Tuesday, June 19, 2012


TV Show:  Bunheads
Like/Don't Like:  Conditional like, if only because it is so familiar
(NOTE:  There is a big spoiler in this so stop reading if you haven't watched the first episode and are planning to.  Or keep reading and just live with knowing.)

I don't normally review TV shows, simply because I don't usually start watching new TV shows.  I don't like being committed to a show, even with the magic of the DVR.  And also, it's tough to judge a show on just a few episodes. But this was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who created Gilmore Girls, and if there was one show that I loved and truly miss and wish that they would do a reunion special just so I can see how happy Luke and Loralei are right now that would be it.  So I recorded the first two episodes and watched them tonight and am happy to report that this is Gilmore Girls on the west coast.

Proof:  it has several actors from GG.  Like Emily.  And Gypsy.  And Mitchum Huntsburger as a hippie barkeep.  The same gal who did the music in GG is doing the music here, with similar guitar strumming and la-la-ing.  It has the same rat-a-tat-tat dialogue that I loved in GG, with lots of pop culture references and sarcastic zingers.  And Sutton Foster is a good fit for that, even though I hope she'll ease out of her Broadway broadness and into the subtleties you can get away with in television.  So over all, I liked it, because it was so nicely familiar.

But here's where I object (And here's where the spoiler begins.  You've been warned.)  I do not think that I can get beyond Alan Ruck being given to us for one episode and then so abruptly taken away.  When I saw that it was him I squealed, because who doesn't love Cameron?  And he's such a sweetheart in the first episode.  And now he's gone.  Boo.  I fear I will always think what might have been.


Andrea said...

I saw the first episode and was magically taken back to Gilmore days. It had so many familiar faces and yes, the la-la-ing too. Let's hope they keep it nice and don't add all that other garbage that ABC Family shows have in them. Gee, that's an oxymoron. I miss the good old Family channel!

Rach said...

OK. I'll record it. The name was kind of off-putting to me, but now I know you've given the stamp of conditional approval, I can watch it.

Denise said...

I really like it too!! And I agree, I was really upset they killed off Alan after one episode. It would have been really nice to have a show with an actual couple, not just the "I am woman, hear me roar"!

Tammy said...

the season was great and the last episode we got to see Hubel again, I will be waiting for season 2!