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10 Things I Hate About You
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The series intertitle
Format Situation comedy,
family, Romance,
teenage series
Developed by Carter Covington
Starring Lindsey Shaw
Meaghan Jette Martin
Larry Miller
Ethan Peck
Nicholas Braun
Dana Davis
Country of origin USA
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Carter Covington
John Ziffren
Robin Schiff
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time approx. 25 minutes
Original channel ABC Family
Picture format 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Original run July 7, 2009 – present
External links
Official website

10 Things I Hate About You is an American television situation comedy broadcast on ABC Family in 2009. Developed by Carter Covington, the show is a half-hour, single camera series based on the 1999 film of the same name. It premiered on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 8 pm[1] and brought in 1.60 million viewers, a record for a 30-minute comedy debut on the ABC Family network.[2]

10 Things was renewed for an additional 10 episodes, which will premiere on Monday, March 29, 2010.[3][4]


Development and production

In 2008, ABC Family announced their intention to create a comedy pilot based on the 1999 movie. The pilot was written by Carter Covington, a self-professed fan of the original 1999 film.[5][6] ABC Family green-lit the comedy in October 2008.[5] In November 2008, casting was announced for the pilot,[7] with production following that fall. In February 2009, the pilot was picked up when ABC Family ordered 9 additional episodes.[8]

While Covington sought a "reimagined" adaptation, there are several connections between the pilot and movie, which gave the pilot the same feel.[6][9] Gil Junger, who directed the movie, also directed the pilot. Richard Gibbs, who is credited for the original music in the the 1999 movie, also composed the theme music for the pilot.[9][10] In addition, Larry Miller reprises his role as the overprotective father, Walter Stratford.

The pilot was shot at a high school in Tujunga, California.[10] Due to budget constraints,[10] future episodes were filmed at a soundstage in Santa Clarita, California,[11][12] with only occasional external shots in Tujunga.

Covington serves as the series show runner, as well as an executive producer. He has stated that he wants the show "to feel like a John Hughes film every week."[13] Junger has remained on board, and directed eight of the first 10 episodes of the series.


The series is loosely based on the Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew.

The Stratford sisters, Kat (Lindsey Shaw) and Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin), have just moved from Ohio to California. As they start at their new school (Padua High), they have very different goals. It's clear that one sister wants to stand out and the other just wants to fit in. Kat is a cool, intelligent, strong-willed, forthright feminist who is looking to save the world and get out of school as fast as she can. When she meets the intense Patrick Verona (Ethan Peck), sparks begin to fly. Bianca is a social butterfly whose main goal in life is to be popular, but when the head cheerleader makes her the mascot, she realizes she has a long way to go. As they start a bumpy year at Padua High, Kat and Bianca attempt to navigate the popular crowd, boys and their over-protective dad (Larry Miller). Bianca tries everything to be popular and become a cheerleader - although getting involved with the boyfriend (Chris Zylka) of the most popular girl (Dana Davis) in school creates new challenges.



Main characters

  • Lindsey Shaw as Kat Stratford: a high school junior and Bianca's older sister, Kat is a smart, strong-willed feminist with a sharp tongue. She has an independent mind and deep ethical beliefs. One of her long-time goals has been to go to college at Brown University. She finds herself strangely drawn to Patrick.
  • Meaghan Jette Martin as Bianca Stratford: a high school sophomore and Kat's sister. Bianca will do anything to become popular and get a spot on the cheerleading squad.
  • Larry Miller as Dr. Walter Stratford: the girls' very overprotective father. He is a gynecologist and widower. He is wary of teenage boys and often lectures his daughters about sex. His main rule is that Bianca doesn't date until Kat does. While normally serious, he does have a funny and loving side.
  • Ethan Peck as Patrick Verona: also a junior, Patrick is a quiet, brooding loner who is often getting in trouble. He is feared by most of the students. He takes an interest in Kat.
  • Nicholas Braun as Cameron James: a sophomore, he is in love with Bianca from the first day he sees her, but he is awkward and inexperienced in the ways of dating.
  • Dana Davis as Chastity Church: a sophomore and the most popular girl in the school. She is head cheerleader and comes from a wealthy family. Chastity's father is on the school board and she is used to getting whatever she wants.

Recurring characters


10 Things has received a score of 67 out of 100 from review aggregator Metacritic.[14] Several critics praised the series for containing clever dialogue and appealing and rooted characters.[15][16] Brian Lowry of Variety described the show as "a solid roll for the cable network that was once an albatross around the neck of parent Disney."[17] One critic proclaimed the series as "best thing that ABC Family has ever produced."[18] Randee Dawn of The Hollywood Reporter thought that the series "has genuine appeal."[19]

Less favorable reviews came from Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times, who called the series "not very inventive,"[20] and The New York Post, whose mixed review concluded that the show is "silly, mindless fun" whose "actors are all terrific in that silly, mindless fun way that Disney teens tend to be."[21]

Mike Hale from The New York Times named the show to his top ten in 2009, stating that "in the dog days of July," the sitcom "may have been the best thing on television."[22]


# Episodes Timeslot Season Premiere – Viewers Season Finale – Viewers Average Viewers
(in millions)
Season 1 10
Tuesday 8:00 P.M. (2009)
Monday 8:00 PM (2010)
July 7, 2009 (1.6 million)[2]

* as of 9/08/09.

DVD releases

DVD Title Region 1 Discs Episodes Extras
10 Things I Hate About You: Volume One January 12, 2010[23] 2 1–10 Audio Commentaries; Bloopers; a "Backstage Pass" Featurette (Behind the scenes with Meaghan and Lindsay); Pilot Episode of Make It or Break It

International release

Country / Region Network(s) Series premiere Series Title in Country
 United States ABC Family July 7, 2009[1] 10 Things I Hate About You
 Canada ABC Family, YTV July 7, 2009 10 Things I Hate About You
 United Kingdom Fiver September 23, 2009[24]
 Australia 2010[citation needed]
 The Netherlands 2010[citation needed]
 Germany 2010[citation needed]
 Italy Mya January 16, 2010 10 cose che odio di te
 Saudi Arabia Orbit Showtime March 2010 [25] 10 Things I Hate About You
 Philippines Velvet March 2010[citation needed] 10 Things I Hate About You


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  2. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (July 8, 2009). "ABC Family's "10 Things I Hate About You" Delivers Record Performance in Series Debut". TVbytheNumbers. Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
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  4. ^ a b "ABC Family Continues Its Original Programming Momentum With All New Pilot Production". The Futon Critic. October 8, 2008. Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Carter Covington Q&A". ABC Family. July 7, 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-1-13. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 20, 2008). "Five in for '10 Things'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ ABC Family (February 2, 2009). "ABC Family Announces Pick-Up of Three Pilots". Press release. Archived from the original on February 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Shattuck, Kathryn (June 24, 2009). "One or Two Things He Knows About Teenagers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  9. ^ a b c "Carter Covington Interview: Casting the Characters of "10 Things"". Shine On Media. June 30, 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-1-13. Retrieved 2010-1-9. 
  10. ^ City of Santa Clarita (February 26, 2010). "City of Santa Clarita Sees Increase in Filming in 2009". Press release. Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. 
  11. ^ Santa Clarita Film Office Official Website
  12. ^ Clodfelter, Tim (July 3, 2009). "In His Element: Producer-writer of TV show has local roots". Winston-Salem Journal. Media General Communications. Archived from the original on 2010-1-13. Retrieved 2010-1-10. 
  13. ^ "10 Things I Hate About You reviews". 2009-07-07. Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  14. ^ Owen, Rob (2009-07-07). "Review:10 things to know about new teen show". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  15. ^ Amatangelo, Amy (July 7, 2009). "ABC Family's high school comedy is hard to "Hate"". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  16. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 5, 2009). "10 Things I Hate About You (Series – ABC Family, Tues. July 7, 8 p.m.)". Variety. Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  17. ^ Godwin, Jennifer (July 7, 2009). "10 Things You Need to Know About 10 Things I Hate About You". E!Online. Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  18. ^ Dawn, Randee (July 6, 2009). "Reviews: Television: '10 Things I Hate About You'". The Hollywood Reporter: p. 9. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  19. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (July 7, 2009). "Television Review:'10 Things I Hate About You'; High School: Can It Tame a Shrew?". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  20. ^ Stasi, Linda (July 6, 2009). "SISTER ACT 2: NEW '10 THINGS' AS FUN AS OLD MOVIE". The New York Post. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  21. ^ Hale, Mike (December 17, 2009). "A Top 10 List That Needs an Addendum". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
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  23. ^ "Programming Schedule for 10 Things I Hate About You". FiveTV. Archived from the original on February 16, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  24. ^ "OSN Comedy Channel Programming Schedule". Orbit Showtime Network. Archived from the original on March 2010. 

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