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Hot in Cleveland

Updated on April 8, 2011

The Golden Girls Updated, Polished and Better Than Ever!

I liked The Golden Girls, but I LOVE Hot in Cleveland! But they are really the same show just spruced up and in my opinion, improved! Even the characters are basically the same, and not just because Betty White was in both shows! And just like the Golden Girls, we can see parts of ourselves in each character and it gives us hope!

Melanie,(Valerie Bertinelli) the main character in Hot in Cleveland, is really Rose; naive and lovable. But this one is updated to be a more capable woman. She isn't just dumb and sweet, she is also vulnerable and has an edge. We can see our more vulnerable selves, but know that even in that state, we can survive

Joy, (Jane Leeves) is the more cynical of the group, just as Dorothy had been. Both had been knocked around a little bit, but won't be knocked down. Joy has an interesting back story of a son she gave up for adoption years ago. Yes, ladies, we can be bitchy and still lovable!

Victoria (Wendy Malick) the glamorous model is the famous version of Blanche, both are narcissistic, yet somehow lovable. We can see our worst selves and laugh at ourselves, yet make a note to do better!

Ilka (Betty White) does the Sophia character, the old lady who says what she thinks, no holds barred. But Sophia did it because her mind didn't work as well as it had, but Ilka? She knows what she is doing, she just loves that she can get away with it!

The Golden Girls: We've Come A Long Way Baby

But These Ladies Started It

When the Golden Girls started it was shocking to portray 50 something women who dated and hinted at sexuality. Well, with Blanche it was a whole lot more than hints.

Hard to believe that Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendy Malick are all about the same age as Betty White, Bea Aurthur and Rue McClannahan, were then. And Betty White is much older than Estelle Gettys was.

We have come a long way baby!

Joy: I've been trying different [therapists] everyday. It's a little bit like dating, except you're not trying to hide how crazy you are.

Hot In Cleveland is an Updated Golden Girls

The characters in both are wonderful, but they are the same, with Hot in Cleveland having just an updated version. But it shows just how far women have come!

Golden Girls was shocking when it showed that older women could be hip and sexual, Hot in Cleveland shows that women can be even more!

Golden Girls to Hot in Cleveland Shows The Women Have Advanced, for the Better!

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Mary Tyler Moore to Reunite with Betty White for First Episode! - Yeeeaaaaaa!

The specifics aren't available yet, but it will have something to do with getting Ilka out of the slammer.

It has been 40 years since MTM debuted, and this is the first time the two actresses have been together since the show ended.

Hot in Cleveland - DVD Aailable TODAY! 10/19/10

You will want to watch these over and over!

Tell Us Why You Love Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland! - I would love to hear your favorite moment in each!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      Hot in Cleveland is just plain fun with likeable characters, to me it is better than the Golden Girls and I just love Betty White in both shows!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Betty White is still so funny and doing great, for being almost 90! I love her in this as well as Golden Girls, and as Sue Ann Niven. A very funny lady. I'm lensrolling this to my Golden Girls lens.

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      7Suze7 7 years ago

      I loved Mary Tyler Moore on the show. I just wish they had had Rhoda also

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I haven't seen this show and don't watch too much TV, but I think I'm going to have to make an exception with this!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have never seen this show! I'll have to see if I can find them to watch them. :) Thanks for the recommendation!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I only recently discovered the sitcom Hot in Cleveland but I haven't actually seen an episode. I do remember the Golden Girls though. Betty White is great! Lensrolling your lens to my Entertainer of the Year Betty White lens, assuming I can. If not, I will tomorrow.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Gosh, I am an old oxymoron who loves the Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland. I think; therefore I am. I was once hot in Cleveland; now I am Cold in Brooksville and a golden gal to boot!

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      Andy-Po 7 years ago

      Sounds like fun. I don't think we have Hot in Cleveland yet over here.

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      Andy-Po 7 years ago

      Sounds like fun. I don't think we have Hot in Cleveland yet over here.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      I love Betty White and almost anything she's ever been in. Haven't seen the Hot In Cleveland yet but the ads for it look very funny. Unfortunately we only have satellite and no networks so Ihave to wait for syndications. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I confes, I havne't seen Hot in Cleavland, so I'll trust you on this one! The Golden Girls did take us by surprise in the day. Betty White is a genius! Nicely done, my friend!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I haven't seen the show, but adore Betty White. I'd like to see her return in a Sue Ann Nivens role. That would be fun!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Love The Golden Girls show and we are watching the re-runs almost every night.

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      piedromolinero 7 years ago

      I loved the Golden Girls, don't know Hot in Cleveland yet. Guess it will take some time until it appears in German television.

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      You've got me very intrigued to see the new show. But, I'm still such a fan of Betty White and anything she does!

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      7Suze7 7 years ago

      Love both shows. Love them all!