Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Reality of TV

People have told me horror stories of how they don’t have cable, or worse, don’t even own a TV. Fortunately, I am not one of those deprived individuals. My TV, DVR and I have quite a love triangle. I don’t know what I would do without either of these electronic devices…perhaps I’d actually have a social life, but who wants the stress of that? Certainly not me; I prefer the reliability of TV programming.

Now, I must be honest, I probably record/watch a lot more TV than I should, but I can’t help it! These shows have reeled me in and gotten me hooked with their story lines and drama. I am a big fan of normal TV shoes like NCIS, House, Lie To Me and Grey’s Anatomy. However, my reality TV makes up the largest portion of my DVR space. I don’t actually know exactly how many reality TV shoes I watch, and I think it would probably scare you if I added the up. I do know it’s a lot. I’m not going to ramble on and on about the awesomeness of faux/scripted reality, because it should be obvious. I’m just going to share with you a few of my favorites, in the hopes that those of you with real lives will be just as addicted as I am.

Image from CBS

I love me some Amazing Race! It has all my favorite elements of reality rolled into one: backstabbing, drama, challenges, air travel and more drama. Now my husband always says that he were he to be a contestant, I wouldn’t be his partner. Well, I’ve got a secret for ya (and I know husby is reading so it won’t be a secret much longer), I probably wouldn’t choose him for my partner either. Not sure our marriage can survive the drama. Of course, I don’t think I am not sure I would do too well no matter who my partner was. I am not super athletic, don’t speak ten languages and I’m kind of a wuss. If you can get past all of those drawbacks, I’m the perfect partner!

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Image from Bravo

I truly love the Real Housewives of Orange County; they are my favorite of the various series, though New Jersey is a close second. I love all that drama! It cracks me up that these people take themselves so seriously. The backstabbing and bickering are probably the best that reality TV has to offer. I don’t sell multi-million dollar homes, I don’t live in one, I don’t drive a Mercedes, and I don’t spend $500 on lunch. But I can really relate to these ladies, they have real life issues, such as do I travel to Spain or Italy for my spring break? I haven’t made up my mind yet, though I’ll let you know what I decide.

The Little Couple tv show photo
Image from TLC

I wish I could be Jen and Bill's neighbor, or at least work with one of them. I'm not sure what specifically draws me in, but I do love their personalities and their openness. I must admit, Jen is my favorite, I mean she saves babies' lives for a living! How amazing is that! She also spends over an hour trying to pick out the perfect pair of sunglasses, I can relate to that.

This is just a short list, I could go on and on about the greatness of reality TV. Where else can you tell millions of people how much you hate your best friend? The drama is just awe inspiring. I seriously doubt I will ever be a participant of such a series, however I am more than willing to DVR each and every episode I can get my hands on!


2 Awesome Comments:

B said...

I too like reality Tv. My husband can't stand it. So, we usually end up watching tv separately every night! Somehow he always seems to get the better TV. Some of my faves are Top Chef and Project Runway (although I much preferred project runway when it was on Bravo!)

We may not be The Real Housewives of Orange County but I say you and I make our plans to jet off to Italy! I AM a REAL Housewife of New Jersey though and I have to say that those women were the most disgusting representation you could give us. I couldn't stomach that series. It was vile.

Steph said...

I too preferred Project Runway when it was on Bravo, but I'm too happy that it finally aired to complain all that much. Basically, if it's on Bravo, I watch it. I know, I know...I'm an addict.

That pretty much sums of the New Jersey housewives to a T. They are just a tiny bit self obsessed.

I would love to jet off to Italy though :)

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