PopWatch is on a quest to determine the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Reality TV Show of All Time. We have 32 seeded contestants in four categories (see full bracket here), and we’re moving on to the Celeb-Reality category (much like questioning the “realness” of the “Real” Lives category, we know that the Kardashians are only a certain level of celebrity). After you vote, please leave comments about why you love the show you chose.
Quarterfinals, Celeb-Reality: Keeping Up with the Kardashians vs. The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
As The Soup‘s Joel McHale routinely points out, this show came into existence because Kim Kardashian has a big ass and a sex tape. That’s it. There’s no other reason any of these people should be on camera, except for Bruce Jenner, because he was an Olympian and now sports an occasionally mesmerizing, often soul-crushing new face. But the conceit of the show is also part of its charm. The title, for example. Nobody asked for the privilege of “keeping up” with this plastic family, you know? But here you go! I also like the episode title “Khloe Wants to Act.” Oh yeah? Okay, let her! Sure, let’s follow Khloe Kardashian to an acting class. Watching her fail will be fun for all of us. — Annie Barrett
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency
The most fascinating part about this series is its undying commitment to the grandest facade in history: that Janice Dickinson runs a successful modeling agency. No. There’s simply no evidence of that. The “agency” is a television studio in a mall, the “talent” gets fed up and quits constantly, and the “photo shoots” are often more bogus than the circus displays on Top Model. No one can keep a straight face after a few seconds of “interacting” with Janice, so those breaking points are fun to predict. Some of the series’ most powerful moments occur when Janice’s son and ”director of the JDMA commercial division” Nathan stares at her in quiet disbelief for so long that one of her facial reconstructions begins to twitch. — Annie Barrett