The Top 10 Reality Series of 2010
It's list-listin' time! With the end of the year approaching, Movieline is beginning its review of 2010's finest and lamest moments. We begin on a positive slant -- the 10 best reality series of the year. Some are old favorites, and others are new classics, but all are as thrilling, watchable, and cringe-inducing as any overactive toddler. What's #1? Join us for the countdown.
10. Dancing with the Stars
TV's schmaltziest hour of dance and pseudo-fame is usually worth a couple episodes of actual entertainment, but this year, Bristol Palin's relentless survival turned the show into a musical remake of Network. Fans rioted, ratings boomed, dignity died, and viewer outrage felt as flammable as one of Maksim Chmerkovskiy's leisure suits. Though Jennifer Grey won the season, it was Bristol Palin's weak hoofing and dictatorial reign that made for violently good TV.
9. The Real World: Back to New Orleans
The Real World peaked sometime last decade, but it's hard to dislike its rather innocent format. Upon returning to New Orleans for its 24th season, the Bunim-Murray juggernaut cast its most deplorable housemate since Puck: Ryan Leslie, the sometimes-homophobic, oftentimes-emotional, always self-obsessed imp whose appearance is best describe as "crunkcore." Even if you hated to hate him, Back to New Orleans also served up the lovable Jemmye, Knight, and Eric.
8. Real Housewives Reunion Shows
Bravo has a history of unbelievable reunion shows (dating back to Project Runway's first season), yet its Andy Cohen-hosted Real Housewives reunions deserve recognition as their own sleazy entity. Whether Bethenny's eviscerating Jill Zarin or Dina Manzo is physically pushing Andy Cohen, it's a spectacle worthy of parody -- particularly from Saturday Night Live's lady legends.
7. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
We weren't treated to many new reality shows of note in 2010, but Bravo's Sarah Jessica Parker-produced Work of Art is a standout. It not only made the art world accessible to the average idiot, but it promoted discussion about vagina symbolism, people who masturbate standing up, and anuses. Best of all: That pretentious ass Miles lost hard.
6. Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains
Though Survivor fans balked at Sandra Diaz-Twine's eventual victory, they were treated to an incredible season of machinations, twists, and betrayals on Heroes Vs. Villains. The scrappy Parvati Shallow deserved victory, but the fact that she outlasted most of a formidable cast is satisfactory enough.
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