Reasons to Hate 10 Things I Hate About You

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As fans of the original movie we, here at TV.com, were sceptical before tuning our television sets to Fiver for last night's 10 Things I Hate About You. Though we'd read some good reviews from international critics we couldn't help but wonder if a spin-off sitcom of the popular 90s film--even if it was one based on Shakespeare--could be anything but a cheesy comedy jumping on the bandwagon a decade too late. We hoped we'd be wrong, but we weren't.

Of course, if you're into cheesy unsubtle comedy than this show could have something for you. Not us, mind. The show is full of American high-school cliches that, in our opinion, have already been done to death, and as a British viewer it's hard to relate to the student hierarchy system that sees cheerleaders rule a school where even the Head Teacher is under their thumb. You'd never get that on Waterloo Road or Grange Hill; our TV teachers are much tougher than that.

10 Things I Hate About You insults our intelligence too with its obvious, and thus unfunny, attempts at humour. There really is no need for its characters to think aloud every 5 minutes; a well-written script and subtle acting would have been much more effective (and much less annoying). Ask The Office's Ricky Gervais if you don't believe us.

It almost seems as if the show is a parody of how generic American teen dramas are becoming with its selfish-conniving-madam as the school's queen bee and the handsome-popular-but-dim quarterback as her unlucky lover. Almost, but not quite. You see it takes itself far too seriously to be granted such an easy escape and for that reason alone it's worth a laugh--for all the wrong reasons, you understand.

To its credit though, the series is reported to improve as it continues, and the voting on TV.com confirms this--the show's average scores shoot up from 8.7 (for the pilot) to an average of 9.4 for the rest of the season. We're not sold though, especially since its finale has been described as "frustrating and unrealistic". At least it has a good soundtrack.

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