Last week marked the return of Geordie Shore on our TV screen, an event which I’m ashamed to say, I was ridiculously excited about. Just as chocolate is some people’s answer to a bad day, reality TV is my number one guilty pleasure. I know it’s lowest possible form of entertainment and that my IQ probably drops by about 10 points each time I watch an episode of Honey Boo Boo, but what can I say? I just can’t resist a little bit of trashy TV with my Sunday morning coffee.
With that in mind (and if you’re still with me) I thought I’d round up a few of my current guilty watches. I’d love to hear about your favorite reality TV shows as well, are there any shows you’re ashamed to love? Let me know in the comments section below!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
If there’s a show that I truly love to hate it’s definitely Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. This is a show that is basically engineered to make you cry from the beginning to the end. From Mr Nice Guy Ty and his team of dedicated volunteers, to the adorable family who’s just lost everything in the most horrible way, through to the small town who comes together and yells out ‘move that bus!’at the end…argh, this kind of emotional manipulation just makes me want to scream Come on! and throw my TV out the window. But I can’t. Because I’m too busy crying like a baby. Every. Single. Time.
In a nutshell: Let’s build this family their dream home! And all cry whilst we do it.
Catch phrase: Move that bus!
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Watching ‘Here comes Honey Boo Boo’ is kind of like watching a horror movie. Sometimes it gets so bad that you have to cover your eyes, and yet you can’t help but have a peak through your fingers. I’d like to say that a show featuring a pageant kid high on go-go juice and her overweight-coupon-collecting-mother is surely as low as television can go but I wouldn’t want to make any wrong assumptions.
In a nutshell: I’m a beauty queen and my mummy has serious issues
Catchphrase: Like, totally, OMG!
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Nobody does ‘ugly cry’ quite as well as Kim Kardashian and lucky for us, her family and their oh-so-crazy lifestyle gives her plenty of opportunities to turn on the waterworks. Whether it’s baby dramas, 72 day marriages or X-rated videos, the family has seen it all. Whether you love them or love to hate them you gotta admire Momager Jenner for keeping this show and family together for almost 6 years now. It has already generated three spin offs so it’s just a matter of time until the next generation of Kardashians get their own 30 mins of fame. God help us all.
In a nutshell: We’re rich and pretty but we’re like every other family really
Catch phrase: ‘Her ass makes money Honey’
Although I never really got into Jersey Shore I took to Geordie shore like Sharon Osborne took to plastic surgery. I don’t know if it’s the British accent, the brilliant one-liners or the underlying love story that got me but bottom line is: I’m addicted. And really, who could resist a show where people refer to kissing as ‘tashing on’, drinking as ‘getting mortal’ and penises as ‘parsnips’. That’s some serious modern day poetry right there.
In a nutshell: Let’s get drunk
Catch phrase: ‘I should have a degree in pulling women’, ‘I’m fuck*g mortal!’
The X Factor (US and UK edition)
Everyone has their own favorite singing contest and this is definitely mine. I’m even willing to forgive X Factor for unleashing One Direction onto the world because I love it so much. Again, it’s a tear jerker and you’re pretty much guaranteed than the contestants with the saddest backgrounds will turn out to be the most talented on stage, but I don’t really care because they look so damned happy up there! I guess it all goes back to the ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ premise: there’ s nothing quite like watching somebody’s dream come true.
Yep, I’m a sucker.
In a nutshell: I just want to sing!
Catchphrase: You have the X factor