10 TV Shows That Many Are Reluctant to Admit They Love

Watching what we like, even the “guilty pleasures,” is a universal leisure activity, and this is even more concerning the shows we choose. While some are rather reluctant to express their partiality to particular programs, it cannot be denied that these magnetic series are the primary reason the audience keeps returning for more. From funny sitcoms to intense dramas, the list consists of ten T.V. shows that people can relate to and willingly confess their love.

1. The O.C. (2003-2007)

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The wealthy Orange County, California community is the setting for The O.C. Ryan Atwood and his family, the Cohens, lead turbulent lives. Josh Schwartz, as its creator, this show became a cultural phenomenon, merging soap opera theatrics with clever script and fantastic music. From Mischa Barton and Adam Brody's breakout roles, The O.C. has stayed an indulgence for many, with its throwback feel to the early 2000s.

2. Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

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The plot is narrated in an omniscient blog tone by a blogger called Gossip Girl. The show is all about the glamorous lives of the young students from some of the best private schools in Manhattan that will be scandalous. Teen television shows co-created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage consisted of rich parties, star-crossed lovers, and plot twists that could only be shocking. The show has found favor with many T.V. fans, some of them starring Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, a mixture of drama and mystery. It maintains its loyal fan bases because it gives them a ‘guilty pleasure effect.'

3. Jersey Shore (2009-2012)

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The seaside town of Seaside Heights in New Jersey is the setting of Jersey Shore, which broadcasts 8 housemates and an audience following their lives with the main theme of love, drama, and party. Despite the sitcom being heavily criticized for its representation of Italian-American stereotypes, the over-the-top comedy, and all-too-catchy catchphrases, it has become an ever-recognizable phenomenon. Likewise, Jersey Shore had many stars that emerged, such as Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Mike Sorrentino, The Situation. It has millions of fans across the globe who love watching it.

4. Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2007-2021)

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A reality T.V. behemoth, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is a show chronicling the lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family – rich but down to earth, and trying to stay a recognizable Clan in an industry where fame is chivied and fast. Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which was created by Ryan Seacrest and the rest of the cast, became a big hit that made them known to the whole world and is even now in everyone's living room. Although it is criticized for being superficial and shallow, people still watch The Bachelor every season because of its clever mix of drama, comedy, and caricatured personalities.

5. The Bachelor (2002-Present)

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The Bachelor, which debuted nearly two decades ago, is now a well-established reality T.V. show and offers us Roman excitement and drama of rose ceremonies to involve us. Showrun by Chris Harrison (until 2021), the series has prepared every single bachelor to find ‘the one' being assisted by a group of 25 bachelorettes. Riots tend to be structured according to their predictable plot, and after a couple of scandals, the show claims a number of fans watch it in the hope of love, mystery, and drama.

6. Temptation Island (2001-Present)

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This controversial reality show puts four couples on a beach in the tropics in the form of a game show format in order to decide whether they should stick to their current partners or try new relationships with relatively attractive singles. Temptation Island has managed to combine all the factors of temptation, betrayal, and emotional rollercoasters to become a guilty pleasure for the fans of relationship drama. Though it may not have the cultural impact that other reality shows do, its suspending premise keeps viewers hooked season after season.

7. The Real Housewives (2006-Present)

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With several different cities and a frequently changing set of affluent women as its cast, The Real Housewives franchise provides a peek into the opulent lifestyles and interpersonal conflicts amongst its members through its voyeuristic lens. Scott Dunlop created the show, which is now associated with guilty pleasure viewing. People love this series because it offers a blend of luxury, drama, and outlandish characters. 

8. Love Island (2015-Present)

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Mixing up both romantic T.V. shows and reality T.V. as its format, Love Island follows the lives of singles living in a beautiful villa where these people form relationships seeking viewer votes. This show is hosted by Caroline Flack (until 2019) and has many viewers since it has appealing elements of drama, romance, and comedy. Love Island, with its magnificent and thrilling escape, is probably the most popular foreign T.V. show currently, surpassing other T.V. shows.

9. Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

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Hidden away in the darkest recesses of the suburban wardrobe lies Desperate Housewives, and so is the setting of Wisteria Lane, which is the setting of the show. Marc Cherry created the show, and it belongs to the dark comedy genre that documents the lives of four housewives and how they tackle issues of love, betrayal, and murder. With the use of a non-celebrities cast, like Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria, the show Desperate Housewives was able to intrigue the viewers and kept them watching with its irresistible pattern of mystery, romance, and dark humor and became a hit guilty pleaser show.

10. The Jerry Springer Show (1991-2018)

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A show famous for its daring guests and extreme controversies, The Jerry Springer Show didn't fail and didn't obey any rules of daytime television by presenting the shocking content, and the one was, in fact, that “unruled rule.” Although it is not as famous as other shows on the list, it uses sensationalism and classless entertainment as gimmicks, so it is the guilty pleasure show that satisfies people's craving for an unedited kind of amusement. The series was granted a monopoly on the late-night slot with Jerry Springer taking up the show-host position, and it gained viewers.

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