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The creator of the beloved series The Gilmore Girls is back with a new creation. Amy Sherman-Palladino's latest endeavor, Bunheads premiered on ABC Family for the 2012 season. The cast features many of the same actors who appeared in The Gilmore Girls, as well as some faces new to the screen.

Bunheads is the story of Michelle (Sutton Foster), a professional dancer in the company of the exclusive American Ballet Theater. She becomes tired of the rigid life of a professional ballet dancer and moves to Las Vegas to dance as a showgirl. In Las Vegas, Michelle begins to live an unstructured existence where she parties hard and tries to cast off the constraints she felt her ballet career placed upon her.

By the time a Californian shoe salesman begins routinely attending her shows, Michelle is burned out on her chaotic lifestyle. Mr. Flowers wines and dines her and brings her expensive gifts. Michelle realizes that she may have found her way out of Las Vegas and dancing as a showgirl. In a night of drunken indulgence, Michelle and Mr. Flowers marry and immediately move to his little hometown of Paradise, California. Much to her surprise, they must share his enormous beachside house with his mother, Fanny Flowers (Kelly Bishop). By a strange coincidence, Fanny runs a ballet studio right in their backyard and Michelle must come face to face with her past. The show follows this struggle as well as her integration into the lives of the people of Paradise.

The mark of Sherman-Palladino is unmistakable and Bunheads shares many of the traits that branded The Gilmore Girls as a unique show in its time. Like The Gilmore Girls, Bunheads dialogue is fast paced and packed with references from popular culture. Scenes are generally lengthier than what is usual in similar shows and dialogue takes a back seat to the action, which generally takes place in the background as the characters discuss the surrounding activity.

Bunheads offers a warm hearted, family friendly show for the ballet enthusiast. While Bunheads can be dramatic at times, the episodes are generally lighthearted and filled with humorous quips.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on FreeForm
1 Season, 18 Episodes - Canceled
June 11, 2012
Drama
7.6/10
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Bunheads Full Episode Guide

  • Without Michelle knowing, the girls follow her to a Broadway musical audition in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Scotty stays home to do chores.

  • The dance studio is set up as an evacuation headquarters.

  • Milly finds out about the preservation society's plan to discuss the new amphitheatre. Meanwhile, Sasha and Roman take their relationship public; and Talia shares some big news.

  • Michelle has bad news for her brother. Milly offers financial assistance and advice for Fanny's upcoming recital.

  • Michelle and Fanny must find resources to supplement the dance studio. Meanwhile, the girls are fascinated by the new students and Sasha faces a personal dilemma.

  • Michelle helps Truly renegotiate her lease following her eviction. Boo seeks Michelle's advice and Michelle lets Talia set her up on a blind date.

  • Michelle readjusts to life in Las Vegas and is hired as a magician's assistant. Elsewhere, Ginny assumes responsibility of her mom's real-estate company; Melanie and Boo care for family members; and Sasha delays her return home after her summer away.

  • Michelle messes up during the "Nutcracker" performance.

  • Fanny is out of control trying to find her new Clara for 'The Nutcracker.'

  • Michelle is shocked when she discovers Fanny has a longtime, long-distance boyfriend. Meanwhile, Fanny and Michelle head to L.A. for a play.

  • When the dance studio has a leak, Michelle offers her home to the girls to change their clothes. But when one of them lies about stealing from her, Michelle demands the truth.

  • When Michelle's friend, Talia, visits from Vegas, their plans for a wild birthday road trip are ruined by Fanny. Just when things couldn't get worse, Talia discovers Truly's clothing boutique, Sparkles.

  • Michelle tries to help Fanny with her finances but her efforts could potentially jeopardize the upcoming Spring Flower Festival and Fanny's original ballet, "Paper or Plastic."

  • Michelle attempts to create distance from her new mother-in-law. And Fanny is upset when the Joffrey Ballet threatens to move Summer Program auditions to a different city.

  • Fanny receives some surprising news from her attorney and creates awkwardness for Michelle. Michelle leaves in Hubbell's car to diffuse the situation. To complicate matters she runs into an unexpected person. The girls participate in an "ugliest feet" contest with other dance studios.

  • Michelle and her mother-in-law seem to finally be back on good terms, until something unexpected happens. Michelle is on edge with Fanny again but finds herself still feeling empathy towards her.

  • In the series premiere, meet Michelle Simms - a classically-trained professional dancer who was enticed by life in Las Vegas. Now, with a dead-end job as a 30-something showgirl, she's found the excitement of Sin City has lost its appeal. She decides to make a change - by getting married and moving away.

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  • Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot 6/11/2012

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