Being that I’m an 80’s baby, I was around for the start of reality TV, and have had the opportunity to watch it evolve over the years. I must admit, things have changed a lot since we first got the chance to step inside the homes of complete strangers, but one thing has managed to remain the same–these people make for great TV.
1. New York
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Tiffany Polard AKA “New York” is my favorite reality star of all time. There is absolutely EVERYTHING to love about her. From her tacky clothes, to her bad weave and her colored contacts, she is to this day, the best hot mess that has ever blessed our TV screens.
Thank you Tiffany for the memories.
2. NeNe Leakes
If you look up “shady” in the dictionary, this is what you’ll see.
NeNe Mothaf*ckin Leakes. This woman has been holding down the Real Housewives of Atlanta for almost a decade now, and she’s reigned supreme the entire time. I think we can all agree that nobody but NOBODY can ever fill NeNe’s shoes, no matter how hard they try.
The Real World: Hawaii aired 16 years ago, on June 15th, 1999. Let’s be honest, The Real World is the show that really got this reality TV thing going. We met a lot of crazy characters along the way. A lot of them, we grew to love. Tek is one of those people.
4. Whitney & Bobby
Listen. I cannot get enough of these two. Being Bobby Brown is one of the greatest reality shows EVER. These two are ICONS!
Talk about America’s worst nightmare. A beautiful, educated, well traveled Black woman who doesn’t take anybody’s shit. For that alone, I will always love Omarosa. Say it louder for the people in the back, girl!
6. The Situation
Jersey Shore’s finest. Mike AKA “The Situation” never let us down. Like…EVER.
7. Scott Disick
How do you spell Scott Disick? D-O-U-C-H-E. This guy is such an incredibly large asshole that it’s hard to comprehend sometimes. But guess what? That’s why we love him.
8. Tanisha Thomas
What would Bad Girls Club be without Tanisha? I mean seriously. What a character. There’s no other way to describe her, other than a big ol’ bully. To be fair, we later found out that there’s a little kindness underneath all of that anger. But before Jesus fixed her, this is what she was up to.
9. Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell can probably say “no” in every language. This legendary American Idol judge is simply a pain in the ass. He’s not a very likable guy, but one thing’s for sure–he made American Idol what it is today.
10. Flava Flav
There’s no denying that Flava Flav is made for TV. He might have a face for radio, but that personality CANNOT be contained. Yeeeeeaaaah boooooi!
11. Momma Dee
Let’s be real. The Love and Hip Hop franchise has gifted us with lots of amazing characters over the years. But some…well some stand out more than others. And I think we can all agree that Momma Dee is one of those that stands out. Between her and her “palace”, I’m not sure which is harder to cope with.
Love him or hate him Stevie J…Ok, who am I kidding? Let’s be honest, nobody really hates Stevie J. Do we think he’s shady? Yes. Do we think he needs therapy? Yes. But do we hate him? No. We love him AND all of his shenanigans. Without him, Love and Hip Hop ATL may as well pack it up and go home.
Snooki is…you know what? For once, I’m speechless. Just watch the video.
As America’s first sole Survivor, Hatch made television history. By manipulating his fellow castaways, forming the series’ first ever alliance, and using nudity as intimidation, Hatch defined how the game was played.
Unfortunately he couldn’t redefine U.S. tax code and went to prison for five years for tax evasion.
15. Tim Gunn
If ever there were a sarcastic, shady, well dressed, nagging old white gay man, Tim Gunn is it! Project Runway was an incredible success, but let’s be clear…it would be NOTHING without TIM! Catch this dirt, honey!
What do you think of the list? Who is your reality TV fave?