15 Things We Love About...Reality Shows

15 Things We Love About...Reality Shows
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 19, 2011

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Everybody still loves a good drama, and since scripted television isn’t doing it anymore, reality TV picks up where it left off. And like it or not, the ladies of “Basketball Wives” always serve plenty of drama.

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“Braxton Family Values” gives us a hefty glimpse into the lives of the Braxton family, and boy, are there some juicy details. From Tamar’s music career aspirations to Traci’s alcohol problem, Toni’s bankruptcy and Towanda’s rocky marriage, these ladies keep us glued.

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Like them or not, the ladies of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” live life in the fab lane, and they’re all go-getters, in their own way.

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The realness of Chrissy Lampkins of “Love and Hip Hop” reminds why hip hop can never be anything but. We also got a gilmpse into a side of hip hop privy only to a few before.

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Reality shows like “Toya Carter: A Family Affair” lets us see regular folk with regular problems the rest of us can relate to. The story of Toya’s moms recovery from drug addiction continually inspires.

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Leave it to Kimora to keep us glued to her Hollywood lifestyle (and fabulous closet). We love how this diva always puts her children and family first.

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Keyshia Cole’s mom Frankie’s battle with addiction was no joke on “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.” But Keyshia handled it with the utmost care and wasn’t afraid to share her family’s dysfunction and search for healing.

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Whether or not you really care about the Kardashians, chances are you’re watching each week to see what this stylish clan is up to. There’s just something about the Kardashians.

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Each week, we watched as Chilli went through the it all to find love on “What Chilli Wants.” We didn’t always agree with her antics, or her “lists,” but in the end we asked ourselves the same question she was: what do I really want?"

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Go on, admit it, after Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardadhian’s quickie wedding, we were all a little curious as to whether this was the real thing. On “Khloe & Lamar,” the two show that it is.

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With its successful family and ambitious children, you can’t blame some people for saying “Runs House” is this generation’s “Cosby Show.” No matter what, the Simmons family always showed Black family life in a positive way.

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Can we ever get enough of talking about sex and dating? The ladies of “Let’s Talk About Pep,” always kept the topic hot on their list.

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LisaRaye McCoy’s “The Real McCoy” gives us a glimpse into this diva’s hectic life. Each week, Lisa gives a manual on how to do things your way, no exceptions.

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Sometimes a show comes along so ridiculous you watch for the sake of pure entertainment. “I Love New York” was one such show. From her questionable outfit choices to her messy wigs, Tiffany (aka New York) screamed hotmess.com.

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The squabbles on “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business” reminded us that in the end, family is all you’ve got.


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