Three 40-something best friends from Los Angeles are flying to Paris when their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. Realizing that all the norms from Los Angeles don't apply anymore, they decide to celebrate a city that values real women and stay where they're still considered hot.
Christine is divorced from Richard but continues to see him as a best friend, even when he becomes involved with a woman, also named "Christine." Living in an apartment with her son Ritchie, her brother Matthew rents a separate room in an outbuilding and the two of them feed off the insecurities of the other implanted by their mother during their upbringing. "Old" Christine runs a gym with her best friend Barb, whose name describes her wit. Christine's insecurities are not helped by the other parents at a posh school she and Richard send their son to, one that is generally thought to be beyond the means of regular working people.Written by
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I'm watching it from the beginning on Lifetime and it is still really funny. I loved it when it was on and thought that the cast was great. I loved Christine, Matthew, Richard, Barb, and the mean mommies. Actually I think that the mean mommies are two of the best characters I've seen in a long time. Their timing and facial expressions with each other and Christine are priceless. Julia is wonderful and there are some Elaine-ish moments (in fact I think they use a clip from Seinfeld in reminiscing about the past.) But Elaine was pretty nuts too. Christine is over the top and completely self-absorbed and after watching for a while, Elaine Bennis slips your mind. I think she really shines in this and the supporting cast is great.
The central theme of this show is dysfunction. Terrifically funny dysfunction. They're all so crazy and the enmeshment is off the charts. But each character is funny as hell.
I was disappointed when it was canceled but I definitely did see it wearing thin. The first few seasons were genius and as I watch it in reruns, I find it totally enjoyable.
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