Alternate Realities

Alternate Realities

As a rule, I generally avoid reality TV programs. Let’s face it, a good portion of them seem scripted and overly dramatic (think WWE wrestling and just about every repo show out there). It also seems like they will make a show about anything these days. (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, anyone?) However, for reasons I can’t quite explain, I have found myself helplessly hooked on several shows. Have I been brainwashed? Have they put a spell on me? Is there a part of me that loves watching a reality other than my own? While I work on the answers to those thrilling questions, check out a list I’ve put together of five reality shows I just can’t do without. (Please note that all show times are Eastern Standard Time.)

  1. Duck Dynasty (A&E TV- Tuesdays at 10pm) – This is my favorite show on TV right now. It follows the Robertson family as they run their duck call empire in Monroe, Louisiana. I absolutely love the strong family dynamic and the Robertson family’s unyielding faith.
  2. Swamp People (History Channel-Thursdays at 9pm)- There is nothing I’d rather do on Thursday nights than watch Troy Landry and his sons catch some gators. Now that I think about it, I might have a thing for shows based in Louisiana.
  3. Inside Combat Rescue (National Geographic- Mondays at 10pm) – This show follows Air Force Pararescuemen while they are deployed to Afghanistan. I have a soft spot for the military and one of the men on the show is from right here in Fayetteville!
  4. Glory Hounds (Animal Planet) – This Animal Planet documentary on Military Working Dogs and their handlers in Afghanistan had me glued to my couch from the beginning. I know it isn’t a series, but I had to put it on this list. **Warning! ** Unless you are heartless or have emotions of steel, you will bawl your eyes out.
  5. The Pioneer Woman (Food Network- Saturdays at 10am) – I consider this show a reality TV/cooking show hybrid. I love watching her cook and also learning about life on the ranch. (She also has a great website: www.thepioneerwoman.com)

I’m on the fence when it comes to Black Gold (TruTV- Wednesdays at 11pm), which follows the men on an oilrig in Texas. I like the idea of letting people in on what life in the oilfield is like, but I’m worried that it doesn’t show the whole truth. It also seems like there is always something dramatic going on. Kind of like a rig full of teenaged girls with PMS.

I’ve also heard of a production company that will possibly be creating a show on oilfield wives. I didn’t even attempt to put my name in the hat for that one. Who seriously wants to watch me clean the house, do homework, and take care of the kids, all while in my pj’s? There are no other OFWs in my area, so I don’t really get much adult interaction when Hubby is at work. I can picture it now: a shot of me in the living room and the narrator says, “In Fayetteville, Jaimie is changing yet another diaper and folding her second load of laundry. She is even considering a trip to the grocery store. It would be her first trip out of the house in three days.” If they are serious about this show, I can only hope that they find ladies who lead much more interesting lives than I do.

Are you a fellow reality TV addict or do you avoid it at all costs? What do you think about the oilfield-related shows? Would you be on a show about OFWs? Share your opinions in the comments section or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie!

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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