Words by India Ward
Although dramas and documentaries are must see classics – I am a firm believer that everyone needs to indulge in a bit (or a lot) of trash TV. The best type of trash is of course…reality TV. Home to the drama, fights, romances and lots of idiots that we hate to love. There’s no other form of guilty pleasure quite like it, which consumes countless hours of your life that you’ll never get back, whilst simultaneously making you feel much better, or much worse about yourself.
What better example than ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’. Getting lost in the queens of reality TV’s extravagant, luxurious lives within their Calabasas compounds and cars – isn’t great for one’s self esteem. To make things worse, they are all stunning, rich, girl bosses leading empires – whilst having beautiful children and making it all look easy. However, we become addicted as we almost feel apart of this prestigious family after growing up with them since 2007. We begin to realise that they are just like us who have countless dramas and scandals, except they have wardrobes dedicated to their bags and shoes that are bigger than dreams!
To bring yourself back to reality and have you feeling slightly better about your own life, try watching ‘Geordie Shore’ or ‘Jersey Shore’. While you’re at it don’t forget the hidden gem that is ‘The Valley’s’, which is the Welsh version of the franchise. The fights, the mess, the drunken debauchery, the failed romances and the stupidity included – reminds you that you are indeed doing okay. Despite the craziness of these reality TV shows, you can’t help falling in love with the rowdy characters!
Speaking of…we can’t forget the trash that comes from our own shores. At the top of this list is the ‘Bachelor’ or ‘Bachelorette’, and if you’re really looking to punish yourself, ‘Bachelor in Paradise’. We watch these shows for the drama that inevitably occurs when 25+ girls or boys are thrown into the same house who are all dating the same person. Drama?…they’re pretty much asking for it! There’s always the same beautiful melting pot of stereotypical personalities in the cast. The dumb, the crazy, the mean, the nice and the ones who make you wonder “why are you on this show if you’re a lawyer or a political advisor?” We question, “Won’t this surely ruin your career!? Do you ever want to work again or are you after a career change? Whilst we live for the catfights, we also love the romance. Who knows there might even be a slim chance of a ‘happily ever after’ for us to stalk on Instagram.
While we are at it, another beautiful form of addictive trash TV are our renovation shows like ‘House Rules’. This type of show is bound to real you in and make you think, “How do they make it look so easy? Maybe I could just renovate my entire house in a week all by myself too?” These shows provide a fine balance of impressive skill and stupid chitchat. If you want to fall deep down the renovation hole, tune into 9Life (channel 94) for hours on end. You’ll find American husbands and wives renovating countless homes that will make you question, “Why are these people so happy and how haven’t they had to get divorced yet?”
What are you waiting for? Let go of society’s judgment and give into the trash.