We all like junk food. Yes, even you macrobiotic vegans, with your kale chips and soy- tempeh flaxseed meat alternatives. We’ve seen you face down in a basket of pomme frites, your hands dripping in wasabi mayo (the best mayo). This is because everyone loves to indulge themselves with a little junk, everyone enjoys some trashy non-nutritious fun on occasion. So now, during this long finals week, don’t you need to indulge yourself in some intellectual potato chips and take a few moments to give your brain cells a break with some non-quality, quality viewing.
So, like the ad men on Mad Men arranging a “date” for some of their clients, we have assembled a few of the best options for some trashy, care free, instant fun:
The Hills- Picking up where Laguna Beach left her, the series follows the privileged white girl of all privileged white girls, Lauren Conrad, as she navigates LA, BOYS, a slew of “jobs” and the company of some of best obviously-I’m-reading-from-a-script besties a girl could ask for. This show is a downright masterpiece. It’s the crown jewel in the tacky prom queen crown that is MTV reality programming.
The meaningful glances, the meaningful pop songs over every emotional moment, Whitney’s reaction shots. Every aspect of this show is no holds barred, hilarious and thoughtless entertainment. We would suggest dipping into the Lauren/Jason narrative (WHY DIDN’T YOU GO TO PARIS LC?) , and then going right for season three, which has some of the best moments the series has to offer: “YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID!”
Sordid Lives- This underrated television version of the underrated independent film of the same name concerns a trailer park town and the southern family at its center, made up of a elderly and horny matriarch, her pill popping daughter, a gun toting aunt, an institutionalized drag queen uncle and the gay actor grandson whose moved to the city. The cast also includes Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea, Beth Grant and Leslie Jordan, in a surprising A-List cast of non A-list character actors. Watching the group live out the sordid lives that the title suggests in the podunk town is comedic and trashy gold.
Hoarders - It’s a move in which dead cats are plot points. Hoarders has entered the pop culture lexicon often as the punch to jokes, but it is good to remember why this show is so popular. It takes you into ways of living that are often thought of as inhumane and impossible by popular opinion. The film always succeeds in toting the spectacle of the mess that has consumed people’s homes and lives. There is something about watching someone argue that they need to keep thirty six candle holders because they contain “memories” that is uncomfortably appealing. That, and once again, dead cat plot twists.
Flavor of Love (Hulu)- Please note that Flavor of Love, until recently, was available on Netflix instant, but with it being the end of road personification of trashy fun we had to include it in our round up? How could we not? The series is a reality show dating competition in which the object of desire is former Public Enemy hypeman Flavor Flav. It was a colossal hit for VH1 and it ushered in the golden era of “Celebreality“ programming.
The show has given us some of the best characters, quotes, and fights ever to transpire in the cannon of reality television. Highlights include Sapphire’s beatdown, the spit heard ’round the world, anything with Buckwild, and a contestant pooping on the floor during an elimination ceremony (“Something? Something stinks.”). Most beloved of all was the introduction of Miss Tiffany Pollard, aka “Miss New York,” who won over America’s hearts and minds with attitude and general fabulousness. So head over to Hulu and watch the series, as well as its companion piece Charm School, for free. “Ya bitches, alllll fraudulent.”
Honorable mention: Toddlers and Tiaras, any episode with Eden wood or Mackenzie competing. Go!