Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Guilty Pleasures

We all have them. Some our expensive, exotic or even illegal. Mine? None of the above. Nothing gets me more excited than reality television and the trashier the show, the more I crave it. It's my own drug. It hurts no one and I can pass a drug screening 24/7. So without hesitation, I'll let you into my little world of trash. Welcome to Stephanie's Jersey obsession!

Mob Wives - these ladies are fierce and if I had to choose between a fight with a wild black bear or Drita, I take my chances with the bear. Seriously. Mob Wives follows the lives of 6 Staten Island women who have ties to the Mafia, be it their fathers or husbands. Renee, Drita, Karen, Carla, Romona and the mother of all that is Jersey, Big Ang, grace my life once a week and it's pure bliss. Each lady knows what she is up against being tied to the Mafia but they stick by their men (a cheating Lee and a rat Junior) no matter what.

Housewives of New Jersey - this has to be the one reality show that I truly can not live without. Sad, right? NO! These ladies bring sass, style and drama to my life. Teresa, Caroline (my favorite), Jacqueline, Melissa and Kathy are all women who value family, friendship (sometimes, right Teresa?) and their upscale New Jersey roots. There is always, always someone pissed off at someone else and this new season, number 4, is no exception. Theresa, author of Skinny Italian, has pushed everyones buttons for the last time with what she wrote in her cookbook. Who knew trash talking your frirends and family made your food taste better. Ah, the things I learn from my girls on the East coast. There is always chaos and fighting (especially on the reunion shows) and it reminds me that no matter how much money someone has or if they are (in)famous, they are human and deal with the same problems you and I have. (You and I, however, never have their problems - Prada or Gucci? - bitches!)

The Jersey Shore - you didn't really think I was going to leave this little gem out? This is by far the most ridiculous show on television. I'm almost too proud to watch it but I can't say I love everything Jersey if I leave off the fist pumping guidos, Pauly, Mike "The Situation", Ronnie and Vinny and  and guidettes Snooki, Deena, Sammy and J-Woww. There is nothing redeeming about this show or the people on it. They are a mess. A hot tan Italian mess. Each week, I get to relive the Spring breaks many high school and college kids went on that I never experienced. They drink, dance, party, smoosh and keep the taxi businesses at the Jersey Shore in business.

I'm sure I've now sold you on my Jersey shows but if not, that's okay. More Italian madness for me! What reality shows do you love that you should really be hating? You can tell me, clearly, I have no standards!

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