There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television – but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.– Steve Jobs, 2003
It may not be PC to admit I love television. I’ve always loved television. Yes, I believe I could live without it if I had to, but I would miss it terribly. That said, there are programs on TV whose premise is simple despicable to me. First and foremost I hate reality show “faux-lebrities” (fake celebrities). The reality is there is no reality. Honestly, who are these people? They don’t possess any talent other than the ability to focus our attention on their dysfunctional lives. The situations are planned, staged, arranged…call it what you will. To say it’s dramatized is to suggest they can act. Furthermore, they crossover into entertainment news media, i.e., Us Magazine, The Insider, and insist “everybody’s talking about them.”
Here are the shows on my PLEASE GO AWAY list
- Teen Mom (MTV)
- Sister Wives (TLC)
- Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC)
- 19 Kids and Counting (TLC)
- Kardashian-anything (E)
- Housewives of Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York City, and Beverly Hills (Bravo)
- The Bachelor (ABC)
The top three shows on my list are simply disturbing and creepy. Teen mothers, polygamists, and baby-women are not to be revered or envied, yet that’s exactly the message these shows are sending.
The “I Don’t Get It” Award has to go to Extreme Couponing. I love to save money as much as the next person, but to frame a show about the ability to buy 50 tubes of toothpaste for $1.00 at the checkout is absurd.
Now that I got that out of my system, there is an abundance of programs I do like. Based on genuine laughs, intelligent drama, educational, and irreverence, here are my Prime Time Top 10:
- Modern Family (ABC)
- 30 Rock (NBC)
- The Soup (E)
- Criminal Minds (CBS)
- What Not to Wear (TLC)
- Project Runway (Lifetime)
- Whitney (new) (NBC)
- Hoarders (TLC)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
- Sex & the City – reruns (E)
I could go on and on singing the praises of shows about biographies, medical reality, history, mysteries, UFOs, and the paranormal, but suffice it to say there’s far more out there to love than hate. The sheer abundance of information available is enough to develop just a little crush, no? What shows are on your Hit List?