High School Reunion
Why this show didn’t last for 35 seasons like Survivor is beyond me. The premise of bringing high schoolers back 10 years after graduation to spend a few weeks together in a house is genius. Each grad was slapped with their high school label of “class clown,” “jock,” “homecoming queen,” etc, to explore how their 20-something persona matched up to their teenage self.
Season one even produced an on-camera tryst between two high school sweethearts who’d lost touch with each other. And all I have to say is that if you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks movies, then go binge watch this immediately.
From Gs to Gents
Hosted by Fonzworth – yes, Fonzworth – Bentley, this MTV series scraped up your local roughnecks and tried to pound some manners into them. Stripping contestants of their gold chains and ill-fitting pants, Fonzworth attempted to transform his students into fancy dudes who like ballroom dancing.
As strange (and controversial) as the premise was, From Gs to Gents was an oddly charming journey. Weirder yet? It was the brainchild of mega-star Jamie Foxx.
Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?
Back in the year 2000, it was considered shocking to marry someone for his money – at least on TV. In Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire, it was even more shocking that the “multi-millionaire” in question ended up being kind of broke and extremely skeevy.
When Rick Rockwell (which totally sounds like a legitimate name), chose Darva Conger as his bride after a 2-hour live TV competition, it only took two weeks for Darva to pull the plug. She escaped with an annulment in hand, but her dignity in tatters.
Before Botched, there was The Swan, a creepy show that used plastic surgery to turn what they called “Ugly Ducklings” into women acceptable under the male gaze.
Every thinking woman’s nightmare, The Swan delivered the message that it’s NOT what’s on the inside that counts.
Reason to bring it back: Ditch the plastic surgery for some #TimesUp badassery, and watch some real transformations unfold. Boom.
Britney and Kevin: Chaotic
If you didn’t watch this shitshow the first time around, what are you waiting for? Everything needed to make your life complete is only one YouTube search away! Pre-breakdown Britney Spears falls for her backup dancer, Kevin Federline, makes out with him constantly, proposes to him on a plane, then brags about their “amazing sex life” in every scene.
Bonus: The entire series seems to have been shot on 1980s Camcorder home video. Sounds about right for the quality of material delivered.