Somewhere between Sober House and Obsessed, The OCD Project, which premieres on VH1 tonight, walks the fine line between grotesque voyeurism and interesting doc series: A group of six people struggling with OCD live together in a house and begin an intense therapy regimen to combat their compulsive behavior. (The premiere is already online, too.) It’s compelling and heart-breaking, but it raises the same questions that came up when Intervention debuted: Should this really be a show?
I’m all for shows that de-stigmatize mental illness — and especially shows that address treatment strategies. (Which is part of what I love about Intervention and Obsessed.) My one reservation about The OCD Project is that the show doesn’t make it clear that all living together serves a major therapeutic function. It makes for more potent television, certainly, but there’s something overly sensational about it, and that gives me pause.
What about you, PopWatchers? Will you be watching The OCD Project?