Top Five Trashy TV Treasures


Everyone has their secret trashy TV guilty pleasure, and if they don’t… they’re lying. If you’re in the market for a new bout of entertainment, here’s the most cringe-worthy, craptastic, laugh yourself silly and call them crazy, Top Five Trashy TV Treasures. Grab some friends, some chocolate and the alcohol of your choice and get cosy coz it’s gonna be a long night.

#5 –Toddlers and Tiaras


Pageant shows are the pinnacle of reality TV. Crazy pageant mums: check. Kids sugar-high tantrums: check. Fierce competition: check. But most of all, the shameless parents lacking any moral or intellectual substance: check! Toddlers and Tiaras has it all rolled in to a bundle of oh-so-wrong entertaining television. Follow new kids every week through their daily pageant routines, spray tan, fake nails, even the odd eyebrow wax to win that Ultimate Grand Supreme title.This show isn’t about watching a child fulfil their pageant dreams, it’s your chance to yell profanities at the brainless parents who are clearly manipulating their children, it’s so bad it’s good. Catch these parental malfunction daily on Lifestyle You.

#4 – Hardcore Pawn


Hardcore Pawn follows the American Gold family through their day to day transactions at their pawn shop, or more correctly their jewellery and loan store. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Wrong! The clientele brought in by this local Detroit store are the most clueless bunch of, as my dad would call them, ‘nowhere’, money hungry customers. I like to describe this series as downtown Pawn Stars, with less emphasis on the items being pawned and more on the people pawning them. If you’re interested you can watch it on Wednesdays at 8:30pm on 7mate and regularly on A&E.

#3 – Come Dine With Me Australia


The unlikely third place title goes to the Australian version of Come Dine With Me. This unscripted show takes a bunch of middle aged Australians who can cook half decently and they individually invite the group over for dinner, hence the title. Let me break down this shows description of “middle aged Australian”- desperate, quirky, bitchy, not afraid of a little liquid confidence and on rare occasions a little gropey. If you want to watch this show for the food, don’t bother. If you want to be entertained by watching how the locals cook and interact with other sexually self-assured house guests mixed with a little wine, you should not miss this. If you don’t believe me, listen to comedian Jack Whitehall’s take.

I have been known to spend many a Sunday afternoon with my friend, my couch and this show. Watch this on the Lifestyle Channel, or better yet if this sounds like the show for you, you can even apply for the new season here.

#2 – Duck Dynasty

This A&E reality show follows the Robertson family, who I believe fall in to the category of ‘new money’, on their day to day lives as they grow their ever thriving business making and selling duck callers. This reality show is new on my radar but has already made it to spot number two. The charm of this series, believe it or not, doesn’t lie with the bearded hunter bikie looking gang and their antics, at the heart of this show you are actually watching a rags-to-riches family keep in touch with their humble roots and not lose sight of what’s important. In this day and age that is a strong message! Duck Dynasty is on pretty much daily on A&E.

#1 – Dance Moms

Taking the cake in my trashy TV line up is Lifestyle You‘s Dance Moms. If you have not yet seen an episode of this crazy emotional roller coaster they call a reality TV show, my advice to you is, don’t watch it! Even one episode of Dance Moms will have you absolutely hooked, if you don’t have the time right now to commit pointless hours of your life watching this show then stop reading now. Dance Moms follows a competition troupe of young dancers and their mums training at the Abbey Lee Dance Company studios. Abbey Lee herself is a seemingly heartless tyrant who actively plays the girls and their mothers against each other with clear favourites and intentions. The mums, who can see right through Abbey and each want their daughter to rise to the top, have no shame what so ever around the cameras with constant backstabbing, bitch fights and the occasional violent outbursts will do anything to get first place. Amidst this crazy female drama you see a group of beautiful young dancers with amazing talent who never fail to support each other and go out on stage and dance their little hearts out no matter what.  I don’t think I’ve ever yelled at the TV, or cringed at the actions of human beings more than in this show. Gotta love it! The new season episodes are airing on Lifestyle You Wednesdays at 8:30pm; be there! The video below is generally what you are in for:


Do you like my top five or disagree? Will you be watching? Let me know in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Happy Sunday.

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