Roberta, you haven't been watching Jersey Shore? On that one you sometimes get to see people barf.
I finally decided I didn't want to be the only person in the country who didn't know who "Snooki" was, so one day (or night, I really don't remember) I noticed they were running several hours worth of Jersey Shore episodes back to back. Well, how could I pass up such an opportunity?
People actually get addicted to this show? I kept waiting for it to get interesting. How much partying, drinking, sexual hook-ups (or attempted sexual hook-ups), and sleeping can you watch? Oh, and talk about doing laundry and tanning figures in. I don't wonder that some Italian American organizations got up in arms about this one for portraying negative stereotypes of that ethnic group, although some of the males on Jersey Shore did kept reminding me of Victoria Gotti's sons from that other great reality series. Growing Up Gotti. But Jersey Shore seems to be aiming to be deliberately trashy. Some trashy can be fun, this one just seems to be mindlessly trashy and not much fun. I kept saying to myself, "Why are you watching this?". I think I was determined to discover what makes this show so popular. I didn't discover it. I did get to see Snooki punched in the face by some drunk in a bar. That episode was apparently some kind of highlight of the season.
I did discover Animal Hoarders just today, Roberta. I watched one and a half episodes and then it was beginning to make me feel ill. The people had such obvious psychological problems, but all the attention seem focused on helping the animals. Not that the animals didn't need rescuing, but the people were living in destroyed homes and they didn't seem to have much else to fill their lives except all those dogs and cats. I've watched the other Hoarders program a few times, that one is good for motivating me to clean my house, and the people on that show at least seem better off at the end of the show than they did at the beginning. Fascinating the stuff people accumulate.
I think I watched one episode of Dirty Jobs, and a program called Sensational Sandwiches, about unusual sandwiches all over the country, left me hungry, but amazed people could, or would want to, eat some of those enormous, fat packed creations that looked so unhealthy they seemed downright unappetizing--real food porn. But it did leave me craving something to eat.
Pretty much I avoid all reality TV, along with the weirder offerings on cable.