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 getting started with the sexytimes of the Relationships category. After you vote, please leave comments about why you love the show you chose.
Quarterfinals, Relationships: Cheaters vs. For the Love of Ray J
So you think your beloved is unfaithful? What do you do? Is your impulse to call a TV company, share your private hell, let them put a private investigator on your honey-bunny’s trail, wait for their call to show you surveillance footage of your snookums living it up with some bum or floozy (ignoring the fact that your cuddle bear may in fact be a bum or a floozy), and then encourage you to rip it up in an angry/tearful confrontation — in public, naturally — where untold strangers in the vicinity, and later at home, gawk as your life crumbles? Thus are (very, very, very) guilty pleasures born. OK, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get the guilty part. The pleasures — and Cheaters fandom is not something we’d recommend citing on your Nobel Prize application — are small but addictive in an, “OK, We’re All Going to Hell” kind of way. The host who manages to keep a straight face when he says “I hate to have to be the one to show you this…” The number of busted Romeos who, in interviews after things calm down, will offer up some variation of, “When you first showed up, I thought you were the cops.” (Perhaps America’s Most Wanted should share a database?) Hey, host Joey Greco infamously was once shown getting stabbed during an “intervention.” OK, so the Peabody Award probably isn’t in the cards, but this is the only reality show you want to vote for, right? You said this was the only one! You told us you’re not watching any other reality shows! What are these text messages? Who’s “Ray J”? Uh oh… — Steve Korn
For The Love of Ray J
Oh look, it’s Ray J! The one person less deserving of a reality show than Kim Kardashian! (Just kidding, there are plenty of other bottom-feeders in that large cesspool.) Ray J starred with Kim and Kim’s ass in a sex tape, so now he gets to have beasts with nicknames like Luscious, Exotica, and Gifts circle around him like lazy flies desperate to suck out the last remaining grease stains from a Hardee’s bag. Instead of roses or jewelry, Ray J hands out champagne to the “ladies” he wants to keep around. It’s hilarious to watch them squirm as they try to resist downing it. The constant makeout/slobber scenes are epic. This is hands-down the sluttiest show I’ve ever seen, and I love it. –Annie Barrett