Hello, my name is Jeanna, and I'm addicted to reality shows. It all started with Survivor. Richard Hatch bore his bottom, Susan Hawk trash talked, and Rudy was the surliest ex-Navy SEAL ever. May 31, 2000. D-day for my addiction.
My addiction wouldn't have been so bad if I had just stuck with Surivor, but since season one I have branched out.
Here is the most comprehensive list I have ever compiled of all the reality shows I have either watched faithfully from season 1 episode 1, or I have watched a few episodes or at least a portion of one episode. If I've only seen a few minutes of the program, I'll mark it with a (*).
More to Love
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Orange County, New York City, New Jersey
Househusbands of Hollywood
Dancing With the Stars*
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Outta Here*
The Biggest Loser
Making the Band
Extreme Makeover, Extreme Makeover Home Edition
What Not to Wear
America's Toughest Job*
The Real World, too many seasons
Yes, there are 39 shows listed here. Should I blame Survivor or did it all start with Star Search?
Now the big question is this: Can I quit reality TV? Some of these shows are no longer on the air. Some of these shows are in their 20th season. I didn't even list the prime time non-reality shows I like to watch.
Holy Crap. This post started out with me just thinking it was funny how addicted I am to reality. Now I can see that I have a serious problem. I have GOT to do something more productive with my time.
I could blame eight of my nine year addiction on work. I work so much it seems that when I have down time I relax by watching the boob tube. I do like to read and if I listed the books I've read I'd have a pretty sweet, long list. (Unfortunately, wikipedia doesn't have my personal book list as an entry, because I forget most of the books I've read.)
I also have a house at the moment that could use some serious deep, deep cleaning. Baseboards, refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, etc.
Help!! This all ties in to a talk I have to give on Sunday and has made me really think about how I spend my time. I need a do-over. I need 9 years of my life back.
Dating in the Dark
Making the grand total 41.
And p.s. I haven't had TV reception for at least 5-6 years. I watch all these shows online with approximately 2.5 minutes of commercials during each show. It isn't the commercials I am regretting, its the 22-44 minutes of time I spend on the stupid shows!!!
Ace of Cakes
Jon and Kate Plus 8
18 Kids and Counting
Small People, Big World
New Total: 46