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lost its charm after season one
on February 12, 2013
OK. I watched all 4 seasons that are available. This sums them all up for me.
This show is about 3 LA women who find themselves in Cleveland, OH, and stay to start a new life. Well . . . that is what we are led to believe. But as the Betty White character states in one of the later seasons the 3 LA women actually are in Cleveland to get "laid" because there is too much competition in LA. The first season was fresh, original, and funny. There was the down to earth do gooder character. There were the supportive friend scenes as we learn of each characters' past. There were the funny outrageous comments from the vain shallow character. And there were the laugh out loud tell em like it is comments from Betty White's character. I mean she calls them out for dressing like "prostitutes" etc. You see all the actress's former co-workers from other sitcoms appear in each episode which is fun.
Then you get to the second season and beyond. These seasons plowed up the foundation laid in the first season. I guess they ran out of steam. Or maybe they wanted to sell out and just stay on the air by appealing to the trashy audience that definitely exists and eats up the garbage this show became. The second, third an dfourth seasons were nothing but people jumping in and out of bed with each other, sexual innuendo about everything, people lying and cheating and stealing, and Betty White's character transforming into some sick person's sick joke of a vision of what an elderly funny character would be. The show could have been set in LA for anyone knew at this point as it was just trashy Californians behaving trashy. The weird thing was there was even an episode to mimic Sex in the City. It was definitely Sex In the City--3 women casually sleeping around and then in the end of the episode whining and commiserating about how they have no sanity tho their lives and wonder why. also the 3 main characters just looked old, fat, and tired in the later seasons. One's hair got so light she was almost blond. The others got so dark that they didn't look like themselves. Valerie Bertinelli looks horrible in season 4. She looks like she is having a really bad pregnancy. Even her hair looks bad . . . . But we are supposed to think that all these young fit youngs want to bed her and stay by her side the next day. Not. They sit Betty Whit eon the sofa with her jacket or shirt riding up in the back like she has been propped up for the scene.
The later seasons, to me, appeared to be gay centric in humor. Humor that I have heard from hardcore gays and you see in their tv shows and movies. And while watching the credits I saw who was actually directing it and knew immediately where this influence was coming from. I mean even 3 trashy straight women wouldn't go the direction this influence took them.
There are these typical "behind the scenes" episodes that appear in each season. They are basically the same and make you think they just want to have a fun-day at work or something. But then again the people who are behind the scenes force their chance to appear in front of the camera. That is VERY obvious. And there are the sickening "we love each other" and "we respect each other" stock speeches. They are just goofy.
Anyway the show is typical American garbage TV that can be skipped. Just a show about animalistic behavior created by trained monkeys.