60 minutes

ABC Family Make It or Break It is an American television drama that follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight.
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Dec 21, 2015 9:45AM EST
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I had a strange obsession with Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, a book about gymnasts and figure skaters, which was turned into a 1997 Lifetime made-for-TV movie. The movie depicted the heartbreaking tale of sacrifice, physically and often mentally and emotionally, that gymnasts go through to attain Olympic Gold. So when ABC Family announced a similar TV show, I jumped for joy.

Make It or Break It isn’t as dramatic and dark, but it certainly touches on similar issues. At the center of it all are Payson, Kaylie, Lauren and Emily, the four best gymnasts at The Rock, a Colorado gym. All are training to be future Olympians, and each is as different as day and night. Their friendship doesn’t just get them through the hard falls and the heavy losses. Their support transcends to relationships, parental divorces and financial struggles.

Now, this wouldn’t be a teen soap if there wasn’t boyfriend stealing and backstabbing, but for once, it’s kind of nice to not see kids in their school hallways. This show centers around young women who do what most
consider the impossible and somehow manage to bear that huge amount of pressure.

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