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Smart and innocent, Marti Perkins is the main character in the Hellcats series. Perkins, played by Aly Michalka, is a pre-law student whose only hope for a debt-free college experience is her mother. Marti's mother works at Lancer University, and Marti benefits from the Lancer University Employee Family Scholarship. When the University makes budget cuts, Marti realizes that without her family scholarship, she will have to find other ways to fund her education.

Serious about solving her financial problem, Marti investigates and finds that a spot on Lancer University's cheer squad would earn her the money needed to continue with law school. Although she is inexperienced, cheer squad captain, Savannah Monroe sees potential greatness in Marti. Once making the squad, Marti becomes roommates with Savannah, played by Ashley Tisdale.

Hellcats coach Vanessa Lodge, played by Sharon Leal, hopes to lead the Hellcats in a win at nationals. Tension grows as the girls realize that a loss at nationals may mean another budget cut landing on the cheer team. Marti is left to deal with the stress of nationals, the instability of the Hellcats, as well as the crazy antics of her own mother, Wanda Perkins, played by Gail O'Grady.

Like many successful teen dramas, Hellcats is based on an award-winning novel. Hellcats is based on the novel Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by Kate Torgovnick. Directors do a great job of staying true to Marti's literary character. Hellcats was also nominated for "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 2011 People's Choice Awards, and for "Best Sound Editing: Short Form Musical in Television" at the annual Reel Awards.

The CW
1 Season, 23 Episodes - Canceled
September 8, 2010
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Hellcats Full Episode Guide

  • An epidemic of strep throat strikes some of the members of the Hellcats prior to their departure for Nationals, thus threatening their chance to qualify. After the shocking discovery that they are related, Marti and Deidre hit some major road bumps in their relationship.

  • Lewis enters a dance contest with Kathy with the intention of winning a new car for his father; the competition heats up when Alice decides to enter also.

  • As Marti searches deeper into her past, her bond with a mysterious record store employee, Deidre, grows stronger.

  • Marti convinces Julian to allow her to represent a Lancer University student at Honor Court, but the case becomes more personal than she imagined.

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