Hot in Cleveland

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 by Travis Cody in

I just finished reading this review of Hot in Cleveland, written by Craig Berman for's entertainment section.  He likes the show!


The premier was the highest rated program in the history of TV Land, with an estimated 4.8 million viewers.


Mr Berman calls it not just "The Best Show You’re Not Watching, but rather The Best Show That’s Really Easy To Miss."


And, he said the show has been picked up for a second season!


Pam and I love the program.  The dialog has a rhythm and a cadence you don't often get with most network sitcoms.  It isn't about getting through the joke to the punchline and the canned laughter.  

Valerie Bertinelli, Wendy Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White all have superb comedic timing.  Nothing they do or say seems forced.  Some of the interplay between them feels like it's right off the cuff...things friends say to each other every day.  When you have a cast with that kind of ability, you write scenes for them...not jokes.

I'll admit that I started watching the program because of my crush on Valerie.  But now it's more than that.  Pam loves it because it's not a weekly joke about women dealing with getting older.  It's about strong female characters living their lives and discovering they are in charge of their desires, and nothing is out of reach simply because every day they live is on the far side of 40.

I like the show because I live with a strong woman who never let anyone tell her she can't have or do something simply because she's female.  I was raised by women like that.  And I like seeing them on TV.

If you know and love women like that, or if you are a woman like that, do yourself a favor and find Hot in Cleveland on TV Land, every Wednesday at 10pm. 


  1. Barb says:

    I LOVE this show! I had no doubt they'd pick it up for another season!

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Never having seen it I can't comment on the show but it's great when a favourite gets another season. :)

  1. Perhap predictibly, I've never even heard of this show.

  1. Mr. Travis: I didn't think I would read your entire post because I don't have cable and wouldn't be able to see the show. However, I read your full post and I am giving you a STANDING OVATION for your attitude toward strong women. Thanks billion for appreciating that quality and for stating it. I respect that a lot.

  1. 'When you have a cast with that kind of ability, you write scenes for them...not jokes.'

    Amen, brother.

  1. Betty White brings back memories of cheeseCAKE and ice cream!! Never saw this show but I will be looking out for it!

  1. Linda says:

    I've not seen it but based on your esteemed recommendation, I may have to give it a go.

  1. I have enjoyed it greatly. I watched the first time to support your love of Valerie, but now it is set on the TiVo in the bedroom.

    At least once per show I find myself cracking up out loud..glad they picked it up

  1. Barb: A full 20 more episodes, beginning next January!

    Akelamalu: I love it when the shows I like get good reviews and results.

    Charles: No worries.

    GGG: Without strong women, there's no way I'd be who I am.

    Julia: I'm so glad that no one associated with the show seems to be wasting the opportunity.

    AMTG: Most are calling it Ms White's show. I call it Valerie's!

    Linda: I think you would enjoy it.

    V: Us too! There are some bust out funny moments.

  1. Rick says:

    I don't watch TV much, but this sounds really good. Especially Valerie Bertinelli.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Haven't seen it yet, but I need to give it a try.

  1. Debra says:

    I haven't had a chance to watch this yet but I'll sure try to see it soon.

    Funny...I just wrote about strong women on my blog!

  1. Julie says:

    Betty White? **gasps**

  1. I've heard this is a good show. I never seem to see it on in our area, though...