Hot in Cleveland

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Seasoned cast, sex jokes keep hokey premise afloat.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's main messages tout the importance of female friendships and independence and embrace a more relaxed look at age and beauty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The three main characters are accomplished professionals in three different creative fields. And while they have flaws, they seem to be aware of them ... at least when their lives are flashing before their eyes.


Sexual innuendo and use of words like "whore" and "slut" as punchlines; adult women talk about sex and, on occasion, engage in sexual relationships with men off camera.


Some "gateway" words like "hell," "bastard," "friggin'," etc., as well as terms like "whore" and "slut."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking that occasionally affects adult characters' decision-making; a few humorous references to marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sitcom about three middle-aged women who relocate from L.A. to the Midwest relies on quotable one-liners about sex and other cheeky topics -- such as, "I say we kill him and make his underage whore watch." Characters also drink socially, which can sometimes lead to poor decision-making, and use words like "slut," "whore," and "bastard." There's also a joke that suggests that a character in her 80s smokes marijuana.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 16-year-old Written byRobert L. February 11, 2018

Classic female humor for a good adult laugh

Veteran comedic actresses who work well and comfortably together bringing easy going laughs in a classic sitcom. Occasionally sexual lyrics oriented jokes to k... Continue reading
Parent Written byCooldee August 25, 2010

Good and bad role models.

I love Hot in Cleveland, but I am so glad that I do not live in L.A! I perfer to live in northeastern Ohio and Western P.A. The female characters have relatio... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 15, 2012

Funny but a little overboard with men to women

Hilarious,Funny,Betty White you name it! Men to Women stuff is shown not as bad as Two and a Half Men but it's LA in Cleveland filled with fun and enjoymen... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byemmagracehb November 13, 2011

Know Your Kids

This TV show sends a good message, but if it were a movie, it would be PG-13

What's the story?

When their Paris-bound plane makes an emergency pit stop in Ohio, a trio of vacationing Los Angelinos -- longtime friends Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Victoria (Wendie Malick) and Joy (Jane Leeves) -- make an unexpected discovery: They're HOT IN CLEVELAND, a place where men actually pursue women their own age. They may have been "old" and "unattractive" in Los Angeles, but in the Midwest, they're the belles of the ball. So in a bid to test out the town, Melanie rents a vintage property for a pittance and inherits the house's feisty live-in caretaker (Betty White).

Is it any good?

In her late '80s, lovable comedienne Betty White is one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood, having buoyed box-office hits like The Proposal with her charms and hosted Saturday Night Live on the strength of a Facebook petition. But she's also the last surviving Golden Girl, making her a bit of a national treasure. So it stands to reason that her presence alone on this well-cast TV Land original series would lend a little street cred to its title.

For adults who grew up with her, it's great to see White cracking jokes about pot and sensible track suits, but she isn't the only one bringing the fire; Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick deliver well-tested chemistry as a trio of longtime friends, and former Frasier writer Suzanne Martin keeps them plied with well-penned one-liners. The set-up itself is a little forced, and the formula's hardly fresh, but it's a sitcom that succeeds in being funny.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's reliance on jokes about sex and sexual topics for a laugh. Why/how does a word like "whore" take on comedic connotations? Do these characters speak the way real women speak?

  • Who's the show's target audience? How can you tell?

  • What's the show's message when it comes to age and beauty? Does it shatter any commonly held stereotypes about women in their 40s, 50s ... and 80s?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love strong female characters

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