The Tweedles

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

TLC's PrimeTime.

The other night I was watching TLC and they had 2 of their new shows on: "Honey We're Killing the Kids" and "Shalom in the Home". I found both of these shows to be funny and a little, ok a lot lame.
First, "Honey We're Killing the Kids", the premise of this show is to show the parents of overweight children what their kids will look like when they are 40. They base it on the kid's current weight, eating habits, diet, health and what their parents look like. The pictures always showed a fat adult with bad skin, 80s glasses and frumpy clothes. I especially liked as they show the child advancing through the years at some point he had a mullet. Oi! Then the Drs step in and put the kid on a diet and exercise program. The kid inevitably hates it. Then at the end of the program they show what the "improved" adult can look like. He (I have only seen boy ones) will have nice clothes, a nice hair cut, no glasses, good skin and smiling. Hmmm.... Do you see it? The blatant mis-representation? I get that being healthy and good diet and whatnot will improve your life, and that you will have more energy. However it doesn't necessarily mean that you will have a better job and nicer clothes and no mullet. Who knows your life may even be more screwed up.
I think if they are going to claim to be all scientific then they should take out the factors like hair styles, clothes and facial expressions. They are misleading. I do think that the children should get healthy, and they it can add years to their lives, but that should be enough to entice their parents. Not whether or not little Johnny will be a lawyer cause he ate his carrots or a fry guy cause he chose donuts. There are plenty of skinny people in the world who have crap assed lived and being skinny hasn't helped them at all! Need proof, just open a trashy magazine and the pages are filled with examples.

Moving on.
"Shalom in the Home", so this Rabbi guy drives all over America in a "Super Nanny" meets "Dr.Phil" premise. The unique part is that he has a trailer filled with high tech TV stuff to help him watch his charges. Sigh. It's like "Super Nanny, Dr.Phil" meets Bob Blumer the "Surreal Gourmet"

So see?
The show starts out with the Rabbi telling us how it was hard for him to grow up after his parents divorced. So little Shmuley had a tough life cause his parents divorced? Hmm... yes Shmuley I can see how that would make your life hard Shmuley. Poor Shmuley had a tough life growing up in a single parent home. I wonder if Shmuley got teased for it.
"Nah nah nah nah nah, Shmuley has no dad, nah nah nah nah"
"Shmuley's mom wears the pants"
"Shmuley's home is broken"
Yeah I am sure that all of Shmuley's problems came from his parents being divorced.
Poor Shmuley.
The rest of the show is good, he does make valid points and all that. I wouldn't say that he is original, but kudos for trying Shmuley.


At 4/26/2006 11:58 AM, Blogger harmurphs said...

you have to stop watching "shit" on T.V.........
sit down and write a great kids storey you have it in you.


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