There are certain "reality" shows I'm addicted to. Don't get me wrong, I like Downton Abbey, American Masters, and all of those shows that improve my mind. They allow me to pretend that TV really isn't a vast wasteland, and converse intellectually with my friends. There is a special appeal, however, to shows like Swamp Loggers and Hillbilly Handfishing.
I find many of these shows perfect to watch while I sew. Some shows, however, make me really uncomfortable, and are such a train wreck that I can't watch them. Those would be Toddlers and Tiaras, Dance Moms, Bridezilla, and any of the Housewives. Sorry, but the women on those shows should be put in padded rooms somewhere and made to watch reruns of those shows over and over.
The shows I really like involve some sort of contest: Top Chef (and Top Chef Masters), Chopped, HGTV Design Stars, All American Handyman, and Project Runway. LOVE Project Runway, especially the current spin-off Project Runway All Stars (I want to take Mondo home). On a lesser tier are the ones that try to determine America's Best anything: Hairdresser, Dog Groomer, or Accessorizer. Then there are the ones with happy endings, like House Hunters, Say Yes to the Dress, and Holmes on Holmes. I like those too. And the all-time train wreck that I could not stop watching, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
Come on, fess up. What are YOUR guilty TV pleasures.