Hot in Cleveland

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 16, 2010 on TV LAND
8.1
out of 10
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90 votes
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Three best friends are on their dream trip to Paris, hit turbulence and the plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland.

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  • A traditional sitcom with a stellar ensemble that feels like a throw-back to some of the classics... and that's a good thing!

    8.0
    The much-anticipated premiere of Hot In Cleveland has finally aired, and I quite enjoyed it. It did have a bunch of cliched sitcom jokes, especially ones about age, but it was genuinely funny. While the plot of the pilot is far-fetched, it works well enough as a way to introduce the audience to the four leading ladies. Out of the four, Victoria and Joy stand out the most. Unfortunately, I'm not quite loving Melanie; it seems to me like Valerie Bertinelli is over-acting, which can come off as preachy and annoying. And then there's Betty White, who can do no wrong in my book. However, the character Elka is lacking substance. She had some terrific one-liners, but she comes off as too cynical and sarcastic. Hopefully the writers will flesh out the character to be more likable in the future. The best parts of the pilot were the commentaries comparing L.A. to Cleveland. Those comparisons were definitely the purpose of the pilot and it came across very well. Overall, it's a strong pilot with a great ensemble and a boat-load of potential!moreless
  • Betty White is hilarious, but the show is just mediocre.

    5.0
    Think of Desperate Housewives with less witty writing and no season long dramatic arcs and you get Hot in Cleveland. The show focuses on three middle aged women who crash in Cleveland and decide to stay there. You have three veteran actresses here, although Wendie Malick is far from her best. Malick has starred or guest starred on probably 100 shows, and she is always good for a few laughs, but her appeal has run its course.



    Jane Leeves, best known as Daphne on Frasier or Marla the virgin from Seinfeld, had several good lines here and I was quite surprised. She was never the sole reason for watching Frasier, but she definitely impressed me here.



    But as I mentioned, the star was Betty White who at 88 managed to deliver more hilarious lines in a half hour span than just about anyone on TV. She's more famous now than she has ever been, and it probably was warranted.



    Not a horrible start, but the show has a long way to go before I call myself a fan.moreless
  • Excellent pilot, great characters from our past. Will watch as long as it comes on. Future bright for this show.

    10
    A cast of some of the past most excellent stars and second bananas. Wendy Malack,Vallerie Bertinelli,Betty White and Jane reeves are 4 that are winners inb my book. A dream trip tp Paris isn't all that its cracked up to be with these four. Still very entertaining and as I have said I will watch it thill they cancel it or it just goes away. it had a great plot and a fine chemistry between players. I have waited for Valerie to have another series for years. Now it is here and I will fatefully be there for it. I recommend this.moreless
  • Pilot episode. Good set -up to the characters. A bit type-cast, but for a reason...

    9.5
    You might have thought a pilot would usually be slow because of the need to set a background, but Hot In Cleveland's pilot felt funny and well-paced, like the actors had known each other for years. This comfort between the cast helps to create a realism to the show that really draws you in. This pilot proves you do not need a big budget to make a great product. Overall I'm happy with Hot In Cleveland, but am interested in seeing if how they keep you drawn in. I hope for just one thing... that producer Sean Hayes does NOT cast himself on the show.moreless

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Joy: (about Melanie) She never checked in. Should we be worried?
      Victoria: No, it's Melanie. She never does anything crazy.
      (Melanie enters the room wearing Hank's Cleveland Indians shirt)
      Melanie: I'm moving to Cleveland!

    • (several men greet the ladies as they walk past)
      Joy: I feel young and hot! Like they're undressing me with their eyes and not finding Spanx! I haven't felt like a piece of meat in so long!
      Victoria: Wow. To think we spent all that time and effort and money trying to look ten years younger and ten pounds lighter, and all we had to do was crash-land in Cleveland.
      Melanie: Where all the men look like real men and the women look like real women!
      Victoria: And everyone's eating, and no one's ashamed.
      Joy: I'm going to order chili fries!

    • (all of the guys are staring at Melanie, Joy, and Victoria)
      Melanie: Why's everyone looking at us like that?
      Victoria: Now, I get recognized a lot, but this is... different.
      Joy: I remember that look. It's... (voice trembling) desire.
      Melanie: They're looking at us! In L.A., they look past us!

    • (After Melanie spends a night with Hank)
      Melanie: He said I was delicious!
      Joy: It's the chicken grease (licks her arm, girls look grossed out)

    • Melanie: (depressed) Well great my husband is engaged and we're in a Dive Bar in Cleveland
      Victoria: Well I Googled Cleveland and hammered and this is what came up
      (Gesture to bar then grimaces)
      Along with some very disturbing pictures of Drew Carey.

    • Realtor: (to Melanie) Now there just one thing about this place, that I should mention...
      (Elka walks into the room)
      Elka: Why are you renting to prostitutes?
      Realtor: (quickly drops keys in Melanie's hands) This is Elka, she lives in a cottage on the premises. Enjoy!

    • Melanie: (about Ex-husband) I haven't even been on a date yet, an he's taking his fiance to Paris, and she's so young! She's half my own age!
      Victoria: Well darling, that really isn't all that young.
      Melanie: My Fake age.
      Victoria: (dumbstruck) OH MY GOD SHE'S A CHILD!!!

    • Melanie: (comforting Joy) Would looking at cheap real estate cheer you up?
      Joy: No, but I can't stay here licking my wounds...although (starts licking her arms again)

    • Joy: I'm sweating chicken grease!(Licks herself apparently savoring the taste)

    • Joy: Don't you just hate any kid who flies first class?

    • Joy: Are your chili fries good?
      Bartender: Can LeBron James jump?
      Joy: Can who do what now?

    • Joy: Melanie, friends don't let friends move to Cleveland.

    • Elka: If you can escape from the Nazis you can handle anything.

    • Elka: Aren't you that girl from that show?
      Victoria: Yes, yes, are you a fan?
      Elka: No, I'm not. When it was canceled I said good riddance.

    • Joy: What's the deal with old ladies and tracksuits?
      Elka: It's simple. In your 20's you dress for men. In your 40's you dress for success. In your 80's you dress for the bathroom.

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