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Stretching Out: 'Make It Or Break It'
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There is only one word to describe ABC Family's new series: unbelievable, writes IG Editor Dwight Normile.

I saw the pilot of "Make It Or Break It" a couple of months ago (when it was called "Perfect 10"), after ABC Family sent a DVD to IG for some feedback. As tactfully as possible, I told them the plot needed some help if they wanted the series to survive. I don't think they got the hint.

Most fans figured it was too good to be true when they heard a gymnastics series was in the works. They could only hope that their favorite sport would be presented somewhat accurately. But the show is not geared for diehard fans. It's for the casual viewer, who would never know that:

• gymnasts have personal cubbies or lockers, not parking spaces;
• a sloppy tucked Tsukahara will not get you into the nationals, let alone the Olympics;
• and a coach would never allow a gymnast who just CRASHED ONTO HER NECK to compete her second vault after calling an ambulance.

Well, I take that back. Anybody knows that last one.


Lauren Tanner (Cassie Scerbo) in a scene from ABC Family's "Make It or Break It"

The plot, which managed to include nearly every gymnastics cliché in the first episode, is simply aimless.

The storyline unravels — sorry, unfolds — at a gym called The Rock in Boulder, Colo. No problem there. The script succeeds in creating a villain in snotty Lauren Tanner (Cassie Scerbo), who immediately hates newcomer Emily Kmetko (Chelsea Hobbs). Lauren feels her rightful rank on the team is threatened by Emily and does everything in her power to keep herself in the top three at the national qualifier. That includes sabotage and, when that doesn't do the trick, ratting out a friend to the coach.

As the show feebly attempts to identify its variety of subplots, you find yourself caring less and less about all of the characters.

For a while you actually admire Payson Keeler (Ayla Kell) for her integrity, but her spoiled-brat meltdown in the closing scene puts an end to that perception. Her little sister seems nice enough, since she does gymnastics just for fun (another cliche), and her mom (Peri Gilpin, who portrayed Roz on "Frasier") appears normal. But they aren't central to the clumsy scheming that drives the plot.

Just when you think you've seen enough, which is any time after the opening credits, the implausibility multiplies. The Rock hits bottom at the end, when Tanner's ubiquitous and meddling father admits that he hired a private investigator to dig up dirt on Kmetko. (Gee, wonder where Lauren learned her values?) Then he calmly blackmails the coach with a compromising photo and forces him to accept a job in Denver with half of The Rock's team, including his daughter. Is this a cop show?

Several former collegiate gymnasts work as stunt doubles, and their gymnastics is strong on some events, if not poorly edited. UCLA's Natalie Padilla (2007-08), Jordan Schwikert (2005-08) and Ariana Berlin (2006-09) double for two of the lead characters, and Tasha Schwikert (2005-08) is cast as a gymnast.

Heidi Moneymaker (1997-2000) was a stunt double in the pilot, and Karin Silvestri Coye (1995-97) is the gymnastics coordinator. Others include Courtney Kupets (Georgia), Ashley Postell (Utah) and Renae Moneymaker (San Jose State).

Despite using real gymnasts for stunt doubles, "Make It Or Break It" is not about gymnastics. And even after we accept that, we're still left with a show that is completely unbelievable. It's simply too bad to be true.


Dwight Normile, a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, has been editor of International Gymnast since 1982.

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Annnie said:

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AH
Actually I think Trent Demas did take a 2nd vault after falling on his head at the 1991 nationals. But yes, agree that the show had many "oh please that would never happen" moments.
 
June 23, 2009
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Lisa Patterson said:

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great show
It was a great show. I can not wait until next week to watch it.
 
June 23, 2009
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Evangeline said:

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I loved it!
I'm a non-gymnast. I appreciated the expert opinions given here, but I have to say I really enjoyed the show.

Think for a moment of CSI. You can watch that show and say, "Hey! How come people in street clothes with long hair are walking around a crime scene tweezing up evidence? And how is it they get the DNA results in 30 minutes? And how come the investigators are interviewing suspects?" or you can enjoy the drama and the bits of forensic science that make it through.

Easy gymnastics routines & inaccurate gym details don't detract from the fun of watching a bunch of teenagers try to figure things out in a high-stakes environment. I've already recommended the show as fun family viewing.
 
June 23, 2009
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powerXbaby said:

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I used to be a gymmnast, mind you not a very good one, but a gymnast all the same. When I was ten years old, I decided to make the switch to cheerleading because of various reasons. Now as a world-ranked cheerleader (12th to be exact), I've watched movies such as Bring it on and its three predecessors, and acknowledge plenty of cliches, and horrible routines that would never even win a local competition let alone a nationals. However, I appreciate it for its entertainment value, not for its accuracy. I think the whole point of the show is to entertain, and I'm sure that with the limited amount of gymnasts in comparison to the rest of the nation's population, it was not intended to gather die-hard gymnasts and gymnastics fan, but rather a teenage/young adult audience. So don't be too hard on it, they still include some gymnastics, just enjoy it for its humor and drama. Besides, no one really believes the cliches anyways.
 
June 26, 2009
Votes: +45

Elizabeth2 said:

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Same Old, Same Old
I was excited for a series that might actually be different. But, instead, we've been delivered the same old crap that the made for tv movies dish out time and time again: bad gymnastics, played-out stereotypes and storylines that are far from reality. You'd think they'd consult an actual gymnast with some of this crap BEFORE producing something.

I don't know about any of you guys and gals, but here's some of what bothered me:
- If you have great gymnasts on hand to stunt double, why is there so much footage with terrible form and easy skills? A tucked tsuk vault...a cartwheel back full beam dismount...really???

- Get the facts straight!
- That is not even close to the nationals selection process.
- Amateur gymnasts don't get endorsement deals - especially at that level.
- No one vaults with their board at 2 feet - you'd go sailing over the vault! (And you don't measure from the back of the board!)

- Drop the stereotypes! Not all, or even most of, gymnasts have eating disorders, among other things.

- What gym of that caliber has only one coach and is lost when he leaves?

- I don't know about your gymnastics experiences, but I got along with my teammates. We weren't catty, and we supported each other. I saw the same from the other teams we competed against. We were even friendly with the other teams, maybe with the exception of our big rival.

I could go on and on, but I'll stop here. Well...one last picky thing. Did anybody notice on the mean girl's bars dismount, they did a close up of her face, and her hands were in a regular grip when she was supposedly doing a front giant? I don't expect ABC to catch that one, but I picked up on it and had to laugh.
 
June 26, 2009
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Brittany said:

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LOVE IT
OKAY QUIT DISSING IT ITS A GREAT SHOW! YEAH WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN OPINIONS BUT IF YOU CANT SAY ANYTHING NICE DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!
 
June 26, 2009
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alyssa said:

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?????
this show was very unrealistic and it does not show the positives on gymnastics, it only shows the negatives. Honestly, if the board was THAT far away, don't you think the coach would notice? a gymnast would never EVER do that to a teammate, no matter how much you hate them.
 
June 28, 2009
Votes: -4

Level 9 Gymnastics trainee said:

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Get Real
Gymnasts at that level of gymnastics don't do those skills. I mean come on.

Layout Flyaways?
Tsuks?
Round off tuck dismounts off beam.
This show represented elite gymnastics horribly. If you watch stick it that is the way real elite gymnasts train.
 
June 28, 2009
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Carl said:

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boohoo
Come on people this show was really quite good, of course you will see flaws in shows but it is made to entertain and engage more people into this kind of sport. The fact it didn't live up to some of your expectations on advanced gymnastics moves is past the point, it entertained me and that's a feat in itself.
 
July 04, 2009
Votes: +10
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ABCFamlover said:

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Chill the Criticisms
All I can say is, if you want to see real gymnastics, watch the Olympics and quit complaining about the show. If you don't like it, don't watch it. It suits the average, non-gymnast, viewer just fine. Besides, it's more about the drama than about the sport. So seriously, relax.
 
July 06, 2009
Votes: +18

Kaylie E. said:

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Personally, as a gymnastics participant for 6 years, I find the show to be very interesting. True, it does have a bit more drama then when I participated as a child, but I do like the story line. Everyone has a Lauren in gymnastics, and unfortunately, I was that girl. smilies/kiss.gif Anyway, I do like the show. I agree with "Chill the Criticisms": if you don't like the show, don't watch it. Simple. Thanks. smilies/kiss.gif
 
July 07, 2009
Votes: +19

rachel jericho said:

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Come on guys!!!!
Look, the fact that there is ANY gymnastics on TV is a good thing. Reality or fiction. I am starved to see more. I have been out of the sport for two decades and I am appaulled at how little is out there. Stick it was great and I wish they would make a sequel, but I will settle for Make it or Break it.
 
July 14, 2009
Votes: +16

Sarah123 said:

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Who cares
Who cares if its not real gymnastics. really most people dont know or care if its accurate. i personally love it. i cant wait till the next episode comes out every week. and if you were a real athlete you would be a big enough person to be able to laugh at the unrealistic nature of the show. im not a gymnist but i have been playing volleyball for 6 years. and if there was a show about volleyball even if it were not realistic i would still watch it.
 
July 14, 2009
Votes: +8

whatever. said:

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okay. i dont love or hate this show.

but seriously, why are you guys are complaining like crazy?
every highschoolrelated show has
-a bitch
-an eating disorder
-most of the cliches you hate

dude, its really about highschool kids and WE DO DO THESE THINGS(like being a bitch and having eatingdisorders.)
not to THAT extreme, but its TV. dramatized cause no one wants to watch if your realreal normal boring life was on tv.

IMO, nitpicking on the routines is being WAYYY anal.

but i do agree the show should have done some more research regarding the selection process etc...
 
July 15, 2009
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KW said:

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I look at the show like a fun, cleaner version of secret life. the acting and production is moderate, the writing's sub-par, the fights and "drama" is unrealistic... but it's entertaining.
As a dancer, I completely understand where gymnasts are coming from in thinking that a show like this poorly portrays their sport. I have felt the same way when watching different dance shows, and it's almost insulting when people don't give such unappreciated sports/art forms the attention they deserve. but, like i said, it's entertaining and I at least hope that some girl somewhere sees shows like these and decides to try out gymnastics or dance or whatever. I wish they could accurately portray the sport, especially since it's one i see very little of outside of the olympics, but they wanted an entertaining show and probably don't really care about the reality factor.
now a reality gymnastics show about real life gymnasts on the quest to the olympics would be amazing. maybe someone will feel inspired to make a realistic show that allows non-gymnasts like us to step inside the gym once a week.
 
July 16, 2009
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amused said:

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pathetic
I find it very, very sad that there are so many "die hard" gymnasts out there who are actually this concerned with a stupid television show. Concerned that it will actually end up "hurting the sport"? Are you kidding? It is a TV show. On ABC Family! It is for kids to watch and be entertained by, not for overly critical "gymnasts" with apparently no life to sit around and critique. A show really isn't anything to get an ulcer over. Take a deep breath.. and get a life.
 
July 16, 2009
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MissD said:

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So Sad
I have to say that all my life I wanted a t.v. show about gymnastics. When I saw the trailer for this show I thought after 20 years my dream had come true.
But from the moment I watched the first episode my dream had faded. This show is a mockery of all gymnast and gymnastics in itself.
Of course I continued to watch because I thought to myself it cannot get any worse, but oh it does.
I mean what gym allows the parents to stand ten feet away from their gymnast on the apparatus and comment on them as they are practicing?
My favorite scene was when the girls went to visit Marty to "give them a piece of their mind". On their way back they had to stop at the gas station and as they were filling up Kaylie's car some gansters approached them. So to scare the gangsters away they tumbled towards them. Really? I mean really? Who has ever done that?
Did anyone watch the Jurassic Park movies? I think in JP II the scientist's daughter does a bar routine in the trees. Seriously, this type of action just does not happen. I know it is t.v., but please keep it real and believable.
This show is not made with gymnast in mind. I am not sure who they had in mind when making this show, but it was not made for people with intelligence.
 
July 20, 2009
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Sarawrr said:

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I was so excited to hear that there was going to be a show about gymnastics. You can never find anything about the sport. I have read most of the comments and it seems like the show kind of sucks, but I am still going to see for myself. The problem is, I don't know when it is on. I have found information online telling me different times and channels, then every time I look on my TV it's not there. If anyone could help and tell me when to watch that would be great. Thanks.
 
July 21, 2009
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jjjjaaay said:

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YOU PEOPLE NEED TO SHUT UP, ITS A SHOW.. FOR FUN, GET OVER YOURSELVES, GET A LIFE, OR JUST SIMPLY KILL YOURSELF FOR CARING SO MUCH AND GETTING SO WORKED UP OVER IT.

thats all smilies/smiley.gif
 
July 21, 2009
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Sue said:

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I don't do gymnastics, so while you all are experts and can spot the flaws, us laymen just enjoy the show. And come on, that new coach is a hottie, and makes the whole show worth it! I'll be watching. It's like a soap opera, you suspend belief, but enjoy the drama.
 
July 23, 2009
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Sam said:

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Reading these comments made me laugh. I am a collegiate gymnast and while I agree that most of the skills are not very good, I love the show! It is bringing attention to the world of gymnastics and people are enjoying it for what it is, not picking every move apart like many of you seem to be doing. What TV show do you know that actually portrays a career or sport accurately? Very few! If you don't like it, don't watch.. but my teammates and I look forward to Monday nights now because of it smilies/smiley.gif
 
July 25, 2009
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former gymnast said:

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I agree with Sam . . . I look forward to Monday nights!
I think the show is fun. I understand it does not highlight gymnast in the proper spotlight, but it still recognizes the fact that athletes sacrifice a lot of their time to grow in the sport. I think it is great to see some of the former college gymnasts get to do something fun and carefree with their skills. As a former Bulldog, I was excited to see Courtney on the show with a line tonight. TV is not reality. If you want to watch something realistic watch a reality show . . . oh wait those are staged, too.
 
July 27, 2009
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Rocco said:

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The show would be better if...
...it were ABOUT Tasha and Jordan Schwikert, Arianna Berlin, and so forth instead of them only playing the role of stunt doubles. I think real gymnasts would be more interesting than the fictional ones on this show. Also, the three girls i just mentioned are photogenic, would generate interest (at least from the guys), and would represent the sport well. Plus, they actually can DO gymnastics for real.
 
July 28, 2009
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Make it or break it lover said:

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I agree with sam too!!
i love watching make it or break it!! YEAH sure it might not be exactly like reall gymnastics but the doubles are flawless!! I cant wait for the next episode!smilies/grin.gif Cut Abc Family some slack guys... they cant get every single thing correct.
 
July 28, 2009
Votes: +5

Brittany said:

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I LOVE this show :)
Well, all you "real" gymnasts out there, if you don't like the show then DON'T watch it. We know that no t.v. show is realistic. We don't think any less of the gymnasts out there killing themselves to make it to Nationals and the Olympics, so chill out and let us enjoy this new summer show.

It makes me excited for Monday nights and I hope it stays on for a while because it's one of ABC Family's best shows smilies/smiley.gif
 
July 30, 2009
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SwissMiss528 said:

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Didn't even WANNA see it....
I saw the previews and knew it was going to be a joke. After reading this review (Thanks Dwight) I am glad I didn't waste my time. I intend to inform my older athletes that the show is a waste of time, and I don't plan on supporting this nonsense at all. People ARE going to get a VERY distorted view of our sport by this kind of entertainment, and I am not happy about it.
 
July 30, 2009
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La Lawyer said:

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I don't think there is enough gymnastics on TV! I look forward to Monday nights :-)
 
July 30, 2009
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Sandra said:

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I LOVE IT!
i love it and im not a gymnast, though i love watching it smilies/cheesy.gif and i think its a really good show.

"Most of the positive comments on here are so fake... You know they are from the show's writers and promotional people. LOL."

Im not a writer.. or a promotional thingy. im a teen haha so thats probably why i like this show so much. its actually interesting and has pretty decent acting. Im not watching it for the gymnastics, im watching it cuz its not a sucky show like the secret life.
 
August 03, 2009
Votes: +3

EmilyHATER. said:

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I Hate Emily!
There's no way in the world that any coach would let a gymnast who just came from training at the Y to participate in NATIONALS. That's just crazy. Also when she's flipping in at the beginning and all the girls are saying she's good >:O, I've done maybe a couple months of gym back when I was younger and I can do that "entrance", it's not that hard. Emily also acts like she's better than all of those girls out there, and acts like she deserves a shot at Nationals over them, which is ridiculous because they've been doing gym a lot longer and harder than her! Every time I see Emily trying to say she deserves to compete in Nationals, I lol. No really, I LAUGH OUT LOUD. It's that funny.
 
August 06, 2009
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Katie. said:

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Its A SHOW! Not the olyimpics...CALM DOWN.
I Find it hilarious that u guys care so much about this show. I mean really. Its a tv show.
Its for fun not a learning experience for gymnasts.
if u need a television show to show u how to train then u really arent a great gymnast.
And people come on a tv show is not going to ruin the sport of gymnastics.
 
August 06, 2009
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Goldrausch said:

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I just have to say that I kind of like to watch that show ALTHOUGH it is not realistic. But tell me a show on TV that is? No show is realistic.Even a reality show isn't. The producers need something to feed the whole episode with. And if the real life is boring, they gonna change it.
Anyway you always have to think about why that show is produced. To show the real world of gymnastics? Duh. It's in ABC. What do you expect. You have to watch the sports channels if you're really interested in that sport. The TV show is for the crowd. The average citizen. For those people who watch it,there is enough information about gymnastics in that show. So please,always have in back of your mind that it is just a TV show. Just for the money. Just to entertain, not to teach.
 
August 11, 2009
Votes: +3

Abs said:

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Haha
As a former level 10 gymnast (13 years until injuries took me out) I have to say that the gymnastics on the show makes me laugh. But what in ANY of the previews made anyone think otherwise? This is as realistic as American Anthem when she does her floor routine in a spotlight at Nationals. Real gymnastics will never be portrayed accurately in a TV show or movie. And that's fine! I don't watch it for the gymnastics (although kudos to the former gymnasts that are still able to capitalize on their passion) but I feel obligated to support the show because it is about gymnastics. And I fully enjoy it every week! Oh... and I don't work for ABC Family. Sorry.
 
August 14, 2009
Votes: +7

rittervine said:

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good show
i don't get why everyone is so hard on the show. it's not about the gymnastics, it's about the people. so yes, the gymnastics aren't perfect, but it's still a fun show to watch, and i love it. so seriously people, cut it some slack
 
August 18, 2009
Votes: +2
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Katelin said:

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Um Hello. The show isn't for you gymnastics fanatics
I thought the show was good. Even though I agree it wasn't the greatest it was still entertaining and I still watched it every time it came on. You all have to admit it too that most of you all kept watching it whether you liked it or not. Just like every show or movie thats out there nothing is going to be exactly right there not going to have every little fact about gymnastics. I do not do gynmastics I did when I was younger but dont remember anything. The whole point is something new out there. I think it is cool that they put a series about gymnastics out there. Though I know nothing about it I love to watch it. I think thats what ABC Family's goal is to put something new out there and put a lot of drama in it. What girl wouldnt like that? All I have to say is dont hate because you dont have to watch it!
 
January 02, 2010
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vee said:

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Its just a show! Real gymnast will notice the flaws in this show, Choir fanatics will notice the flaws in Glee, Cheerleaders for Bring it on and so forth. Just enjoy it, its full or Drama and I love it! And I know half of that stuff would not fly in a real gym, Im sure we all know what is possible and what is not.
 
January 19, 2010
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ck said:

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Olympics v a TV Show
This show has just arrived in Oz downunder. If I want to watch realism/or close to perfection in any sport (figure skating; athletics; gymnastics) I watch the Olympics. If I want to be entertained I watch TV or the movies - it's not meant to be real. They're actors (with stunt doubles) at the end of the day they stop being pretend gymnasts and go away to their personal lives - just as people who get shot in movies get up and walk away - IT'S NOT REAL!!!
 
January 26, 2010
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MJ said:

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Reality Check
I think that some of the commentators above have overlooked the point of a TV drama series. "Make It or Break It" was never intended to be a documentary about elite gymnastics. Nor was it intended to appeal primarily the the relatively small portion of the population who are or have been top-level gymnasts. In order to be accessible to a wider audience (which is necessary for the survival of any TV series) a show must speak to the experiences of that audience. Not many people can relate to the satisfaction and sense of triumph a gymnast experiences after performing their first successful upgrade from a double back dismount to a full-in. However, there isn't a teen out there who can't relate to family problems, stress, and bad choices. And for a LOT of teens, that includes drinking underage and having sex. Be glad that this show doesn't sugarcoat the consequences of these choices (does Lauren seem like a happy person after her encounter with Carter? does Kaylee succeed in sneaking around behind her Dad's back?), and that there's a moral message underlying the pleasure of watching some gymnastics, however basic the skills may be. And no, I'm not an employee of ABC- I'm a high school teacher and former gymnast.
 
February 03, 2010
Votes: +4

Shannon Rose said:

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Give the show a chance, it slower becoming more realistic!
Give the show a chance, it slower becoming more realistic, the gymnastics moves the gymnasts are doing are getting more difficult as the show goes and the show is trying to show what things the gymnasts have to give up to be a elite gymnast and that they are not prefect in everything in life or that they all do not have prefect family. They also show them slower learning to master the harder moves, before add them into they routines. And in the newish episodes Payson show how a gymnast coming back for a major injury, in her cause a back injury can be afraid it will happened again, at the end of the episode Payson was about to try doing a uneven bars routine, but wasn't able to because every time she touch the low bar, she had a flashback to national and when she fall off the bars and get hurt. and I think the show has been help my the real elite gymnasts being some of the stunt double, because they can help the writes, production of the show by teach then about the world of elite gymnastics and it also helps the actors and actress.
 
February 23, 2010
Votes: +1

nastalia said:

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Chill out people!
Im a nationally ranked gymnast and I think you guys sound like a bunch of jealous idiots going on about stupid details that dont matter like how she set the back of the board 23" whatever whatever! It just sounds like the typical teenage insecurity coming out once again in the form a jealous silly rants about a tv show!ITS A TV SHOW! Not a documentary! Just a fun light entertainment family show! Who cares about all that? Not me. Not my teamates! Only jealous kids are gonna sit and knit pick about these silly little details! Grow up kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!smilies/angry.gif
 
February 26, 2010
Votes: +5

sos said:

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fun
i think that it's a super fun show, with the bits of drama that i know sooo many people are into. i agree, being a former gymnast myself, that the level of gymnastics isn't that great but let's remember that most of the people watching the show would think a roundoff was impressive. they COULD have harder tricks...but they don't need it. the story line is cliche, but i still think it's awesome and watch it every week smilies/grin.gif
 
March 08, 2010
Votes: +3

Anonymous said:

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There are lots of tv-shows about gymnastics
They're called "sports-shows". They're about gymnastics. And they are super-real.

This tv show is about teens. Who are gymnasts. Not about gymnastics. Not about gymnasts. It's about teens who are gymnasts.
I laughed when, after she fell on her head, the coach said, "oh, if you want to try again I can't stop you". Also, the places had already been set, it was over.
But this is not real. It's not real life. It's not even trying to portray real life. It's trying to summon up the feelings, the issues, etc, that are a part of being a teenager esp.
There are two things they have got spot on though, when it comes to gymnastics.
1. the focus some of these girls have, as though they were really competing. Really nice to see. I love that look that some gymnasts have in their eyes as they are totally in their own world, where nothing else exists but you and your routines...
2. gymnastics, even though it's just you out there is a teamwork esp between you and the coach. The coach, esp a good one, is superimportant.

Oh, and yeah, the Nadia-remark... that was halfways funny, but really just stupid. THAT was misplaced. Only in socialist countries did they do that. "You, come here, you are going to be a gymnast!".
 
March 12, 2010
Votes: +6

shut up! said:

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geez you guys! i mean who cares if the gymastics is real or not!!
its not like this is real or anything so just quit complaining cause its just annoying!

i think you guys that are trashing this show should really just calm down and not be so expecting, i mean what do you expect an olympic athlete to perform???

if you guys always set such high standereds, you might as well give up watching any television.
 
March 20, 2010
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Flo said:

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Good Review but TV series purposes are not violated.
I really understand the review from your point of view, as a forensics entousiast I sort of feel the same frustration when I happen to accidently see expert or csi episodes. For certain matter you can understand why they have to build the plot around fake stuff; And for Make it or break it I can understand they really misses alot from the real deal. Despite that fact it is always possible to get a real taste of gymnastics when the real competitions are on. In my personnal opinion I think the TV show is great and will do no harm to gym. On the contrary I find it very entertaining for the 'profane' and by bringing the spotlights on a wonderful sport that is gymnastic to a broader audience; I think it can really benefit it.

Peace
Flo (France)
ps: my english is poor and filled with mistakes; please be indulgent with my orthograph.
 
April 12, 2010 | url
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Bubbles said:

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Entertaining
Another lame article from another obviously not so educated individual who obviously has nothing better to do with his time. Tsk, Tsk. I mean seriously, Come on people! It's a TV show. Of course it's fake! Lol. Drama, Drama, Drama...Isn't that what most television shows are about anyways? Or at least the ones that seem to do the best these days (think of all the "reality" shows on TV that are all drama...but yet, people love them.) Actually, this show is very entertaining. It's also different from any of the other garbage being show on TV now-a-days. The cast is outstanding, and I honestly believe that everyone could learn something valuable from this show even if it's just learning how to be a hospitable human being (which 90% of the world, minimum, seems to be struggling with this very basic humanistic skill...hum, go figure). And obviously I certainly don't watch it just for the gymnastics. Being a gymnast myself, I recognize a lot of what happens in this series is not realistic. However, remember, it's FICTIONAL! For those of you who are obviously unfamiliar with that word, it means FAKE! Why on Earth would anybody expect anything different? Quit reading so much into it and just enjoy the show. Oh, and for those of you who think you know what would make this show so much better...instead of running at the mouth complaining like a child, DO SOMETHING if you think you can do it so much better. If not, please spare the rest of us from your pathetic whining.
 
May 01, 2010
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Melanie said:

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get over it...it's TV
was a gymnast growing up, and honestly I've seen the crappy teenage girl stuff go on in the gym...rivalry and backstabbing- and this show= It's not any different than watching a military movie or cop shows or medical shows...there are going to be inaccurancies...it's TV, not reality TV...get over it. At least it's getting people who never watch gymnastics a little interested..
 
May 22, 2010
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Mariah said:

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Producers have said that the latest season is going to be geared more toward gymnastics with less drama. i personally love this show & am a HUGE gymnastics fan so the fact that they're involving the actual sport more makes me excited
 
July 22, 2010 | url
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nikki said:

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make it r break it
helllooo if all u who don't like this show wants to c real gymnastics, go find the real thing....i love it....i'm a non-gymnast and even i know these actors r not really doing gymnastics..it portrays different aspects of life and that's the reality...success...forbidden love....betrayal....etc...etc...etc...so get over it already
 
August 23, 2010 | url
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level 10 gymnast said:

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Gymnastics = no. Drama = hilarious.
make it or break it has the worst portrayal of gymnastics EVER. so, as i am friends with ACTUAL national team members, they love to talk about how "dramatic" and unrealistic the show is. however, i still watch it to make fun of it- it makes for a great laugh. so cheers to abc family for making it somewhat entertaining... haha okay then smilies/smiley.gif
 
August 24, 2010
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sousy said:

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It Doesn't matter !!!
As much as we would love to have tv shows that are close to reality it's impossible and that doesn't matter because people like the drama and believe me even if we talk about sports that people never heard about they'll watch it all you have o do is to add some sports injuries ; relationships between players and family tragedies and you have millions of viewers it's about the human nature and this show attracts people (including me and all my family and friends) because It has it all + the great gymnastics I'm a swimmer and I understand Gymnastics as much as anyone who watches them during the olymic games so believe me it works and bringing some cute actors makes it irresistable so "Make it or break it" is a perfect show to watch !!!!
 
November 07, 2010
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Tara T said:

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It's a tv show!
people don't get murdered up and down the culdesac in real life but we sit through it on Desperate housewives.
Its called suspending your disbelief and remembering that shows like this have to have dramatic falls and things to catch attention. These kinda shows are like televisions version of chick literature if you want the perfect sport, try the sports channel. YAY MIOBIsmilies/smiley.gif
 
November 16, 2010
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jo said:

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love it!!
smilies/cool.gif ok it has cliches, not always true to life, etc but it's good family entertainment! I watch it with my girls - the older non-gymnast loves it as much as the younger gymnast, even my husband watches it without complaining. As a parent helper for 5 years i think it's fab to have a programme featuring gymnasts, to inspire girls, to show them what they are capable of but also having serious accidents featured (payson) it also brings home the dangers and how serious these kids should take their training. If you don't like it don't watch it!!!
 
January 05, 2011
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Bailey said:

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Calm your jets people
ok so yes i agree that this show isn't completely accurate but i disagree with the statement that gymnastics is being portrayed in a bad way. from this show i have actually GAINED respect for this show. It's a great show, i love watching it with friends and you all need to calm down about this "not real" stuff!! smilies/smiley.gif
 
March 23, 2012
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