Get ready to explore the intense world of competitive gymnastics with the ABC family drama, Make It Or Break It. Filled with girls destined to become Olympic champions and others who will do anything to win the gold, Make It Or Break It explores a world that’s never been the subject of a TV series.
Yes, there have been TV episodes about gymnastics, and even a few TV movies, but Make It Or Break It digs deeper into the lives and psyches of the girls who give up their childhoods for a chance at being an Olympian.
The show is definitely targeted at the teen female demographic of viewers much like the other ABC Family series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Yet, for some reason, I found myself drawn into the world of the show and found myself rooting for a empathizing with many of the characters.
Make no mistake, Make It Or Break It is a teen soap opera set in the world of cutthroat gymnastics. And that’s what makes it worth watching. It’s the intense level of drama and competition that pushes the story and the lives of these girls forward. Throw in romance and intrigue and you’ve got yourself an enjoyable show with more twists and turns than an Uneven Bars routine.
Make It Break It covers all the bases. There are the girls who have been groomed to become Olympians. Then there’s the girl who comes from an underprivileged family who has the same dream just a different way of getting there. No matter who you are, you’ll find some character to identify with, even if there are other characters you want to rip the heads off of at times (watch and you’ll know who I speak of).
Along for the ride are two of my favorite TV actresses, whom many will recognize from two other successful shows: Candace Cameron Bure, and Peri Gilpin. Back in the late 80s to mid-90s, Candace Cameron Bure played the wholesome D.J. Tanner on the ABC sitcom Full House. Here she’s the “executive assistant” to one of the girl’s fathers.
Doing a 180 from her role as the man-hunting Roz Doyle on the Emmy-Award winning NBC series, Frasier, Peri Gilpin plays the mom of two of the gymnasts whose family has sacrificed almost everything to ensure their daughters can become the best. I always like seeing actors who were in sitcoms transition to dramatic TV. And both of these actresses deliver.
Most people watch the Summer Olympics, and gymnastics is a popular sport to watch. Make It Break It, even if it is fiction, gives viewers an inside look at what may go on inside the hallowed grounds of a gymnastics training facility. It is within those walls that dreams are realized, lives are crushed, and people discover just how intense vanity, jealously, and competition can be.
The two DVD set includes the following special features:
Making It – Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
If you are a fan of gymnastics or teen dramas, I recommend Make It Or Break It. Definitely worth watching.