Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Reality Shows We Could Do Without

1) THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF.. pretty much anywhere.
2) THE HILLS, aka Speidi Central
3) The absurdly charmless CHARM SCHOOL
4) JON & KATE, RAISING SEXTUPLETS or anything the Octomom might “star” in
5) The unappetizingly vulgar HELL’S KITCHEN

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  • As someone who is not a huge fan of reality shows, I uncharacteristicly disagree about Jon & Kate Plus 8. Perhaps the show should be cancelled or at least put on hold amidst the controversy and for the sake of Jon & Kate’s marriage. But with the exception of the media hype currently surrounding it, it’s an oddly fascinating show.

    My TiVo has started picking up repeats of it (okay, I confess, I added a Thumbs Up to it so that it might), and the early episodes seem cute & harmless. Even the recent ones where Jon & Kate do most of the interviews separately seem to be pretty benign.

    As far as the media hype, my guess is that every bit of it is blown out of proportion, even if there’s a glimmer truth hiding behind every aspect.

  • Ace

    I’m completely agreeing and adding any one in which they are trying to set people up…Bachelor(ette), Rock of Love, Millionare Matchmaker, etc. I only watch reality TV if it is a competition based on skill–Project Runway, Top Chef, SYTYCD.

    Pretty much every show that follows families or couples ends in some sort of disaster–divorce, DUI, whatever. Enough is enough already.

  • AJ

    ITA!!! I actually really enjoy “reality” TV, but the ones on VH1 and MTV just scare me (shot of love, charm school, rock of love, etc). I also don’t like the ones that make people eat gross things EVERY EPISODE (fear factor, I’m a celebrity…). I do like the ones that expose relationships and aspects of life that I don’t usually get to see (big brother, survivor, etc).

    the BEST reality shows, however, are the ones that require skills and end with someone winning a job, not just cash (project runway, top chef, etc).

  • Josh Emerson

    The only reality show I watch anymore is American Idol. The rest can go away. I used to watch Amazing Race, but with CBS’ sports delaying the show all the time, it wasn’t worth trying to catch it.

  • John K.

    Someone clearly isn’t watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey, because it is awesome times 20. This one woman pays thousands of dollars in antique furniture by whipping out a wad of Benjamins and counting them out. She’s also delusional enough to think her ugly, untalented kid has a chance of being famous. There’s also a former stripper who may or may not have been involved in a kidnapping, plus a 19-year-old Italian dude who wants to open a classy strip club/car wash. You think THAT isn’t worth watching?

  • Kristen

    Ditto to what John K. said. But I actually like the other Housewives seasons better than the Jersey one. The only one I don’t watch is Atlanta.

  • Megan

    I actually like Hell’s Kitchen, the rest can go.