Here at Flavorpill, we often sing the praises of such genuinely excellent TV shows as Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, and everything David Simon has ever done. But, as much as we love that stuff, we can’t deny that we have our fair share of guilty pleasures. No, we’re not talking about cult series with small, vocal followings (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who) or shows whose main audience is little kids or raunchy sitcoms that somehow manage to double as biting social critique. For our purposes, a guilty pleasure only qualifies if we (or others whose taste we trust) know it’s bad but enjoy watching it anyway. We’ve listed our all-time top 10 after the jump; clear your conscience by confessing your own in the comments.
Yes, its predecessor, The O.C. could certainly be considered a guilty pleasure. But everything that was ridiculous about that show is blown up to ten times the absurdity on Gossip Girl — the wealthy teenagers, the backstabbing story lines, the forbidden romances, the increasing reliance on guest stars (and guest bands). We freely admit that GG, currently in its fifth season, had lost all semblance of a believable and compelling plot by the time the characters graduated from high school. Yet there we still are every Monday, glued to the TV screen, enjoying every minute of it. These days, the characters’ spendy wardrobes are the best reason to watch; the show has become a sort of video fashion magazine, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t OK with it.