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 questionable “reality” of the “Real” Lives category. After you vote, please leave comments about why you love the show you chose.
Quarterfinals, “Real” Lives: The Real Housewives of Atlanta vs. The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Firstly, you may be wondering where Housewives originals Orange County and New York are — well, if you can believe it those classy catfights didn’t live up to the guilt induced by these subsequent shows. You never saw Alex and Simon flipping a table, you? Nor did Bethenny ever start her own wig line.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Oh, we are never tardy for this party. From day one, it was clear that RHATL was destined for greatness: NeNe, anyone? She alone could keep RHATL on the map, but throw in Kim’s slow train to cuckootown, making all local stops, and this is the franchise for the ages. — Margaret Lyons
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Just when you thought the wig-ripping-fights of Atlanta were as trashy as this franchise was going to get, enter these Jerseyites. I can barely write anything about them, because I’m more scared of Caroline than Livia Soprano. There’s big hair, big jewelry, and big Jersey accents.Theresa flipping that table at her dinner table (in front of the kids, even!) was one of TV’s 2009 highlights, for sure. — Wendy Mitchell
Photo Credit: Atlanta: Quantrell Colbert/Bravo; New Jersey: Virginia Sherwood/Bravo