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Guilty Pleasures Reality TV Showdown: 'Celebrity Rehab' vs. 'Surreal Life'

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Surreal Life

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 finishing the quarterfinals in the Celeb-Reality category. After you vote, please leave comments about why you love the show you chose.

Quarterfinals, Celeb-Reality: Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew vs. The Surreal Life

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

Never before has the word “celebrity” been used so loosely in a TV show title, but that little fact does nothing to hinder the addictive properties of Celebrity Rehab. The can’t-look-away TV show is undeniably at its best when the pseudo-celebs are at their worst, lashing out and giving emotional confessions of past trauma. The show’s third season, which starts in January, promises to be even more dysfunctional when Lisa D’Amato (America’s Next Top Model) and Mackenzie Phillips take part. Seriously, is there anything more that Phillips can say that will shock us? I’m willing to bet on yes. – Sandra Gonzalez

The Surreal Life

Whenever a show’s first season features Corey Feldman, you know there’s going to be trouble. When it debuted on The WB in 2003, the Real World-esque approach was slightly appealing. But when it moved to VH1 in its third season, it became clear that watching people live in a house was a hundred times more awesome when it featured Uncle Joey and Flavor Flav. Subsequent seasons were so good that they spurred four spin-offs, including Flavor of Love and My Fair Brady. Friends couldn’t even make Joey work. Just saying… — Sandra Gonzalez


Photo Credit: Celebrity Rehab: Beatrice Neumann/VH1; Surreal Life: Mark Mainz

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