If you had a childhood anything like mine, there was at LEAST one utterance from your mom warning that the TV would "rot your brain." As a kid, I'd roll my eyes and mutter. As an adult I feel obligated to pause and consider her words (at least a bit) before similarly rolling my eyes and muttering.
I wouldn't usually admit I do a whole lot of TV watching (and often find myself downplaying the number hours I put in basking in its warm glow), but I'll say that I do watch some here and there. As much as I'd like to believe all I do is watch the news or weather for purely "informational" broadcasts, I've got a handful of super-secret guilty pleasure shows.
So, in anticipation of my friend Jennifer Pozner coming to town and all the glorious picking apart we're going to do of the television I pretend I don't watch, here's my down-and-dirty confession: my top three guilty pleasure programs.
Now, you can say what you want about my choices, but these shows all held top-grossing spots on national rating systems. These cream-of-the-crop selections of "trash" TV make more Americans stop, watch, and keep watching than we'd like to admit.
If you've never seen them, good for you. If, like the rest of us, you've at least got a basic knowledge of reality television, take a minute to think about your three go-to guilty pleasures. What do they say about you?
Better yet, what do they say about all of us?
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