10 Things I Hate About You (TV series)
|10 Things I Hate About You|
10 Things I Hate About You|
by Karen McCullah Lutz
|Developed by||Carter Covington|
|Theme music composer||Richard Gibbs|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
Barry Safchik (pilot only)
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ABC Family Original Productions|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||ABC Family|
|Original release||July 7, 2009 – May 24, 2010|
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 and brought in 1.60 million viewers, a record for a 30-minute comedy debut on the ABC Family network.
Following its initial 10-episode run, a second set of 10 episodes aired from March 29, 2010 to May 24, 2010. 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. He later revealed his intended storylines for the next season in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Popwatch blog.
The series is based on the 1999 movie of the same name, 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.
Development and production
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. ABC Family green-lit the comedy in October 2008. In November 2008, casting was announced for the pilot, with production following that fall. In February 2009, the pilot was picked up when ABC Family ordered 9 additional episodes.
While Covington sought a "reimagined" adaptation, there are several connections between the pilot and movie, which gave the pilot the same feel. Gil Junger, who directed the movie, also directed the pilot. Richard Gibbs, who is credited for the original music in the 1999 movie, also composed the theme music for the pilot. In addition, Larry Miller reprises his role as the overprotective father, Walter Stratford.
The pilot was shot at a high school in Tujunga, California. Due to budget constraints, future episodes were filmed at a soundstage in Santa Clarita, California, with only occasional external shots in Tujunga.
Covington serves as the series show runner, as well as an executive producer. He has stated that he wants the show "to feel like a John Hughes film every week." Junger has remained on board, and directed seven of the first 10 episodes of the series.
Cast and characters
- Lindsey Shaw as Katerina "Kat" Stratford: a high school junior and Bianca's older sister, Kat is a smart, strong-willed feminist with a 'sharp tongue'. She has an independent mind and deep ethical beliefs. One of her long-time goals has been to go to college at Brown University. She finds herself strangely drawn to Patrick. She is shown to be a compulsive overachiever as she broke into school just to take a test. She also tends to be inadvertently insensitive to other people's feelings.
- Meaghan Martin as Bianca Stratford: A sophomore and Kat's little sister. Bianca will do anything to become popular and get a spot on the cheerleading squad. She is as vapid as could be and dates the aspiring-male-model football star. She is now learning that being popular is not as easy or simple as it seems. She is shown to be quite caring at times.
- Ethan Peck as Patrick Verona: also a high school junior, Patrick is a quiet, brooding loner who often gets into trouble. He has a 'disturbingly' deep voice. He is feared by most of the students including Mandella, Kat's only friend, who is also the only one to believe he is a cold-blooded killer. He meets Kat in the very first episode and instantly he grows to like her, because she is fearless, she has a warm heart and she cares about other people as well as herself. In the episode of the fire, Patrick is caught looking through Kat's window; she allows him in, only for her sister Bianca to walk in calling him 'cute'. Near the end of this episode an old woman previously talking to Kat tells her, 'your boyfriend' left you something, which turned out to be her deceased mother's records. He takes an interest in Kat. In the last episode, they are caught in bed together when Walter (Kat's dad) walks in on them.
- Nicholas Braun as Cameron James: a sophomore, he is in love with Bianca from the first day he sees her, but he is awkward and inexperienced in the ways of dating. He begins dating Dawn, Bianca's best friend.
- Dana Davis as Chastity Church: a sophomore and the most popular girl in the school. She is head cheerleader and comes from a wealthy family. Her mother is Marcheline (Shari Headley). Chastity's father is on the school board and she uses this to get whatever she wants (she once even blackmailed her father). Chastity is very catty and swears a vendetta on Bianca after she steals Joey from her. In the last episode, she is demoted from her spot as head cheerleader because she threw a sponge at Bianca during their car wash, causing Michelle to kick her off the squad. After this, she reveals to Bianca that she is transferring to another school. According to Covington, Davis had asked to leave the show after the episode in question.
- Larry Miller as Dr. Walter Stratford: the girls' overprotective father. He is a gynecologist and widower. He is wary of teenage boys and often lectures his daughters about sex. His main rule is that Bianca doesn't date until Kat does. While normally serious, he does have a funny and loving side. He is the only cast member from the film to reprise his role in the series.
- Allie Gonino as Michelle: One of the most popular girls in the school and leader of cheerleaders.
- Chris Zylka as Joey Donner
- Kyle Kaplan as Michael Bernstein
- Ally Maki as Dawn
- Jolene Purdy as Mandella
- Suzy Nakamura as Principal Holland
- Leslie Grossman as Ms. Darlene Tharpe
- Barret Swatek as Ms. Somers
- Jack Salvatore Jr. as Brad
- Justin Lee as Charlie Woo
- Cody McMains as Keith
- Ashley Jackson as Tabitha Cook
- Benjamin Stone as William "Blank" Blankenship
10 Things has received a score of 67 out of 100 from review aggregator Metacritic. Several critics praised the series for containing clever dialogue and appealing and rooted characters. 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." One critic proclaimed the series as "best thing that ABC Family has ever produced." Randee Dawn of The Hollywood Reporter thought that the series "has genuine appeal."
Less favorable reviews came from Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times, who called the series "not very inventive," 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."
Awards and nominations
|2010||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Comedy or Drama)||Meaghan Martin|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Gil Junger||Carter Covington||July 7, 2009||1.60|
|The Stratford sisters, Kat and Bianca, have just moved to California and prepare for their first day at their new high school. Kat wants to stand apart while Bianca wants to fit in. 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 and helps her plans for popularity in hopes of getting her attention. Meanwhile, Kat befriends loner Mandela and finds herself drawn to the mysterious Patrick.|
|2||"I Want You to Want Me"||Gil Junger||Carter Covington||July 14, 2009||1.10|
|Bianca tries to impress Chastity by arranging a fund-raising event for the cheerleading squad. The squad sells carnations for students to send to one another, which quickly develops into a popularity contest. 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 Junger||Barry Safchik & Michael Platt||July 21, 2009||1.59|
|Bianca overhears plans for a party and enlists Cameron to help her the address to up her social status. 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. Bianca and Cameron can't find the party and Kat has a romantic moment with Patrick ruined when Bianca needs rescuing.|
|4||"Don't Give a Damn About My Bad Reputation"||Gil Junger||Erin Ehrlich||July 28, 2009||1.80|
|Kat and Patrick get into a fight when he litters on school property and they end up in the principal's office. Patrick leaves his backpack behind and Kat can't resist snooping through it. When she returns his backpack, Patrick accuses Kat of taking one of his personal items and she embarks on a search to find it for him. Meanwhile, Bianca decides that it's time to rid herself of her squeaky clean image and starts a rumor about herself. When Chastity spots Bianca and the math teacher together, the rumor quickly turns into that Bianca is having an affair with a teacher. Cameron is hurt when he hears the gossip and is dismayed to find out that Bianca thinks he's gay.|
|5||"Don't Give Up"||Phil Traill||Lauren Iungerich||August 4, 2009||1.12|
After realizing how hypocritical it is for her to drive a gas-guzzling car, Kat decides to convert her car to biodeisel fuel and enrolls in the autoshop class. The boys in the class bet on how quickly Kat will give up but she bets on herself. 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. However, Bianca ends up encouraging Joey's modeling dreams instead, much to Chastity's annoyance. Meanwhile, Cameron tries to figure out how to get Bianca's attention.show.
|6||"You Can't Always Get What You Want"||Gil Junger||Jon Ross||August 11, 2009||1.17|
|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. It doesn't take long before the girls realize that to get more viewers, they have to act sexy for the cameras. After Kat complains about her English teacher's easy grading, she succeeds in getting the grading policy changed. However, her new grade causes Kate to make tough realizations about herself. 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 Flender||Stefanie Leder||August 18, 2009||1.23|
|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. In order to please her, Bianca must find a private room in the school for Chastity but Chastity's demands cause Bianca to snap. 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. Walter hits it off with a pregnant woman's friend and decides to re-enter the dating scene.|
|8||"Dance Little Sister"||Gil Junger||Barry Safchik & Michael Platt||August 25, 2009||1.15|
|Bianca is excited to be asked to the Fall Fling by Beau Bradley, the captain of the soccer team. Since she can't date until Kat does, she convinces Patrick to take Kat to the dance and to Kat's surprise, he agrees. Meanwhile, Cameron overhears Beau bragging about his plans to seduce Bianca and resolves to sabotage her date. Unfortunately for both of them, neither Stratford sister's date goes as planned. 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 Chan||Erin Ehrlich||September 1, 2009||1.21|
|When Walter goes out of town, Bianca convinces a reluctant Kat to throw a party to increase their social status. Patrick stops by and attempts to apologize but Kat refuses to listen to him. Angry, Patrick mocks Kat for being perfect. After he leaves, Kat decides to let loose to prove she's fun and puts Bianca in charge of the party, which becomes increasingly out of control. 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 Junger||Carter Covington & Robin Schiff||September 8, 2009||1.21|
|After the party, Kat and Bianca feel guilty in Kat's car for different reasons. Kat doesn't know why but regrets getting drunk and what she said to Patrick. Bianca feels the pain of kissing Joey after the party. Chastity arrives and tells Bianca she will replacing a sick cheerleader on the squad. While excited because this was Bianca's ultimate goal, the guilt about kissing Joey is eating her up. Padua High starts a new security policy that includes a bag search, metal detectors, and a uniform policy. Kat stages a protest but she needs help from the one person who has this school on a string, Chastity. At the walkout, Kat tries to get everyone's attention but fails, until Patrick yells for everyone to listen to her. Kat is amazed but still fails to convince the student body. Chastity stands up and convinces the school to sing in song and stay in the full courtyard. After receiving a phone call from her father, Chastity uses blackmail and has the uniform policy revoked. Everyone leaves as Kat still tries to protest the metal detectors and bag searches. Mandella and Kat tie themselves to a tree and stand for a while, getting exhausted, Patrick brings them bottled water and sits with them for company. Mr. Stratford arrives and convinces Kat that in order to get into her goal of an Ivy-League school she has to follow the rules sometimes. She caves in and highly disappoints Patrick and Mandella. While trying to talk to Patrick, he and Kat see security searching his locker. He angrily leaves without his bag and doesn't care of the risk of getting suspended. Kat sees this and takes his bag and follows Patrick, while the principal threatens suspension. Chastity is angry at seeing a girl kissing Joey. Not knowing it was Bianca, Chastity gets comfort from her and enlists in her help to get to the security cameras to see who the girl was. Bianca gets nervous as Chastity hugs her and states that Bianca is the best friend she has ever had. Bianca tries to get help from Cameron, but he refuses, saying since he isn't over her. Kat gives Patrick's bag back to him and they both ride off on his motorcycle.|
|11||"Da Reprecussions"||Henry Chan||Erin Ehrlick||March 29, 2010||N/A|
|After leaving school without permission, Kat and Patrick are caught and suspended. As punishment, Walter wants Kat to paint the living room. The next day while Kat is painting, Patrick comes over and tells her that the test she is missing in English will result in a zero. 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 tries to get to the security video evidence of the make-out session she had with Joey before Chastity can see. Cameron gets the tape and erases the portion, but is still mad at Bianca for dating Joey. Bianca confesses to Chastity, who gets angry and pours frozen yogurt all over her.|
|12||"Don't Trust Me"||Gil Junger||Carter Covington & Robin Schiff||April 5, 2010||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 and the "in" crowd give Bianca the cold shoulder after learning Bianca was the blonde who kissed Joey. Cameron is voted "Mr. Dependable", while Joey and Bianca are voted cutest couple, but they refuse the title. Even though Chastity demands that Bianca break up with Joey so Chastity can be popular again, Bianca decides to continue dating 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 Traill||Stefanie Leder||April 12, 2010||N/A|
|Both Kat and Bianca have dinner dates with their boyfriends. While Joey's plans include romance, flowers and candles (at his house no less), Patrick's version includes a dine-and-dash. Chastity wears a disguise to the movies so people don't see her without a date, but she runs into Cameron. Meanwhile, 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 (even though it is rumored she had an affair with her teacher), but make up later. Kat ends up developing a case of food poisoning, and Patrick takes her home.|
|14||"Meat is Murder"||Gil Junger||Ben Epstein & Graham Moore||April 19, 2010||N/A|
|Kat starts to protest for Meatless Mondays and with the assistance of a new British student named William "Blank" Blankenship, it is put into action. Sadly after she catches him selling pepperoni pizza to the school, Kat then realizes it was a huge plan to earn him the title of student body president. 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 Junger||Jordon Nardino||April 26, 2010||N/A|
The Padua High Talent Show is here. Bianca enters and decides to sing "The Kids of America" and is enjoying the attention from her father but to her dismay, Chastity steals her song shortly afterward. Kat is feeling strongly neglected by her father and therefore joins the talent show with Cameron in a scheme to one-up Bianca but backfires when Kat becomes strongly overcome with stage fright. Afterward, Kat and Bianca have a heart to heart talk on the jealousy going on between them. In the end, Joey won the talent show and guest stars on Make It or Break It.Cameos: Josie Loren as Kaylie Cruz and Cassie Scerbo as Lauren Tanner from Make It or Break It.
|16||"Too Much Information"||John Putch||Niki Schwartz-Wright||May 3, 2010||N/A|
|Kat is worried about Patrick's odd behavior and recruits Cameron to help her spy on him. The plan backfires when Patrick catches them and gets angry. Meanwhile, after watching the reality show The Biggest Poser, Joey wants to be a cast member, but then Bianca starts to worry that this goal may be leading to an eating disorder. So Joey will admit to his eating disorder, the girls pretend to make a confrontation about Bianca's "fake" eating disorder. Then, things get out of hand and Bianca has to come clean to Joey and to Bianca's satisfaction, Joey admits that he doesn't have any sort of eating disorder.|
|17||"Just One Kiss"||Melanie Mayron||Erin Ehrlick||May 10, 2010||N/A|
|When Bianca and Joey seek a second couple for a double date, she decides to set up Cameron and Dawn. To Bianca's dismay, Dawn and Cameron seem to really like each other and automatically hook up (and strangely, start to make out) which is greatly disturbing Bianca. 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. Kat decides, after Blank starts holding her hand, to end the date. Patrick and Blank get into a fight as they are leaving and he finally calls Kat his girlfriend. They are later seen kissing in an abandoned hallway. Also, Walter finds romance with the girls' school counselor.|
|18||"Changes"||Gil Junger||Stefanie Leder||May 17, 2010||N/A|
|Kat and Patrick consider taking their relationship to the next level but backfires when Patrick accidentally insults Kat. 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 and enjoying her last moments with Joey. Meanwhile, Michael is invited to Bianca's dinner party as well but surprises everyone by coming out of the closet and admitting he's gay. Walter and Ms. Tharpe have their first date.|
|19||"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"||Henry Chan||Carter Covington||May 24, 2010||N/A|
|The girls find out Walter is dating their guidance counselor, Darlene Tharpe. Kat is proud and happy that Walter finally started dating again, unlike Bianca who doesn't handle the news well, and it doesn't help that she is separated from Joey, who is sequestered in the "Biggest Poser". 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. Bianca starts to befriend Darlene but the friendship ends abruptly when Bianca's phone is taken away by a teacher and Bianca runs to Ms. Tharpe in hope of her getting it back for her, but Ms. Tharpe says that Darlene is friends with Bianca and not her. In the end, Walter convinces Bianca to give her another chance. The episode ends with Kat practicing for her trip by spending the night in a tent when Bianca comes in and tells her she admires her for being able to Nepal like this. Kat then breaks down and tells her she doesn't want to go and is heartbroken that Patrick didn't try to stop her.|
|20||"Revolution"||Gil Junger||Robin Schiff||May 24, 2010||N/A|
|Chastity decides to name Bianca vice head cheerleader, displacing Michelle. Because Michelle is supported by the rest of the squad, they enlist Dawn in a complex scheme involving a fake fight at the cheerleaders' annual car wash. The plan backfires when the fight seems too real, and Michelle ousts Chastity as head cheerleader. Bianca and Dawn show support for Chas by quitting when Michelle won't reinstate Chastity. Chastity then reveals that she is moving to another school to be head cheerleader there, meaning that Bianca and Dawn had quit the squad for nothing. Meanwhile, Kat runs for class president against Blank. Cameron helps her make a campaign video, but Kat's speech writer Tabitha Cook, defects to Blank's campaign in disgust. Using outtakes from the video, she crafts a fake video that uses Kat's superior attitude against her, causing her to lose the students' respect and the election. Patrick, who expressed complete apathy about elections in general, comes out in support of Kat. Bianca, Cameron and Dawn watch The Biggest Poser, and the episode ends with Joey apparently giving in to the advances of one of the female models. 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.|
|DVD Title||Region 1||Discs||Episodes||Extras||Studio|
|10 Things I Hate About You: Volume One||January 12, 2010||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|
|Country / Region||Network(s)||Series premiere||Series Title in Country|
|Australia||FOX8||10 Things I Hate About You|
|Canada||YTV||March 19, 2010||10 Things I Hate About You|
|Germany||VIVA||October 12, 2011||10 Dinge die ich an dir hasse|
|Ireland||TG4||September 2010||10 Things I Hate About You|
|Italy||MTV||January 16, 2010||10 Cose che odio di te|
|Saudi Arabia||Orbit Showtime||March 2010||10 Things I Hate About You|
|United Kingdom||Fiver||September 23, 2009||10 Things I Hate About You|
|New Zealand||TV2||10 Things I Hate About You|
|Malaysia||8TV||July 1, 2010||10 Things I Hate About You|
|Thailand||True Series||July 20, 2010||10 Things I Hate About You|
|Finland||Nelonen||January 1, 2013||Teinielämää|
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- 10 Things I Hate About You at the Internet Movie Database
- 10 Things I Hate About You at TV.com