Listen, I’m not normally one for reality tv. I cringe any time my mother turns on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I never found the genre of reality television entertaining. Except for two particular Bravo shows that I can’t stop watching. Vanderpump Rules is one of them. (Gold star if you can guess the other.)
Vanderpump Rules is currently finishing its sixth season. Each year it gets more and more ridiculous, but yet, I am more and more compelled to tune in and be captivated by these people’s lives. It’s not a guilty pleasure – remember, I don’t believe in those. It has all the formulaic elements of a classic reality show, but there’s just enough of some extra quality that entices me to the point I can’t get enough.
The show focuses on Lisa Vanderpump of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame and the staff at her hip Los Angeles restaurant SUR. That’s sexy, unique, restaurant for those who want to know. Are you hooked yet? Okay let me further convince you.
The staff are all servers and bartenders by day and by night…Well, is causing drama a career path? Every episode is overflowing with crying, gossiping, and rages. Every. Single. Episode. Vanderpump Rules is my favorite expression come to life: A HOT MESS EXPRESS. It’s a train wreck I can’t look away from or put down the popcorn.
Out of all the cast, there isn’t a single one you necessarily cheer for, as they’re all kind of lackluster human beings. If I had to choose a favorite I’d say Stassi or Lala. Simply for their creative and memorable one liners every episode.
Everybody has slept with everybody else in the cast. That’s not hyperbole either. We would need a more complicated chart to lay out of their sexual liaisons than it would take to figure out the Game of Thrones family trees.
Every season is familiar and predictable: Jax cheats and lies while you are baffled that an almost 40 year old can STILL act this way, Stassi unfriends and befriends somebody – all while usually screaming about her birthday, Katie will fully earn her nickname of Tequila Katie, James gets a little too drunk and the uh, charm, comes out in full force…but those are exactly some of the reasons it’s likely to suck you in.
One begins to wonder if this a science experiment gone wrong. How else does one explain why a group of pretty people can be so stagnant in their lives while continuing to have the same petty problems year after year.
Is it as culturally significant as say The Handmaid’s Tale or a work so artfully done like Mad Men it requires conversation? Definitely not. Will it keep you entertained? You bet. Now, I’ll take a pinot grigio and let’s prepare to binge.
The current season is wrapping up soon, but there’s always time to begin watching it from the start. There’s a little more than 100 episodes, so there’s plenty to satiate you until it returns again in a few months. Vanderpump Rules airs Monday nights on Bravo at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
Do you watch Vanderpump Rules? What reality tv shows are you a fan of?
P.S. – Reality tv really not your style? Maybe Shameless is a little more up your alley!
Until next time,