Bunheads

Mondays 9:00 PM on ABC Family
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Bunheads Review: Why Can't We Be Friends?

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"What's Your Damage, Heather?" sealed the notion that without Fanny some of the magic of Bunheads is missing. I found myself looking at the clock, expecting the show to be about over, only to find it was at the 25-minute mark. What?!? Talk about a dire situation. 

It seems we've settled into a routine that involves Michelle, the four bunheads and Truly. My assumption would be that Fanny's return will enmesh her with the group again. But have we lost the more adult-oriented program in exchange for a true mix of the ages?

While I don't think I'd mind that in the long run, if tonight's episode is any indication, the show has some kinks to work out. Story wise, the two sets of characters haven't found their groove in sharing screen time. 

Michelle Has Issues

As Sasha proved, they aren't friends. Michelle can't treat them as such because she'll be taken advantage of and lose herself in the process. The barrier between her and the girls became very apparent when Ginny's mother attacked Michelle because Ginny broke up with Josh. First, a girl of 16 dating a boy since the second grade is beyond weird. Claire coming in and making the breakup about her, worried that their trash won't be taken out or the windows fixed, felt like a Hitchcock movie waiting to happen.

As if things couldn't get worse, Ginny was single for 12 hours and Boo's Charlie, otherwise known as Melanie's stinky brother, asked Boo to talk him up to Ginny. 

Was it just me, or were the bunheads going through Michelle's house and essentially trashing the place out of character? If they hadn't been given permission to dress in there, maybe I could have bought it, but they were tossing her things all over the place and there was no hiding who did it. They aren't stupid girls, nor had they seemed prone to such behavior having been so long under Fanny's tutelage. 

The last two episodes haven't been stellar. Bunheads started out so strong that it's a bit startling at how quickly it's fallen out of my favor. It's not that I'm going to tune out, but I'm not as excited to tune in. The fast paced dialog that so many others disliked has lost its edge, and it was my favorite part by far. Through anything, the wit that flew out of Michelle's and Fanny's lips kept me exhilarated. She's trying, but Sutton Foster can't hold it on her own.

To round things out, here's a look at this weeks pop culture references. I fear in my boredom I most likely missed quite a few. Can you post what I missed in the Comments?

  • Les Mis
  • Facebook
  • Anna Farris
  • Twitter
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • "No Exit," Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Refrigerator Perry
  • Gremlins
  • Yelp
  • Siegfried and Roy
  • Winona Ryder
  • Heathers

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (40 Votes)

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Maryscott, Kelly Bishop and Sutton Foster are the only things keeping me watching this show. The teens add very little to the mix.

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... who may be fabulous in Broadway, but has NO business on screens small or large unless she can be directed in a far better fashion than she has been on this cringeworthy television show. As for Ms. Foster -- she is only marginally less guilty of crimes against the art of acting on the screen; again, one gets the feeling she COULD be brought to heel, but so far the directors they've been hiring on this show ought to have been tossed out of the DGA and forced into food service for their execrable endeavours.
As to why I've remained a viewer -- god only knows. Something to do with the dancer element. And the eternal optimism inherent in those with a DVR and nothing better to do...

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I can't believe only one person in 6 weeks has remarked on the over- theatricality of the acting/writing styles on this show. It is PAINFUL. the writing is overwrought, which doesn't help, and the direction is obviously non-existent, or they'd be doing something about it. When all three areas are so grotesquely overdone as to make a professional television show, produced by someone with vast previous experience, look like a frickin' middle school play week after week... One has to wonder if there is any hope at all for it. Frankly, even though their storyline are the least interesting, it is the "Bunheads" who suffer the least from overacting and therefore have the greatest chance of not sucking going forward. Perhaps THAT is why the show seems to be headed toward them and away from the inimitable (thank god) Kelly Bishop -- who may be fabulous in Broadway, but has NO business on screens small or large unless she can be directed in a far better fashion than she has been on this cringeworthy television show. As for Ms. Foster -- she is only marginally less guilty of crimes against the art of acting on the screen; again, one gets the feeling she COULD be brought to heel, but so far the directors they've been hiring on this show ought to have been tossed out of the DGA and forced into food service for their execrable endeavours.
As to why I've remained a viewer -- god only knows. Something to do with the dancer element. And the eternal optimism inherent in those with a DVR and nothing better to do...

Marisa1983

In my opinion, this show is missing the charm and strong relationships GG had. Plus there is no love interest for Michelle or the girls, beside Charlie. There is great chemistry between Sutton and Kelly Bishop, a bit like Lauren Graham, but it's missing a Rory! The characters are not as interesting as Gilmore's and the storyline are too superficial. They don't have characters like Sookie, Luke, Dean and that family spirit GG had. I know we shouldn't compare the two, but since it's the same creater, comparison is kind of inevitable.

Fortyseven

Mediocre. I liked Boo as Michelle's secretary. Poor and/or disjointed writing.

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They should have killed off Sasha instead of Hubbell. What a truly annoying character. If she were my daughter, I would have grounded her for six months after stealing. Some of the scenes are so bizarre (leaky roof)I'm wondering if I should invest any more time in this series. But if it keeps going with storylines like this, it will be canceled anyway. Memo to ABC Family: you're not sending a good message by having teenagers ransack someone else's apartment.

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Well, in our blameless society it's only a matter of time before Sasha's theft is rationalized because of her troubled home life. News flash... not every kid from a dysfunctional home steals. (Can't stand that character, by the way.) Michelle should have thrown her out immediately. And having the girls plunder through the apartment was very out of character... what kind of example is ABC family trying to set. Keeping Fanny on the sidelines is a huge mistake. It's now obvious the network doesn't really want adult viewers. Meanwhile, I agree with previous posters regarding the stupidity of dealing with the leaky pipes. I guess by portraying adults as stupid it will attract more teen viewers, who feel we're idiots anyway.

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Well, that was a good series...all 5 episodes of it. I don't know what this new show is, but I hate it and won't be watching any longer. When I first found Bunheads I started recruiting friends and family to watch because I thought it exemplary. Now I feel like an idiot. This show started off smart and sharp and fast, yet with a gentle look at small town characters that was completely endearing. I loved that everyone had their quirks, but respected people in their own way. What a 180 it's done. Now the show has begun to reflect the worst of our current culture. The "old" people need to be written out of life, those who are different need to be made fun of, and teens are taught that disrespecting others is the thing to do, up to and including trashing another person's property and privacy. Sutton Foster's Michelle was made to look like a royal bee-atch for calling out one of the characters for stealing, with zero remorse from that character. How depressing. Without Fanny and the amazing writing this show once had, it's become unwatchable.

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And why in the world would there be pipes overhead in the girls' dressing area? It's on the 2nd floor with nothing above it, so why would there be water pipes at all? Kelly Bishop is really needed in this show; bring her back. Sasha is an obnoxious brat.

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This show seems a little out of character and doesn't seem to be going anywhere but Sutton Foster's Michelle keeps me coming back every time. I love her character and her witty dialog. She seems like an older person I wish I knew to help me through tough times. Also Ginny dating the same guy since 2nd grade is not weird. If anything its romantic because he really loved and cared about her. And she did him. Love is hard to come by and dating around won't help anything. The mom attacking Michelle because she doesn't have her bitch boy is a little wrong though I will admit that. She should be helping her child through a break up not getting mad.

Bunheads Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Michelle: Why do people think they can just share news on Facebook and automatically everyone will know?
Boo: Because everyone's on Facebook.

Let me know what happens. I'm part of this now.

Truly