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Look, I'm a 22-year-old male, not exactly this show's target audience.
I only caught it because I was watching the hilarious train wreck that
is The Secret Life of the American Teenager (god what an awful show).
I was expecting more of the same from Bunheads (I have to echo everyone else's sentiments here: that title is terrible). Instead, I found myself totally engrossed. Sutton Foster is an incredible find -- bundles of charisma, great comedic timing and the ability to pull off the dramatic stuff without being cheesy. The conflict between her and Fanny is well pitched and comedic and should carry the show far. The teens are all great actors considering their age and the fact that this is ABC Family, and have a cute camaraderie that will be fertile ground for drama later on (you can see the writers already laying the foundation for this).
The best part, though, is the show's humor. Michelle name drops Kirsten Wiig and it's a good comparison -- manic, physical but always with intelligence and heart. The writing obviously never reaches the heights (or the grossness) of Bridesmaids, but Bunheads is honestly funnier than any network comedy not airing on NBC.
If you liked Gilmore Girls, or want a family comedy-drama, or are just bored on a Monday night, I highly recommend checking out Bunheads. Even if you're a twenty-something guy...
Most pilots aren't great, but when they are, you know that you have
something special. Such is the case with Bunheads. While the title
leaves much to be desired, the plot and characters, not to mention the
acting fulfills a need for something witty and possibly touching.
After just one episode, you get a great sense of the story and who the characters are. After watching the pilot, you will want to see what happens next.
Michelle is a professional dancer whose career has taken a dip in recent years, and fails to amaze at yet another audition. Feeling low on herself and her lackluster life, she decides to marry a kind admirer.
Upon arrival at his small town, Michelle meets his mother, a dance instructor. After butting heads at first, they discover a common ground and seem to get along.
The ballet students seem to cover a great variety of what one might expect. The thin waif who has ease and skill with dancing, but not the motivation, a girl who wishes more than anything to be more graceful than her body type will allow, and another whose larger bust proves difficult (a challenge for any dancer.)
The final moments of the first episode set up the direction for which the show will take, and leave the viewer with chills.
I found it quirky and smart and I cannot wait for what lies ahead with this series.
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This is my first IMDb review, and well worth it, because after only watching the first episode, I have to say I love this show! It actually kind of inspired me to wanna take ballet and dance classes. I've watched the pilot episode three times now before the second episode aired. It's that good! Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop have great chemistry, I have to say, Sutton Foster, who is normally a HUGE two time Tony Award winner, makes a great TV debut with a very strong character, and after watching the pilot episode three times I notice and catch more good parts in it. The pilot has a lot of good one liners! It's very funny. And the pilot has a shocking twist that might bring this series to a different but interesting place, I will still watch it. A lot of people are comparing this show to Gilmore Girls because the woman who created Gilmore Girls created this show, as well as Kelly Bishop playing a mother. I've only seen Gilmore Girls a few times, I didn't really get into it, but I have to say I'm into this show! I cant wait for more episodes! I hope ABC Family keeps this show on the air for a long time! My one complaint is to ABC Family, whose cable company is only Direct TV. I think more people would be able to watch this show if you would put it on a normal cable channel. I have to watch Bunheads online, so that might affect your ratings sadly. That is all.
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Yes-- 'Bunheads' is a repeat of Gilmore Girls, but with ballet dancers.
I firmly believe that the conversation around casting Michelle went as
follows: find someone who looks and acts exactly like Lauren Graham,
but who can dance. Enter Sutton Foster-- the perfect Lorelia
substitute. She's got the 'Gilmore' tempo down cold. It's almost like
her only acting direction was to mimic Lauren Graham, from the
inflections to the facial expressions. However-- as someone who loved
'Gilmore', this is not necessarily a bad thing. If you loved 'Gilmore'
for it's quick pace, amazing whit, and sarcastic tone, this fills the
Even better is the fact that it features ballet. I've been a dancer all of my life and what I love about this show as compared to all of the other dance 'things' out there is that the girls are real. Not only are they real dancers, but they talk and act like real dancers. I always feel like no one ever gets the 'dancer' character right, but somehow, Amy has done it. I'm only a couple of years younger than Michelle and the transition that she's beginning to go through--almost too old to dance, but not ready to let it go--thinking teaching is the end--is something that is very real and very difficult, and I love how it's being portrayed.
Kelly Bishop, as always is incredible. She has taken the stereo-type of the 'ballet mistress', but has added heart and genuine love for her girls. While the banter between Fanny and Michelle is reflective of Lorelia and Emily, this relationship doesn't have the baggage of the Gilmores--Michelle has made the choice to stay with Fanny and doesn't seem to be treating her as an obligation or something she is constantly trying to escape (at least not yet). I'm anxious to see how their friendship continues to build.
To sum it up: if you loved Emily and Lorelai, Stars Hallow, and the fast paced smart referenced chatter of Gilmore, you will love Bunheads!
With Amy Palladino and Kelly Bishop at the helm, you have a good chance that your ship is going in the right direction. Bring on the talented Sutton Foster and sail away. While the beginning had me concerned that Sutton was just another Lorelei in Broadway clothing, by the end of the pilot she sets her own character.......and does she ever. The Amy Palladino clever dialog and oblique references are still there.(Those that endeared me to Gilmore Girls which was the best comedy of the '00's). With the surprise ending of the pilot, one can only guess where the plot lines are going next, but I can't wait. Fresh and entertaining and a MUST alternative the the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Bet Lauren Graham is glued to her TV set.
I loved, loved, loved Gilmore Girls, so thought I'd give this show a whirl. On episode 3 and so far, like it! Thank you Ethan for taping it and letting me watch. Very similar vibe to Gilmore - with great writing, repartee and lovable, kooky characters. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sherman-Palladino's script is as witty as ever and love the fact that they brought in a great Broadway actress/dancer. Sutton Foster is likable and funny. Similar, yet different to Lauren Graham. Good to see Kelly Bishop back. Difficult not to compare to Gilmore Girls really, but as I love that show and they've stopped making it - I have to fill the void with something. I love ballet too, so like that addition to the story. So great that there ARE ballerinas and dancers that could also act. All those dance movies with the plastic 'acting' were depressing me. A great pick-me-up show. So you can add this to The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family as my favourite comedies!
I love Bunheads and I think it stands out in all the TV shows of today,
I was told to keep it simple so here are reasons why you should at
least give Bunheads a chance:
1. It is truly funny, we are talking quick and sassy dialog! 2. The actresses (and the fewer seen actors) are outstanding and believable, from the slightly crazy dance instructor, to the not so ballerina looking wannabe bunhead to the over-achieving nerd who waits tables.... 3. The dancers are professionally trained and don't just act as dancers 4. Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop 5.The quirky small town setting including all the hilarious characters
If you like good dialog a pinch of drama and quirky characters you will not be disappointed!
I can't even believe I love this show, since I have never been a dancer, but I checked it out simply for the amazing and wonderful Sutton Foster and have stayed for the rest of this talented cast. The characters are interesting and the dialogue is the best reason to stay focused. I laugh out loud A LOT every week, and that's saying something these days. Witty and clever is not the norm with most TV shows. I'm not sure what the deal is with all the haters on the reviews here, unless they can't get over the fact that this isn't the Gilmore Girls. I never was able to watch GG, so maybe it's easier to enjoy this without expectations. Anything that gives Sutton Foster exposure to a wider audience is a blessing for us all.
to whom may concern: I love this show I am sad they have cancel a just
fun show there seem to cancel all family fun cute show bring bun heads
I love Gilmore Girls I love Amy Sherman Palladio show she write family
show. I prefer family show over most show on TV this day please ABC
family channel bring Bunheads show back on the air. I miss deeply
everyday I watch Bunheads and Gilmore Girls once a day everyday so I
wish for more Bunheads episode.
please I would appreciate it ABC family or any other TV channel please pick up Bunheads and renew this wonderful TV show bring it back to the air. best wish Kaoru Tomoe
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Bunheads, a very appropriate title as it does focus on a group of 4 ballerinas and their teachers. What really grabbed me from the start was the fact that it followed in the Gilmore Girls show path, in more way than one. Many lovable characters were brought in from that show but what I truly loved was that this was another quick wit, keep you on your toes dialogue. Michelle, who enters town as a stranger, becomes the center of the show quickly and keeps you on your toes (pun not intended) with her quick wit, humor yet also keeps your interest when she's in a "down" mood. That doesn't happen often. Her mother in law, played by Kelly Bishop, is eccentric yet also down to earth. A relationship that starts very rocky turns around slowly. I like that they did it in real life mode, not made them love each other within 3 shows. I found all of the characters endearing and was as hooked on it as quickly as I was to Gilmore Girls. The 4 main ballerinas, whom are high school students, are endearing. They face life's true problems just like any other high school girl. I highly suggest you watch this if you haven't yet. *if you haven't seen this show, DON'T READ THIS!* I'm still left wondering why they cut this show short. Everyone that I talked to who watched this show, loved it! I really was hoping they'd reconsider and bring it back but it's been obvious to me for a while now that isn't going to happen. It's hard to find shoes like these and was really disappointed when I learned there would be no more Bunheads. It was a great show for my daughter and I to watch together, she's now 21. It wasn't just for the high school crowd. Bummer!
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