My Summer Reality {TV}

I always say I don’t really watch reality TV, but then I realized that’s a complete lie. In the summer, that is ALL I watch. All of the dramas and comedies I watch all year go off the air, and suddenly I’m left with reality “reality” television. But hey, it’s great background while I work on summer projects and write blog posts.

So a few of my favorites…some because they are actually really intriguing and inspiring, and some because…they are just trainwrecks.

1. The Briefcase

SUCH an interesting concept. The bummer is you can only do it for one season because there is a big ol’ twist. Now that it’s aired, I don’t think they can do it again. The basic premise is that two families in need each receive a briefcase with $100,000 and have to decide if they want to keep it all, keep some of it, or give some of it away to another family in equal or more need. They find out little bits about the other family over the course of 72 hours, but they DO NOT KNOW that the other family is deciding about them, too. Then they have to meet each other and share what they have decided to give. WAY more fascinating than I thought it would be. Check it out!

2. Extreme Weight Loss

I have always loved this show. What makes it special to me is seeing one person’s journey over the course of two hours. Each episode shows us the whole year of weightloss for that person, and it fascinates me to see the emotional and physical struggles that a person has to go through to really truly change their lives. It’s inspiring, challenging, and I feel like it’s an important message to all of us to take care of ourselves!

3. Food Network Star

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I love a good food competition, but this is my favorite – whoever wins gets their own show on Food Network. This year, I’m rooting for the guy from Nashville, Arnold, because I’ve been to his restaurants AND THEY ARE AWESOME. He’s the chef or owner or something at PM, Cha Cha, and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. He also does drag, which just makes him super entertaining. Go Arnold! Go Nashville!

4. The Bachelorette / Bachelor Pad

THIS IS THE ONLY ONE I’M KIND OF ASHAMED OF. Especially this season, where Kaitlynn is just a huge hot mess. No wonder they keep advertising the movie “Trainwreck” during the show. But whatever…this is the LEAST “real” of the reality shows I watch, by far.

At least I don’t watch the housewife shows??

Married at First Sight

I know it sounds INSANE. But I got completely hooked on this show last year when it debuted on FYI (which, by the way, did you know there is a channel called FYI? I didn’t.).

Married at First Sight. It is exactly as it sounds.

 

It is the ultimate “social experiment,” where a group of singles trust four experts, each with a different specialty pertaining to psychology and relationships, matches three couples. Those three couples then marry each other…without ever having met. Think arranged marriage meets the 21st century.

I was very skeptical. I realize that in this modern age, people meet in all sorts of strange and crazy ways. We have the Bachelor. We have match.com. We have Coffee meets Bagel. We have all sorts of strange ways to connect with people. But THIS? 

With a degree in psychology, I have always LOVED seeing how different aspects of our personalities mix together. Watching the first few episodes of this show last season completely hooked me. I could see why and how the “experts” matched the three couples. To me, it made total sense.

After being married five weeks, and because this was a legally binding marriage, each couple had to choose whether to stay married or get divorced. Two of the three couples chose to stay married. And then, Married at First Sight: The First Year began, where we, the audience, got to follow along in the first year of the marriage.

I FREAKING LOVE IT. I think I love it because the two couples who stayed married are adorable, of course, but have also gone run the gamut of normal issues. They are very, VERY real people with real joys and hurts. I also think it takes a lot of courage not only to go through with this experiment, but to do it on national television.

Here are the two couples from the first season – Courtney & Jason, and Doug & Jamie. ADORABLE.

 

This season, A&E picked it up. Smart move, A&E. Very smart. So far, we have seen two episodes – the matchmaking and the weddings. Already, I see so many similarities to the couples from last season. I truly wish these six individuals the best. They were married in December, so in “real life,” they have either been married for three months, or they are already divorced. They all seem like genuine people, in it for good reasons, and committed to the process.

Here are the couples for this season. I pretty much agree with this assessment of the couples…don’t read it if you want to form your own opinions!! My personal favorite is the couple in the middle – Sean and Davina. Have you watched it? Do you watch it? What’s your opinion of the whole modern day arranged marriage premise??

Parenthood Series Finale

I am so sad to say goodbye to the Bravermans tonight. In my opinion, Parenthood is one of the best shows of all-time. No other show EVER has made me laugh AND cry in just about every episode. Anyone who watches this show wishes they were a part of this family, even though they have had more than their fair share of tragedy and sadness. And after tonight’s show, it will be over. SAD FACE.

If you don’t watch this show, I cannot stress enough how strongly I feel that you need to go binge watch it right away. While I’m not sure that any family has covered this huge spectrum of circumstances (think: aspergers, cancer, infertility, adoption, divorce, single-parenthood, drugs, alcohol, accidental pregnancies, business failures, you name it…), I feel that everyone can related to the emotions, the joys and the hurts, that come along in this life.

Watch it. Love it. Tell me what you think. Let’s talk about it.