What’s Making Me Happy This Week? Bunheads.


I loved Gilmore Girls. Its up there with everything that Aaron Sorkin ever did in my pantheon of great TV so when I heard that Amy Sherman-Palladino was doing a new TV series. I was thrilled. Then I found out it was going to be a show about dancers. Ballet dancers. Oh. TV never seems to get the world of ballet right and if they did, I’m not sure I would enjoy it. Its like cops watching cop dramas. Just unrealistic or just like being at work. I have felt this way about The Office for years… but that’s a story for another day.

That said, I will be the first to deny that I would ever like Bunheads. But I do. Really. Like. It. Its whip smart. Its got Palladino’s signature rapid-fire dialogue peppered with pop culture references only a Gen-Xer with a TiVo would get. And the dancing is good. Really good. And sometimes set to Tom Waits or They Might Be Giants. Bonus points. There are still inaccuracies to what life in a ballet studio is really like but the show entertains so I can’t complain. And I love the characters.

So, I hoovered all 18 episodes currently available — some via Amazon Prime, some via iTunes download and the last two are on ABC Family’s web site. And now I must wait, impatiently, for the next episode. Don’t make me wait too long, Amy!