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''Hot in Cleveland'' is an American sitcom on TV Land starring Valerie Bertinelli (Melanie Moretti), Jane Leeves (Rejoyla "Joy" Scroggs), and Wendie Malick (Victoria Chase) as three past-their-prime entertainment industry veterans from Los Angeles. One day, their lives are changed when their Paris-bound plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland, Ohio. Here, the group finds a welcoming community that is less shallow, youth-obsessed and weight-conscious than LA. Melanie falls in love with the place and leases a home with sassy caretaker Elka Ostrovsky, played by Creator/BettyWhite. It's essentially ''GoldenGirls'' with a slightly younger cast. The series, which is TV Land's first original scripted series, premiered on June 16, 2010, and was the channel's highest rated telecast in the cable network's fourteen-year history.

The show is written by Suzanne Martin (''{{Frasier}}'', ''Ellen'') and is executive produced by Sean Hayes ([[Series/WillAndGrace yes, that one]]) and Todd Milliner for Hazy Mills Productions. The series is taped in front of a live studio audience at CBS' Studio City in Los Angeles using a multi-camera format. The show has been renewed for a fifth season.
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!! This series provides examples of:
* AccidentalAesop: InUniverse. When Victoria does an undercover news story to show that people are disgusted and judgmental of fat people, she realizes she was the one who felt that way and other people were actually nice to her. If she tried doing the story somewhere else like LA rather than in Cleveland, [[ValuesDissonance the result would probably have been different.]]
* AccidentalMarriage: In the season two finale, Joy and Victoria wake up to discover that they got married the other night. [[spoiler: It isn't until the end that they discover they married each other]].
* AdamWesting: Susan Lucci seems to be getting a big kick out of playing an exaggerated version of herself as a mean, vindictive, spiteful rival and frenemy to Victoria.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: A RunningGag is that Joy always ends up being attracted to and dating guys who are jerks.
* ArtisticLicenseGeology: In the season one finale, Melanie tells Joy to take her cellphone with her on her booty call, because "if this tornado gets any worse, I want to be able to get ahold of you!" That's not how tornadoes work - it ''is'' how a hurricane works, however!
** Possibly justified in that the girls haven't lived in Cleveland long and most likely don't have much experience with Midwestern weather.
* AscendedExtra: Elka was only supposed to appear in the pilot, but was so well-received by early viewers, she was made into a core cast member.
* AuthorAppeal: Betty White's decades-long support of animal rights has crept into Elka more and more. She gets [[AuthorTract a speech about why she loves animals]].
* BetterByADifferentName: ''GoldenGirls.''
* BigShutUp: Whenever Victoria's agent calls.
* BottleEpisode: "Everything Goes Better With Vampires". The house guests who were supposed to be kicked out were unable to leave, since the police were looking for a suspect in the area.
* BrilliantButLazy: Joy's mum describes her as this.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In the second season premiere.
-->'''Elka:''' "So, what are you in for?"
-->'''[[MaryTylerMoore Cellmate]]:''' "Drunk and disorderly. Or as I call it... Tuesday."
* BrickJoke: That ''Literature/MommyDearest''-like tell-all Victoria mentions one of her children as having threatened to write about her? Gets turned into a movie two seasons later starring Susan Lucci. The movie also references the "[[MemeticMutation wire hangers]]" line from the ''Mommy Dearest''.
* ButWeUsedACondom: Joy claims that she became pregnant even when using a condom.
* ButtMonkey: Joy to Elka
* CelebrityStar: Susan Lucci, Melanie Griffith, Jimmy Kimmel, Rick Springfield (who turned out to be a guy who impersonated Rick Springfield to sleep with women).
* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}
* CoolOldLady: Elka.
* DeadpanSnarker: Joy and Elka. Especially Elka.
* DecemberDecemberRomance
* DropInCharacter: Rick was like this, and Artie seems to becoming one, too.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: A lot of Victoria's Lifetime movies were titled like this.
-->Victoria: I once played a lady storm chaser in the Lifetime Original Movie ''Lady Storm Chaser.''
* {{Expy}}: Elka is very similar to Sophia from ''TheGoldenGirls''.
** In a very odd coincidence that can be considered creepy. Elka and Sophia followed very similar paths. Elka was originally a much smaller part, but Betty White's PopularityPower convinced the producers to expand her character. Interestingly, Elka's ''Golden Girls'' Expy Sophia follows a similar path. Originally conceived as a DropInCharacter, Sophia responded so well with fans, the writers wrote out their original fourth character (Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy's gay cook, Coco) and wrote Sophia in.
** Let's keep this going. Victoria could be the show's Blanche, rather self-centered and vain. Joy is the second-in-command DeadpanSnarker, similar to Dorothy. Melanie is the hardest to compare, although she does tend to be a rather sweet and naive Rose-type at times. At one point, Jane Leeves actually said the show could be called ''The Silver Girls.''
** One reviewer called Victoria the new Dorothy and Joy the new Blanche, but both women share qualities of each of those Golden Girls. Victoria has Blanche's vanity and self-centered nature while Joy has Blanche's sex life, and both women display ample amounts of Dorothy's snark. Elka tends to pick on Joy the most, rather like Sophia singled out Dorothy more often than not (though Blanche was not immune either). Either comparison works.
* FallbackMarriagePact: A [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode that showed how Victoria, Melanie, and Joy]] had Victoria say that any man would be stupid to leave Joy at the altar and, jokingly, that if Joy was still single 20 years later, she would marry Joy herself. Became HilariousInHindsight, as they actually did get married shortly before the flashback episode aired.
* FashionHurts: Especially Victoria's shoes.
* FauxYay: after she accidentally getting married to Joy in Canada, Victoria plays it off by pretending to be a lesbian to further her career. They [[BecomingTheMask began acting like a real couple]] at home with their constant bickering LikeAnOldMarriedCouple and [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther being affectionate whenever they weren't arguing.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Elka is choleric, Victoria is sanguine, Joy is melancholic, and Melanie is phlegmatic.
* FreudianExcuse: Victoria says that she can't marry a man who doesn't make a lot of money since her parents argued a lot about money, and she never wanted that to be a problem.
* GarnishingTheStory: In "Everything's Better With Vampires", Elka gets the idea to add vampires and werewolves to a RadioDrama version of ''GoneWithTheWind''.
* GlobalIgnorance: Victoria. She seems to think that there's two Ohios and once even thought that Newark wasn't located in the United States.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Melanie does this a lot, but she is able to curse out her ex-husband.
* HairFlip: Victoria attempted to do one while on ''All My Children'', but due to Susan Lucci's interference, was unable to complete it.
* HollywoodHomely: In-Universe - the entire premise of the show. The main women are seen this way in Los Angeles, but are pretty in Cleveland.
* {{Homage}}: The episode "Indecent Proposals" is basically one to ''SexAndTheCity''.
* IAteWhat: Poor Melanie and her tapeworm...
* IWantGrandkids: Joy's mother reminds her about never having children every time they speak. Turns into BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor when [[spoiler: Owen shows up... and then shows up later with a son. Joy's mum is less than pleased initially about the situation since both were born out of wedlock and she was also never told of them until the very last moment.]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: Elka
* {{Japandering}}: Victoria dreamed of the day that she build enough success, respect, and credibility as an actor to piss it all away for a boatload of cash. She didn't, however, expect it to be for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGNZGKiMV-E "Lady Pants."]]
* JerkAss: Colin, Victoria's co-anchor who plays pranks on and makes jokes about her on-air.
* KavorkaMan: Rick
* LargeHam: WhiteDwarfStarlet Victoria likes to pretend that she's still on a soap opera set.
* LooksLikeJesus: In one episode when the girls set dates for each other, Melanie gets this type of guy. FauxSymbolism tropes are {{played with}} throughout (i.e. a brief shot of BackgroundHalo).
* MayDecemberRomance: Victoria and her Sugar Daddy, as well as Joy and Lou. Joy dated Mark, a blind man in his twenties, while pretending to be 26 years old. When he had a surgery to restore his eyesight, she had Victoria's daughter Emmy pretend to be her. Melanie [[FauxYay pretended that Elka was her girlfriend]] while on a gay cruise so she would have someone to introduce to her sister.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Joy's first plan whenever her friends are hurt is to kill the person.
--> '''Joy:''' I say we kill him.
--> '''Melanie:''' That's your solution for everything.
--> '''Joy:''' Well can't we try it just once?
* ParentsAsPeople: Even though their children are grown & college aged, this is prominent with Victoria's character in her children's childhoods. She has even forgotten how many kids she has on multiple ocassions.
--> '''Victoria:''' - It was like that for both of my pregnancies
--> '''Melanie:''' Victoria, you have 3 kids....
--> '''Victoria:''' *surprised look on her face*
** Granted, she could've had a multiple birth but it's always stated in a way that points to this not being the case.
** Victoria's father is annoyingly self-centered and always flirting with women, while Melanie's mother is very overprotective. When they are [[CallingTheOldManOut called out for it]], they try to be better parents.
** When Melanie's son and Victoria's daughter announce their engagement, they both know it's a bad idea, but decide not to get involved in their children's relationship anymore.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Cleveland.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Victoria entered and [=LOST=] a look-a-like contest, as herself. She was supposed to be a drag queen look-a-like, but she still lost (to a Susan Lucci look-a-like.)
* RichBitch: Victoria can be considered an example, except her finances, or lack thereof are a recurring problem for her.
* RunawayBride: Joy's fiancee left her at the altar, which was something that took her years to get over. Elka left Fred at the altar when Max and Bobby interrupted the wedding, and she had to choose between the three of them.
* RunningGag: Something that the show seems to thrive on.
** Victoria's [[GlobalIgnorance limited knowledge]] of world geography.
** Usually once a season, Victoria would have to promote something from a Japanese company called Mrs. Ladypants. These products were generally variations on the "adult diaper" theme - ranging from plastic pants with a diaper in them, a full body diaper and an "absorbent gown, now with crystal litterbox technology".
** Joy sniping at Elka because of her age and Elka sniping at Joy due to her alleged loose morals.
* SeriousBusiness: Sports such as basketball for people in Cleveland.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Edge of Tomorrow'', a recently cancelled daytime drama where Victoria played the role of Honor St. Raven. A glimpse of the show (its last episode, actually) is seen in season 3, revealing that it [[NoEnding ended]] [[LeftHanging on a]] {{cliffhanger}}.
* SiblingTriangle: Melanie's sister's girlfriend starting hitting on her almost immediately.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Susan Lucci is Victoria's archnemesis.
** It's going to be interesting to see what happens next season, since Victoria has actively been trying to sabotage Susan Lucci and now ''All My Children'' is canceled.
* SoundEffectBleep: Airport buzzers and metal detectors censor out swear words in "It's Not That Complicated".
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheGoldenGirls''. See {{Expy}} above.
* {{Squick}}: An In-Universe - example Victoria fills in for Juliet in the High School play and has to kiss a high school boy. The audience cringes. Lampshaded by Elka
-->'''Elka:''' [[RefugeInAudacity it's funny]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice 'cause it's gross]]
* StripperCopConfusion:At Elka's bachelorette party.
* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: Victoria dated a janitor and broke up with him because he didn't have a lot of money. The next day, it was revealed on her show that he won the lottery.
* TakeThat: To Music/JustinBieber of all people. When it's discovered that Elka has him on her iPod:
-->"I ''love'' her! They keep saying she's a boy, but I'm not buying it."
** And to ''{{Glee}}'', too:
-->"(Joy and Victoria are spying on Melanie and her ex-husband)"
-->"Joy: What's going on?"
-->"Victoria: She's making a heartfelt speech while he's stares at her like an idiot.It's like those warm moments on Glee!"
** Joy's admirer Rick mentions that in the Battle of the Bands, a group of hot youngsters will perform and blames it on ''{{Glee}}''.
* TeenPregnancy: Joy was revealed to have given a child up for adoption in episode 2.
* ThemeNaming: Meet Victoria's children: Emmy, Oscar, and Tony (She doesn't like Tony that much.)
** She really stuck to the theme considering Oscar is a girl.
* TheUnfavorite: Victoria's third child, Tony. She [[RunningGag frequently]] forgets she actually has 3 kids, not 2.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Elka has this kind of relationship with Marnie and Joy.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: Averted with Emmy, who's just like her mother. Played straight with Victoria's other two kids; Oscar is a journalist for NPR, and Tony is a civil engineer.
** Played straight with Joy's son, who was so shocked by Joy's crazy life that he initially thought meeting her was a mistake and wanted to just go home and continue to not have any contact with her.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Victoria
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Elka and Max, Joy and Colin, Victoria and Johnny Revere.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: "Elka's Big Day", the night of her bachelor party, in which Victoria, Melanie, and Joy get drunk and accidentally take the dog's medication, which turns out to cause memory loss and hallucinations in humans.
* WholePlotReference: "Elka's Big Day" for ''TheHangover".
* YankTheDogsChain: When Joy and Victoria accidentally get married, they are excited about it and try to figure out who their husbands are. They don't realize until later that they flew to Canada and married each other.