10 Things I Hate About You (TV series)

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10 Things I Hate About You
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GenreSitcom
Based on10 Things I Hate About You
by Karen McCullah Lutz
Kirsten Smith
Developed byCarter Covington
Starring
Theme music composerRichard Gibbs
Composer(s)Richard Gibbs
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Carter Covington
John Ziffren
Robin Schiff
Producer(s)Shawn Wilt
Michael Platt
Barry Safchik (pilot only)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)ABC Family Original Productions
DistributorBuena Vista Home Entertainment
Release
Original networkABC Family
Picture format480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 7, 2009 (2009-07-07) –
May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
External links
Website

10 Things I Hate About You is an American television sitcom broadcast on ABC Family beginning in 2009. Developed by Carter Covington, the show is a half-hour, single camera series based on the 1999 film of the same name. It premiered on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 8 pm[1] and brought in 1.60 million viewers, a record for a 30-minute comedy debut on the ABC Family network.[2]

Following its initial 10-episode run, a second set of 10 episodes aired from March 29, 2010 to May 24, 2010.[3][4][5] On April 29, executive producer Carter Covington announced on his Twitter account that the series had been canceled by ABC Family due to low ratings.[6] He later revealed his intended storylines for the next season in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Popwatch blog.[7]

Plot[edit]

The series is based on 10 Things I Hate About You, which is itself based on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The Stratford sisters, Kat (Lindsey Shaw) and Bianca (Meaghan Martin), have just moved from Ohio to California. As they start at their new school (Padua High), they have very different goals. It's clear that one sister wants to stand out and the other just wants to fit in. Kat is a cool, smart, strong-willed, forthright feminist who is looking to save the world and get out of school as fast as she can. When she meets the intense Patrick Verona (Ethan Peck), sparks begin to fly. Bianca is a social butterfly whose main goal in life is to be popular, but when the head cheerleader makes her the mascot, she realizes she has a long way to go. As they start a bumpy year at Padua High, Kat and Bianca attempt to navigate the popular crowd, boys and their over-protective dad (Larry Miller). Bianca tries everything to be popular and become a cheerleader – although getting involved with the boyfriend (Chris Zylka) of the most popular girl in school (Dana Davis) creates new challenges.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Cast of 10 Things I Hate About You television series
  • Lindsey Shaw as Katerina "Kat" Stratford: a high school junior and Bianca's older sister.
  • Meaghan Martin as Bianca Stratford: A sophomore and Kat's little sister.
  • Ethan Peck as Patrick Verona: a brooding high school junior who often gets into trouble.
  • Nicholas Braun as Cameron James: an awkward sophomore in love with Bianca.
  • Dana Davis as Chastity Church: a sophomore and the most popular girl in school
  • Larry Miller as Dr. Walter Stratford: the girls' overprotective father.

Recurring characters[edit]

Development and production[edit]

In 2008, ABC Family announced their intention to create a comedy pilot based on the 1999 movie. The pilot was written by Carter Covington, a self-professed fan of the original 1999 film.[8][9] ABC Family green-lit the comedy in October 2008.[8] In November 2008, casting was announced for the pilot,[10] with production following that fall. In February 2009, the pilot was picked up when ABC Family ordered 9 additional episodes.[11]

While Covington sought a "reimagined" adaptation, there are several connections between the pilot and movie, which gave the pilot the same feel.[9][12] Gil Junger, who directed the movie, also directed the pilot. Richard Gibbs, who was credited for the original music in the 1999 movie, also composed the theme music for the pilot.[12][13] In addition, Larry Miller reprised his role as the overprotective father, Walter Stratford. A cover of I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick (which was covered for the film by Letters to Cleo) was recorded by KSM. A music video was shot which featured members of the cast with KSM.

The pilot was shot at a high school in Tujunga, California.[13] Due to budget constraints,[13] future episodes were filmed at a soundstage in Santa Clarita, California,[14][15] with only occasional external shots in Tujunga.

Covington served as the series' showrunner, as well as an executive producer. He stated that he wanted the show "to feel like a John Hughes film every week."[16] Junger remained on board, and directed seven of the first 10 episodes of the series.

Episodes[edit]

20 episodes were produced, 12 of them directed by Gil Junger, who also directed the original film.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Gil JungerCarter CovingtonJuly 7, 2009 (2009-07-07)1.60[2]
The Stratford sisters, Kat and Bianca, have just moved to California and prepare for their first day at their new high school. Bianca sucks up to Chastity, the cruel but beautiful head cheerleader, in hopes of becoming part of the in crowd. Cameron, an unpopular student, instantly falls in love with Bianca. Meanwhile, Kat befriends loner Mandela and finds herself drawn to the mysterious Patrick.
2"I Want You to Want Me"Gil JungerCarter CovingtonJuly 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)1.10[17]
Bianca tries to impress Chastity by arranging a fund-raising event for the cheerleading squad. Chastity gets jealous over Bianca's success while Cameron hopes that sending Bianca a carnation will finally make her notice him. Meanwhile, Kat deals with an unwanted admirer.
3"Won't Get Fooled Again"Gil JungerBarry Safchik & Michael PlattJuly 21, 2009 (2009-07-21)1.59[18]
Bianca overhears plans for a party and enlists Cameron to help her get the address. Kat finds out she and Patrick like the same band and he invites her to a concert. Both Stratford sisters sneak out of the house, but neither of their nights turned as planned.
4"Don't Give a Damn About My Bad Reputation"Gil JungerErin EhrlichJuly 28, 2009 (2009-07-28)1.80[19]
Kat and Patrick get into a fight when he litters on school property and they end up in the principal's office. Meanwhile, Bianca decides that it's time to rid herself of her squeaky clean image and starts a rumor about herself. Cameron is dismayed to find out that Bianca thinks he's gay.
5"Don't Give Up"Phil TraillLauren IungerichAugust 4, 2009 (2009-08-04)1.12[20]
Kat decides to convert her car to biodeisel fuel and enrolls in the autoshop class. Chastity makes a deal with Bianca: if she helps Joey raise his chemistry grade so he can play football, Chastity will allow Bianca on the cheerleading squad. Meanwhile, Cameron tries to figure out how to get Bianca's attention.
6"You Can't Always Get What You Want"Gil JungerJon RossAugust 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)1.17[21]
Bianca and her friend Dawn ask Cameron for help in setting up a web reality show to raise money so they can afford to hang out with Chastity. After Kat complains about her English teacher's easy grading, she succeeds in getting the grading policy changed. Patrick advises Cameron to show Bianca he is capable of protecting her, so Cameron tries to keep a watchful eye on her reality show.
7"Light My Fire"Rodman FlenderStefanie LederAugust 18, 2009 (2009-08-18)1.23[22]
When local residents are evacuated to Padua High during a brushfire emergency, Bianca tries to use the crisis as yet another opportunity to win over Chastity. Meanwhile, Patrick and Kat finally kiss, but his attempts to compliment her backfire. Cameron becomes worried that he caused the fire from launching a model rocket.
8"Dance Little Sister"Gil JungerBarry Safchik & Michael PlattAugust 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)1.15[23]
Bianca is excited to be asked to the Fall Fling by Beau Bradley, the captain of the soccer team. Meanwhile, Cameron overhears Beau bragging about his plans to seduce Bianca and resolves to sabotage her date. Bianca finds out about Cameron's sabotage while Patrick gets arrested at the school dance.
9"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)"Henry ChanErin EhrlichSeptember 1, 2009 (2009-09-01)1.21[24]
When Walter goes out of town, Bianca convinces a reluctant Kat to throw a party. Cameron confesses his love for Bianca, but she gently rejects him. Bianca comforts Joey after he gets into a fight with Chastity and they two kiss, but quickly agree it was a mistake.
10"Don't Leave Me This Way"Gil JungerCarter Covington & Robin SchiffSeptember 8, 2009 (2009-09-08)1.21[25]
Chastity tells Bianca that she will be replacing a sick cheerleader on the squad. Padua High starts a new security policy that includes a bag search, metal detectors, and a uniform policy. Chastity uses blackmail and has the uniform policy revoked. Patrick sees security searching his locker and leaves without his bag. Kat picks up the bag and follows Patrick, while the principal threatens suspension.
11"Da Reprecussions"Henry ChanErin EhrlichMarch 29, 2010 (2010-03-29)N/A
After leaving school without permission, Kat and Patrick are caught and suspended. Kat worries about how the zero grade and suspension might affect her college plans, so she sneaks in and takes the test, but is caught by the principal. Walter comes to school to defend Kat, but when he learns of Patrick's involvement in Kat's suspension, he gets angry and calls her a liar. Bianca confesses to Chastity about her kiss with Joey.
12"Don't Trust Me"Gil JungerCarter Covington & Robin SchiffApril 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)N/A
Walter insists Kat invite Patrick over for dinner, hoping to scare Patrick away. Patrick agrees, but not before he and Kat concoct a plan to scare Walter instead. Meanwhile, Chastity demands that Bianca break up with Joey. Walter comes to terms with the fact that his daughter Kat is growing up and making decisions on who she dates.
13"Great Expectations"Phil TraillStefanie LederApril 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)N/A
Both Kat and Bianca have dinner dates with their boyfriends. Walter feels the need to discuss the horrors of childbirth to Patrick and Joey. Bianca and Joey have a horrible first date, ending after Joey learns she is a virgin, but make up later. Kat ends up developing a case of food poisoning, and Patrick takes her home.
14"Meat is Murder"Gil JungerBen Epstein & Graham MooreApril 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)N/A
Kat starts to protest for Meatless Mondays with the assistance of a new British student, William "Blank" Blankenship. Meanwhile, Bianca tries to find a girl for Cameron but in the end fails once the girl gets fed up with trying to be someone she's not. Walter tries out a new dating site but finds out that his date is a phony.
15"The Winner Takes It All"Gil JungerJordon NardinoApril 26, 2010 (2010-04-26)N/A

Bianca enters the Padua High Talent Show and decides to sing "The Kids of America", enjoying the attention from her father. Kat joins the talent show with Cameron in a scheme to one-up Bianca. Afterward, Kat and Bianca have a heart to heart talk on the jealousy between them.

Note: Josie Loren as Kaylie Cruz and Cassie Scerbo as Lauren Tanner from Make It or Break It make cameo appearances.
16"Too Much Information"John PutchNiki Schwartz-WrightMay 3, 2010 (2010-05-03)N/A
Kat is worried about Patrick's odd behavior and recruits Cameron to help her spy on him. Meanwhile, after watching the reality show The Biggest Poser, Joey wants to be a cast member, but Bianca worries that this goal may lead to an eating disorder.
17"Just One Kiss"Melanie MayronErin EhrlichMay 10, 2010 (2010-05-10)N/A
When Bianca and Joey seek a second couple for a double date, she decides to set up Cameron and Dawn. Kat becomes upset when Patrick says their relationship is not exclusive and she can date whomever she wants. She accepts an invite from Blank, but Patrick sees them on their date and it greatly bothers him. Patrick and Blank get into a fight as they are leaving and he finally calls Kat his girlfriend. Walter finds romance with the girls' school counselor.
18"Changes"Gil JungerStefanie LederMay 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)N/A
Kat and Patrick consider taking their relationship to the next level. Walter considers dating the girls' guidance counselor and Joey makes it onto "The Biggest Poser." Bianca has her friends over for a dinner party to patch things up with Dawn and Cameron. Michael surprises everyone by admitting he's gay. Walter and Ms. Tharpe have their first date.
19"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"Henry ChanCarter CovingtonMay 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)N/A
The girls find out Walter is dating their guidance counselor, Darlene Tharpe. Meanwhile, Kat wants a change of scenery and chooses to study abroad in Nepal, which she hopes will help her get her mind off Patrick.
20"Revolution"Gil JungerRobin SchiffMay 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)N/A
Chastity decides to name Bianca vice head cheerleader, displacing Michelle. Meanwhile, Kat runs for class president against Blank. Kat's speech writer Tabitha Cook defects to Blank's campaign and crafts a fake video that causes Kat to lose the students' respect and the election. Walter returns early from a conference and intends to comfort Kat after the lost election, but discovers Kat and Patrick in a post-coital embrace in her bed.

Reception[edit]

10 Things has received a score of 66 out of 100 from review aggregator Metacritic.[26] Several critics praised the series for containing clever dialogue and appealing and rooted characters.[27][28] Brian Lowry of Variety described the show as "a solid roll for the cable network that was once an albatross around the neck of parent Disney."[29] One critic proclaimed the series as "best thing that ABC Family has ever produced."[30] Randee Dawn of The Hollywood Reporter thought that the series "has genuine appeal."[31]

Less favorable reviews came from Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times, who called the series "not very inventive,"[32] and The New York Post, whose mixed review concluded that the show is "silly, mindless fun" whose "actors are all terrific in that silly, mindless fun way that Disney teens tend to be."[33]

Mike Hale from The New York Times named the show to his top ten in 2009, stating that "in the dog days of July," the sitcom "may have been the best thing on television."[34]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Title Region 1 Discs Episodes Extras Studio
10 Things I Hate About You: Volume One January 12, 2010[35] 2 1–10 Audio Commentaries; Bloopers; a "Backstage Pass" Featurette (Behind the scenes with Meaghan and Lindsey); Pilot Episode of Make It or Break It ABC Studios
10 Things I Hate About You: Volume Two September 20, 2011 3 11–20 Extended Scenes, Rap Video, Joey's Make-up Transformation Shout! Factory

International release[edit]

Country / Region Network(s) Series premiere Series Title in Country
 Australia FOX8 10 Things I Hate About You
 Canada YTV March 19, 2010[36] 10 Things I Hate About You
 Germany VIVA October 12, 2011[37] 10 Dinge die ich an dir hasse
 Ireland TG4 September 2010 [38] 10 Things I Hate About You
 Italy MTV January 16, 2010[39] 10 Cose che odio di te
 Saudi Arabia Orbit Showtime March 2010 [40] 10 Things I Hate About You
 United Kingdom Fiver September 23, 2009[41] 10 Things I Hate About You
 New Zealand TV2 10 Things I Hate About You
 Malaysia 8TV July 1, 2010[42] 10 Things I Hate About You
 Thailand True Series July 20, 2010[43] 10 Things I Hate About You
 Finland Nelonen January 1, 2013[44] Teinielämää

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