10 Things I Hate About You Feeds the Teen Comedy Fire

I started watching 10 Things I Hate About You when it debuted in July because I loved the movie. I hoped desperately that it wouldn't ruin the original in typical spinoff fashion -- like how Joey ruined Friends. For Friends fans, watching Joey was torture, but not watching the show was against their principles. So I dutifully tuned in to 10 Things. Now, seven episodes in, it's gotten to the point where I actually want to watch this show not to keep comparing it to the 1999 teen comedy, but instead to see what happens to these great new characters.

They're different from their decade-old heartthrob counterparts: Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin) is both witty and materialistic; Kat (Lindsey Shaw) is both sharp and jaded; Cameron (Nicholas Braun) is both neurotic and sensitive; and Patrick (Ethan Peck) ... well, Ethan Peck is gorgeous, but you can't really say he's better than Heath Ledger. The point is, these characters have depth -- and the right kind of depth that's appropriate enough for a television show and interesting enough for a comedy series.

How cute is it that each episode is titled after a classic song? Episode 7, "Light My Fire," was about a fire. And it was also about speaking your mind and feeding the flames of romance. Clever, no?

So, a lot of "major" things happened in this one: Bianca finally used the ol' B-word on Chastity (Dana Davis), Kat finally admitted her feelings for Patrick (and let him kiss her!), and Mr. Stratford (Larry Miller) finally got around to actually flirting with someone. Let's break it down, shall we?

By calling out Chastity, Bianca did that thing that all popular minions really want to do. And, yes, ABC family actually kept the word "bitch" in there, as well as a feisty jab at Janice Dickinson. Chastity embodies everything that is bad about high school cliques -- the self-centeredness, the secrets, the judgment, the standards -- and Bianca's cookie-cutter Moment of Clarity was every bit as satisfying as all the other fictional teenage breaking points shown in movies and on TV. But more truthful was the fact that Chastity didn't really change her behavior after the showdown -- she stayed every bit as egotistical as the day we met her.

By letting her hormones take over, Kat came to that conclusion all independent women don't really want to come to. After a few good long stare at dreamboat Patrick and a "cat lady" accusation apiece from Bianca and a random old lady, she realizes that she kinda-sorta-maybe has a fat crush on him (and with good reason -- Peck's voice is mesmerizing!). She then follows him to the roof, they make out a little, and then they ruin it with a little miscommunication. Damn teenagers.

Mr. Stratford, meanwhile, is caught off-guard and bonds with Friend-of-Woman-in-Labor (of course -- he's a gynecologist) and they discuss online dating over a bottle of $500 liquid courage.

When you throw in references to Anderson Cooper and bondage gimps, you've got yourself one hell of an intriguing script and one hell of an interesting cast of characters. I'm staying with this one.

10 Things I Hate About You airs on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.

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I had not intended to watch it because I like the original movie and most adaptations (movie into TV series) suck, but after this acticle, I might watch one episode and see if it can amaze me.
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Yes the show is great, I as the Editor really feel it's very well written and very edgy in many ways. This show compared to other shows in ABC Family(The Secret Life...) is very good. Make It or Beak It is also in these category...
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I am actually liking the show so far... It will never be the movie, but it is a nice 30 minutes to reminence over the movie in a different way (if that even makes sense)
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i was very hesitant to watch the show because i loved the movie and because i thought that the show wouldn't do justice to the movie, but boy, i'm now hooked! i love everything about it except from the fact that it's only 20minutes. the characters have depth. i love Kat and... Ethan Peck! i can't wait for the next episode
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I absolutely adore this show and loveeeee Kat. I just wanted to check the 1st episode to compare it with the movie, but ended up hooked to every upcoming episode. I just hope that ABC realize that they have a great show, with great scripts and an even better cast so that they make the episode longer. Please ABC make them 40min episodes!!!!!!!!!!!!
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i totally agree. Although I think it was episode six that did it for me, since I was eagerly waiting for episode seven and actually looked up when it was going to be online. It's really starting to grow on me, and since watching the seventh episode i want to watch all the episodes again. I actually think I prefer Lindsay Shaw's Kat, although I prefer the movie Bianca still. I can't wait to see what happens next! I do wish that they were 40 minute episodes though, the episode always feel rushed and the ending is always abrupt.
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The only reason you can't say he's better than Heath Ledger is because he's dead.
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I have to say, I didn't think I would like it but I do. Its really clever and funny plus the cast is great, especially Kat.



How did Joey ruin Friends though? I mean Friends will always be good regardless of how Joey was.
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they adapted the movie so well, the changes they made were good and linday shaw does kat in spirit
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I love the show....I like that the each character is different from them in the movie.
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i absolutely love 10 thing! lindsay shaw has been awesome in all the roles ive watched her in but this is the best! the series is great and i hope abc family keeps it around, abc family has been popping out some great series but they also cancel many along the way. middleman and roomates to name a couple deserved a 2nd chance!
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