Now renewed for its fourth season, TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" has proven time and again that it has some impressive staying power. So what exactly makes this show so entertaining to watch and so enduring? Well, here are a few aspects of the show that might explain why it has remained so popular.
You can't deny that Elka, played by the great Betty White, is certainly one of the foundations of the show. With her whip-smart humor and her ability to crack a joke at just the right moment, Elka is that little old lady that we all wish we had in our lives. However, she is not just a wise-cracker; she is also a source of wisdom for the other women of the house. In many ways, then, she is nothing less than the rock upon which the other characters build their lives, and this makes her eminently enjoyable to watch.
There are a lot of television shows out there that capitalize on the conflict among women, but this program is certainly not one of them. Indeed, it is the bonding among the women that makes this show so enjoyable to watch, as we watch them band together to face even the toughest of challenges. There is something very powerful about the fact that these women live and share their lives together, and it is this quality that contributes to the show's popularity. After all, in a television world dominated mostly by men, it's refreshing to see one that centers around the lives of women.
Old comedy stars
Finally, it's important to realize just how many great comedy stars have appeared on this show. From Carl Reiner to Hal Linden to Mary Tyler Moore, the show has featured many of the men and women that have made the sitcom one of the most enduringly popular genres in American television. These guest stars serve to not only bring out laughs from the audience, but also to make us recognize the complex and fascinating history of the genre and to recognize its great talents of the past.
Clearly, there is a lot to love about "Hot in Cleveland." While it is in many ways a conventional sitcom, it takes full advantage of that conventionality to make sure that you enjoy watching it. TV Land has certainly struck comedy gold with this delightful series and its charming characters.