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''GCB'' is a 2011-debut American TV [[{{Dramedy}} dramedy]] set in the exclusive Dallas, Texas suburb of Highland Park. It's frequently described as a Southern ''DesperateHousewives'' or a grown up MeanGirls. The show was created by Darren Star (''BeverlyHills90210'', ''MelrosePlace'', ''SexAndTheCity'') and written by Robert Harling (''SteelMagnolias''). It's somewhat based on the book ''Literature/GoodChristianBitches'' by Kim Gatlin; the show was originally going to bear that title (it still got [[TitleDrop dropped]] in the ads), and then changed to ''Good Christian Belles'' before settling on the less controversial abbreviation.

In Santa Barbara, California, protagonist Amanda Vaughn's husband Bill steals billions from his investors, then dies in a car crash with his mistress. Left with nothing, Amanda and their two teenage children return to Texas and move back in with her pushy socialite mother Gigi. Amanda was head cheerleader and AlphaBitch in high school, but time and distance have helped her become a somewhat better person. Moving back home, she meets the four women she was most evil to in high school; only one accepts her apology for her past behavior, while the other three have most definitely not moved on and are not ready to forgive at all.

The show was canceled after its first season.

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!!This show provides examples of:
* [[AbsurdlyYouthfulMother Absurdly Youthful Parents]]: Plenty of the characters fall under this category, one episode revealed Amanda to be a [[TeenPregnancy Teen Mom]], which oddly is supposed to set her as a fallen woman [[EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether amongst her old classmates]].
* ActorAllusion: In episode 5, Amanda tells Carlene "In the words of another very famous witch: you have no power here". Carlene is played by [[KristinChenoweth Kristin Chenoweth]], who played the witch in question in [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Wicked]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Amanda and her dead husband.
* AlphaBitch: Amanda in highschool; Cricket and Carlene now.
* AnAesop: Most episodes.
* TheBeard: Cricket's husband Blake is gay. It was known between them before they married. They have a marriage based on a strong platonic friendship.
* Literature/TheBible: Kind of a given when considering how 'religious' the characters on this show claim to be. Also, each episode's central plot is derived from the morals of various biblical stories.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Sharon, the way her husband sees her. She herself doesn't, and resolves to lose weight, leading to her invention of "eating biblical".
** Not really. She is not any bigger than the rest of the women in the cast, which has had plenty of viewers confused. More than anything, She's HollywoodPudgy[[http://blu.stb.s-msn.com/i/DC/F3F3996ADAEF3789EB62838ECA5BF.jpg]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Apparently, Dallas is lousy with these.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Amanda in highschool, but now replaced by Carlene.
* CaptainErsatz: The restaurant/bar Amanda works at, Boobylicious, for the real-life chain, Hooters. Also, Armadillo Mart for Wal-Mart and Stockholm 'N Things for IKEA.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Carlene's son to a photo of Amanda's bedonk (Carlene's reaction when she walks in on him is priceless...).
* DeadpanSnarker: Most characters at one time or another, but most notably, Cricket.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: And how. It is set in Dallas, after all.
* FieryRedhead: Gigi.
* HappilyMarried: Carlene and Ripp, Cricket and Blake, and Sharon and Zack. However, they all have their share of problems.
* HollywoodToneDeaf : Miriam Shor was in HedwigAndTheAngryInch and even in the show can sing well when it's not crucial to the plot; have her audition for a Jesus-themed musical, however . . .
* GenerationXerox: Amanda is upset with Laura for disobeying her the same way she herself disobeyed Gigi years earlier.
* InternetBackdraft: In-universe, when Amanda, Blake, and Cricket try to relaunch a jean line from the '70s called Westward Ho, Christian forums are outraged by the name.
** It had plenty in real life too. MoralGuardians ravaged the show the same way they did the American version of {{Skins}}
* LadyOfWar: The ladies' pimped out designer hunting gear gives them shades of this in one episode.
* LargeHam: And how. The ladies of this show have this in spades...
* MistakenForCheating: Ripp [[spoiler: the woman is actually his daughter, most likely conceived before he and Carlene married.]]
* ModernMinstrelsy: The show's exaggerated portrayal of Southern / Texas and Christian stereotypes is offensive to some.
* TitleDrop: Each episode's title can be seen on a church sign early into the episode.
* MyBelovedSmother: Gigi to Amanda.
* TheCastShowoff: When one of your actors is KristinChenoweth, having her sing is sort of inevitable.
* TheOtherDarrin: The actors playing Bozeman Peacham and Landry Cockburn are different post-pilot.
* ProfessionalsDoItOnDesks: Carlene Cockburn and her husband Ripp in the pilot.
* RecycledInSpace: DesperateHousewives IN TEXAS!
* RefugeInAudacity: Being in Texas!
* SeriousBusiness: Church plays, community fundraisers, barbecue...
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Heather. After she gets over her husband's death, Amanda too.
* StraightGay: Blake.
* WardrobeMalfunction: Alexandra, current head cheerleader and high-school AlphaBitch, has had breast enlargement but ignores her mother Cricket's warning that "you can't wear last year's uniform with this year's breasts"; the over-strained top bursts open during a pep rally.