge in its second season. Appointment television.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||12/27/2010|
Maybe I am easily entertained, but I thought the one with Huey Lewis was hilarious. The scene in the hotel room had me laughing so hard my face hurt. He should do more cameos. The Lady Pants episode was also very funny.
Huey episode at link. FF to around the 4 minute mark.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||12/27/2010|
Watched the first season. Awful. These actresses deserve better.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||12/29/2010|
They are getting big names wanting to be on the show. Everyone wants to work with Betty. The show will probably not outlive Betty.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||12/29/2010|
Was just going to post that very thing, R10. Very funny episode. Huey was great as was Wendy.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||12/29/2010|
How is HiC faring?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/23/2012|
It is pretty good.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/23/2012|
Producers need to get their shit together and push Wendie for an Emmy. She is the shining star but all anyone sees in Betty, who I love but Wendy deserves it.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/23/2012|
Wendy is a vastly underrated (and underused) comedic actress. I do like the rest of the cast as well. No, it's not a groundbreaking sitcom, it's sort of old fashioned, but it's superior to a lot of crap that passes for comedy on major networks.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/23/2012|
I'm sorry, this show is for eldergays who stopped keeping track of pop culture in 1979.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/23/2012|
What about elder gays who continue to track pop culture [r18]?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/23/2012|
I've watched this show a few times, but never once actually laughed. It just seems corny & predictable to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/23/2012|
Valerie is adorable, and is good at setting up jokes.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/23/2012|
I can understand if people like it as a campy throwback, but anyone calling it brilliant is an idiot.
It's awful, hack comedy with piped-in laughs. If you watch Jay Leno every night, it's right up your alley.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/24/2012|
Most of the great sitcoms had a laugh track.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/24/2012|
it's actually taped before a live audience, although I'm sure there is some laugh track thrown in.
It's a good, funny show. They're all great actresses, but I agree with Malick's portrayal of Victoria. Emmy-worthy.
And, seriously, "Happily Divorced" is just as good. I've NEVER liked anything Drescher is in, but that is a funny show.
Great shows to record and watch at your convenience.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/24/2012|
It's a pretty funny show. I consider "Golden Girls" one of the best sitcoms of all time, and this show uses GG as a model. It comes close, but not as brilliant. Still a fun time though!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/24/2012|
[quote]I'm sorry, this show is for eldergays who stopped keeping track of pop culture in 1979.
Isn't there an rerun of "Whitney" you should be watching, instead of boring us?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/24/2012|
Is the term "eldergay" supposed to be some sort of insult? Because, you know, it' s not. It just shows that a poster who uses the term to be afraid of aging and a combination of ignorance and arrogance, a lethal mix.
Hot in Cleveland is hilarious. It's "comfort TV." It doesn't have any pretense about being "brilliant," it's just funny. And that is rare on television in 2012.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||10/24/2012|
I thought is was hilarious when Valerie was in the sexaholics anonymous meeting and the guy told her to take it "one day at a time" and she had a look on her face like "where have I heard that before?".
It's a fun, simple show that is a throwback to older sitcoms. But thats why it's enjoyable. I also like The Exes.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/24/2012|
I like that Victoria has a feud going with Susan Lucci which includes numerous short jokes when ever Lucci guest stars. I know she is not always the greatest dramatic actress, but Lucci seems to be game to spoof herself, and I think she has pretty good comedic timing. She and Mallick play well off of each other.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||10/24/2012|
The funniest episode was with Huey Lewis as an ex of Wendy Malick. He was quite adept at physical humor.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||10/24/2012|
Elder gay here to tell you that Golden Girls was great for comebacks and one liners, but was by no means brilliant, neither is HIC nor Fran Drescher's show. They're just fun to watch. Malik deserves an emmy for all the great work she has done through the years.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||10/24/2012|
[quote]Hot in Cleveland is hilarious. It's "comfort TV." It doesn't have any pretense about being "brilliant," it's just funny. And that is rare on television in 2012.
I like smart and funny at the same time.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||10/24/2012|
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Emmy, Victoria's daughter.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/14/2013|
I just watch because I enjoy seeing Betty White having those small strokes every taping with no one on the set noticing. It's great.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/14/2013|
Val's gained the weight back.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/29/2014|
With all the times Hollywood tried to do an American version of Ab Fab (official or unofficial), I'm surprised no one thought about casting Wendie Malick as an American version of Patsy.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/29/2014|
R35 Yep. I saw her on Dr. Oz the other day and I couldn't believe how chunky she's gotten. Looked old too.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/29/2014|