Everything about this show was amazing, and there is no reason it should not be renewed in perpetuity. I mean, come on! Trading your semi-annoying spouse for a freakshow who you hate even more? It’s the perfect scenario for good TV and a lasting relationship – mainly because the couples were matched with temporary spouses who were their polar opposites.
The reunited couples running in sheer desperation to hug each other at the end of the experiment was testament alone to Wife Swap’s success.
Host Joey Greco served comeuppance to cheating partners everywhere when he confronted them on camera in the name of sensational reality TV.
The fact that he got stabbed in the process of one confrontation only highlights how savage this show really was.
The First Family of reality TV is not the Kardashians. Nope. It was and will always be the Osbournes, who allowed cameras into their home to film their real-life struggles, rockstar frivolity, and potty-mouthed conversations.
Nothing about them was normal, yet everything they went through was relatable. Also, seeing Ozzy walk around in gym-teacher shorts while guzzling fizzy water and slurring in his incomprehensible dialect is television gold.
The Pickup Artist
What do you get when you mix toxic masculinity with a group of very confused losers in love? The Pickup Artist! Single men who needed quick tips on how to pick up women turned to the show’s host, Mystery, a man who literally wore a feather in his cap and boasted about his skills in magic.
Mystery advised his followers to “neg” women (insult them to undermine their self confidence) in an effort to become “real men.” Yes, we need this show back on the air.
Reason: Because Twitter will destroy Mystery in a single day.
MTV’s True Life
True Life was groundbreaking in the subjects it explored, and in the hundreds of reality TV series that grew from its simple beginnings. Everything from True Life: I’m Getting Married, to I’m Addicted To Drugs, to I’m Gay For Pay – this series of 140 episodes covered it all. And many of the topics it showcased were well before their time.
Reality TV can thank True Life for the countless hit reality series that eventually grew from it – including its very own Jersey Shore.