Xochitl Menjivar, San Francisco State University
The trashy reality TV show has evolved from an interesting, innocent show to the drama-filled, toxic mess fans have come to love.
Kelsie Westmoreland, Washington and Lee University
TLC’s hit reality TV show followed young pageant girls’ journeys to stardom — but it wasn’t always pretty.
Jenna Nelson, Scripps College
The Duggars entered the public eye in 2008 through the reality TV show ’19 Kids and Counting’ and were loved by thousands, but resurfacing controversies led to the family’s downfall.
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
With their 31 year age difference, Big Ed and Rose are provoking an age-old discussion about love.
Eleanore Belanger, Arizona State University
It’s a reality TV train wreck: It’s bad, but you won’t be able to look away.
Michelle Criqui, James Madison University
For a network with a history of callous exploitation, TLC’s new show captures genuine heartbreak, and does so with (relative) maturity.
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