Guilty pleasure that may not be so bad

Today the 2013 Emmy nominations were announced, so it seems like prime time to discuss TV.

I’ve always told myself that I am allowed to watch terrible TV, because I have a serious and stressful job,  and I don’t want to think while relaxing in front of the tube.

However, currently, I do not have a serious job (more to come on that later), and I still watch a lot of crappy TV.

If you are only as good as the company you keep, does the same ring true for your TV selections?

I’d like to think not.  People go to the movies to escape.  People read books to be transported to another time and world.  People read magazines to learn about current events.  Therefore, maybe it is just as innocent to watch crappy TV, which does much of the same.

If there is a series on Bravo, I’m probably watching it.

Other than a couple of comedies, like “Parks and Recreation” and “Modern Family“, as well as a couple of full-hour shows like “Hart of Dixie” and “Mad Men“, everything I watch is reality, or even scripted reality.

I like to see the fancy outfits of the Real Housewives.  I watch the shows when I am wearing pajamas, eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and feeling anything but fabulous.  I like to see the wives attend amazing parties and events in homes that I have never had the pleasure of going in myself.  It’s not that I want to have their lives — because boy are they messed up — but I want to watch their lives from afar, just for fun.

The fighting on the shows can be a bit annoying, but I look past it.  I also look past the obvious sound-bytes that are added after the fact and the extremely scripted interactions.  Unfortunately, Dave seems to only walk in the room during the blow-out fights, and therefore has instituted an informal “no ‘Housewives’ policy” while he is also home on the couch.

But, I can’t help it.  I like reality shows with a little bit of added drama.

There are countless shows out there about finding the perfect home, redecorating a home to make it perfect, finding a wedding dress, finding love, fixing a failing restaurant or competing against others in a craft.  These are all things that everyday people can relate to at some point in their lives, but they all also have at least a little added element of competition or fantasy.

What about a show on moving to a brand new city across the country and getting settled?  What about a show on trying to find a job that you really enjoy?  What about a show on figuring out a public transportation system?

These things just aren’t as glamorous and might not provide the escape that me and millions of other people are looking for at night.

Dave and I have recently become obsessed with “Mad Men”, which of course, received several Emmy nominations this year.  We started watching it during the most recent season six.  Since the season ended, we’ve purchased season one to start watching from the beginning and have watched nearly one episode a day for the last week-and-a-half.   “Mad Men” is absolutely a quality show, and it does not get thrown into my crappy TV category.  And, unlike my Bravo shows, which didn’t receive any Emmy nominations, it’s something we can watch together.

So I ask you, what’s your guilty TV pleasure?

As a one-TV household, this is where we get our fix.


  1. Mad Men is a lot of fun! I think they have seasons 1-5 on Netflix, so if you didn’t want to purchase the episodes individually you can get a Netflix subscription and stream them for cheap.

    Guilty pleasures are currently Game of Thrones(HBO) and Breaking Bad(AMC). It took me awhile to finally check out BB because of the show content, but it just like Mad Men has some incredible scripted drama, so does BB. Also on Netflix for easy viewing.

    1. So many people have told me to watch Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad … now that I’ve added one Emmy-worthy drama, maybe it’s time for another. Thanks for the tips.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.