TV Fanatic Staff Round Table: Guiltiest Television Pleasure
Come on. Be honest. We all have them: guilty television pleasures, those shows you DVR on a weekly basis, even though a large part of you lives in fear of anyone ever calling up your Saved Recordings and looking at you like Anthony Bourdain looks at a McNugget.
Really? You're gonna watch that?!?
But we forced our TV Fanatic staff members to bare all in this edition of the Round Table, as they open up below about the programs they wish they could live without. Please, keep your snickering to a minimum....
Matt Richenthal: Ellen. A popular talk show, I know. But for a 31-year old straight male to watch by himself? I try to keep my desire to Live, Love and Dance like this comedian to myself.
Miranda Wicker: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, except now I love those crazy bitches and talk about them like we're best friends, or The Millionaire Matchmaker. I blame my husband for both. I mean, I certainly would never have watched such low-brow television. Ahem.
Steve Marsi: Tosh.0. If watching clips of guys booting and getting hit by cars, while a dude standing in front of a green screen does standup based on Youtube videos for half an hour is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
Jim Garner: The Wars: Storage Wars, Storage Wars (Texas) and now Shipping Wars. It's like modern day treasure hunting with the former and the latter is just getting started, but when do you get to see problems regarding traveling and aren't your problems?
Dan Forcella: iCarly, even though the only thing I'm guilty about is the fact that I get to watch the comedic genius of Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Noah Munck and the rest of you so-called adults don't. It's labeled as a kids show, but there is more intelligent, subtle humor in this Nickelodeon sitcom than a number of CBS comedies.
Eric Hochberger: I'm sure I'll get universally booed for even putting this show in the category, but I have to choose The Vampire Diaries. Guilty simply because I'm a little older and more male than the typical CW demographic. Pleasure, meanwhile, needs no explanation.
Lindsey Kempton: My low-brow love is definitely Say Yes To The Dress. It's like I'm mesmerized by all the ugly gowns and crazy families.
Nick McHatton: If we're talking strictly reality here: Tabatha Takes Over, The Real Housewives of Orange County and Bad Sex. I'm going to put reruns of Lizzie McGuire in a second sentence because having it follow Bad Sex doesn't feel very classy.
Leigh Raines: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and all things Kardashian. Yes, I watch the Kardashians and I bet many of you secretly do too!!!
Arlene Gonzalez: Cajun Pawn Stars! I may be a Puerto Rican from NY but I do love me some Louisiana rednecks pawning coon and skinned alligators, Jerry Lee Lewis LPs and Civil War era surgical tools. Oh yes... and let's not forget the donkeys and toothless locals. Heaven!
Christine Orlando: I'm in love with Selling New York and Selling L.A. on HGTV and I'm not even guilty about it. I WANT a killer loft in Chelsea or Soho and a modern, beautiful home in L.A. with a master bath where I can take decadent bubble baths you'll have to drag me out of. In my mind I'm not watching TV, I'm simply shopping with my realtor.
Chandel Charles: Dance Moms, Teen Mom 2, 16 and Pregnant and The Bachelor. Don't ask me why I watch them, except I like to see how other people live, and, in many cases, feel better about my life in the process. Plus, I am amazed at how ridiculous adults can act when placed in high pressure situations, or even as stupid and impulsive adolescents.
Carissa Pavlica: House Hunters International and Storage Wars. I can lose complete days watching those shows. One is a real dream, and the other is out of disgust, but I still feel guilty for wasting so much blasted time on them when I could be doing other things.
Help us feel less embarrassed, readers: Chime in now your YOUR guiltiest TV pleasure!