Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Shame Shows

What is a Shame Show?

A shame show is a program that you watch religiously, but you don't really need anyone to know you watch it. You're not going to go into the office on Monday and yell, "Oh snap! Did you see that crazy shit on Kim and Kourtney Take New York?". If your spouse were to see your shows title on your DVR, you would be sort of embarrassed and you might feel the need to explain why you needed to record it. No amount of explanation can really justify your show, because of course it is a Shame Show.

A perfect example would be MTV's Teen Mom, or the dreadful, yet riveting, 16 and Pregnant. These shows are awful. We shouldn't want to watch them, but we do. I shouldn't want to pay any attention to the mind boggling horribleness that is Teen Mom 2's Janell, but I watch anyway. How does that terrible whine box, Farrah, pay for a boob job on her meager pizza making wage? Why do her parents help her out, even though she is AWFUL? I suppose it's these questions that make me watch.
Another example would be VH1's Celebrity Rehab or my favorite, Celebrity Fit Club. It's on VH1, so there is automatic shame from that alone. Add the word Celebrity to the shows title and you can be CERTAIN you are watching a shame show. The Biggest Loser would be considered a normal show, but if a celebrity from a long time ago got chubby and you enjoy watching them workout and swear......that makes it a shame show.

Lucky for me, my husband loves me enough to have become a Jersey Shore convert (that is a major addiction), but there is no way in hell he's going to settle in for an episode of Tori and Dean. It just isn't going to happen. Dave doesn't care if Tori Spelling is stressed about concealing her baby bump. Dave doesn't want to watch Dean take on the wild world of culinary school. I don't expect him to watch it. I wish it didn't hold my attention the way it does.

This leads me to the mother of all my shame shows and it is Kim and Kourtney Take New York. I didn't want to watch it at all.....that is until I shamefully watched the 2 part Kim and Kris Dream wedding extravaganza. It was riveting! I knew the marriage was over long before they walked down the aisle. I can't believe the wedding wasn't called off! I'm thrilled they went through with it because the demise of the marriage is the main reason I'm watching Kim and Kourtney in the first place. It's a slow motion train wreck every week. I will totally admit that I am counting the seconds until this Sunday's finale. I will be devastated as soon as it's over. I will mourn the loss of the show. I will experience painful with drawls, much like those first few days after Bachelor Pad ends. It's not going to be easy. If anyone else on the planet goes through this shame, just know that I'm there with you every step of the way.


19 Kids and Counting is one Shame Show that I can officially say I WILL NEVER WATCH!
It's time to "pull out" Jim Bob....if you know what I mean.


  1. Love it and yes all of these are on my DVR. Have yet to miss a season of Teen Mom, Tori and Dean, Kardashians (I feel like they are my BFFs) and of course The Bachelor. There, I put it out there. No shame at all.

  2. And dare I put it in print...I have even been sucked into an episode or 2 of Sister Wives and 19 Kids and Counting. Definite SHAME. Yikes!

  3. My sister in law loves 19 kids and counting and even e-mailed me the wifes tips on how to treat your husband. But I cannot even get myself to look at it let alone watch the show. I agree and I never will watch it.