Category Archives: Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday-Run’s House (2005-2009)

The purpose of celebrity-based reality shows is that they are supposed to show that despite the fame and money, they are thoroughly human and just like the viewer. But the question is, is what the viewer is presented with real or faked for the camera?

Run’s House aired on MTV from 2005-2009. The show followed original Run-D.M.C. member Rev Run (aka Joseph Simmons), his wife Justine and their children as they went about their lives.

As celebrity based reality shows go, this one felt well, real. Though, like all reality shows, one has to question how “real” it is, this one felt just a tiny bit authentic.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday- Tiny House Hunters (2014-Present)

It has been said that bigger is not always better.

Tiny House Hunters has aired on HGTV since 2014.

The premise of the show is as follows: a home owner looking to downsize to a much smaller home, known as tiny homes. The subject(s) of the episode are shown three potential options. At the end of the episode, one home is chosen.

What I like about this show is that it proves that one does not need a huge home to be happy. Sometimes a smaller home is best.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Beachfront Bargain Hunt (2013)

For some of us, the dream is own a house on the beach. Waking up to the rising sun and walking into the sand just steps from your front door is the vision of the perfect day.

Beachfront Bargain Hunt has aired on HGTV since 2013. The structure of each episode is the same as any other house hunting program on the channel. The subjects are looking for a new home. The difference is that they are looking for houses on or near the beach and they are on a limited budget. After being shown three different homes, a decision is made as to which house to purchase.

I don’t watch this show very often. But when I do, I feel like I am watching it as wish fulfillment. For me, it’s almost a what if scenario. What if I was able to purchase one of these homes? Where would I purchase it and which house would I choose?

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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Flashback Friday-Two and a Half Men (2003-2015)

Family, as we all know, is complicated.

Two and a Half Men was on the air from 2003-2015. Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) was happily living it was a bachelor (in every sense of the word). His life is turned upside down when his brother Alan (Jon Cryer) and ten-year-old nephew Jake (Angus T. Jones) move in with him. The odd couple-esque relationship between the brothers creates friction while Jake adds energy that only a child can bring.

I never got into this program. From my perspective, it was not as funny as it claimed to be. It was also a little too misogynistic for my taste.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Flashback Friday-Something Borrowed (2011)

Fear is one of those barriers that seems insurmountable. But, we will only get over that fear if we refuse to let it stop us.

In the 2011 film, Something Borrowed, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is in love with Dex (Colin Egglesfield), one of her law school classmates. But she is unable to tell him how she feels. When Dex meets Darcy (Kate Hudson), Rachel’s best friend, Darcy claims him for herself. Now they are engaged and Darcy has asked Rachel to be her Maid of Honor.

Things get complicated with Rachel and Dex sleep together after a night out. Will she ever tell Dex how she feels or will he potentially be forever lost to her?

As rom-coms go, this film on a scale of 1-10 is a 7. It’s cute and slightly predictable without veering in the bland and dry territory that some films in this genre sometimes go to.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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Flashback Friday-The Sundowners (1960)

Life is an adventure. The question is, do we grab that adventure by the proverbial balls or do we just do nothing?

The 1960 film, The Sundowners takes place in the Australian Outback during the early part of the 20th century. Ida and Paddy Carmody (the late Deborah Kerr and the late Robert Mitchum) are living out of their wagon, doing what they need to do to get by. Ida and their son are ready to settle down, but Paddy is not so sure if he is ready or able to settle down.

I like this film. I like it because, at its heart, it’s the story of a family who is making tough decisions that are not easy and have consequences. Tough decisions is sometimes what life is all about.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (2011-2014)

Mothers and daughters, if we are lucky, have a rock solid relationship.

Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? aired from 2011-2014. This reality show took the viewer in the lives and careers of the late Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa.

It was a standard reality show whose focus is the private lives of celebrities. What made it slightly stand out was it’s stars. There was only one Joan Rivers, which helped in a genre that is mostly brain dead.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday-Ancient Aliens (2009-Present)

Since the beginning of humanity, there have been questions of if there is life beyond Earth.

Ancient Aliens has been part of The History Channel lineup since 2009. The premise of the show is that aliens have been visiting Earth since the time of the dinosaurs. Using historical facts, archaeology and legends, the show tries to prove that we have been visited by aliens for millions of years.

I don’t watch this show often, but I get the feeling that the science is not exactly legit. If you watch this show for entertainment purposes, it’s fine to watch. But if one watches it wanting proof that Earth has been visited by aliens for several millennia, I don’t know the proof provided is enough to legitimatize the claims being made.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Flashback Friday-Real Time with Bill Maher (2003-Present)

When it comes to politics, news and television, there is no shortage of programs to choose from.

Real Time with Bill Maher has aired on HBO since 2003. Every week, host Bill Maher welcomes politicians, talking heads, newsmakers, celebrities, and others to discuss that week’s news headlines.

I don’t watch this show often. But when I do, I have a sense of peace. Using humor, Maher and his guests allow the audience to laugh, relax a little bit and not feel so overwhelmed/depressed by the week’s news stories.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday- The Hills (2006-2010)

We all know that so-called “reality shows” are not real. The question is, is the show “real” enough to bring in viewers?

The Hills aired on MTV from 2006-2010. A spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the show followed the lives and careers of four young women living in Los Angeles.

The only good thing about this show was that the song sung over the opening credits is sung by Natasha Bedingfield. I watched enough of this show to know that it was as fake as fake could be. Some critics accused the show of being a nighttime drama labelled as a reality show. Frankly, I could not agree more.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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