People love to demonize reality TV as evidence of decay in Western society, but have these people actually seen a reality show lately? They aren't all vehicles of Schadenfreude and exploitation. And even so, what's wrong with that? Even Jersey Shore has its purpose.
Contrary to popular belief, reality TV serves a variety of useful and important functions and I, for one, am a better person because of it. Here's why:
Bertha loves nail polish, but isn't addicted to manis and pedis.
On Sunday's My Strange Addiction (10/9c, TLC), the 23-year-old reveals that she likes to hit the bottle... the nail polish bottle that is. Bertha got her first craving to drink the colorful stuff five years ago when she couldn't resist the smell in a salon.
My Strange Addiction (Sundays, 10/9c, TLC) can be a hoot, but this is sad: 26-year-old Casie mourns her dead husband by carrying his urn with her virtually everywhere. But it doesn't stop there. In the clip below, she's preparing food for him. ("I cook what he likes. I don't eat it, but I cook for him.") She also confers with his urn on what channel to watch. Finally, she's taken to eating his ashes...
My Strange Addiction (Sundays, 10/9c, TLC) is maybe the most entertaining freak show on television now, and definitely the most guilt-free one.
While shows such as Celebrity Rehab, Intervention and Hoarders enlist subjects whose participation is possibly clouded (or motivated) by substance or mental illness, My Strange Addiction is more of a platform for reasonably coherent people to share their weirdness (since they are, after all, signing up for a show that has the word "strange" in its title).
My Strange Addiction embraces those who embrace their own eccentricities.
And, boy, are they eccentric. TLC will air the fifth and sixth episodes of the show's second season on Sunday, and by then we will have been treated to snapshots of the lives of people who are "addicted" to the likes of cycling, eating dryer sheets, chomping rocks and carrying around a pillow...
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best Kiss: On Switched at Birth, Bay and Emmett continue to get closer, despite the hearing barrier between them. When Bay is unable to understand that Emmett is signing, "I like you," Emmett instead tries speaking the international language... and kisses her. Where words fail, kisses succeed.
13. Most Awkward Dance: During an appearance on Today to promote Crazy Stupid Love, Ryan Gosling mentions that he's able to perform the famous lift from Dirty Dancing. Al Roker asks Gosling to prove it, with Roker standing in for Jennifer Grey....