If you have been near a TV during any holidays in the last 13 years you will have seen the widely popular romantic comedy starring Julia Stiles and the oh so cute Heath Ledger. However, today i discovered there was a TV show of the same name produced between 2009 and 2010 for ABC Family. The premise for “10 Things I Hate About You”-the television show is the same as in the film: two very different sisters struggle with high school, social acceptance and love. 20 episodes were made and many of them feature plotlines from the film as separate episodes, such as the party where Kat gets drunk, or Bianca going to the dance with the guy who only wants to get laid.Unfortunately, the whole show is a very watered down version of Shakespeare, heck it is even weak considering the usual ABC Family content (which is saying a lot). The three things making this show a bit more charming and watchable are:
1) Kat aka Lindsay Shaw, i saw her some months back in another ABC Family TV movie called Teen Spirit and i must say she does quick-witted feminist incredibly well. Plus i think television needs more exotic looking brunettes who don’t wear fake tan or have their boobs out, if i want to see that i watch Latin porn.
2) The original dad from the film who reprises his role on the show. He is mad but lovable, at the same time you feel his pain but he also makes you laugh.
3)Ethan Peck (playing Heath Ledger’s part) and his voice. The guy is not a great actor but he has a certain presence that is undeniable and a deep sexy voice to match. This was the first time i had ever seen him in anything and i immediately thought: Twilight meets old Hollywood leading man! Turns out i was not too far off, the guy is the grandson of “To Kill a Mockingbird” actor Gregory Peck. I am a sucker for a nice jawline and the whole family has the swoon factor.
Overall, the show is not funny, some episodes are touching and some lines are clever. You might as well watch it but do not spend your heard earned money on it. “10 Things I Hate About You” is enjoyable Sunday afternoon watch-out-of-sequence television.