Category Archives: Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday-Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (2007-2008)

These days, there is a slew of makeover shows on television.

In 2007, Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn became the star of his own reality show, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (2007-2008). Co-hosted by Veronica Webb in the first season and Gretta Monahan in the second season, the subject of each episode goes through the standard head to toe reality show makeover. As long as each participant follows Gunn’s rules for fashion, they are allowed to express themselves via the clothes they choose to wear.

There is a reason why this program lasted only two seasons. Though Gunn is well respected in the fashion industry, the show was just a little too cookie cutter to survive in the cutthroat world of reality television.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Flashback Friday-Behind the Music (1997-Present)

Behind every successful musician is a human being who did everything they could to see their dreams become reality. Along the way, there are predictably a few bumps and bruises.

Behind the Music premiered in 1997 on VH1. For the last 22 years, it has been one of the staples of the network’s schedule.

Each episode focuses on the lives and careers of a specific band or artist. Each artist or band is followed as they grow up, struggle to make it as a performer, become successful and try to maintain that career while dealing with the everyday stuff that we all deal with.

I really like Behind the Music. In terms of the biography format,it doesn’t feel forced or glossed over. Each artist has the opportunity to tell their own story in a way that it unique and personal to them.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-What Would You Do? (2008-2015)

Albert Einstein once said the following:

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

This is the premise of What Would You Do? (2008-2015). Originally airing on ABC before moving to A&E, the program was hosted by John Quiñones. The program is based on the question on what one would do if they saw someone else in a conflict or doing something illegal. Would they speak up or just go about their business?

In the establishment of each particular scenario, hidden cameras are setup. Actors are brought in to play out the scenario; he reactions of the bystanders are recorded by the cameras. When all is said and done, Quiñones appears and interviews the bystanders. The footage is then viewed and discussed by experts in the field of psychology or education.

Unlike other reality shows, this program makes the audience think. It’s a reminder that television has the power to change lives and how we set each other.

I recommend it.

 

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Flashback Friday-The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013)

Pride and Prejudice remains a favorite book of many a bookworms for multiple reasons. This love opens the door to new and different variations on Jane Austen‘s classic tale of class, money and will they/won’t they.

In 2012, Pride and Prejudice entered the digital world when The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013) premiered on YouTube. Told vlog style in 5 minute long episodes that were released every week, Lizzie Bennet (Ashley Clements) is a grad student living at home. When her sister Jane (Laura Spencer) starts hanging out with the new boy in town, medical student Bing Lee (Christopher Sean), Lizzie is forced into the presence of businessman William Darcy (Daniel Vincent Gordh), Bing’s best friend. 

Needless to say, love at first sight is hardly the way to describe the initial relationship between Lizzie and William.

I adored and still adore LBD. It was funny, it was charming, it was entertaining and it was enough cannon Pride and Prejudice to appeal to the most loyal fans.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Dancing with the Stars (2005-Present)

One of the more interesting sub-genres of reality television is the fish out of water story.

Dancing with the Stars (2005-Present) can most certainly be defined as a fish out of water story. The American version of the UK program Strictly Come Dancing, the premise of the show is as follows: a celebrities who are not known for their dancing skills are matched with professional dancers. The dance of the week is chosen the week before the episode is set to air. As the season rolls on, the couples are eliminated until one is crowned that season’s winner.

DWTS is one of the more interesting programs that fall within the reality television genre. It is not as mind numbing as other shows and perhaps inspires viewers to try something new by putting on their own dancing shoes.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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Flashback Friday-I Love…(2002-2014)

Nostalgia is a power thing.

A few years ago, VH1 banked on this nostalgia when the networked aired the “I Love…” Series. Airing from 2002-2014, the program examined the pop culture, historical and political events of the period and interviewed celebrities who would humorously comment on the events from the time.

“I Love…” is in my humble opinion, one of the best series that VH1 ever produced. It was fun, it was engaging and unlike other programs that were on the VH1 schedule, I didn’t feel like my brain was dying from watching frivolous reality shows. It was also pure nostalgia, which is always fun.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-The Real Housewives (2006-Present)

A generation ago, reality television was something new and different. These days, every network is eagerly adding reality television to their programming schedule. Bravo is no different.

In 2006, the network introduced a new series to audiences: The Real Housewives of Orange County. The series followed the lives of a group of upper class women living in Southern California. Seeing that audiences were responding to the program, the executives began to expand the series to other cities. In the 13 years that Real Housewives have been on the air, the series has expanded to eight other cities and continues to be a staple of the Bravo schedule.

I have to admit that I watched Real Housewives for the few seasons. It was engaging, if not a little mind numbing. But then I got bored and stopped watching because each new spin-off was a replica of the previous season and city.

Do  I recommend it? No.

 

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Flashback Friday-Room Raiders (2004-2006)

One’s home often speaks volumes about the person who lives there.

Room Raiders aired on MTV from 2004-2006. The premise is as follows: three men or women have their homes raided by a potential date. The contestants watch from a van as this man or woman visits their home. The residents either have pictures of themselves removed or covered. After the room raider has visited all three properties, their three potential dates inspect their homes. Then the room raider makes a decision on who to go out with.

Among the dating reality shows that littered the MTV schedule in the early 2000’s, this show was one of the more interesting ones. It was interesting because it felt more organic (well, as organic as a dating reality show can get) than some of the other dating reality shows that MTV aired at the time.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday-Say What? Karaoke (1998-2003)

For some karaoke is chance to let loose, relax and pretend to be a rock star. For others, it makes their skin crawl.

So of course, MTV had to make a show based on karaoke. Say What? Karaoke aired from 1998-2003.  The premise of the show was that contestants sung karaoke in front of celebrity judges. As with any reality competition show, the contestants are judged and one is named the winner.

 

Say What? Karaoke is one of those shows that you watch when your a certain age. While I certainly watched it when I was in my late teens and early 20’s, I wouldn’t watch it now.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday-Pop-Up Video (1996-2002)

Compared the course of the history of music, the music video comparatively speaking, is still a new format. But like anything in life, one can only watch so many music videos before it becomes overkill.

This is where Pop-Up Video comes in. Airing on VH1 from 1996 to 2002, the program added to the music videos by including brief tidbits of information that had something to do with the song or the artist(s).

What I liked about Pop-Up Video is that the information that popped up was not just bland facts. Some of the pop ups contained trivia and some contained details that could be construed as naughty by some viewers. Looking back, I remember enjoying Pop-Up Video because you never knew which videos would be chosen and what information was going to be shared during the video.

I recommend it.

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