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Sucked In By American Reality TV

Sucked In By American Reality TV

Before we departed on our round-the-world trip, we vowed to reduce the amount of time watching television and instead be more productive during our down time.

However when you’re in a country where the average television has over 100 channels, it’s hard not to turn it on just to see if anything is worth viewing. Often we would switch on the TV for background noise and then catch something that was so fascinating that we just had to keep watching.

Reality TV was our biggest enemy – we know that these shows are terrible, but for some crazy reason we just couldn’t get enough of them!

Truck Stop Missouri

This show on the Travel Channel is based around a busy truck stop in the middle of America. There are 12 businesses on the lot including a tattoo parlour and an antique shop but the show’s primary focus is on the eccentric people who come through the truck stop with even stranger stories.

Check out the video below for some of the show’s highlights!

Hardcore Pawn

TruTV’s Hardcore Pawn is about the day-to-day happenings at American Jewelry, a pawn shop in Detroit, Michigan. Like Truck Stop Missouri, it focuses on the people who visit the shop and there’s enough conflict and humor to keep you entertained for hours!

Operation Repo

Also on TruTV, Operation Repo is about a car repossession business in California that employs some colorful characters. While it’s not 100% authentic (the show is made up of dramatized re-enactments based on real events), it’s still very amusing. Just watch below…

Bad Girls Club

What can we say about Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club? It’s absolute trash and the show centers around a group of women with low morals who seem to fight a hell of a lot. It’s pretty much pointless, but somewhat addictive! We don’t know how!

Jersey Shore

Now this show we watched before we left on our trip, but being able to catch new episodes in the US meant that we were glued to the television on a Thursday night  whenever we had MTV. Unlike the other shows on this list with low viewership, Jersey Shore attracts an audience of millions and it’s a program we’ll continue to watch!

Have you watched any of these shows before? Or do you want to confess a TV show that sucks you in every time? Let us know below!

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  1. Posted October 24, 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I don’t own a TV but some apartments here come with one, plus cable. It’s very easy for me to have it on to hear English – hey presto I’m addicted to out of order ANTM and Project Runway!

    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

      Haha I love America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway! This list probably could’ve been a lot longer but we didn’t want to seem like we had too much of an addiction! 😀

  2. Posted October 24, 2011 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    Totally addicted to the Bachelor/Bachelorette! I force my husband to watch it with me, he makes the popcorn 🙂
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    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 4:49 am | Permalink

      Wow, that show really has been around forever! Love that you make an event out of it and your husband joins in as well. 🙂

  3. Posted October 24, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Haha, of those I’ve only heard of Jersey Shore but I haven’t even watched it. It’s crazy how many reality shows we have!!

    I do love reality TV though…Survivor, The Amazing Race, Top Chef: Just Desserts, and Tough Love are the only ones I have time for at the moment O:-)
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    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 7:09 am | Permalink

      Haha we hadn’t heard of them either until we got to the US! I’m sure their audience numbers aren’t huge but we found them entertaining at times.

      The reality TV series you listed we would consider the ‘good’ ones… thought we would share some of the more obscure ones this time around. 🙂

  4. Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

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    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      It’s the worst of American reality television! What can I say – we get distracted VERY easily. 😛

  5. Posted October 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh how I miss The Shore and The Sitch’s GTL sessions! hahaha 🙂
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink

      Hahaha it’s been a while since we’ve watched it last – might have to download the new episodes soon!

  6. Posted October 25, 2011 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Haha oh come on, you’re making us Americans look bad! The only one of those shows I’ve even heard of is Jersey Shore! You know there are some GOOD shows on American TV, right? 🙂
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:09 am | Permalink

      Hahaha, you must not watch enough TV then! 😛

      I know there are some great shows on American TV – we love programs like Modern Family and Two And A Half Men, but this post wouldn’t be half as fun if we wrote about popular shows like that. 🙂

    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      Modern Family is a favorite of mine also! It’s sooo funny. But you’re definitely right about that being a little less amusing to read about!
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  7. Posted October 25, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    There are some quality shows out there. Modern Family is one you should catch.
    But yes, it’s sickening how much reality TV is out there. Don’t get me started on the Kardashians. =P
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      Yep – Modern Family is probably our favorite TV show right now!

      Hahaha Amy loves The Kardashians, we actually sat through an entire series of the Khloe and Lamar spin-off show when we were in Hawaii.

  8. Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    It’s really one of the worst, most embarrassing parts of American culture..
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    • Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      Fortunately these shows are pretty obscure, but there’s an audience out there somewhere (and we were part of it for a few days!).

  9. Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    OMG! I’ve never even heard of the first few. I am a big sucker for the Bachelor/Bachelorette and the Amazing Race, as well as half of the shows on HGTV and TLC (House Hunters International rocks!).

    I was shocked/scared a couple weeks ago when I flipped on a TV in Russia and all sorts of American reality TV shows on (dubbed over in Russian of course) – Tool Academy, Toddlers & Tiaras and What Not to Wear, to name a few…if this is where foreigners get most of their ideas about Americans, yikes!!
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    • Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      Hahaha… that brings back memories, we saw Tool Academy in Australia and got hooked! Toddlers & Tiaras seemed to have a dedicated channel in the US, so many episodes but it got kind of sickening after a while.

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