This evening, ABC Family unveils their newest drama, Bunheads. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls), this TV show revolves around a classically-trained Las Vegas showgirl (Sutton Foster) who impulsively marries a guy, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school.
The cast also features Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain, Emma Dumont, Alan Ruck, and Kelly Bishop.
Will Bunheads be a success or will it be cancelled after one season. Is it worth watching? Here’s what the critics are saying:
LA Times: “Foster is delightful throughout, and Michelle her own person, that Lauren Graham thing notwithstanding. She adjusts wonderfully to different partners and circumstances, and is never less than real, serious or joking, drunk or sober — a perfect fit for a show that, like Gilmore Girls, merits a wider audience than its rough outline would suggest. It’s a sweet summer treat.”
TIME: “The premise is different from Gilmore but the theme of starting over, the snappy dialogue and the offbeat charm are very similar… One very big caveat: the pilot closes on a twist–no spoilers here–that may send the show in a very different direction than most of the pilot sets you up to expect. It’s a bold move, but also one that makes it hard to endorse the show unconditionally. That said, Bunheads is probably not the kind of show that is going to live or die on the basis of its plot. What matters is its voice, and the spring in its step, and its first hour was just so damn enjoyable that I’ll gladly season-pass this and see where the season takes it. Out of the gate, Bunheads has some impressive moves; I look forward to trying to keep up.”
Variety: “Foster, who seems to relish Sherman-Palladino’s rapid-fire quips and the rich complications of Michelle’s hot mess of a life, delivers a commanding turn in what already feels like a creative collaboration comparable to what Sherman-Palladino enjoyed with Lauren Graham on Gilmore… The biggest hurdle for Bunheads may be its awkward title — a colloquialism alternately viewed as a nickname or insult for young ballerinas, which goes unexplained in the pilot — but when the show itself is so immediately captivating, what’s in a name?”
Newsday: “It’s got that multigeneration appeal, spotlighting both teens and adults, this time striving to (re)define themselves in ways those Gilmore girls never had to. Monday night’s hour, spent setting up the premise, also drops a doozy of a conclusion that is up there with the equally stunning yet not-the-least-bit-similar twist delivered by The Shield. It changes the game in a huge way you may or may not take to.”
Washington Post: “As Michelle, Foster is a winning sort of gooney bird, confidently relating to the young ladies who are toed up to Fanny’s ballet barre. Bishop veers a bit toward stereotype as the disapproving mother-in-law obsessed with her own former glory; in fact, everyone in the cast has apparently been encouraged to dial their characters’ respective tropes up to the max. While it’s not perfect, Bunheads is a happy find, a ray of authenticity on a summer TV schedule filled with so much artificial light.”
What do you think? Will you or did you watch Bunheads on ABC Family? Is it worth watching again and again?