Fancast’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasures of Summer TV

By Jen Smith


If every summer is full of guilty pleasures, is there still a need to feel guilty? Shouldn’t there be innocent pleasures? While better minds ponder that, here’s a list of 10 summer TV shows so full of guilty pleasures they’re downright criminal.

10. America’s Got Talent
What’s amazing about this show is that a panel of judges with absolutely no talent is judging hundreds of contestants on the quality of their talent. Weird. Singing twins, plus-size burlesque dancers, ventriloquists, and I’m pretty sure an alien from the planet Belzagor are among past contestants.

9. Big Brother 10
Bueno! Big Brother might be nearing the Jump the Shark moment, but it’s still going strong. The colorful characters are hard to deny, as well. Who can forget Evil Dick? No one, that’s who. Orgy in the hot tub, anyone?

8. Last Comic Standing
Everyone likes to laugh. More than that, everyone loves to watch reality show contestants crash and burn. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than watching a stand-up comedian’s set receive absolutely no laughter… and we adore that almost as much as the good ones.

7. So You Think You Can Dance
The difference between this show and the other Simon Fuller creation, American Idol, is that most of America has no idea what good dancing looks like. Nevertheless, it’s hard to stay away from the temptations of wardrobe malfunctions, Nigel Lythgoe’s pretentiousness, and Mary Murphy’s ability to communicate one-on-one with canines.

6. Hell’s Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay is my hero. When he turns beet red, cusses out the contestants, and throws things at people, my heart flutters in response to the wonderful entertainment value. I love you, Gordon.


5. Million Dollar Password
First of all, Regis needs to take a break. Yeesh. Second, I can’t tell you how pleased I am that this show features actual celebrities (not like that Celebrity Family Fued crap which stars Kathy Lee Gifford and Larry the Cable Guy). Neil Patrick Harris and Rosie O’Donnell are not only famous, but they’re perfection in this type of game.

4. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
The Emmy-winning Bravo star probably invented the term self-deprecation. She doesn’t hesitate to make fun of her D-List status (which is actually more like C-list at this point), but I appreciate her constant barrage of insults at the A- and B-Listers most of all.

3. The Mole
Welcome back, my dear old friend! After a four year absence, the best reality competition show on TV is back and better than ever. No other show inspires such paranoia amongst its contestants than The Mole. Is it the cute blonde? Is it the old man? No one knows!

2. Flipping Out
Oh, Jeff Lewis. You make my entire family look sane by comparison. You make my relatively clean house look like a lean-to. You make my stress level sky-rocket just by listening to your demands through the TV. How I love thee.

1. Project Runway
Debuting July 16 for its final season on Bravo, it’s hard to deny that delicious drama that emanates from PR’s designers-in-training. Who knows what the move to Lifetime and Los Angeles will do to the show… so watch it now while it’s still fierce.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.
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