We all have guilty pleasures we are deeply embarrassed by, yet we still keep on doing them. For some may be the cheesy rom-com, for others walking naked around the house, or listening to boy bands such as One Direction. One of mine happens to be reality shows. From Keeping up with the Kardashians and Survivor to Love Island and The Bachelor.
I don’t care how phony they may be. I am in it for the drama. After a long and exhausting day, reality shows are the only thing that help me forget about my problems for about 50 minutes to an hour. Can’t help but enjoy watching other people’s struggles as mean as that sounds. At the end of the day, most of them ARE fake, right? Here are my top favorite guilty pleasures I have been hooked on for a whole eternity.
90 days fiancé
TLC’s reality show follows American citizens who have found their soul mates in various parts of the world and begin the process of bringing them to the US through the fiancé K-1 visa. However, there is a catch. The couples have no more than 90 days to plan the wedding ceremony and get married otherwise the foreign fiancé has to leave the country or face deportation.
While trying to figure out whether they are compatible enough to wed, the couples are bombarded with problems related to homesickness, overwhelming language barrier, and exasperating suspicions by family members. Nevertheless, the days keep on going, while the pressure keeps on rising, putting the couples in difficult situations and forcing them to make decisions within a matter of days, or even hours.
Catfish: the TV show
Throughout the years, social media dating has become a general rule. You would think that most couples that meet online, at some point, continue their dating offline. Well, some of them keep on chatting for years without having seen each other not even on video chat. MTV’s reality show Catfish, hosted by Max Joseph and Nev Schulman, helps couples meet and find out whether or not the person they are helping out to meet his/her partner is being “catfished.” In other words, if their partners are truly who they say they are, or it is just a fake profile and, in many cases, a stolen identity.
You won’t believe how insanely ingenious people can be. Surely some of them have been a little exaggerated for the purpose of boosting the TV ratings. For instance, one guy was sure he has been texting with Katy Perry. I mean, come on. However, others do look genuine and can teach you some valuable lessons.
The reality show Project Runway is structured in the form of a competition where fashion designers compete with one another, intending to create chic and unique clothes. The contestants are given a challenge every week and their designs are examined by judges. At the end of the week, at least one or two contestants get eliminated until their number is reduced to 3 or 4, who are given the opportunity to present their collections at Fashion Week. One of these finalists is declared a winner.
Throughout their challenges, the designers are guided by a mentor, Tim Gunn, who has now been replaced by Christian Siriano. Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, and Nina Garia were the golden fashion triplet that formed the panel of judges. Since 2018, Karlie Kloss has stepped into Klum’s shoes. Although my obsession with this reality show never stopped growing, without Heidi’s memorable and catchy Auf Wiedersehen (German for Goodbye) the show has lost a tiny bit of its charm. Those who have watched the reality show will know what I mean.