Bunheads, a show on ABC Family had its season 1 finale this week and if you haven’t watched it yet, you definitely should. Michelle Simms, a Las Vegas showgirl finally gives in and marries Hubbell, a somewhat boring man, madly in love with her. She moves to his sleepy town called Paradise and starts off sparring with his mother, Fanny who he lives with. As a testament to her terrible luck, Hubbell dies in an accident and Michelle is left to adapt to a whole new life with Fanny, who runs a dance studio and the residents of Paradise.
Come for the dance performances, stay for the writing. Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino of Gilmore Girls, Bunheads has all the charm and humour of the GG. With long-winded dialogues full of pop culture references (including an episode called No one takes the Khaleesi’s dragons), this show is an example of absolutely perfect casting. Broadway star, Sutton Foster plays the unbelievably clumsy and cute Michelle and Kelly Bishop plays the sarcastic Fanny. The incredible chemistry and banter between the two is enough to keep the show running.
When Michelle starts taking dance lessons along with Fanny and becoming friends with the ballet students, all who battle teenage problems (boys, body issues, parental issues) reminiscent of Rory from Gilmore Girls, the show tackles teenage angst with a level of understated brilliance and a sense of humour.
The season finale has a performance of nutcracker that is by far the most ridiculously funny performance I’ve ever seen (a close second is the plastic vs paper performance). Bunheads has a great poise and I love that it isn’t overtly emotional. The characters are still layered but don’t give in to being annoying weepy people but still manage to make me feel for them.
With a season of just 10 episodes, I say, take the weekend off and catch up on Bunheads, you won’t regret it. And tell me if you don’t fall in love with Sutton Foster.