TV Show Reviews
"Bunheads" review by Suzanne
Mondays on ABC Family
I loved the first episode of this series, but then they
killed off my favorite character in it, Hubbel. Then it was
just mostly women and girls on the show, for a long while.
Everyone on this show is very likable, and it's not at all a
realistic show. For one thing, the characters don't speak
like normal people. It's much more funny and rapid-paced,
like you might see on "Dawson's Creek", "The West Wing" or
"Gilmore Girls". The show is created and written by Amy
Sherman, who also did "Gilmore Girls" and "Roseanne", among
other shows. After a while, though, you do get used to the
way they talk, and it's very fun.
The other thing that's not very realistic is that most of
the show takes place in this very small town of Paradise,
California, that is supposed to be near Oxnard (just going
by what the characters say) and has a beach. Well, Paradise,
California, is up in the northern part of California (not
near the beach), and Oxnard is near Los Angeles, so they are
not close at all. And if the town is anywhere in the
Southern California area, which is seems to be, then their
jokes about being in a small town don't really work.
Southern California is nothing like, say, the midwest, or
the south. Small towns are not out in the middle of nowhere.
Everything, all of the towns and cities, are all very close
together until you either go way up north of San Francisco,
or way out in the desert, or up in the mountains. The
population is just one huge urban sprawl. So when they
are complaining about how the town has only one store or no
Starbucks or movie theater, not only is that very unlikely,
but they would just drive to where there is one, like the
next town over. Also, Californians think nothing of
driving all over the place, all the time, even in small
towns, so even if the town really was, say, an hour from any
other town, it would be no big deal. So clearly, the writers
have never lived in that part of Southern Califonia (I'm
from San Diego and lived for 8 years in Riverside, which is
East of L.A., so I do know).
After watching a few episodes, you do really get into the
story and how much fun it is. Most of the characters are
kooky and likable. The basic story is that Michelle, a Vegas
showgirl, gets drunk one night and marries this
kind-of-creepy guy, Hubbel (Alan Ruck, who is always
wonderful) who's always bugging her at the theater, bringing
her gifts and stuff. He takes her back to his home town, and
his mother, Fanny (Kelly Bishop) is an eccentric dance
teacher there. Right after Michelle and Hubbel have sex, he
gets hit by a car and dies, and Michelle is left there to
deal with that, and his mother, and her dance studio.
The whole cast is just great. Not only are they all
marvelous actors, but they dance beautifully, and Sutton
sings a lot, as well.
I just can't recommend this show enough. Make sure you
catch up online if you haven't watched it yet!
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