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review by Suzanne
Wednesday 9/8 c on The CW
Hellcats is about a young woman in Memphis who loses her college
scholarship. She joins the cheerleading squad in order to get a scholarship. The
girl, Marty, is a "townie" (meaning she grew up there) and has a background as a
gymnast. Her father died, and her mom is a needy drunk. Marty wants to become a
lawyer and move away (far away from her mother, who embarrasses her). She makes
fun of cheerleaders and thinks they are airheads, but she ends up changing her
For a show on The CW, about college, it is somewhat realistic. It's not a silly
farce like "Glee", although it does have some Glee-like moments when the
cheerleaders are dancing around. I have to say I did indeed enjoy the first
episode, even though I am probably not the target audience, being way too old.
At least they do show them practicing, and talking about practicing (unlike
Glee). I may be biased, though, since I was in choir but not a cheerleader. And
I will say that Glee is a much better show in most ways.
The show is probably a lot like Gossip Girls or Greek, for those of you who
watch those type of shows. It is not as good as The O.C., either, but it does
have a good cast and is fun to watch. The acting is not bad, even among the
younger people, and there are plenty of attractive people to watch, both male
I don't know why, but the episode I watched did not have
closed-captioning. Maybe it was just the local station I watch, but I hope it's
not a trend. Do they think that deaf people don't watch their shows? Let's
hope it was just a glitch. Also, the show does not film in Memphis, aside
from a few establishing shots. We hear occasionally about the ribs or barbecue,
but otherwise it could take place anywhere. Which is a shame because Memphis is
a really interesting, colorful place. At least "Memphis Beat" tries to make it
look like Memphis. This college could be anywhere.
Those few quibbles aside, I hope the show does well because it
tries really hard to be entertaining.
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