The headline should be rather straightforward, but TV is littered with reality or competition shows that I just wish would go away. From obnoxious “cast members” to obnoxious hosts, these shows should disappear.
Now, I should note two things about this list. First, I don’t watch these shows. My knowledge of them comes from clips I’ve seen from the web, commercials, and The Soup, so you can call me out in the comments if my decisions are off-base because I’m not a regular viewer. Second, if I hate them this much by just seeing clips from the web, commercials, and The Soup, that generally means that I agree with my assessment. If they’re terrible in minimal quantities, they don’t deserve the time that’s allotted in the show itself.
Our Picks for Best–and Worst–Reality and Competition Shows
The Top 5 WORST
1. American Idol
Ooh! This one, I did watch. Well, I watched the end of the first season, when Simon was critical but fair, Randy was happy but smart, and Paula was a sweetheart (and not letting her drunkenness show). Well, now Paula’s gone, Simon’s gone (after moving on to just plain mean), and Randy’s unhelpful. Plus, we’ve got random new judges that people don’t really like, and honestly, the contestants all seem the same. Sure, there’s an impressive performance here and there, and yes, these people have talented voices. But the show takes over at premiere time, airing way too many hours in a week, and honestly, people just watch to make fun of the people who just show up to make idiots of themselves. And once we get to the talent, well, it’s still on way too much in a given week. It’s run it’s course, and it just needs to go.
2. Keeping up with the Kardashians
Not even Marshall from How I Met Your Mother can remember why these people are famous. I’m ready for them to go. Sure, they give Joel McHale some good fodder for The Soup, but every time I see a clip, a little part of my soul dies. As well as my vision.
3. Kate plus 8
Kate Gosselin dug her own grave when she went entirely obnoxious in Dancing with the Stars. With her public divorce (ok, even I felt a little sorry for her once I saw what her ex-husband turned into), I’m quite tired of hearing about her, and honestly, I felt like the kids deserved a break from being in the public eye. But to put it right back on the air–with her bad hair to boot–bah. End it.
4. Jersey Shore
I’m not sure if this needs a reason. I can just imagine the world is getting spread around with STDs just watching the show. Plus, seeing a 40-something “Situation” nailing college girls just makes me sad.
5. Sister Wives
I understand that people have their own beliefs, and I think that’s fine. But flaunting it on TV is another thing. Plus, isn’t polygamy illegal? All that aside, the husband, Kody Brown, just seems like the biggest jackass I’ve ever seen (think about this, after what I just said about the Situation), and his wives don’t seem that much better. Sure, I can see how this might be a guilty-pleasure show for some, but my pleasure would be to never see these people again…unless I’m seeing Brown go to jail.
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The Top 5 BEST
1. So You Think You Can Dance
Ok, I’m flying blind here. I’ve seen one whole episode of this show, but damn, it was impressive (judges aside). These people have talent, and they deserve a medium where they can show it off. Sure, some dances are better than others, but from what I’ve seen, wow.
2. The Amazing Race
I’m actually a late adopter of The Amazing Race, and I’ll be honest. It’s because one of my high school classmates appeared in one of the seasons (she went home pretty early). But, you know? It’s a fun show. I don’t know how it compares to early seasons, but it’s a lot of fun. Even if you don’t win, I can’t imagine that you’d take a million bucks over the experience you’ve just had all over the world. (But maybe that’s just me.)
3. Top Chef
Ok, Top Chef has had a rough couple of years as far as creativity goes, but it’s still such a fun show to watch. If only you could actually eat the food. Sure, I wouldn’t mind a little less product placement and drama within the house, but ultimately, seeing the creations they come up with is worth the hour to hour and fifteen minutes of food time. Some might feel it’s run its course, but I think there’s still room to grow, especially with Anthony Bourdain at Judge’s Table.
4. Say Yes to the Dress
Is this really considered reality? I think so. And man, I can’t seem to get enough. With bitchy brides and nagging, negative families, it’s hard to believe that at the end of each episode you’ll get a heartwarming wedding moment. Sure, I might be biased having just gotten married this year, but I’m still a religious watcher.
5. America’s Next Top Model
Haha. No, this isn’t a joke. And yes, the girls suck now. But isn’t it fun to watch? What ridiculous thing will Tyra say about herself next? What social issue will be her next project (this season it was “tall girl”–and she won!)? Oh, this show is so ridiculous and self-serving. I love it. Plus, you get to stare at pretty pictures. And for all you men out there, they’re taking more and more opportunities to make these women as scantily clad as possible. Maybe next season’s theme will be…prostitute!
Well, that’s it! Any you’d like to add to either category? Any that you disagree with? Let me know in the comments!
*images from Yahoo! TV