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When Artists Compete: Make It or Break It Reality Shows Worth the Binge

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There are a lot of reasons to watch competition reality shows. Maybe you’re excited to see people hone a craft they’re really, really good at. Or maybe you just want to watch someone have an epic meltdown in front of all their competitors, a panel of judges, and a live studio audience. Competition shows bring out the best and worst of people. I like the ones that are visually pleasing, with clearly talented artists who have to design/make/or craft something that has the potential to embarrass them and the person they’re draping/painting/tattooing it on. So here are my favorite reality shows — plus one book! — to binge on when you’re looking for a little not-so-friendly competition: Project Runway From…

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Food TV: Cooking Competition Shows We Crave

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With the success of shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, competition television has become a staple in our modern viewing experience. And while I’m happy to watch people sew and pose as much as the next fashionista, my heart will always belong to one competition genre in particular: the cooking show. There’s something so addicting about watching chefs baste, frost, and freak out over the perfect dish. Sure, I can’t exactly eat the food they make, but that’s not really the point. I’m in it for the meltdowns, the triumphs, and the mouthwatering dishes I can almost taste from my living room. For all the rest of you television foodies out there, here are three shows —…

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3 TV Shows and a Book for Those Who Like Fairytales on the Grimm Side

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I like my fairy tales like I like my men: dark and mysterious with just a hint of danger. Ha! OK, maybe that’s a little over-the-top, but with all the rebooted fairy tales popping up lately, it’s hard not to get caught up in the more mature retellings of our favorite childhood stories. While there will always be a place for the bubble-gum sweetness of Disney, I’ll gladly take a modern dark and twisted fairy tale that harkens back to the, well, dark and twisted Grimm original. Even television isn’t immune to the dark fairy tale trend. Here are three shows —and one book! — that you should be binging every time you’re looking for a little tortured true love…

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These 3 Behind the Scenes Shows Should Be on Your Watch List

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As a true lover of television, there’s nothing I crave more than a little behind-the-scenes info. Which is why I love shows that give us a glimpse of what it’s really like backstage: the fame, the fights, the romances and the daily grind of producing a television show. There’s a surprising number of shows that dive into the ins-and-outs of putting on a television program—and I can’t get enough of them. If you need some behind-the-scenes action as much as I do, here are three shows and one book that more than deliver on the backstage drama. Sports Night Aaron Sorkin is the king of behind-the-scenes television, showing us the inner-workings of live sketch comedy shows (Studio 60 on the…

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These 3 British Comedies Will Tap into Your Emotional Side

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I love American television, but I’ll admit it: the Brits have figured out a magic television formula that we’ve never been able to quite match. It’s a combination of wry humor mixed with heartfelt moments that destroy you. My favorite British shows are the comedies; the ones you think won’t break you with emotions. But of course you’d be wrong. Here are three British shows—and one book!—to binge watch for the next time you want to laugh/cry your way through a rainy fall afternoon: Skins Skins is a teen show that switched up its cast every two years, creating all-new dynamics, issues, relationship, and teenage drama. It’s also one of the best high school shows ever made, delving deep into…

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