What’s way more entertaining than dumb repetitive reality shows about trivial “housewives” who aren’t really housewives? A super hilarious parody about those very shows. Which is why I was thrilled when I was told about the Hotwives of Orlando.
Even upon first seeing a promo for the Hulu series, I could tell I was going to love this show. After actually watching the first episode, I could see I was right. I fell in love with how true to form and hilarious it is without being stupid and over-the-top.
The thing about shows or movies that parody something is that they often fail to be funny. They often fail to be anything but just as annoying as the very thing they’re trying to parody, if not even more annoying. This is not the case with Hotwives of Orlando. While the show manages to be funny and realistic to the style and formula of reality TV, and it doesn’t beat you over the head with the jokes. All the clichés and stereotypes are there, though. There’s the one Hotwife with an overbearing husband, the one Hotwife who does EVERYTHING, the one who always says the meanest things but uses the line “I’m just speaking my mind” as justification for being catty, and the promiscuous one.
We meet Tawny first. She is the rich trophy wife who married Phil, a man she thinks is dying, for his money. She is also having a hilarious affair with her personal trainer, and you can’t get much more cliché than that. In this first episode, she is planning a fundraiser for her charity Classy Canines, which provides high-heeled shoes for dogs.
Shauna, meanwhile, is married to a man named Anthony, who is, hilariously and obviously, into something shady, maybe even mob business. Shauna is delusional about the love in their marriage, as all Anthony does is yell at her and call her an idiot. Theirs is the funniest introduction of all.
Veronica is the foreign Hotwife (though not actually a wife) who has this great, funny accent and dialect, and sounds almost sophisticated, but actual has a trashy, side-splittingly funny potty-mouth. She is the heiress to a putt putt chain and is a sex fiend who constantly makes sexual innuendos and then tries to explain them. I could not stop laughing at her.
Those are the main women. The other three are Phe Phe, and sisters Crystal and Amanda. Phe Phe is the only black Hotwife, and is maybe the funniest one. She’s a lawyer, and has about a thousand other jobs. Her husband is a mascot for a local sports team, but both she and he are delusional enough to believe that this makes him a “professional athlete.” Phe Phe is the “speak your mind” Hotwife.
As for Crystal, she’s the Christian housewife whose husband TJ rules the house, using the Bible (which Crystal says she doesn’t actually read, but lets her husband dictate to her) to control her. And Amanda had a TV commercial as a child and think it qualifies her as a child star, so she behaves like one, having been addicted to drugs and alcohol and partying. She is hilarious in an extremely subtle way.
So, now that we’re in, we’ve started and have met the girls, here are some of the episode highlights:
- Antione, the ultimate party planner. Because every reality show of this nature has to have the snooty gay party planner to the stars.
- At the Classy Canines fundraiser, the women talked about how they don’t want any drama, but did the most obvious things to facilitate drama. They even argued over which one of them doesn’t want drama the most. It was the best parody moment.
- Tawny and Veronica’s argument over the personal trainer they have both slept with.
- The big surprise for me was the actor playing the personal trainer: a hilarious and lovely Joey McIntyre. Yes, that Joey McIntyre from New Kids On the Block. As a boy band fangirl, I was thrilled with that discovery. He’s a minor character, but I suspect he just might steal every scene he’s in.
- The ladies debated whether or not dogs have four “feet”.
- Tawny and Shauna are best friends, but started an all-out war among the group when Tawny told Shauna to “calm down.” Those are not only “fighting words”, but it’s apparently the most insulting thing you can say to rich Floridian housewives.
Season 1 of The Hotwives of Orlando is streaming on Hulu now.