Hot in Cleveland (season 1)

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Hot in Cleveland (season 1)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Original channel TV Land
Original run June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16) – August 18, 2010 (2010-08-18)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11)
Region 2 April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25)
Region 4 February 17, 2011 (2011-02-17)
Season chronology
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The first season of the TV Land original sitcom Hot in Cleveland premiered on June 16, 2010 and ended August 18, 2010. A total of ten episodes were produced. The series stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.


Melanie, Joy and Victoria plan a holiday in Paris when their plane makes an emergency stop in Cleveland. There they find a welcoming community that is less shallow, youth-obsessed and weight-conscious than L.A. and decide to stay and live there in a home that also comes with a sassy caretaker, named Elka. Through the season the girls go through numerous situations like, Victoria faking a disease to get sympathy Daytime Emmy votes and rekindling a romance with her ex-rock star boyfriend; Melanie having her son visit and thinking he is engaged, and having her mother visit and sleep with Victoria's father; Joy getting set up on a date with a guy who resembles a serial killer and dating a younger guy she thinks may be the son she gave up for adoption; while Elka dyes her hair bright red and gets caught in a love triangle between two guys. In the season finale, a tornado hits Cleveland and the girls seek shelter in Elka's basement. There they discover that Elka's late husband was a fence for the mob, and she is subsequently arrested by Melanie's cop boyfriend.


Hot in Cleveland is TV Land's first venture into scripted comedy and is produced by Sean Hayes's Hazy Mills Productions and written by Suzanne Martin, who also serves as the showrunner.[1][2] It is shot with a multicamera setup in front of a live studio audience at the CBS Studio City soundstage.[3][4]

Guest stars included Shirley Knight as Melanie's overprotective mother, Loretta,[5] Hal Linden as Victoria's womanizing actor father, Alex, singer Joe Jonas as Melanie's son, Will,[6] Carl Reiner as Max, Elka's boyfriend,[5] Bil Dwyer as Melanie's ex-husband Anders, and Juliet Mills as Joy's critical mother, Philippa. Other first season guest stars include John Schneider, Wayne Knight, Huey Lewis,[5] Amy Yasbeck, Tim Conway, Mark Indelicato, Gary Anthony Williams, Dave Foley, and Susan Lucci.[7]


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 1 "Pilot" Michael Lembeck Suzanne Martin June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16) 101 4.75[8]
Three friends from Los Angeles named Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves) and Victoria (Wendie Malick) board a plane to Paris only to make an emergency landing in Cleveland, Ohio. They immediately begin to like the strange, unpretentious city and recently divorced Melanie meets a guy (John Schneider), only to find out he is married. They decide to stay in the city for a few weeks and rent a cottage, but along with the cottage comes a caretaker named Elka (Betty White), a sassy elderly woman who takes an immediate dislike to Joy. They have a choice on whether to keep Elka as the caretaker or not, but in the end they decide to keep her.
2 2 "Who's Your Mama?" Andy Cadiff Suzanne Martin June 23, 2010 (2010-06-23) 102 3.37[9]
Joy dates a younger man (David Giuntoli) who could possibly be the son she put up for adoption when she was a teenager. During their second date she "accidentally" elbows him in the nose and collects his blood in a napkin for a DNA test, though he soon after reveals that he had already found his biological mother ten years previously. Elka hesitantly goes out on a date with a guy named Arthur (Jack Donner) after being encouraged by Melanie.
3 3 "Birthdates" Andy Cadiff Vanessa McCarthy June 30, 2010 (2010-06-30) 103 3.07[10]
The girls each pick a date for one another. Elka has more luck with her date (Carl Reiner) and announces her engagement. Victoria's date with Chester (D. W. Moffett) goes well until she finds out he has man-breasts. Meanwhile, Victoria sets Joy up with a guy (Robert Gant) who bears a frightening resemblance to a wanted murderer, and Melanie's date (George Newbern) keeps associating her with his dead wife.
4 4 "The Sex That Got Away" David Trainer Anne Flett-Giordano & Chuck Ranberg July 7, 2010 (2010-07-07) 105 2.93[11]
A legendary rock singer (Huey Lewis), who was also a former flame of Victoria's, shows up in Cleveland for an event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Melanie tries to apologize to her favorite singer (Amy Yasbeck) after she continuously bump into her breasts. Little does she know that when the singer shows up to accept the apology, Melanie is about to get more than just a CD and forgiveness.
5 5 "Good Neighbors" David Trainer Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil July 14, 2010 (2010-07-14) 106 2.99[12]
Melanie throws a party to meet some new friends and comes off as insulting to one of her next-door neighbors (Wayne Knight), a columnist for The Plain Dealer, leading Melanie to fear that he'll write something negative about her. Meanwhile, Victoria is excited over getting an offer to do a commercial in Japan, only to find out it is for adult underpants. Elka sports a dyed hairdo that draws criticism from Joy.
6 6 "Meet the Parents" Andy Cadiff Liz Feldman July 21, 2010 (2010-07-21) 104 2.44[13]
It's a family reunion the trio would rather forget when Melanie's overprotective mother Loretta (Shirley Knight), Victoria's womanizing actor father Alex (Hal Linden) and Joy's criticizing mother Philippa (Juliet Mills), who just became Elka's new buddy via the internet, pay the ladies a visit. And that is just the beginning when Melanie and Victoria, respectively suggesting that Loretta take risks and Alex date more age-appropriate women, find their parents together in bed... and Melanie knows Loretta is still married.
7 7 "It's Not That Complicated" David Trainer Anne Flett-Giordano & Chuck Ranberg July 28, 2010 (2010-07-28) 107 2.97[14]
During a visit to New York City to see her daughter perform on Broadway, Melanie runs into her ex-husband Anders (Bil Dwyer), who follows her back to Cleveland claiming that he and his new girlfriend Kim have broken up. Joy and Victoria are skeptical of this reconciliation and learn the real reason why Anders wanted to get back with Melanie, who is left believing that he wants to be with her again. Meanwhile, Elka is caught in a love triangle between Max (Carl Reiner) and Nick (Tim Conway).
8 8 "The Play's the Thing" Gil Junger Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil August 4, 2010 (2010-08-04) 108 2.57[15]
Melanie's romance with her cop boyfriend Pete (David Starzyk) is annoying Joy, Victoria and Elka in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Victoria meets a young fan (Mark Indelicato), who wants her to help out with his school production of "Romeo & Juliet" because their new drama teacher is also the soccer coach and is treating them like a sports team.
9 9 "Good Luck Faking the Goiter" Gil Junger Suzanne Martin August 11, 2010 (2010-08-11) 109 2.72[16]
When Melanie's secretive son Will (Joe Jonas) comes to visit on his way back to college, she invades his privacy and learns a little too much when she discovers that he did not tell her about getting engaged. She uses his cell phone to text his girlfriend by pretending to be Will, resulting in their break up. Meanwhile, when Victoria is nominated for an Emmy, Elka helps her fake a deadly disease to gain sympathy and votes. Victoria, however, learns that faking the disease is not an act at all when members of a charitable organization dedicated to the disease stop by. Joy, believing that she is experiencing a mid-life crisis, tries seeking going to different therapists; using this experience she is able to help Will and Melanie reconnect.
10 10 "Tornado" Gil Junger Vanessa McCarthy August 18, 2010 (2010-08-18) 110 3.40[17]
A tornado hits Cleveland and the women find something shocking in the storm cellar as they discover that Elka has been hiding a roomful of stolen goods for years. While they all ride out the storm, Melanie starts to worry about Pete and if he really loved her; Joy deals with a date (Rand Holdren) and gets a surprise text from her son; Victoria worries that she'll miss her final chance to win her first Daytime Emmy Award in which she is up against rival Susan Lucci. At the end of the episode Elka goes to jail. Special guest star Susan Lucci.


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