I have a confession to make: I am addicted to reality tv. There I said it.
Recently I've been making my way back into watching new reality tv shows. I find them easy to watch and entertaining to a point.
My start in the reality tv show world is probably the same as others. X Factor, American Idol, etc. Pretty much tv shows where people compete to win a record contract and money.
Nowadays there are many more of these tv shows from the Voice to Britain's/America's Got Talent.
My favourite reality tv shows often revolve around fashion.
Here are a couple of examples of fashion related reality shows I love.
The Hills was a show that was a spin off of the show Laguna Beach. It was originally centered around Lauren Conrad with her move to LA and as she pursued a career in the fashion industry.
She became an intern with the fashion magazine Teen Vogue where she met another girl on the show Whitney Port.
I know like most reality tv that this show is heavily edited but I love seeing the behind the scenes at Teen Vogue. Being an intern isn't as glamorous as this show and the movie The Devil Wears Prada portray but I would have loved to try it.
The City was a spin off of The Hills with Whitney Port moving to New York to work with Diane Von Furstenberg. Unfortunately it wasn't as successful as its predecessor The Hills due to it having a much more scripted like feel.
Running in heels was a shorter reality tv show than the Hills. It focused around three girls who get an intern ship with the magazine Marie Claire. I loved this show and wished it was longer or had more seasons.
I adore ANTM and I prefer it over it's British version. It's a show about girls who want to be part of the modelling industry (the next cycle will feature males for the first time). My favourite part is the makeovers. The tears over having their hair cut is still funny to this day. Thankfully the makeovers got better as the cycles went along. My main issue though with the makeovers on either version is that they sometimes give the girls a choice to have the makeover done or not done. Yet when girls choose not to get it done they freak out on them and tell them that they are disappointed in them.
Seriously? If you want them to do it don't give them a choice.
Project Runway is a show that focuses on the designers over the models. I love seeing the how much work it takes to design and make clothing. Not all the garments made however are that great but when they do produce something amazing it's worth it. I love the challenges that force them to work with weird materials like candy or things from a pet store.
I can't do a post about reality tv and not mention at least one of the many Real Housewives shows. Out of the 7 versions that are airing the New York one is my favourite. I don't know what it is with New York but I am obsessed with any show set in the city. From Gossip Girl to Running in heels I love New York.
Including New York there are also versions of this show set in:
- Orange County
- New Jersey
- Beverly Hills
At the moment there are talks about one set in Melbourne, Australia.
Big Rich Texas and it's spin off Big Rich Atlanta are very similar to the Real Housewives though with slight differences. One major difference is that Big Rich seems to focus on mothers and daughters while the Real Housewives for me at least focuses on the parents.
I've only just started the Big Rich series but I am loving it so far.
Pretty Wicked Mom's is a show focused on mostly mothers who pretty much like to outdo each other. The first couple of episodes literally had them throwing money on parties for their toddlers and of course trying to make each one better than the previous party. It definitely portrays what some over the top parents are like at this time.
And the last show I will mention today is one that I've started recently and it's Princesses Long Island. No they aren't actual Princesses but some of them get spoiled enough they might as well be them. These girls are all Jewish and most of them are looking for a nice rich Jewish man to marry so they can move out of their families homes. That's pretty much what I've got as far as a premise for the show.
So that's all the reality shows I mostly obsessed with, I'm sure there are more.
So how about you, what reality tv do you watch? I would love to hear in the comments below.
Also have you watched any of the shows I've mentioned in this post? I would love to know what you thought of them!
As you can probably tell I am addicted to American reality tv. I just have a thing with certain parts of America. Living in Ireland we haven't got that much home grown reality tv and the ones we do are awful! Before I finish this post I'll just quickly mention some of them!
Fade Street was apparently our version of The Hills and oh god it was dreadful! My sister liked it but I could barely get through an episode. I tried to force myself to watch it hoping it would get better as I didn't like The Hills straight away. But nope, I still hated it. One of the reasons I didn't like it was due to the people. I didn't find a single one likeable. At first I thought I might like Danielle but I disliked how lazy she was. She had a great opportunity to work with the Academy in Dublin (a gig venue) but could barely get out of bed to go.
Now this wasn't the worst that Irish tv had to offer us when it came to reality tv.
We also had our version of Jersey Shore; Tallafornia.
Even the name makes me grimace.
I have to admit I haven't watched the show itself but rather two guys taking about it on youtube.
I would highly recommend watching them talk about over the show as they are hilarious.
So that's me reality tv showed out.
Also leave a comment about reality tv shows from your country.
And don't forget to leave a comment about what your favourite or even least favourite reality tv show is!