Hye Thyme Cafe: #FTSF - When it comes to reality TV shows, I...

Welcome to the Hy
e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

Whether you like to cook, bake, have never done either, or just like to play with your food...come on in and join me! :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

#FTSF - When it comes to reality TV shows, I...

This week's Finish This Sentence Friday installment is:  "When it comes to reality TV shows, I ..."

I hate to admit it, but sadly, my response would be "... I'm an addict."  In my defense, I am also an insomniac whose brain won't shut off, so the only way I can fall asleep at night is watching TV, preferably something I have seen before or something stupid so my brain will be more likely to tune it out - I'll finally drop off during a commercial at some point.  I'll record shows, then pop them in when I go to bed.  That accounts for the crazy Jerry Springer type of reality show.  As for the contest-style reality shows, I'm all over those and make no apologies for it - especially, of course, the cooking shows.

I guess it all started with The Real World, right?  That's the first reality show I remember.  I watched for several seasons, but finally grew out of that one somewhere along the line.  I eventually realized the only reason I was still tuning in was to see the cool apartments/houses they were set up in.  I think the last season I watched might have been New Orleans?? Road Rules followed along after that, but I was never really into that one. For me, what started next was the design shows, like Trading Spaces. I used to love that show!  After that came the cooking shows (although actually, I grew up watching Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet, so they were really first), and now the crazy housewives of America.  It took several seasons before I jumped on the housewives train.  I finally caved after having so many conversations with people where I was the only one with a blank "what the hell are you talking about" look on my face. Now I'm hooked!  I guess they took the place of my old soaps.

Holy cow!!  I just did a search for reality shows thinking that I probably watch most of them - not even close!  There are so many, I've never even heard of half of them.  OK, I'll break down my viewing into categories by priority:

  • Survivor
  • American Idol
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Top Chef / Top Chef Masters
  • Next Food Network Star
  • Next Iron Chef
  • Master Chef
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Dance Mom's
  • Project Runway
  • The Apprentice
  • Big Brother
  • (pseudo) Real Housewives of Wherever
  • Amish Mafia (I know, but I can't help it!)
  • Chopped / Chopped Champions
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Hoarders
  • Extreme Couponing
  • Celebrity Rehab
  • America's Got Talent
  • America's Next Top Model
  • The Bachelor / The Bachelorette
  • Ink Master
  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • Sister Wives
  • Storage Wars
  • Tabitha's Salon Takeover
  • The Voice
  • Face-Off
  • Real World
  • Extreme Makeover Home Edition (Got tired of crying every week)
  • Flip This House
USED TO WATCH (some regularly, some on occasion - no longer on)
  • Frontier House / Colonial House (Great PBS Shows)
  • Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
  • Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
  • Marcel's Quantum Kitchen
  • Eco-Challenge
  • The Casino
  • Kathy Griffin - My Life on the D List
  • Last Comic Standing
  • Monster House
  • The Osbornes
  • The Rachel Zoe Project
  • Amish in the City
  • Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
  • High School Reunion (Sounded like an interesting concept - not so much)
JUST COULDN'T DO IT (may have seen but had to tune out)
  • Breaking Bonaduce
  • Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
  • The Hills - never saw
  • Jersey Shore
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 - never saw
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians (even though they're Armenian - just can't)
  • Laguna Beach - never saw
  • Teen Mom

I suppose if I was ever forced to pick just one to follow, I'd have to stand by Survivor.  I don't tune into PBS regularly, but if they ever re-run Colonial House or their other reality shows, you should definitely check those out.  The participants actually live as though they were living at that time, so you see the social structures that were in place, how finances were managed, food, religion, etc.  Very interesting!  I consider those to be "intelligent" reality shows.  Eco-Challenge would be the only other one I would rate that way.  Man, I would be exhausted just watching the commercials for Eco-Challenge!

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  1. Chris apparently we have a lot of Reality TV addicts and each post I have been reading seems to have the same underlying theme. That said I too could very well be addicted and the only reason I am not I think is because my kids truly rule the TV. That said, I too like to fall asleep watching TV, but my addicts are sitcoms or soaps (yeah my mom got me into them as a kid!). Thanks for linking up again and very much enjoyed your post!! :)

    1. I can't stand most of the sitcom - too much little boy humor. There are a few that I love, like The Big Bang Theory. Yup, got the soap bug genetically - still watch General Hospital. What makes me crazy is finding a new show I like and it gets yanked before it even stands a chance. Got into 666 Park Avenue last season and just realized that was pulled. Now I like Elementary, which probably means this will be it's last season. :(

    2. WHAT? They pulled 666 Park Avenue? Now we'll never know what happened to Jane. I hate when shows with a mystery are pulled before they can wrap up. Like "the Event" Not fabulous, but it would have been nice to find out what the "event" was. Arghhh!

    3. The cancelled the show, but apparently the holidays came up before they ran all the ones that were already filmed. I think I read there are two more that MAY run over the summer and tie up a few ends...not holding my breath!

    4. And thank you by the way - I was thinking the same thing about The Event but couldn't for the life of me remember what show it was. As soon as I get interested in something, it's gone. :(

  2. Wow there are so many! I shall have to look up some episodes. I have seen Honey Boo Boo on Youtube though, and she's mad in the head but great to watch.

    1. Those are but a drop in the bucket. I was shocked to see how many there are/were! As for Honey Boo Boo, I'm not quite sure if that's funny, sad, gross ...

  3. My goodness. Well you aren't the only one with a list like this. Do you have a tv in the kitchen - like to keep you company when you cook or do you actually sit down for your never miss shows? I bet if you stopped watching ALL of them your brain would turn off so you could go to sleep ;-) You stopped watched Extreme Home Makeover for the exact reasons I did. DId they start off like that? And its no fun to just look at the house at the end. I tried that. I forgot about Trading Spaces. But I could have written a whole post about HGTV shows alone. If I could buy just one cable channel that would be it.

    1. I do have them on in the background when I'm cooking. The only ones I try to make sure to catch at the time they are are Survivor, Top Chef, and the final handful of American Idol episodes - mostly so I don't hear about who won or got the boot before I've seen it. OMG, Extreme Home Makeover was the worst to watch late - it's never a good idea to go to sleep right after crying - your eyes are all sandpaperish in the morning.

    2. Exactly!! Not how you want to start your day.

  4. Wow! Ok, I haven't watched reality TV since 2002. For me, Survivor is out because I can't handle when contestants have to eat bugs and stuff. I mean, I really can't handle it. So, being as you seem like an expert, if I were to venture into watching something (without eating bugs), which would you recommend?

    1. Survivor - they haven't done that for years! I think they picked that up early on from that show Fear Factor. Must have turned off a lot of people because they stopped a season or two later.

  5. Thank you so much for linking up with us today! I have to say, of your list, my old favorites used to be Trading Spaces and Queer Eye. Quality shows, I tell you, both of them! I loved them so much and could have watched them all day long... Sigh.
    The insomnia thing adds a whole new twist to reality TV shows...

    1. You see Carson on a bunch of fashion type shows and Dancing with the Stars, and Ted is on Chopped, but I wonder what ever happened to the other guys from Queer Eye??

  6. I would say you are a reality tv expert - wow! That list was impressive, both by the sheer number of those type of shows out there, and the fact that you've seen so many. I think you may need to write a book about them or something. I was a Survivor fan way back when and The Bachelor, did a season or 2 of The Apprentice and did American Idol a few times but after that, I guess I'm considered a reality tv show flunkie!

    1. Definitely better to be a flunkie than a junkie in this case. :)

  7. I've had my bouts with tv addiction! Right now, though, we DON'T have a tv! I have to say that I don't miss it, surprisingly. If it were here and on, I'd be magically drawn to it, though...

  8. Chris - I'm reading about TV reality and looking at some delicious deserts, all at the same time. You do know how to take a person's mind off of his topic, don't you? lol I can see I need to let you and my wife have the living room to watch Dancing With the Stars in. I've really grown to despise that show, as much as she's grown to love it. Woe to the husband who hates Len! lol Good post! : )

    1. It is pretty hard to take some of the folks they invite on the show - presumably for comic relief, but some of them have turned out to be amazing dancers ... and hey, no dissing Len! ;)

  9. Oh, this made me feel so much better about my insane list. THANK YOU!!!

    Maybe I should have split mine into categories too. It looks like I watch all of mine right now, rather over the last decade (which is why there are so many. Also because I'm addicted).

  10. glad i participated in FTSF and it led me back to your blog! i can't wait to read through all these ymmy recipes! and, if i could only watch one reality show from now until forever, it would be survior, too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Misty. Glad you see something you like. As for e-mail, I hate to sound like an idiot, but I don't know how that works. I see it on other blogs, but I don't know if that's just a setting you can turn on or if there is something else you need to do. I'll have to look into it. I follow all of my blogs through Google Reader, so I never looked into it from the other end either.


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