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Series: Hot In Cleveland
From left to right: Victoria, Melanie, Joy and Elka

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 Betty White. It's essentially Golden Girls 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 (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 was renewed for a fifth season.

This series provides examples of:

  • Accidental Marriage: In the season two finale, Joy and Victoria wake up to discover that they got married the other night. It isn't until the end that they discover they married each other.
  • Adam Westing: 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.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys
  • Artistic License - Geology: 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 tornados 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.
  • Ascended Extra: 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.
  • Author Appeal: Betty White's decades-long support of animal rights has crept into Elka more and more.
  • Better by a Different Name: Golden Girls.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Whenever Victoria's agent calls.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Joy's mum describes her as this.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In the second season premiere.
    Elka: So, what are you in for?
    Cellmate: Drunk and disorderly. Or as I call it... tuesday.
  • Brick Joke: That "Mommy Dearest" tell-all Victoria mentions one of her children as having threatened to write about her? Gets turned into a movie two seasons later...
  • But We Used a Condom: Joy claims that she became pregnant even when using a condom.
  • Butt Monkey: Joy to Elka
  • Celebrity Star: Susan Lucci, Melanie Griffith, Jimmy Kimmel
  • Cleveland
  • Cool Old Lady: Elka.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Joy and Elka. Especially Elka.
  • December-December Romance
  • Drop-In Character: Rick was like this, and Artie seems to becoming one, too.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: 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 The Golden Girls.
    • 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 Popularity Power convinced the producers to expand her character. Interestingly, Elka's Golden Girls Expy Sophia follows a similar path. Originally conceived as a Drop-In Character, 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 Deadpan Snarker, 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.
  • Fashion Hurts: Especially Victoria's shoes.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Elka is choleric, Victoria is sanguine, Joy is melancholic, and Melanie is phlegmatic.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Melanie does this a lot, but she is able to curse out her ex-husband.
  • Hair Flip: Victoria attempted to do one while on All My Children, but due to Susan Lucci's interference, was unable to complete it.
  • Hollywood Homely: 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 Sex and the City.
  • I Ate What?: Poor Melanie and her tapeworm...
  • I Want Grandkids: Joy's mother reminds her about never having children every time they speak. Turns into Be Careful What You Wish For when 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.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: 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 "Lady Pants."
  • Kavorka Man: Rick
  • Large Ham: White-Dwarf Starlet Victoria likes to pretend that she's still on a soap opera set.
  • Looks Like Jesus: In one episode when the girls set dates for each other, Melanie gets this type of guy. Faux Symbolism tropes are played with throughout (i.e. a brief shot of Background Halo).
  • May-December Romance: Victoria and her Sugar Daddy, as well as Joy and Lou.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: 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?
  • Parents as People: 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 occassions.
    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 the otherwise.
  • Place Worse Than Death: Cleveland.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: 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.)
  • Rich Bitch: Victoria can be considered an example, except her finances, or lack thereof are a recurring problem for her.
  • Show Within a Show: 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 ended in a cliffhanger.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: 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.
  • Sound Effect Bleep: Airport buzzers and metal detectors censor out swear words in "It's Not That Complicated".
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Golden Girls. 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
  • Stripper/Cop Confusion:At Elka's bachelorette party.
  • Take That: To Justin Bieber 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."
    "(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.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Joy was revealed to have given a child up for adoption in episode 2.
  • Theme Naming: 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.
  • The Unfavorite: Victoria's third child, Tony
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: 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.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet:Victoria
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Elka's Big Day" for ''The Hangover".
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