I lived in LA in my 20s, but made a beeline back to Ohio as the decade — and my tolerance for all things superficial — started to wind down. People in Cleveland eat real food, age gracefully and have never even considered an air kiss.
(I wonder if that's the first time those two have been in a sentence together.) Sure, you won't find many NBA championship rings in northeastern Ohio (yet!), but a tight-knit circle of friends can be found everywhere you look. Joy (Jane Leeves), Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) and Victoria (Wendie Malick) have one another's backs, fronts and everywhere in between.
Hot in Cleveland is "our show." Granted, she has her iPhone 6 in her hand most of the time, but hey, she actually seeks me out in the name of watching it together.
(Hey, statistics don't lie; wives outlive husbands.) One roof, a handful of besties and no matter what life dishes out, together you can laugh your way through it. The Cleveland bunch came along and gave hope to the middle-aged divorced set.
Females of all shapes, sizes and ages (Hello Elka… getting it on with many a Tom, Dick and Harry throughout the show's six-year run!) give in to their urges while discussing incarceration, adult diapers and lip wax.
The high jinks of the estrogen-laced household along the Lake Erie shore gave us glimpses of Tim Conway, Bonnie Franklin, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner, Hal Linden, Georgia Engel, George Hamilton and more.
There's a beautiful juxtaposition that happens when the rosy, dimpled cheeks of Betty White frame the mouth that delivers zingers like, "If the guy's a cutie, you gotta tap that booty." Through her character Elka, Betty owns her age, her potty mouth and even that rainbow, pastel-colored wardrobe of hers. After all, "These track suits don't Bedazzle themselves."
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