This post is dedicated to all you reality tv junkies- or simply people who occasionally enjoy some time away from your regular tv preferences.
I have put quotation marks over ‘reality’ in the title because let’s face it- most of these are ridiculously over-exagerated and the scenarios are set up for viewers entertainment- but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.
Before starting this list though, I’d like to provide this gem of a quote from The Foo Fighters David Ghrol, which I hope will encourage you all to embrace not only your tv preferences but everything you enjoy:
“I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. That’s what’s wrong with our generation: that residual punk rock guilt, like, “You’re not supposed to like that. That’s not fucking cool.” Don’t fucking think it’s not cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” It is cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic”! Why the fuck not? Fuck you! That’s who I am, goddamn it! That whole guilty pleasure thing is full of fucking shit.” – David Ghrol
1. The Real Housewives of New York City
Having just wrapped up season 9, the New York City gals still manage to turn up the heat every season.
I don’t know how many spinoff cities there are at this point, but NYC is my favourite. Maybe it’s because I’m a city gal, or maybe it’s because I feel these ladies are a tad more grounded than some of their geographical counterparts, but if I had to pick only one Real Housewives group to watch- it would be these ladies.
If you’ve never watched it before, I wouldn’t focus too much on watching it from the beginning. I started watching from season 4, then seasons 2 and 3, then 5/6/7, and I never really watched seasons 1 or 8. You catch on quick and even when you have no idea who these ladies are or what they’re about, the arguments and the one liners are enough to keep you tuned in.
I also love this group of women because going into the 10th season, none of these ladies will be married, and they are all some kick ass independent ladies that don’t need men in their lives to make them interesting (I think Luann will get her groove back in the 10th season now that she’s kicked Tom’s ass to the curb).
2. Vanderpump Rules
We can thank Lisa Vanderpump for this Real Housewives of Beverly Hill Spin-off, which focuses on the personal lives of her SUR restaurant staff.
They’re a young, hot, in love, heartbroken, irrational, irresponsible, dramatic and comical group of 20-something year olds that live in LA- the perfect reality tv cocktail mix.
You’ll hate them, you’ll love them, you’ll love to hate them, and you’ll hate to love them.
VPR is now going into its’ sixth season, I recommend that any new viewers start this one from season one. I started from season 3 which was still entertaining, but I struggled to understand why there was so much hate and bad blood between a lot of the main cast (a lot can happen in the first two seasons).
3. Below Deck/Below Deck Med
I never thought that watching the personal and professional lives of a luxury charter yacht crew could be so entertaining- and it truly is.
Watch whichever season you want because generally each season has a new crew and and most storylines of the returning crew are put to bed on earlier seasons.
There’s not much else to say about this other than you’ll love this series to bits and it teaches you a great life lesson- no matter how much money you have, that doesn’t give you an excuse to be a dick to the staff that serve you, you will just come off looking like a dick and it will be on tv forever if you sign up for this show.
4. MTV’s The Challenge
This season of The Challenge will be infamously known as ‘The Dirty 30’.
The Challenge’s basic premise is a group of people have to complete a set of challenges (most of which are physically difficult/frightening) in order to win a large sum of money. There are elimination rounds where two competitors face off until (usually) three to six people are left facing off for the grand prize.
It’s not all about the obstacle courses here though, there is plenty of drama that goes on as the competitors are filmed on their free time as well.
Most of the competitors also come from MTV’s other reality programmes: ‘The Real World’ or ‘Are you the One’- so there’s bad blood from the get go.
5. Made in Chelsea
MIC officially refers to itself as a ‘scripted reality program’- and because of that it can fully take advantage of putting these poshos in unrealistic situations.
Watch this show to follow the lives of Chelsea’s young and wealthiest one percent- I think that statement sells itself on its’ own.