tv meme, day 5: a show you hate
There’s nothing quite so terrible as over-the-top high school melodrama when it comes to scripted television. Well of course, there’s always the heinousness of Hannah Montana, but Robert beat me to the punch on that one, so ABC Family will have to suffice. And since it was too hard to choose just one (though the one pictured above is pretty god-awful), this TV Meme shame entry is going to the entire network.
By now you’ve probably all seen the piece de resistance of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, the plane-crashing “incredible” sex. But what you may not know is that every inch of this show (at least I’m assuming, since I’ve only seen parts of episodes here and there) is riddled with this insane, over-the-top nonsense. All these teenagers do is have sex and “deal with the consequences.” And apparently every teenage girl at one time or another gets pregnant and then breaks down crying every episode at the drop of a hat. I can’t think of anything that could be worse than this awful show than maybe its ABC Family fellow, Kyle XY. Though I never subjected myself to a full episode, the previews said it all. This show is about some guy with no belly button and how mysterious it all is. And the lead’s only capabilities as an “actor” are to stare in a perplexed, “duh” manner, as demonstrated by the accompanying photo.
Does anyone else remember back in the day when it was just simply the Family Channel? Back then, it was all about showing amusing, albeit fairly silly, kids movies all day long. Perhaps it should return to its roots. Though I’ve heard some good things about Greek, I’m going to assume that basically across the board, ABC Family is not one for original programming. And with a new season of Secret Life about to be underway, let’s just let the continuing tailspin of Molly Ringwald’s career to soldier on. What have we learned from these terrible shows? Sex equals death and many, many children, and the only necessity for a working plot is that someone have a confusing lack of body part for the characters to constantly muse about. Yikes.