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Flashback Friday-Who Do You Think You Are? (2010-Present)

Genealogy (at least from my perspective) is fascinating. The more information you know, the information you want to know.

Who Do You Think You Are? (2010-Present) aired on NBC for three seasons before moving to TLC. Based on the British show of the same name, the focus of each episode is a performer who goes on a journey to uncover hidden parts of their family tree. Aided by historians and experts in the field of genealogy, the purpose of the journey is for the performer to answer the questions of their family’s past.

I think Who Do You Think You Are? is one of the best shows on television. It has all of the ups and downs of a scripted drama, with an ending that may be unexpected, but ultimately fulfilling.

I absolutely recommend it.

 

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Flashback Friday-Long Island Medium (2011-Present)

After a loved one passes away, many of us question if they are truly gone or if they are still around us in some fashion.

Theresa Caputo, the star of the TLC show Long Island Medium answers those questions for her clients in every episode.  In her Long Island home and her community, she is able to communicate a message from a loved one who has passed away to their still living relatives and friends.

There are two perspectives on Long Island Medium. The first perspective is that communicating messages from the other world is a con game and Ms. Caputo knows how to play the game like a professional. The second perspective brings out the emotion in both the viewers and those who she gives readings too, giving them some relief that those who have passed on are at peace and still watching over us.

I recommend it.

P.S.

Saturday Night Live satirized Long Island Medium several years ago. It was hilarious.

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Throwback Thursday- Say Yes to the Dress (2007-Present)

From an early age, many women dream about their wedding day and their wedding dress.

TLC has capitalized on ideal for the last 11 years. Say Yes to the Dress premiered on TLC back in 2007 and has been a staple of the network ever since.

The focus of every episode is a handful of women who are shopping for their wedding gown. Initially filmed in Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, the show had a number of spin offs over the years. As the brides who are highlighted in the episode try on wedding gowns, there is usually some sort of drama or an emotional scar from the past that comes into play.

I have mixed feelings about this show. On one hand, it’s just another mindless reality show that amps up the drama and the tension for ratings. It’s the kind of show you watch on a Friday night when you just want to zone out after a long, hard week. But, on the other hand, my feminist self says that the show continues to sell the myth that a woman’s happiness and success in life are solely based on her marital status or lack thereof.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday-What Not To Wear (2003-2013)

It has been said that clothes make the man or the woman.

One of the more interesting sub-genres of reality television is the makeover show. For ten years, TLC dominated this particular sub-genre with What Not To Wear (2003-2013).

The premise of the show is as follows: someone is nominated for show by a loved one who believes that they need a makeover. Hosts/Stylists Stacy London (seasons 1-10), Wayne Scot Lukas (season 1) and Clinton Kelly (seasons 2-10), intervene with the person (usually a woman) nominated. By the time the episode is over, the person nominated has been made over and is re-introduced to their loved ones with their new look.

In terms of overall genre of reality television, this show is an interesting one. It it is not as vicious or vacuous as other reality shows. The intent of the show is a good thing, helping the nominated person to feel good about themselves or overcome something from their past via a makeover. The issue with this show is that I can only watch so many episodes before it turns into just another mindless reality television program.

Do I recommend it? I’m leaning toward yes.

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Stupid Girl

TLC star of 19 Kids and Counting, Jessa Duggar visited the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC recently.

She came to the conclusion  that the Holocaust, in which Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, etc, were murdered by the Nazis simply because they were not part of the master race is the same as abortion.

Stupid, stupid girl.

I don’t care if she is part of the religious right and believes in pro-life. That’s her business.

The Nazis were meticulous in the planning and execution of the Final Solution.  They knew what they were doing from the get go.

The way I see it, no woman plans to get pregnant and then abort her pregnancy. But if she does choose to have an abortion, it is personal and private decision that is really no one else’s business.

I suggest that Ms. Duggar re-visit the museum and see it for what it is. A memorial to the murdered and a reminder to never forget. That is what it should be, not a reason to twist history to one’s personal religious and political beliefs.

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