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My Guilty Pleasures

Updated on April 4, 2011

What Is a Guilty Pleasure?

Its something that you enjoy that you don't want to enjoy, but you really do anyway. It really should be something harmless. Snuff films or child pornography are not guilty pleasures, they are just guilty!

But its something that you might only confess to your best friend, but wouldn't want the people at work to know, or at the very least wouldn't want to be known by. Since I am telling you mine, I will have to also tell you that 'I am really not that kind of person'. There will be a lot of disclaimers and explanations. But the reality is that these shows reach something in me.

Maybe that is why we have guilty pleasures, to help us discover something about ourselves that we try to hide, even from ourselves.

WIPEOUT!

Wipe Out! The Guiltiest Pleasure of All!

OK, here is the disclaimer, the 'this isn't really me' part.

I don't like slapstick humor very much, unless its done really, really well and Wipeout is not really done well at all. I never liked the Three Stooges or anything where people get hurt, could get hurt or humiliated.

And of course, Wipe Out is totally about all those things. And totally gratuitous to boot! The Big Balls is the best and begins every show. People try to run across a series of large red balls about 18 feet high and wide without falling into the water. No one ever makes it. Never. But people keep trying. Now, I would like to be able to say that at least they all fall differently, in funny ways, but they don't. Its just the same thing over and over again. Try, fall by the second or first ball, hit your head, go into the water. I love it!

I must say that by the end of the show I always have someone to root for. The last three who have escaped elimination go through a timed obstacle course. My favorite has never won, but like the contestants, I keep on keeping on.

The Wipeout Poll

So Why Do You Love This Show?

See results

ALL MY CHILDREN

All My Children

I have watched All My Children since day one, literally. I was home and waiting for my daughter to arrive. We lived in the woods and I had three TV channels to keep me from going crazy all day. Ya, right, that was my excuse.

AMC takes place in Pine Valley. For years I assumed that it was northern New Jersey as it seemed so close to Montclair, well Upper Montclair, but some time about 10 years ago (of 40) they started claiming Pennsylvania as their state. OK, fine. Well, except that the characters can get to an ocean beach in about 15 minutes. Since PA doesn't have a coast and you have to go through NJ to get to very crowded beaches, let alone the secluded ones in Pine Valley, well that is a neat trick.

Another soap opera staple is that people can die, die and be buried, have a funeral and come back to life years later, sometimes more than once. You never know if a character is really gone, although the burying does limit the odds.

But the characters are great and that is why they come back. They were just too good to loose.

AMC is also famous for the social issues that it tackles. It was the first to deal with abortion after it became legal. The ultra girly Erica Kane has to deal with having a gay daughter. They have even tackled transexuality.

Heck, I don't even know if this can be called a guilty pleasure, well, not really.

Who Was Erica's Best Husband?

Which One Did You Like the Best? Defend Your Answer!

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Want to Brush Up On Your All My Children Knowledge?

THE SOUP

Joel McHale: The Soup

Every Friday night Joel McHale tells us that he watches reality TV so that we don't have to! Well, someone does and he presents the skewering like no one else.

I call this a guilty pleasure because I usually don't like this kind of humor. I have never been a fan of Joan Rivers types of comedians who make a living calling others fat, etc. However, Joel usually goes after those who really deserve it. The professionally arrogant Nancy Grace, the narcissist Tyra Banks who manages to talk about herself no matter what the subject and many, many more. BTW, I say usually because well, when he goes after Dancing With the Stars, well, that is too much.

Except that Bruno, the DWTS judge who is often a subject of Joel's humor has actually appeared as an in person guest on the show! To me this shows that much or at least some of his targeting is good natured, but some of it is still highly deserved.

The Soup Poll

Which of The People Joel Skewers Most Deserves It! Tell Us Why!

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TREMORS

Tremors...Live It in Perfection!

OK, small town in Nevada, just a handful of people and a couple of handsome outsiders and 4 giant worms who want to eat them all. Add just about every cliche and stereotype you can think of and well....you've got Tremors!

So what is so different about this movie? Well, yes, Virginia, there is good acting in this one. You can see everything coming a mile off, but I still didn't guess the end, well at least the part about how they won the battle. Oh, heck, I just love it and if it was on TV today I would have to go back and forth between it and the Rose Bowl!

Tremors Goes On....and on....and on.....

Which Tremors Was Your Favorite and Why?

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Great Scenes from Temors

Do You Have Guilty Pleasures? Come On, Fess Up!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Not a TV watcher, so none of these - I love foot-to-the-floor petrol-heading on circuits - that's guilty for you!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I watch the Soup and as you know Chelsea Lately. Great lens!

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      nelabai 6 years ago

      Love the wipeout and the japanese version of this show, which is called Takeshi Castle.

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      SweetMarie83 LM 6 years ago

      Great list of guilty pleasures! Thank you for featuring my Zach Slater lens, I really appreciate it! I love All Children and actually learned some things I didn't know about the show, between your description and your quiz. My guilty pleasures besides AMC include General Hospital, the Housewives shows (New Jersey, New York and OC especially), and the Bachelor.

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      SweetMarie83 LM 6 years ago

      Great guilty pleasures and thank you so much for featuring my Zach Slater lens! I love All My Children (and learned a few things I didn't know both from your description and your quiz), as well as General Hospital...my other guilty pleasures are the Housewives shows and the Bachelor...I'll admit I used to sort of turn my nose up at reality TV and now it makes up probably about 3/4 of the TV I watch! lol Great lens!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Not a TV fan, especially of some of these shows. However I appreciate a good lens and have given this the thumbs up.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love it, I think everyone needs a guilty or not guilty pleasure to take their minds off the real world! I love Wipe Out, cracks me up

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I don't do TV, so I'm not familiar with even one of these programs. Sorry. My guilt pleasures come in the form of foods.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is an awesome Squidoo lens to see. I'm too tire right now to take quizzes, I'd get them all wrong, it been a long day. Fun pleasures!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, I am not at all "with it" as I haven't seen any of these, so I apologize for my ignorance. I do not like comedy where people get hurt either (like America's Funniest Videos) where children, pets and humans have horrible accidents and people find this funny. Okay, so I liked John Ritter as Jack Tripper in Three's Company doing physical comedy (like trying to get his foot un-stuck) but not the type of injury that requires a trip to the ER. I only ever watched Young and Restless and maybe a bit of Bold and the Beautiful (since my pseudo-mom Ema loved those, we'd watch together). My guilty pleasure? I like sipping wine with smartfood to crunch (in bed) amongst things (sorry can't go into details). Love your work, keep 'em coming Margo, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, I am not at all "with it" as I haven't seen any of these, so I apologize for my ignorance. I do not like comedy where people get hurt either (like America's Funniest Videos) where children, pets and humans have horrible accidents and people find this funny. Okay, so I liked John Ritter as Jack Tripper in Three's Company doing physical comedy (like trying to get his foot un-stuck) but not the type of injury that requires a trip to the ER. I only ever watched Young and Restless and maybe a bit of Bold and the Beautiful (since my pseudo-mom Ema loved those, we'd watch together). My guilty pleasure? I like sipping wine with smartfood to crunch (in bed) amongst things (sorry can't go into details). Love your work, keep 'em coming Margo, Rose

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun lens. My guilty pleasures are only confessed to a priest and my concubine. (hahaha - tongue in cheek)

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      Fun. Me? I don't have any ;-D

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Mine too tend to be really bad tv. Gordon Ramsey, Kelly Griffith with a little top model thrown in, and scifi geeky stuff. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Guilty Pleasures: Wipeout (sorry), The Soup, Tremors, Sci-Fi, comedy, suspense, horror, some romance (hate raunchy) and chocolate. Once addicted to soup operas, including "All My Children", but weeded myself off that addiction. Wonderful lens!

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Okay with the exception of Total Wipeout we don't have any of those shows in the UK - but I must admit Total Wipeout can be hilarious!