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Stuff I Like Right Now: Make It or Break It

On the second episode of ABC Family's Make It or Break It, a group of world-class teenage gymnasts fights off some scary-looking guys by doing cartwheels and back handsprings. Girl power via tumbling runs? That's when I knew I'd love this show.

Granted, the show wasn't a hard sell for me — or at least the part of me that gets obsessed with the Olympics every couple of years. But over the few weeks it's been on, Make It or Break It has become one of my favorite shows of the Summer. Why? A few reasons:

  • The girls themselves. I love three of the four main characters — and the fourth is gaining fast. I adore perfect Payson, the champion good girl; devious Lauren, the troublemaker with daddy issues; and newbie Emily, the playground recruit who works a secret pizza parlor job to pay for the gym. I relate least to girly-girl Kaylie, who might want romance more than a gold medal, but she's growing on me.
  • Ayla Kell. The serious perfectionist, Payson, could be the dullest character in the cast — but I am loving actress Ayla Kell, who gives Payson a sweet vulnerability to go with that tough tomboy exterior.
  • The capers. In one episode, Kaylie does a fancy gymnastics trick on a keg at a party. In another, the girls use a climbing rope to swing Emily to an open window so she can make her shift at the pizza place. Turns out, standard teen show situations are just funnier when there's tumbling involved.

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  • Bizarro Paige. Did you ever watch Degrassi: The Next Generation? Because Cassie Scerbo, who plays Lauren, looks a whole lot like Lauren Collins, who played Paige. So, to me, Lauren is basically Paige Michalchuk relocated to Colorado and devoted to gymnastics instead of cheerleading, and that's kind of a fun idea to kick around.
  • The coach. The show took a while to bring out its hottie, but Neil Jackson as the British-accented coach, Sasha Beloff, will do just fine for me.
  • The tricks. OK, so we're not always watching Olympic-level gymnastics — but the show sure tries. And while the actresses don't do their own flips, all the rest of the moves we see are their own. (For more on that, check out the video below.)
  • The drama! And I'm not talking about just gold medal dreams here. I mean, one girl sleeps with another's secret boyfriend in, what, episode three? This show knows how to do high stakes.

OK, so tell me: Who else is watching tonight?

Photo copyright 2009 ABC Family

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makeitorbreakitrocks makeitorbreakitrocks 6 years
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
Ha, I'm secretly in love with this show. I haven't caught any the last week or so but I really enjoyed the first 3 and I want to watch more.
Zelle Zelle 7 years
I love love love this show - I love seeing Candace, I love watching the routines, I love the drama...I just love it all, a fantastic guilty pleasure!!
cibele cibele 7 years
Emily's mom is one of my favorites too. She's funny and so supportive. And she's really gorgeous!
smileyyy123 smileyyy123 7 years
SO obsessed with this show and I love Kaylie! And the actress who plays Emily's mom is adorable.
kred kred 7 years
I just noticed that Lauren's last name is "Tanner".... who's dad is dating the ex-"DJ Tanner".... just a fluke?
penguins268 penguins268 7 years
I agree, cibele. Buzz, do more articles on 10 Things I Hate About You, please! :)
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Love Candace too (and Peri Gilpin! I loved her on Frasier). I actually wish we could see a little more Candace, but they have so many stories to tell right now.
cibele cibele 7 years
I like that show, but I like 10 things I hate about you a little better.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 7 years
I'm kinda sucked into the show too; it's light-hearted summer entertainment. I thought Buzz might mention something about Candance Cameron's return to a family-friendly t.v. show.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Loved the clip and love the show. Glad to know I'm not alone!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I am glad, I am not the only one that loves this show. I caught it on rerun and I am now hook.
misslilad misslilad 7 years
i will admit that it is perfect for summer
nimue nimue 7 years
i enjoy this show! go girl power!! woot woot
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