Judge Brett Cullum is fabulous and over forty! And dating Betty White!
Our reviews of Hot In Cleveland: Season One (published January 11th, 2011), Hot in Cleveland: Season Two (published December 15th, 2011), and Hot in Cleveland: Season Three (published November 20th, 2012) are also available.
Oh baby, things are heating up in Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland is a TV Land sitcom that follows the misadventures of three forty-something California gal pals who end up moving to Cleveland to escape all the pressure and pain of a youth-oriented West Coast life. Back for Hot in Cleveland: Season 4, you have Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), Jane Leeves (Frasier), and Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me), all navigating their way through suburban life in Ohio. Acting as their sarcastic guide is landlady Betty White (The Golden Girls).
At the end of Hot In Cleveland: Season 3 there was a mysterious baby on the doorstep, and everybody was wondering whose it was. No fair figuring out it wasn't Betty White's, but anybody else is fair game. Hot in Cleveland carried on during this fourth year with the baby in tow. It also found a lady going to college, someone getting married, someone doing a Woody Allen film, and somebody working for a PR firm run by Heather Locklear (Melrose Place). Special guests include Mary Tyler Moore, Regis Philbin, Valerie Harper, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tom Arnold, Tim Conway, and Carol Burnett. The most special moment here is The Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion that occurs with that show's cast appearing as a reunited bowling team.
The fun of the show is watching sitcom royalty doing what they do best in a female-centered series about life after the tipping point of middle age. It's all still a lot of fun, and the gigglefest continues as it has for three years with no changes to the formula. The plots come in second to a cast that knows how to work a show so well, and every beat just works with ease. You can tell these gals are having a great time, and the audience is running right along with them.
This collection of twenty-four episodes is spread out over three discs which allow you either to do a "play all" marathon or select specific episodes. Extras are found on the final disc, including a featurette called "Look Who's Hot Now," which showcases favorite moments as well as outtakes from the series. It's super cute, and a nice addition to the set. Kirstie Alley shows up to pimp her new TV Land show, and she hangs around through the whole thing. Transfers are clear with nice color saturation, clarity, and no digital artefacts.
Hot in Cleveland: Season 4 continues the story of three fabulous over forty friends who are hiding out looking for love in Ohio. Betty White remains a highlight, but the rest of the cast hold their own quite well. The gaggle of cameos from old-school stars brings this one full circle for its TV Land audience. There is nothing high concept or difficult to understand here, just a crew full of women who know their craft so darned well that they could spit these takes out in their sleep. Whether in their forties, fifties, or nineties, these women rock!
Guilty of showcasing one of the best casts on television today in a goofy, charming sitcom that just simply works.
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