1. Rock Of Love
Holy crap was this show awesome. From the bad dye jobs and Bret Michaels bandanas, to the waaaay too short skirts, Rock Of Love had it all. Yet, it wasn’t the first …Of Love show. That honor belongs to…
2. Flavor Of Love
Like a car accident you can’t help but look at, Flavor Of Love had all the telltale signs of great television: A charming leading man, a mansion, and a girl that pooped on the stairs. Also, if you watch VH1’s Couples Therapy you would know that Flavor Flav was married the entire time he did the show. What a sweet guy!
3. The Surreal Life
Naked Verne Troyer drunkenly peeing off his scooter onto the carpet. Need I say more?
4. Rob & Big
One of the greatest bromances of all time. The world could use some more of this guy-on-guy love fest.
5. Daisy Of Love
A spin-off of a spin-off, Daisy Of Love took everyone’s favorite Rock Of Love runner-up and gave her the chance to find Mr. Right. Unfortunately, only Mr. Wrongs showed up.
6. Beauty and the Geek
Pair a hot girl with a super nerd and what do you get? Television gold, and as a bonus, Megan, who went on to be a contestant on Rock Of Love, Charm School, I Love Money, and her own doomed Megan Wants a Millionaire.
7. Bug Juice
This was Disney’s answer to The Real World, and it focused on a group of kids at summer camp in all their awkward, prepubescent glory.
8. Charm School
Taking the cast-offs from both Flavor Of Love and Rock Of Love, Charm School made what could only be considered a perfect storm of trampiness. The intentions of the show were good — challenge the women to better themselves by learning which fork goes with which course — but in the end, it was all about wig pulling and spitting on one another.
9. Trading Spaces
Trading Spaces was many people’s first foray into the home-makeover genre of reality TV, and although neither team won money, the designers were competing nonetheless. Whether it was Hildi vs. Vern, or Frank vs. Genevieve, there was always the chance that the homeowners would hate the finished design. Like Genevieve’s real grass bedroom wall. That couple was pissed.
10. Kid Nation
Here’s the premise: Take 40 kids to a New Mexico faux-town movie set, and ask them to create a working society. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. Want to know what happens when kids are left to look out for themselves? That GIF above should answer that question.
11. ego trip’s The (White) Rapper Show
Again, VH1 doing the Lord’s work. The best part of this show was raptestant John Brown, who everyone loved to hate but wound up coming in second. Take that, Jus Rhyme and 100 Proof!
12. Making The Band
Not only did the show give us Danity Kane and O-Town, but Season 2’s Making The Band: Da Band provided the inspiration for one of the best Chappelle Show sketches of all time.
13. Tool Academy
“Let’s take women and their alpha-male douchebag boyfriends and put them through couples therapy. Also, let’s have alcohol available at all times. Sound good?” — Some genius.
14. Celebrity Fit Club
If there’s something Americans love more than seeing the fall of celebrities, it’s seeing them reinvent themselves (i.e. Robert Downey, Jr.). We like it even more when it’s a fat fall, though, and Celebrity Fit Club reminded us all that every celeb is one meatball sub away from irrelevance.
15. I Love Money
This show cut to the chase and didn’t apologize for it. Screw faking love or whatever it was they were faking, these contestants showed what really made them tick: cold, hard cash.
16. The Simple Life
Paris and Nicole are older and wiser now, but I would still watch a show where they had to milk a cow in Nebraska, or any state for that matter.