The Emmys do their best at honoring the best in television, but a few things fall through the cracks. Here is your chance to vote on the Best Guilty Pleasure from the 2012-2013 television season.
"Bar Rescue" (Spike) — Every episode is nearly identical: Jon Taffer shows up at a bar that (a) is run down, (b) has a bartender who can't make drinks, (c) has a dirty kitchen, and (d) probably has an alcoholic owner. His solution? Invest a couple hundred grand and redesign the bar. But it works! Praise Taffer.
"Bridezillas" (WE tv) — Filming unstable women while they deal with the enormous pressure of planning their wedding day by yelling at people … it's almost unfair. Yes, "Bridezillas" is a total embarrassment to the female gender and should be required viewing for anyone considering an ill-advised marriage. But it's also compulsively watchable TV. The brides' pain is our gain.
"Catfish" (MTV) — Is much of it awkwardly staged? Yes, but the cycle of marks who want to believe, Nev and Max's digital detective work, and the random camera angles forms a reliable hour of entertainment that makes you consider deleting all of your social media accounts.
"The Challenge" (MTV) — "The Challenge" has been on the air in various incarnations for over a decade, yet through the continual addition of new blood and T.J. Lavin's laid-back charisma, it's still relatively fresh. A bunch of reality stars competing in ridiculous feats of athleticism with rivalries might not be for everyone, but it's definitely for us.
"Couples Therapy" (VH1) — In its first season, we saw rapper DMX rampage over his infidelities. Then the infamous couple Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison signed on for the show's second run. And now the previous seasons seem like child's play when Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis goes head-to-head with rapper Flavor Flav, and Catelynn and Tyler of "Teen Mom" get in the middle of Chingy's love life. Talk about a drama bomb.
"My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" (TLC) — A train wreck you can't look away from, the reality series chronicles the ridiculous nuptials (and personalities) of Gypsy and traveler families who try to meld ancient traditions with modern trends.
"The Vampire Diaries" (The CW) — Even the most devout fans of the CW vampire series will admit that it is absolutely insane, which is part of the appeal. Based on L.J. Smith's series of novels, it follows a lot of attractive people who live in Mystic Falls and happen to be vampires, werewolves, and teenage girls, perhaps the scariest group of characters on television.
** VOTING CLOSES AT 10 P.M. ET ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 **
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