BuddyTV Favorites: Guilty Pleasures
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
We all have them--Cheaters reruns, RuPaul's Drag Race, 16 and Pregnant--shows that are so bad they're almost good. We posed the question to our friends on Facebook and to anyone in the BuddyTV offices who was willing to name names: What are your TV guilty pleasures?

Here's what makes you feel just a little bit dirty every time you watch:

Celebrity Rehab

No one really likes to see the horrors of addiction (or do they?), but there's something compelling about watching a bunch of reckless celebrity has-beens work out their relationship and addiction issues. But it's not all self-centered voyeurism (we tell ourselves): Celebrity Rehab gives desperate people a last chance to detox and rebuild their lives.

The Real Housewives of New York City and New Jersey

Disturbing parenting skills, mafia ties, plastic surgeries, shopping sprees and rowdy catfights are all in a day's work for the women of The Real Housewives of New York City and New Jersey. Though not all the women on these Bravo docu-soaps are actually housewives, we meet their families and catch a glimpse of all the drama that money can buy, whether it's in the Hamptons, the Upper East Side or New Jersey.

Pit Boss

Pit Boss may be about saving pit bulls, but the show isn't just for dog lovers. The program gives viewers another reason to tune in: Little person Shorty Rossi, former actor with a checkered past, and his buddies struggle to overcome the challenges of rescuing dogs who, more often than not, are bigger than they are.

Jersey Shore

Similar to MTV's The Real World, Jersey Shore follows the lives of eight young people as they paint the town of Seaside Heights red, party until they drop and comply with a few obligations. Unless you've been living under a rock, then you already know that everything about this show is sleazy. It's garbage TV at its finest. Good news: It's not too late to hop on board the Jersey Shore wagon, though. Snooki, Pauly D and the rest of the cast return for season 2 on Thursday, July 29, on MTV.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

The title and premise of The Secret Life of the American Teenager do not exactly break new ground, but the show packs a punch more forceful than the average high school teen drama these days. After all, teenagers at Ulysses Grant High School are either having sex or always talking about having sex.


It doesn't take a genius to know why a lot of people take pleasure (secretly or not) in watching this gossip news show. From TV personality feuds to the most damning candid celeb photos, TMZ can be counted on to break the most salacious celeb-inspired stories.

Tough Love

Tough Love is a decently entertaining reality series that airs on VH1. While seeing a group of single women go through a training program that will prepare them for the dating world is nothing out of the ordinary for reality TV premises, the show boasts a collection of women with diverse backgrounds and personalities--a rare feat in this genre nowadays.

Tool Academy

Curious to find out what goes on in a "relationship boot camp"? Then Tool Academy might be just what you're looking for. The show features arrogant bad boys and girls (or tools) as they undergo training on how to become better partners.  The worst (or best) thing about this, however, is watching their partners decide whether or not to stay in the relationship.

Millionaire Matchmaker

In a nutshell, the Millionaire Matchmaker teaches us that every woman is looking for a big bank account while every man is superficial and shallow. While this show is a far cry from quality intellectual programming, it's definitely addicting to watch.

Extreme Home Makeover

It's rare to find a feel-good reality show that doesn't involve hair-pulling catfights, scandals and tons of cursing but Extreme Home Makeover manages to be just that. It's an inspiring series that values the importance of community camaraderie and philanthropy--all while redoing a home of a deserving family.

Trick My Truck

Similar to Pimp My Ride, Trick My Truck is a makeover series that tries to spread happiness by bringing deteriorated vehicles back to chrome-encrusted life. The distinction, however, is the Chrome Shop Mafia, a group of vehicle fabricators who restore the trucks of "deserving" drivers in response to requests from family and friends. Trick My Truck is not exactly making big waves in ratings, but it might be worth checking out on CMT, considering this show has been around for five seasons.

 America's Funniest Home Videos

America's Funniest Home Videos may not actually be the funniest program around but, every now and then, it's comforting to know that there's a show that compiles humdrum videos of people losing their balance, cute toddlers and animals going wild.

Rock of Love

If you're tired of watching shows like The Bachelor, but still can't get enough of reality TV dating, then Rock of Love just might be the perfect series. The show features former Poison lead singer Bret Michaels as he chooses his ideal match from a bunch of women who've usually made their living as actresses, models or porn stars. 

Bad Girls Club

What happens when you put a bunch of bad girls all under one roof? Well, you'll see if you watch Bad Girls Club. Even though the show mostly focuses on the "bad" drama that reigns in the house, it also chronicles their individual attempts to turn a new leaf.  


Hoarders doesn't just expose the horrors of being buried alive under a pile of compulsively collected stuff, junk and even animals, it also promotes awareness of the emotional and mental problems that drive these disturbing behaviors. 

Dating in the Dark

Love is truly blind in Dating in the Dark, a show that features single men and women as they get to know each other in total darkness. This show may have all the cheesy elements of a reality dating series, but at least it offers a unique experiment that makes viewers realize just how shallow people can be.

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