Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Terrible Television

I must confess that I am addicted to terrible, terrible television.  I'm trying to cut myself off reality TV.  I can honestly say that I don't watch very much - no denial here - but what I watch is so awful I think it rots my brain at twice the regular rate.  I used to ride a pretty high horse when it came to reality television.  Rubbish, staged, waste of time, etc.  Then I started watching Project Runway.  Then Top Chef.  Then Bridezillas.  Then I stopped watching all of those, and discovered shows that portray some of the worst wretches of humanity imaginable.  When Matt started having rehearsals on Sunday, I started watching Discovery Channel and TLC.  At first, I thought I could get away with it.  When someone asked me what I was watching, I could say, "Oh, just something on Discovery" without mentioning it was a show about 900 pound people, a mermaid girl whose legs were fused together, hoarders, polygamists, or people with Pica (look it up).  This doesn't work with TLC.  If I'm watching something on TLC, it's almost guaranteed to be the opposite of educational.  The Learning Channel does not fit the programming.  I suggest Toddlers, Lunatics, and Cupcakes.  Other suggestions? 

One of my favorites is "I'm Pregnant And...".  I watched a marathon once, and it was life-changing in a very depressing way.  The premise of the show is that a woman is pregnant and has some obstacle to overcome, or some weird quirk that makes her interesting to viewers like me.  For example, I've seen episodes about pregnant heroin addicts, prison inmates, and nudists.  But as I recently discussed with some friends, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many other weird things people can be in addition to with child.  Surprisingly enough, some of them already have their own shows (I'm Pregnant and it's Baby #20).  Also, some potential shows could be based around people we already knew of:  I'm Pregnant and in Driver's Ed, or I'm Pregnant and in 8th Grade.  So programming gurus, take note.  These examples are free.  I've got more - but they're going to cost you.  For your entertainment:

I'm Pregnant and...a Mature, Financially Stable Adult in a Long-Term, Committed Relationship
(Just Kidding)

I'm Pregnant and...Accused of Statutory Rape
I'm Pregnant and...A WWE Diva
I'm Pregnant and...My Sister Wives are Jealous
I'm Pregnant and...This Time I'm Telling the Truth
I'm Pregnant and...So's My Mom
I'm Pregnant and...I Made a Deal with the Devil
I'm Pregnant and...An Alien Abductee
I'm Pregnant and...I Have a 6 Week Old Infant
I'm Pregnant and...I'm Getting Divorced
I'm Pregnant and...I'm a Virgin
I'm Pregnant and...It Didn't Stay in Vegas