Most of us aren’t willing to admit it, but the numbers don’t lie - we all like a little reality TV. I know I shouldn’t. I know it’s not good for me. But I love it in moderation. Kind of like a Yogi occasionally craves a Twinkie.
However, all reality is not created equal. Just like Little Debbie’s cakes were never as good as the original Ho Ho’s. I’m not a fan of the reality shows where people tear each other down. Watching people humiliate each other is not my cup of tea. For this reason, I’ve never watched The Real Housewives. I’m a housewife in REAL life, maybe that’s why I have no interest in watching them on TV.
I’ve considered coming up with some fab invention just to see if Mr. Cuban wants to be my partner.
What I am obsessed with is Shark Tank. Haven’t seen it? It’s a panel of billionaires, including super hotty Mark Cuban. Sitting on the next big thing and all you need is some funding? Take your idea to the tank and see if one of the six super-rich sharks will invest in you. I’ve considered coming up with some fab invention just to see if Mr. Cuban wants to be my partner. He can have any part of Luxury Travel Mom (the site, not me, ok me!) that he wants.
I also get sucked into watching reality TV with my little boys. They love every reality show that has ever aired on Animal Planet and Discovery, especially Dirty Jobs. This is a show my boys never get tired of watching, and neither do I. Am I the only one with a mad crush on its host Mike Rowe? Mike celebrates the unsung heroes who do some of the nastiest jobs in the world. He works shoulder to shoulder in whatever muck or grime the job calls for. Sometimes you can even learn something. For example, my boys now know how fish are artificially inseminated. You never know when intel like that might come in handy.
I’ll cop to watching Shark Tank or anything on Discovery in public, but the next show is one I usually keep under wraps.
My teenage daughter loves Beverly Hills Nannies. And while I pretend that I only watch it to keep her company, I secretly love every second! The cast is almost not believable. Marika, the crazy mommy who dresses her little boy in head-to-toe designer gear insists that she doesn’t need a nanny, she needs a “lady sitter.” This is apparently someone who she pays to be her friend…I guess? But my favorite character on the show is the hot cougar, Cindy, who blatantly hits on her “manny.” It kind of makes me want a male nanny.
I keep my Beverly Hills Nanny habit private because just like we judge the characters on reality TV shows, I think we judge each other for watching it. So let’s just keep this between you and me!
So yes, while reality TV can be a little silly, it can also be educational, enlightening and yes, extremely entertaining! I would personally rather have my kids watch the Kardashians before they ever watched a crime drama. You never know, in life they might meet a crazy broad with a big bootie and a wacky family. And now they’ll know how to handle it.
What is your reality TV guilty pleasure?