In 1999, a competition program called “Survivor” aired on CBS and changed the landscape of TV as we know it.
The series was a bisexual-themed reality dating show where 16 straight guys and 16 lesbian-identified girls lived in Tequila’s house and compete for her attention and affection. It’s crazy that we willingly subject ourselves to other people’s family drama, but, we’ll draw the line at Kardashians, thank you very much. reality show is a recipe for disaster, and that’s exactly what this was. “Dating In The Dark,” (ABC, 2009-2010) It seems like kind of a nice idea, meeting someone in a dark room and getting to know their personality without judging them on their looks. While the premise of the show isn’t completely horrendous, the relationship was totally destined for failure… Spoiler alert: The guy isn’t a prince at all, but rather an insipid oil-spill-cleaner named Matt Hicks who’s so broke he can’t afford a car and has to bike to work. He resembles Prince Harry enough to fool the American women back at the castle.In case you’re still not sold that reality TV is fake, 3. Get Me Out Of Here” (ABC, 2003 & NBC, 2009) What made this show so bad was its choice of “celebrities,” that included former “Hills” weirdos Heidi and Spencer, among other D-listers. “The Swan,” (Fox, 2004) The ultimate in brutal plastic surgery television, gangly women on “The Swan” not only went under the knife to become “beautiful,” but they had a beauty pageant at the end. “Survivor” fans may be horrified to find out that the notorious Johnny Fairplay was removed from the show for defacing a fellow contestant’s bed… Needless to say, this trainwreck got the axe after only four episodes.“A Double Shot At Love With the Ikki Twins” (MTV, 2008-2009) Thought it couldn’t get any worse than the first “Shot At Love? In 2008, the world was introduced this horrific spinoff that featured twins, who went by the fitting moniker: the Ikki Twins. , 2010-2011) Brides want to look fantastic on their big day, but going on reality television to compete for plastic surgery procedures? “Bridalplasty” wasn’t just painful to watch, but it sent a pretty appalling message to its young audience. Watch Spencer (with his crazy eyes) and Heidi completely lose it when fellow contestants touch her dry shampoo. We do give props to the show for their short bits on how plastic surgery can go wrong, but that doesn’t make the concept any more okay. “Boy Meets Boy,” (Bravo, 2006) This show had potential, but was completely ruined by its cruel twist. ” (ABC, 2003) A sad case in favor of those who believe that high school never ends, this show is as simple minded as its sounds, as judges rate contestants on their faces and bodies, deeming them hot or not. Adoption gets the entertainment treatment with this abysmal show whose premise is appalling: An adult who had been put up for adoption as a baby was placed in a room with 25 men, one of whom was their biological father.Watching our generation’s biggest pop star Britney Spears down bags of Cheetos and then burp them up? Having to see Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt fend for themselves in the jungle (or do anything, for that matter)? And no one wants to watch Lohan family drama unfold without Lindsay. To that end, we’ve rounded up 15 reality shows that make up this third (and frightening) category.Trust us, we’re not kidding when we say these shows make “Toddlers & Tiaras” look like “Breaking Bad.” Yikes! “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic” (UPN, 2005) Watching an episode of Britney and Kevin will make you nauseous. Both the show’s subject matter and the constant shaking of Brit’s handheld camera is not for the faint of heart.
Not to mention, we want to just give the whole entire thing a good, long, bath. “A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila” (MTV, 2007-2008) Yet another show that needs a good, hard scrub.
For unexplainable reasons, pint-sized personality (and occasional porn star) Tila Tequila was given her own dating show for not one, but two seasons. , 2008) Okay, come on, who let this one on the air? ” (NBC, 2003-2004) This one has Mary-Kate and Ashley’s “Billboard Dad” written all over it! “I Wanna Marry Harry” (FOX, 2014) In what might be the most offensive show ever, 12 American women were flown to London to fight for the affection of a rich British guy that might be Prince Harry.
Some include “The Amazing Race,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “The Mole” (a wildcard, we know, but Anderson Cooper totally nailed it as host) Then you’ve got the The Guilty Pleasures.
Warning: these shows are highly addictive, if pretty pointless.
Yes, we’re talking about “Keeping up With the Kardashians,” “Jersey Shore,” “The Hills,” “The Bachelor,” and all the “Real Housewives.” These shows usually follow a group of people who don’t much, and while there’s no doubt that we kill a couple of brain cells watching them, we’re not ashamed to admit that we love—and DVR—them.
The third category, however, are the reality programs that are so bad we can’t believe they made it on the air.