I haven't watched episodic TV in several years now. The "comedies" have degenerated into a string of off-color jokes at the expense of one of the characters, frequently mean-spirited. Frazier was the last show I watched weekly. When TV-Land announced "Hot in Cleveland", I assumed it would be a low-budget bit of fluff and ignored it. Well, was I ever wrong!
After channel-surfing into the lead-up to season two, I decided to get the season one DVD. What a treat! My wife and I have watched all but the final episode and we are hooked.
The cast is exceptional and the writing is excellent. Are the situations contrived? Is the humor formulaic? Does Betty White get most of the snappers? Of course. --But it WORKS! I enjoy this show as much as Dick Van Dyke, MTM, Taxi, Cheers, or Frazier.
The only downside to season one is that it has too few episodes.
[In case you're wondering, Cleaveland lost its "a" because it was too long for the local paper's masthead.]