It’s been a year or uh, twenty since some of our favorite reality TV shows were on the air, and you know what? We want them back. Whether we loved them for their cringe-worthy value alone, or they were simply canceled before their time, we think their time came too soon. Here’s a list of 15 reality shows we wish to god were back on the air. Do you remember these?
The Real World
MTV started it all with this simple concept: Eight strangers living in a house together to see what happens. Every child of the ‘90s watched in awe as cameras followed “real people” around, broadcasting their most intimate moments for our voyeuristic pleasure.
Until it jumped the shark in its Vegas season, The Real World gave us a pretty unfiltered peek into what human relationships look like on the small screen without the aid of a script.
The Simple Life
In contrast, The Simple Life was all about scripted situations. But we loved every minute of it. Watching young, relatively unknown Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie try their hand and living in an RV, feeding a pig, or bailing hay was not very compelling.
But watching two Beverly Hills brats mispronounce one-syllable words and attempt to buy bras at Walmart with a Black Card was priceless.
The Surreal Life
What happens when D-list stars are thrown in a house together with a lot of alcohol? Before Celebrity Big Brother, The Surreal Life showed us just how incredible a show can be when you pair up Ron Jeremy and Tammy Faye Bakker in a dirty mansion.
Unlikely bonds were formed, fights about fading fame were had, and bad romances (plus their spinoffs) bloomed. RIP: Adrianne Curry and Peter Brady.
Flava Of Love
FLAVA FLAAAAAAVE! Who doesn’t love a rather large timepiece hanging around the neck of their favorite has-been rapper? I know I do. Flava Of Love was quite possibly the worst premise to ever succeed, and its success was no secret: The Flave was made for reality TV, period. From the bizarre “naming ceremony” to the awkward hot tub dates with the world’s skinniest gold-toothed man, Flava of Love made us root for the unlikeliest of suitors.
Plus, it gave us the equally craptastic spinoff I Love New York, which is a gift in itself.
Rock Of Love
Flava Of Love birthed our next gold nugget of cringe-watching material: Rock Of Love with Poison frontman, Brett Michaels. Producers scoured the planet (or maybe just New Jersey) to corral a group of wannabe groupies into a house, then task them with the challenge of winning Brett’s heart. Challenges included thong-offs, bartop stripteases, and shots. Lots of shots.
As each heavily-tattooed woman was kicked off each week, the look in Brett’s eyes grew more and more disillusioned. Ultimately, we found out there was a pretty decent guy under all of that eyeliner and hair extensions.
But we haven’t even gotten to the juicy ones yet…