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Top 5 trashiest shows take the Olympic gold of reality TV


It’s the perfect procrastination technique, the ultimate in mindless humour, the ideal performance for choking on your popcorn laughing and chucking some at the screen in horror. Toddlers and adults alike throw utterly cringe-worthy temper tantrums, spend exorbitant money on spray tans and rhinestones, and slowly suck any hope for our generation from our very souls.  These are the top 5 reality TV shows you absolutely have to watch.

5. Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Known as the original “famous for being famous” family, the Kardashians have grown to dominate E! with 8 consecutive seasons and 3 spin-off series. Between the catfights, idiotic phrases, and relationship drama, this show is perfect for those who want some mind-numbing relaxation or assurance that they are not, in fact, the stupidest people on the planet. “It’s the show that everyone secretly watches and loves.  Everyone’s afraid to admit they love it,” said Bennet Brady, ‘15.

4. Bridezillas

A WE TV show that debuted in 2004, the show follows temper-tantrum-throwing, Daddy’s-money-blowing, and not-so-heavenly-glowing brides as they struggle to make their perfect day all that they’ve envisioned.  With 9 seasons already aired, and a tenth scheduled for May of 2013, this show is the perfect manual for how not to behave during wedding planning.  “‘Bridezillas’ is probably one of my favorite shows,” said Hannah Meyers, ‘14.  “It’s a show you can watch whenever you’re bored and you know that you’ll laugh at it. Personally I find it hilarious.”  Whether you’re soon to be married, or are still a teenager and just have a secret collection of bridal magazines hidden under your bed, “Bridezillas” provides a hilarious and sometimes painful glimpse into the world of the monster bride.

3. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

When Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, first graced television screens on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” in Sept. 2011, Americans fell in love with her down-to-earth persona (almost unheard of in the pageant world), her wacky and wild family, and her uproarious quotes about life.  The Aug. 29 episode, which aired during the 2012 Republican National Convention, attracted almost 3 million viewers and scored a 1.3 rating among 18-49-year-olds, the highest rating in that age group for any cable program that night.  “It’s addicting and totally pointless,” said Grace Bonington, ‘16. “You don’t get anything from watching it except for the fact that its ridiculously funny.”

2. Dance Moms

Whether it’s screaming, crying, or cheering, there’s always something loud and exciting happening in Abby Lee Miller’s Dance Studio.  Between the bickering, whining, and temper tantrums from both the child dancers and their adult moms, it’s often hard to determine in this show whether the main characters are the dancers or their cuckoo parents.  “Me and my friend Alexandra Rappaport used to watch every Tuesday and although it’s super dramatic, the girls are super talented!” said Maddy Roznyek, ‘14.  With a slightly stronger emphasis on the drama than the dancing, this show is perfect for those who need a little convincing that, though their parents may yell at them for not doing their homework, there are crazier moms out there.

1. Toddlers and Tiaras

Considered one of the most disturbing and entertaining shows ever made, “Toddlers and Tiaras” is host to a whole world of crazy.  Moms and toddlers alike throw temper tantrums loud and hysterical enough to raise your eyebrows clear off your head.  “‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ is always entertaining to watch, but it always makes me wonder what is going to happen to the self-esteems of those girls when they get older,” said Emma Ruchefsky, ‘15.  From pixie sticks and energy drinks to fake teeth, eyelashes, and tans to inappropriate behaviour, outfits and performances, this show is sure to horrify and amuse.

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Jessica Gross, A&E Editor
Most kids might shy away from new experiences and dread trying something they’ve never done before, but not Jessica Gross ’15. “I’m totally open to new things,” said Gross, “Actually, I love trying new things.” And it makes perfect sense. The A&E Page Editor has lived in Hong Kong, been to Paris to see a rock concert, and even attended a Berklee College summer program for the performing arts. While she indulges her passion for performing arts through her involvement in Staples Players and her love for journalism in Inklings, Gross’ guilty pleasure is baking. Whether it’s for friends, family, teammates or co-workers, she is always able to put her own spin on any traditional treat. And it’s not just her friends who take note of her knack for baking; even her boss at the restaurant she works at has remarked on her talent, adding a dessert special to his menu featuring Gross’ homemade cookies and brownies. She has even ventured as far as making mini key lime pies, a favorite on the menu. When someone has so many different passions, it’s hard to pick their proudest moment. However, Gross’ came to mind easily: “My band and I opened up for Paul Simon at a concert,” she said, “it was incredible.” Gross is actually the lead singer for that band, created at the School of Rock in Fairfield. Few musicians were invited to join the band at School of Rock, only those with rare talent made the cut. Whether it is finding an interesting topic to cover for Inklings, practicing with her band to get the best sound, or even baking a delicious snack, Gross does it all with flair. So as she embarks on her senior year, take note of her name, because who knows, Jessica Gross might be headlining a tour, opening up a bakery, or even writing for The New York Times in the near future.

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