Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bad TV is So Good

Those who know me know that I love bad television - and I do not discriminate. I like bad celeb-reality TV and bad scripted television. But the worst of the worst, and the one I am almost ashamed to admit I watch, is the ABC Family "drama" The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

It is by the creator of 7th Heaven. There are tons of similarities; it is poorly written, poorly acted, way too much dialogue and paper thin plots. The main difference is that on this show people actually have sex - and they aren't all married. But, they don't get to just enjoy sex - they suffer consequences. And let me tell you, there are consequences.

The girl who got knocked up (and is SUPER annoying now that she is a 15 year old mom) got off easy. One girl actually managed to kill her father. He "died a horrible death" because she "had incredible sex." I wish I could make this shit up - I could be a writer for ABC Family if I could. But here's the thing. Do these writers feel good about themselves? Do they think they are doing a service for their young viewers by warning them about the lesser-known dangers of sex (e.g. killing a parent)?

But, it is the very qualities that make is so god-awful that make it so damned addictive. It is like the last season of the original 90210: train wreck TV. You try to look away, but you just can't. Well, I know I can't.


  1. Tami, I share your feelings. Try to pull me away from watching an episode of the Bachelor or the Bachelorette. The horrible thing is that the producers clearly become involved in what is supposed to be "real" life ("reality tv"), like encouraging guys who have been knocked off the show to come back (and "reveal" stuff or to profess their undying devotion), only to confuse the Bachelorette (Jillian) even more about who she wants to "become engaged to" (and this season, they are pulling that stunt more than once). And they did that last season as well. And then you have these last minute confessions...Hmm...wonder what they waited so long!! Sheesh. But like I said, don't get in my way when the show is on!

  2. Oh no... now I'm stuck with the Real World Cancun. I don't know how that happened, and I wish I could look away... but I can't :(. Oh well :).