A Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Review
by, 13th November 2012 at 10:26 AM (504 Views)
Let's be honesty, you probably never actually watched this show. And if you have, it's only because you wanted to laugh at the rednecks.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo chronicles the daily lives of Alana (Honey Boo Boo) and her family and her life of doing beauty pageants. The show is a spin-off of Toddlers in Tiaras, which isn't as funny as this show. The main draw in the series is that it's a reality TV show starring people of a lower social order than most doing bizarre and stereotypical things you would expect from rednecks, thus making them prime targets for mocking and parody.
When I heard my beloved Jersey Shore was being cancelled (and I'm honestly surprised people are so happy about this. It's supposed to be incredibly stupid, that's why you watch it. ), I needed a new show to watch when I was bored. So when my mom recommended me this show, I thought it would be the next Jersey Shore. And boy, was I wrong.
This show is one of those shows that looks shallow and bad on the outside, but is actually a pretty good watch when you take a closer look. Yes, they're rednecks, which is something they take pride in. They're not ashamed of who they are, but embrace it. They redneckognize. And they're not even stereotypical rednecks, either: they're very accepting of the dad's gay brother (although said brother seems to think they're wackjobs), they're smart, and they can act normal.
Unlike with Jersey Shore, you can sympathize and enjoy these people without irony. Well, except the sisters. They don't get enough screentime and are pretty interchangeable because of it. They're even a cohesive, loving family that actually enjoys the company of one another. (This concept confused me greatly when I first watched. I don't even like my family, yet these people will happily sit next to each other and eat for more than 10 minutes?) When one of Alana's sisters gives birth to a girl with an extra thumb, the family members crack a few jokes and accept the baby unconditionally.
Alana herself is a wonderful person/character. She's sassy, hyperactive, and adorable. She takes pride in her extra rolls (but I'm taking her word for it, since she looks like every other kid ever), participates in pageants because she wants to, and loved her dear pig Glitzy to death. After seeing this girl bond with the pig for nearly a season, it's incredibly heartbreaking to see her have to give it up and break down in tears, while her sisters mock her. She can be spoiled, but this girl has a heart of gold.
So you're flipping through channels and come across TLC. You're really bored, and Honey Boo Boo looks like another hilariously bad TV Show. So you tune in, expect to get some laughs at the expense of these really weird, stupid people. But you stay and watch because, although they can be a little strange, you come to enjoy watching a loving family, friendly and wild people, and heartwarming moments between loved ones. The show is like Adventure Time in this way.
I recommend picking up this show and giving it a watch. Even if you hater reality TV, this show has a certain charm to it. It's not perfect by any means, and there are a lot of cringe-worthy moments, but it's a fun show and you'll probably enjoy the cuteness.
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