Pessimistic Optimism

Life as I see it… sort of.

Did Anyone Watch…

Watching television is a bit of a challenge these days because of the numerous programs to choose from.  Well, maybe not the actual watching part, but talking about what you watched can be difficult or embarrassing.

Like the rest of you, I too, end up watching shows that I don’t want to admit to.  Unlike you, I just stumble upon them by accident, or my wife left the television on The BRAVO Network when she left the room to take out the garbage.  Not that the BRAVO Network is only filled with trashy programming.  Project Runway can be very enlightening.  Before that show I thought couture was a fancy French toilet.

It’s always surprising how many people saw the same crappy show that I did.  It usually takes some sort of trickery to get people to admit that they watched Jeff Conaway have a meltdown on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club 2.  Misinformation is a great way to get a closeted viewer to accidentally bring themselves into the light.  When they correct you it is an admission to not only watching the show, but also caring about it.  This is a fun way to rid a room of a know-it-all that didn’t want his friends or co-workers to know that he watches Dancing With the Stars, but couldn’t keep his mouth shut when you said that Tucker Carlson was the next Fred Astaire.

In some circles, not mine, the stigma of being branded a Reality TV connoisseur can be devastating, so I can appreciate when someone can openly admit to staying in all day on a Saturday to watch a Breaking Bonaduce marathon.  Could you believe that she sat there for a male stripper?  I hope those two kids can work it out.

Hopefully this post helps those of you that have a problem to admit to the world that you watch Reality TV and like it.  Then the rest of us snobs can laugh at you.   That way we can all bring our dirty little secrets out into the public where they belong… in regards to television viewing that is. 


September 19, 2006 - Posted by | Humor, Television


  1. Reality TV is kind of like watching a train wreck…it’s horrible, but you can’t help but watch.

    However…you seem to know too much about too many of these shows. Thankfully, since I only get 6 English channels (none of which have current US TV shows), I am now completely removed from these shows. I do have a slingbox and could watch these shows online, but I haven’t managed to get sucked in that way yet


    Comment by Mike | September 21, 2006 | Reply

  2. I actually don’t watch the dancing show, but as for the other ones… maybe once in a while.

    Comment by linusmann | September 21, 2006 | Reply

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